Expand your state of mind to help your animal

“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.”  ~Sri Chinmoy

In my business, I help guide animal lovers all over the world to peace and wellness. Through the meditative techniques of animal Reiki, my students learn how to connect with their animal in profound ways. But sometimes our own humanness can get in the way of helping our animal. Let me explain.

When we are offering Reiki to our animals, sometimes we can sense certain things in our hands or emotional feelings/intuitive information. It’s very easy to find ourselves in a place of judgement and interpretation. However, the best way to help our animals is to let go of these impressions and open our minds to healing possibility.

My teacher Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki teaches that in Japanese these impressions are called Hibiki—which means an echo. Thus, when we sense something from our animal, it is not a true experience, but rather our impression of the animal’s true experience. This is a natural occurrence when we share Reiki, because Reiki cultivates heart-to-heart connections. In this connected space, we often sense many things, but we must remember our impressions are always filtered through our own perceptions.

When we experience these impressions while we are offering Reiki, we have two choices:

1. We can focus on the impressions themselves and interpret them. Or,

2. We can thank the animal for sharing with us (thus focusing on gratitude) and then let the impressions go.

The first choice will involve us focusing on things like “this or that is wrong” or “this is what needs to be fixed” and “this or that needs to be healed.” Inadvertently, we end up focusing on the negatives of the situation. By doing so, our mental state becomes very narrowed and small. Animals feel this. I sometimes call this our “pointy” state of mind because we are unwittingly poking the animals with our negative thoughts. We can see this in their uncomfortable behavior with us, or they may say no to connecting with us.

Focusing on what’s wrong can also give rise to pity. Pity can sneak into our minds when we are working with, for example, shelter animals who have come from a bad situation. They can feel this pity inside of us and it can also cause them to not want to connect with us.

The second choice creates a spacious mental attitude of gratitude. We can acknowledge and thank the animals for sharing with us, and then let the impressions go like clouds floating by in the sky. We want animals to feel our positivity, our openness, our light and our gentle way of being. Choosing this open and expansive state of mind will help attract animals (rather than repel them).

Letting go of judgments is also a way to see your animal as the empowered perfect being that he or she is, even in that difficult moment. In this way we are focusing on the positive. Think back on a difficult time in your life and remember how wonderful it felt for someone to hold positivity for you!

When we offer Reiki to animals, it’s most important to stay in a place of openness and love in your heart and mind. Remember that all things are possible. The following quote is a great reminder when we feel discouraged:

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” ~Shannon L. Alder

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Kathleen Prasad

Kathleen Prasad is an entrepreneur, author, educator, spiritual seeker and animal advocate living in beautiful Marin County, California, with her husband, daughter, dog and two horses. She loves being with animals, listening to hip-hop, eating out at vegan restaurants, riding dressage, hiking in the redwoods and traveling the world to meet animal people.
You can learn more about Kathleen here.

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    Johnna White

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    Beautifully said, Kathleen. Your writings confirm the belief I have held, since beginning to volunteer at our local animal shelter. While socializing with the cats and dogs, I’ve been asked, many times, about the circumstances that brought the animals to the shelter. Some are from cruel, or abusive situations. I prefer not to know. My explanation is this: The animals don’t know my story, and I don’t need to know theirs. This way, we can meet at the place where we are, now. And go forward, from there. It’s good to be free of our Story!

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      I love that Johnna — “be free of our Story.” How profound! So often we cling to our stories and so it becomes difficult to see the healing possibility that exists beyond them. It’s wonderful to hear you are helping shelter animals: keep up the great work!

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    Karren O'Sullivan

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    Incredible wisdom written for me to practice and share. What an honor it is to be your student and a SARA teacher, Kathleen. Abundance, Abundance, Abundance!!! Love, Karren

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      Thanks Karren, I’m glad this article is helpful! Love and blessings to you 🙂

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      You are welcome Maggie, and thanks for being a part of our Heartful Life community 🙂

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    kathi richards

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    Thank you for that interpretation of hibiki. Our thoughts filter so much. Blessings

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      Hi Kathi, it’s so easy to get caught up in our thoughts isn’t it 🙂

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    Marie

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    Thank you so much for another great article… You’re inspiring me so much!

    Gratitude,

    Marie

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    Bridgit Thieme

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    Kathleen-love your wise compasionate words! I’m really enjoying this website as well as your updated Animal Reiki Source e-mails! always such useful information 🙂 you rock! xo B

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      Hi Bridgit, Thank you! So glad you are enjoying it 🙂 Thanks for being a part of our heartful community!

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    Irene Gillette

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    I was doing Reiki on a dog at the shelter when I started to sob. I never have done that before on other animals. I found out his story later but this poor dog was so stressed he couldn’t relax. While I started to sob, he slowly started to come towards me and then backed away. I started to give him Reiki all I could give and slowly he sat, then laid down and I in my mind told him to lay his head down and he did and he fell asleep, probrally the first time since he came into the shelter. I found out his owner left him tied up outside the shelter over night and he freaked. Other things happened and I knew they were going to put him down which made me very sad. But through it all, we connected out of love, I still think of him. He will always be in my heart.

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      That is a very touching story Irene, thanks for sharing. I know that Reiki helps animals in a deep spiritual way, even if they do pass away. The kindness and compassion you showed him is such a gift 🙂 Keep up the great work!

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    Jan Kuhnert

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    What a beautiful reminder for me of a state of mind to continually practise & aim for Kathleen. Thank you, as always. Jan x

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      Kathleen Prasad

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      Thanks Jan, glad you enjoyed the article and thank you for being a part of our heartful community 🙂

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