A Healing Story About Animal Reiki, Sepsis, and Synchronicity

 Animal Reiki is also healing for people.

The day after I completed Kathleen Prasad’s Reiki III and Animal Reiki Teacher Training, one of my regular clients ended up in one of the nearby hospitals with an acute case of sepsis.

She had a cyst removed as an outpatient at the doctor’s office. A few hours later she had a life-threatening infection. Her friend, who is also one of my clients, had called to let me know where she was.

The universe had lined everything up for me to be able to go to the hospital in the middle of the afternoon. I had two back-to-back cancellations the day before and had a four-hour spot in the middle of my day.

This type of sudden opening in my schedule has happened several times before, when  I need to be somewhere else besides in my healing space. I am always still astounded at the synchronicity. You would think I would get used to it.

When I got to the hospital, it was obvious how serious the situation was. I did a Healing Touch session, which balanced her energy and allowed her to fall into a deeply relaxed state.

There was no one in the room except the two of us after the session was over. I did not want to leave her alone until her next family member arrived, so I sat by her bed. I realized I had started doing the Joshin Kokyu Ho meditation that I learned in Animal Reiki.

So I went with it. I was breathing into my hara or lower belly, and on the exhale, expanding the energy out all around me and into the room, creating a healing space.

This is a simple meditation technique that is in Kathleen’s book Reiki For Dogs. You can open to page 31 and do it for yourself right after you finish reading this post. 

The room changed in a matter of three breaths. There was SO MUCH energy, and in that energy everything was alive. The room was very bright, almost white. My client started having gentle muscle spasms and appeared to be in communication with someone, or something. I often see this state in my healing practice at the office, but usually during the healing. It felt like a spontaneous crack between worlds.

It was powerful. I felt like a bystander. I just held the space, stayed grounded and kept breathing. It was just crazy. 

Finally, the energy subsided. I really don’t remember how long it lasted. When I left I knew she was going to be ok.

When I checked in with my client a week after, she said she remembered me coming to the hospital and that the healing was the point where “everything turned around.” She completely recovered.

I emailed my client this post to ask permission to tell her story. I had not shared my experience of the session with her before this. She added:

“Wonderful to read your thoughts and description of what was for me an incomprehensible experience that just left me with an overall sense of well-being… I just know that I remember little fleeting things– like you coming into the room– your hands above me in the bed— a nurse poking her head into the room and your glance at her after which she simply nodded, turned, and left, .. closing the door.  I felt utterly and totally relaxed and I distinctly remember ‘calming down’.  I distinctly remember feeling that you were in control of the room (why the nurse left?!)” 

Let me say right away I was not in control of anything and in these kinds of sessions, the less control I have, the more profound the healing.

The nurse saw what I was doing and gave me the space to do it. My first rule in going into hospitals as an energy practitioner is that I work around the medical staff and their schedule. I have been in a lot of hospitals over the years, and so far the nurses have always been very supportive of healing work.

So the bottom line is: Animal Reiki is good for people, too.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Reiki: Volunteering At The Berkeley Humane Animal Shelter

Before Playing With The Puppies, Volunteers Have To Wear Scrubs, Gloves And Booties To Protect The Young Dogs From Contagious Diseases

I was worried that volunteering at an animal shelter was going to be emotionally overwhelming, and maybe even a little depressing.

I was wrong.

I’ve been volunteering at Berkeley Humane for three months now, and the whole experience has been nothing but life-affirming. I am inspired by the staff, the heart-centered volunteers and, of course, the animals.

Right now I am mostly working with the dogs. Many of the dogs are only there for less than a week, so when I say good-bye to them at the end of my shift, I know they will most likely be in their new homes by the tIme I return. There are a few dogs that have been there longer, and each one seems to have a group of volunteers who champion for them and their individual needs. One of these champions is a woman on my Thursday shift. She comes in on Saturday mornings, just to walk one of the bigger dogs before the shelter opens for adoptions.

When I greet the new dogs every week, I am happy they have arrived. No matter what their issues, I know that now they have made it to this shelter, things will only get better for them.


At Berkeley Humane the kennels are heated through the floor, and the space is designed to help the animals feel safe. Every animal gets the medication they need, and there are veterinarians on staff constantly monitoring everything. It’s pretty amazing.

Being around animals has changed me. They have taught me so much in the last few months. I could list a million of these changes, but I don’t want this to be an epic blog post. I will say an interesting shift for me is my sense of time. When I am with the dogs it is SO obvious when I am not fully present with them. When I am feeding a hungry dog or playing with a puppy, I have to let go of the next item on my agenda, even if it is another dog who needs walking.

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I became a volunteer at Berkeley Humane, despite my initial apprehension, because of SARA, the Shelter Animal Reiki Association founded by Kathleen Prasad and Leah D’Ambrosio. SARA is a non-profit organization that promotes Animal Reiki and meditation practices for shelter and sanctuary animals.

