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As an animal communicator, I find myself engrossed in the field of communicating with animals, the possibilities and the wonderful stories of how this technique has helped animals all over the world. I’m also an avid reader, so when a book on the subject comes along I tend to grab a copy and devour it in its entirety. The same goes for books on reiki and energy work, but I recently came across a book on animal communication that I just had to read.

The book is called The Endless Path and is available from many outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the wonderful website www.theendlesspath.com where you can read more and even buy a signed copy by the author.

What is particularly interesting about this book is that it is written by a lovely lady called Laurie Duperier… and her dog Ganimedes! This wonderful collaboration came about thanks to an animal communicator who was able to connect with Ganimedes on a very clear level.

Obviously not everyone is open to the possibilities of animal communication, but when you hear what ‘Gunny’ has to say and it is confirmed by Laurie and her vet then you just have to say ‘wow!’.

“I know now for certain, whether human or animal, we are made of the same stuff, the same consciousness. My advice to people everywhere is ‘do your homework’. Find out who you are and who you want to be inside. To most humans I say, ‘Wake up’ the clock is ticking. Be aware. Be awake. Care more about all of humanity. Care about your home, Mother Earth.”
Ganimedes

I found the book easy to read, insightful and basically a rollercoaster for the emotions, as we follow the journey Laurie and Gunny travel in this life, from the good times to the many difficult issues they had to face together.

Gunny was a chocolate Labrador Retriever who at first appeared to be a normal dog – full of life, big on his food and a loving four-legged companion. However, when Gunny was 11 years old he made contact with a good friend of Laurie’s called Alexandra. She happened to be a clairvoyant who could communicate with animals and at the time was visiting their home.

Gunny and Laurie Duperier

For the next couple of years, the two of them communicated regularly although it was purely simple things such as what he wanted like a new bed or special toy. However, when he turned 13 he began to talk in a more philosophical way, as if he was more aware of life and death and the world around him and his family.

The communications began to become deeper and more detailed, at a time when he became gravely ill. Unfortunately Gunny had many health issues over the ensuing years and Laurie had lots of tough decisions to make. Thankfully, Gunny had a say in these matters and with Laurie’s determination and deep love for Gunny, they managed several more years together, learning about each other along the way.

The book is deeply moving in places and it touched my soul on many occasions. As we follow the wonderful relationship between the two of them it shows us how animal communication can not only enhance our bond with our pets but also teach us a new found appreciation for animals and how sentient they really are.

Alexandra was able to receive such detailed responses to her questions to Gunny, it seems remarkable to read his words coming from an animal and not a human. But that’s just our mindset. What are animals really thinking? Are they just blank inside, only able to feel with their basic senses? Of course not, we know they think and dream, feel and hear in ways that at times can astound us. Their comprehension of life is way more than most people can imagine.

As Gunny himself puts it, “I hope this book will inspire people. I like to think that this could be a start of the human race understanding the animal kingdom. I hope people will read this to their dogs and cats and horses so they know they have a voice. They can actually be heard. They can communicate their thoughts and feelings. We are all of us alive and are all connected to the same consciousness. Life is life, souls are souls.”

As anyone who has lived with an animal and had to make the difficult decision at the end of their life knows, we never want to let them go. Our pets become a part of the family and we often spend so much money trying to keep them with us. It often gets to a point where we have to let them go for their sake, with the ‘quality of life’ mantra being the ultimate decision maker.

Knowing that our animal friends understand what we are going through, and that they continue in a new life gives us hope and peace. Their physical body may die but their souls continue on a new journey. I like to think of it like owning a car. We get a new car that’s fresh and works great. Over the years we have to take it for servicing and things need fixing, but after a while the engine or another part just cannot be fixed. So we leave the car and go back to the great garage in the sky for a new car! And thus another journey begins.

Reading Gunny’s inspiring words is moving and I found myself finishing the book really quickly, purely because it is a fascinating journey between two soul mates that captures the imagination and is beautifully written. I would highly recommend this book to any person who lives with another animal.

Go team Gunny!

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I hope you enjoyed this animal communication book review, it is well worth getting yourself a copy of if you enjoy this kind of thing and want to expand your mind!

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As an animal communicator, I find myself engrossed in the field of communicating with animals, the possibilities and the wonderful stories of how this technique has helped animals all over the world. I’m also an avid reader, so when a book on the subject comes along I tend to grab a copy and devour it in its entirety. The same goes for books on reiki and energy work, but I recently came across a book on animal communication that I just had to read.

The book is called The Endless Path and is available from many outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the wonderful website www.theendlesspath.com where you can read more and even buy a signed copy by the author.

What is particularly interesting about this book is that it is written by a lovely lady called Laurie Duperier… and her dog Ganimedes! This wonderful collaboration came about thanks to an animal communicator who was able to connect with Ganimedes on a very clear level.

Obviously not everyone is open to the possibilities of animal communication, but when you hear what ‘Gunny’ has to say and it is confirmed by Laurie and her vet then you just have to say ‘wow!’.

“I know now for certain, whether human or animal, we are made of the same stuff, the same consciousness. My advice to people everywhere is ‘do your homework’. Find out who you are and who you want to be inside. To most humans I say, ‘Wake up’ the clock is ticking. Be aware. Be awake. Care more about all of humanity. Care about your home, Mother Earth.”
Ganimedes

I found the book easy to read, insightful and basically a rollercoaster for the emotions, as we follow the journey Laurie and Gunny travel in this life, from the good times to the many difficult issues they had to face together.

