Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association

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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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Animal Dreams: “We Came For You”

Working with animal teachers is very rewarding. One of the places I offer Reiki is to the animal teachers at my local Wildlife Park. Maybe you’ve been there before, Two Rivers Wildlife Park, near Marion Bridge, Nova Scotia, Canada, or heard the famous folk song Allister McGillivray wrote, “Song for

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Animal Reiki Program Report

Animals and staff at the Nanaimo shelter have embraced their Reiki program. Healing sessions have been offered by Animal Reiki practitioners Ann Marie and Lori several times each week for the past two years. Our SPCA is one of two Canadian shelters that hold membership in the Shelter Animal Reiki

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Honesty, Reiki, and Animals’ Perspectives

Just for today, I will be honest in my work. The fourth Reiki precept asks us to be “truthfully dedicated to spiritual progress and everything you do.”[1] Like the earlier precepts, this one encourages us to be fully present as a clear conduit for the flow of healing Reiki energy.

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Just For Today: Be Humble

One of my clients is a beautiful dog of around 11 years of age who was a rescue dog in her earlier years, she is so regal in her appearance and energy and I always think of her as a Queen. She has an inner strength and dignity that shines

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Sharing Animal Reiki in India

Just over two weeks at Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA), a busy animal hospital and rescue center in Rajasthan, Northern India, has changed me forever, spending time with so many amazing and inspirational animals souls and sharing the Reiki space with them was the most beautiful, humbling and incredible

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Why holding the Reiki Space is a must for any Animal Reiki Practitioner

As my own Reiki Practice develops, I have become more interested in holding the Reiki space for the animals and less about the outcome of what is going to happen. I have been working with a horse at Remus called Marcus, who is petrified of humans. He lives happily at

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We never stop learning!

I am often in awe of the amazing things that happen whilst I am offering Animal Reiki. The reason being that as I hold the Reiki space, the animals are able to behave as their species intended. I have offered Reiki to a herd of horses, while they each waited

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The SARA Philosophy: Support Your Local Shelter, Sanctuary or Rescue

By: Char Jensen
Why giving back now is the key to your Reiki business’s future success.
Every entrepreneur knows that the early days of building a new business from the ground up are challenging, exhausting and even exhilarating. But in the wild rush to find new customers, get the word

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Someone Has to Do It By: Kelly McDermott-Burns

With every Animal Reiki class I teach there is invariably a student who wants to go into their local shelter and offer Reiki.  It’s a rare and happy occurrence when  they do.
Shelter work wasn’t the reason I first began on the animal Reiki path.  After teacher training at Brighthaven

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Creating a Reiki Space By: Jackie Eichelberger

Recently one of our SARA members, Gay Fowler, was the subject of an article by Jackie Eichelberger, a local columnist who lives close to Gay in Texas. Jackie had visited Gay’s ranch and found the harmony between the domestic and wild animals was so unique it was worth sharing with

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What the What??? Taking the Mystery Out of Animal Reiki. (How I became an Animal Reiki Practitioner) by Sally Williams

Reiki.  Just the word seems to conjure up confusing, mysterious and skeptical thoughts.  I have seen the faces that people can make when I say “I am an Animal Reiki Practitioner”.   That look of “you must be one of those weird airy fairy new agey people”…..ugh.   Those who

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Humility, Reiki, and Animals’ Perspectives by Nancy Schluntz

Just for today, I will be humble. The third Reiki precept. Humility is perhaps best defined by what it is not, rather than what it is.
My dictionary defines Humility as the state or quality of being humble, conscious of one’s defects or shortcomings; not proud or self-assertive; modest, unpretentious. Humble

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Rowena and the Beauty-Full Ex Battery Hens by Tina Read

In April 2011 we went to Little Hen Rescue to collect our first beautiful ex battery hens. The girls were a joy from the moment they arrived and so trusting, they relished their new life and freedom, including scratching around in the grass, sunning themselves, dust bathing and doing

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Reiki Helps Tropical Fish Adapt to Their New Environment by Ann Noyce

We recently added a fish tank and tropical fish to our household. If you think about it, changing the environment for fish is really no different than introducing a new dog or a cat into the household. Just like dogs and cats, it can take fish some time to adapt

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Tiggy and Lymes Disease by Tina Read

I had an amazing experience with a cat client recently, their person called me as the Vet had said that there was nothing else they could do for Tiggy other than to put him to sleep.  The person did not feel he was ready for this and when she was

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Animal Reiki in India!

As a Reiki practitioner I just never stop learning, as an Animal Reiki practitioner the animals never stop teaching me and as a Reiki Teacher this can only be a good thing!
I was reminded of this during my recent visit to The Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) in

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He Walked The Earth

I was on the phone when he wandered into the yard. I saw him cross the street and head towards the cranberry bushes by the goats. The goats in unison watched him pluck the berries. I saw P, our horse, turn her head in more than mild curiosity. I thought

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