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A “Chants” for Zahra

Like most rescues, Zahra’s story is not fully known. A gentle, sweet mutt with upright pointy ears and a noble square muzzle, she appears to be part Great Dane, part Australian Cattle Dog.  Zahra was adopted from a shelter in New Mexico.  Her new family, Kirby, and her partner Alex

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My First Animal Reiki Teacher Training Class

“Basking in the Radiant Light of Two Hearts Connected.” ~ Rachel Gene
The practice of reiki has been my spiritual foundation since the year 2001 when I met a Japanese teacher who literally changed my life path when he placed his hands around my hands and I felt an energetic

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Animal Reiki the SARA Way

What reaction do you get from people when you mention Animal Reiki?  Do people assume that you were born with a gift to heal and communicate with animals? Do people immediately think woo-woo, angels, or crystals? Many people believe that Reiki is a mystical, whacky thing that hippies or witches

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SARA Rocks the Grand Canyon State

The Director of Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, Jodi Polanski, wanted to bring Reiki to her organization, but she didn’t know who to call to make that happen. Then someone told her about SARA. After several emails and a few phone calls, I found myself on a plane bound for

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Pearls of Wisdom

Pearl was her name, and she certainly shared her wisdom with us that day. She was a little Chihuahua that was volunteered to work with me and my students during the “Self-Healing for Animal Caregivers” class that I taught at the local shelter where I volunteered.
I was nervous,

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Sunday with Kaja

It was one of those easy Sundays, when you wake up slowly, with no need to finish any remaining tasks and just being grateful for everything, spending simply your time with your family, doing this and that and relaxing.
And then, suddenly, you get an afternoon phone call from

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Bebe and Not Wanting

I recently worked with a shelter cat named “Bebe”. Bebe was rescued from a situation where he was living mostly outside of a basement apartment, entering through a well-window for food on occasion. It was unclear if the apartment tenant felt connected to Bebe but did seem to

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The Magic Of Remus

I returned from Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex, England last week and I must say, there are just no words to describe this beautiful place. The animals at Remus have been rescued from the worst and at times heinous situations and conditions, yet after in a short amount of

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Oliver’s Passing

One of the things I feel called to do with my Reiki practice is to help animals and their families with loss and saying good-bye. To serve in this way I have cultivated relationships with local veterinarians who offer at-home euthanasia services. On our peninsula there are four

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Reflections on My BrightHaven Animal Reiki Training

I recently had the privilege of reveling in the presence of animals and healing at Brighthaven Sanctuary, studying Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source! What got me there was a series of “coincidences” and life experiences that all merged to remind me that this lifetime animal enthusiasm

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Lesson of the Blue Heron: Animal Reiki Ethics and Photography

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember.  At some point during my childhood, I assumed the role of family photographer — beginning with Brownie Instamatic and Polaroid cameras.  I mainly took pictures of my family growing up, but in adulthood I branched out to street life,

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Meditating with Animals

I love meditating with animals! I say this with great joy and enthusiasm because in the past, I had a teacher who told her students that animals will draw energy away from you and disrupt your mediation if they are in the same room. Well, this teacher also says that

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The Three Diamonds Meditation

Today I was reminded about surrendering my conscious and at times subconscious personal agenda and my motives when working with animals, most especially when working with horses.
I was working with a horse that wanted his own way and wasn’t listening. When I first began offering Reiki

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Reiki for Joyce

When I arrived at the shelter I immediately went to the kennel side and one of the caretakers asked me to help Joyce “who is very nervous.” She was in the visiting room which is away from the other dogs. As I entered, Joyce was very excited and alert.

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Be Honest In Your Way And Being

Blackie my rescue cat has become one of my greatest teachers. He has not been with me long, only a few months but I can’t imagine life without him. He came to me as a 12 year old who had been in a rescue shelter twice. He

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Experiences at the Local Animal Shelter

I want to share an experience I had at my local animal shelter. I always arrive early so I have time to ground myself, set my intention, invite the animals and people into the Reiki space and meditate before I go in.
I went in, signed in and started my

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Eating with Reiki

It all started in grade school when I adopted Coco. From the moment he got home until this very day (29 years later), he has been the sweetest, feistiest, and most independent cockatiel. Through the years, Coco taught me unconditional love and companionship. He also immediately paved the way for

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I See You

Sometimes the universe surprises. Out of the blue. No warning.
I was attending a yoga class the night before Thanksgiving when my teacher offered a deck of cards to me and told me to “pick one.” The card I chose evoked a little gasp of surprise.
“I see you.”
I

