Reiki for Life and Death on the Urban Serengeti
I debated about sharing this story since it does not have a fairy tale happy ending, but the events depicted are part of daily life for the Wild Ones, even in an urban environment.
Since the coyotes mysteriously disappeared from my neighborhood, the rabbit population has been growing and expanding despite the efforts of the local Owls. I now have an occasional rabbit visitor to my garden. Sometimes the rabbit asks for Reiki. The impression I have is that life is a matter of constant vigilance for rabbits. In an urban setting, we have dogs, cats, hawks, and owls. A moment at the Reiki spa offers the opportunity for some much-needed relaxation.
On this day, I was involved in a distance session for a client, when I heard what sounded like the screams of a wild one in pain. My first thought was a bird, and I wondered where the cats were. A quick look showed they were all indoors.
Looking out my window, I saw crow Rogue had someone pinned to the sidewalk. My first impulse was to interfere, which I quickly squelched. Rogue may be my friend, but he is a wild crow with a family to feed. While hunting of mammals is not usual, Rogue can’t afford to pass up an opportunity for a high-protein meal. He is also more aggressive this time of year since it is nesting season. Just the other day, I witnessed him attack a marauding seagull who had attempted to steal the leftovers I had placed on the curb for Rogue. Rogue flew into the gull feet-first and literally gut-punched him. The seagull made a gull version of the “OOF!” sound before flying away.
I wasn’t certain at first who Rogue had pinned down. It looked like it might be an unwary young rabbit as it would be time for the youngsters to start foraging on their own. As I watched in astonishment, an adult rabbit rushed over and attacked Rogue—Mama Rabbit was attempting to save what must be one of her babies. She was too late—her baby was already dead. Rogue regrouped and was able to fly off with his family’s dinner. I sent Reiki to the situation and built a Bridge of Light for the little one.
Mama Rabbit stayed in the area for a little while afterward. I asked if she would like some Reiki for herself. With permission granted, I sent her some healing energy.
When I first learned Reiki, little did I know that one day I would be offering Reiki for life and death on the Urban Serengeti. It helps me shift from feeling helpless in an emotionally challenging moment to feeling helpful and hopeful for healing.
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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.