The word Reiki can be translated as “true self,” which points towards our inner power of compassion. One of the misunderstandings of the way Reiki works is that we, as practitioners, are somehow “doing” the healing “to” someone else; however, from a traditional viewpoint, Reiki is seen as a path to rediscover our own inner self-healing power, which when practiced, can create a certain radiance of healing around us, from which others can benefit.
Unfortunately, cancer is an all too common health issue in dogs. After supporting my dearest dog Dakota through lung cancer, I learned the troubling statistic that half of all dogs over the age of 10 will be diagnosed with cancer!
Almost all of us who live with dogs have experienced working through some kind of trauma at one time or another. Many of us have dogs living in our homes who have been rescued from a bad situation. Others of us may have dogs who have been through some kind of ordeal such as a long, difficult recovery from an illness or injury.
If you’re like me, your dogs have always been, from childhood through adulthood, the loves of your life and at the center of your heart! They never live long enough, and as they get older, it can be hard to admit that they are indeed “seniors,” entering their twilight years. Older dogs often develop certain chronic conditions, and besides finding the support of a caring, holistic vet, sharing Reiki meditations with your dog can help the both of you navigate the twists and turns of your aging dog’s health journey. In this article, I’d like to explore five common health conditions senior dogs often face, and how Reiki can help both your dog and you.
I remember so clearly that day, Mother’s Day 2011: the day that we adopted our dog Mystic from her foster home, at the tender age of just six weeks. Her pregnant mother had been rescued last minute from euthanasia at a shelter somewhere in Utah. Mystic’s mother and her nine puppies had ended up at a cattle dog rescue here in California, and were listed online at petfinders. She was such a baby, just four pounds (she is now forty pounds!). I knew it must feel so strange for her to be taken from her siblings and mother and brought to a new home filled with unknown people and smells.