It is always a delight to teach Reiki, and the best perk is all the great stories that my students share about their experiences. This story features Tank the cat and his person, Jan.
Help Wanted: Position available now for young, self-motivated male feline energy healer with lifetime career opportunities for teaching, healing and guiding humans. Must be outgoing, calm, confident, patient, wise, and well-grounded – diplomatic skills, sense of humor, and connections to the Spirit World a plus. Must work and play well with other cats (the Diva, the Wild One, and the Sensitive One) and one dog (the Gentle Giant).
Live-in position includes benefits of tasty quality foods and treats for a healthy lifetime, catnip perks, toys and playtime, lots of energy and ceremonies, affection and cuddles from guardian as desired, and gratitude of students and clients. All interested applicants may apply to Saqqara, c/o the Spirit World and to Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing.
When my cat Saqqara crossed over in March, he left behind a lifetime of memories and a legacy of almost 17 years in healing that few can match. And though he is in Spirit, he has graciously agreed to mentor me (well, perhaps insisted on mentoring me would be more precise). In addition, he is assisting in the challenging task of choosing the right kitten for my household and healing practice, and has shown me how to know when I have found the furry version of “Mr. Right.” (And if he imparts any tips on how to find the human version I will surely let you all know.)
It feels really odd to actively search for a new cat companion. In the past they have simply appeared: Lepus ran into my life one fateful day at a flea market while I was traveling cross country; Kiya dropped into my life while I was waiting for a cab; Shaman “clicked” with me while I was practicing my animal communication skills with 25 kittens at a pet store; Saqqara and Sand were placed with me as foster kittens.
I’m not feeling pressured to find the “right” kitten, right now, but I have begun actively looking—making myself available so to speak (like dating, it is much easier to be found if you appear in places where others might be looking, too).
Recently, veterinary acupuncturist and friend Lena McCullough and I visited four shelters in one day, a somewhat daunting, but interesting experience. After her time as a shelter vet, Lena was able to tell the sex of a kitten simply by looking at the face—more surprisingly, I found that I could, too.
To help facilitate the process, I had sent Reiki ahead, asking to be clearly shown the proper candidate. As a result it was a very different experience compared to other visits. This time I was not swarmed by felines, and the male kittens ignored me.
However the search was not without its memorable moments.
At the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue there was one adult cat who got so energized when I petted her that she repeatedly rushed to her food bowl in order to ground.
At Meow Cat Rescue I was greeted by one of my clients who happily introduced me to the rest of the staff as her “animal shaman.” I was pleased to see the wonderful care that Meow provides. All the cats sat or slept quietly in their cages, secure in the knowledge that they will be lovingly cared for until Meow can find them just the right home.
At Kitty Harbor on Alki, where I saw the most kittens, one lovely stripey female went limp in my hands, wrapped up in the Reiki energy. Cuddled up against my heart chakra she purred madly. When I went to place her back in the cage she put on the air brakes, refusing to leave my hands until she had her fill of the healing energy.
And then there was Andy, a handsome five year-old grey tiger, only survivor of a fire that claimed 19 other dogs and cats. Incredibly loving, and with singed fur that is slowly coming back, he yearns for a new home. I cannot take him in (given the particular personalities of my household an adult cat would not be easily accepted), but perhaps someone who reads this article can.
My search continues, but if you are thinking about responsibly adopting a dog or cat pay a visit to your local shelter. Someone may be waiting, just for you.
And who knows, perhaps one day I will open my door to find the male kitten version of Mary Poppins on my doorstep in answer to my ad!
I keep a list of some of the shelters in Washington state. They are always in need of volunteers and donations of all kinds. Help them support the animals.
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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.