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Reiki On A Harbor Seal

By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA

Orcas Island is the turtle shaped island.  This is the view from our house in Sequim, WA.
Orcas Island is the turtle shaped island. This is the view from our house 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

Photo by Jim Maya
Photo by Jim Maya

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

Happy seal smile
Happy seal smile

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.

Why'd You Stop?
Why’d You Stop?             I did not have my camera with me that morning so these are not my little Reiki buddy but still just as sweet.

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.

Invaders!!

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.

Seal Totem

Artwork by NaNa Quish
Artwork by NaNa Quish

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

HarborSealWavingBecause 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.

Wake Up!

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,

Josslyn Streett

360-460-7829 or rainshadowreiki@gmail.com

BookAnimalReikiThere are two books I recommend on this topic, “Animal Reiki” by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad and

“Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature” by Marta Williams.  Both books plus more are available in the Rain Shadow Reiki lending library or used on Amazon dot com.Book-Learning their language by Marta Williams

 

 

 

 

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Practice Reiki On Your Pets

By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki

My four legged client, M.M. the day after her Reiki session.  Her mom said "Can you say, RELAXED?!  Yes she can.  Animals heal very quickly on the physical level with Reiki.  It still takes them a little longer on the emotional and mental level, say after an abusive situation, but they do process and heal on the whole quicker than humans.  They don't seem to have as many mental layers as we do.  That is one reason working with animals is so rewarding.  Give it a try.
My four-legged client, M.M. the day after her Reiki session. Her mom said “Can you say, RELAXED?! Yes she can. Animals heal very quickly on the physical level with Reiki. It still takes them a little longer on the emotional and mental level, say after an abusive situation, but they do process and heal on the whole quicker than humans. They don’t seem to have as many mental layers as we do, blockades to allowing the healing. That is one reason working with animals is so rewarding. Give it a try.

I often tell my new students if they want to truly see and feel the effects of Reiki quickly, to work on their pets, or anyones pets.  Animals respond very quickly and often quite predictably with Reiki.  I have found this very much with dogs, whom I work with the most.  They will often sniff your hand to investigate the Reiki, then they will settle down somewhere near by and comfortable to them, even on your lap, and quickly doze into a Reiki nap.  I have often witnessed that they get so deeply in their Reiki trance that if I talk, cough or breath loudly and/or move,they will quickly jolt awake and look at me annoyed.  Oops, I bothered their Reiki nap.  They get back quickly to it and are snoring away again.  Then they wake up when they’ve had enough and come lick you or they look at your very pointedly to say “Thank you for the Reiki!”   I’ve heard other students describe the same situation with their dogs and even cats when they do Reiki on them.  It is obvious they are soaking up the Reiki.   Even new Reiki students can often feel the Reiki being pulled from their outstretched hands towards their pet.  It is an awesome feeling and quite reassuring that the Reiki is doing its thing.  This is the kind of confirmation people are looking for when they are new to Reiki and are still working at FEELING the Reiki energy flow.  It takes practice and more practice before your hand chakras get sensitive to the energy and you start to feel it regularly.  Practicing on your pets is a great way to get this confirmation early on in your practice.

Practicing with Pets

  1. Sit in the same room with the pet you’ll be working on, where they are most comfortable.
  2. Perform your Gassho (prayer position).  During your Gassho let Divine know that the pet can take as much or as little or none of the Reiki energy and that it is totally up to them.  They have free will as to whether or not they want Reiki.  Yes, some do turn it down, and that is just fine.  Try again another time.  When they know you respect their wishes they are much more likely to let you another time.
  3. Put up your hands and run the Reiki across the space between you and your pet.  If it is a new animal to you, a small pet, or a small pet in a cage, stay across the room and run it to them from there.
  4. Give the pet time to get used to the energy and decide if they want it or not.  Given the choice, they usually do.
  5. Allow them to pull the energy, never push an animal to take Reiki.  You will feel the energy being pulled from your hands and after a few minutes start to build.
  6. When you get a message from the pet that the Reiki session is over (they get up and leave, they say thank you to you, they wake up and start to play again, the energy stops pulling) or if you have to leave, thank them for the opportunity to give them Reiki and close with your Gassho.

Every animal is different but every one of them is a gift to practice Reiki on.  You’ve got nothing to lose by practicing on your pet.  Give it a try.  Let me know how it goes.

Comment here if you have any questions, I love to hear from you,

Blessings,

Josslyn Streett, Rain Shadow Reiki

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

Animal Reiki by Kathleen Prasaad and
Animal Reiki by Kathleen Prasad and Elizabeth Fulton

Much of my style for working with animals and Reiki comes from “Animal Reiki” by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad.  Their technique is very kind and gentle for all animals and extremely heart centered.  A fabulous book if you do not have it in your library I highly recommend it.  I have it available in the Rain Shadow Reiki lending library if you are close and would like to check it out.

