This is a continuation from a previous post, I would highly recommend going back and reading the beginning of the story which is one post back. And like I mentioned in that post I have the mothers explicit permission to share the story.
I should also mention that when I work with babies it is mostly all backed up by scientific research and compassionate and safe and professional touch. However in this particular case things took quite a detour into the esoteric realms. This rarely ever happens, at least to me.
So here I was working with the mother and daughter who was experiencing night terrors off and on for the past month. It had somehow come to pass that I had gotten in touch with a friend who knew a Mongolian shaman in Mongolia and she had relayed my request for assistance in working with this little girl.
Having completed the typical birth process session inside we went outside to conduct the shamans suggested ritual. First we collected the necessary ingredients: candlewax a spoon a bowl of water A lighter and some salt. Next we went outside and gathered wood to start a fire.
The shaman had told me what to do and had given me a little mantra to say at the right time and so we were ready. We lit the fire, the mom went and got her daughter, and then we started to conduct the ritual.
First I melted the candle wax in the spoon near the mom and daughter. Then holding the melted candle wax near the daughters head, I said the mantra to encourage the spirits to leave the daughter. Next we poured the wax into the bowl of water and having done that we sprinkled some pinches of salt on the fire. And finally the shaman had said that the mother needed to move the baby over the fire three times.
And that was it. The very simple ritual with a little bit more involved that I’m not mentioning but that is the gist of it. So now I’m hoping to get feedback on whether or not the little girl has any more night terrors.
I am very thankful that I was able to get support from an unexpected source. When I looked up night terrors on Google almost everything came back saying they would go away on their own or that it was just stress related; in other words my searching Google for half an hour on night terrors was basically useless and I definitely needed extra assistance. In fact, almost everything from medical websites written by doctors nearly all said that night terrors would go away on their own. Anyone want to tell me how helpful that is? Especially to a mother who is averaging 2 to 3 hours of sleep per night for the past few weeks. 😦
So again just to re-emphasize this: I normally work with babies in a way that is backed up by science and evidence-based research. I love working with babies and mothers and I look forward to doing a lot more of this in the future.
I just want to share this story because of its unusual and amazingly serendipitous quality.
Thank you for reading,