Over the past few weeks, I have been able to provide Reiki healing for a great number of pets who are dealing with fairly serious illnesses -- a cat who fell 10 stories onto someone's balcony, a dog recently diagnosed with cancer, a horse with a severely broken (healed) knee ... I feel blessed to be able to help maintain their energetic balance, well-being and health.
I am consistently amazed by how sensitive and receptive animals are to Reiki. And how clearly they communicate.
Take, for instance, Oliver, the cat who fell 10 stories onto a balcony. (As an aside, he had surprisingly only dislocated his femur. He walked with a distinct limp but did not break any bones. Talk about nine lives!) I sat in his apartment, with his mom nearby in a meditative state, and allowed him to dictate to me how much hands-on attention he needed. He initially greeted my palms with his forehead but then proceeded to lay down a few inches away from me. He clearly told me that he did not need a lot of direct attention - in fact, when I leaned forward to get closer, he shot me a look that said: Proceed No Further. I took the hint ... and then within minutes, he got up and came back to rub his forehead against my palms. Soon after, however, he trotted away, and I got the message that enough was enough. Oliver's mom, too, deeply benefited from the Reiki session; in fact I got a message from her the next day saying that she had the best night sleep that she's had in a very long while.
More to come ... perhaps next time I'll talk about the human/animal relationship and how Reiki can help heal that too.
As a devotee to Horse Nation (and all animal nations, really) for over 25 years, one of my primary goals for studying Reiki was to help nourish and heal our animal friends. I finally got my certification in Animal Reiki this past June (2011) and have set sail.