Lessons from Swiss Chocolate on Animal Reiki
Hmmm, chocolate and Reiki for animals…related? I say yes!
I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Switzerland this past May. As I ate my way through every chocolatier in the Lake Geneva district, you may have thought wow all she wants to do is eat chocolate. Well, yes perhaps that is true, however I'm here to tell you that I was also doing very important research on animal Reiki!
To me, a delicious Swiss chocolate bar is the perfect metaphor for how we can deepen our animal Reiki practice. How? Well there are many aspects to our enjoyment of an excellent chocolate bar that can give us hints about how we should aspire to be when we are with the animals and Reiki! You see, they should both be transcendent experiences that bring us into the present moment.
Read on chocolate lovers…..
Lesson 1 From Chocolate:
Don't judge a chocolate's wrapping, and don't judge an animal by his appearance.
Does it matter what the wrapping of your chocolate looks like? Absolutely not! In fact some of the most humbly wrapped bars (just foil and brown paper) may contain the most delicious bars of all!
So for me, the chocolate wrapper is a reminder that we should let go of our expectations when we set our eyes upon an animal. Just because their body might look weak, sickly, etc., we shouldn't judge it: underneath the surface we can discover that the strength and beauty of their inner true essence can be quite a surprise!
I remember the first time that I visited BrightHaven and Gail introduced me to their oldest cat (32 years old at the time!), and she was describing him as a "tiger" and "vibrant." Well, I was looking at this small and rickety old creature with one eye and thinking, "Is she looking at what I'm looking at?" And the truth was, no, we were looking at two different things: I was looking at the outer layer (with my physical eyes); she was looking at the inner spiritual layer (with her heart.)
Just as how with chocolate, I will soon disregard the outer wrapping to find the chocolate itself, I should always look deeper than the surface with the animals I meet so that I can connect with who they really are.
Lesson 2 From Chocolate:
Creating the perfect chocolate bar is like creating the perfect animal Reiki connection.
When making a delicious and transcendent chocolate bar, the ingredients and the creation process are what determine the taste. Only the finest ingredients must be used, (cacao, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, etc.) in all the right proportions, and they must be blended in such a way that they are smooth and harmonious to the taste buds.
When making a deep and meaningful Reiki connection with an animal, our ingredients and creation process also will determine the outcome. We must use the ingredients of loving-kindness, courage, surrender, joy and harmony in all the right proportions. We must blend these ingredients harmoniously within ourselves in such a way that we naturally radiate a beautiful space of compassion and love which will encourage the animal to trust us enough to come forward and connect.
Lesson 3 From Chocolate:
The experience of tasting the most delicious chocolate bar is how our state of mind should be when we are connecting to an animal in the Reiki space.
When we close our eyes and taste that little bite of chocolate, it is a time to let go. Let go of rushing, let go of worries of life, let go of all the things in life we "must" do, and choose to savor and appreciate this present moment. We can just "be" with the layers of flavors as the chocolate melts in our mouths. As the chocolate slowly melts, it also dissolves the hectic nature of the day and the busyness of the mind, replacing it with a sense of stillness and wellbeing.
When we connect to an animal in Reiki, this is also a time to let go. Letting go of time, letting go of expectations, letting go of the need to "do" or "fix," letting go of our intellect and opening to a wider state of mind. We should in fact, simply "be" with the animal in this beautiful, harmonious space of healing. There is nothing to do but humbly savor our connection with each other as Reiki melts us into one, slowly dissolving the differences of species, replacing it with compassionate peace and wellbeing.
In conclusion, the next time you offer Reiki to an animal, just think of a delicious bite of chocolate, and it will remind you of the best way to be present. And by the way, you should know I've been eating chocolate as I write this article. And I recommend that you eat chocolate after you read it. You know, for the direct experience :-) And….for your animal Reiki practice!