Gunny was a chocolate Labrador Retriever who at first appeared to be a normal dog – full of life, big on his food and a loving four-legged companion. However, when Gunny was 11 years old he made contact with a good friend of Laurie’s called Alexandra. She happened to be a clairvoyant who could communicate with animals and at the time was visiting their home.

Gunny and Laurie Duperier

For the next couple of years, the two of them communicated regularly although it was purely simple things such as what he wanted like a new bed or special toy. However, when he turned 13 he began to talk in a more philosophical way, as if he was more aware of life and death and the world around him and his family.

The communications began to become deeper and more detailed, at a time when he became gravely ill. Unfortunately Gunny had many health issues over the ensuing years and Laurie had lots of tough decisions to make. Thankfully, Gunny had a say in these matters and with Laurie’s determination and deep love for Gunny, they managed several more years together, learning about each other along the way.

The book is deeply moving in places and it touched my soul on many occasions. As we follow the wonderful relationship between the two of them it shows us how animal communication can not only enhance our bond with our pets but also teach us a new found appreciation for animals and how sentient they really are.

Alexandra was able to receive such detailed responses to her questions to Gunny, it seems remarkable to read his words coming from an animal and not a human. But that’s just our mindset. What are animals really thinking? Are they just blank inside, only able to feel with their basic senses? Of course not, we know they think and dream, feel and hear in ways that at times can astound us. Their comprehension of life is way more than most people can imagine.

As Gunny himself puts it, “I hope this book will inspire people. I like to think that this could be a start of the human race understanding the animal kingdom. I hope people will read this to their dogs and cats and horses so they know they have a voice. They can actually be heard. They can communicate their thoughts and feelings. We are all of us alive and are all connected to the same consciousness. Life is life, souls are souls.”

As anyone who has lived with an animal and had to make the difficult decision at the end of their life knows, we never want to let them go. Our pets become a part of the family and we often spend so much money trying to keep them with us. It often gets to a point where we have to let them go for their sake, with the ‘quality of life’ mantra being the ultimate decision maker.

Knowing that our animal friends understand what we are going through, and that they continue in a new life gives us hope and peace. Their physical body may die but their souls continue on a new journey. I like to think of it like owning a car. We get a new car that’s fresh and works great. Over the years we have to take it for servicing and things need fixing, but after a while the engine or another part just cannot be fixed. So we leave the car and go back to the great garage in the sky for a new car! And thus another journey begins.

Reading Gunny’s inspiring words is moving and I found myself finishing the book really quickly, purely because it is a fascinating journey between two soul mates that captures the imagination and is beautifully written. I would highly recommend this book to any person who lives with another animal.

Go team Gunny!

The Endless Path - YouTube

I hope you enjoyed this animal communication book review, it is well worth getting yourself a copy of if you enjoy this kind of thing and want to expand your mind!

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It may seem like I have been focussing on animal reiki lately in my last few articles, and it’s true this is something I have become very passionate about. It is an incredible therapy that yields some profoundly positive effects on our pets. However, in the background I have also been putting a lot of time into perfecting my animal communication skills which I will go into more detail about shortly. So what have I been doing exactly?

For several years now I have been learning and offering animal communication readings and had the pleasure of helping many people and their pets all over the world. That’s one of the great things about the technique, all an animal communicator needs is a photo and a name and it is often enough to tune into them. So distance is not an issue for pet communication sessions.

A journey into a new world

One thing a lot of people don’t realise about animal communication training is the sheer amount of effort, training and practice involved in getting to a level where you can provide a professional service for people. Sure, some people find they are naturally gifted communicators, but I think even then most will need a professional structure in place and advice about how to turn this skill into something that can earn you a wage responsibly.

I am not in the business of taking people’s money and providing a shoddy service. If I cannot connect to your pet for whatever reason, I will refund you. My integrity and compassion for all animals ensures I always strive to do my best with any animal therapy I offer. That’s why I have studied so much over the last few years.

I have had to invest a lot of my time and money into becoming a professional animal communicator. This has involved reading many books on the subject, attending several workshops, practicing on many animals and getting feedback from the human carers.

The other aspect you have to do is look after yourself. When you get into this type of work there is a lot of self development that occurs as you take steps on your journey. Challenges come up in many ways and it is sometimes hard to get through, but those who persevere gain a new found communication skill that can transcend boundaries.

Over the years I have enjoyed training with many professional animal communicators such as Sue and Elaine at Animal Matters, Pea Horsley and James French. It was with James where I decided to pursue my animal communication training so I enrolled on his ACT2 workshop. This is a professional animal communication course which involved 2 weekend sessions in Surrey split up by a solid month of case study work.

James has a wonderful way of explaining the process in simple terms and is very approachable. He is regarded as one of the UK’s best animal communicators and spends a lot of his time offering training these days thanks to the way people are becoming more open to interspecies communication and wanting to learn it.

The ACT2 course is really intensive training thanks to James’ very high standards he insists on. After many case studies we then had to complete 4 assessments with examiners who were professionals in their fields. There was a vet, an animal trainer, a behaviourist and an animal welfare officer. These communications were done over the phone using a photograph and a 90% pass rate for accuracy and effectiveness was required for each one!

All the training was worth it

The course took around a year to complete in all but I am very happy to say I am now a qualified animal communication practitioner.