I have to confess that so far I am not doing much actual “sit down and meditate” Reiki at Berkeley Humane. When I am volunteering, I am cleaning the kennels, feeding, playing ball and walking the dogs. Then – before I know it – it’s time to go. Yet, when I meet an animal that is anxious, sick, or just overwhelmed, I connect with them during the following week in my daily meditations. I have found Distance Reiki to be a very powerful part of my morning meditation practice.

All this has brought me back to the Reiki Precept: Just for today – DO NOT WORRY!

 

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

510-601-9632

Meditating With A Snake

A short video from Kathleen Prasad about the benefits of meditating with a snake. I just love this little clip. Thank you, Kathleen, and thank you Blondie!

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632

Leaning into Fear

Here is an inspired message from my Animal Reiki Teacher, Kathleen Prasad.

“Own It”

“Trust Yourself”

“Lean Into Your Fear”

“Go For It”

Thank you, Kathleen.

Jeri Lawson is a Reiki Practitioner, Teacher and Meditator in Oakland, California. 510-601-9632

Animal Reiki At The Shelter

emerald_5-2 I have been volunteering at my local animal shelter for the last 4 or 5 weeks. My weekly shift is in the morning, and the first thing I do when I arrive is clean the floors, take out the trash and start a load of laundry. I found there are a lot of blankets, beds, and towels to keep clean in an animal shelter.

After cleaning, I have been helping with the cats. Last week I was asked to visit with Emerald, a beautiful gray and white short-haired cat. He had just had surgery a few days earlier to remove a cyst on his throat.

This picture does not capture Emerald’s sweet nature. He enjoyed my visit and obviously liked the Reiki. He purred and walked all around me during our time together. He even asked for some hands-on healing and to be brushed.

I felt fantastic afterward. Animal Reiki really opens my heart.

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A Hands-On, Hands Off, Hands-All-Over Animal Reiki Treatment by Kathleen Prasad

Animal Reiki can be very different from people Reiki. 🙂

Here is a wonderful video of an Animal Reiki session by Kathleen Prasad. Kathleen is the Founder and Director of Animal Reiki Source, and the President of  Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). SARA supports and inspires Reiki treatment and training programs in shelters and sanctuaries all over the world. Enjoy!

Introduction To Reiki For Animals In Davis, California Next Weekend

My Dog Berkeley Enjoying Reiki

My Dog Berkeley Enjoying Reiki

I will be presenting a day-long Introduction to Animal Reiki workshop in Davis, California next Saturday, August 6.

Elizabeth A Fulmer, RMT, KMT, HTP-A, a gifted teacher and healer, has created a wonderful healing and Reiki community in Davis, California. I am so excited to share Reiki for Animals there next weekend.

The meditations we will be practicing are from the work of Kathleen Prasad, Founder and Director of Animal Reiki Source and President of Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). I will also speak about the fascinating research of her teacher, Frans Stiene and the extensive resource available at the International House of Reiki.

In this workshop, you will learn how to “be” Reiki with your animals and connect to that profoundly compassionate space where all is one. It is in this space of oneness that healing responses naturally arise. With these simple traditional Japanese Reiki techniques, you will learn how to meditate with your dogs, cats, horses, goldfish and hummingbird and include them in your daily Reiki self-care practice.

To learn more or sign up for the workshop Click Here.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California 510-601-9632

From Hiss To Bliss: Reiki In Animal Shelters

Another beautiful story of sharing Reiki in an Animal Shelter. Thank you, Reiki Practitioner Karen O’Sullivan!

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California 510-601-9632

The Reiki Precepts

IMG_0520I was first attuned to Reiki in 1996. Reiki has always been an essential part of my self-care, as well as my healing practice.

A few years ago I discovered Animal Reiki by Kathleen Prasad from a video on Facebook. I soon started studying with Kathleen, and then also with her teacher, Frans Stiene. They share a more traditional Japanese form of Reiki called Usui Reiki Ryoho. This system of Reiki is composed of five elements, with hands-on-healing being only one of the elements. The emphasis of Usui Reiki Ryoho is on personal and spiritual development.

Usui Reiki Ryoho is about the realization of our True Self. Click here for an article by Frans Stiene on the Reiki Symbol “Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.”

The Reiki Precepts are another element in this system of Reiki. A precept is a code of practice or a guideline for thought and behavior. The founder of all Reiki practices, Mikao Usui, gave his students these precepts to support them on their spiritual path of self-healing. These precepts are the foundation of his teachings.

For Today Only:
Do not Anger
Do not worry
Be Humble
Be Honest in your Work
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others

In contemplating these precepts at this moment in my life, I have found a new beauty in their simplicity.

Currently, I am focusing on the precept Do Not Worry. I set my intention in the morning just to notice when I have an anxious thought. I don’t try to stop worrying; I just notice when a worried thought comes through. I found that just by being aware of worried thoughts I don’t get caught up in them as much. This shifts my day in a big way. Actually, in a really, really big way.

So simple. So beautiful.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California