Article by Ashwita Goel, Reiki Master
Many healers tend to have a deep love for animals – take this love a step further, help them out with a Reiki healing!
If the animal is already healthy and has shown signs of enjoying Reiki, you might want to get your pet attuned. Check if your Reiki teacher is used to or comfortable with the idea and of course, prepare your pet for it by talking to it first. Animals that are attuned bring a great deal of healing and peace to their surroundings.
If you are interested in healing animals – whether your own pets or other animals, here are a few tips.
When Is It Useful?
That we can heal an animal that is physically ill, is obvious. But even animals that are afraid, having psychological problems, trouble adjusting, or trying to cope with a traumatic experience can find deep healing through Reiki.
Dogs love Reiki: Pet dogs can be quite highly strung and having family members leave them alone can be quite a traumatic experience. If your dog seems to bark too much, resists getting trained or tends to chew up everything in the house when alone, Reiki can help.
Asking for Permission
As usual, the law of free will applies. Always ask for permission. You can verbally or telepathically request permission, and ask the animal to go hide somewhere if it is not interested. If this seems hard, start with giving a little Reiki and see if he/she seems to like it, before continuing.
How to Heal
Heal yourself first: It is very important that you are practicing Reiki self-healing regularly before you attempt to heal animals. Most pet animals fall sick not because of their own problems, but because they have developed blocks by picking up the diseased energy of the family members. So, make sure your own energies are in order before you try to fix those of your pet.
Then the animals: Animals have similar chakras to human beings. The root chakra is best accessed at the tailbone, and the sacral, solar plexus, heart and throat in underbelly. Brow and crown chakras would be at the usual positions. We can heal additional chakras like nose, ears, paws and tail.
If it is your own pet or if the animal is comfortable with you, then you can heal it by placing your hands on various positions. Animals that are ill or have been though trauma may not be too open to a stranger healing them. In that case, heal from a distance or through flooding.
Let your intuition guide you in the healing. I prefer letting Reiki guide me with hand placements instead of healing chakra by chakra as most animals need very little Reiki unless they are sick. As with children it is quite normal that they run away after receiving a little bit of healing and it is ok to stop when this happens – it means they are done.
If your pet seems to run away too quickly, then you might want to just sit in a Reiki meditation, allowing your pet to rest in that space if it likes. Chances are it will fall into a Reiki nap near you.
Note that the first time they receive healing, many animals seem to just fall asleep and wake up only after 8 to 12 hours. This is common and is nothing to worry about.
Enjoy healing your pets!
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Having learned Meditation as a child, Ashwita incorporated Reiki into her life during her early teens. After a decade of witnessing the magic Reiki, she felt compelled to take up Reiki professionally, and ended her corporate career in 2007, taking up Reiki full-time. She eventually incorporated EFT, hypnotherapy and past life therapy into her work. Apart from her healing work, she teaches Reiki and meditation, and her book ‘Healing Through Reiki’ is available on Amazon. You can connect with her through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Reiki.Bangalore,
her website http://www.reiki-bangalore.com/ or visit her blog http://www.ashwita.com/zen/.