I now offer animal readings over the phone or Skype, which allows you to ask questions as they come up, and is a more open, free-flowing connection between us and your animal friend. Sometimes, especially if your animal has just passed away, you may find it too emotional to do this over the phone, so I also offer pet readings via email. It works the same way but the questions are set and I ask those of the animal specifically. Of course I do try and pick up on any other issues your animal may be facing at the time too. As a pet communicator it is important to try and find out how you can help the animal in the most effective way. Sometimes a person will not ask the right questions for their pet as they are not aware of what it needs at that moment in time.

Communicating with animals and animal reiki are great ways to help your pets, whether they are dogs, cats, horses or rabbits. They are complementary therapies and should never be used instead of veterinary advice. Pet communicators work alongside your vet’s suggestions and we don’t diagnose.

Our aim is to help you understand your pets better, build a stronger relationship and to help keep them balanced holistically through mind, body and spirit.

If you would like to book a pet reading please visit my animal communication page where you can fill in your details and arrange a session. I look forward to connecting with you and your animal friend!

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As an animal therapist I have seen first-hand how effective reiki healing can be for them. After all, animals are made of pretty much the same stuff as us humans and we all know how reiki can bring about a positive outcome for people. Being a bit of a reiki junkie I like to read up on all things related and came across reiki practitioners working in animal shelters and had one of those lightbulb moments! Of course, reiki would be ideal for those stressed out, fearful animals who are in shelter, waiting for their forever homes.

I then came across a wonderful lady called Lucy Lofting via Facebook of all places. Lucy is a retired HR director but did a degree in Zoology and Masters in psychology. She now works as a volunteer at her local Dogs Trust as a reiki practitioner and also teaches Reiki For Rescue Dogs workshops. She also works with the Healing Trust to advise on healing animals. With her wealth of knowledge and experience I thought an interview was in order, so we got planning and here is the result. It’s packed full of useful information and stories of how reiki has helped heal rescue dogs, so dig in and enjoy an inside view of animal shelters from a reiki practitioner’s perspective.

An interview with Lucy Lofting

Frankie enjoying a reiki session at the shelter

How did you become an animal reiki therapist and what made you focus on shelter dogs?

I’d been a Healer and Reiki Master working for many years with cancer patients at all stages of the cancer journey but particularly ‘walking the last mile’ with them. Changes in my lifestyle meant I wanted to move away from death to more vibrant life, I needed more exercise and as I regularly drove past the London rehoming centre of Dogs Trust near my home. I thought ‘what if…’

Did the staff understand what reiki was and accept you straight away?

The Head Office Chief Vet whom I approached did, as he knew the impact of Tellington Touch.  Once he knew I was a trained, insured professional and had worked and run a Reiki study in a leading cancer hospital, he was very open to a trial. He introduced me to the behavioural team at the local centre and gave me a few tips on my safety with non-domestic dogs – as he rightly surmised I would be meeting some canines of a very different nature from our family dogs.

I think it took time for the staff to cope with energy work as a concept, although some already practised various therapies themselves. I offered to do a staff talk after 3 months and that helped to explain what I did with ‘their dogs’ behind closed doors. I always invited staff into a session if they were interested and in time the improvements in the dogs became recognised, even by staff who weren’t that positive about energy therapies.  The centre manager is now immensely supportive to my work there and having the top people behind you makes a big difference.

Tell us what an average visit to the shelter involves for you.

Bert enjoying some reiki vibes with Lucy

I usually review the dog profiles online each week and prepare a list of possible dogs, which I discuss with management on arrival. Some are regulars who may not be available that week for various reasons, so I take suggested replacements. Then I set up the vast training barn (which I have for 2½ hours) with a mat, towel, toy, water bowl and stool.  I expect to see six dogs in a session and collect and return each from the main Reception in another building. As I walk the dogs across, I try to connect with them and tell them we are going to do something really nice. We have about 15 minutes on the mat and I often include a bit of play time as I remove muzzles and leads on entry.

The dogs don’t get much off lead time, so chasing a ball and having a sniff around to catch up on ‘doggy news’ is important time out. We often take pix on a mobile phone, as recorded animal postures say a lot about how beneficial Reiki is, particularly with dogs who rarely lie down or relax around people. I review those afterwards for signals that I may feel, but may not be able to see, when behind the dog. Our management are experts at reading canine body language, so it’s a key part of feedback.

After the session I wash the pee off the floor and take the bedding to the laundry, before sitting in with Betsy a very traumatised, long stay dog, whom I play with every week to help keep her socialised. I have known her for years and we are friends.  She was kept locked in a shed and is agoraphobic and very frightened of most humans, beyond her immediate carers. When I get home I write a report and add my spreadsheet records of each ‘treatment’ and mail it to the centre manager with pictures. As I handle the dogs comprehensively, I often pick up things which I think need vet referral and I request that in my report giving details eg location of lumps, rashes, small abrasions or pain signals in teeth or ears.

I will spend about 5 hours in total each week in preparation, hands-on therapy, report writing and discussions with staff about the dogs.  I go every week (bar holidays) as continuity is important.

What was unexpected and opened your awareness?

I think the biggest surprise was how much breeding bitches can suffer emotionally over the removal of their puppies, cesarean deliveries and still births. This was discovered when a very troubled bitch showed me that it comforted her for me to have my hand on her abdomen area where her puppies would have suckled – it was the one pleasant association she had. The Reiki helps them express their grief and move on. They can be very resentful to a whole category of humans (eg male vets) as a result of what has happened to them, particularly if the pups were still born or put to sleep. This is then recorded as behavioural issues, which makes them harder to rehome. However, dogs are very forgiving and once the grief is out, they move on far better than we humans do.

