ESSENCE OF ANIMAL REIKI
Animals offer us a certain appeal—their natural animal magnetism—that is humbling, whether they are pets; shelter, sanctuary, or zoo residents; or wild animals. We are drawn to this natural energy by which they live. They do not regret the past or fear the future; they live fully in the present. This mindfulness is why animals make us laugh and cry and how they become true companions and respected presences inside and outside of our homes. Animals are rays of serenity, no matter what is going on in our daily lives. Animals help us get to the heart of living.
But just like people, animals can become unbalanced in the present if they are in some state of “dis-ease”: they may be sick, scared, or in pain; they may have been neglected or abused; or they may be transitioning (dying).
It is during these times that we can be fully in the present for animals as rays of serenity: we can offer them Reiki (pronounced ray-kee). Reiki is a nonphysical energy, or energy that we cannot see or measure, but that, importantly, is calming and healing: Reiki energy can restore the body, mind, and heart to a healthier balance. Offering and receiving Reiki takes everyone deeper into their essence, where the natural intent is sharing a common ground that is free of anger, worry, fear, pain, or judgement.
Animal Reiki typically involves meditative breathing techniques and visualizations that resonate not only strength and grounding but also gentleness and an expansive open mind and heart. Animals are very energetically sensitive, so they understand what Reiki is when it is offered to them, and they can make the choice to accept it or pass. Just like people, animals’ journeys are personal, with free will to make choices and recover balance at their own pace: timing is everything. Reiki supports an animal’s own timing and potential to self-heal on some level and fosters wellness. Here are a few examples of how Reiki can support animals throughout the circle of life:
- Reiki creates a compassionate space to revive natural healing potential.
- Reiki promotes calmness amidst anxiety or physical stress.
- Reiki helps shelter and rescue animals trust again, or perhaps for the first time.
- Reiki eases shifts in life events (e.g., new homes, new relationships, traveling).
- Reiki complements traditional and holistic veterinary care.
- Reiki brings comfort to dying animals.
There are facts and myths about Reiki. At its heart, Reiki can be a way of living. In times of balance, animals naturally live by the 5 Reiki precepts, the foundation of Reiki, but people generally must recall them, by heart, through daily practice. In times of dis-ease, together we can help each other be fully present in life one day at a time.
Note: Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary medical care, and Reiki practitioners do not diagnose or offer medical advice.
ESSENCE OF MY ANIMAL REIKI PRACTICE
The intention of my Reiki practice, offering various treatment sessions and three levels of training classes, is to support healthier and balanced lives for all animals—human (remember, we are animals) and nonhuman—through Reiki as a way of living. My classes differ from those of local westernized Reiki classes in that they (1) guide you on how to connect with the Hara Japanese energetic system of personal growth and healing in your own life and then (2) extend the healing potential to animals. Within the system of Reiki, “healing” involves stimulating and strengthening the whole: body, mind, and heart.
Twenty percent of my earnings are donated to Centre County PAWS.