GUEST BLOG When I received this follow-up to a First degree Reiki class from internist/hospitalist Ed Pinto, MD, I immediately asked to share it as a guest post, and he generously agreed. Ed drove 90 minutes both ways to each session of the class, and his astute observations enhanced the class discussions.
On my way to the dentist this morning, I played a new CD my wife left in the car, two cellists playing an old Sting song. I don’t know if it was the song, or the sun suddenly bursting out of some thick dark clouds while I was driving, but I had the impulse to put one hand on my solar plexus and the tears started flowing and I was bawling, crying, and I didn’t know why!
During class I mentioned to you that the first night of our Reiki class was the first night I did not have a problem falling sleep, a problem I have had since medical school. Since our Reiki class, I have been sleeping well, and more important, I go to sleep within minutes, usually with my Reiki hands on my belly.
I have noticed my patients respond to me more positively. I have always had a good relationship with my patients but for some reason since the Reiki training, I feel they respond more positively to me.
I have become happier, and less stressed, and less quick to anger. The things that used to bother me, now don’t bother me as much, or if they do, it is fleeting.
My insight tells me it has something to do with you….it is something you did to us in class…it may be the initiations you gave us. I don’t know.
I have to be honest, I felt frustrated in class. I told my wife that I wanted to ask more questions but I couldn’t, or I felt that you would just tell us to practice and practice. I told her I couldn’t keep my mouth shut in class (to which you probably would agree).
It was because my training has left me so methodical and I am used to being spoon fed by my mentors or by books on the knowledge I strive to get. I confess, I didn’t read your book in its entirety–just the first few chapters–because I felt I did not want to be biased, and was half expecting that you would tell us more in class.
I left the class unsure of what I had received. But I trusted you and trusted what you said, that things will come through with practice.
You didn’t warn us of the “by-products” which I feel are what is happening to me…And rightly so that you didn’t because the “by-products” coming as a surprise is even more delicious.
I also am glad I didn’t read the whole book because I probably would not have understood it more if I read it before I experiencing the initiations. Now I am reading it eagerly and understanding more.
The closest I can come to describing how I feel is this: it felt as if I were a large plastic bag filled with water. You, my Reiki Master, did something–you made a small nick on the plastic bag and the water started trickling slowly. But a few days later or a few weeks after, the small nick burst and I feel like something is gushing from within and the Source is bottomless and is unending. And the Source is in me!
I feel that Reiki is everything and that I am in it – swimming in it like a fish as one writer in your blog said. I was in it all along, separate yet a part of it–but at the same time and I just don’t know how–I am of it, or more likely I AM IT. I am remembering who I am more than ever.
I cannot thank you enough…I just cannot.
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