When I first learned Level 1 Reiki, I didn’t have much success in treating my dog, Zoe. She was then about twelve and had begun to develop symptoms of kidney disease. When I placed my hands directly on her, or even six to twelve inches away form her, she moved away after only a minute or so, as though Reiki felt too intense for her. Eventually, I concluded that she just did not like it and stopped offering her Reiki. Meanwhile, her kidney symptoms increased.
One day when I was standing at the kitchen sink, I suddenly felt my hands heat up and tingle. When I looked around, there was Zoe about four feet away, looking intently at me. I put aside what I was doing and stood with my hands out, Reiki pouring through them. Soon Zoe lay down on the hardwood floor, which was unusual for her since the hard surface was uncomfortable for her elderly body. But she stayed there for thirty minutes, lightly dozing.
The next day she drank less, needed to go out less frequently, and looked happier and more comfortable. When we went to the vet, her lab tests showed that her urine was more concentrated. Now when she comes to me and lies down nearby with a certain look on her face, I know that she wants Reiki, generally at a distance of three to four feet. With treatments when she seeks them out, her kidney disease has shown very little progression.
Steve and Sandra were normally a close couple who agreed about the important matters in their lives. But when they contacted me they were at odds about their terrier, Tammy, who had a number of serious health problems and seemed to be at the end of her life. Tammy was a strong, intelligent, exceptionally personable dog who delighted in watching the animal shows on TV with Sandra and barked excitedly when her favorite shows and animals came on. Sandra and Tammy had been best friends for nearly fifteen years, and Sandra had been nursing Tammy through increasingly difficult symptoms for several months.
When I first talked with Steve and Sandra they were divided about whether it was time to assist Tammy to pass on. Sandra was exhausted, and it was painful for her to be unable to cure Tammy and to see her suffering at times. Steve felt that there was still a lot of life in Tammy and could not bear to end her life at what seemed to him to be a premature point. They asked me to send Reiki to Tammy to see if it would help her and to help them with their decision-making process.
I sent a series of treatments to Tammy, Steve, and Sandra. Tammy’s symptoms improved, and she was almost her old self for about a week. During that time Steve and Sandra got a little rest and had a chance to talk about their feelings regarding Tammy without the high level of stress that they had been experiencing. In the third week after her treatments Tammy began to be uncomfortable again, and this time Steve and Sandra agreed that it was time to help Tammy with her transition. Tammy passed on peacefully with her family, and Steve and Sandra were grateful for the extra time they had with her and the peace Reiki brought them in helping her to leave when the time came.