What is Equine Reiki?

SHIRE Equine Reiki Myths

What is Equine Reiki?

What is Equine Reiki?, Reiki is a holistic energy healing system in which the practitioner channels healing energy from the universe through the hands.

It works by balancing the energy of the body, mind and spirit, supporting the process of self-healing on all levels.

Reiki comes to us and the modern world through the teachings of Mikao Usui, who lived in Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Originally taught as a system of spiritual development for people, Reiki is now taught throughout the world as a system of physical, emotional and spiritual healing for both people and animals. Some horses will actually come and place the areas of their bodies that need healing into your hands. Others prefer to receive the treatment from several feet away.

How can it help horses?

Reiki can help maintain your horse’s health, speed healing of illness and injuries, and even ease the transition between life and death.

Reiki is ideal for use with horses because it is easy to learn and use, is gentle and noninvasive, and yet can powerfully address any health issue a horse may face.

Because the nature of Reiki is to create and support energetic balance, it can do no harm and can be used safely on its own or as a wonderful complement to other healing therapies, both allopathic and holistic.

Horses love Reiki because they are inherently sensitive and energetic beings who understand its nature. Reiki is a new and special way to deepen our interspecies bond and horses especially appreciate connecting with humans energetically. Reiki also has an irresistibly relaxing nature that just feels good!

Let your equine partner choose

Reiki is different from most other holistic therapies in that it relies on the willing participation of the horse for success.

The practitioner “offers” Reiki to the horse in a flexible way, without forcing the treatment and without expectations of the way the session will unfold.

Horses are very sensitive and wise to energetic frequencies and will immediately understand the nature of the healing you are offering. Commonly, a horse will come forward and put his nose into your hands as soon as you begin. He will then choose to take Reiki in the way he needs most.

A basic Reiki course is usually only several hours long.

You will be able to use Reiki immediately, but because of its nature as a “practice”, your intention and commitment to daily use is important to deepen your understanding of the healing process.

Normally, a Reiki treatment will consist of a combination of hands-on and hands-off, depending on the comfort and preference of the horse.

In rare cases, your horse may choose not to receive treatment on a particular day; if that happens, try again another time.

You will know your horse is open to the treatment by signs of rest and relaxation: licking and chewing, frequent yawning and deep sighs, and/or falling asleep.

The average Reiki treatment lasts from 30 to 60 minutes and ends when the horse wakes up from his “Reiki nap” and moves away.

Most horses will even say “thank you” by putting their heads into your hands or nuzzling you before they leave.

My horse Favour is a very healthy and hearty mature Lady, who is a Shire crossed with a Thoroughbred and she loves Reiki. I often offer it to her while she is relaxing in the pasture and always while hacking out. I begin by asking permission and just “offering” the energy in her direction.

Usually, she will come over and put her head in my hands, or my heart for a few moments, giving a sigh or yawn as she relaxes.

After a few minutes, she will often turn and graze or nap several feet away from me.

She shows me he’s had enough by rousing himself from the doze, coming over and nudging me gently as if to say, “thank you,” then walking purposefully away to eat some grass.

Getting started

Although many holistic veterinarians around the world use Reiki to help heal their patients, its use is not yet widespread in the veterinary community.

The great thing is that anyone who has the desire can learn Reiki to help improve and support their horse’s healing and well-being.

It is a very effective yet gentle healing system that animals appreciate and enjoy at all stages of life.

To get started, find a practitioner in your area and get a treatment.

Once you’ve experienced Reiki’s relaxing effects and powerful healing benefits for yourself, you will be anxious to take a course and learn to share this gift with the horses in your life.

We offer individual Reiki sessions from £45 and Horse & Rider for £60 and of course you can book in a regular Reiki session weekly, monthly or quarterly as you feel the need. We recommend a regular session to ensure the Reiki energy has a chance to do its great work.

Book your session, for Horse and/or Rider, local to Buckingham ( MK18 4HT ) England today, or if you are a long distance away why not make use of the distance Reiki at £35 a session or arrange for a few people on your yard to be seen and we can travel to you if further away.

All the best and safe riding.

Kev

Equine Reiki.

