One of my favorite things to see in Maui, besides the beach of course, is animals. This trip my highlight was adorable feral kitties! I was also heartened to see some beautiful people feeding this colony living along the beach path near the hotel where I stayed. I could see by the cats’ tipped ears that many had been TNR (trapped, neutered, released), so the problem of population increase is being worked on, which is wonderful. The kitties were adorable, of so many colors!
One of the Reiki precepts is “be kind to others.” For Animal Reiki practitioners, this kindness is actively practiced when we share Reiki with other species on a daily basis. Of course the animals we live with have touched our hearts and changed our lives for the better, but for many other unusual species, it is the context of an Animal Reiki session that helps us realize our connectedness and to awaken to the spiritual gifts these animals teach.
Mikao Usui was Buddhist, and although he did not have specific teachings about connecting with the animals in our lives, I have no doubt that his teachings on compassion were not meant to extend only to human beings.
Following are three quotes from well-known Buddhist teachers that, for me, shed light on the way of compassion that Animal Reiki meditation inspires with us.
I‘m so excited to share with all of you, that I’ve received official trademark status for the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki!
This is an exciting step forward in acknowledging the unique methodology and philosophy this method utilizes to help animals in need.
I invite all those in my tribe who have taken this method to heart and who practice it, to share it with the world. I only ask that you always use the “®” and use the word “method” after it, plus please mention me.
For example, on your website or other public materials, you could say, if you have read my books but not studied with me: “I follow the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki as created by Kathleen Prasad.”
If you are my student, you could say, “I have been trained by Kathleen Prasad in the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki.”
If you have been trained by my students, you could say, “I have been trained (or “I am a practitioner or teacher”) in the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki, created by Kathleen Prasad.”