Article by Carrie Anderson
Giving distant healing to animals in need is a wonderful cause… I volunteer with an online group that receives requests, on an almost daily basis, for animals that have been rescued from dire situations. The requests are mainly for cats and dogs. Many have been abused and need extensive veterinary care and rehabilitation.
I find my connection to the animals mostly dogs and cats, to be quite strong. It’s very helpful to have a description of the animal in need, a general idea of location, injuries and what outcome or intention the requestor is seeking. A photo is extremely helpful. This information helps me set the intention for healing and to create a stronger connection to the cat or dog. Not all requests have this information, the situation might be more of an emergency and more details will be provided once the animal’s condition has been stabilized.
I like to use crystals when working with these healing sessions. I visualize the animal in front of me. If I know the breed then I can create a layout in tune with the size of the animal (dog mostly, since cats are relatively the same size). I locate the chakras and then place crystals on top of each one. I prefer to use crystals that coordinate with the colors of the chakra. This helps me to feel closer to the animal and creates a stronger visual tie. I begin drawing symbol Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen three times to establish that this is a distant healing. At each chakra, I first draw Cho Ku Rei three times; followed by Sei He Ki, drawn three times. Due to the trauma and injuries associated with these animals, it is important to use Raku at the end and to remember to cut the cord.
Many times in these sessions, I can almost sense the animal, as though there is a part of them in my room. I use my hand motions to help soothe them since I know they are in great pain. There have been cases when I felt that I was actually stroking an animal. My hand motions become more like those of petting an animal.
I don’t always know exactly what the animal is suffering from but I do get stronger hits on some chakras. For instance, once I was working on a large dog. When I got to his throat chakra, I started crying. I stayed on that chakra for most of the time. I later revisited his information and looked at updated postings about his condition. His particular trauma had involved a major operation to his mouth. I know that’s why his throat chakra was in need of healing and energy.
In many cases, these animals have been so poorly treated, that the Reiki requests are mainly for a kinder, less painful end to their suffering. It’s brilliant to see an updated photo of an animal that looks healthy, happy, and ready to be fostered/adopted. Those are the best outcome cases. There are many situations, where the animal could not be healed from his wounds, and passes on. It can be difficult dealing with this loss and sadness. Even cutting the cord during sessions doesn’t cut your empathy for the life of an innocent animal. If you feel called to help animals in need this is a great way to use Reiki energy healing.
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Carrie Anderson is a Usui Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Animal and Pet Reiki Master, Grief Reiki Energy Healer, Teen Guided Meditation Facilitator. She works with several healing energy modalities: Color Therapy, Hand Mudras, Chakra Balancing, Reiki Space Clearning and Real Manifesting Practitioner. Carrie also has her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification. Additionally, she enjoys volunteering at her local animal shelter. She is a member of Natural Healer Society and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org