healing

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? Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin

THIS Makes All the Difference Animal Reiki Blog

THIS Makes All the Difference

“What does it mean to heal?” This question is so important for Animal Reiki Practitioners to ask themselves. And your answer will make all the difference in your ability to connect gently, respectfully and effectively with all animals, no matter their species, history or healing challenge. Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin

Reiki Meditation to Help Your Dog Through Orthopedic Issues

Almost all of us who have dogs have experienced working with them through orthopedic injuries or ailments at one time or another. Many of us have rescued dogs who may have come to us injured. Others of us may have dogs who have faced ordeals such as surgery or a long rehabilitation due to orthopedic …

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Remembering Makoto, 1998-2018

I‘d like to take a moment to honor a very special teacher of mine who recently passed away: a black leopard named Makoto, who lived at the CARE Foundation in Florida. He lived to be 20 years old, which is very old for his species, and pretty amazing, considering the neglectful and abusive circumstances he …

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The 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki

The 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki In the Let Animals Lead® method, created by Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki is defined as animal-guided healing through meditation. This approach is composed of 6 Pillars of Practice. Kathleen describes these pillars as follows: 1. This method is founded upon traditional Japanese Reiki …

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3 ways rescued cats are the best teachers

3 ways rescued cats are the best teachers

I am a Reiki teacher who works with animals. Some might ask me if I’m an “animal healer,” but I don’t like that term: Partly because I respect the wisdom and power of animals too much to claim that I’m the one doing the helping, and partly because of what some amazing cats in my Reiki journey have revealed to me …

What was your first Reiki experience like?

As animal lovers, it’s easy to get so immersed in caring for our cats and dogs that sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. It’s happened to me—and I’ve seen it happen to those I love. But what happens when our animals become sick or elderly, and taking care of them suddenly requires a near-24/7 level of dedication and commitment? What happens if we get sick during this time? (Learn more about compassion fatigue here.)

I recently gave a Reiki treatment to one such person, a man whose family recently said goodbye to their elderly dog and is currently coping with a senior cat suffering from kidney failure and other serious issues. This man had always been open to my Reiki treatments for the animals, but never thought of them for himself. But I learned this past weekend that he had been very sick for many weeks—the prescriptions weren’t working, he wasn’t sleeping, and he was in near desperation for some comfort. I asked if he wanted Reiki, and was happy to hear him say yes.

The following is an excerpt from the beautiful letter he wrote to me the next day; reading it illuminated a few really important things for me …

meditate on compassion

What happens when we meditate on compassion?

As an animal lover with a very soft heart, I sometimes feel the world is a very cruel place, especially for the innocents of the planet, like animals and children. As a Reiki teacher, I find meditating on the Reiki precept “be compassionate to yourself and others” helps me to be mindful in difficult moments …

The valuable life lessons a shelter dog taught me

Although I like to stay informed about my world, sometimes I hate to watch the news because it is so pessimistic. I often call it “the bad news.” To help stay balanced, I like to meditate on the Reiki precept “be grateful.” In contemplating this precept, I remember all the blessings and good things in my life and in the world. Eventually, my mind comes to rest in the spiritual quality of positivity. When we live each moment in gratitude, it is a way of practicing a positive way of seeing the world. Practicing gratitude is also a way of focusing on our heart. Within our hearts lies our most profound healing power, and positivity helps us to harness it. Sometimes animals are the best models of positivity …

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