This story was written some years ago when I first began to have an interest in Animal Reiki, but thought it worth posting here.
TALES OF COLORADO - 2013:
When I first learned Reiki, I only thought about giving Reiki to other humans. I shared Reiki with my dog Ruby but didn't really take the time to ponder the world of Animal Reiki until last year. Joe and I found out that a horse in a camp program named Kaboom needed some Reiki and so I bought a book called "Animal Reiki" by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad. It was there that I first learned the meaning of 'asking permission' when offering Reiki to an animal. This allows the animal to truly have a voice in our world. They get to decide for themselves if they want Reiki, how much, for how long, at a distance or hands on and where they would like to receive it. After reading Animal Reiki and several excellent articles in the Reiki News magazine, Joe and I began to visit the ranch where Kaboom lived. We have been practicing and teaching Reiki for some years now, but this was our first experience giving a treatment to a horse. Kaboom turned out to be a very good teacher. One time we visited with him he was eating hay with several other horses in his paddock and so we just beamed Reiki over the fence. Kaboom continued to eat but moved his body around so that we could beam both sides of him and after about 30 minutes he turned to me, walked over and licked both my hands to say thank you and then walked away. This and other experiences with Kaboom made us realize that we were entering into very sacred territory, offering Reiki but receiving back so much more than we asked for. We were able to begin to understand the language of the animal we encountered.
The next chapter of learning about Reiki with animals came this spring when Joe and I took a Reiki for Horses clinic with Anna Twinney (http://www.reachouttohorses.com) Anna is a horse whisperer and Reiki healer, among other things, who has captured the art of Reiki with horses and teaches about it in a most clear and heartfelt style. Her mission is to 'reach out to horses' and anyone who has the chance should take a clinic with her. Joe and I learned a lot, enough to begin to offer Reiki using new tools for communication and reading body language. This past winter I had a few sessions with a beautiful mare named Snickers in which I felt the most love coming towards me from that horse that I have ever felt in my life. There is always a beautiful energetic flow that exists between people when one gets really 'plugged in' to the Reiki energy, but 'plugging in' to this horse's energy was so very clear and rich. This is just one example, but it shows the potential that exists for tapping into our intuition, and opening our hearts to pure love that exists when working with any animals.
I recommend Reiki for animals to any practitioner and if you need some guidance I would be glad to help. I have over twenty years experience working with horses professionally and now am incorporating horses into my Reiki practice. I also highly recommend Prasad's book (above) or the DVD by Anna Twinney Reiki for Horses (see her website above).
We are also available for Animal Reiki treatments in our home or yours, or at your stable. Please email for prices and details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love your animals...treat them to Reiki