I’ve been asked many times, “Why do you do Animal Reiki? Is it really necessary?”
I answer with a quote from Nick Trout. “Perhaps the greatest gift an animal has to offer is a permanent reminder of who we really are.”
Yes, Animal Reiki is necessary, perhaps now more than ever, because Reiki is so much more than healing. Animal Reiki can bring about physical healing and it can help animals recover from trauma and abuse, but it is also about healing ourselves and remembering the things that we used to know.
We use to know that we were part of life on this planet. We used to know that animals had wisdom to share with us. We used to know that all life was sacred and should be honored. We used to know that compassion and kindness are the ultimate healers. We used to know that all life is connected and that what we do to one, we do to all.
Then we became disconnected from our true source, and we forgot. Money became something to worship; families and friends became replaceable. Our physical appearance became more important than our inner light. ‘I’ became more important than ‘we.’
As this disconnect grew greater, our compassion and inner light dimmed. Our bodies grew weaker and became vulnerable to chronic disease. Our minds grew weary and unable to focus on the moment. We became distracted and unable to see our true essence – the light that is inside all living things.
Animal Reiki shows us the way back to health and enlightenment, with animals as our guides. Through the system of Reiki, we learn to quiet our minds and be in the present moment. We practice compassion until it grows bigger and stronger like a muscle. We learn to connect and soon we find that people and animals want to be in our presence. We discover peace. We are happier and healthier because we have found the connection to our true light, our inner spirit. We become kindness and compassion and healing happens simply because we exist.
They system of Reiki consists of several elements:
- The Reiki Precepts
- Breathing Exercises
- Raju or Blessings
- Symbols and Intentions
As an Animal Reiki Practitioner, I practice the elements of Reiki in order to return to my true source. The elements and the animals lead me to a place of peace, love, joy and compassion. And when I’m in this place, everyone I meet feels the effect. A Buddhist priest once said, “A compassionate person is the most powerful healer, not only of their own disease and other problems, but of those of others. A person with loving kindness and compassion heals others simply by existing.”