Also exposure to the breeds I have become very accustomed to in care, like ex-racing greyhounds, endless Staffies (some gang-land dogs) and the giant dogs who outgrow their homes. None of whom I had had much contact with before.

What success stories really stand out for you personally?

An abused scrap metal yard guard dog called Mavis, whom only a couple of staff could get near, started to attract my attention when looking online for my next dog to work with.  I had only seen her once before and recall the area had to be cleared of people for her to be brought through. The manager thought it was unlikely I could work with her, but suggested a meeting at a distance. When she was walked out to meet me, to everyone’s surprise she was completely calm, walked over and stood quietly. She was quite unused to human touch, was surprised but allowed me to drop my hand onto her back and decided it felt OK. She clearly wanted to have Reiki and I think she called me to help her, not the other way around.

Word got around the centre within the hour that we had had this extraordinary meeting which nobody had thought possible. When I saw how she usually reacted to strangers (some poor woman who got out of her car 150 yds away in the car park) I was quite shocked by the level of aggression – she was a large mastiff and terrifying screaming and rearing on her chain at the stranger. We worked together for 5 weeks, unmuzzled and always with a minder present for my safety, before I became concerned for her health and was picking up waves of pain from her tummy when visiting her in kennels. She had an aggressive and fast growing abdominal tumour which because of her handling issues had not been diagnosed. Under sedation the vet managed to examine her, found the tumour which was now fluid filled and football sized and Mavis had to be pts immediately. However, I knew I had helped her and she helped my work and reputation by accepting me.

Bobby flat out during a reiki treatment with Lucy

Did you train with any reiki teacher or organisation specifically for animal reiki?

Yes I have trained with all the ‘greats’ over recent years. Initially, I did my cross training with the original Animal Healer, Margrit Coates.  Then as I developed as an animal healer myself I studied with Liz Whiter founder of the Animal Healing Organisation. Then having read Reiki for Dogs -which helped me and shed new light on how to work -with Californian Kathleen Prasad.  I contacted her and we corresponded. I started wondering how I could attend her training courses and I booked up immediately when she said she was coming to Europe for a 3-day equine course in Essex the following year. Each works differently and each has taught me so much.

I think my style is very blended now but all are totally animal-centric.  As I work with nearly 300 dogs a year, each is an individual needing something slightly different and of course as I work with both dogs (carnivores) and horses (herbivores), recognise there are massive pack and herd behavioural differences, which affect the way you approach an animal.

For anyone thinking of offering reiki in their local shelter, what words of advice can you give them about starting out and ensuring they work safely with dogs?

Three things:

  1. When you approach the centre find out what they need and present your offering in terms of meeting their needs not yours. I see far too many people going in with ‘What I want to do is…’ and getting turned away.
  2. Learn the animal warning signals such as the Kendal Shepherd Ladder of Aggression, so that you don’t push the dog to do something to protect itself, when it has sent you ample warning that it is getting uncomfortable with you handling it. (I cringe at all the internet pictures of proud parents with kids hugging or kissing dogs that are clearly on the verge of biting to escape the situation, when all their clear warning signals are being ignored.)
  3. Get some reputable cross training on safe handling and the differences between human and canine reiki sessions. Being used to the fact that in the first the patient stays still and the therapist moves, I was unprepared that with canines it is the reverse. Having only seen dogs being held on leads by owners during therapy, I wondered what I was doing wrong when the dog got up and walked off (grounding itself) half way through the session which appeared to be going well. You wait and they return to the mat once their floaty feelings have subsided. The end of session signals are usually a brisk shake, a tail wag and a drink. They look refreshed, energized and ready for anything the world has to offer them.

As a dog lover and seasoned healer, I thought I was well prepared to work with rescue dogs, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The dogs have taught me so much and six years on, are still teaching me. Their emotional intelligence and understanding of humans (good and bad) is far greater than we recognise. My particular interest is in the hormonal changes Reiki Healing generates and how that helps them at so many levels, particularly in creating trust for the first time, even in the somewhat artificial setting for a hunting pack animal, of confinement 22 hours a day in a shelter kennel.

Many thanks to Lucy for giving the time out of her busy schedule for this interview and allowing us a glimpse into how reiki can work in animal shelter life. If you have any questions for Lucy you can comment below, or follow Lucy’s animal reiki healing page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReikiAnimalHealing

Thanks for reading,

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Following on from my previous post about Reiki for Dogs I felt it was worth putting down in simple terms how the system of reiki can benefit all animals. Sometimes it’s worth going into the finer details of how something works or why it’s great but this time I felt inspired to keep it simple.

Hence this post is all about visually breaking it down in simple terms. It was an enjoyable few hours planning this infographic and finding the right words and images to explain how reiki can help animals. Using Adobe Photoshop I brought all the elements together and tried to keep it clean yet informative.

Animal reiki can help on so many levels it is hard to mention them all in a graphic like this. I find it is particularly useful in helping pets overcome anxiety and stress, however they arose in the first place. It can also help with aggression, depression and even behavioural issues (which often stem from stress and emotional problems anyway).

Of course reiki is also helpful for pain relief, whether this is recovery from an injury or an illness.

One of the great things about the reiki energy system is that it doesn’t have to be hands-on. Using visualisation and the distant healing reiki symbol we can direct the energy from afar, meaning those animals in need of work that are out of reach can still be treated. I have plenty of clients who can testify to the effectiveness of distance reiki for animals.

So without further ado, here is my first infographic for Talking to Animals…

Please feel free to share this infographic and help spread the word that we can help our animal friends with this complementary and holistic therapy – it’s not just us humans that can benefit from reiki sessions!

