REIKI & EFT
The Greek God of ancient mythology, Hermes, stated:
"Everything is energy. moving at different rates of vibration.
Spirit is the highest form of energy...Everything is interconnected."
Reiki is a holistic energy therapy that benefits both humans and animals.
The term Reiki is a Japanese word meaning "Universal Life Energy".
Often referred to as ‘Ki’, ‘Chi’ or ‘Prana’, this energy has been around for thousands of years. Reiki is spiritual in nature, but there is nothing you are required to believe in before you can learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki will work whether someone believes in it or not!
REIKI FOR ANIMALS
HOW CAN ANIMALS BENEFIT FROM REIKI
Sometimes our energy can become blocked, low and out of balance. Reiki can be incredibly healing and works with people and animals alike. This and other energy therapies can be beneficial on an emotional, behavioural and physical level. In today's world, it is important to take care of oneself and it's only natural that we should want the same for our beloved animal companions.
Like us, animals age and may experience physical ailments, illness and stress. They can even pick up on their humans emotional state. Domestic animals sometimes take on the stress and emotional traits of their owners.
Gentle and non-invasive, Reiki can help restore balance and bring about a sense of calm and harmony. Reiki can be particularly helpful to animals during time of crisis or transition.
Reiki can be offered remotely via distance or in person. One of the beautiful things about Reiki is that it can be offered even when not physically present with the recipient and healing can occur without any physical contact. Reiki is energy- and energy knows no bounds. When practiced with people, it is usually done hands-on, with a gentle placement of the hands on or very near to the person. With animals, the same technique can be applied however since not all animals like to be touched, treatment can occur without having to touch the animal. Physical contact is not a requirement of Reiki. This is particularly useful when dealing with a shy, fearful or aggressive animal, animals who may be challenging to work with because of their sheer size, and also wild animals.
I love using Reiki with animals because they are so sensitive and naturally in-tune. They tend to respond faster to Reiki than humans and most respond very positively to it.
For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of calm and contentment.
For animals who are unwell, Reiki is a wonderful and safe complement to conventional and holistic veterinary medicine, Chinese medicine and other forms of treatment. Reiki does not interfere with the effectiveness of conventional veterinary medicines or treatments and Reiki practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe substances or perform medical treatment.
For animals who are nearing end of life, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, reduce fear and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death.
I find Reiki can be particularly beneficial during palliative care. Reiki is also a wonderful way to support a dying animal's family, helping to bring a sense of calm at what can be a very emotional and difficult time.
Reiki may also be highly beneficial to animals in shelters and adoption centres, and wild animals in zoos and other captive settings. I offer my services to shelters and sanctuariesfree of charge.
Energy knows no bounds. This is why Reiki and energy healing therapies work remotely, even from across a vast distance. A Reiki and energy healing practitioner does not use his or her own energy but rather directs bio-energy, or life-force energy, which the recipients body uses to heal itself. This energy therefore can have a positive effect on wellness.
Here's an amazing video showing what positive effects Reiki can have on animals. This was filmed at a farm sanctuary where Reiki therapists from the 'Animal Reiki Source' (the organization that I trained with) spent several hours working with the animals. Kathleen Prasad, the woman who founded Animal Reiki Source leads several classes in Reiki for Animals and devotes a great deal of her time helping animal sanctuaries and shelters.
Before becoming specialised in Reiki for Animals through Kathleen Prasad, founder of the Animal Reiki Source, Istudied Reiki through a Reiki Master named Miguel Chavez. Because of this, my Reiki linage is very close to Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr Usui is credited with being the founder of Reiki. I am very grateful to have this lineage, as there are only six teachers before me, which means that my Reiki training is very close to the original teachings of Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki.
You may read more about the history of Reiki here.
William Lee Rand