Reiki: Healing for Pets and People

Profound healing is possible through the power of touch. The Reiki practitioner, an initiated individual, channels energy in the form of pure white light to heal. Reiki originated in Tibet thousands of years ago, and its history may be traced through India, Egypt, Ephesus, Greece, Rome, China, and Japan, and from there to the West.

Reiki is not dependent on the energy clarity or healing ability of the practitioner. In other healing modalities, the conscious and subconscious belief system of the energy practitioner may affect the outcome of their chosen healing modality. With Reiki, the practitioner only serves as a conduit for the flow of pure white healing light; thus no negative energy is absorbed by or sent between the healer and the patient.

Reiki differs from other hands on-healing modalities by requiring a series of four attunements, which are like energetic initiations. These attunements activate and set the energy path in the practitioner. This energy path remains active for the practitionerís entire life. It runs through the chakra system and ultimately to the hands. Whenever an initiated individual touches anything with the intention to help or heal, the Reiki energy auto- matically flows through their hands with no effort or expenditure on the practitionerís part.


To give an attunement, the practitioner must be a Reiki master. The First Degree Reiki attunement activates the healing energy so that it flows when anything is physically touched with intention. The Second Degree Reiki attunement activates the energy so that it flows when certain symbols are performed by the Reiki practitioner, who can then activate healing at any distance, even without physically being present. The Third Degree or Master Reiki attunement activates the healing energy that sets the Reiki pathways in another individual.


The Reiki method of healing may be used on plants, animals, and people from infants to the elderly. Some have even had results using it with electrical devices and machines, as well. It has been effective in treating everything from mild imbalances to life-threatening illnesses. Reiki is a wonderful anti-aging technique because it increases blood flow to areas where it was restricted, thereby allowing the body to cleanse itself more deeply. Reiki can also realign muscles, nerves, and even bones, improving energy and information flow throughout the body.

Within the Reiki community of practitioners, many people, such as myself, specialize in working with dogs and cats. Reiki, therefore becomes part of an overall holistic approach to restoring balance and well being on the physical level especially when incorporating clinical nutrition with itís emphasis on canine and feline species specific diets, organic supplementation and then by adding Reiki on the spiritual level we find that this rounds out the whole body, mind, spirit approach to wellness. Thus, we can easily include Reiki as a healing tool in our tool box of healing therapies for both ourselves and our animal companions.

The animal Reiki practitioner often receives intuitive information from the animal during treatment, some refer to this as medical intuition and call themselves a medical intuitive. This intuitive information is helpful to the animalís human companion, if and when one receives it, in understanding what their animal friend is going through at the time and perhaps which organs systems need particular attention. As the signals or energy patterns are read the practitioner can direct the Reiki energy to that particular organ system. Reiki is also quite relaxing to both the Reiki practitioner and whomever actually receives it. Cats and dogs are especially good at living in the moment, and they appreciate as much stress reduction as possible for not only themselves but also for their human companions, as well. They know it is not good for them or us!

The Reiki animal practitioner can be an extremely valuable ally to your doctor of veterinary medicine. However, since there is so little known about energy medicine and its healing modalities in a western veterinary clinical setting, it can often become difficult to include a Reiki practitioner in your cat or dogís therapy. If you find a holistic veterinarian who is a Reiki practitioner, or at least understands its principles, you are indeed fortunate. Perhaps you can open the door for your own vet to explore the many benefits of Reiki for both people and pets.


Rishi G.
Rishi G.4 years ago

We are trying to help people through our articles and additional info. Spiritual healing techniques are now have started making their way to main stream research as alternative therapies.

We have been successful in treating a cat suffering from injury.

Shawn F.
Shawn F.6 years ago

I am a Reiki Master & due to a disease that has handicapped me, I only work on animals now. I also have a Reiki/Prayer page on FB for Pets & People in need of Reiki being sent to them. Unlike a lot of other Reiki pages on FB, I do not charge to send Reiki.

Giana Peranio-paz

It should help animals as well.

Armand B.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thank you. My wife is a level II (2) Reiki practitioner and does Reiki on me, our cat, injured wildlife, and friends.

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago


Miriam W.
miriam w7 years ago

I've recently become a Reiki I. I am a fairly skeptical person but I can not deny the benefits I've have received from Reiki treatments. It really does work! I recommend it to anyone. Now I am going to work on being a practitioner. There's no work in giving Reiki really. Anyone who is attuned becomes a channel for it (no special skill or talent required) but to be a better channel is something to be worked upon.

Crystal Wagner
Crystal Wagner7 years ago

What a beautiful way to heal! You have piqued my interest and will be reading more. Thank you!

irene fernandez
irene Fernandez7 years ago

I am currently in the Second Degree of Reiki and am about to study the third grade. This information encourages me to go further =D

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Johnathan Luke L.

If I may offer a correction... Although many forms of energy healing have been around for thousands of years, Reiki was discovered in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui while he was meditating on Mt. Kurama in Japan. Reiki is a fairly new technique and most masters can be traced back down a lineage tree to him.