Welcome to CritterReiki.com!
This site is for anyone interested in Reiki for animals. Offering Reiki to animals is a uniquely rewarding experience which enriches us as much or more than the animals we seek to help.
For those of you who are new to Reiki, I have written the following explanation of what Reiki is and why it is a wonderful technique for helping animals. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
If you are interested in learning more about and/or sharing Reiki with animals, please consider joining us on the Animal Reiki Source Yahoo! group.
What Is Reiki?
Reiki is an energy balancing technique rediscovered by a Japanese monk, Mikao Usui, in the 1920′s. It is gentle and non-invasive yet very powerful.
The word “Reiki” (pronounced RAY-key) is formed from two Japanese words: Rei and Ki.
Loosely translated, Reiki means “Universal Life Energy”.
What Does Reiki Do?
Reiki heals on all levels of being: physical, emotional, and spiritual. It is important to understand that “healing” in the Western sense of the word implies a physical cure while the spiritual meaning is much broader.
Healing can take place on any or all levels.
Reiki always heals even if it does not “cure” the physical body.
Why Is Reiki Good For Animals?
The degree to which Reiki works is entirely in the control of the recipient, which is what makes it ideal for use with animals. The Reiki practitioner simply channels the energy for the recipient’s highest good.
Animals love Reiki!
They are free to accept the energy at their own pace and in their own time.
Most accept it readily once they know they can trust the practitioner.
Animals are quite sensitive to the energy and will make it known when they have had enough.
Some animals like their Reiki in small doses while others are “Reiki sponges”, soaking up as much energy as the practitioner is willing to channel!
Another aspect of Reiki that makes it excellent for animals is that Reiki can be channeled from a distance.
It is not necessary to lay hands upon the animal in order for them to receive Reiki. In the case of nervous or aggressive animals, this protects the practitioner, as well.
Reiki can be sent over distances of a few feet or many miles as well as hands-on. Either method is equally effective.
Who Can Practice Reiki?
Reiki can be learned by anyone. It is easy to channel Reiki energy. The most difficult aspect of Reiki practice is “getting out of the way”, so to speak.
Ideally, the Reiki practitioner is an open channel for the energy.
Many people have a hard time grasping the concept that they don’t need to “do something”, but just let the energy flow through them to the recipient.
The recipient will draw as much or as little energy as they desire.
Reiki Can Do No Harm
The Reiki practitioner cannot “zap” someone with energy they don’t wish to receive. It is truly non-invasive in every sense of the term.
It is polite to ask the recipient, especially animals, if they wish to receive Reiki. Reiki is always offered, as opposed to sent to the recipient.
Unlike some other forms of energy healing the Reiki practitioner does not feel drained after a session.
On the contrary, the Reiki energy flowing through the practitioner’s channel has the side benefit of healing the practitioner as well as the recipient.