Reiki for Animals

Animals benefit just as much as humans do from receiving Reiki sessions. Reiki is a Japanese word for “Universal Life Force.” Reiki energy manifests in our physical world as a band of energy frequencies capable of interacting with living organisms … including people, animals, and plants. As a living organism receives Reiki energy, its cells, glands, organs, systems, energy bodies, aura, meridian pathways, and chakras commence a balancing and harmonizing process, helping to strengthen that organism’s natural healing properties.

It matters not to the Reiki healing energy whether the recipient of the Reiki session is an animal, a person, or a plant. Reiki energy will work the same for all three. The difference between treating an animal with Reiki and treating a person with Reiki is only in the delivery of the Reiki session itself. In our Reiki training classes, we teach our Reiki students how to administer Reiki to animals. It would be impossible to try to encompass all of this information in one newsletter article. To learn how to give Reiki to animals please come to one of our Reiki training classes. Here are some general guidelines for delivering Reiki healing energy treatments to animals:

Introducing Your Pet to Reiki

Animals are very sensitive to energy. If you have just become initiated in Reiki, your pet will sense it immediately. Some pets require a bit of time to get used to the “new you” … other pets won’t leave you alone from the very first time they sense the Reiki energy! Whatever the situation may be for you and your pet, introduce your pet to Reiki very gradually. Let your pet sniff your hands, then give him or her praise and gentle petting.  This process may take time, so be patient. Never hold down or restrain a pet that you are introducing to Reiki. If you were to do this, your pet’s mind would create a negative association to Reiki. Not only is this unfair to your pet, but afterwards this conditioning would be hard to break.

Treating Wild Animals with Reiki

Never treat any animal that you do not know with hands-on Reiki. If you do not know whether or not it would be safe for you to give the animal a hands-on Reiki treatment, then play it safe. Do not run the risk of a bite or greater injury.  Instead, use the Reiki absent treatment technique to call in the animal’s thought-form and then treat the thought-form with Reiki. This is a technique we teach in our Reiki II course. During the absent treatment you will be giving Reiki to the animal’s thought-form. The thought-form acts as the surrogate for the animal.

In our Reiki II course we teach you how to perform in a Reiki absent treatment all that you can perform in a Reiki hands-on treatment. In this way, your Reiki absent treatments can be just as effective as your Reiki hands-on treatments. In fact, we teach you how to feel all the sensory information you feel in a Reiki hands-on treatment while giving a Reiki absent treatment.

(Note:  Our Reiki absent treatment technique is not the same as “beaming Reiki.” In our Reiki absent treatment we are not sending Reiki from a distance. We are literally working hands-on on a surrogate or vibrational link to the animal, person, event, or whatever the subject of the treatment may be. This vibrational link is created through the proper use of the absent treatment symbol key and a specific technique. We teach our Reiki students how to use the absent treatment symbol key and this technique in our Reiki II course.)

Reiki Treatments for Animals with Chronic Conditions

As Reiki practitioners we are not allowed to diagnose or prescribe. Reiki should never be used as a substitute for medical treatment. If your pet has a health related condition, ask your veterinarian first whether or not it would be appropriate to give Reiki to your pet.

With that said, let’s look at how to give Reiki treatments for conditions that have become chronic. Takata, John’s teacher, used to say, “if the condition is three weeks old or older, and has not healed, then the whole body becomes involved in the healing process and you must give a complete Reiki treatment.” Even if the problem started as an injury … if it has not healed in three weeks time, assume that you must give complete treatments.

Attached is a drawing of a Reiki hand position pattern for a dog (the same Reiki hand positions can be used for any four-legged animal). It has seven positions. It is acceptable to reduce the number of Reiki hand positions when treating smaller animals. Repeat the same pattern of Reiki hand positions on the other side of the animal’s body. If you are working on a very large animal, then add as many positions as you would need in order to cover the entire head, neck and torso of the animal. Another of the benefits of giving Reiki absent treatments to animals is that you can make the thought-form of the animal as small as you wish. A horse can be the same size as a Chihuahua.  This ability can save you considerable time while giving the Reiki treatment to the animal, especially if the animal is very large.

You can also create optional Reiki hand positions anywhere on the animal’s body that needs energy. Use either: the “hands next to each other with thumbs touching,” “long pad with an overlap” or “hand sandwich” Reiki hand positions for this purpose. We teach all of these positions in our Reiki I class. The Reiki hands positions are also included in our book “Hand To Hand.”

When giving an animal a Reiki treatment you must be very respectful of the animal. Pay close attention to the
signs the animal is sending you. If he or she seems uncomfortable and wants to get up, then stop the treatment. Give the animal a break, lots of praise, and wait a while before resuming the Reiki treatment. It would not be ethical and fair to hold the animal down against his or her will. After the animal has had a break and you also are ready, resume the treatment, starting with the position located just after the position that was interrupted when you gave the animal a break. Remember to repeat the Reiki hand positions on the opposite side of the animal’s body. At the end of the treatment, smooth the Reiki energy front head to tail three to five times. This will get the aura flow moving in the right direction.

