Over the weekend I taught a very special group of people, Reiki I & II. We learnt how to connect with others to heal. We also learnt a way to connect and heal with our pets.
We are able to connect with our pets in many different ways. Some of us like to talk to them and include them in our daily chatter. Some may prefer strolling in the park or playing fetch. Others may simply enjoy sitting or hanging out with their pets. Perhaps you can feel them around you or, they’re in your peripheral vision. It doesn’t really matter what style we use to connect, as long as we do it on a regular basis. Animals love connecting with their family members – it’s part of belonging to the family.
It’s important to be able to read the signals communicated to you by your pet, to know when they are down, hungry, bored, annoyed etc. Animals like to be heard and, more importantly, they need to be heard just like we do. They have their good and their bad day and, in my experience, I’ve found it’s important to give them enough space to express themselves.
I use energy as one of my main methods to initially connect with an animal. I let them have a feel of what I’m like – my mood, my intensity, my intention. Much is given away at this level, even if you’re not aware that it’s happening. Energy work is especially valuable when dealing with animals that are unwell, down, recovering or just not themselves. I create a space that is so calm and peaceful, the animal will feel warmly invited to enter. This enables a deeper connection to happen between the animal and myself. It is a very special sensation when this occurs.
I deal with many animals in need of some kind of energy work and they welcome it because they’re fully aware their energy levels are low. One very simple method of energy work that mostly all animals love is Reiki. It can be done by cuddling/stroking and can even be done from a distance. You’ll know straight away they’re feeling it, because their body language will change instantly when it’s being performed on them.
Since most animals are quite pure in energy, you don’t need to give them long sessions of Reiki. The smaller in stature of pet, the less time needed to give them that healing energy. For example, I give my cat Nero about 10min 2-3 times a week. He’ll sit there while I give it to him and then, after a while when he’s had enough, he moves away from me. Nero will even come to me when he is unwell and ask for a healing. Most animals will also position themselves where they would like to receive it e.g. their head/leg/tummy. A dog of bigger size might want more time (15-20min), while a sweet, little bird may only need 5min. Regular, connective healings work wonders in maintaining their overall peak health as well.
The added benefit to giving Reiki to your pets is that you connect with them on a deeper level. When giving Reiki, you also receive it, creating a deeper conscious awareness of sensations. This means that you can connect to your pet and sense what your pet is feeling in any given moment. Practicing Reiki regularly not only boosts your pet’s immune system, it also strengthens your connection with them, making it easier for you to maintain a deeper bond for longer durations.
Reiki isn’t just for animals – I use it with my plants, food, water, office and with us humans as well!
If you want to connect with your pet on a deeper level AND be able to do energy work with them, Reiki is a very simple – yet effective – healing technique for both animals and humans.
If you are wanting a deeper connection through Reiki, contact me for more information on my Reiki Workshops.