Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is Universal Life Energy, a healing modality that permeates body,  mind, and spirit.   While all healing techniques do come from the same Universal Source, Reiki involves a three level training program taught by a certified Reiki Master.  It acts as a healing agent on all natural elements, not just people, and in many Reiki training classes, students leven earn to purify water and remove toxins from foods.  The mjulti-level  healing Reiki promotes is unlimited, working  much like chiropractic as the energy moves through the body, touching the chakra points, allowing self healing.  It is not a cure, the kind that Western medicine continues to seek, but a potent catalyst,  intuitively directed without mental interference and  the pressure of expected outcome.  It flows where it needs to,  never forced.  Ideally, we let go and allow this energy to move where the body absorbs it most.  It's very Eastern in that it just "is: and it just "does."   Of course, many of us have difficulty relinquishing control and abanding expectation, which can interrupt or prevent the energy flow..  But animals don't have this experience. Receptive and grateful, they understand  the meaning of living in the moment and know simply how to "be."  They are therefore them ideal recipients for this natural healing.  Many Reiki practitioners include animals in their practice, and a growing number of, Reiki Masters devotes their practice to the four legged and winged ones. Even holistic and receptive veterinarians recommend and/or use Reiki themselves.

Animals are naturally spiritually open, not reliant upon words and external paraphernalia to understand the natural flow of life -- and death.  They welcome the Reiki energy, whether it is delivered by touch directly on the body or in the aura.  Watching an animal experience Reiki for the first time will convince any skeptic that Divine healing is viable.  When we place our hands over the animal's body usually starting at the head, it takes a moment until the Reiki becomes fluid and enters its system.  At that point, the animal's expression changes very  noticably, sometimes with a quick lift of the head or a twitch that asks, "What is that?!!" Almost always after that initial sensation, the animal relaxes into  to blissful enjoyment, similar to massage.  What's even more notable  is that animals who usually feel anxiety and tension at the veterinarian's office almost collapse into a dream-like state when they receive Reiki from a human they have not met before, trusting in a way that surprises their humans.  

Reiki is administered to animals the same way it is to a human, from the crown chakra down through the root, then to the extremeties.  Some practitioners work  hands-on and others prefer to heal through the aura, but result is the same whether it flows through the etheric body or is transferred by direct contact.  At the end of the session, the animal is often in deep sleep.  

What benefits are there for the animals?  Behavioral benefits include reducing fear and aggression, increased trust.  It offers promising therapy for rescue dogs who have difficulty adjusting after the trauma of transport or abandonment.  For ailing animals, Reiki used as an adjunct strengthens healing.  Most importantly, for terminally ill animals, Reki can be an antidote to toxic pharmaceuticals such as chemotherapy and steroids.  While it will not "cure" an animal, it eases the pain, cradling the animal in loving, soothing energy, and insulates them in lovingkindness as they prepare for and journey to the next plane.

Reiki is a healing prescription for the self, not limited to those whose plan is to hang a shingle outside their alternative healing business. People who live with animals would be wise to consider Reik training as the greatest give they can give their companions.  It lasts forever.  It's also easy to find a local certification class just about anywhere.

Below is a photograph of a usually frenetic macaw in various stages of a twenty-minute Reiki session.  The session lasted half an hour.  You can see the calm.  You can have and share that peace with your own dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, horses, sheep.......

Lisa Shaw is an animal communicator, Reiki master, professor and writer who lives in South Florida with her four animals.  Her e-book, Illumination: Life Lessons from our ANimal Companions, is available on Amazon Kindle.  Her web site is

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