I just got back from several days in Scotland with my family. What a beautiful country; we enjoyed every minute! Feels good to be back in the California sun, though 🙂
It was also such an honor to be able to spend time at Remus in Essex, England as well. It was wonderful sharing the Let Animals Lead® method with so many students, and seeing their faces light up as they watched the animals come forward and take charge of each session.
Congratulations to a brand new group of Animal Reiki Teachers! I had such a wonderful 3 days at Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in Essex, England, spending time with the precious animals and getting to know these wonderful ladies. The beautiful skies were breathtaking! Plus it was like a SARA Directors reunion, being with SARA’s VP Leah D’Ambrosio and our East Coast Director, Kelly McDermott-Burns 🙂
I‘d like to take a moment to honor a very special teacher of mine who recently passed away: a black leopard named Makoto, who lived at the CARE Foundation in Florida. He lived to be 20 years old, which is very old for his species, and pretty amazing, considering the neglectful and abusive circumstances he survived before coming to CARE. I am so thankful to Christin Burford of CARE for taking him in when no one else would. (Thank you Heidi Farmer Piccerelli for these amazing photos!)
I was privileged to return to Essex, England this year to teach Reiki and celebrate Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary’s 30th year. Sue Burton, the sanctuary’s founder, has dedicated her life to helping horses and other farm animals in need. Remus provides excellent care and rehabilitation to over 200 horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep, goats, cows and cats. Remus is an amazing place, being voted The U.K.’s #1 Horse Sanctuary and recently honored by a personal visit from the Countess of Wessex. Remus is truly a one-of a-kind sanctuary, in that it emphasizes not only the physical health and wellbeing of its residents, but also nurtures their mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well. Holistic in its approach, Remus uses many therapies to help its animals, including offering a complete Reiki program, based upon the ethics and principles of The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA).
When I was little, one of my favorite picture books told the story of Urashima Taro…
This is an old Shinto story that tells of a kingdom of serpent people under the sea, where the Dragon King, Ryu-wo, ruled in a spectacular palace of crystal and coral. He was said to have a human body, and a serpent entwined in his crown. Known for his nobility and wisdom, Ryu-wo was a guardian of the Shinto faith. People who had fallen into the sea were said to have lived on forever in the kingdom of Ryu-wo. In the story, Urashima Taro goes to live at the bottom of the sea with the Dragon Princess, and while there he experiences perfect balance, wellness, harmony, and a timeless, ageless space. To me this undersea kingdom is a great metaphor for the Reiki space—a space beyond all boundaries—boundaries of species, boundaries of life and death… a place where all is one and we can open to all possibilities.