Drop a comment below if you have an experience with reiki, I’d love to hear it.

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I am constantly surprised, or should that be ‘pleased’, to see people who treat their dogs as part of the family rather than just guard dogs or furry toys. The majority of humans these days have realised that dogs are so much more than ‘just’ an animal with four paws and a tail. We see them as sentient beings with hopes (hope I get a walk today!) and fears (did she just say the vet word?). So when they get ill or start acting in a different way we go out of our way to help them. This is where reiki for dogs can come in useful.

Let’s begin by explaining what exactly reiki is. Some of you may have had the pleasure of having a reiki treatment yourself, as this is where most practitioners work, with humans. Reiki is essentially a Japanese energy therapy that was rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui in 1922. The story goes that he was at the end of a 21-day spiritual quest on top of a mountain when he suddenly became enlightened and was made aware of the reiki energy and sacred symbols.

Dr Mikao Usui then began practising it on his friends and family. It was so successful that he was soon offering it to people all over Japan. He began to train a few others in the practice of reiki when demand for the healing became too much for him alone. However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that reiki spread around the world and began to be offered as a holistic therapy for people.

How does reiki for pets work?

The practice of reiki involves a qualified practitioner directing energy through their hands which then helps to balance and centre the animal. Imagine an energetic field around every being. This can get depleted from time to time and can be the cause of various issues. Reiki corrects the balance and allows the animal to heal themselves. It is a very gentle and non-invasive holistic healing for animals and has no negative side effects.

In Hinduism they talk of chakras – energy centres that can be found along the subtle body of people and animals. Many other ancient traditions speak of energy points in the body and they are thought to be where the life-force (Chi or Ki) meet the body. Dog’s have chakras and you can even find dog chakra charts showing where they are located along the body. Some reiki practitioners work with healing crystals for dogs. I like to keep the reiki simple and pure so crystal healing for animals is not something I personally do. That’s not to say it isn’t effective though.

Why do dogs need reiki healing?

Just like us humans, dogs can suffer from the same problems in life such as stress, anxiety and fear. Of course, they also suffer physical issues throughout their lives too. We’ve all heard of (or had) dogs that suffer from anxiety or bad behaviour brought on by fear or worry. From what I have experienced as an animal reiki practitioner, dogs respond to reiki very well when it comes to anxiety. It seems to completely relax them and the anxiety appears to melt away.

Dogs and other domesticated animals are effectively living in an unnatural environment. Although dogs have not been roaming the countryside for hundreds of years as wild dogs, they still have those natural instincts that cannot be altered. So living in the human environment can cause stress over time. Things like loud music, TV’s, children being children and many other factors can make dogs feel like they are not on natural ground.

Case Study: Molly
I was asked to help out an adorable little dog called Molly who had very bad anxiety and separation issues. She would follow her owner all around the house and when she had to be left at the ladies mum’s house for a few hours she would pine all the time.With one reiki session, it had gone. The lady told me the next day that it was like Molly was a completely different dog! So much more relaxed and at peace with life. This has continued to this day. And that’s just one reiki session. Many dogs will need more than one session but it just goes to show how effective animal reiki healing can be.

Reiki on dogs can also help with physical problems. If your dog is recovering from an operation you may find a few reiki sessions will help them recover a lot quicker, and the relaxing nature of reiki ensures your animal companion is more comfortable during the healing stage. It’s a wonderful way to help speed up the dog’s own natural healing processes. It can certainly help with pain relief too.

The use of energy healing for dogs has increased markedly in recent years with both pet owners, animal sanctuaries, veterinarians and animal behaviourists. They have seen how reiki healing can reduce tension, fears and stress in dogs and how it can help transform them into happy, healthy canine friends.

Other ways reiki can help dogs:
  • Pain relief
  • Improve their immune systems
  • Help with terminally ill dogs
  • Reduce stress, tension and anxiety
  • Promote self-healing from wounds and surgery
  • Help them be more relaxed and at peace
  • Increase the bond between them and you
Will my dog enjoy reiki healing?

From my own experience with offering reiki on dogs, I can say they really do love it, but it must never be forced on them. In fact, you probably couldn’t anyway, as they will either move out of the way or give you a look that you know means ’NO’!

When I go to a client to see their dog I try to ensure we are all happy before beginning the reiki healing. By having a chat with the human in the same room as the dog it helps to relax the dog, knowing that this new person is not a threat. It’s also important to get some background before commencing dog reiki. A lot of dogs will come over for strokes beforehand which is a great way to further that bond before starting the reiki, but for those who have emotional trauma, it may require another tactic.

For this, I would just sit and open up the reiki energy into the room. It may take a few minutes but once you have created that peaceful space it usually ends up with the dog coming over to enjoy the reiki vibes. This is working at the dog’s pace which I feel is very important. By letting them choose to take the reiki energy we are not making any demands of them and it can facilitate a better result.

What if my dog doesn’t like the hands-on approach?

When offering reiki energy for dogs, we need to work with the pet as an individual and respect their boundaries. Not all animals will respond in the same way. Some might love the hands-on healing approach whilst others will prefer it with hands off. This is a technique that I actually favour as I can feel the energy better than doing hands-on. There are times when the laying on of hands is better and most of the time I am guided by my intuition. When working with reiki you are connecting with the other being on a spiritual level which brings with it a deeper understanding that can only be described as intuition.

