General Animal Reiki Articles

This page is the place for you to read about all things animal Reiki! You’ll find articles about Reiki’s healing benefits for shelter animals, how Reiki can help heal compassion fatigue in animal caregivers, and even how chocolate can teach us about animal Reiki! There are also several articles about what exactly animal Reiki “is,” including one written especially for vet techs. It’s not always easy to explain animal Reiki to others, but hopefully these articles will shed some clarity on animal Reiki’s meaning and help you in your next Reiki conversation. A common theme throughout many of these articles is the fact that Reiki starts with you, and radiates a beautiful peaceful and compassionate space that helps others to heal as well! CLICK HERE for a supportive audio course, “Heal Yourself, Heal Your Animals,” that will share important tips and powerful techniques for interspecies connection and healing.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Do you remember the movie The Sound of Music? That was one of my favorites when I was little, especially that song, “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…” We all have favorite things that keep us going through tough times. But in reality, the best favorites aren’t “things” at all! They’re the places in the heart and mind that experiencing those “things” take us! In fact, the more we let go of “things,” the more space we make to grow love and light in our lives. For me personally, my life …
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Equal but Different: Lessons from CARE 2020

It never ceases to amaze me, the way animals come into our lives to teach us. One of the beautiful things I’ve learned along the way in my Animal Reiki journey, is that sometimes it’s the most unlikely of animals that become the most profound teachers. Just over a week ago, Leah D’Ambrosio (co-founder of SARA) and I had the privilege of visiting old friends (2- and 4-legged) at The CARE Foundation in Florida, as well as seeing the healing effects these animals had on my students in the classes. One person …
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Healing is such a charged word, isn’t it?

What does it mean when we say that Animal Reiki heals? For example, does it mean we have some kind of magical power that other people don’t have? Does it mean that we ourselves, as Animal Reiki practitioners, actually cure specific ailments of the animals in our care? I believe the answer to these questions is “No,” but it shows you the kind of confusion that can happen when we talk about what Animal Reiki is and what it does. As Animal Reiki practitioners, I believe we should see ourselves as holding …
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Here’s How to Properly Use the Let Animals Lead® Trademark

Let Animals Lead® is trademarked to distinguish this method from any other method of practice in the Reiki and Animal Reiki world. This trademark also helps protect the reputation of me, Kathleen Prasad, and my educational academy, Animal Reiki Source. However, I want to share this method with as many of my students as possible, to support your work in the community. As my student, trained in my method of Animal Reiki, you have legal permission to use the Let Animals Lead® trademark on your website and in your professional materials …
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Animal Reiki Blessings for the New Year

Can you believe that we are beginning a new year and a new decade? This year I am so grateful for all the amazing animals and people that I met through my classes and travel. I’d love to share with you my reflections on 2019. Professionally, this past year I taught again at my favorite sanctuaries and animal centers: The CARE Foundation in Florida, Catskill Animal Sanctuary in New York, Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in Essex, England, Foothill Farms Equestrian Center and Small Animal Hospital in the Sacramento area, Lily’s Legacy …
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5 Core Values Animal Reiki Practitioners Should Live By

5 Core Values Animal Reiki Practitioners Should Live By

Formal meditation practice is just the beginning of our Animal Reiki practice. The true purpose of Animal Reiki is living a kinder life. How can we progress on this journey towards living fully with loving kindness and compassion for all creatures? Try spending some time contemplating the following five core values and their relation to your Animal Reiki practice. We’ll find our best success with animals if we actively cultivate these qualities, not just within our meditations with animals, but also beyond! Stillness: It’s important to meet the animals where they …
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The Art of the Perfect Animal Reiki Session

What qualities create the ideal Animal Reiki session where animals are honored as equal partners and allowed to lead their own healing process? I know what I’ve found to be most important, and I’ve shared it with you here on this special infographic. I’ve created this as a special gift to encourage and inspire you! As you can see, my idea of a “perfect” session isn’t about expectations of how the animal should behave or focused on specific healing outcomes. It’s not focused on hand positions or traditional practitioner protocol. Rather, the …
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Holding Space with the Let Animals Lead® Method

Holding Space with the Let Animals Lead® Method

The Let Animals Lead® method is unique in its simple yet profound intention to “hold space” for animals and their caregivers. We are not “animal healers,” but rather Reiki practitioners who focus on the meditative teachings of Reiki as powerful support for animals to self-heal. Animals are drawn to the meditative space, and very sensitive and responsive to this space of compassionate connection. The Let Animals Lead® method teaches its practitioners 4 qualities to nurture while holding space: 1) SAFETY: We practice letting go of expectations about what “should” happen during and …
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be kind to others on social media

Be Kind to Others…Even on Social Media

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” –Jane Goodall I love this quote by Jane Goodall, as it reminds us that kindness is a choice, and not always an easy one. Don’t be afraid to take the high road and choose kindness, even in a difficult conversation. Perhaps when we’re with animals, we find it easier to choose kindness. However this can be hard to remember in the online culture, where people often hide behind their computers and make …
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