Reiki for Animals
Reiki is a holistic energy therapy that benefits both humans and animals.
The term Reiki is Japanese, meaning
"Universal Life Energy".
Often referred to as ‘Ki’, ‘Chi’ or ‘Prana’, this energy has been recognized
for thousands of years.
Reiki for Animals
It is important to take care of ones well-being and it's only natural that we would 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 and take on the stress and emotional traits of their human.
Sometimes our energy can become blocked, low and out of balance. Reiki can be incredibly healing and works with people and animals alike, on an emotional, behavioural and physical level.
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 illness, stress (due to crisis, changes to their environment), and during end-of-life transition.
Using Reiki with animals is wonderful because animals are very sensitive and naturally tuned-in to energy. Animals tend to respond faster to Reiki than humans and most respond very positively to it.
For animals who are well, Reiki may help to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provide a sense of calm and contentment.
For animals who are unwell, Reiki is a wonderful and safe complement to conventional and holistic veterinary medicine and other forms of treatment. While not a substitute for veterinary care and advice, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide an animal with comfort, relief from pain and may aid in an animal's healing.
I find Reiki can be particularly beneficial during palliative care for animals who are nearing their end of life. Calming and relaxing, Reiki can help reduce fear and anxiety and may also ease the end-of-life transition. Reiki can also be a beautiful way to support an ill or dying animal's family, bringing a sense of calm at what can be a very emotional and difficult time.
Find out more about the benefits of Reiki for animals here.
In-person Reiki sessions may be available depending on where you are located. But one of the amazing things about Reiki healing is that Reiki is energy- and energy is not limited by distance or geography. Reiki can be offered remotely, regardless of the distance. This is particularly useful with animals, since not all animals like to be touched. A practitioner may chose to be somewhat near the animal but does not have to come into direct contact, or they may offer Reiki remotely, preferable when dealing with a shy, fearful or aggressive animal, animals who may be challenging to work with because of their sheer size, and also with wild animals.
Reiki does not interfere with the effectiveness of conventional veterinary medicines or treatments and practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe substances or perform medical treatment. A Reiki and energy healing practitioner does not use his or her own energy but rather directs bio-energy, or universal life-force energy, which the recipients body uses to heal itself. This energy can have a positive effect on wellness. Find out more about Reiki here.
Reiki may also be highly beneficial to animals in shelters and adoption centres, and wild animals in zoos and other captive settings. I have offered my Reiki services to animal shelters and sanctuaries free of charge.
Below is an amazing video showing what positive effects Reiki can have on animals. This was filmed at a sanctuary where Reiki therapists from the 'Animal Reiki Source' (the organization that I trained with) spent several hours working with the animals.
Reiki Lineage and the History of Reiki:
Before becoming specialised in Reiki for Animals with Kathleen Prasad, founder of the Animal Reiki Source, I studied in England with Reiki Master Miguel Chavez. Because of this, my Reiki linage is very close to Dr. Mikao Usui, who developed Usui Reiki Ryoho and is often referred to as "the founder of Reiki". I am very grateful to have this lineage, as there are only six Reiki Masters before me, which means that my training is very close to the original teachings of Dr. Usui.
There were other models of Reiki healing prior to Dr. Usui, as Reiki energy has been around at least for thousands of years (perhaps since the beginning of time) however Usui Reiki is the predominant form of Reiki practiced in the world.
I love this description of how Reiki may also help in our personal development. "The positive, healthy traits Reiki is capable of developing within us include patience, love of self and others, non-competitiveness. It moves us into a place of acceptance of others’ ideas and beliefs and helps us to be non-judgmental, empowers our ability to forgive, develops gratitude for friends and family and for all we have and experience, improves the quality of joy and peace we experience and most importantly increases our connection to the Source..."
You may read more about the history of Reiki here.
Juli's Eastern Lineage:
William Lee Rand
Juli's Western Lineage:
William Lee Rand
The Greek God of ancient mythology,
"Spirit is the highest form of energy...
Everything is interconnected."
Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary and medical care and advice. Wildflower Healing does not diagnose or prescribe medication. At no time is the information I share and/or Reiki a substitute or replacement for veterinary care or a medical diagnosis for an illness or injury. Please consult your trusted medical practitioner or veterinarian for any healthcare concerns you have for an animal or yourself,