Have animals healed your life? Have animals inspired you to be a better person? If you love animals and want to make the world a more compassionate place for them, then please join us in celebrating World Animal Reiki Day tomorrow, February 5, 2017!
Last year, during our inaugural celebration, we had hundreds of animal lovers around the world take time out of their day to honor animals as spiritual teachers and healers. Whether you participate by simply lighting a candle and remembering a beloved animal, volunteering in your local shelter, or leading a Reiki event at your local animal organization, we hope even more of you join us this year!
Horses have always been the great loves of my life. Even as a small child, I could feel the healing power of just being in their majestic presence. It was so wonderful as an adult to realize that I could give back to them through the healing power of Reiki!
In honor of horses and all the wisdom and compassion that they bring to the world, I have written my latest book, Heart to Heart With Horses: The Equine Lover’s Guide to Reiki. It includes a foreword by world-renowned holistic veterinarian Allen Schoen and is written from my heart to yours. Through real-life stories, inspiring case studies and simple Reiki meditative exercises, this book illuminates powerful ways that compassionate presence can heal.
I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions—but a new year does always feel like a fresh start in some ways and an opportunity to check in with my big-picture goals: What do I want to achieve this year? Is there anything in my life I want to do differently? Am I as happy as I can be?
For me, happiness is intrinsically connected to living with purpose and meaning. I work with animals every single day because that adds value to my life. My dog, horses and even the shelter and sanctuary animals I encounter remind me the importance of kindness, of mindfulness, of compassion. And of the goodness in this world (which sometimes feels very hard to find). So with the animals as my guide, here are my five goals for a happier 2017:
I am a Reiki teacher who works with animals. Some might ask me if I’m an “animal healer,” but I don’t like that term: Partly because I respect the wisdom and power of animals too much to claim that I’m the one doing the helping, and partly because of what some amazing cats in my Reiki journey have revealed to me.
For those of you new to Reiki, the word itself literally translates as “spiritual energy,” which points toward our inner self. I see Reiki as our beautiful light of compassion, or our “heart.” Reiki meditation helps us remember that we are all connected, and in that place of Oneness, all healing possibility exists.
Tonight’s New Moon reminds us that times are a changin’. With 2017 almost here, we know that there are so many new beginnings ahead of us. Reiki can help us release those things that hinder us and create a beautiful healing space for new things to enter.
Reiki meditation can help us to become balanced and centered amidst all of the change. Instead of descending into worry about the newness ahead, we can practice Reiki and find our courage again. Instead of being angry at things that are beyond our control, we can practice Reiki and remember all of the things we are grateful for in this moment.