The Year End Gift of the Bison
As 2020 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the good that came to me during the difficult past months. What we focus on grows stronger so I have been choosing to turn my attention to my blessings instead of what I always felt that I lacked.
From Growls to Belly Rubs – Reiki to the Rescue
Bruno is loving walks and belly rubs these days. And he took his freedom ride to his foster home this past weekend! For months, Bruno cowered in the back of his kennel at the shelter, growling at staff. He had been there almost six months, surrendered for killing a chicken
Deaf and Food Aggressive – Romanian Rescue Dog Finds Peace and Safety
This beautiful deaf boxer girl had come over to the UK from Romania at approximately 6 months old, her history not clear, and was first fostered by a couple with a handful of other dogs. It quickly became very obvious and worrying that she was a very anxious girl around
Brutus Healed Me
A few months ago, I felt a strong calling to begin volunteering Reiki with shelter animals. I had shared Reiki with rescued animals before but was not officially “in” with a local rescue as a regular volunteer. I wanted to put myself out there, but during these COVID times it
In Loving Memory of Dusty…
Dusty was found after wandering the Arizona desert as a pup without identification or microchip. After a week of no one claiming him at the Humane Society, he was adopted by SARA member Gerianne. He lived a very happy 15 1/2 years with his special Reiki mom and family. He
What’s Good for the Goose
It was a warm August evening, among the last few left before the cool Canadian weather would start creeping up and swallowing the summer bliss. I was walking with my husband and our faithful dog through the fields, where we go to watch the sun set almost every night. We
Kitten & Fawn; Love & Compassion
Hermione is a premature fawn left by her mother. Mulan was a sickly, newborn kitten dumped at the animal shelter. Both are being loved and rehabbed at Forevermore Farm, a peaceful, quaint little farm where I teach Reiki & Kathleen Prasad’s Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki.
Addie Scores Big – Reiki Furever
We rescued “Belle” from the wonderful shelter Homeward Bound in Middlebury, Vermont where I volunteer, about two and a half years ago. She had been surrendered in South Carolina and moved to our shelter in Vermont. She had only been in Vermont for about two days before I discovered her
A Rescued Cat Overcomes His Fear of People
SARA Practitioner Deanna Sava shares a little background on the video:
“I don’t remember Stuart’s whole story, but he came into The Buddy Foundation with socialization issues. He was feral or semi-feral. Volunteers have been spending a lot of time trying to socialize him and they discovered that he loves
A Rooster Teaches Humility
Today I went to an animal rescue sanctuary. I decided to sit down in an enclosed area that had pigs, chickens, roosters and two dogs roaming free. There were not any animals around me when I started, but I knew who ever needed the Reiki would partake in their own
Reiki Meditation While Horse Riding
Sharing Reiki with an animal doesn’t have to mean sitting in mediation with them. Experience the wonder of moving meditation with your animals. Here I am in the Lolo Forest in Montana with peaceful horses and dogs. A true Zen moment!
By SARA Teacher Jane Joy Sparks
Whipper: A Horse That Learned to Trust Through Animal Reiki
The most special moment, of the special moments I experienced, was with a horse named Whipper. He was a very unsettled, almost neurotic horse. He would pace restlessly, rub himself raw and chew on his tongue as he shuffled from side to side.
Found! Awakening to Animal Reiki
Gabi, a SARA Practitioner, introduces her teaching memoir: How Animal Reiki Found Me and Other Stories, by Gabriele Annegret.
In her book Gabi shares her journey of awakening through encounters of animals as spirits, message carriers, and healers … Animal Reiki found her!
I meditate with animals. That’s right. Every opportunity I get. Whenever I know I will be in the presence of animals, wild or domestic, I commit myself to being open to whatever experience arises and I set an intention that Reiki flows for the good of all.
One summer my
Letting Go of Control to Find Peace
When we are peaceful, we can let go of the need to control.
As my county in Pennsylvania began to relax the Shelter In Place orders from COVID-19, we moved into the yellow phase. However, pet groomers are still not allowed to open. It has been several months since I
A South African Animal Reiki Journey
I’ve been practicing the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki for about 6 months and had the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the beauty of the practice in the wild. I recently visited two camps in South Africa and went on two safaris per day at each camp.
Mandy’s Reiki Session…Her Way
Meet Mandy. She is an elder canine. She was recently welcomed into her forever home. Today was her Reiki session.
