It was a very common explanation before the Tao Shiatsu treatment. The patient explained that she had a hard time sleeping, and her nights were very restless and she always woke up tired in the morning. And she asked me if the treatment would help her sleep and feel rested in the mornings.
As she spoke, there was an interesting presence that I felt, but I shrugged it off as maybe something that I had imagined, or since it was just after lunch, maybe it was something I ate, I thought. I asked her to lie down and we began the treatment.
Throughout the whole treatment, strong waves of jaki exited from the patient’s head and feet. I felt there were some strange spirits that had attached themselves to the young women, and I did my best to imagine Amida Sama’s love giving these lonely spirits a chance to go to the Pure Land. All the while, the young woman kept moving and resisting the treatment, as if something didn’t want her to continue receiving the treatment.
It was a difficult treatment for the patient, and she seemed very tired, however at the completion, as she sat up, her face suddenly went very pale. There in front of her, were the figures from her nightmares. There, in front of her, were the characters that had tortured her every night for so long; right there, lined up, right in front of her. She couldn’t believe it and didn’t know what to say. She was also shocked when I looked her in the eyes and told her that they wouldn’t bother her anymore. With big eyes, she asked me, “Can you see them too?” She was so surprised because she hadn’t told me anything about her nightmares and that spirits that had haunted her for so long. She had only told me that she had problems sleeping.
I answered that I couldn’t see exactly who or what it was, but I felt that there were spirits that now were free to go to the Pure Land, and that they would not bother her anymore.
She was very grateful, but also still unsure if the treatment would really work and the spirits would not come back. I comforted her and she left feeling a little scared and light-headed.
Three weeks later, this is what she wrote to me:
“I’ve had nightmares for as long as I can remember.
Night after night, month after month, year after year, the same scary, gruesome and horrific nightmares would haunt me. I turned to psychologists, acupuncturists, therapists, sleep disorder professionals, and the list goes on; nothing helped. Nothing. Three weeks ago I had a shiatsu treatment upon a friend’s recommendation and guess what; I haven’t had a single nightmare since! Gone!
For the first time in 25 years, I enjoy sleep, I don’t wake up in cold sweats, I wake up feeling rested and fresh, and I feel light, happy and alert. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders (and REM), thus transforming my life and making it better. Watch out world ’cause this rested lady is here to boogie!”