Reiki For Dogs Book Review and Giveaway
Reiki is a healing practice that harnesses and transfers universal energy to promote calmness and healing. In the hospital where I volunteer, Reiki is one of the most popular complementary therapies offered to patients through the volunteer office and we see many satisfied Reiki customers in the cancer center when making our therapy dog rounds.
I recently received a copy of a new book by dog lover and Reiki expert Kathleen Prasad, titled Reiki for Dogs: Using Spiritual Energy to Heal and Vitalize Man’s Best Friend. This fascinating book shares tips on understanding Reiki and facilitating a healing flow of energy between you and the animals in your life, including your favorite pup.
Learning to share Reiki with your dog will help foster the bond you share. Prasad argues that dogs are tuned into life’s energy better than their human counterparts, not experiencing conflicting or complicated emotions. In this sense, Reiki becomes totally Fit As Fido, as you learn from your dog, while sharing positive energy back. To do Reiki with your dog, you need to develop a calm and open spirit and connection with Nature, and exercises are provided to help you do this.
Prasad offers practical tips, like starting each day by opening yourself to healing opportunities, meditating for 5-10 minutes on animals in need in your life. She provides instructions for specific techniques you might use to get started:
- Visualization techniques
- Self-healing techniques
- Rainbow heart connections for when struggling with particularly difficult or painful situations
Her techniques are designed to help open you to possibilities from Reiki, get you started in Reiki, begin healing in yourself and your dog, and decrease stress.
When offering Reiki to your pet, Prasad give specific guidelines for positive encounters, teaching you how to recognize when your dog is accepting Reiki, giving examples of different forms of connections that different animals might prefer, sensing when your dog is settling into Reiki, and, perhaps most importantly, noticing when your dog is ready for the Reiki session to end as he becomes more active and alert. Reiki with your dog becomes a sensing and learning process as you tune into your dog and his signals.
Prasad also provides a wealth of helpful case histories to get you inspired. My favorite was the story of an Akita named Kaci, taken to a shelter after she had spent 6 years living tied to a tree. Kaci was soon adopted, but returned to the shelter after a couple of months. Kaci soon became despondent–refusing to eat, howling, and looking miserable. Working with a Reiki therapist, Kaci began to experience healing, becoming relaxed, engaged, and hopeful. Her therapist felt Kaci regained her positive spirit, which made her open to another try at adoption. And this time, the adoption was successful.
If you’ve every wondered what Reiki’s all about and think you might be interested in learning about Reiki to help you and your dog, leave a comment after this blog. I’ll be giving away one free copy of Reiki For Dogs to one person randomly selected from those leaving comments between today and the end of day Friday.
Check out today’s PetMeds blog about keeping your water bowl and Fido’s full on these hot summer days.
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