The other day I took my little rescue dog, Roxi, to the vet for her annual wellness check. Now, Roxi, when I first got her, had demodectic manage and 50% off her body had open sores and no fur at all. On the ride home from where I picked her up in NH she bled all over me. The first thirty days I had her, I used only homeopathic healing methods, mainly a diet free of wheat, soy, additives of any kind and of course, Reiki. She made steady progress right away with her daily Reiki treatments. This poor little dog was so sick and broken that during one treatments she literally passed out on her back in my hands and I could see the pain and fear come out in the waves of tremors that shook her small body.
Roxi also suffered from anxiety, BIG anxiety. She was afraid of everything and felt safe only with me. She was so quiet the first few days she shared our home, my husband remarked that she was more like a cat than a six month old puppy. Gradually Roxi became more comfortable but still struggled with fear of people. She was especially fearful of feet, apparently having been kicked, and anything being over her head (like a doorframe, a hand, a table. Yesterday she walked under my legs and this was a big deal because she never does that. Progress, one year later. I am pleased to report that Roxi is now a happy, well socialized girl who enjoys life with her sisters and foster brother very much!
Back to the vet… after I had Roxi 30 days, I brought her for a wellness check and to get her immunizations. Now keep in mind, this is 30 days since she came home with me. Because of the diet and daily Reiki, her fur was filling in on her lower body and all her sores had healed up. Still, the reaction from them was an immediate and remarkably forceful recommendation that she go on medication to treat the mange. Clearly they did not believe me when I said she was making progress. While I prefer a more natural approach, especially since I had seen results, I agreed to try the treatment with the caveat that if I say any adverse reaction, I would stop it. Fortunately Roxi handled the oral treatment like a champ and I have to admit she made much more rapid progress after that. I am happy to report that the mange resolved completely and has not returned. I would not hesitate to recommend this treatment as I do feel that it made a big difference to her overall health to get the parasites out of her system quickly. The before and after results convinced me that the mange was literally sucking the life out of her.
On our most recent vet visit, I decided to approach a particular veterinarian who I felt I had a good rapport with about Reiki. I handed her a business card and suggested that is she had clients who were open to it, she might want to refer them to me. If the card had burst into flames, she could not have reacted more strongly. She actually took a full step back to avoid it. I have seen technicians look at a diseased stool sample with more kindness. Really? I mean, I live and breathe Reiki, crystals, spirit guides. This is normal in my world, thank God. But what makes an educated, worldly, young doctor react so strongly to a different form of healing? I was shocked and dismayed, though of course I didn’t show it. I put the card back in my purse and continued on as if nothing had happened.
It makes me wonder though, about how the rest of the world views universal healing. It’s sad that something so natural and beneficial should be feared. I am fortunate to work in the world of massage, where therapists are open to Reiki and now some clients are requesting Reiki as part of their massage. Many of the therapists have taken Reiki I and II with me and are attuned to universal energy. It’s a beautiful thing!
Gradually the world is becoming aware of Reiki and the healing arts. Sites such as Reiki Rays.com have helped tremendously by spreading the awesome benefits of Reiki healing. Small businesses sprout up daily offering natural alternative healing. I look forward to the day when people welcome Reiki into their lives both as a primary healing modality and to complement traditional medicine
I believe as practitioners it is important for us to be open to opportunities to educate the public to the benefits of Reiki without scaring the pants off them. It is a delicate balance. I would be interested in hearing how others feel about this and your experiences in dealing with fear and prejudice.
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://