Many humans have experienced the benefits of Reiki, and are advocates of it, so it seems a shame that we humans should keep it all to ourselves. Why not share it with our animal friends?
When I was attuned to Reiki, I was taught that the word “Reiki” is formed from two parts, “Rei” means universal life force, and “Ki” means the flowing life force, known in Sanskrit as “prana.” In Reiki, we are taught that this life force flows through all living things. Briefly, Reiki works by the practitioner channelling this energy through the recipient’s body, working on the chakras, to enable the body’s own healing processes to activate. For those of you who have never tried it, I wholeheartedly recommend it! Animals come to Reiki without any preconceptions or prejudices, so whatever they feel or take from Reiki is right for them at the time.
The first time I ever gave Reiki to an animal, a Labrador dog, I was really nervous. Not because I don’t like animals, but because I didn’t know how the animal would react. The poor dog had a large tumour on its side, and was in a great deal of pain. As soon as I started to give him Reiki, he became very calm, and stayed perfectly still for the whole “treatment.” I was pleasantly amazed. I wish I could tell you that the dog was miraculously cured, he wasn’t, but he did seem to be in far less pain and much calmer afterwards.
Another time, I gave Reiki to a rescue cat. He was a lovely little boy; he only had one eye, and had been found wandering in the Wandsworth Road, in London. For those of you that don’t know, the Wandsworth Road is a long, busy road, and it’s not a great place for a human, let alone a little cat. I’m not surprised he was in a state of shock when he was taken into the nearby Battersea Home for Dogs and Cats. I had to use distance Reiki on him to start with, he wouldn’t let me near him for a month, he was so nervous and scared. Once he trusted me enough, I started to use hands on Reiki. I was overjoyed as the vet at Battersea had told me that he might never fully socialise. My little cat enjoyed the sessions, and would lie for a couple of hours without moving while I was giving him Reiki. He started to become a loving, friendly little boy and ended up being my best friend.
Last year, the cat belonging to some friends in Norfolk had been acting very strangely and had been falling off of his favourite resting place on the back of the settee. He wasn’t injured in any way when he fell, and the vet had been unable to find anything wrong with him. He wouldn’t go to either of my friends for cuddles, which was most unlike him, as he’d usually spend most of his afternoon on Geoff’s lap. He also stopped going into their bedroom at night. They were very worried when I went to stay with them.
Almost as soon as I got there, their cat came and sat on me, which he didn’t do very often. I didn’t know what was wrong but I started to give him Reiki straight away. He came into my bedroom every night during my stay there, until the day I was due to go home, when he looked up at me, jumped off my lap and went back to sit on Geoff!
These are just but three examples of occasions when I’ve used Reiki on animals, but there have been many others. In fact, it may be the reason so that so many animals gravitate to me, and seem to feel comfortable in my presence.
There are some important things to remember when giving Reiki to animals.
Firstly, they can’t tell us if they are hurting so we must be very careful when handling them. It’s usually safe to place our hands on cats and dogs, although be extra careful if they have any injuries or tumours, in case you hurt them by mistake. If you have very small animals, it’s best just to hold them gently in our hands and let the energy flow into them.
Secondly, although it probably sounds obvious, the bigger the animal, the longer a Reiki session will take. For example, I would normally spend an hour per session with a human, so I’d expect to spend twice that with a horse, or similar sized animal.
The normal rules of hygiene apply when you are treating a sick animal; wash your hands before and after. This is for both yours and the animal’s benefit, you don’t want to cross infect if you can avoid it. I have never tried to treat poisonous animals, although I’ve read about people who have. It’s my understanding that all animals can be treated with Reiki, but for me, I’m happy just to give Reiki to my pets and those of friends.
Some hospitals and many hospices use Reiki on humans nowadays, in association with other therapies, and there are many Reiki practitioners who specialise in giving Reiki to animals, so there is some anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness, and it is definitely becoming more widely accepted by conventional medical practitioners. So if your animal is a bit under the weather, why not try Reiki, in addition to any other treatment? It might just make a difference.