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The 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki

Updated: Jan 8

The 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki

In the Let Animals Lead® method, Animal Reiki is defined as animal-guided healing through meditation.

This approach is composed of 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead® method, of Animal Reiki.



1. This Animal Reiki method is founded upon traditional Japanese Reiki techniques and philosophy.

graphic with woman meditating with dog explaining pillar one of the let animals lead method is based on japanese techniques

Although I learned Reiki initially in 1998, in 2006 I was very excited to learn that Reiki was about meditation and that it was also an internal mindfulness practice. I had originally learned Reiki as an energy therapy using touch. I loved incorporating the simplicity and power of the Usui Reiki Ryoho meditation-based Reiki system into what I was already doing with animals. So many things I had experienced, with animals wanting me to just sit still and hold the space, suddenly fell into place. Since then, I have had hundreds of professional training hours to practice and develop my understanding of these traditional Japanese techniques while working with animals (and their humans). These techniques and philosophy are the foundation for my Let Animals Lead® method. 

2. Touch is used only when animals seek it out, and then only as a compassionate support.


graphic of pillar 2 of the let animals lead method explains we use touch only when animal-initiated

Over twenty years ago, I learned Reiki as a therapy for humans, and touch was very important, as we humans are such tactile creatures. We use touch to indicate our compassion and care for others. It is a wonderful aspect of the human Reiki practice. Over the years in sharing Reiki with many animals who had experienced abuse or neglect, or feral/wild animals who did not trust human touch, I learned that touch is not necessary for animals to connect. To honor the sensitivities and preferences of animals, the best way to incorporate touch into a Reiki session is to allow animals to approach us, and only then rest our hands gently on the parts of their bodies they present to us. In addition, we must train our minds not to focus on “sending” or “beaming” anything towards them from our hands. Whether we are or aren’t touching an animal, the Let Animals Lead® method teaches us how to hold a nonjudgmental space of acceptance with an open mind and compassionate heart. 

3. Mental focus techniques develop an “All is Well” state of mind for the practitioner that sees the animal’s perfection in the present moment, rather than focusing on what’s “wrong.”


graphic of woman walking behind cat explains pillar 2 of the Lal method that focuses on the animals perfection in the moment

I call this seeing with your “Reiki eyes,” or seeing more deeply with your heart. Animal Reiki helped me to face and heal from breast cancer twice in the past seven years. Facing my own mortality, and suffering the chronic pain and issues of surgeries and ongoing treatments has given me a new perspective on what true “healing” really means. Through Animal Reiki, I was able to realize that peace and healing are possible in this present moment, no matter what we are facing. Our beautiful inner light is always perfect! Rather than being fearful of or overwhelmed by times when our animals may be suffering, the Let Animals Lead® method will teach you a deeper truth about healing that can help you walk with peace through difficult moments. This will make all the difference in your animal’s healing journey!

4. Meditation is taught as a state of mind with flexible physical forms.



graphic showing woman meditating with a pig explains pillar 4 of animal reiki source let animals lead method meditation as a way of compassion

I’ve worked with so many species over the years, sometimes very big animals, sometimes very small, sometimes wild and sometimes cuddly. I’ve found myself in all kinds of environments from homes and yards, to parks and beaches, shelters and sanctuaries. I learned pretty early on that connecting with animals didn’t require me to sit still with my eyes closed. In fact, that kind of rigid physical position limited my ability to reach and respond to many species of animals in different environments. Animals taught me that peace and compassion is about our open state of mind and heart, and these are skills we can develop no matter what our physical body is doing—sitting, standing or walking. The Let Animals Lead® method and the 6 Pillars of Let Animals Lead® will help you develop your meditation skills so that living a compassionate life becomes your meditation. It will transform your way of being in the world.

5. Animal Reiki is mindfulness meditation practiced “with” our animals, rather than an energy therapy done “to” them.


graphic of a woman and horse silhouetted explains pillar 5 of the let animals lead method of animal reiki

Over the years, animals have taught me that less is more. When I focused on physical ritual, many times animals would walk away and not want to connect. When I found myself focusing mentally on what was “wrong” with a particular animal, the animal would be unable to relax and not want to connect. Over a period of many years, in time I learned that animals preferred me simply to hold the space for them peacefully, rather than try to “fix” this or that issue. When I would relax and just “be” in this present moment with them with an open heart, they would be drawn to me like a magnet and able to deeply relax into a state of peace for their own self-healing.  The Let Animals Lead® method will teach you many meditation techniques to use with animals to support their healing.

6. This method acknowledges and honors each animal as a spiritual teacher and healer in their own right. Practitioners learn to listen and become receptive to their spiritual wisdom and healing gifts.


graphic of a woman following a cow explains pillar 6 of the let animals lead method which honors animals as healers and teachers

When I first shared Reiki with animals, I saw myself as the one helping animals. Sometimes I even felt pity for their situations. Over time and with experience, I began to realize that I received so much more from the animals than I could ever offer. Often the animals who taught me the most were the ones who outwardly seemed the least able to do so (that is, they were fragile or dying). When we learn that even the tiniest creature can be our teacher, our world will be transformed! The Let Animals Lead® method will help you develop your awareness and gratitude for all that animals bring to our lives. Everyone is healed and supported by the peace and compassion that the Animal Reiki connection creates!

In addition to these 6 pillars of the Let Animals Lead® practice, this method also follows the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics that I’ve developed over 25 years of practice and through the inspirational animal teachings detailed in my books, classes and talks. The Let Animals Lead® Pillars and the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics are now being practiced around the world.

The Let Animals Lead® approach of Animal Reiki honors animals as not only our partners in the healing process, but also our teachers and guides in when, how and—indeed—if Reiki should be shared.

Want to learn more and get started practicing with this completely unique method unlike any other method of Animal Reiki? Join us for any of our upcoming online or in-person Reiki classes!

Feel free to contact Kathleen at info@animalreikisource.com for information on payment plans, scholarships, and access to our online Animal Reiki Community!

NOTE: You may copy the 6 pillars of the Let Animals Lead® method (in bold above) in their entirety for use on your website or in professional and/or teaching materials as long as copyright credit is given to Kathleen Prasad.
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