I’m writing to you from Marin County, where we’ve just received a “shelter in place” order from the Sheriff’s Department. This is truly an uncertain time in our world, and no one will remain unaffected by this pandemic.
As an empath, I find it more difficult than most to be around community anxiety and panic. I tried to go out to get some supplies today, but after seeing the crowded streets and road rage everywhere, I turned around and went home, sweet home! Although this is a challenging time, I know it’s also an opportunity to bring our Animal Reiki practice to the forefront in order to make a difference in our world, right now. Luckily, this is something we can do energetically, while still practicing social distancing and home isolation.
What does it mean when we say that Animal Reiki heals?
For example, does it mean we have some kind of magical power that other people don’t have? Does it mean that we ourselves, as Animal Reiki practitioners, actually cure specific ailments of the animals in our care?
Formal meditation practice is just the beginning of our Animal Reiki practice. The true purpose of Animal Reiki is living a kinder life. How can we progress on this journey towards living fully with loving kindness and compassion for all creatures? Try spending some time contemplating the following five core values and their relation to your Animal Reiki practice. We’ll find our best success with animals if we actively cultivate these qualities, not just within our meditations with animals, but also beyond!
The Let Animals Lead® method is unique in its simple yet profound intention to “hold space” for animals and their caregivers. We are not “animal healers,” but rather Reiki practitioners who focus on the meditative teachings of Reiki as powerful support for animals to self-heal. Animals are drawn to the meditative space, and very sensitive and responsive to this space of compassionate connection.
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” –Jane Goodall
I love this quote by Jane Goodall, as it reminds us that kindness is a choice, and not always an easy one. Don’t be afraid to take the high road and choose kindness, even in a difficult conversation. Perhaps when we’re with animals, we find it easier to choose kindness. However this can be hard to remember in the online culture, where people often hide behind their computers and make critical comments that they would never say to someone’s face. As members of the Animal Reiki Community I invite each of you to help me make a positive difference in the world by practicing kindness on social media.