If you’re like most of my Reiki friends, you love animals and want to support their healing. And you probably already share Reiki with the animals in your life. But are you doing the right thing for your animals?
Did you know that traditional Reiki practice wasn’t designed with animals in mind? It’s true; the Usui system of Reiki was designed to be used by and for people. Most humans will lay quietly for up to an hour while you gently place your hands on different parts of their body. But animals are different. They have a different way of being in the world. They’re more active than humans. It’s not natural for them to stay still.
We can’t expect animals to follow human rules in other areas of life, so why would we expect them to sit or lay quietly for a Reiki session? It just doesn’t make sense. That’s why many of my students say; “I’m not sure he likes Reiki. He’ll only stay for a few minutes and then walk away”. Exactly! So, what do we do?
Luckily, there’s Animal Reiki, a form of Reiki practice that’s designed with animals in mind. Each session is animal-informed, with the animal leading all aspects of the session. It doesn’t rely on touch, which allows us to work along with the animals’ way of being, not against it. It’s a beautiful way to bring compassion and lovingkindness into the world.
I’ve personally seen Animal Reiki heal in such wonderful ways. Jasper, a 2-year-old black lab, found a loving home with the support of Animal Reiki, and Animal Reiki helped Buttons, an adorable Shi Tzu, find a renewed sense of purpose after her caretaker passed.
Here’s what students who’ve taken my Animal Reiki class have to say-
“I have a greater appreciation for all of life since taking your Animal Reiki class.”
“My dog loves Animal Reiki! He just soaks it up!”
“Animal Reiki helped my rescue dog calm down during the recent 4th of July fireworks.”
If you want to help the animals in your life, I hope you’ll join me for my next Animal Reiki class, which starts on September 15th.