General Animal Reiki Articles

This page is the place for you to read about all things animal Reiki! You’ll find articles about Reiki’s healing benefits for shelter animals, how Reiki can help heal compassion fatigue in animal caregivers, and even how chocolate can teach us about animal Reiki! There are also several articles about what exactly animal Reiki “is,” including one written especially for vet techs. It’s not always easy to explain animal Reiki to others, but hopefully these articles will shed some clarity on animal Reiki’s meaning and help you in your next Reiki conversation. A common theme throughout many of these articles is the fact that Reiki starts with you, and radiates a beautiful peaceful and compassionate space that helps others to heal as well! CLICK HERE for a supportive audio course, “Heal Yourself, Heal Your Animals,” that will share important tips and powerful techniques for interspecies connection and healing.

Hand Positions and Animal Reiki

I’d like to talk about physical touch and the animal Reiki session, because I receive a lot of questions about this topic. People often ask me, “What are the hand positions for animal treatment”, or if they’re going to take a class they inquire first, “Are you going to teach the hand positions for dogs … Hand Positions and Animal Reiki Read More »
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Remembering Makoto, 1998-2018

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 … Remembering Makoto, 1998-2018 Read More »
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The 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki

In the Let Animals Lead® method, created by Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki is defined as animal-guided healing through meditation. This approach is composed of 6 Pillars of Practice. Kathleen describes these pillars as follows: 1. This method is founded upon traditional Japanese Reiki techniques and philosophy. Although I learned Reiki initially in 1998, in 2006 … The 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki Read More »
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Gluten Free/Vegan in Glasgow and Loving It!

Leah D’Ambrosio (VP of The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA)), Kelly McDermott (Director of SARA’s East Coast Projects) and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Glasgow, Scotland, where I had the honor of speaking on “Reiki for Dogs” at the Natural Canine Care Convention, alongside other amazing speakers such as Dr. Karen Becker … Gluten Free/Vegan in Glasgow and Loving It! Read More »
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5 Ways Animal Reiki is Love

Happy Valentine’s Day, animal lovers! While this holiday is often thought of in terms of romantic love, I’d like to celebrate it this year by reflecting on the ways our practice with animals and Reiki helps us experience the truest and most beautiful kind of love each and every day! Here are five of my … 5 Ways Animal Reiki is Love Read More »
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My Journey with Reiki

I learned to practice Reiki in 1998. When my dog Dakota came over and sat on top of my feet during my first Reiki self-treatment, I had two incredible realizations: 1) Dakota liked the feeling of Reiki so much that he couldn’t bear to be even one foot away from me as I practiced. 2) … My Journey with Reiki Read More »
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Reiki is Wisdom & Compassion

Reiki is wisdom and compassion

For we did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. Let us give thanks for the web and the circle that connects us. –Chief Seattle Sometimes when I fly, I get very philosophical. Just the other day, I was … Reiki is wisdom and compassion Read More »
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5 Things You Need to Know About Animal Reiki Today

1. Animal Reiki = compassion. Reiki teaches us to be compassionate to ourselves and to others. Ultimately, there is no difference, since all is One. It is this Oneness space that Reiki helps us to tap into with its many tools. When we are with our animals, we can often touch this space, feeling our … 5 Things You Need to Know About Animal Reiki Today Read More »
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4 Ways That Reiki Can Help Shelter Animals

Reiki is an easy-to-use practice that complements both conventional and holistic approaches. Reiki translates from Japanese as “spiritual energy” and is a system of meditative practice that uses calming mindfulness techniques as well as compassionate intention to help bring the body, mind and spirit back to harmony and balance. Reiki meditative practices are a wonderful … 4 Ways That Reiki Can Help Shelter Animals Read More »
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