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My First Teen Reiki Class

By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki

I’ve had enough middle schoolers interested in Reiki lately to have a class just for them.  Most of them have parents who are students or clients of mine, or both.  This works best I have found as the parents and kids can do Reiki together at home and reinforce the practice of Reiki together.  These kids are amazing as you could have probably guessed.  They know they are different from other kids in many ways but spiritually is definitely one of them.  It is not always easy for teens to talk to other kids about spiritual issues.  At Reiki circle they get the chance to talk openly about their spiritual beliefs with no one making fun of them or condemning their thoughts and actions.  It’s a very open and safe forum for everyone.

The 1st Rain Shadow Reiki Teen Class!!!  4-13-13, photo by Gigi Christensen please link if used.
The 1st Rain Shadow Reiki Teen Class!!! 4-13-13, (Photo by Gigi Christensen please link if used.)

“I am grateful for Teen Reiki class that I was able to be here with these wonderful people and have this experience. I’m grateful for Reiki because it can be used for healing and cannot be used to harm. And I will always have it with me, because it is an infinite source.”  E. W., age 12 1/2

Teen Class

After introductions, we started the class by teaching the kids a blessing ritual to cleanse our auras with sage.  Then we moved on to measuring each person’s aura with diving rods.  We talked about how to work with spiritual tools in a safe and effective way.  They learned how to bring in their God for protection beforehand, how to program the divining rod for what they want to find and then to find it.  Each person got a turn with the rods.  We measured our auras before the class and again after the class.  Every single participant, including the parents, were able to increase their aura size by the end of class, most were able to double their aura size.  (We measured the auras the second time right after doing a self-treatment with Reiki.)  We talked about how when our auras are cleaner and clearer from doing Reiki, we are happier and healthier on all levels.  We also talked about other ways to achieve this such as; listening to beautiful or happy music, thinking positive thoughts, talking with a trusted friend, running Reiki on our food and drink, eating and drinking healthy food and  liquids, and getting plenty of exercise out-of-doors, just to name a few.

“I am so grateful that I now know how to run Reiki on anyone and anything.  I ‘love’ that it heals the body physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and you can use it on any animal, with their permission of course.  Josslyn is such a great teacher and person.  She has taught me so much today and that makes me happy.”  A.C. age 12 1/2

Favorite Part

To my surprise, a few of them said that the meditation was their favorite part of class.  I guess I thought the Reiki on animals or the diving rods would be their favorite part, but they really liked going into their minds and seeing what they ‘saw’ there.  That impressed me.  These teens proved to be deep and introspective when they shared what they saw in their meditations.  They were also very good at visualizing even with little or no prior experience.  Most of them asked to do more long meditations in the future at Reiki circle.

“I am grateful to be able to have this experience.  What I like most about Reiki is that it is an infinite Source, that is very reassuring.”  J.D. Age 14

Mandy’s Favorite Part

The feeling seemed to be mutual, Mandy loved the kids and the kids loved doing Reiki on Mandy.  She couldn't seem to get enough of it.
The feeling seemed to be mutual, Mandy loved the kids and the kids loved doing Reiki on Mandy. She couldn’t seem to get enough of it. (Photo by Josslyn Streett, please link if used.)

I can tell you for sure, our dog Mandy’s favorite part of class was when all the kids did Reiki on her for practice.  Mandy does love to be the pet example for animal Reiki classes.  She basks in it and soaks it up.  The teens also worked on our cat Cosmo but that was before I remembered to get the camera out and take photos.

Mandy kept moving around to show us where she wanted us to do Reiki on her.
Mandy kept moving around to show us where she wanted us to do Reiki on her.  (Photo by Josslyn Streett, please link if used.)

I have found that after taking a Reiki class, kids tend to do Reiki most on their pets.  Unless they are encouraged by their parents, the children are a little more shy about doing Reiki on other people.  Even in class this seemed foreign to them, touching others in this new way.  This may take more help from their parents.  I like to encourage and help them along in it, not force them.  Working on pets is a beautiful gift to them and their pets.  If that is all they want to do with their Reiki, I’d say that is a whole lot.  But, I have also found that if I am truly hurting or in pain in some way and I ask my kids to do Reiki on me, they jump to any chance to be able to help me feel better.  If your kids have Reiki in their hands, ask them for help to feel better.  What a wonderful gift they are giving you, and what a wonderful gift you are giving them as well.

A BIG THANK YOU to all my Reiki kids and their families for supporting them in their Reiki adventure.  I’m so grateful for all of you!!

In Love and Light of our Divine Source,

Josslyn

360-460-7829 or rainshadowreiki@gmail.com