Reiki and pets

For the first 21 days of July I am sharing inspiring videos, posts and other resources to help people practice Reiki self-treatment treatment every day, to benefit themselves and others.

Today I want to talk about the impact Reiki has on our pets.

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Amy often hangs out when I am working with clients

It it is my experience that animals love a person that is energetically clear as they are pleasant to be around. Shortly after I learnt Reiki I found animals, particularly dogs would plant themselves at my feet requesting a treatment.

Animals are hugelty connected to their own awareness and an awareness of the energy around them. They are therefore, often excellent barometers of our health and how we are.

I remember returning home from my Reiki Third Degree course to be looked at quizzically by one of our cats Daisy. Clearly my energy was different and I looked strange. Another time I was giving a Reiki treatment to a client in the garden and our newest pony Dainty came down into the paddock next to us and spotted us there. She spent a full five minutes running backwards and forwards, with a highly energetic and inquisitive trot, as if she had never seen anything like this before. It seemed to delight and fascinate her at the same time, a behaviour she has never repeated since.

Self-treatment partners

My my students tell me that their pets often come and sit with them when they do their self practice. I think this is lovely, as clearly the animal is enjoying whatever is going on.

Reiki for pets is also very enjoyable. Unlike humans, pets are often very clear in what they need, and unafraid to ask for it.

Daisy puts a paw on me

I’ve also received Reiki from a pet. Just this week Daisy reached out and put a paw on me and whenever I am sick our cat Amy will come and lie on me – which is the only time she ever does that.

What I love about animals is they clearly feedback how effective Reiki is. Just yesterday our sweet pony Squirrel came in from the field in severe pain. She was waving a leg in the air and trembling all over. I instantly asked if she would like healing and she gestured yes. Within seconds she was yawning, something horses do when they experience a release of tension. It didn’t stop the pain, we still needed a vet to come and look at her, but it did give her some much needed support and now she knew I was aware of how she was feeling.

Reiki has so many applications, for this Reiki 21 Day Challenge, I invite you to share your Reiki practice with your pets. By that I mean do your self treatment in their presence if they’re happy for you to. One of the greatest gifts you can give your pets and the people around you, is to be completely healthy and whole.

About the Reiki 21 Day Challenge

Once trained in Reiki and our initial 21 days clearing is over, it is easy to get caught up in the busyness of living and forget to prioritise our practice.

This event is designed to remind you of the simplicity and joy of practising Reiki, and perhaps teach you a few things along the way.

This event takes place on Facebook. You can register your interest here. Once there, simply click on the “Interested” button to receive the updates in your notifications, and to sign up to receive the content each day.

Enjoy!

Becci

Founder, Reiki 21 Day Challenge

What’s it like to have hands that heal?

‘Tis the Christmas season (Merry Christmas all!) and some chance for some down time! This means time with loved ones, friends and family and a lot more time to relax and go slow. I LOVE this time, when many are on a break and the country just seems to slow down a bit, go inwards and do repair work.

Merry Christmas everyone!

So in this resting, inwards time, it’s unsurprising that I find myself drawn to self treat and support my loved ones more. As they relax and unwind from a hectic year gone at full pace, I find that Reiki is a perfect way to supercharge their recovery, deal with things that couldn’t be deal with when the pressure was on, and set people up to be successful for the days, weeks, months, years ahead.

But what is it like to have ‘magic’ hands as some describe them. We aside from being ‘pretty awesome’,  here’s what I experience when I treat.

Empathy

First off, I know straight away what a person feels like on the surface layers at least, when I meet them. I am very empathic, which means I quick connect into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a person that is open and willing to share them. This instantly gives me a lot of data about where their challenges lie, what support they need and whether what I offer can provide anything of value.

Next, I’ll often find mySelf drawn to a particular place or area. This may appear to be unrelated to the issue they present with; I have long found to learn and trust my intuition as too many times to count, it has served me well.

Next, I power up my hands with the Reiki symbols before I start by scanning the energy of an area to see what I can feel and experience. With a physical condition I may choose to do this hands on as I find a person’s body can give me a vast amount of data about what is going on where. For example, I can often easily go straight to an area of discomfort or pain without even being told there is an issue through simple intuitive knowing. You learn to trust it in time. Just yesterday I was helping my husband with his back problem and intuitively knew we needed to work with the hip flexors and lower abdominal muscle first. It turned out that those too were sore, though he had not mentioned them. It was only when I had worked with them first would the Reiki/my guidance allow me to on and treat the most vulnerable bit near the spine. The whole thing was like peeling the layers of an onion, peeling back layer after layer of imbalances – all being guided by my hands that were acting like stethoscopes and able to listen to what was going on.

Conversely, if the problem is in the outer energetic layers then I will treat with my hands away from their body, sometimes clearing and sweeping away old and stagnant energy and constantly monitoring what I am noticing and feeling so I can adapt and change my strategy.

When treating, particularly when I am doing hands on work, my hands can get very warm. I notice this myself and sometimes my clients comment on it too. I take this to mean a sign that wholeness (healing) is happening, and to keep going till I get the feeling the treatment is done.

Don’t ask me how any of this works, I don’t know, I just know that something happens!

All over wellbeing

Finally, I may just place my hands on an area that is easy to get to, to give a general all over body sense of wellbeing. Not all Reiki is needed or requested to heal a particular condition or problem, some just love receiving Reiki because it tops them up, gives them lots of resources to cope with life with or it feels good. My cat Amy definitely falls in the later category! Despite being well and generally healthy, she’s been going for all the Reiki she can get! It is a lovely experience to give Reiki, so so long as I’ve the capability, I’ve been happy to oblige.

Amy, the cat, is loving receiving Reiki any time she can!

For me though, Reiki is a whole body experience with my hands both being the listening instrument (along with my energy field and my intuition), and one the main receptacles through which Reiki is given.

It’s absolutely joyous to notice and experience the changes that are going on underneath your hands, and the changes in the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the person and/or animal after. Win -win!!

Set boundaries

Whilst a very easy thing to do (which is why I like it), Reiki does require some effort. I find it valuable to have good listening skills and actively seek on a daily basis to improve my ability to be present. The fact that it takes effort is something I honour and respect. This is important when around those that have not yet yet developed the being present/aware skill. This is because you may find yourself inundated with healing requests. Whilst this may be fun and boost your ego at first, if you give in and always put someone elses needs before your own you gift soon so becomes devalued and unappreciated, and you become drained. The best way to deal with this is to set clear boundaries on what you are and are not willing to do, and when you must stop to meet your own energy and healing requirements. It is important in such situations that you come first, and you share what is surplus to your requirements. It is never wise to be wrapped up in someone else’s needs, hoping that one day they’ll repay you.

Finally, a little word about animals. Highly perceptive beings, whether they know you or not, they will often come and ask for healing if they know you are capable. I find in these cases I decide what I am willing to share with them and organise something that is of mutual gain. Many Reiki healers will tell you that they are very drawn to treat areas of imbalance where it is clear that Reiki could help. However, it is important to remember we have no right to enter another’s space without their permission. Similarly, no being is allowed into our space without our permission.

We may be highly gifted people, but it is up to us how we work with it.

To find out more about Reiki Treatments or learning to give Reiki yourself go to the What to expect or Learn Reiki sections.