First, What is Reiki?
Reiki is a meditative system of spiritual practice developed in Japan in the early 20th century. Rei means spirit and ki means energy, translated as “spiritual energy”. Reiki is all about light, love, harmony, balance, compassion and peace. It is creating a meditative state of mind to foster compassion within ourselves and for others, which facilitates healing.
What Exactly is Animal Reiki?
Animal Reiki is meditating with animals to create a compassionate healing space to relieve stress, promote relaxation, harmony, balance and a sense of overall well-being. It respects the animal as an equal partner in the healing process. The animal can move freely in the healing space during the session. “Hands-on Reiki” is used only if initiated by the animal. Reiki is just as effective from a short distance as it is hands-on. By holding this compassionate space, the animal receives the healing energy he or she needs, not what we humans think the animal needs. I like to involve the animal’s person in Reiki sessions because animals often feed off our energy and stress. People find they are more relaxed and peaceful after a Reiki session with their animal, which in turn, helps the animal relax and heal.
Animals are also honored as teachers and can show us the way to healing and living a balanced, peaceful and compassionate life if we are willing to listen. I always walk away from a Reiki session with an animal with the feeling I have received as much healing and compassion as they have, if not more. We can learn so much from even the tiniest animal, if we are just open to it.
How Can Reiki Help an Animal?
Reiki compliments your animal’s health and wellness program because it is safe, noninvasive, and does not interfere with medical/veterinary treatments. Reiki can do no harm and effectively addresses physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental issues of animals. Reiki always heals on some level, even if we do not see it. Reiki promotes a sense of harmony, peacefulness and overall well-being, which allows the animal’s body to heal itself. Reiki is gentle, noninvasive, painless and stress free.
Reiki can help animals heal by:
- decreasing stress and anxiety
- helping reduce pain and inflammation
- helping reduce behavior problems and aggression
- helping heal past abuse and trauma
- complementing veterinary and holistic care
- lessening the side effects of medical treatments
- supporting the dying process
What Animal Reiki Approach Do I Use?
Often Reiki practitioners use the same approach with animals as with humans, and this is not always effective. Animals are much more sensitive to energy than humans; often the “hands on approach” is overwhelming or off putting to them. I use Kathleen Prasad’s Let Animals Lead™ approach. Kathleen developed this approach over 20 years ago when she realized human Reiki techniques were not working well with animals. Let Animals Lead™ combines traditional Japanese Reiki practices with honoring the sensitivities, preferences and wisdom of animals. Kathleen has used her experiences with thousands of animals to hone and perfect her method and is considered the world leader in Animal Reiki. I am in gratitude to Kathleen for sharing her approach and am honored to continue to learn from her.
What Do I Not Do?
As an Animal Reiki practitioner, I do not diagnose conditions, prescribe nor perform medical treatment, nor interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. I always recommend an animal be taken to a licensed veterinarian or licensed health care professional for any ailment, condition or concern.