Wherever I live, I always set the intention for my yard to be a place where All My Relations can feel safe. I also bless the garden with Reiki and shamanic energy, and put out the invitation that my Relatives in need can stop by for energy healing.
In my years at this location, aka Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing and the Wild Rose Café, I’ve done outdoor mini sessions for butterflies, bees, moths, crows, squirrels, chickens, raccoons, cats and even a passing dog. I love meeting new animal neighbors, listening, and offering them support.
In the past few years there have been sightings of wild rabbits in our urban neighborhood. At first I only heard reports, and was disappointed that I had not seen one myself. One day, I decided to just put it out there that I really, really would love to meet one of my neighbor rabbits. After that I had no shortage of rabbit sightings, including one that hopped down the driveway just as I was passing on the sidewalk. There was a hedge so neither of us saw the other until we met at the intersection of driveway, sidewalk and hedge. We both stopped, and the rabbit made a motion that indicated that he would turn and run back the way he came, giving me space. I told him that was not necessary and that I was happy to cede the right of way to him, and let him know that I would not move until he had safely crossed in front of me. He took me at my word, and about a foot away from me, hopped across the sidewalk where he proceeded to graze the plants in the grassy strip. So fun!
But in all this time I have never seen a rabbit on my street—until this week.
I was in a hurry, on my way to refill the bird feeder (the customers at the Wild Rose Café expect good service), and was focused on maneuvering the bucket of bird seed and myself out the door without enabling my cat Night Sky to succeed in one of his famous door dashes. I was so focused on my task that it wasn’t until I reached the sidewalk that I realized that there was a rabbit right there in front of me. We were both startled. The rabbit responded by freezing in place. I apologized profusely, and put my bucket down. I was so excited, and wanted to get a photo. I turned slowly, and went back to get my camera. Of course when I returned the rabbit was nowhere to be seen. I looked up and down the street, but could not see him/her anywhere. It was like the rabbit had flown away!
Now that I was on the alert, I overhead someone say the word “rabbit.” Looking out my window I saw the same rabbit, back in almost the same spot as before.
This time, after grabbing my camera, I slowly sat down on the floor. From this vantage point I was eye level with the rabbit, who was aware of my presence. I reassured the rabbit that I would not come out, and only wanted to take some pictures. She took me at my word, and resumed her activity, which consisted of dining on the leaves of my Black-eyed Susan’s (Rudbeckia). I was fascinated. Nowhere had I read that they were a favorite for rabbits, indeed one article included them in a list of plants that rabbits would ignore. Clearly it was in error.
The rabbit was alert, ears constantly swiveling to listen, but my presence did not alarm, so I decided to see if a chat would be welcome. I introduced myself, and asked gender. She said that she was female. I asked if she lived nearby and received an affirmative. When I inquired if she had any babies, she proudly said “yes” and when I asked how many she showed me an image of four sweetly curled up in their nest. I congratulated her and wished her and her family well, and told her she was welcome any time. I did ask if she visited again, if she could nibble her way around the outside edge of the bed of Black-eyed Susan’s as they were growing out of control.
All the time we were chatting I was taking pictures, and Mama Rabbit continued to munch. She looked healthy, but something made me ask if she would like me to send her some Reiki energy healing. She immediately said yes.
Not long after the flow of energy began, Mama Rabbit stopped eating, and moved under the shelter of the lavender plant, where she became very still, soaking up the energy. I was still taking pictures while sending Reiki, and then I received the guidance to shamanically “sweep” some dense energy off the top of her back. It felt like nervous anxiety—I imagine being a rabbit and caring for babies must take a lot of safety awareness. After the energy was cleared I felt her fully relax—it was Wild Reiki Spa Day for Mama Rabbit!
She stayed still for about five minutes. All that time I was sending Reiki, taking photos, and fending off Night Sky who could not figure out what had my attention. Eventually I felt the energy slow, and stop. Mama Rabbit was complete.
She moved out from under the shelter of the lavender. No longer focused on eating, she took a minute to look my way, acknowledging me and Night Sky. And then she really let me know how good that energy work felt by indulging in a series of nice long stretches!
The first stretch was upward with a nice yawn. The second was outward, and then Mama Rabbit was on her way—Reiki replenished!
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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.