Thursday, October 8, 2020

Cats Invented Reiki

Ask a cat if they would like some Reiki, and they'll likely tell you they invented it!! 

When i embarked on my Reiki journey, it seemed by 'happenstance! During her talk on the asteroid Chiron, the 'wounded healer, Analyse mentioned Chiron oversees healing initiations, & invited those interested to register for a Reiki class in a few weeks.

I was intrigued, & signed up for the class on the spot. I'd long realized there was 'more we could do' with our hands, without personal effort; but hadn't been sure how to tap it consistently. 

One other student and one of Analyse's new Masters and I arrived for the class. After the introduction, we moved to the massage tables for our first sessions, and the resident kitty was at the door, wanting in! It joined Analyse for sessions, then would go out during the Reiki lessons! 

In the years since that first class in 1989, I've done Reiki on animals, or they've joined in classes several times. 
Coal and Ash (grandkitties)
  • One weekend, I joined my son and his family at a rural outing, and as I was doing Reiki on his horse Magic, the other horses gave me the LOOK, "is it my turn yet?" (Yes, they got turns!)
  • Visiting my friends Kylene and Roy, who had wanted to take a class for awhile, it suddenly worked out just after they got a new puppy - a Great Pyrenees, who insisted on laying in between his people during the initiation - and between my feet! During a later visit, we were walking to the garden, and when Kylene mentioned his foot was bothering him, I laid my hand on his head - and he sat down in my foot, "more, please!" Kylene laughed, and said, "remember, he's a Reiki dog"
  • Living at the coast in the mid 90s, my daughter's kitty Jade joined me, as I could picture him at Reiki circles and classes ... forgetting often people are allergic to cats! Like my master's kitty, he liked to settle on someone during their treatment (and if they were ok with him there, I let him.)
  • Shortly after I took etheric healing from my African teacher, Jade came home limpng. I tried doing Reiki with my hands touching him, he hissed! I called my student Joy, who was one of his favorite people, who suggested I try the off-body etheric, as animals were often more sensitive.  I held one hand over his hips, one over his heart. He nestled in my lap and purred for about 20 minutes! Joy worked on him as well, and he was OK a few days later.
Percy and Gracie

  • A dog named Emmett come with his person Patrick to a first degree initiation at the coast. A mellow Norwegian Elk Hound, Jade wasn't too bothered to share the room ... During the initiation, Emmett came from the doorway, and lay with his head under the initiation chair, before I called Patrick over! I also invited the class to practice giving Emmett Reiki, which he quite enjoyed. (A psychic later told me that Jade showed her Emmett filled the whole house with a rose gold light!)
  • If a dog is present when I play the harp (and transmit Reiki via the music), they often lay near the harp, and soak it in. My psychic friend said her elder and gimpy dog asked, "is that another way she talks? It makes my whole body feel good!" I plagued the harp the night I came home with my Gracie over a decade ago, and she curled up for a nap.
  • Once while living at Breitenbush, a friend and I went to mine in a nearby town for a holiday meal. When we arrived, the Corgis were jumping with excitment, but theit pal a Golden retriever didn't even greet us... Our hostess explained he was diabetic, and had gotten into the Christmas cookies, which were on a card table, when she went outside! He'd had his insulin, she'd been in touch with his Vet, and the dog was sleeping it off. I thought of Reiki, and switched from petting him to putting my hands on his tummy ... And after doing Reiki got several minutes, went into the Living room, and sat on the couch. The dog got up, strolled over to the couch, climbed up beside me, and leaned back, exposing his tummy, "um, you're not done yet, lady!" So I did some more Reiki, till he was satisfied, climbed of the couch, went back to the kitchen, and emptied his water bowl! I always tell my human students and clients, "drink more water," he didn't need to be told! He was alert and curious from that point, and returned several times you say "thank you!"
  • My friend Linda and I became Masters together in 1991. When I visited her home in Portland, I slept on a daybed in the living room... Before lights out, I heard a scraping sound in the hall - her German Shepherd Angel was pulling her bed down the hall, to sleep beside me! (Laughing, Linda and her daughter took the bed back down the hall!) Angel had the hip dysplasia common to shepherds, and several times, Linda crawled into the kennel at the vet's with her, and extended her life (and comfort!)
A friends Intentional Creativity® Tribute

There are, of course, many more stories - and Mrs Takata shared some of her own. Living among farmers in Hawaii, she instructed them to hold eggs and beam Reiki before putting them in the incubator, and to use their "Reiki hands" on injured animals. If the injury is acute (like Jade's hip) off the body etheric is generally more comfortable than direct Reiki. 
Several Reiki Masters have written about their experiences with animals, and this Psychology Today article highlights one practioner, Kathleen Prasad's work with Reiki and animals. 

When I'm asked if one needs to "believe in" Reiki for it to "work," I often tell an animal healing story - the animals know it feels good/ is calming and helpful, without needing statistics, or to be convinced! And like Kathleen, I've found that animals will lead, and let us know what they want! 


  1. Animals are sometimes smarter than us. They know a good thing when they see one. They don't need to be convinced. I could use some hands on right now. Purrrr.:-)

    1. I kept thinking of purring as I wrote - that's defiantly part of it!! And wish my hands were closer (I can 'send' a Reiki bubble!)

  2. I am fascinated by Chiron, the wounded healer. I can see the connection here as well as cats to reiki. I lost my most recent cat in December. Occasionally I miss her presence a lot. I still miss my childhood kitty!

    1. Yes, Chiron is fascinating! And though only discovered in 1977, is now placed in most charts!
      Pout has a50 year orbit, so my next oldest granddaughter's Chironpavement is close to mine!

      Some pets hold such a special place in our hearts, don't they?!