With Mandy, I practiced the Let Animals Lead® approach created by Kathleen Prasad of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA).
What does that mean? It means that I meditated, using
Recognizing Differences Between Animal Communication and Animal Reiki
Many animal communicators are trained in the system of Reiki and find the two go hand-in-hand, but too often the lines get blurred. What is the difference between an Animal Communication (AC) session and an Animal Reiki (AR) session, and why does this matter in a professional context?
My Year of Discovery after Becoming a SARA Teacher
September 2019 is here and I’m ready to put down my thoughts, feelings and examples of personal growth I experienced attending Kathleen’s Reiki Level III and Animal Reiki Teachers Certification course in Sacramento, CA, in October 2018 and want to share my insights with you. It was a profound experience,
That Chicken Is Choking!
Distraction can make us miss beautiful moments. We find peace and feel grounded when we take time to listen to animals and the sounds of nature. If we don’t devote quiet time with ourselves and animals, we won’t hear their lessons of loyalty, acceptance, or love. By being too busy,
Animal Reiki with the Teacher’s Pet
From the time I was a toddler, I’ve been horse-crazy. I started riding when I was six and was blessed to have a pony in my backyard when I was nine-years-old. Being around horses, especially sharing Reiki with them, opens my heart and heals my soul.
When animal Reiki pioneer,
But That’s Not Reiki! Oh Yes, It Is!
But that’s not Reiki! A colleague recently mentioned someone said this about the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki by Kathleen Prasad that we practice. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but the conversation has nagged me since.
Sure, we aren’t drawing symbols everywhere and placing
A Cat Named ‘Cart’
Reiki pronounced as ‘ray key’ is a complementary holistic therapy which can be used alongside conventional veterinary medicine. Reiki is an ancient Japanese system of healing, not cure. Rei meaning ‘spirit’ and Ki meaning ‘energy’. As quantum physics tells us, all matter is energy. This energy flows through all living
Relearning Animal Reiki with the Let Animals Lead® Method
Last weekend, I had the honor and pleasure to re-take Animal Reiki Level 1 with Animal Reiki Pioneer, Kathleen Prasad at Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in bucolic Petaluma, California.
I first studied with Kathleen in 2007 and became an Animal Reiki Teacher and Practitioner in 2008. It was nice to reconnect with her,
Welcome to Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary, SARA’s first South Carolina member organization!
I would like to welcome Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary to the SARA family! Cotton Branch has whole heartedly embraced the SARA way to support and heal their animal family. Cotton Branch is a safe haven for farm animals in South Carolina. Founded in 2004, the sanctuary is currently home
Reiki & Pet Sitting: The Perfect Combination
As pet sitters, we often encounter animals who are afraid, timid, confused or stressed because they are alone with a stranger in their home. We face emergencies with sick or injured animals when their people are away. We sometimes care for animals who are transitioning while their family is gone.
A Precept Lesson from Butte
A friend of mine owns a small guest ranch here in Montana and, in the spring when their horses are brought in from winter pasture, she has asked me to help evaluate them prior to the season beginning. A couple of years ago she had a new horse that she
The Let Animals Lead® Method & Equine Massage Therapy
How can equine massage therapists benefit from and incorporate the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki (developed by Kathleen Prasad) into their practices?
At first glance, the two seem contradictory. Equine massage is hands on, our Animal Reiki practice is hands off – unless the animal initiates touch. However,
Contemplating the Gifts of Reiki as a Meditative Practice
I am currently a practicing Reiki Master learning the “Let Animals Lead®” incredible method of Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad. In our Reiki II Class we were given the homework exercise of contemplating “The Gifts of Reiki” diagram (above). My background until quite recently was in the engineering field
Why Boundaries are Needed for a Successful Business and Abundant, Happy Life
Recently, at one of our monthly member meetings, SARA had the immense honor of hosting Thea Strom – Psychic Medium, Animal Communicator and Animal Reiki Teacher. Thea spoke on a topic that many of us struggle with: Boundaries. All of us in SARA are givers. Whether we are an organizational
Rat Reiki and RattieRatz
I began my study of Animal Reiki with Kathleen in 2015. Inspired and very enthusiastic about sharing Animal Reiki with the world, in 2016 I became a SARA member, started volunteering at a local animal shelter, and joined an animal rescue organization called RattieRatz.
