A few days ago, I received a text message from a dear friend: “Our golden retriever, Rosie, seems really unwell all of a sudden, trouble moving, spacey.” My friend told me that she had given her Reiki, but wondered if I would be able to send some to her as well, “to support her needs at the time”. Rosie did not appear to be in pain, but my friend was not sure.
I was in town when she texted, and initially told her I would start in 15 minutes, when I arrived home. Something made me change my mind, and I started sending distance Reiki right away. I will write more about that experience shortly.
Animals are usually (for the most part) highly receptive to Reiki energy. Their egos do not come into play at all, and most are quite eager to receive Reiki. Sometimes, it may take 10 to 15 minutes for them to feel “comfortable” with this energy being directed towards them, and they may move in and out of the energy field, according to their comfort level. Some start soaking it up right away! When giving Reiki to animals, I always “tell” them that I will send them Reiki, and it is up to them to “take” as much as they would like. This is just a quick description, and there are many gifted Reiki practitioners and teachers who specialize in treating animals, whether in sanctuaries, shelters, or as people’s pets.
I have given Reiki to our own dog, Rocky, as well as to our daughter’s horses, her pet bunny, and to our little finches. Our laying hens at the farm get Reiki, too. In all these cases, it has been with me either touching the animals (as with Rocky), or just directing the Reiki energy with my hands towards them. With Rosie’s case, it was the first time I was using distance Reiki on an animal.
Surprisingly, I found the energy flowed quite naturally, and it felt very similar to working with people. I started the session with an invitation to all my guides to join in and help, and I specifically called upon St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and plants. Not seeing Rosie in person, I could not “see” where I could focus the Reiki energy, so I just started with the top of her head. I quickly moved to her heart chakra and spent most of the time there. I sensed something with her back leg, and asked my friend if there was a problem there, but she couldn’t really tell.
For the whole time that I sent Reiki, I pictured Rosie surrounded by beautiful white healing energy. She appeared to be quite calm, and as I said earlier, there was much healing happening in her heart region.
I closed up the session after about 20 minutes, thanked all my “helpers”, and waited to hear back from Kathy.
Later, I learned that Rosie had been taken to the vet right away, and it was discovered that she had a spleen tumour. Since she was 11 years old, and had several health issues previously, Kathy and her family had already decided that they would not take any invasive measures to prolong her life. And so, with my friends laying on the floor at her side, Rosie was assisted to a permanent sleep by the vet. Saddened as she was, my friend wrote to me “Thank you Julie, sincerely I believe that you helped her on her journey. I could feel your warmth and energy as I lay with her. ”
When Reiki is sent with the intention that it will be for the highest good of the recipient, that does not always mean “healing” and recovery. Sometimes, as in this case, Reiki energy can soothe any anxiety or pain, and may provide comfort and ease in the transition between life and death. I am so very grateful that my friend contacted me to be a part of Rosie’s journey. I know that she was well loved by her family, and will be missed every day.
Many thanks to Kathy for allowing me to share this story with you all. I would like to dedicate this beautiful poem to her and her family:
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies
that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour;
those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone
very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass,
his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life,
but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.