by Rose De Dan
We share this world, Pachamama (a Peruvian Quechua word meaning Mother Earth), with species seemingly vastly different than ourselves. Many of us feel a loss of connection, a distancing from the natural world that surrounds and maintains precarious toeholds within our cultivated, civilized areas. And so we bring the natural world into our homes - plants, fountains, other species (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish)—to share our space with us. And we do this because it makes us feel good, perhaps not consciously realizing that what we seek is a return to balance, harmony, and connection with all our relations.
The phrase "all our relations" is Native American in origin, and means all living beings, but with a difference, for indigenous cultures recognize the force of spirit in places that Western civilization does not. Spirit can be found in the Standing Stone People (oldest beings, the bones of the Mother, Pachamama), the apus (mountains), Mamacocha (the oceans, water as blood of the Mother), the Tree People (the plant kingdom), the feathered, the finned, the furred, the scaled, the creepy crawlies (insects, spiders, etc.)—all our relations—all of whom participate in the dance and cycle of life upon the belly of Pachamama, our Mother Earth. Divided into separate land masses and nations our human populations increase, as does our awareness of our interdependence—where one nation’s actions can have a huge impact on global economy or upon the environment of neighboring nations—so to do our actions have impact upon the Other Nations—the different species that share this world, our neighborhoods, and our homes—other species who sometimes suffer greatly from a lack of our understanding or concern about their needs.
It is time to stop waging war on the Other Nations, or at the very least holding ourselves separate; time to come to an understanding of our place in the natural cycle, and to learn to be in this place and time harmoniously. When we establish connection with the animals that share our homes we also establish connection with the larger universe and hence ourselves.
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki & Shamanic Healing, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic initiate in the Inkan Medicine tradition, and animal communicator, specializes in natural healing for all species (humans not excluded) in partnership with her dog and cats in Seattle, WA.
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General Information about Treating Animals
Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Source
Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle and noninvasive. It doesn't cause stress, discomfort, or pain, and yet yields powerful results. Animals respond intuitively to Reiki's power to heal emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries.
For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment.
For animals who are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture treatment, and enhance the effects of flower essences.
For dying animals, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear, and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death.
(Kathleen Prasad, continued)
Approaching Animals with Reiki
The approach is key when working with animals and Reiki. Animals appreciate being given control of the treatment: in other words, being allowed to say "yes" or "no" to the treatment as well as determining the way the treatment will unfold. This means the practitioner needs to follow a few basic rules to be successful in the treatment:
Always begin by asking permission of the animal directly OR by setting your intention that you are open to facilitate the healing process for the animal for as much energy as they are open to receive, or none at all (this is a form of permission).
It's best not to initiate hands-on contact when working with an animal. Always allow the animal to be the one to initiate contact.
- Allow the animal to move freely in the treatment space. Pay attention to what your animal is telling you by their behavior about how he or she wants you to give the treatment
Animals appreciate a passive and open approach.Do not "beam" or "send" energy to the animal or to a specific health issue the animal has that you "think" needs healing. Instead, try "offering" the energy in a non-assertive manner. Imagine you are creating a Reiki bubble around yourself which the animal can move into and out of freely, or build an imaginary "Reiki bridge" which the animal can cross if he or she wants to participate in the healing treatment. In this same vein, your body language should match this passive intention: in other words, don't initiate and hold eye contact, don't make yourself "big" and dominant in your body position. For example, try to stay on the same physical level with the animal and remain in a non-threatening pose -ideally, don't stand up over a small animal on ground level or have your hands up and palms facing out like a predator about to pounce.
Let go of your expectations about how an animal should behave during the treatment (they usually do not behave like humans, lying down motionless for 60 minutes). The typical treatment consists of an ebb and flow of hands-on/short distance Reiki as well as short periods of movement and relaxation. Also, let go of your expectations about what healing result the animal should manifest.