Truthfully, I would have loved
Talking about Reiki and Making Connections
A friend who is starting her Animal Reiki business asked how I explain Reiki in a way to
pique someone’s interest and share what we do, while staying away from the “woo-woo”.
After I shared my thoughts, she suggested I write an article to help others starting out.
The Gifts of Reiki as a Meditative Practice
Reflecting upon the gifts of reiki through ‘The Gifts of Reiki as a Meditative Practice’ graphic, I can see a place for each of these elements throughout my growing personal practice in animal reiki. First and foremost is the GROUNDING aspect of reiki. With the dry brushing technique (Kenyoku
3 Days at Remus, UK
I had the great pleasure this year of attending a Reiki III and Animal Reiki Teacher Training course set within Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in Essex. Remus isn’t just for horses, the residents are also rescued Shetland Ponies, Donkeys, Sheep and Goats. And not forgetting the cats whom roam the
Every February SARA president Kathleen Prasad teaches Reiki III and Animal Reiki Training at the CARE Foundation in Apopka, FL. I enjoy seeing all the pictures from the classes and especially reading about the experiences the students share with the animals.
The CARE Foundation, founded in 1996 by Christin Burford,
Scotty was a 7 year old long haired tabby. When he was five, his owner surrendered him to the SPCA. The reason given was her roommate had adopted a dog. His surrender papers explicitly stated that he was afraid of children.
Sometime after, a young father of three toddlers,
Finding Perfection in Imperfection: My Zen Garden Meditation
Today I gardened in my Zen garden, and pondered on how my gardening was actually a meditation practice in itself. As I gardened, I thought, the symbolism in my garden provides for an amazing reflection on life in general; but still, how does this relate to Animal Reiki?
A Drive with a Dragonfly – Finding Perspective
Leaving a farm this morning, a dragonfly started flying around in the car. I tried unsuccessfully to guide it out. As I began driving, the dragonfly bounced frantically off the dash and windshield.
I was rather aggravated and frustrated because of a couple unpleasant situations swirling about in my world.
A Reiki Loving Turkey
During a recent Reiki class at Cotton Branch Animal Sanctuary, I took a few minutes to share Reiki with the turkeys while students were practicing. I knew from previous visits the turkeys were very receptive to Reiki.
I sat on a low fence rail just inside the turkey enclosure. As I began
Earning Respect Using the SARA Way
SARA’s mission is important because it gives credibility to what we are accomplishing, not just in our communities, but around the globe. We are making a difference in our shelters and sanctuaries, giving a voice where there is none. The code of ethics, the teachings, the spiritual practice, and support
It’s All of Us That Are Changing the Community
I’m so grateful to be a member of SARA, to have found Kathleen, Leah, and SARA. I started with Reiki 18 – 20 years ago. I learned whatever was taught, usually Western style, but something just didn’t ring true with me. I would try, and I wouldn’t get it. Each
The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) Celebrates 10 Years!
WOW! It has been 10 years since Leah and Kathleen sat in the kitchen at Brighthaven and talked about starting SARA. It was May of 2008 and Leah was taking a Level 2 class from Kathleen. At lunch they started talking about Kathleen’s dreams for the future. She shared how
Class Always Tells
Class always tells. Class is the impression I had when I first heard about SARA and Kathleen Prasad. I knew right away that I wanted to work with her, and affiliate myself with an organization that has such high values and ethics.
My name is Jane Sparks from Missoula, Montana.
