Reiki is Safe for Anyone and Any Animal
What I truly love about Reiki is that it is safe for anyone; people, children, babies, the elderly and yes, even your beloved pets. Reiki is the gentlest form of healing I have experienced, making it perfect for you pet; from the smallest fish, hamster or bird to the largest horses, goats, llamas or alpacas, which are popular in Sequim, WA, where I live. And, of course Reiki is wonderful for our most loved cats and dogs as well. I know first hand since I have a rescue dog and three cats who all receive Reiki regularly and love it.
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Reiki Heals on All Levels for Pets Too
Reiki works to balance the energy systems of all living things and in doing so allows the bodies to heal themselves. Reiki heals on all levels with people and therefore it will heal on all levels for animals as well. Whether they are hurting physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually, Reiki will get to the core of what needs to be healed quickly, easily and gently. Animals are much like kids, once they trust you and the energy you are sending to them, they will take it in easily and heal quickly because they are closer to our Divine Source and have memories and abilities that many adult humans have long forgotten. This allows the belief system of animals to be more open and filled with many less blockages than adults have, therefore the Reiki can flow without hitch and do what it is here to do, heal.
How Reiki can help animals heal from ‘Animal Reiki’ by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad
“Reiki can help animals in myriad ways. Practicing Reiki with your animal companion deepens your bond as well as the level of understanding and trust between you. With healthy animals, Reiki can help maintain health on all levels. Reiki can heal physical illness and injury in animals as well as problems on emotional and spiritual levels. It is a powerful tool for emotional healing following trauma, abuse, neglect, fear and trust issues, reaching deeply into even the most damaged spirits.
For high-strung or nervous animals, Reiki induces deep relaxation and stress-reduction and, over time, can reduce the tendency toward nervousness. Reiki can accelerate healing after surgery or illness. It complements both conventional and alternative therapies and can enhance their actions and lessen their side effects. Finally, for a dying animal and his people, Reiki provides compassionate support that can make the transition more peaceful for all concerned.”
When To Use Reiki on Your Pets
Young or old Reiki can be used with any of your pets. Use Reiki when they are ill, getting older or young and rambunctious, for physical or emotional trauma and even to heal some past life karma that they have carried with them. Also, it is important to Reiki yourself in order to help your pet be their healthiest and happiest as well. More on this in a bit.
How to Approach Your Pet with Reiki
It is key to be properly trained with a Reiki I certificate first. Then approach your pet with love and compassion, no ego and with choice. Give them a choice as to whether or not they take the Reiki energy and how much they choose to take. The key in working with animals is compassion and love. If you show compassion to them in your actions, this will allow them to learn to trust you and this new energy they may be feeling for the first time.
Start earning their trust by doing Reiki long distance or beaming it from across the room or simply sitting in one place that is comfortable for you and simply allowing the Reiki to flow from your hands. Then hold the intention that the animal will take as much or as little as they choose, or even none. If they come over and sit on your lap then they may want hands on Reiki and you can trust your intuition as to whether or not to place your hands directly on your pet or above them. If they do not come close this does not mean they are not taking the Reiki energy, they may just be taking it from a distance and that is o.k. too. Step out of your own way and allow the animal to guide the Reiki session, not you.
My rescue dog, Mandy, loves hands on Reiki and allows it regularly from just about anyone who offers it. My cats on the other hand choose to sit near me while I am running Reiki on myself while they get the ‘run off’ from me. They prefer this to hands on Reiki. Every animal is different and needs to be respected. When they feel respected by you then the rest will come naturally, if we just allow.
A Reiki Cat Story
By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
I was called by a student of mine to come and work on her cat. Her cat, Lulu, has had skin issues from time to time but it had gotten much worse lately. They had changed her food to a grain free food and that helped for a while but now the skin problem was back. She had dry skin and scabs all over her body. Lulu usually sleeps with my student but had been laying on her husband lately and my client thought maybe she was trying to heal him since he’d recently been diagnosed with cancer. I took all this into account as I considered how to approach the situation.
