There are many benefits to the practice of Reiki, but two of my favorites are how easy it is for anyone to learn, and how much animals love it.
In my introductory Reiki Level 1 class I explain to my students that the attunement process, as conducted by a Reiki Master Teacher, enables any student to immediately begin facilitating Reiki afterward. By becoming “attuned” to the energy of Reiki the student becomes a conduit, with the focus on “being,” rather than “doing,” Reiki. In other words, in Level 1 it is “hands-on, Reiki on.” If it is your intention to offer Reiki, and the recipient wishes to receive Reiki, then the flow of energy simply happens—there is no need to concentrate or perform complicated steps.
During my Level 1 training my teacher, Kathleen Wilk, described Reiki as a milkshake; the recipient draws on the Reiki energy (the milkshake), through the practitioner. The rate of flow, fast or slow, is gauged by the perfect intelligence of the Reiki energy and its dialogue with the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the recipient. The Reiki practitioner is simply the straw. When the flow of the energy is fast, it is not uncommon for the Reiki practitioner to become quite warm.
Debbie Noyes, a brand-new Level 1 Reiki practitioner, shared a story she called “Accidental Reiki” at a recent Reiki Review class; a story that illustrates the beautiful simplicity and power of Reiki as well as the innate understanding that animals have about its benefits.
Debbie told the class, “One night I fell asleep with my right hand outstretched, palm up, and woke up feeling really hot and sweaty. My cat was lying on my hand, and my other hand was on top of him. I was doing Reiki in my sleep!”
The whole class laughed—we could easily visualize her cat seeing his opportunity and placing his order, “One Reiki sandwich, please!”
Postscript: Debbie says, “Jerry always asks for his Reiki session. I just have to sit down on the couch after dinner and he comes running. Sometimes he licks my palms and bites the fleshy part of my thumb if I’m not paying attention. Cats are subtle, aren’t they?”
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
In private practice since 1996, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic practitioner, author and artist. As an animal shaman she views her mission as one of building bridges between people and animals through healing sessions, classes, ceremonies and events such as A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.
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