Reiki and the Big Herd
Duchess Sanctuary is located on 1120 acres in Oakland, OR and provides a forever home to 191 horses and 5 donkeys; all formerly abused, abandoned, neglected or homeless. The majority of the horses are mares and their offspring who were rescued from the Premarin industry (to learn more about this
Clarity of Practice with SARA
One thing that I think about a lot since I really got into Reiki years ago is that there are so many schools of Reiki out there, and there’s no regulation. I belong to another association where there are many practitioners from many lineages and nobody is practicing the same
Reiki & the Red Mare: Reiki Finds Us When We Need It Most
Some years ago, my young, chestnut, off the track Thoroughbred mare (you horse people get it), was just home from colic surgery. It was day one of 30 days stall rest, with five-minute grazing sessions throughout the day. She had many complications and was not out of the woods. I
Growing as Ethical Animal Reiki Practitioners and Teachers
After my beloved cat, Chloe, transitioned in 2014, I became a self-taught animal energy worker by reading books and watching videos. Then, a friend told me about human Reiki shares, so after going to those shares for a little while I started my own Reiki training. I don’t remember how
The Power of Reiki Chanting with a Herd
Duchess Sanctuary is located on 1120 acres in Oakland, OR and provides a forever home to 191 horses and 5 donkeys; all formerly abused, abandoned, neglected or homeless. The majority of the horses are mares and their offspring who were rescued from the Premarin industry (to learn more about this
SARA Changed the Way I Approached and Taught Reiki
I was a Reiki practitioner for over 15 years before I heard about Kathleen and her work with animals. In 2008, I heard about Frans Stiene, and went to Virginia for a level three training with him. It was there that I heard about Kathleen. I followed up by contacting
Getting the Resources to Start Teaching
I first started with human Reiki a while back, and after reading Kathleen’s first book, I immediately fell in love. I finally found a path that I could take to pursue deeper connections with animals, and that was because of Kathleen’s book. One thing led to another, and when I
Reflection on the Animal Reiki Code of Ethics
The Animal Reiki Code of Ethics was written in 2008 by Animal Reiki Source founder and Shelter Animal Reiki Association president Kathleen Prasad. I was introduced to the Code of Ethics in Shinpiden class with Kathleen after studying Animal Reiki with another teacher. I did my best to follow the
We Can Be the Beams of Hope that Shelters Need
It’s really coming from a place of privilege and honor that I’m a part of the SARA organization. I remember back in 2013 when I became a SARA teacher after going to many retreats, meeting Kathleen in 2009, and then Leah. We as SARA practitioners and members and teachers are
Fulfilling My Own Soul Path
From day one, I loved the Code of Ethics. I happened to teach basic animal Reiki class, not a SARA class, and some of my students were just demanding and demanding to work with the animals. I always discussed SARA and what a light that has been for me personally,
Reiki for a Calmer Ride
It was a cool, breezy spring morning on two fresh, bouncy Thoroughbreds. Instead of settling as we went along, my friend’s gelding became agitated – prancing, bucking and spooking. My friend’s attempts to settle him weren’t working. My mare was feeding off the other horse, becoming nervous and tense. I
Through SARA, We Can Make a Difference!
SARA truly has changed my life. I am so deeply grateful to Kathleen and Leah for all they have taught me. I could go on for hours about the amazing experiences I have had sharing Reiki with animals, how much I have grown, how much the animals have taught me,
Riley and Reiki
Riley was a ten- pound King Charles Cavalier with big soft eyes. Chasing summer toads around the driveway in summer and falling leaves in autumn, his heart soared.
Riley enjoyed car rides, cuddles, serving as his mom Victoria’s study partner, hanging out with me. We call our little farm the
CJ, An Equine Teacher
As part of the Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners course, I chose to meditate with my 26-year old mare, CJ. CJ and I have been together for 24 years. We met at a sketchy boarding stable. CJ was a 2-year old filly living with the field horses. This group of
Leaving Our Comfort Zone
I’ve been walking outside those days, thinking and meditating about changes each of us has to face during this life. I wasn’t thinking if they are good or bad for us, if we must learn from them something or not, but about our approach to them.
Often, when our still
Animal Reiki in Aruba
A recent trip to Aruba was full of unexpected opportunities to offer Reiki. There were two sanctuaries on island. I was hesitant at the first as we came upon the site while exploring. Two young men took our $10 donation and gave us bags of pellets and cut carrots.
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
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
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
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
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, as
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 your
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 learned skills…then poof!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.” 
A soft, gentle presence and the scent of hay drew close with Cow. I immediately felt comfort in Cow’s presence. She said,
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
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
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,
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
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
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.” Like the earlier precepts, this one encourages us to be fully present as a clear conduit for the flow of healing Reiki energy.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Worry, Reiki and Animal’s Perspectives
“Just for today, I will not worry.” The second Reiki Precept. Like the first Precept about anger, this one encourages us to be fully present as a clear conduit for the flow of healing Reiki energy.
