The 6 Pillars of the Let Animals Lead™ Method of Animal Reiki
1. This method is founded upon traditional Japanese Reiki techniques and philosophy.
In 2006, I read The Japanese Art of Reiki by Bronwen and Frans Stiene. This book opened my eyes to the ways Reiki complemented my martial arts practice. I was very excited to learn that Reiki was about meditation and an internal mindfulness practice, as I had originally learned it as an energy therapy using touch. When I first trained with Frans in 2007, I was absolutely blown away by the simplicity and power of the Usui Reiki Ryoho meditation-based Reiki system. 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 done hundreds of professional training hours with Frans to practice and develop my understanding of these traditional Japanese techniques. These techniques and philosophy are the foundation for my Let Animals Lead™ method, and I am so grateful to Frans for his research into the origins of the system of Reiki, and his generosity in sharing these techniques with his students.
2. Animal Reiki is mindfulness meditation practiced “with” our animals, rather than an energy therapy done “to” them.
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 the animal, many times the animals would be unable to relax and not want to connect. Over a period of many years, 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 mediation techniques to use with animals to support their healing.
3. Meditation is taught as a state of mind with flexible physical forms.
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, 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 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.
4. Touch is used only when animals seek it out, and then only as a compassionate support.
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 human Reiki practice. Over the years in sharing Reiki with many animals who came from 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 how to hold a nonjudgmental space of acceptance with an open mind and compassionate heart. You’ll learn how to be Reiki with your animals, instead of doing Reiki to them.
5. Mental focus techniques develop an “All is Well” state of mind for the practitioner that sees the animal’s perfection in this moment. I call this seeing with your “Reiki eyes,” in other words, 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!
6. This method acknowledges and honors each animal as a spiritual teacher and healer in his/her own right. Practitioners learn to listen and become receptive to their spiritual wisdom and healing gifts.
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 that outwardly seemed the least able to do so (i.e. fragile, dying etc.). 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!
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