My cat Night Sky is primarily an indoor cat (not counting the door dashes or our occasional, closely-monitored outdoor forays).
Despite lack of outdoor access, Night Sky has definitely managed to cultivate his hunting skills. Any unwary fly that ventures into HIS territory is stalked, chased, leapt at, swatted, and—finally—pinned down and eaten. Considering how quickly flies can maneuver, I feel that if they venture into Night Sky’s space at least the game is fair.
Unfortunately, Night Sky has discovered prey that he loves even more—moths. I cheer him on for the indoor wool moths, but I feel sorry for the larger, slower, outdoor Wood Moths (Carpenterworm Moths).
For some unknown reason the Wood Moths love the catio, which of course is where Manitou and Night Sky enjoy hanging out.
Manitou ignores them, but hunting moths has become Night Sky’s favorite game, not because moths are tasty, but because their fluttering is somewhat bird-like. Unlike the flies—which lead him on a merry chase, making him work hard for the grand finale—the moths don’t present much of a challenge. So Night Sky has devised a different hunting skill for his moth games—Catch and Release. Instead of using his paws to pin them down, each moth is held gently in his mouth, then released, to be chased and captured again.
Obviously, it is not a game I enjoy watching, and when he brings a moth into the house I try to referee on its behalf. This results in a brisk chase, with Night Sky attempting to not swallow the moth while running.
Recently, Night Sky brought his latest moth capture into the living room. This time I was able to grab him before he could dash away. My next thought was how am I going to get the moth out of his mouth without hurting it? Apparently Night Sky heard me thinking, and dropped the now very soggy moth at my feet. The moth was not moving much, but perhaps Reiki could help. If he was too injured to heal the energy could at least bring him some ease and comfort and assist his spirit in releasing from his body.
After securing Night Sky where he could not interfere, I gently scooped the moth up, and cupped him between both hands so that he would feel safer in the darkness. I asked Moth if he would like some Reiki. “Yes,” he said.
So, for the next few minutes I offered him Reiki. I also asked my guides if Moth needed a Bridge of Light, but they said no.
Eventually, it felt right to take him outside, and I placed Moth gently on a log in the covered woodpile. I continued to offer Reiki from a distance for a few minutes longer.
When I visited him again a bit later, Moth was no longer limp and bedraggled, and was holding himself upright. At last check-in he was all fluffed out, and waiting for nighttime.
In future, hopefully this Reiki-rescued Moth will avoid the catio, especially since Night Sky is now learning how to trigger the motion-activated porch light. All part of his master plan to lure in more moths…sigh…
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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.