Animal Reiki And The Constantly Evolving Journey Of Healing

Level III Animal Reiki Teacher Training Class November 2015
Level III Animal Reiki Teacher Training Class November 2015

Being an energetic practitioner is a constantly evolving journey. The energy is always guiding me.  Often I find many techniques that have worked so well in the past just fall away as new awareness arises.

In my practice now, I feel a deepening of the work, of the sacred space, how connected everything really is. “I” feel I am doing less, and my clients are receiving more.

 

This shift has led me to the teachings of Kathleen Prasad. After watching her YouTube videos and reading her books, I decided to attend her three-day Animal Reiki Teacher Training last weekend.

What is Animal Reiki?

Here is a quote from her website answering that very question:

“Animal Reiki is a spiritual practice of compassion for all beings. In a nutshell, “doing” Reiki for animals simply means learning to meditate with your animals. The practices of Reiki help us navigate our life’s challenges with grace and surrender while we learn to listen to and be present for others in a compassionate space. Compassion is the ultimate healer.”

IMG_2170Kathleen’s classes are unique in her emphasis on traditional Japanese Reiki techniques integrated into Animal Reiki practice. Kathleen is passionate about Reiki, connecting with animals, and she is a gifted teacher. I found her constantly evolving journey with her Reiki practice very validating and life-affirming.

There is so much I took away from this class (but not the kitten in the photo, thank god). Let me just say for now that if you are interested in animals, Reiki, or meditation, I recommend that you put a Reiki class from Kathleen on your bucket list. Make it your number one item.

IMG_2183The Reiki Workshop was held at BrightHaven Holistic Animal Retreat in Santa Rosa, California. There is so much love at BrightHaven; I feel so good just being there. During the class I was able to share Reiki with the cows – Buttercup and her baby, as well as chickens, pigs and Odie the goose!

This workshop has opened the door to a new level of healing within myself. What this means for my energy work will unfold in the next few months. For now, I will sum up this post with a quote by Kathleen:

“In the energetic space of healing all possibilities exist.”  – Kathleen Prasad Co-Founder SARA – Shelter Animal Reiki Association

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.

 

Reiki for Dogs: Using Spiritual Energy to Heal and Vitalize Man’s Best Friend, By Kathleen Prasad

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This book has greatly inspired my healing practice, and I don’t even have a dog.

Reading Reiki For Dogs brought me back to the basics of doing energy work: connection, balance, trust, and an open heart. I highly recommend this book to anyone who practices any modality of energy work, whether you have been a Reiki Master for 20 years or are now just considering your first healing class.

I loaned out my first copy of Reiki For Dogs to a client right after I read it, and had to buy the kindle version to finish this post. I have another book on order for a gift. It’s one of those books that I find myself underlining something on every page.

Kathleen Prasad describes Animal Reiki as “learning how to meditate with your animals”. She explains how Reiki can be an animal therapy practice, as well as being a meditative practice for the practitioner. She states:

“The practice of Reiki is not just about connecting with the language of nature and using compassionate intention to support your dog; it’s about discovering your true nature, your true essence. Reiki involves more than hoping for good without bad, light without dark, happiness without sadness; it’s about understanding that both sides need to be in balance. Without one side, the other could not exist. Only when we remain in balance can we discover true healing and follow nature’s way most closely. Learning to embrace both halves of the whole of existence, both sides of the yin and yang, earth as well as heaven, our highest potential as well as our shadow side– this is the way of Reiki.”

Kathleen Prasad really gets it. Isn’t this one of the most beautiful descriptions of healing you have ever read?

She also writes how Reiki has healed her at different points in her life and shares the stories of how Reiki has greatly benefited the animals she has worked with. Kathleen reminds us how fully present animals are, without judgement or expectations. Their unconditional acceptance opens our hearts, and it’s when our hearts are open that healing can truly begin.

Kathleen has a list of exercises called “Try This” in the book. Some are traditional Reiki exercises and some are meditative techniques that Kathleen has created to work specifically with animals. These exercises are so simple, and yet so profound. These exercises alone are worth the price of the book.

Here is another of the many passages I underlined in Reiki for Dogs:

“Reiki cannot be forced upon another individual or animal; it will only flow according to the openness of the individual. In other words, each individual is responsible for his or her own healing process. What a practitioner does is simply, through practice, to learn how to create and hold a healing space to support another being.”

As I read this book, I could feel my heart opening with every page. Kathleen Prasad has reminded me once again, on a deeper level, what energetic healing is all about.

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