Article by Patti Deschaine
Do you ever send Reiki to the animals that share space with you around your home? Animals have much to teach us if we take the time to listen. Noticing and connecting to wildlife you see every day will help you grow your awareness and deepen your Reiki practice.
Animals are very intuitive. They instinctively know who will help them, or who may intend to harm them. Almost immediately following my first attunement, I noticed a difference in the way animals perceived me. The first obvious sign was when strange cats began showing up in my yard. This had never happened before; my four big dogs usually discouraged visiting kitties – however here they were, in all different sizes and colors, lounging in my driveway and sprawled out on the back lawn. I sent them some distance Reiki and telegraphed them a message about the dogs. This seemed to work and the visits eventually dwindled with no cat-dog confrontations. Whew!
So much of communicating with nature is simply paying attention. Slow down, become quiet and really look around you. If an animal appears to you frequently, it may have a message to convey. Hawks, crows, hummingbirds: these winged creatures have unique messages to share with us. A hawk that suddenly shows up can be a sign that change is coming. Hawks are strong predators, but they are sometimes plagued and harassed by smaller birds who may not want to share territory with them. I have had hawks visit me frequently, the latest one was visibility injured. He landed on the fence near my driveway, a sheltered area that provided some protection from the crows who had been dive bombing him. I sat cross-legged on the porch six feet away and sent him Reiki for some time. The next day he was gone and I haven’t seen him since. Hopefully he is healed and on his way.
Crows are intelligent birds that you can actually build a relationship with. They recognize faces of those who have been kind to them and share that information amongst themselves. They have also been known to bring small trinkets to those they consider a friend. Hummingbirds are light and playful and may appear to remind you to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Hummingbirds are tiny, but strong and they are able to travel long distances without tiring.
Though some animals may come to you injured and seeking healing, others simply appear because they see your connection to the natural world. Deer, rabbits, chipmunks or other wild creatures will often approach those they intuitively recognize as spiritual beings. If this is true for you, you are blessed indeed. There is nothing more peaceful than enjoying nature up close! If you don’t have this gift yet, you can develop it over time. Spending time outdoors and experiencing nature deeply through meditation strengthens your connection to earth and helps to bring you in tune with trees and animals. Call upon the Spirit of the land you live on to help you better commune with the natural world.
Animals that are sometimes a nuisance to property, like raccoons, snakes, squirrels or moles, can be approached with Reiki and asked to move along or to stay away from certain areas. Sit quietly and send your message with respect and kindness. Once you learn to communicate with animals, you will find it almost effortless.
I always send Reiki to animals I see alongside the road that are injured or even dead. Though it may be too late to ease their suffering or return them to health, I can at least send love and light to assist with their spirit’s transition to the next world.
Don’t forget to share Reiki with your domestic animal friends too. Reiki is relaxing, immune boosting and mutually beneficial to both the sender and the recipient. Cats, dogs and other pets will generally welcome the gentle, soothing energy of Reiki. Anxiety, aging, pain and other issues will show improvement with every treatment and bring you closer to your best friends.
Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://