If your dog is timid or fearful they will not want a hands-on session or even a non-touch healing session. For those unfortunate dogs I would either ‘beam’ the reiki to the animal or just send the reiki out into the room and the dog can take it from there. Reiki does not require you to be right next to the animal. Which leads us on to the next question…

How does distant reiki healing work?

Also known as remote or distance healing, this is an invaluable tool to reiki practitioners. When someone is attuned to level 2 reiki they are taught how to send reiki to another person, animal or event through distant healing. I will be writing a comprehensive article on how distant reiki sending works in the near future so look out for that.

The main thing is it does work! I have seen it time and time again. Clients have called me the next day to say their animal seems so much better and the fact that they are an animal removes the placebo effect argument.

Distant reiki sending is ideal for animals that are aggressive or extremely scared. It can also be useful when treating wildlife that will not allow you to get near to them. Sometimes working with animal sanctuaries and zoos can yield great results like this.

Energy healing for animals in shelters

Bringing reiki into animal shelters and rescue centres is something that can have such a positive effect on the animals. We often see fearful, depressed and aggressive dogs in shelters. These can all benefit from some peaceful reiki sessions. It allows them to let go of the emotional issues that have stemmed from being abandoned, abused or from losing their human companions. When we can alleviate the anxiety and negativity from these dogs they become much happier, calmer and therefore ready for rehoming. It breaks my heart to hear about dogs that have been in shelters for years. Of course, the shelter workers are doing a fantastic job but if we can utilise reiki to get those dogs ready to be re-homed then we are making a real difference. And if we can help those in shelters that normally have to put those dogs down… well, we are helping to save lives too.

How many reiki sessions will my dog need?

This really depends on upon the dog and their illness. I have seen amazing results from just one session. Results that make you think there must be something else causing the effect it is so profound! Other times we can see steps of improvement, but a succession of reiki treatments may yield the full result we are looking for.

I worked with a dog that had aggressive issues and that took 6 sessions. Yet every session made significant improvements and by the end of it the owners couldn’t believe it was the same dog. They now take the dog out in public with no fear of it attacking anyone and it has even won a few awards at a dog show!

A holistic approach to healing pets

Reiki for pets is not an alternative therapy. We call it a complementary therapy as it works in conjunction with other veterinary treatment or holistic therapies to relieve symptoms and encourage recovery. By using it as a holistic approach you can ensure your pet gets the best help they can get.

Of course, reiki energy helps dogs that are unwell but it is also an excellent way to ensure your canine friend stays healthy in a preventative way. That’s not to say by getting a reiki session once a month will stop your dog getting ill, as we all fall ill at some point. However, reiki works to restore balance to the whole being so they are balanced emotionally, physically and mentally. And the great thing is it can be done morning, day or night. Even when the dog is asleep!

Using reiki for dogs is not something that should be seen as a replacement for veterinary care. As a qualified reiki practitioner, I always work by the code of conduct and ethics provided by The Reiki Council. You must have had consent from your vet to allow reiki treatment before I can offer any. Thankfully, most vets are more than happy as long as you take their advice regarding any treatments they suggest too.

Reiki for dogs really does get their tail wagging – and their love for life renewed. One of the things I love about reiki for dogs is how it brings peace into their lives. It’s like we’re pulling the mists of negativity from their being and letting them live their lives in the light. Try a reiki session for your dog and see how it can have such a positive change to their lives. I look forward to helping you and your dog soon!

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I first came across the work of Kathleen Prasad a couple of years ago when I became interested in animal healing and have been following her reiki work ever since. For those who don’t know, she is one of the world’s leading supporters of offering reiki for animals. My lovely wife bought me her book ‘Everything Animal Reiki’ for my birthday last year and I thought a review of the book was something worth sharing with you all.

“Sharing Reiki with animals is a beautiful way to uncover our inner bright light that is always perfect and beautiful, no matter what struggles we, or our animals, may face.”

I have been offering healing for a few years now and my new journey into therapy for animals has lead me to look at several complementary treatments, reiki being one of them. I have used energy healing and the Trust Technique with animals and always found it of great benefit to them. In fact, they often come over to bathe in the healing space when sending out healing thoughts in the present moment. I was therefore very keen to find out what all the interest with reiki was about.

In case you didn’t know what reiki is, it is an old Japanese healing form that allows you to connect to a universal energy to help other beings heal themselves. This energy is known as many things in many cultures and faiths. In China it is ‘Chi’ as in Tai Chi. In Indian cultures and Yogic work it is ‘prana’. In Reiki the ‘ki’ means energy and ‘Rei’ means ‘universal life’ or ‘spirit’. We can direct this energy to others by using our hands, or visualising it traveling at distance.

What I love about Kathleen’s writing style is it is really approachable and her stories are so uplifting. Her style of writing makes it easy to understand how reiki works and how it can benefit animals. I found myself captured and inspired by her words that seemed to resonate so perfectly with me.

So how can Reiki help animals?

Kathleen says that with Reiki all you really need are your intention and the animal’s acceptance. It can then help many problems whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It’s a non-invasive and completely natural healing process that can bring balance and harmony to the animal, or to a situation.

“By simply relaxing, being quiet, breathing and having a heartfelt intention to help another being, you create a sacred space. In this space, all things are possible.”

Kathleen begins with an incredible story of how she helped heal a very sick kitten at an animal shelter. The staff didn’t think he would make it as his mum and the two other kittens had already died. The staff wanted Kathleen to try reiki on him one time. Quite quickly he tried to move towards her so she put her hands in the cage and for the next 45 minutes sent him bags of reiki love. He then woke up, stretched and got up for some water. His eyes were bright and he looked like a transformed kitten.

