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Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Skeptics Reiki Story

It has been quite a long time since I have posted anything here and I ask for your understanding. Many things have been happening in my life since my return just two months ago from India, and I will be posting more often now, hopefully giving you all much food for thought. What I am attaching here is a story I received from a participant in one of my Reiki I workshops designed especially for Conventional Health Care Professionals to allow them to facilitate the use of Reiki in their hospitals and clinical settings. This participant was probably the MOST skeptical person I have ever had in any workshop I've ever given, so when I received her letter, it was even more moving for me. She is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and BPharm MSc. She has given me permission to translate the letter from the original Hebrew and to share it with the world.
So here it is: (The pictures in this post have no direct connection with the letter below)

Since our meeting last August at the Reiki I workshop taught by Jane, there have been many upheavals in my life and although I tried to doing self-treatments each day, as Jane suggested, I didn’t stick with it for very long. At some point I gave up entirely. Partly due to lack of time and partly due to lack of patience. And, also, due to the fact that, as you well know, I am skeptical…VERY skeptical.

For the path month I have been working with Esther at Lis (aside: Lis Maternity Hospital in Tel Aviv where Esther is head of the on going and very successful lactation consultant program). The work is fascinating, challenging and very difficult. After Esther (who also certified in the Reiki I workshop) continued to encourage me to use Reiki in my clinical work, one day I finally gave in and decided to give it a try. I was not having any luck with this particular Mom anyway using standard clinical techniques anyway. She was 3 days postpartum, had not breastfed at all because she was exhausted after a C-Section, and she now decided she wanted to breastfeed.

I could not get a single drop of colostrum from her breast…zilch…she had terrible edema in the nipple area…So, I asked her if she would agree to my trying Reiki. “Whatever you want, just as long as I succeed in breastfeeding”:.

So, I placed by hands on her breast while continuing to talk to other women in the room about pumping, breastfeeding management etc., and after 5 minutes (actually, I have no true idea how much time actually passed), I removed my hand, pressed as usual (exactly the same thing I had done 10 minutes earlier), and MILK STARTED FLOWING!!.
We managed to get the baby latched on and he breastfed beautifully!!

On the other side, the Mother had terrible edema and there was no chance the baby would be able to latch. Several hours later she herself came around and asked (!!!) that I do Reiki to the second side! I of course agreed but at the same time told her I don’t really believe in it and that I have no idea what I am doing. To my surprise, total and complete surprise, when I removed my hand we saw a drop of milk dripping from the nipple…and I really really put no pressure on the breast. Actually, through most of the “treatment” I wasn’t even touching her!!!

The same day, I did Reiki to a baby who was unable to latch earlier. A baby with locked jaws after a great deal of Pitocin. The Mom was very very disappointed, miserable and scared by the fact that her baby did not want to breastfeed. Again, I have no idea what I did, but it worked! Hours later, (on Thursdays I am there for many many hours), after many different types of experiences, I touched him from a distance and shortly after that the Mom took him, placed him at the breast and latched him herself, AND HE SUCKED!

This week a Mom arrived with her fourth baby. She breastfed all the others but this time but she never experienced the pain she was feeling this time. The baby’s jaws were completely locked and the Mom was having excruciating pain during breastfeeding. I quickly did Reiki to here (the Mom was very happy as she believes in “these things”) , and shortly after, the breastfeeding experience was completely different. As the Mom described it “This is MUCH better!”.

I of course used it over and over again for engorgement and it works. I have no idea what I am doing, and if you will allow me to say this, I still don’t believe in it. But apparently it works!

Jane, I want to thank you for exposing me to all this and promise to continue to use it and update you.

Ziva Gilat
BPharm MSc, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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