In Jikiden Reiki, we teach a special technique used only for First Aid: cuts, grazes, bruises, sprains and even burns. It works beautifully and tends to get fast, clean healing results. The bleeding stops more quickly, and sometimes you can literally watch the blood congeal and a crust form in front of your eyes. It’s as if watching the healing process through a time-lapse camera. As a mother, I have plenty of personal experience here using Reiki to deal with the countless scrapes and grazes that come with early childhood.
When my teacher, Tadao Yamaguchi, first started holding Jikiden Reiki seminars at the beginning of the new millennium, he would sometimes ask his brother to come along, so he could use him as an example of Reiki’s power to heal wounds and burns. All four Yamaguchi boys had grown up entirely with their mother’s Reiki only: no medical kits, no medicines, no bandages… just Reiki. Chiyoko had experienced the efficacy of Reiki many times in childhood, for example when first her aunt and then her brother made a full recovery from tuberculosis, which at the time was thought to be incurable. Later, once she had finally been allowed to train in Reiki with Dr. Hayashi as a 17-year-old in 1938, she used Reiki on a daily basis, giving treatments for numerous ailments.
So when her son spilled hot, sticky rice porridge all over his leg, she did not hesitate for even a second. Using Reiki first aid techniques, she treated the main burn until the heat and pain had lessened, coming back to the injury on a daily basis for further ‘regular’ Reiki treatment. The result: clean healing, no scars. Except for the smaller splodges, which at the time, had been left untreated, as Chiyoko had concentrated on the main area of injury. So this is where Tadao sensei’s brother still has the scars to show for his misfortune.
“Stop, and do Reiki” was Chiyoko sensei’s urgent advice in cases of injury. Living in the fast lane, or even just swimming along as best we can in 21st century life, we may be tempted to finish cooking dinner first (when we have burned ourselves on the grill) or perhaps stabbed ourselves with a potato knife. No. Stop, and do Reiki. This is how we get optimal healing results. Once the natural healing process has been allowed to set in unaided, Reiki can still help speed up the healing process, but it may be too late to prevent scarring.
The moral for me goes far beyond wound healing. Actually, what made me think of this blog post was feeling harassed at the numerous domestic and professional demands I place on myself: I must deal with my inbox, too many mails left unanswered, I wonder how my clients are doing, I must catch up with my students in Aberdeenshire, the house is a tip, the ironing pile sky-high, my facebook page hasn’t been updated, and the next blog post is long overdue. NO! STOP, AND DO REIKI! Which is what I did, and what a difference it makes! Feeling refreshed, I can now enjoy the tasks at hand and act from a place of inspiration.