In 2008 Kathleen co-founded a not-for-profit corporation called The Shelter Animal Reiki Association or SARA for short. Kathleen discovered that by offering reiki in animal shelters it actually boosted adoption rates because the animals were less stressed, healthier and happier. So the mission is to roll-out animal Reiki programs in shelters worldwide together with useful information for practitioners to participate in.

In the ’Everything Animal Reiki’ book Kathleen shares many wonderful (and deeply moving) stories of her work with animal shelters. Not only that, but the book features over 30 reiki meditation practices which can enhance your reiki practice, particularly for working with animals and for self healing. After all, if we are not healthy in mind, body and spirit, then we cannot help the animals as effectively as we could.

Horses love the reiki sessions, as do most animals.

Working with animals is quite different to humans on many levels. When someone comes to you for a reiki session they have already made that choice and want it. However, when a client says they want reiki for their horse how do we know the horse wants the healing? As Kathleen says, we must never force reiki on any being. It is important to ask the animal first, by connecting with them in that open meditation state.

Then we simply create a reiki healing space for the animal and invite them in. They can either take the healing or choose not to. Most animals recognise how beneficial a reiki session is so are happy to lap up the healing.

Animals do react differently to healing. Some will come straight over to you and sit in your lap (not horses!) whereas some animals will get up and move around. This does not mean they are not accepting the healing. Whatever happens you do find there is a transformative peace that surrounds the area. It’s a tangible feeling.

An interesting tip that Kathleen gives in her book is of treating pets with their humans at the same time. She suggests bringing them together in the same room and while offering the reiki to the animal, invite the person to relax and share in the meditation. What we often find is that animals reflect their human’s issues, whether it’s a psychical or emotional problem. Hence by healing both and connecting them in that sacred space we can help to provide an ideal solution.

Distant Reiki healing for animals

As I touched on previously, one of the great things about reiki is the ability to send it remotely. This can be very useful if the animal is in another country or the animal is wild and will not approach humans. Kathleen says it offers the same benefits as hands on reiki does, supporting the animal’s self healing on all levels. Kathleen then offers some great tips for sending distant healing to animals.

I have clients booking distant healing sessions for their pets and they often send me a message a day or two later saying they have seen a positive difference in the animal, whether physical or emotionally. Not having to be in the same location as an animal in need is a wonderful way to help even more animals.

In this book Kathleen takes time to clearly define what reiki is and how it can help animals of any kind. Whether your pet is a dog, cat, lizard or rat. Horses are very open to reiki healing and even wild animals enjoy the peaceful space reiki promotes. I like the way she describes reiki from a practitioner point of view as well as from a patient, giving us a deeper understanding of how the effects of reiki can nourish and heal our being, and that of our animal friends.

The Hara System & Grounding

Chapter nine is all about the reiki Hara system. Kathleen details how in Japanese tradition there are 3 energetic centres, of which the most well known is the Hara. This is around the belly area and is where Ki energy is thought to be stored. I tried the 3 Diamonds Meditation practice in that chapter and absolutely loved it! The energy was flowing through my body and I felt wonderful afterwards.

In the next two chapters there is quite a bit of information concerning grounding. This is an important part of working with reiki energy and helps us to be present and not emotionally involved when offering reiki to animals or humans. By being grounded we let the energy flow clearer, and the animals can pick up on this, making it more effective. I love all the grounding meditations Kathleen offers, with great names such as ‘The healing tree and power animal meditation’, ‘Be the mountain meditation’ and ‘Earth Practice Meditation’ among others. It really is worth having a good read through them and trying them out.

I do find it hard to go through guided meditations when they are written down, but no doubt Kathleen has them as guided audio files on her website at www.animalreikisource.com so you can just close your eyes and really get into the grounding.

And so it began

I found myself so inspired by Kathleen’s words in this book that I sought out a reiki teacher in my local area and have since gained my level 1 in reiki. My dogs and family seem to enjoy the peace and healing it gives, and the daily self practice with Kenyoku and HatsuRei Ho is something that strengthens the energy connection and makes me feel great. Later this year I will be doing the level 2 reiki attunements and learning all about how to be a registered reiki practitioner. Kathleen has already given me some great advice on Twitter about using reiki with animals and I’m so grateful for that.

So was it a good read?

Most definitely! If you are looking to work as a healer for animals there is so much useful information, guides and first-hand knowledge in ‘Everything Animal Reiki’ that you simply must buy this book! My understanding of reiki and working with animals has expanded to the next level and beyond thanks to all Kathleen has shared in this book. Everything Reiki For Animals is available in most places such as Amazon and other good bookshops.

It’s great to read about the reiki from someone who has almost single-handedly brought reiki to the animal shelters and promoted it for others in this book. And since learning reiki myself I will keep going back to this to dig deeper and further my reiki healing for all those animals out there that need someone to be there for them. Great work Kathleen!

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We tend to think of the human race as the most clever and amazing species on planet Earth, but when you read some of these amazing animal facts you may think otherwise! From the smallest ant to the biggest whale – our fellow creatures have amazing abilities and perform incredible feats that really put us to shame. Read on for some eye-opening facts that you just might not have come across.

Let’s see those amazing animal facts…

Hummingbirds beat their wings an astonishing 60-80 times per second.

The oldest known animal in the world was Ming, the 405 year old clam, discovered in 2007.

There are 1,000,000 ants for every human in the world. They also never sleep and don’t have lungs.

Anteaters eat around 35,000 ants a day.

A bat can eat up to 1000 insects per hour.

