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Building Bridges With Animal Reiki

Building Bridges with Animal Reiki

I was asked to be one of several practitioners offering mini-Reiki sessions at an annual retreat for women and girls. Everyone was receptive and appreciative except for one teenager.

I was in the initial stages of a Reiki session with a woman when the door burst open, and this teenage girl rushed up to my client and blurted out, “Mom! How could you have signed me up for Reiki?! I mean, massage is just fine, that I get, but Reiki?! It’s just too weird having someone lean over you with their hands on you and then declare, ‘You’re all better now!’” The girl then turns to me and says, “No offense.”

If I had not been aware that the mother was mortified by her daughter’s actions, I would have laughed out loud. Far from taking offense, I could certainly see the daughter’s viewpoint since many people are not as aware of healing energy as animals. I thanked my many years of doing my own personal clearing work, which now enabled me to look beyond myself to see what the real issue was.

After the daughter had departed, secure in the knowledge that she did not have to participate in a Reiki session, I reassured her mother that I took no offense. I added that it was good to see her daughter so vibrant and healthy and apparently not in need of a Reiki session. Mom responded, “Well, I really thought she could use a session; she needs it.” Now, having a clear indication from the mother that she was seeking help in some form, I stepped back and took a “look” shamanically. Was there something that could benefit both of them?

I asked if her daughter liked animals. Mom’s face lit up, and her energy expanded, and she told me her daughter was crazy about them (it turned out that Mom was, too).

So, I began to tell her my own personal stories about Reiki and animals. Reiki is a really cool way to connect with animals—it increases one’s “animal magnetism.” That means that all animals perceive and respond to good, positive energy and an open heart. Animals are drawn to the practitioner through the love embodied in Reiki energy. A student of Reiki facilitates self-healing through daily personal Reiki treatments, promoting energetic balance and healing emotional issues of trust, which then increases the student’s openness and re-connection to the natural world, something the animals really appreciate.

In my career as a Reiki healer, I am often approached by animals who take one look into my energy field and want the brand of energy I have on tap, namely Reiki. A classic case was Gracie, a cat who lived across the street from me and who used to show up on my doorstep whenever she did not feel well. I would open the door, and there she would be, looking for her personal Reiki healer. And she never failed to get her session—who could turn down such a trusting compliment?

It was not my intention to use stories about animals to entice either mother or daughter into taking a Reiki class, although that was a possible outcome, but rather to promote the commonality they shared—a love for animals. Perhaps the animal stories might bring them closer together, building bridges across the sometimes too-wide gap between generations during the teen years, which I sensed both desired.

By gently steering mother and daughter to my articles or book, perhaps they might feel validated in their own perceptions, which in turn might encourage them individually to follow their intuition in taking further steps on their paths toward wholeness and happiness. And most likely, along the way, they will be encouraged and supported by their own domestic animals. Our animal companions love us unconditionally, are so perceptive in reading our emotional/physical needs, and are always willing to offer us their own healing assistance and guidance.

One of the most important intentions in any healing modality is to support your clients in achieving healing for THEIR highest healing good. This means that the practitioner must let go of attachment to a certain outcome; the client should receive what they need, not what the practitioner thinks might benefit them the most. Allied with that is the intention to empower the client to be an active participant in their own healing. So, once I told my animal Reiki stories, I let go of attachment to the possible outcome, trusting that the universe knew best. But I’m still very human; I can’t completely disengage from personal attachment—I still hope that mother and daughter at least enjoyed reading my articles, which is the fervent hope of every writer!


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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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  1. Great post! What a vivid image you painted of the girl dashing in with the ‘Mom, how could you’ statement!

    My absolute favorite part was the last paragraph: supporting our clients for their highest good. Never hurts to be reminded of that. Thanks for sharing!