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Reiki With the Elephants

A dream come true on our recent SARA trip to India was to share reiki with the elephants of Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Agra. The charity recently in the spotlight when it rescued Raju from 50 years of enslavement, a brutal life of captivity and cruelty

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SARA India Trip 2016

2016 was a great year for my Animal Reiki practice. As well as a growing client list at home I was, with the support of SARA, able to plan a trip to my beloved Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) in Rajasthan, India with friend and fellow SARA colleague, Kelly

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Chanting at the Animal Shelter

I have been a volunteer at The Buddy Foundation in Arlington Heights, IL since April 24, 2016.  By this time, I completed 3 levels of human Reiki classes from January to March 2016.  I had not yet taken the Level IV human Reiki class, Kathleen Prasad’s Animal Reiki Workshop Core

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Reiki Meditation for Mussel and Oyster, 2 Sheltered Animals

Every week I am honored to be able to offer reiki meditation to the animals at Baltimore Humane Society and the past several weeks are no exception. Several of my sessions are spent with 2 adorable kittens that have Cerebellar Hypoplasia – they shake and wobble a lot due to

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Cleo’s Reiki Transformation

Cleo, the Rottweiler female was rescued 6 months ago from a situation full of abuse and aggression. Since the day she was rescued, she has been running around, barking furiously and losing weight.
When I met her, I sat in front of her kennel, and told her she was beautiful.

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Ready, Set, GLOW – Preparing for our Reiki Share with Glow Work

I pondered. What type of “homework” can I give my new Level I Animal Reiki students to keep them keeping on? You know what I mean. We’ve all been there. Take an invigorating class with a group of people all fired up to practice your newly

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The Rescue Elders at Feline Care Cat Rescue

On my first visit to volunteer at Feline Care Cat Rescue in Norfolk, where there are around 150 cats in residence with a large feral/semi-feral colony of approximately 50 cats, I was given a five star welcome by a tiny cat called Tilly Billy. He had come in as a

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The Powerful Gift of Shelter Reiki: Helping Asia

UPDATE from Carol: Asia has been adopted to his forever family! The legacy of Reiki healing is like the vibration of a butterfly’s wings – infinite.
We don’t often share the private letters that SARA President Kathleen Prasad receives on a daily basis from so many animal lovers around

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Remembering How to Be Reiki

When I walked in to the room to feed the cats, my heart sank when I realized that only Abe’s twin brother, Rudy, met me. Both Rudy and his mother, Zelda, had been quite ill for the past week with a stomach upset. Both had recovered and I had hoped

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Hospice For My Horse

She was 21 when I adopted her from the rescue. I found her online, a Google search. I typed in white Arabian mare and she was the first to appear. I knew immediately she was the one.
She was angry when she arrived to her new home. And wary and

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Shelter Reiki – “Never Give Up”

I have had the most amazing, beautiful experiences with the dogs at my local shelter where I volunteer Animal Reiki.  Those little Buddhas with fur have opened my heart, brought in the “light” and have shown me the way to compassion, love, peace and joy on deep levels.  The whole

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White Tiger Reiki

Some years ago, we visited Houston, Texas. I went to the Downtown Aquarium, which housed animals as well. I wanted to offer Reiki to whomever wanted it.
To my horror, I came upon a large room with a floor-to-ceiling window behind which was an enormous white, blue-eyed tiger, pacing. He

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Association for the Protection of Abandoned Dogs

I have been an Animal Reiki Volunteer in a Dog Shelter in Portugal, APCA-Association for the Protection of Abandoned Dogs, for two and a half years, on a weekly base
During this time, I had many fantastic experiences which allowed me to conclude that these animals are very gentle and

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Reiki for a Newly Hatched Hawk

I went to the vet for the periodical vaccination for Kira. I could see that my vet was particularly tired, so I asked him if he was having a bad day and if there were any urgent cases he had to deal with. He said no, that he had a

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Cleo’s Mutley Crew

Cleo’s Mutley Crew in Scotland is the latest member organisation of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Founder Lynsey Murray, a Reiki practitioner and behaviourist, has been taking animal Reiki classes with me to learn some of the methods we use to offer Reiki to shelter animals and give much needed

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Reiki and Animals Passing

Over the past couple of months I have been able to share the compassion of Reiki with animals and their guardians during the final stages of their life, each animal and situation was of course unique but they were all connected through their love for one another and the lives

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Offering Reiki to an Orang-utan on World Animal Reiki Day

On World Animal Reiki Day, I wanted to spend time with my son and to also offer Reiki to animals at Colchester Zoo in Essex UK. I arrived at the zoo on a cold wet windy day and in honesty it felt very bleak, the ground was very muddy and I

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Demystifying Reiki at Animal Shelters – Why You Should Volunteer Today!

