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Animal Reiki

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (3)

I have practiced Animal Reiki since July 2010. (I also practice on people). My passion is to help neglected and abused animals. I volunteer for a dog rescue and own several rescued dogs and cats. I follow my heart (spirit), my Reiki Master Teacher, and Kathleen Prasad in using Animal Reiki. I have included two informative Reiki website links.

Rei means “spirit,” and Ki means “energy,” so Reiki translates to “spiritual energy.” All things are made of energy. Reiki travels through us from the Divine Source, we are the instument used to channel Reiki into someone or something that needs healing or calming.

Everyone has access to this energy regardless of religious background or education. Reiki is mostly used through the palms, but in reality Reiki flows through all our energy centers and pathways (i.e. chakras and meridians), so is moving throughout our whole body. The more you practice Reiki, the more you will feel the energy flow.

Reiki is also used to describe a Japanese energy healing system, rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the 1920's and used today for “hands-on” healing. The origin of Reiki is still a mystery. Some believe that it is very, very old from the time of Atlantis. There are many forms of Reiki today.

Reiki energy may feel like a wonderful glowing radiance or warmth that flows through and around you. People feel different things with Reiki energy and some may not feel anything at all, but Reiki is always working or flowing.

Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle and noninvasive. Animals are very receptive to Reiki energy. It doesn’t cause stress, discomfort, or pain. 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.

SARAH, Shelter Animal Reiki Association, brings animal Reiki to shelters and rescue organizations founded by Kathleen Prasad (Animal Reiki Source), and Leah D’Ambrosio in May 2008.

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Reiki Code of Ethics

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have practiced Animal Reiki since July 2010. I have three rescued pets. My passion is for neglected and abused animals and volunteer for a local dog rescue. I practice Reiki on my pets, others and myself daily. I follow the Code of Ethics that was developed by Kathleen Prasad founder of Animal Reiki Source.

Guiding Principles:

  • I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.
  • I honor the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.
  • I understand that all animals have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.
  • I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to the human view of the animal kingdom.
  • I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:

  • I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts into my daily life and Reiki practice.
  • I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.
  • I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animalkind as our partners on this planet.
  • I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.

In working in the community, I hold the following goals:

  • I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my life and with the animals, teaching by example.
  • I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organizations in my community.
  • I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.
  • I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.
  • I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honor other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:

  • Share information before the treatment about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing system and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.
  • Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as "postponement" policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.
  • Never diagnose. I will always refer clients to a licensed veterinarian when appropriate.
  • Honor the privacy of the animals and their human companions.
  • Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.
  • Respect the human companion's right to choose the animal's healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate, with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:

  • I work in partnership with the animal.
  • I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his or her decision to accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal's body language in determining the response.
  • I allow each animal to choose how to receive his or her treatment; thus each treatment could be a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal's preference.
  • I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.
  • I accept the results of the treatment without judgment and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal's openness and participation in the process.

Copyright © 2007, Animal Reiki Source

Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad

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