A snail can sleep for an incredible 3 years at a time.

Fleas can jump up to 200 times their height, the equivalent to a person jumping the Empire State Building.

Dogs nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them.

The slowest fish is the seahorse, which moves along at a very speedy 0.01 mph.

The blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as an adult elephant.

Blue whales are the loudest mammals, producing low-frequency pulses that can be heard 500 miles away.

Hippos secrete a red oily substance from their skin that acts as sunblock and a moisturiser.

Peregrine falcons dive-bomb their prey and can reach dive speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

Tarantulas secrete digestive enzymes so they can liquefy their pray and drink up their remains.

The king cobra snake has enough deadly venom to kill an elephant.

Butterflies taste with their feet and have an incredible 12,000 eyes.

A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food.

Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down. They also have four stomachs.

A woodpecker can peck 20 times per second. They don’t get headaches as their skulls have air pockets to cushion the brain.

Killer whales, also known as Orcas, are not whales at all, but a species of dolphin.

We share a worrying 70% of our DNA with slugs and a massive 98.4% with chimps.

Sharks have been around longer than dinosaurs and are immune to cancer.

A blue whale’s main blood vessel is large enough for a human to crawl through.

Octopuses have three hearts – how romantic.

Honeybees can flap their wings 200 times every second.

Cows kill more people than Sharks. About 10 humans are killed by Sharks every year but nearly 100 people die each year from being stepped on by cows.

Polar bears are left handed.

The closest relatives to the elephant shrew are actually elephants, not shrews.

Elephants are the only animal that can’t jump.

Leatherback turtles will circle the Earth more than 3 times in their lives in search of jellyfish.

And here’s a bonus fact of epic proportions!

I know I said there were 30 amazing animal facts here, but there is another that just cannot be ignored. According to BBC wildlife presenter Steve Backshall, wasps do actually have a purpose! In fact, they do one of the most important jobs on this planet, especially from our own human perspective. It turns out that although many people hate wasps and call them ‘nasty little critters’, we humans would not survive without them. Wasps are absolutely vital to our planet’s health. Without wasps the world would be beset by plagues of biblical proportions!

Wasps are vital predators of other insects, particularly aphids and blackfly that kill plants and vegetables. Apparently the cabbage aphid is the most fertile animal on Earth, with the potential for billions of offspring from one single female. Scientists have calculated that without predators such as wasps, in a year one cabbage aphid could cover our entire planet in a layer of bugs 93 miles deep. So next time you’re having a picnic and a wasp comes over to investigate your sugary food, let it do what it wants!

What amazing creatures we live with!

I’m guessing there are several amazing facts there that made you think “WOW!”. Our animal friends are pretty spectacular in many ways and it’s such a shame we underestimate them and treat them as ‘just’ animals a lot of the time. These facts were sourced from the far reaches of that digital ocean we call the world wide web, so if you find one of the facts is wrong, please let me know!  Also, if you have any amazing animal facts you know of yourself, post it below in the comments section. And don’t forget to share this with your friends!

Until next time,

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Retrospective Verification – sounds a bit technical doesn’t it?  Thankfully there is not much technology when it comes to animal communication. In fact the only technology used is my iPad and the website! No, what I mean by this post title is that I have come to learn on my animal communication journey that sometimes you can think answers from the animals are wrong, but they turn out to be true at a later date.

When you first start learning to communicate with animals it can be hard work. Maybe you can’t quieten the mind enough, or you are trying too hard. Sometimes you just get a single word or a fleeting image appear in your mind and you can’t get any more information. At times it can be frustrating, knowing that it is possible and you could be helping the animals if you could just do it!

Anyone who has tried to learn to communicate with animals will probably have come up with things they thought the animal said but when relayed back to the human, ended up being wrong. When you get things wrong you begin to doubt in your abilities as an animal communicator and it can be quite disheartening. Having come across this a few times I realised that it’s not always wrong, and in fact, can be positively right!

I recently ‘talked’ to a lovely dog named Alfie. During the communication the name Bella came up, and I got the impression it was another dog that he liked. After letting the human guardian know she emailed back to say the name didn’t ring any bells. My initial reaction is darn it, got that one wrong. Must have been my mind getting in the way and making it up! The next day I received an email from the lady who says her husband (who presumably walks Alfie sometimes) mentioned he does know another dog with the name Bella! And that, folks, is retrospective verification!

Another example was when I was communicating with another dog who told me something had been lost and was under some furniture. I told the lady what information I had been given and she had looked under all the furniture but could find nothing. Silly me, I thought. Then lo and behold, a few days later she said she had to move the TV cabinet and found a long lost dog toy underneath! It’s spooky!

When talking to animals we have to learn to successfully translate the information coming through. With practice this becomes easier to do, but when beginning your journey it can throw you when you think you have something back but it appears wrong. Interpretation a large part of communicating with animals.

So if you are learning to communicate with animals don’t be put off when you think you get things wrong. Your intuition may well turn out to be accurate, the human guardian just doesn’t know it yet! Or it could be something that happened in the past, with a previous human. Perhaps something even that will happen in the future! Several people I have done readings for have pets who were either rescued or lived with other families in the past. Sometimes I get certain things back from the animals and it cannot be verified by the current guardians because of that. In those instances you may not be able to find out what happened but I have learnt to ask for information relating to their current life situation, unless there is a need for background information that may help with current issues.

The more I learn, the more fascinating inter-species communication becomes. The animals are great teachers and know far more about our lives than we think. Giving them a voice is something that means so much to them. If we listen, they will speak.

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