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 was at least ten feet long. The floor of the tiger’s room was marble, and in the center was a large stone tub filled with water. Crowds of people took photos, posed in front of him, and teased him. He seemed very distressed, and roared and lunged at the people who came near the glass. They laughed at him.
I sat down on a bench and silently offered the tiger Reiki, saying, “Hi, I’m Ellen. Would you like Reiki? Please feel free to take as much or as little as you want. It’s up to you.”
The tiger stopped pacing, lay down, and turned his face to look straight into my eyes. I almost fell off the bench! I’ve been practicing animal Reiki for many years and this was the most amazing “Yes” I’d ever seen.
The energy began to flow. My hands and feet tingled. I sat there for a long time. Finally, the flow stopped. The tiger didn’t move.
A family approached the glass. The mom wanted to take a photo of her two little girls in front of the tiger. The tiger remained still and seemed content as the two children sat down, one on either side of his head. The mom took several photos. I think they must have been a highlight of the family’s trip.
When it was time to go, I was sad to leave the tiger in his marble and glass cage.