    Janet Roper

  2. Yes, letting go of the results is the hard part, last Sat. I took my dog to the Vet for a check-up. Mary the office manager and I struck up a conversation about Reiki, I gave her one of my cards and mentioned that if they ever have an animal in need to give me a call as I live just two blocks away.
    She said they have an old hound/lab mix who lost her owner last Jan., the owner was an elderly man that never came home from the hosp., and no family members want the old dog.
    I offered a free session for “Maddie”, Mary gave us a private room and I began. During the session Maddie had a hard time really relaxing, tho she did have some good releases, I just sensed the energy of a sad old dog and hoped that the session would balance her some.
    After 30 minutes she let me know she had had enough as she stood up and walked away.
    I called today to check on Maddie but Mary said she could not see any improvement, that’s the hard part!!!we want what’s best for their highest healing good, I just hope that Maddie found a wee bit of relief, and that perhaps there will be another session in our futures.

  3. Hi Cindy, since you took Reiki Master training with me, I feel somewhat comfortable offering some suggestions based on experiences in my healing practice. As I do not have a medical history on the dog I will keep my advice general.

    Many dogs are not completely comfortable the first time in a session, it is new and strange, and they need time to experience the benefits after the session and to develop trust with you especially in this case where the dog’s life has been turned upside down. Additionally you are offering Reiki at the vet’s, where the dog has every good reason from past experience to wonder when the invasive procedures begin (-:

    Since the dog is elderly, most results will not be seen right away, it takes more than one session to help old bodies and spirits regenerate a bit. On the basis of that knowledge you could offer to come back on an every other day basis, or tell them that you will be offering distance healing for him (I would suggest 10 minutes daily for about two weeks).

    I might also suggest offering him a Reiki attunement if you have not already done so. In addition I would also suggest sending Reiki to the situation, perhaps there is a home out there for this old boy, but leave the intention open for whatever is needed.

    And yes, even now, it is not always easy for me to let go of wanting to see a positive response, but you never know how it will all play out in the long run. Perhaps the session made a huge difference spiritually to the dog, something that is not easily seen. Shift perception to viewing the dog as your teacher, ask him show you the way and see what happens.

    Kudos to you for being willing to put yourself out there, and for your good heart (-:

    Best wishes,

  4. Hi Rose,

    Thanks so much for the advice, I did offer an attunment and I could tell he responded to that.
    I forgot to look at the dog as MY teacher, thanks for reminding me of that.
    I will do the distance Reiki daily and yes, maybe his spirit was helped a bit.
    Thanks Again,


  5. The moment a Reiki healer “diagnoses” the needs of a patient, s/he inserts her ego into the universal energy and loses the all-important connection with “universal” energy. All healers need an occasional reminder that healing is NOT about the healer. The patient too often conceals personal needs or does not know the actual source of the problem. My treatments are far more successful when I simply allow the energy to go where it is needed; it needs no human instructions!

    My cat is a constant reminder that the energy runs both directions. There are days in all lives that feel “off”; my cat knows mine and comes to offer support. Sometimes she is subtle, curling beside me or watching from her pad on my desk. If I ignore her efforts to distract me from a mental stew, she moves to “phase 2”: standing between me and whatever I am trying to do. Her choice spot is between me and my computer monitor while I am fighting with phrasing or writer’s block. Try as I might to relocate her, she will return to interrupt my thoughts (even catnip is no deterrent).

    I finally learned to heed her instructions and take a break from my current (sometimes unrecognized) quandry. She then does whatever cats do to heal their friends. I return to my task after even a short break to find all difficulties resolved – and my cat in a warm sunny spot happily asleep.

    Guess that simply shows that humans do need to listen to their superiors! 🙂

  6. I am Reiki II certified, I loved the share on animals being a lover of cats and having four. I am Rieki II certified and a new life coach to Reiki Practitioners
    Mary Rettig

  7. It always feels good, in my opinion, when you can connect with someone on that level. Even though it’s not always easy, like you said, when you let down YOUR expectations of how they should react, and focus more on their personal result, things usually tend to work out well.

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