What is worry but another name for fear? Do we ever worry that things
Anger, Reiki and Animals’ Perspectives
“Just for today, I will not anger.” The first Reiki Precept. On first hearing, I transmuted the words to “… I will not anger others,” but then realized that no one can make anyone else angry. We (or someone else) can be the spark that ignites anger, but the emotion
A Reiki Share with the Horses
Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge. ~Ana Monnar
This quote highlights the purpose of a Reiki Share. It is a time to get together with like-minded people to share our experiences, to learn from each other and to practice and share Reiki with each other and with the animals.
Upon entering a bottle-feeding goat petting zoo area, a teeny- tiny lone white goat was curled up against a concrete post underneath a gazebo. Immediately I was drawn to squat down beside him while my hands rested on my knees 5 inches apart to create a Reiki space. Telepathically, I
Lessons from the Tiger Buddhas
Every February for the past three years I have had the most incredible opportunity to visit a wildlife sanctuary in Apopka, Florida, The C.A.R.E. Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located on a beautiful piece of property tucked away in the middle of rural Florida amongst the trees. C.A.R.E. houses two bears,
Frosty, the Reiki Dog
I wasn’t looking for a dog. I was quite happy and content with seven unique cats. (Yes, you could say I live in a cathouse). I certainly didn’t anticipate a little dog to come into my life, teaching me to look at my Reiki practice and The Precepts in ever
A Plea to Help Our Wild Horses
I am writing this on what, according to the ASPCA, is National Horse Protection Day. Which is somewhat ironic, because I woke up this morning to read yet another story about more of wild horses being rounded up and removed from their homes. The pictures were heartbreaking. The eyewitness accounts
A Spiritual Blessing for Charlie
Can or should animals receive reiju, the spiritual blessing ritual? Let me recount what happened recently and then you decide.
Charlie, a handsome white cat with bright jade eyes, came into my family’s life last summer. His owner, an aged German lady named Millicent, refused to be taken to the
Reiki Beyond the Chain Link
8 years have passed since I rescued my beloved dog, named Deeds, from the Tulsa Animal Shelter. Inspired by him, and the benefits of offering Reiki to shelter animals, this time I returned to teach my very first SARA Level I Reiki & Animal Reiki class.
It was the end
A Gift from Pete: Experiencing the Circle of Healing
In 2012, I twice had the honor of sharing Reiki with a sweet 10 year old Shetland pony named Pete. Through a beautiful two-way connection each time, Pete gave me a gift; he taught me the power of the “circle of healing” through Reiki.
Pete lives at a barn near
Return to the Popcorn Zoo
The following is a letter from one of the attendees at a recent Animal Reiki class conducted by Bill Stevens. Bill had posted earlier about the first visit to the Popcorn Zoo. This is an account of a return visit by the same two people.
Again I want
Reiki Helps a Parrot
Originally published in Reiki News Magazine – Reprinted with permission
When an early morning request arrived with an urgent plea for Reiki for a parrot, I had no idea what an amazing journey was in store for me for the next several weeks. Even though the parrot would ultimately transition,
Feral Cats Appreciate Reiki Too!
For several days Cinnamon, a semi-feral cat, had a high-shrieking hacking cough like he had a stubborn hairball wanting to come out; yet at the same time he was rapidly losing weight, becoming lethargic, and drinking lots of water. After several days, I finally asked his persons if I may
BrightHaven: Home for Special Animals, Invaluable Resource for the Rest of Us
I recently had the pleasure of spending a weekend doing Reiki with rescued horses at BrightHaven Animal Rescue. Located in the Northern California town of Santa Rosa, BrightHaven is an amazing place, and I find myself wanting to tell everyone about it. First and foremost, it is a home for
Riri – A Very Different Perspective on Using Animal Reiki
A lovely, beautiful tanned coloured American Pit Bull had just been delivered to the shelter where I volunteered. She had been found wandering the streets, and the person who found her, delivered her to us. She was named Chloe and it was obvious “Chloe” had recently had pups but she
In Memory of Harley: Reiki Hog, Teacher and Ambassador of Joy
Harley, BrightHaven’s beautiful 800-lb. black and white pig, passed away on July 11, 2012. He will be so missed by everyone at BrightHaven, by me, and also by so many of my students. My sincere sympathy and love to Gail, Richard, Fray and all the BrightHaven family. He was such
Connecting with the Animals at the C.A.R.E. Foundation
An Awakening to the True Essence of Reiki
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
— Anatole France
The animals at the C.A.R.E. Foundation in Apopka,Florida opened my eyes to a deeper meaning of this quote by AnatoleFrance. These sweet animals offered me the
Bootsie Teaches Me Important Reiki Lessons
My relationship to Bootsie has also been especially close ever since we first made eye contact while I was mall walking almost fourteen years ago. There she was in the pet shop window, an adorable 8-week-old tuxedo kitten, playing with half a dozen or so other kittens. When
She finds humour in the stresses of humans and believes, If only you would meditate more!
