The following are interviews and articles that I’ve written for popular media, some of which are in translation. Scroll down and below the articles, you’ll find my favorite books on healing, spirituality and medicine.
Massage and Bodywork Magazine September 2012 “Reiki for Sustainable Health Care”
LA Yoga: Ayurveda and Health December 2008 “Reiki: Spiritual Healing and Modern Medicine”
Reiki module written by Pamela Miles for the consumer health website of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.
Reiki in Conventional Healthcare:
These articles describe the use of Reiki in various medical settings and address issues relevant to integrating Reiki into conventional health care, such as research.
Reiki in Hospitals – introduces Reiki and medicine, and describes HIV Reiki programs in New York City hospitals.
Reiki in Portsmouth Regional Hospital – started in 1995, this Reiki program has provided over 8000 treatments.
Reiki at the NIH’s Clinical Center – Reiki is used by the Pain and Palliative Care Service to relieve pain and suffering of patients enrolled in clinical research trials.
Emergency Reiki: professionals use Reiki in emergency and acute care settings.
Outpatient Reiki – A non-medical professional collaborates to offer Reiki to patients in conventional health care settings.
Miles P. The Bridge to Conventional Medicine: A Call for Case Reports. Reiki Magazine International. 2002;4(3):32-33
Miles P. Ask your question: Reiki and surgery. Reiki Magazine International. 2002;4(4):14
Miles P. Simple Steps for Self Healing
Miles P. Experts Meet on Integrative Pain Management. International Journal of Integrative Medicine. June/July 2002;4(3):48-50.
Miles P. Living with HIV: healthy therapy options. Daily News AIDS Awareness Special Supplement. May 1999: p 19.
Foreign Language Translations
Reiki dans les Hopitaux par Pamela Miles – traduit et resume par Nita Mocanu. Publie dans la revue Reiki FORUM.
Reiki en los hospitales por Pamela Miles – traducido y resumido por Dorina Mocanu. Publicado en la revista Reiki FORUM.
You’ll find more translations on these pages:
Other Health Articles by Pamela Miles
Miles P. From Here to Serenity. Yoga Journal; March/April 2000
Miles P. How Doctors can Help. Spirituality and Health; Fall 2000
Miles P. Healing Naturally: Symptoms and Suggestions. CRIA Update. Forum summary from Complementary Therapies and HIV Disease, June 9, 1999.
Miles P. Complementary Medicine: A User’s Guide. CRIA Update. Summer 1999;8(3): pp 3.
MY FAVORITE BOOKS
Besides asking my students to read my book, REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide, I suggest they read Helen Haberly’s REIKI: Hawayo Takata’s Story. Helen learned to practice Reiki from Hawayo Takata, who brought the practice to the US from Japan with her Reiki master, Chujiro Hayashi, in 1938. The first part of this small gem of a book relates the story of Reiki as Takata shared it, which we now understand was a teaching story that transmitted the values of Reiki practice rather than historical fact. The second part is irreplaceable in Reiki literature, a series of anecdotes of Reiki healings which Takata shared with her students. The people to whom Takata brought Reiki practice did not have access to the type of health care that is commonly available in the US today. Much of their health care was inextricably interwoven with lifestyle and home, and Reiki practice fit the bill. I reread these anecdotes frequently as a reminder of Takata’s dedication and of what is possible. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free app for your computer.
What I’m reading now:
Becoming by Michelle Obama
In Search of the Medicine Buddha by David Crow, LAc
Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin, PhD
Radical Remission by Kelly Turner, PhD
Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff, MD
True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette, PhD
Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD
Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli, PhD
Healing Words by Larry Dossey, MD
The Joy of Ritual by Barbara Biziou
Native American Healing
Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD
Honoring the Medicine: An Essential Guide to Native American Healing by Kenneth Cohen
Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Spice of Life by Prashanti de Jager
The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth Cohen
Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Bienfield and Efrem Korngold
Floral Acupuncture: Applying the Flower Essences of Dr. Bach to Acupuncture Sites by Deborah Craydon and Warren Bellows
What the Fork Are You Eating? by Stefanie Sacks
Fire Child, Water Child by Stephen Scott Cowan, MD
Treatment Alternatives for Children by Lawrence Rosen, MD, and Jeff Cohen
Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil, MD
Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil, MD
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, MD
Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening by Rubin Naiman, PhD
Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics by Johnathan Goldman
ADHD Without Drugs by Sanford Newmark, MD
Intuitive Healing by Judith Orloff, MD
Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living by Sonia Choquette, PhD
The Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul by Sonia Choquette, PhD
Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick
Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience by Sally Kempton
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Nikhilananda
American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West by Philip Goldberg
Chakra Meditation by Swami Saradananda
Courage and Contentment by Gurumayi Chidvilasanda
Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra by Daniel Odier
Ultimate Healing: The Power of Compassion by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India by Linda Johnsen
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande, MD
Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande, MD
On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue, MD
The End of Stress as We Know It by Bruce McEwen, PhD
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
In the Country of Illness by Robert Lipsyte