I am not an animal Reiki specialist, but when a creature in pain or distress comes my way, my heart naturally goes out to them and I’ll give them Reiki.
My first ever animal client was my friend’s little budgie, who was very poorly at the time. I was struck by how animals have such an advantage over humans, as they fully trust their intuition. They don’t need to understand how Reiki works to know that it makes them feel good. Their mind doesn’t seem to get in the way as it can do for some of their two legged counterparts. So this little budgie just sat on my hand unrestrained for half an hour, adjusting its body position according to where it wanted my hand to be. Then flew off back to its cage, exercised its wings vigorously for a couple of minutes and was fine after that.
Since then, I’ve been treating friends’ and neighbours’ animals once in a while as and when required; and as a cat owner, I frequently find myself treating mice. Actually catching mice that our cats have brought into the house and let escape. And the amazing thing is that some of them, in the short time that it takes to catch them and carry them outside again, become tame, especially young mice. I have a video somewhere of a mouse sitting unrestrained in my hands for a few minutes, grooming itself and nibbling on cheese that my children were offering it. One day, when my kids are no longer too embarrassed, I’ll put the video online.
Last year, we also rescued a hedgehog, who had been caught in netting, and after getting care instructions from the vet (you can feed hedgehogs cat food!) nursed it with Reiki. You know how a hedgehog will curl up to protect itself from enemies. Naturally, this is what our hedgehog initially did. So I curled my Reiki hands round its spiky body, and amazingly, within half an hour or so of doing this, my hedgehog friend became completely tame. No more curling up after that, just inquisitive eyes peering over the edge of the cardboard box to greet me each time.
More recently, because of my daughter’s passion for horses, I’ve also helped out some equine friends occasionally. One of them, a young curious horse interested in everyone and everything, managed to fall asleep on a busy yard, while I was giving him Reiki for his sweet itch wounds. Trying his best to keep up with what was happening on the yard, he just kept dropping off despite himself! I used Jikiden first aid techniques for his wounds and found that they did dry up considerably. I also found that Reiki helped with a badly swollen joint on a horse, and working with another little pony friend just now, I feel honoured by the trust these graceful creatures seem to have in humans who approach them with Reiki hands, even if otherwise unskilled with horses!
In Jikiden Reiki, we don’t teach how to treat animals because the original teachers didn’t teach this. Having said this, giving animals Reiki treatment seems to work very well and Jikiden Reiki offers the additional advantage of teaching practitioners sensitivity skills in their hands that help with assessing where treatment is needed (byosen sensing). Since an animal can’t tell you where they hurt, being able to asses body feed-back in this way can be enormously helpful.