I would like to share with you this amazing picture that captured Logan my animal companion in one of her many meditation states. Yes, Logan meditates. It is true, she almost makes it look
At One With The Fly
If you’ve been to a farm recently chances are you have encountered a fly. In my work with Joy, a young Morgan horse, I certainly did! I observed Joy in the pasture swishing her tail and stomping her hooves to shake them off. I saw myself: impatient with the fly,
A Reiki Mama
The nesting box sits in a rather unremarkable location in the backyard. I have walked past it on numerous occasions but it has always been empty. This morning as I strolled past on my way to feed the chickens, I became away of the chirping coming from inside the box.
Rusty The Red Healer Cross
I had been asked to reduce my work hours by one day each week and the following week I received a letter in the mail from my local RSPCA advising I had been accepted for volunteer work and could I start next week. The Universe was telling me something.
Help From A Caterpillar
Waking up early on a Sunday morning in Stockton, MO on a camping trip, I told my husband that I had wanted to see the water pier by taking a walk. He was very surprised, since I was three and a half months pregnant experiencing constant morning sickness. But
Reiki in the Cat Intake Room
My favorite places at Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) are the cat rooms. I truly enjoy watching the comings and goings, the different personalities, and the fights and love fests as boundaries are tested and friends are made. Offering Reiki in a room with many cats can be
Reiki with Butterscotch the Parakeet
One beautiful spring day, I was contemplating how much I’d like to be bringing Reiki more into my daily life (besides my own self-practice). I was having a hard time concentrating on my work and had Spring Fever.
I went out for some fresh air at lunch and
Reiki In The Wild
Lions, giant tortoises, herds of wildebeest, eland, kudu & zebra as well as parades of elephants roam the dusty, semi-arid landscape of Addo National Elephant Park. Just an hour east of the coastal town of Port Elizabeth in the southeastern part of South Africa, it seems an unlikely place
Making Adjustments For Buddha
While he waited for me as I worked on another horse with Animal Reiki, Dealer became very restless, by repeatedly pacing in his stall, snickering, and kicking his door. As an animal communicator, I let him know that he could accept Reiki as well, even though I was focusing
Get Down (on the) Sidewalk Reiki for Animals
After several unsuccessful attempts to introduce reiki into my local animal shelter I was frustrated. I so wanted to offer the healing benefits of Reiki to the shelter pets – what to do? Divine intervention took over.
In my local food store was a flyer for Homeward Bound, a
Some Reiki Maintenance For Oliver
Oliver is a very handsome, loving, orange tabby cat that I have known for about 9 years. He is the animal companion of one of my best friends and her family. When Oliver first joined the family there was just two human children. Now there are four and they are
A Lesson From Five Cats
Level I Reiki and Animal Reiki Class at Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary
I had the privilege of teaching a Level 1 Reiki and Animal Reiki class with eight volunteers and staff at Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary’s Green Bay Adoption Center near historic Lambeau Field, home of the
A Lesson from Charlie – The Importance of Consistency
I only knew Charlie a short time, but he reinforced for me an important Reiki lesson. Charlie’s lesson is that consistency is important when offering Reiki to animals (and people); multiple and frequent sessions may be needed to achieve or maintain whatever result is optimal for the animal at that
Oh, Momma! Seriously?
One of the sweetest horses on the face of this earth is Momma, a fourteen year old Registered Thoroughbred. She was rescued from California in Oct 2009 by Kansas City, Missouri’s Changing Leads Equine Rescue which in turn rehabilitates horses for adoption.
She will often be very specific where she
When Illness Hits Home
Recently, after a busy period of traveling, I returned to find that Murphy our 16 year old kitty had lost a surprising amount of weight. In addition to the weight loss, he seemed lethargic. He wasn’t coming into the kitchen to beg for treats and he wasn’t interested
Buster’s Reiki Routine
Buster is one of the many beautiful, amazing and hard working horses at Forward Stride, a center that offers therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs. I volunteer there on Sundays doing turnout (aka: putting them out in their pastures), stall cleaning, and Reiki.
