Reiki for refugees INITIATIVE
I have long been driven by the pull to support disenfranchised communities. A group whose journey I'm deeply moved by are the refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP's)/forced migrants of the world. Having worked to assist their journey with different organizations in the U.S. and Haiti, and completing a graduate degree in forced migration and health, it has been and continues to be part of my journey to ensure that their plight is lightened in some way. My paternal family was forced to flee Ethiopia in the 70's due to political persecution, which I feel is the energetic impetus and deeper reasoning behind the pull. Though I am thankful to have provided support in the ways that I have, after I began doing healing work, I was led to the vision for the “Reiki for Refugees” initiative, to offer more direct healing support. Refugees and IDP’s have already benefitted greatly from this energy healing modality in small sample sizes. It is also intended that forced migrants not only receive this healing support, but at some point are also equipped with the ability to provide the healing to each other on an ongoing basis- in the name of self-determination.
Reiki for Refugees is an initiative that provides energy healing treatments to forced migrants, including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP's) and survivors of torture. Reiki, a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), can help to alleviate PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, low energy, fatigue, headaches and other related emotional, mental and physical imbalances that arise from forced displacement. Refugees who have received Reiki healing treatments have been known to experience significant shifts in their well-being as a result.
These sessions mirror the private sessions outlined here with adjustments provided to suit comfort level and adapted culturally. The sessions are provided free of charge, and in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. All manners discussed within the healing session will be kept confidential by the practitioner.
Both individual and group sessions are offered, depending on the need expressed.
Refugees as Healers
While we believe in the necessity and importance of refugees being able to receive care, attention and healing support, we ultimately would like to decrease the dependency on practitioners and encourage an increase in self-determined agency. We hope that, as their own healing continues to expand, refugees themselves will be able to provide this healing to one another on an ongoing basis.
It is believed that everyone has the power to heal. Therefore the ultimate vision for this initiative is to train/attune those who are interested to be able to give healing treatments to themselves and others on an ongoing basis, so that they are not dependent on a practitioner in the long term. It is important to ensure that they are equipped to provide the healing and have endless access to it whether practitioners are present or not.
Training refugees to provide this healing contributes to sustainability of interventions, and is guided by the understanding and importance of communities ultimately taking ownership of their own healing processes. In camp and tent settlements, where practitioners may not be able to remain in the long-term, this can be an especially vital resource for ongoing healing support and managing PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
Reiki healing treatments are also available for other victims of trauma and survivors of torture.