A Dragon entered me and drove away a Demon last night.
A student at the WON Institute performed acupuncture, penetrating into my psyche as well as my epidermis. More importantly, she opened her heart with such compassion I wept, feeling her healing spread throughout my body and soul.
It all started when Ed Cunningham, clinical director of the acupuncture school in Glenside, PA, just a few miles out of Philadelphia, saw me for a Thursday-evening treatment. He’s been treating me and other veterans once a week, attending to the pains and illnesses mainstream medical practice often fails to help.
Like PTSD, post traumatic stress, triggered years after an initial trauma exploded before our young, unacclimated eyes and ears without a proper “processing” of the shock to our systems. Years later, the trauma surfaces through “flashbacks,” nightmares, and disorders treated primarily through therapy and too often drugs.
Ed was holding a clinic for students when I showed up. “This gives me a chance to try something I’ve never done before,” he confided in me with what sounded like a conspirator tone. He said he was going to get a “Dragon to Drive Out a Demon.”
I had no idea what he meant. Said a student was going to treat me. Thought this would enable him to perform his “dragon” thingamajig for his class. Went to the treatment room and met Rochelle, the white-robed student, who suggested I lie on a massage table and not sit on a lounge chair where us veterans are normally treated.
I disrobed. First time ever. Rochelle explained she needed to insert needles into my belly and chest as well as my lower thighs six to eight inches above my knee caps. Tried pulling up the pant legs of my jeans to accommodate her, but couldn’t get them high enough. She gave me a hospital-type cotton covering, I lied down, as Rochelle marked points on my body with a pen. Before inserting the magical needles, Ed reviewed each marking to insure they were in the correct spots to connect to meridian points inside me.
Ed left the private room and Rochelle explained the process to me. Dragons are seen as benevolent beings in Chinese medicine, and are used to help treat illnesses, she said. They’re unleashed to “drive” out the demon or “*ghost” of a trauma’s imprint that clings to a person unless it’s removed.
Sounded like mumbo-jumbo, but Rochelle said she had undergone the treatment herself, and it helped. Then she told me the story that convinced me of her healing powers. She had a four-year old special needs child who hardly spoke despite getting help from one specialist after another. Rochelle, at her wit’s end, hit rock bottom, almost giving up hope for her daughter, when she fell to her knees one night, prayed to her “Beloved,” and, for the first time in years, wept like a baby.
The very next day, her beautiful little girl , Coral, began to talk and has progressed more and more over the past year.
Thinking of Rochelle and Coral as she dimmed the lights and left the room after placing the therapeutic needles, I too wept. Tears flowed like they have not flowed in I don’t know how long. Tears for myself, for my trauma, for me hitting rock bottom.
And, then . . . I felt “purged.” Felt blessed. Felt purified and told Ed and Rochelle on their return that I was glad “to see God again.” Rochelle told me it was not unusual because “He is everywhere.” Told Ed I was ready to face death now because I had no fear of it. He advised me to simply try living again.
Which I am doing now with the help of the Dragon. Don’t know if the demon is gone for good. He’s been with me more than half my life. But just knowing that he can be banished with the help of a practitioner like Rochelle gives me renewed faith and hope.
(*”It is possible that the use of acupuncture in this situation represents an effort to cause the body’s chi to overpower and cast out the demon, and logically appears to be a link between the earlier treatment of illness in demonic medicine and the later treatment of evil influences or bad chi built up in the body” said Sjor, a Buddhist who writes with knowledge about these things. “Ultimately, medical exorcism has ties to religious exorcism, and similarly, religious exorcism ties in with medical exorcism. The two are inseparable because they serve the same purpose – the removal of demons or harmful spirits from the body.” For the entire article, see Chinese Ghosts and Exorcisms. )