Equine Reiki Myths

Equine Reiki Myths

Equine Reiki Myths

  1. There is only one Reiki system.This was only true at the time that Mikao Usui was teaching and healing. Many Reiki healers are attuned to the Usui system, as I am, but now there are many variations, many claiming they are more powerful, superior and effective than the rest. Of course, this is not true and all systems produce healing. If you wish to be attuned go with whichever method appeals to you. The results are all the same.
  2. Only natural born healers can learn Reiki.We are all natural healers whether we know it or not and anyone can learn Reiki. What Reiki does is help focus, using the symbols, so that you can channel healing energy. The symbols do not have to be used. Some people believe the symbols strengthen their healing and some believe that they just provide focus and once they have learnt to focus the healing energy they no longer use the symbols. There is no right or wrong. It is all about intent. The intent to heal.
  3. A Reiki treatment must be an hour in duration.You can offer an hour treatment if you wish, as this can be profoundly relaxing but half an hour would be equally beneficial. This is why I like treating animals – they just move away when they have taken all the healing energy they can use, which can sometimes be only 15-20 minutes.
  4. When healing, a Reiki healer should not wear watches, jewellery, etc.Reiki energy cannot be altered or hindered and there is nothing reiki cannot penetrate, which is why you can treat people over clothes, horses can be treated through their rugs, etc. Rattling jewellery should be removed just because it would be annoying, but not for any other reason.
  5. A Reiki treatment can make you sick.Reiki can never cause harm. Sometimes, as we know, an illness can get worse before it gets better. This is called a healing crisis and is very rare after Reiki and not something I have ever seen in animals, as their diet and lifestyle are generally a lot better than ours. If a healing crisis occurs it can last 1-2 days and symptoms can be sweating, aching in muscles or headaches, as the body rids itself of toxins. Rest and plenty of water will help the process.
  6. There must be 21 days between treatments.I would wait 2-3 days generally to see how an animal or person has responded to the treatment. After that, it is up to the client/owner. I have recommended weekly sessions for horses with extensive injuries, which has worked well in the past. Some animals only seem to need one treatment. People can judge for themselves how they feel and when they need another treatment. When I have treated my own horse I have treated her daily until she decides I am no longer needed when she will walk away from me in the stable.
  7. You have to believe in Reiki for it to work.Animals instinctively know that it works, which is why I love treating them. I have treated the most sceptical of people over the years and without exception they have all felt changes take place, whether powerful or subtle. Reiki is not instant when healing the physical body but changes do take place during the treatment, on an emotional level especially, leaving the client very relaxed.
  8. You cannot use Reiki for certain illnesses/conditions.Reiki can be used on all people and animals. Our bodies utilise the healing energy in many ways but it can never cause harm.
  9. Hands must touch the client/animal for healing to take place.Reiki works with your hands on or off the body, whichever one we choose is dependant on pain, nervousness, area treated, etc. if you can send Reiki healing across miles of space you can definitely treat from a short distance away. The healing is not made stronger the closer you are, but if you are working closely you can pick up where the healing is needed more, so there is an advantage where this is concerned.
  10. There is only one way to give a Reiki treatment.There are so many methods being taught now that this could never be true. Many healers stick to placing hands on or over specific areas for every treatment or just work over the major chakras (energy centres). No method is more right. I practice what is called intuitive healing when I treat animals and I work over an area more where I feel the energy is drawn to, as I will feel hot spots or tingling where I need to focus. I will stay at that point until it starts to feel different. It does not matter if you use one hand or both, spread your fingers or cup your hands. It is all down to your preference and intent. If the healer is working with focussed intent then healing will be taking place.
  11. You cannot use other treatments when having Reiki.
    Reiki will not interfere with any medication or other treatments being given. If I am asked to treat a horse who is under veterinary care I will ask that they are informed before I treat the horse. Sometimes they have requested to be present when I am treating, out of interest to observe the horses’ reaction to treatment.

IMPORTANT LEGISLATION

It is very important that you obtain veterinary treatment for a sick animal and that you inform them that you wish to give them reiki healing also. The paragraph below sets out the relevant legislation with regard to treating animals

The Veterinary Surgery Act of 1966 prohibits anyone, other than a qualified veterinary surgeon from treating animals, including diagnosis of ailments and giving advice on such diagnosis.

However the healing of animals by contact healing, by laying of hands or distant healing is legal. The Protection of Animals Act 1911 requires that if an animal clearly needs treatment from a veterinary surgeon the owner must obtain this. To give emergency First Aid to animals for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain is permissible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Schedule 3. (taken from the Reiki Federation Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice- March 2002)

With a very open mind, a couple of years ago I asked a Reiki Master to come and ‘work’ on one of my horses who seemed to have some very emotional/ sensitivity issues.

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With a very open mind, a couple of years ago I asked a Reiki Master to come and ‘work’ on one of my horses who seemed to have some very emotional/ sensitivity issues.

(I actually had a trial session with her on myself to see what it was all about – nothing spectacular but very relaxing nonetheless).

