Reiki Healing: A Doctor’s Experience

Reiki Healing

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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6 thoughts on “Reiki Healing: A Doctor’s Experience”

  1. Pamela,

    Thank you for creating this forum and posting this story. It has been an incredible journey for myself and so many others. I thank you for being such a true pioneer, bridging the communication gap and helping others to do the same. I have been a Reiki “convert” since 2002 (having NO belief system that could support this prior) when I was anattuned to my Level One. I have since attained a Master/Teacher certification in 2005. I attended your Medical Reiki Seminar in Maryland several years back ( I believe it was in 2007. Honestly, at first I found myself a bit put off by what you taught that day. I felt conflicted. I believed I would not be speaking my own truth if I followed your teaching. However, your message was not lost on me as I have been observing myself and how I communicate with my medical practitioners and there response to my words. In the past 2 yrs. I have experienced many life changing events which have forever changed and molded me; given me a clarity or what one would call “wisdom”.

    Observing the media and reading about hospitals and medical practices over the past 6 years, I have noticed a slow and steady shift in the mind set of mainstream medical practitioners as many are beginning to allow the conversation and listen.

    Thankfully, my heart and mind have found agreement with most of your insights and teachings since 2007. The bottom line is to achieve acceptance of what Reiki can do for patients one needs to communicate respectfully and meet the medical practitioners where there are and not expect them to meet us where we are.


  2. Getchie Argetsinger

    Thank you…your words are eloquent, true and generous…wishing you every blessing in your healing career and life. Best, Getchie

  3. Wow. What an incredible testament to your teaching, your work and to Reiki. I am finding very much that we can’t approach doctors as doctors when it comes to Reiki, but we can approach doctors as people. Reiki will spread further because people will come to it, but in Ireland anyway I can’t see the medical profession embracing Reiki for many years to come.
    I have a few doctors as clients, they love Reiki but they wouldn’t learn it for themselves or admit they use it for their own personal care for fear their peers would find out and ridicule them.
    Thank you for this beautiful post. It’s inspiring.

    1. Abby, thank you for commenting, but I have to say that I completely disagree with your assessment regarding speaking to doctors about Reiki. Of course we can effectively approach doctors as doctors. I’ve been doing just that for almost two decades, and this is exactly what I teach Reiki practitioners to do in my Medical Reiki seminar and in the Introduction to Medical Reiki recorded webinar.

      But we have to actually approach them as doctors, which means understanding their perspective and concerns, and addressing them upfront. Most doctors are not seeking information about Reiki on their own because they don’t know enough to know how it can benefit them and their patients. Add to that the decidedly un-medical New Age hoopla that Reiki practice is often unnecessarily wrapped in. Doctors aren’t looking for a new belief system; they’re looking for safe and effective ways to help their patients.

      Reiki treatment can fill that need, but if we want to communicate with doctors, we have to be respectful of their needs and address them with a straightforward, no-nonsense approach.

      Perhaps you are thinking, “But the doctors in Ireland are different. They’re very conservative.” Just a wild guess because practitioners often respond that way! 🙂

      All doctors are conservative. That’s what we want from them. We don’t want doctors to jump on every crazy health bandwagon that comes down the street. We count on them to think it through and separate fact from fiction. And they will do that with Reiki practice. When they are presented primarily with fiction, they will see the lack of credibility and decide the value of Reiki practice on that basis. But if they are approached with the salient facts clearly stated, no mythology needed, they can put it together themselves how Reiki can be a support in their medical practice and in their lives.

  4. What a lovely testimonial! Another example of how direct experience makes such a difference to opening up to Reiki practice – and how Reiki practice makes such a difference to direct experience!

    Books, whilst useful, have their limits but Reiki has none!

    Here’s to more Reiki MDs! 🙂

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