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Animal Reiki Source Newsletter: April, May, June 2011
By Kimberly Cotter
When I originally signed up for Animal Reiki classes being held by Kathleen Prasad, I had no idea what to expect. I was heading to Florida to meet the woman who not only started the Animal Reiki movement here in the United States, but also would be the instructor. I did not know then how that one weekend spent in the company of many amazing animals would change my life. It was over this weekend that I met Tigger and Pumpkin, two tigers at the C.A.R.E. facility in Longwood, Florida.
By Lynne Crowton
Walking in unison next to a mare as a volunteer side walker at a therapeutic horse riding center, I held on to the disabled rider as we walked and then trotted a few times around the arena. Fifteen minutes into the hour-long session, I felt this gentle heavy flowing feeling begin to move through me. My hands intermittently heated up, and I found myself energetically drawn to the horse and experienced an overwhelming yet fleeting feeling of love and connection. I was in amazement as I looked at the mare and saw her body relaxed with her head lowered to the ground. At this point my focus on the placement of my feet in relation to the mare, the child’s position in the saddle, and the instructor’s voice receded into to the background.
By Cathy Currea
It’s never easy when a beloved pet doesn’t feel well, especially when it’s chronic or even life-threatening. It can be an anxious and upsetting time for both the caregiver and animal. Worst of all, it can bring up feelings of hopelessness, fear and stress as we want to make sure our dogs receive every opportunity to feel their best. Hearing your pet’s “voice” through animal communication and offering Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) allows you to work in partnership with your companion animal as well as bringing hope despite the prognosis.
By Magi Loucks
After becoming certified as a Reiki Master in 2007, I found that while I wasn’t interested in opening a Reiki practice, I was drawn to the idea of Reiki for animals. As I began reading whatever I could find on the subject, references to animal communication kept popping up as sort of par for the course. I had found in my experiences with Reiki that I often received images and ‘knowings’ during a treatment. While this didn’t exactly surprise me, this idea that practitioners might receive similar messages while treating animals, or even from the animals, was enticing, and began to draw me in. Dr. Doolittle? For real??
Originally published in Reiki News Magazine, June 2011
By Kathleen Prasad
Compassion is a beautiful light that comes from your personal practice. Just sit back, relax and open yourself up. Be that sun that shines. The sun does not make any judgment; it’s just shining away. Pure compassion. And from this the animal takes whatever it needs.
-Frans Stiene, The International House of Reiki
Compassion and Reiki: Where does one end and the other begin? A recent trip to Apopka, Florida, to teach Reiki at the CARE Foundation, a sanctuary for exotic wildlife such as alligators, bears, tigers and panthers, helped me to understand more fully compassion as a concept within the system of Reiki.
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