By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
I recently went to the beautiful and mystical Orcas Island in the chain of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific North West where I live. I went for a sound healing conference with the equally amazing sound healer, Tom Kenyon. I’ll write a blog about him soon. The conference didn’t start until 1pm so I had some time (sans children) to myself. Each day I’d take a nice walk about the Rosario Resort and Spa grounds and just take in the fresh and alive island energy. Even though I’ve lived on the Olympic Peninsula for six years now, and I look at the San Juan Island chain out my living room window every day, I had yet to go to the Islands, any of them. This trip to Orcas Island was my first jaunt and totally worth the day trip with two ferry rides to get there.
Morning Walk on Orcas
On the last morning of the conference on a walk, I went the regular route I’d been taking with a few changes in course but the same basic scenic locales. One of the great spots is a viewing spot near the main hotel but off to the side on an overlook and viewing one of the other islands, Shaw Island. But, on this day, on the rocks just below the overlook about 50 feet from me and down on the rocks was a small harbor seal. His body was positioned vertically from me with his head away looking at the other island. When he felt me he looked up at me for a little while, then pretty much dismissed me as not needing his attention and went back to what he was doing, resting on the rock. Me, thinking Reiki 24/7 , I thought, I’ll send him some Reiki to say Hi.
Sending Reiki to a Seal
With my hands in the prayer position asking Divine Source for the Reiki to flow and my Reiki guides of the Highest Order to come and help, I also added “and please let the seal know, he may take as much, as little or none of the Reiki, it is totally up to him.” Over the years of sending Reiki to animals, I have found this to be the most important guidance I received from Kathleen Prasad’s book, “Animal Reiki.” Respect the animal by giving them the choice. The animals respond in a much more favorable way if they are given a choice in the matter. Then I sent the Reiki to him by beaming it from my eyes. (I simply intend for the Reiki to flow from my eyes and it does.) I started chanting in my head, all the Reiki symbols I have from Master/Teacher symbols down to Reiki II symbols and then my Karuna Reiki symbols too. I’d chant each one three or five times depending upon how many I felt was needed, then would move on to the next symbol.
Checking Out The Reiki
At first the seal looked at my like “What is that?” Seriously, that is the exact thought that came to me telepathically, from him. Then I felt like he was feeling the Reiki and ‘checking it out.’ After a couple of minutes of not being sure, he all of a sudden got a very content and happy look on his face and looked at me to let me know he liked it. He was away from me, so he had to swing his head around to do this. He kept looking at me while I sent Reiki. And, I would swear he had a smile on his face. He particularly liked when I was chanting and sending the Mental/Emotional Reiki Symbol (SHK). After feeling the energy of this symbol he’d get a little irritated when I’d switch to another symbol.
So, I went back to SHK. Just to test it out, I left that symbol and went to chanting another. Once again, he got annoyed and gave me a sharp look to let me know his preference. I did this two or three times to check if what I was feeling with his emotions was correct and sure enough each time I’d switch away he’d look at me sharply and tell me to go back. So, I listened and trusted and chanted only SHK until he told me otherwise. At that point he started flipping his flippers up and down in joy, moving around like he was dancing and showing definite signs of happiness. The smile was back.
Let Animals Guide the Reiki Session Themselves
Then he started moving around towards me more so he could see me and I could easily see his whole body. He stretched out in front of me and started directing me to other parts of his body where he now wanted me to send Reiki. He would let me know which symbol he liked in which area by his facial expressions, movements and his emotions that he was sending me telepathically. This is exactly what cats and dogs do too! I was enthralled. I felt he wanted the Power Symbol (CKR) at his root chakra area so I chanted that and focused my eyes on that part of his body. He seemed content for a while so I kept doing this until he gave me a different signal.
At that point, two other walkers from the hotel came and joined us and started oohing and awing over the sighting of the seal. I’d been sending the seal Reiki for about ten to 15 minutes or so at this point. He looked at them curiously but then went back to directing me to his Reiki needed spots. I trusted my intuition that he was telling me where he wanted it and which symbol he wanted and continued for a little while. After about another five minutes of enjoying the Reiki he turned his back to me, started looking at me in an annoyed fashion instead of the blissful, happy one he’d had earlier. I suddenly felt like a space invader that was not wanted instead of the joy and gratitude I had felt earlier. I took the hint that he was done, stopped the Reiki, thanked him for allowing me to send it and went on my way. I looked back and he was slinking his way to the water and leaving.
HOW to Send Reiki to Wild Animals
First of all let me just say, with wild animals, first and foremost make sure you are in a safe place or a safe distance. They are still wild and unpredictable. Second, you might want to start by practicing on animals who are friendly with you, like pets. Then just practice. Get the trust and the knowing of practicing with pets first.
- Give the animal the option of saying “No thank you” to the Reiki.
- Send them Reiki with no intention of your own.
- Have no time line, just go with the flow.
- Be flexible, allow the animal to guide the session.
- Say Thank you when they are done.
- Move on and respect their privacy.
I was so grateful to see and connect with my seal buddy. Living here and walking the beaches for six years I’ve only seen a seal one other time, so I knew this event was important. I went back to my condo and looked up seal in my “Animal Spirit Guide” book by Dr. Steven Farmer, my handy book that I take with me every where I go. Here is what seal has to offer if you see one; in person, in a dream or in a meditation vision: (Choose the ones that apply to you at that time.)
- Your creative imagination is active and fertile right now, so keep a journal nearby and write in it every day.
- Your dreams will be very clear and vivid, so pay close attention to them for any messages from your subconscious.
- The cycle of challenges and hardship is complete, and you’re now moving into a time of plenty and abundance.
- Although it’s an emotional time for you, you’re quite comfortable experiencing these feelings while at the same time staying grounded.
- This is a time to stay attuned to your natural rhythms, such as sleeping when you’re tired, eating only when you’re hungry, and exercising when you feel the urge to do so.
Two Seals in One Day
Because I’m a natural cynic, and because I already knew I wanted to write a blog about this experience, I asked my Reiki Guides for some sort of SIGN that I was indeed sending Reiki to and communicating with this seal. I got my clear sign later at the Tom Kenyon sound healing session. Each day there would be three sessions with a thirty minute break in between. During the breaks we were completely silent and recommended by Tom that we walk or sit on the earth and contemplate or write in our journals. For the first time of the sessions, I chose to walk by the marina area instead of the beach or the grass area as I had in other sessions. As I was walking, a harbor seal swam by, waved his fin at me, swam a bit more and then dove under and was gone. Quick as can be. I looked around me and only two other people were looking and pointing in the direction of the seal. I knew this was my sign and thanked the seal and my guides. Doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Why Communicate with Wild Animals?
We are at a critical time in our human existence where we need to make peace with our planet and the creatures that live with us on it. We need to empathically feel our planet and the life on it as alive and equally as important as our human lives. We are truly all connected and by telepathic communication we can emotionally connect to the animals and the planet in ways we haven’t done in this life before, or for many lifetimes. I believe we all did at one time. Reconnecting to the ability to talk to the animals, the rivers, the mountains, the rocks, valleys and even the moon and stars, is all vitally important now. It allows us to truly FEEL CONNECTED to the whole.
I am seeing more and more people ‘wake up’ to this possibility, this need. I am feeling clients coming to me who are very psychic people, who have these abilities naturally already, they just need to know it and practice with it. With a little bit of mentoring and practice they will soon be teaching others to talk to our planet too. This is the snowball effect that will save our planet, our animals and thus save ourselves and our souls. Yes, talking to animals again is vitally important to all of us.
Reiki Blessings to you all,
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