I started volunteering at Forward
Montana’s Christmas Miracle
It was late December 2009, a few days before Christmas and the weather forecast was for heavy snow with over two feet of snow expected to fall. This was very unusual for Virginia to receive such significant amounts of snow, so my husband thought it best to gather quite
Reiki Heals a Sore Hoof
The day started out as any other with me grooming my paint horse Kodiak. I grabbed his right hind hoof to clean it out and suddenly noticed a really big pointed rock stuck between his shoe and his hoof. “Uh oh,” I thought to myself. This didn’t look good.
Baby Reindeer – Passage into Spirit
Friends of mine are licensed to raise reindeer on their farm. I was called one day regarding a baby reindeer having difficulty in breathing and not eating or drinking. On arrival at the barn I found the baby reindeer in a small pen, barely standing on skinny, wobbly legs, wheezing
A Valuable Reiki Lesson From A Horse Named Joe
Momma, a 14 year old Thoroughbred, is usually my first stop to offer Animal Reiki on my weekly visit to Changing Leads Equine Rescue. She’s usually waiting for me, but for today she declined. I was surprised and slightly disappointed, but I honored her wishes.
I walked to
Loud Noises and Border Collies
Sessan is a lovely 12 year old border collie. Her companion, Kinna, asked me to work with her this past summer for several reasons. For most of her life, Sessan suffered from skin allergies and, like many of her breed, fear of loud or unexpected noises such
Annie Oakley’s Lesson – Listen to the Animals
“Lots of people talk to animals…Not very many listen, though…That’s the problem.” ~ Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
One of my best Reiki teachers is my husband’s buddy, Annie Oakley, a 9-year old black Labrador Retriever, who taught me the value of listening to animals through Reiki.
It’s His Ears!
Three of us used to meet at Guide Dogs for the Blind once a month and offer Reiki to the dogs in training. The dogs that the organization selected for Reiki treatments would have a particular issue, physical, behavioral, or emotional.
I was fairly new to Reiki—still feeling my
The Pet Guardian Program at the APF
My shelter, the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) of Scotia, NY in cooperation with the Schenectady (NY) Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) sponsors the Pet Guardian Program. Basically, the APF takes in pets belonging to battered, abused or otherwise compromised women who seek shelter at the YWCA. The
An Unexpected Reiki Gift from a Ball Python
I had an incredible experience on January 11th, 2009 when my husband and I attended an event called “Eagle Days” in Smithville, Missouri, to learn about bald eagles. The first thing that I saw when we entered was a snake exhibit and my usual response is to pivot and
An Incredible Trip To The Popcorn Zoo
I went to the zoo last week with two animal communicators who have extraordinary gifts. We visited Popcorn Zoo in Forked River, NJ spending time with an exceptionally compassionate man, John Bergman, who has been involved with the Humane Society for over thirty years and has helped create the zoo
Puddin’ is a five year old male Calico cat adopted from a local animal shelter. The first time I met Puddin’ he was having a tough day. He had recently injured both front paws in an unexplained accident, losing several claws and bleeding intermittently. He had become skittish, would
Killian is an eleven-year-old Rotweiller. Her health had declined sharply during the past year. She was in constant pain despite medication. Walking was a huge effort and putting any weight on her front left leg was close to impossible.
Her family is my niece, Ginny, her eight year old
Boots’ Lesson: Allow the animal to decide
A series of treatments with a cat at the Fox Valley Humane Association taught me the value of allowing the animal to determine how they wish to receive Reiki energy. This cat is a sweet 8 year old black and white tuxedo kitty named Boots. Boots came to
China: The Angel Dog
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a sweet, white Staffordshire Terrier puppy with a unique (and very fitting) heart-shaped spot on her nose was rescued from the ravaged region. We don’t know the story of her previous family, but luckily she found her way to Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary
I met Missy during my first month as a volunteer at Horse Haven of Tennessee. Following my volunteer shifts, I am able to do Reiki work with the horses that our barn manager feels would benefit. I had been primarily working with a Hackney pony, Napoleon, who had a
The Butterfly Who Said Yes
During the time I was taking an Animal Reiki Correspondence Course with Kathleen one of the options for a homework assignment was to work on an insect. Since most of my time is spent working with dogs, cats, and birds I set my intention to work with a butterfly.
