A good friend of mine was recuperating from surgery and asked if I would come and share Reiki with her to help with her pain and healing. While she reclined on the couch, I sat across from her and placed my hands on her abdomen, near the surgery site. Her two Yellow Labs wandered around the room during the session. One got bored with us but the 2-year-old stayed and did what 2-year-old Labs do – pulled tissue out of my purse, tried to convince us to play, and pounced on random toys in the room. But, after about 45 minutes, he carefully climbed up on the couch and wiggled his way behind my friend and lay down. He gently placed his head near my hands and promptly fell asleep. And when I say “promptly”, I mean within one minute. And he was out like a light! We blew on his face, patted his head, and lifted his paws. He was sound asleep. My friend was amazed and told me that he never sleeps when company is there. Even more interesting, after I left, he was calm and content for the entire afternoon, until her husband came home and the energy shifted in the house.
Another story involves another girlfriend who had also had a recent surgery. As she lay on her bed, I placed my hands on her leg over the bandaged incision. After two days of heat and pain at the incision site, it only took 30 minutes of Reiki to bring her relief. As I watched the color return to her face, she became more relaxed and comfortable. About 15 minutes later, one of her small dogs (who had been on the bed with her) began to lick her toes. I thought it was odd, but figured it was a small dog “thing”. Until recently, I have only owned large dogs, usually Labrador mixes, and now I was in unfamiliar territory. So, I was a little off guard when she asked ME what HER dog was doing!! Evidently, the toe-licking was a new thing. Our only explanation was that he sensed the energy and was eagerly lapping it up!
One of my favorite Reiki-Dog pals is a medium sized, mixed breed pup. A rescue. My friend is always careful when guests arrive as this pup can be startled easily and be somewhat unpredictable. He is very high-strung, full of anxiety and worry. When I visit and he barks I only have to call his name and it is clear that he is thrilled to see me. He can’t wait for me to place my hands on his head and his back. His mom tells me that he very rarely allows others to touch his head like I do. Sometimes he will sit with me for just a few minutes and other times he extends his stay. I think it is the only time he feels calm and whole. The Reiki energy allows him to relax and be in control of his anxiety. Animals truly understand what they need when it comes to a Reiki energy boost. As a Reiki practitioner, I simply follow their lead and enjoy the honor of sharing Reiki with them for as long as they need.