Well, I can honestly say, that I was astonished at the results!!!! Initially my horse was strongly reluctant to let the woman anywhere near him (itself a strange reaction) as she just held her hands a few inches from his body, but after about 5 minutes or so of her sending him ‘energy’ (which she described as ‘pouring out of her’) he stood stock still, head down and literally went to sleep.

This continued for about 30 minutes, at which point, he woke up very suddenly, stretched like I have never seen him stretch before, yawned for all he was worth, looked around for titbits, and stood as the most relaxed and happy chappie he hadn’t been for a very long time.

We had a second session the following week, with absolutely no reaction at all; at which point the RM said he just didn’t need it.

Not tried it since but always open to the suggestion and certainly wouldn’t poo-poo it. Its one of those mysterious, inexplicable things that may work for some, not others. And let’s be honest, it certainly can’t/doesn’t do any harm:)

Fairy”

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I can heal your horse with Reiki

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I can heal your horse with Reiki

VETS dismissed her, farmers scoffed at her and even her own husband thought she was barking mad.

But now Reiki specialist Gwen Lloyd has won many converts after healing sick animals with the laying of hands and the power of thought.

Over the past five years, she healed starving horses, nursed injured dogs and even helped the odd livestock animal.

I can heal your injured dog with Reiki
I can heal your injured dog with Reiki

And if anyone can’t visit her at her Machynlleth farm, she even provides “distance healing” by practising Reiki on photographs of pets and farm animals.

“I think some vets are not very impressed by what I do,” admitted Gwen, 48, of 300-acre Glandulas Farm, Pantperthog.

A few have chucked sarcastic comments at me – but my shoulders are broad enough to take it”.

“Besides, I believe the proof lies in the pudding and I’ve had many examples of successful outcomes.”

Gwen fixed a horse in the Dyfi valley that was struggling to eat after an equine dentist drew a blank.

And she helped a horse near Welshpool back to full health after it underwent surgery.

Equine Reiki helps horses heal faster
Equine Reiki helps horses heal faster

Most remarkably, she healed a Rottweiler dog with hind leg problems which couldn’t walk.

“The vet had said treatment would cost £3,000 and that the best course of action would be to put him down.

“I saw him three times and he made a good recovery.”

Next Monday S4C’s countryside series Ffermio looks at the increasing use of alternative therapies to treat farm animals

Originating in Japan, Reiki is a form of healing where practitioners lay their hands on or above a person’s body to help alleviate pain or relax the body.

Ffermio correspondent Iola Wyn visits Gwen and husband Alun at Glandulas Farm where they are busy with their 650 sheep, Welsh cobs and Bernese Mountain dog breeding business.

Gwen became interested in Reiki five years ago when she saw a practitioner help a sick, elderly gelding on livery on her farm. Š

She now offers Reiki for people in her living room and visits local farms to offer treatment for horses, dogs and even to a calf.

“It works on anything that breathes – even plants,” she said. “Not that I have even practised Reiki on a plant! I’ve never done sheep either.”

Reiki, she says, is a “means of helping the mind to stimulate the body to heal itself”. She considers it complementary to treatments offered by traditional vets.

Husband Alun, 48, and their two sons, Dorian, 26, and Arwel, 24, were at first highly sceptical but are now converts.

They have also seen the benefits, not only on animals and other people but as a way of treating the injuries the three have sustained on the rugby field.

“Arwel went to play rugby in New Zealand but injured his shoulder. He rang me up and asked me to fix it – and I did,” said Gwen.

I Can Use Reiki To Help Heal Your Rugby Injury
I Can Use Reiki To Help Heal Your Rugby Injury

 

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source: https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/can-heal-your-horse-reiki-2795763

 

United States Government recognises Reiki as complementary medicine

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United States Government recognises Reiki as complementary medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) (National Center for complementary or alternative medicine), which depends on the National Institute of Health, is the organism that has elaborated information regarding Reiki considering it as medicine complementary.

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They also collect on their website information on different investigations and official studies that are being carried out regarding the use of this technique as well as recommendations for its use.

Currently, there are more than 800 hospitals in the US that offer Reiki to their patients.

There are many examples of the integration of Reiki in the US Health:

One of them is the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan, where Reiki is taught to nurses and medical personnel. And in several hospitals, Reiki is taught to residents, as part of their training.

Another example is the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, pioneers in DaVinci robotic surgery. His patients are given Reiki therapies and on his website, he explains:

“What are its benefits? The research work on different energy therapies has shown that Reiki produces a reduction of anxiety, muscle tension, pain, accelerates healing and provides well-being. It is beneficial during the illness, after the interventions, in the pre- and post-operative period, as well as to increase the state of health.