The Watering Hole
Sitting in the quiet, sacred space of my Reiki treatment room, I proceeded to offer Caesar The Cat Reiki. Being somewhat new at offering Reiki from a distance (Caesar lives in Texas, I’m in California), I have a tendency to “beam” the energy directly at my subject. Usually the person/animal
Reiki & Animals: A Life-Changing Journey
My interest in Reiki has truly been a journey – my Reiki Journey. Reiki and the idea of working with energy did not come naturally for me, but I was drawn to learn more. My husband, Alan, and I began studying Reiki in 2003 and, with the encouragement
Faith: A Tribute To A Great Teacher
I came to know Faith, a mammoth donkey, in the fall of 2007. Crystal Montgomery, the owner of Storybook Farm Equine Rescue (www.Storybook-farm.com,) called me one evening to ask if I could do Reiki with Faith. Crystal was desperate to find something that could give Faith relief from pain and
I find working with animals in a shelter environment to be extremely rewarding, as do many others. Those of us in SARA have made it our mission to bring Reiki to as many animal shelters as possible. Of course, there are more shelters than there are SARA members,
…….by Jodie Brenner
I noticed during one of the Reiki I classes at Synergy Animal Hospice that the Sheriff’s department had placed a pregnant mare and two other horses on the shared property of the Animal Hospice.
We were told we could offer Reiki to the horses, but we were
The Mantra of the Rescuer
..posted by John Sawyer
One of the things that we as animal Reiki practitioners sometimes forget is that the people who care for the animals in the shelters in which we practice sometimes need Reiki as much or more than the animals do. Having been in animal rescue in
Reiki for Roxanne
In December I went to visit my good friend in Montana that recently moved her horse sanctuary to a 1,200 acre ranch. I was excited for our visit and especially excited to meet Roxanne. Roxanne, a four month old filly arrived a week before my visit. She came to the sanctuary
Reiki At AID – Hellos and Goodbyes
…posted by John Sawyer
It’s been quite a year for me at AID. I’ve met and worked with many animals and learned from all of them. Animals are such wonderful teachers!
I wrote about Allie previously. Unfortunately, Allie made her transition several weeks ago.
Gratitude for All in 2009
2009 was a busy year for SARA. As Kathleen said in her blog, it was a year of change, new projects, new members and much growth!
SARA started off the year on wobbly legs and spent most of the year like all new businesses – trying to reach goals, find balance and maintain
Shelter Reiki Reflections of 2009
Dear SARA Members and Friends,
Thank you for a wonderful year of 2009, offering Reiki to shelter and sanctuary animals around the world! This has been a year of growth, change, new projects, new animal organization members, and the sharing of many wonderful shelter and sanctuary Reiki stories! Some dear
Reiki For Cats
By Kathleen Prasad
Feline Wellness Magazine, December 2009
If you are looking for a gentle and noninvasive technique for supporting feline wellness, look no further than Reiki. Reiki can create relaxation and peace in even the most stressed-out cases-thus it is ideal for cats living in loving homes, as well
Reiki for Tigers and an Ocelot
I received the most wonderful story from a Reiki colleague Martha Wewer, who volunteers regularly at Carolina Tiger Rescue in North Carolina. I am so pleased to present this story to all of you. It is an amazing lesson in animal awareness of the energy, and the connections and trust
Another Lesson in “Trust” from Reiki
I recently had the opportunity to give a SARA presentation to a local humane society animal shelter. We tried for several weeks to coordinate my schedule with the schedules of the Executive Director and her right hand person. I met both of them a couple of months prior to our
Reiki At AID: Allie
I volunteer weekly at Animals In Distress in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, offering Reiki to the animals and teaching Reiki to the staff and volunteers who wish to become Reiki practitioners. I have been involved with AID since late 2004 when my wife and I adopted from them a beautiful
Welcome to the Shelter Animal Reiki Association Community Blog
About the Shelter Animal Reiki Association
Reiki is a holistic Japanese energy healing modality that promotes stress reduction and relaxation. SARA was founded in May 2008 to support the growing number of Reiki practitioners who wish to establish programs in their local shelters. SARA’s goals are to: Teach and foster