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Animal Reiki by Mary Caelsto
non-fiction, animal reiki
full-length book (50,000 words)
Cover Art by Winterheart Design
Reiki, a Japanese method of stress reduction and relaxation, isn’t just for people anymore. It’s for their pets, too. As a form of energy work, reiki dovetails nicely with other practices just as well as it works on its own. The only tools you need are a desire to better the life of a companion animal and an open mind. With this book as your guide, you’re just a few deep breaths away from changing not only your life, but also the life of your animal companion. From one animal lover to another, Reiki On!
Note: This is a greatly expanded and revised version of the book originally called Animal Reiki To Go.
When reiki practitioners work on human patients, they utilize a hands-on approach. There is a series of hand positions working from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet. However, when working with animals, oftentimes the exact positions may not be practical. In fact, touching an animal, especially when it is in pain, can cause further suffering. Reiki also can be practiced at a distance, and unless the companion animal is docile, it’s best treated with hands-off methods.
To give a reiki treatment, the practitioner starts by clearing her mind. She may then spend some time sending reiki to the room to purify the space. Then the practitioner may start the series of positions, working from the crown, or top of the head, to the feet. Or the practitioner may spend some time scanning the aura to determine where best to apply reiki, and work specifically on those areas. More informal reiki treatments can be given spur-of-the-moment. For example, an injured or ill animal may benefit from reiki given directly at the site of the injury. Even surrounding an animal with reiki energy, as opposed to the more formal treatment with each of the positions, provides a healing bubble of energy.
Although the primary purpose of reiki is to assist in healing, it has many other uses. Both people and animals benefit from the stress-reducing and relaxing benefits of reiki. For example, a pet traveling with its human caretakers may be anxious in a car. Reiki helps calm the animal’s nerves. Introducing a pet to a new environment can be another stressful situation which benefits from reiki.
Animals in a rescue situation often have more than physical wounds; they have emotional ones as well. Reiki works on all levels of the body. Animals coping with feelings of abandonment especially benefit from reiki to help them feel comfortable in their new situations. Once an animal has been placed in a foster or permanent home, reiki aids in reinforcing the feeling of safety and comfort such a place provides. It can be used to tell an animal, “You’re safe here. You’re loved.”
Reiki, however, doesn’t have to be used solely on domestic animals. Most of us live in areas with wild animals. From feral cats and dogs roaming our city streets, to the deer, rabbits, squirrels, and other animals that inhabit our suburban neighborhoods, we share our small corners of the world with creatures that could benefit from reiki. Do you want to create a circle of protection to keep deer from being hit on your street? Try sending them reiki. How about keeping rabbits out of your garden? Don’t yell at them; send reiki. The uses of reiki for wild animals are limited only by a person’s imagination.