One of the most common responses I receive when mentioning I volunteer Animal Reiki at shelters is “I could never volunteer at a shelter, I would just feel too sad for all the animals.”  Can you relate?
I hope to shift this perspective by providing a new one for you

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Being ‘Present’ with Binky

Being Present
I have been very blessed to have been able to spend 5 days in Kathleen Prasad’s presence; her energy is so serene and grounded. I attended the 3 day workshop ‘Everything Animal Reiki’ and also the ‘Equine workshop’ at the beautiful Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex UK. It was

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All You Need Is Reiki … and A Little Dog Food

Two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were wandering (scared and unapproachable) in my friend’s (Lynne’s) neighborhood for over ten days. She had been trying to befriend and catch them. Someone had obviously dumped them. One was dragging a leash and the other was dragging a short chain. Lynne

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Moon Mama and Her Openness To True Healing

One of the incredibly brave and beauty full dogs at TOLFA, was Moon Mama, she had obviously had many litters of puppies and didn’t look very old herself, she was at TOLFA with wounds on her head, face and around one of her eyes and was being treated by the

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The Presence of Life: Lessons from Magnificent Moses

Moses the mule, 39 years old, was strong and determined to carry on no matter what. But on June 30 Moses surrendered –it was time. His body was weak and tired, and ready to let go.
Moses was rescued four years ago by Suzi Cloutier, director of Zeb’s Wish Equine

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Offering Reiki to Cows

It is impossible to sugar coat the lives of cows as they have one of the most difficult life spans to come to terms with. Either bred for meat or spending most of their adult life pregnant so they can produce milk for the nation. Then having their babies taken away

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TOLFA – Tree of Life for Animals – My Ongoing Journey with the Animals

It is six months since I got back from TOLFA and the experience is still very much part of my daily life. My time in India sharing space with the amazing and inspiring animals at TOLA brings me many gifts even now that I am home. I still connect

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A Beautiful Reiki Teacher

Several years ago I was blessed to find two adorable beagles at a local animal shelter. At the time I had no idea what incredible teachers they were. Recently Daphne took me on a journey that would deepen my spiritual practice and expand my understanding of the power of Reiki

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Lacey One Month On

I give weekly Reiki sessions to dogs in care at the London centre of The Dogs Trust, the UK’s leading animal rescue charity, whose ethos is never to destroy a healthy dog.
The photos are of Lacey lurcher aged 8 at her first Reiki session and after one month. Her

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Compassion, Reiki, and Animals’ Perspectives

Just for today, I will be compassionate to myself and others. The fifth Reiki precept asks us to “remember the connection among all things within the universe.” [1]
A soft, gentle presence and the scent of hay drew close with Cow.  I immediately felt comfort in Cow’s presence. She said,

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Pip’s Story Continued

Carrying on from my last blog about Pip.   A couple of weeks ago I noticed Pip was not eating and was looking out of sorts.  I decided to take him to the Vet as the usual checks did not reveal anything, he had previously had an impacted crop and I

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10 Years of Supporting Remus Horse Sanctuary with Reiki!

I have been offering Reiki at Remus Horse Sanctuary for nearly 10 years, I started it before I became a founding member of SARA. It was Sue at Remus who contacted Kathleen, which must have been around 2008, from what I can remember. I had been studying with Kathleen via her

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Pip and the Beautiful Reminder That There Is No Separation Between Us

I am very blessed to have a large animal family; dogs, cats and chickens, and I have a special relationship with each one of them. For anyone who finds the idea of chickens as pets a little unusual I hope they get the opportunity to spend time with chickens as

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Angel Whispers – Angel Dreams – Holding the Light

Last night I had a dream. I was dreaming in my dream. I was peaceful and oblivious to the happenings in the world. The Angels were protecting and teaching me.
I had fallen asleep in class with students all around me. I was learning from the Angels while the other

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Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary

Humans, Healing Horses, Healing Humans
Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary, located in Sandy, Oregon, has been rescuing and providing sanctuary to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most fragile equines for 13 years and became a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2013.
Our Mission: Zeb’s Wish is a sanctuary for special needs and elder,

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