Note: Some animals are so sensitive to Reiki energy that you will need to break their Reiki treatments into short segments … two or three minutes at a time … and spread these segments out over the course of a few hours. For other animals even more sensitive, you will only be able to give them Reiki healing treatments using the Reiki absent treatment technique.

Reiki Treatments for Animals with Recent Injuries

Use good common sense and follow every precaution when treating an injured animal. You don’t know how the animal will react. Reiki is not a substitute for emergency medical treatment. If in doubt, consult your veterinarian before giving hands-on Reiki to an injured animal. If you are treating an injury, treat the injury from the aura, i.e., let your hands hover about an inch over the affected part. In this way you won’t have the risk of placing an uncomfortable amount of pressure over the injured area. After you treat the injury, release the memory of the injury by giving Reiki energy to the adrenal glands. This would be “Position 5” in the Reiki hand positions for animals pattern. Refer to the drawing of the Reiki hand positions for animals, which is included in this article, and do both sides of the body. Reiki treatments for injuries are given in two parts: 1.) Treat the affected area first; and 2.) Release the memory of the injury from the body by treating the adrenal glands. Takata said “If you are treating an injury that should have healed long ago but has not, then the body is still holding on to the memory of the injury.” Always treat the adrenal glands after surgery. Surgery is an emergency to the body. Treat the part of the body that had surgery (let your hands hover from above without touching) and then release the adrenal glands.

The length of an emergency Reiki treatment will vary according to the severity of the injury. A few days ago, we noticed that our yellow lab, Mickie, was limping. I gave Mickie’s aura a quick scan and found a break in the astral matrix above his right shoulder. I then gave hands-on Reiki directly to the area, staying on the position until my hands cooled off … this taking about 30 minutes before my hands cooled. I finished the treatment by releasing the memory of the injury from his adrenal glands (position number five of the Reiki hand positions for animals), taking about another 10 minutes to accomplish. Within an hour after the Reiki treatment, our dog Mickie stopped limping.

Sometime ago, a Reiki student of ours who lives in a nearby town asked John to give Reiki to one of her horses. This particular horse had been lame for some time. The horse had been receiving the usual veterinary treatments, but so far, had not shown any signs of improvement. John went over to her farm. He walked into the stable where the horse was kept, scanned the horse, and found a huge “zing” on the horse’s back. “Zings” are breaks in the astral matrix, the scanning technique we utilize in order to locate “zings” is taught in our Reiki I course. John then gave the horse a complete Reiki treatment, including the area where he had felt the “zing.” By the next day, the horse was walking normally and happily galloping in the field.

Giving Reiki Treatments to Miscellaneous Pets

Treat a bird from the outside of the cage, if he is not tame. If the bird is tame you may hold the bird in your hands and treat. Adjust the positions to cover the whole body; a small animal will require fewer positions.

Treat a reptile from outside his cage … unless it is your pet and you know it is safe to hold the animal.

Treat the fish from outside the container that holds it; most commonly, this is a glass fish tank. Place your hands on the outside of the glass container. The Reiki energy will travel through the water.

Remember, if you are not sure whether or not it is safe to give the animal a hands-on Reiki treatment, it is best to give the animal a Reiki absent treatment instead.

Frequently during the summer, John, and I take rides in our pontoon boat. We enjoy boating in one of the New Hampshire lakes nearby. Our favorite spot is a beautiful small set of islands surrounded by a sand bar. The water is warm and crystal clear. The views mimic those of the coastal waters off Maine. Our yellow lab, Mickie, always joins us on these outings. While there, Mickie and I swim laps around the islands while John enjoys watching us from the comfort of the captain’s chair on the boat. A couple of summers ago, I noticed a small perch guarding its nest close to the area where we had tied our boat. I gently and slowly placed my hands in the water offering Reiki to the perch. Little by little the perch inched its way, swimming into my hands to receive a Reiki treatment. Every day for the next two weeks, this little perch swam into my hands to receive Reiki!

The little perch presented me with a beautiful gift by allowing me to give it Reiki. In Reiki we are not just working with energy, we are joining as one with Spirit. Reiki manifests itself in our lives every day, in infinite ways … not just when we are at the table giving a session, but also in the way that we relate to others, in the way we seek to be of service to all things created by Spirit … the people, the animals … all living things.

3 thoughts on “Reiki for Animals”

  1. My adopted tripod kitty loves Reiki (especially where her back leg was removed). She purrs the whole time while receiving.

  2. Deb, thanks for writing. Animals are instinctively aware that Reiki is healing and just love it!

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