Animals Love Reiki

August 25, 2015

The first time I realized how receptive animals are to the healing aspect of Reiki was completely by accident. In fact, it happened while I was training my first Reiki student at her home. Mary had a small brood of French bulldogs who were friendly and curious. They sniffed and snorted their way around the house, often stopping for a few scratches behind the ear or a belly rub.

I had decided that in order to properly demonstrate the proper hand positions for a full Reiki treatment, we needed a stand-in client. I asked Mary’s ten-year-old-daughter, Fiona, if she would be willing to accept a complimentary healing session, so her mom could observe the process, and she gladly agreed. While I briefed her on what she could expect during the session, the dogs busily roamed the room, perhaps checking to see if we’d left behind any crumbs or treats for them to nibble on.

I asked Fiona to lie down and began the treatment. Within a couple of minutes, she was completely relaxed, with her breaths coming in deep, rhythmic waves; the telltale sign a client has opened themselves to the energy and the healing has begun. It was at that point I realized how quiet and still the room had become. I glanced down and noticed that all four dogs had positioned themselves at the foot of the treatment table and had fallen into a calm and restful state. There was no more wandering around. No sniffing and snorting for treats. Just deep, rhythmic breaths that mirrored Fiona’s. The dogs remained in this position for the duration of the treatment, soaking up the energy which had begun to fill the room. They had been drawn to it, knowing instinctively that it was good for them and that they too, could enjoy the wonderful benefits of Reiki.

French Bulldogs courtesy

Pets Understand the Value of Reiki

June 30, 2015

Our pets often become members of the family, and my parent’s dog was no different.  He was what you might consider a “senior citizen” who battled a host of maladies. Before he made his transition, he experienced a decline in mobility. Stiff, painful joints made walking, climbing stairs, finding a comfortable position to sleep in, and even trying to relieve himself, difficult and painful tasks. During one visit, I decided to offer some healing to alleviate his symptoms. I quietly told him I’d like to offer Reiki. Then I placed my hands on his left hip and activated Reiki energy. He was curious at first, sniffing my hands and looking intently into my eyes, but within a couple of minutes, he became deeply relaxed and let out several “Reiki sighs.” As I continued to let the energy flow to him, a very curious thing happened. He began to move his body in different positions so that he could press specific parts of himself against my hands. He was showing me what areas were hurting and in need of healing!

We continued in this fashion until he lay his head down and dozed off for about twenty minutes. When I ended the session, he again looked intently into my eyes. I could feel him saying “thank you.”

The next morning, as I was getting ready, I looked out the window and saw him in the backyard. During the weeks preceding Midas’ Reiki treatment, he had been unable to lift his leg to relieve himself due to his pain and discomfort. He instead, resorted to squatting to do his business. However on the morning following his treatment, I watched as he nimbly pranced across the yard. He then lifted his leg and proudly watered my parent’s plants.

Reiki is a valuable modality for all animals, not just dogs. They intuitively understand and accept  it in ways that sometimes escape humans.  Our beloved pets deserve to experience healing, too.