- After you finish the treatment, always thank the animal for participation in the treatment.
(Kathleen Prasad, continued)
Animal Communication and Reiki
These days, many animal communicators have their training in the system of Reiki and find the two go hand-in-hand. So, you may ask: what is the difference between Animal Communication and the system of Reiki?
Animal Communication and the system of Reiki, for many people, intertwine and interconnect, and many say that Reiki enhances their communication work with animals and vice versa. Although complementary in many ways, the two techniques are not identical: they have different aims. It's good to remember this if you decide to incorporate animal communication into your Reiki practice, or vice versa, so that you can have a stronger and more clear intention in your work with the animals.
With Animal Communication, the goal is to create a dialog between the communicator and the animal: to listen to what the animal has to say as well as sharing information with the animal. Communicators also often provide feedback, if possible, to the animal's human companion about issues that may be going on. In other words, communication is about connecting with what is going on and then interpreting that information verbally. Animal communicators advocate for the animal, as well as giving support to the human companions by clarifying issues that are confusing or unknown (for example surrounding unknown behavior problems, the dying process, or lost animals).
With the system of Reiki, the practitioner's goal is to become as clear and empty as possible so that the energy (Reiki) can flow strongly for the highest good of the animal. You do not need to know what the animal's problem is, Reiki will always go to the source of health issues, bringing balance and healing on all levels. You may or may not receive intuitive information as a result of the deep energetic connection created during the treatment: such information, when received, is merely a by-product of the Reiki experience, but is not the goal or purpose of the treatment. The goal and purpose is to be a vessel through which the energy can flow-- to let go and allow Reiki to do its work, without expectation or attachment to outcome.
For many people, the deeper they go into the Reiki space, the clearer and easier it is for their intuitive information to flow. For others, the energetic connection of the Reiki treatment may not bring many intuitive messages. Either way, this is not an indicator of whether or not the Reiki treatment was successful. Indicators such as relaxation and stress-relief behaviors from the animal as well as the practitioner's own feelings of the flow of energy will indicate a successful Reiki treatment.
As I post this video, I will make the "official disclaimer" that Reiki is not meant to be a substitute for known & effective medical treatments...
Very interesting Pamylle--great video-you can just feel the calmness coming off this woman. Thank you for sharing this.......................Love Liz.
My friend, the wonderful Ginger Geronimo, has posted some alternative healing & "green" links for pets on C2NN (these links are to her articles, so you can note them, or comment, if you like):
Caring for a Dying Animal
The time around an animal's transition can be a period of greater closeness for the animal and his person as well as a time of growth and transformation; for this reason working with people and their animals during this period is very rewarding. Animal communication, Reiki, and flower essences help people and their animals to be able to move through an animal's transition with greater ease and peace.
When an animal is approaching his transition, communication is reassuring for both the animal and his person. Animals often have important matters they want to talk about with their people as they prepare to leave this world. These matters can involve their physical comfort, the effects of treatments and/or medications, eating issues, and important emotional and spiritual matters they want to share with their people before they leave.
Communicating with an animal assists people in understanding how to help their companion be comfortable at the end of his life and, along with Reiki and flower essences, helps the transition to be as easy and peaceful as possible for everyone. Most importantly, communication helps the animal and the person to share their hearts with each other so that each can have comfort and a sense of completion as their time together in a physical form draws to an end.
To read more:
Tellington Touch for Senior Dogs, or Dogs Recovering from Surgery
Kathleen Prasad interviews Gail Pope from BrightHaven Animal Retreat (http://brighthaven.org) for the International House of Reiki. Gail talks about the benefits of working with Reiki and animals. Kathleen Prasad (www.animalreikisource.com) is a graduate of the International House of Reiki and is a renowned animal Reiki practitioner and teacher.
Amazing healing sessions between humans and a resident wolf with a neurological disorder.
Elizabeth Whiter gives instructions on directing healing energy to animals.
29 minutes long.
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