My student does Reiki on her cat regularly so she is used to it and comfortable with it, but her cat doesn’t know me. So, while I was sitting in meditation asking my guides for guidance on how to approach this cat they showed me sitting on the couch and beaming the Reiki out to the room in general and allowing Lulu to take it or not. So, I did this. As much as I wanted to help their cat, I did my best to set my expectations aside and just allow the Reiki to flow, knowing she would either take it or not.
After a few minutes of letting the Reiki flow though the room Lulu sniffed my hands and left the room with a credulous look on her face. Shortly after, Lulu’s sister Pippa came up and sniffed my hands and then laid down with her back to me about a foot away. She was saying that she wanted some Reiki but for me to not put my hands on her. After a while of her sitting and taking what Reiki she wanted, she got up and left. Shortly after that their other cat Pooh Jr. came up to me and sat directly on my lap and allowed me to do Reiki directly on her. After a while she got up, adjusted herself in a new position and laid down again for more Reiki on her hips. She was telling me exactly where and how she wanted her Reiki. It was great. She also allowed me to receive some information for her parents about her age and physical condition that was important to know. She told me that she is older than they suspect and has more inflammation in her hips and joints than they know about and would be open to receiving Reiki from them more often.
After Pooh Jr. finished with her Reiki and passed on her message, she got up and left. I was still beaming the Reiki in the room in general in case Lulu wanted some. I held the intention that she could take it if she wanted and where or how she wanted and just sat and waited. Lulu did not come but stayed a safe distance away in the next room. I asked my guides without invading Lulu’s space and desire for distance if there was any information they could pass on to me to help Lulu’s parents with her skin condition. They told me that Lulu is indeed taking on much of her families stresses and chose to do this to help them and she was a little miffed at me doing healing on her. She’d accept it from her mom but from me it was different. My guides showed me a visual of Lulu doing healing and taking on the energy herself. So, I explained this to her mom and how it would be helpful for Lulu if her mom could give her a visual image of how to NOT take on the energy herself but to direct the energy away from her and into Mother Earth for recycling. This is a technique I have written about on my blog for my human clients but there is no reason it couldn’t work just as well for a cat. Animals are quite visual and if we visualize something with the intention of them getting it, they will. They can read our minds visually and often times read us empathically as well.
They can be amazing and natural healers. It is not unheard of for our pets to take on our emotional baggage in an effort to help their humans. But Lulu actually sees herself as a healer and is going through the process of doing this.
Lulu’s mom has been working with her on this visualization and when I checked back Lulu’s skin was much better. She did take the Reiki that she wanted from the other room or even before she left the room, but I felt the process of cleansing the energy was what Lulu needed most. Her mom can continue to do Reiki on her and practicing this process with her will help her to be a much more effective healer without hurting herself in the process.
Our Pets Want to Help Us
Our pets love us so much that it is natural for them to want to help us. Doing Reiki on ourselves, being as healthy as we can be on all levels is the first step to helping our pets to be healthy and happy too. Take a Reiki I class and learn how to heal yourself, others and your beloved pets as well.
“Giving Reiki to a sick animal helps the human companions of animals as much as it helps the animals themselves.” Nina L. Paul, PhD. from “Reiki for Dummies”
And visa versa I would say
In Love and Light of our Divine Source, please practice Reiki on our beloved pets and animals often and with an open heart for them,
Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki
- Sessions with Josslyn cost $25 for every 15 minutes or $95 per hour.
- A first time full session takes a minimum of two hours, pets can take less, but for a first time session, I’d count on the full two hours.
- After a first time full session then you can request a mini session for 30 minutes minimum, in 15 minute increments, especially if you have a certain area that you want to concentrate on.
- A full session with Reiki and psychic information usually takes about two hours.
- Travel time is calculated at the same cost, $25 per 15 minutes.
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