Animal Reiki Misconceptions
Animal Reiki Misconceptions
Misconception 1: When giving Reiki treatment to animals, the practitioner manipulates and controls energy flow through the animal.
It is completely up to the animal to receive the Reiki energy. The animal is always respected, letting him or her take the lead in receiving Reiki. Practitioners first ask permission of the client and then from the animal, mentally asking them if they would like to participate in
a Reiki session. The overwhelming majority do want to receive Reiki. Then practitioners set their intention that they are open to facilitate the flow of energy for the highest good of the animal, for whatever the animal is open to receive, or nothing at all.
The healing process is also completely up to the animal and to the Reiki, the practitioner simply facilitates the energy flow.
Practitioners do not diagnose, and in fact, we do not always need to even know what the health issue is. The nature of the energy is that
it creates and supports energetic balance as a whole for the animal (in other words, on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
In a sick animal, the illness would be considered, energetically, to be an imbalance of some kind. By setting one's intention and then
sitting in a meditative Reiki space, the practitioner simply creates a possibility of "rebalancing" that the animal then either chooses
or doesn't choose to take part in. There is no manipulation of energy beyond setting the mental intention to become an empty vessel through which Reiki can flow to the animal, if the animal is willing and accepting, which they usually are.
*Distant or remote Reiki treatments help your animal to relax and experience a deep level of stress-relief, helping to create the ideal conditions for your animal's own natural self-healing abilities to operate. These treatments are a great way to support a healthy animal,
like having a relaxing spa treatment can provide for a human's well-being. They support healing from illness and injury, aid post-surgery recovery, lessen side-effects from medications, and can even support an animal's peaceful transition into spirit. Reiki is not a replacement for, but a complement to, traditional treatment and will assist with and make recovery more comfortable and optimal for your animal.
Misconception 2: Sessions should not last longer than 20 minutes, as it might be forcing or exhausting the animal.
The animal is always in charge of the length, duration and even the outcome of treatment and will "tell" the practitioner when they
are finished by moving away from the energy and becoming active again after a restful state. For most animals, the average length of treatment is 30 minutes. The energy cannot be forced or exhaust the animal, as you can't "overdo" Reiki. It works only to support
energetic balance within the animal, in whatever amount each unique animal is open to. Reiki is nothing you can force on the animal.
Reiki can never do any harm.
The Animal Reiki Code of Ethics
*In animal studies, Reiki treatment produced clear signs of reduced stress as indicated by changes in autonomic, biological measurements such as heart rate (Baldwin, Wagers and Schwartz, 2008 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12) and certain cellular signs of stress-related damage (Baldwin and Schwartz, 2006, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14)
*The above information is taken from "The Animal Reiki Source" by Kathleen Prasad, founder of S.A.R.A. (Shelter Animal Reiki Assoc.)