Growing up, whenever I was not feeling good, my mom would ease the problem by holding or touching the area where I had pain. I also noticed that I would hold my cheek when I had a toothache or hold my head or stomach when in pain. Our instincts make us apply energy healing, which helps rebalance our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. This also applies to your dogs or cats; energy healing promotes their well-being and power.
If you are unfamiliar with palm healing, you can learn it very quickly; or you might already be using it without knowing. We already have the tools for palm healing: our hands. With love and a little practice, you could soon be channeling life force energy through your hands to your dogs. Apply your palm over the area where you know or think your dog or cat has a problem, whether it be joint pain, inflammation and/or emotional issues.
Your thoughts of wanting your dog or cat to feel better—along with your palm’s ki (“energy” in Japanese)—move through your hand to the area that needs to be healed. Palm healing works immediately if your pet’s symptoms are simple, such as a body temperature imbalance or lonely and scared feelings. I use this simple healing application for my dogs and cats, as well as my clients.
What is reiki? Some people have never heard of it before. Practiced in Japan (the word means “universal life energy”) for almost 100 years, it is a healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation. A type of palm healing, it employs “life force energy” to support the energy flow of the whole body. Reiki goes further by using visualization with positive energy for the body and mind to connect with the life force. When we offer reiki to our dogs and/or cats, we enter into a space of deep and compassionate connection, where a beautiful healing response can be seen.
If you don’t know what to do, apply your palm to your dog or cat whenever they show signs of stress, pain or any other issues. Close your eyes and focus, breathing slowly. Find a solid, grounded foundation in your heart, and send love to your dog or cat. Stay calm and meditate; acknowledge your feelings and do not try to control them. Your dog or cat should be calm and peaceful. Invite their energy to join yours, and stay there about 15–30 minutes. If your dog or cat is not comfortable or wants to get up and move, slowly stop and accept their wish.
Most of the time, I see tremendous benefits from offering reiki to my dogs and cats. It yields different aspects and results each time, and each dog or cat receives it differently.
Reiki is great for new dogs and/or cats arriving at your home for the first time; it helps alleviate their fear and anxiety. I use it with Bach Flower Remedy, which also helps ease our own fear and anxiety when getting new pets. When you heal your own fear, you might quickly see their fear disappear as well.