Response from Rose: Dear Holly, glad to hear that you are offering Reiki to animals, they enjoy it and the benefits can be profound.
In my experience there are few animals that truly do not want Reiki when it is offered in a way that suits their unique needs.
Animals are individuals, just like people, and some are more sensitive and aware of energy than others. I often scan or energetically run my hands above the animal's body not only to "sense" where there might be areas that need attention, but also to see how the animal responds. If the skin shudders, as though a fly were on it, then I know that I am working with an animal that may need above-the-body work or distance Reiki.
Another possible explanation of why the dog did not relax might be due to the flow of Reiki energy encountering blockages in the energetic pathways. Initially this can result in a feeling of movement and shifts, and this strange sensation may make the dog feel uncomfortable. A brief mental/verbal explanation to the client when beginning a session can help create trust and understanding, and an atmosphere of equal relationship.
Healing is essentially a dialogue between the energy and the client, with the practitioner being the intermediary. This means that we also need to pay special attention to the most difficult aspect of any form of healing--letting go of attachment to outcome. When we feel a desire to help we may also encounter our need to heal--to have a positive outcome manifest in the form of the animal getting, or feeling better--when instead, the energy may be needed by the recipient for quality of life and preparing body and spirit for the dying process. Essentially the client is in charge of the session, not the practitioner.
Keep up the good work that you are doing, and remember that the Reiki energy and the animals, make the best teachers.
Rose De Dan,
Animal Reiki Shaman
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Disclaimer: Rose De Dan shares insights derived from spirit and through animal communication. Any advice she offers is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care.