“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
This quote, by celebrated French author Anatole France, captures in a nutshell the power and beauty of animals and the gifts they bring to our lives. In working with animals and Reiki, we open a window to this relationship; by connecting to animals energetically and being a part of their healing process, we are able to deepen our connection to the universe and our understanding of our place within it.
I happened to be at the barn one day to visit another horse, when I walked by a stall and was shocked by a distraught mare literally writhing in colic pain. Apparently, the cost of surgery was too high, so the horse’s person had decided to “give her one night” to see if she could heal on her own; otherwise, she was to be put down the following morning.
Dearest Lucas, We remember your bright energy and beauty and wish you blessings as your spirit now flies free in light and love.
One of the horses I treat on an occasional basis, Lucas, is a beautiful chestnut Thoroughbred. He often loves hands-on Reiki, especially if he has a particular ache or pain that needs special attention. He also is a very opinionated horse and let me know on one occasion that he was not open to Reiki that day.
I first began treating Max, or Marvelous as he is known in the show world, with Reiki in March of 2005. It was at that time that my trainer, Alison, acquired him from a friend and dressage trainer. Little did I know the many obstacles Max had overcome in order to get to this turning point in his life. I only knew that he was extremely sensitive and responsive to energy, and therefore to the Reiki I offered.
I often go into a treatment thinking one thing needs healing, and come out of it with a very different sense of the situation. One such experience was with a woman named Kay who sought Reiki for her horse for self-inflicted scratches and cuts. Merlin was 17 years old and a high-level dressage horse. At the time, Kay hadn’t been his person for very long and couldn’t figure out why he kept hurting himself.