As I sat in one windowless room after another, I held my retreat sisters and our experiences in my heart while I listened to one presentation after another explaining how to create more sustainable practices by sparking social impact, engaging employees, assessing economic impact, enhancing leadership skills, implementing better technology, issuing more thorough reports, and shifting to more renewable energy sources. Throughout the weekend I came back to one question: Where was the natural world in this conversation?
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 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?”
Want to learn Reiki for people and animals? I am passionate about sharing my love for Reiki with others, and offer a mentored live six-week Reiki teleclass series where you can easily learn Reiki in the comfort of your own home. Available worldwide.
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
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.