At the core of the system of Reiki is love and compassion, connecting with another in a space of balance and harmony, a space where healing is possible. To offer this love and compassion to another, to invite them to connect with us, we need to be present and we need to attain an open, peaceful and balanced state of mind.
I was walking in the arena in my walking meditation, Roman (my horse) came in from the pasture and began to walk behind me, Belle (dog) was walking behind Roman and Pretzel and Buzzy (cats) were following on the top rail. I smiled at the sight of us and thought how blessed I am. I am so happy that Roman has joined me now several times when I go out for my meditations and walking
I remember as a new mother being told by my modern chiropractor (she wasn’t the bone cracking type) that for the first few years of my daughter’s life her health would be directly related to my own.
This made sense. We were once one, and, although now two, our lives were dependent upon each other.
When I was a little girl and things weren’t going to plan, I’d sit in the garage, where no-one could see me, put my head in my hands and bawl. When I say “no-one”, that’s not quite correct. Because there was always someone who saw me, my dog Humphrey. Humphrey D. Dog, to be exact.
I saw a crow today and it spoke to me. Not in English, of course, but in some universal tongue. The language running like a current beneath the foundation of all that is, linking existences into one pool of wisdom.
It reminded me of 15 years earlier when we lived in Darjeeling, India, and a crow spoke of my daughter’s conception.
When a loved one is sick, what do you do? Ask where it’s hurting, then ask what you can do to help make it better: maybe offer soup, quiet, or some Reiki?
Depending on the response, together you decide what the best option is, one or ALL of the above. Perfect!
Now say that your loved one is not a human but an animal friend. Even just trying to ask where it hurts adds a level of difficulty to the situation. So often I hear the frustration of people who aren’t sure what’s wrong with their animal friend. Everyone can see that all is not well, but why?
How we love BrightHaven, such a special place of care, compassion and wisdom. BrightHaven is a real animal sanctuary run by Gail and Richard and their supportive staff and volunteers.
Each lifelong relationship between and animal and his person is a unique heart-to-heart dance: elegant, graceful and flowing. To be able to be present with an open heart is a beautiful gift. To be able to support animals and their people—to hold a meditative space of compassion, peace and love in that moment whatever it looks like—happy, sad, hopeful or uncertain—this is the true highest calling of the animal Reiki practitioner.