The National Center of Complementary or Alternative Medicine of the USA considers that Reiki has a series of advantages that facilitate its use as a complement to traditional medicine.

-It is not a religion, which is why the religious beliefs of the person do not matter.

-The patient does not need to “believe” in Reiki. You do not even need to know the name of what you are receiving. Reiki acts independently of the opinions or points of view of the person who receives it.

-Do not need equipment or instruments, facilitating its use in any location.

-Does not have any kind of conflict with drugs or treatments, on the contrary, it usually reduces side effects.

-It has no contraindications. A Reiki session cannot be harmful.

-An ethical Reiki practitioner “never” should make judgments about the patient’s health status, nor suggest changes in medication, nor enter into issues related to conventional treatment received by a patient.

Source : http://www.elindependiente.com.ar

Heart To Heart With Horses excerpt

Heart to Heart with Horses The Equine Lovers Guide to Reiki

Heart To Heart With Horses excerpt

Heart to Heart with Horses The Equine Lovers Guide to Reiki
Heart to Heart with Horses The Equine Lovers Guide to Reiki A GREAT book, I’m reading now, here is an excerpt from the book, and you can read this on the authors website at  https://www.animalreikisource.com/heart-to-heart-with-horses-excerpts/

“Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction to the System of Reiki

“From a traditional Japanese perspective we can say that Reiki means our True Self, and the system of Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho) is a system that helps us to remember our True Self/Reiki again.” -Frans Stiene

Ariel is a shy gray mare at BrightHaven Sanctuary in northern California. She was rescued from the Mexican rodeo circuit, and has many scars that bear testament to her difficult past. She is now living a peaceful life where humans require nothing from her, and she can just be a horse and live in her herd. Yet due to her history, she is extremely untrusting of humans. When she first arrived at the sanctuary, she would stand very far from my Reiki students when we would come out to the pasture to share meditation. Even though she wouldn’t physically approach, she would watch us very carefully, her ears pricked at attention, showing lots of interest in what we were “doing” while we were meditating.

One morning, I decided to go out to the pasture to meditate alone before my students arrived. The morning was warm, sunny, and quiet-the perfect meditation space. I stood outside the fence, closed my eyes, and began my Reiki meditation. I opened my heart to the horses in the pasture. After several minutes I felt as though someone was watching me. I opened my eyes, and sure enough, Ariel had walked all the way across the pasture and now stood just outside my reach, staring right at me. I placed my hands, palms up, just inside the fence and continued my meditative breathing. I could feel a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere all around us. Another of the horses, a paint named Mocha, walked up to my hands, touched them with her nose, looked at Ariel as if to say, “See how safe she is?” and walked away. I noticed several other horses in the pasture had come closer and stood in various poses of napping and relaxation. It seemed as though they had all come forward to show Ariel how to connect in this meditative space.

Ariel had watched Mocha’s approach very carefully, and was clearly keeping an eye on her herd members for direction. Slowly, Ariel took one step closer to me, then stopped and watched the other horses. Then she took another step: still her companions dozed and relaxed. Finally, she very slowly stretched her neck toward me, eventually touching her nose to my palm. She jerked her head upward as if she could not quite believe herself-she had actually approached this human for physical contact! I continued to breathe and meditate peacefully, and she returned her nose to my hand, this time resting it gently in my palm, her eyes slowly closing.

In that beautiful moment, I felt many things: I felt deep peace and contentment enveloping both of us and radiating out into the whole herd. I felt my heart opening so wide with love for Ariel, for the trust she was giving me. I felt immense gratitude for the support of her herd in bringing us together. I felt happiness that she had found her way to the safety of BrightHaven. I felt a bright hope and deep inner knowing that she would learn to trust humans again. There was so much in that moment, and yet there was no movement, no sound, and no words.

This experience was a true “equine Reiki moment.” In other words, it was a moment in which a lot was going on, and yet nothing was going on! It was a moment of being present with a horse, with an open, grateful heart and with compassion, but without judgment or worries about the past, without trying to do something to “fix” a problem. It was a time for potential, not a time to push Ariel into what I thought she “needed” to do. When we learn to share peace with our horses, rather than pushing our healing agenda onto them, amazing things can happen!

This is what the practice of Reiki will help you to do: to connect with your horses in a way that makes a deep and lasting healing possible. Ariel has continued to make incredible progress, and shows more and more joy in her life and trust in her human caretakers at BrightHaven. What a brave, bright spirit she is!

In order to help you to be able to create a similar “equine Reiki moment” with a horse you love, let’s take a moment to discuss what Reiki is and how practicing the system can enhance your own well-being, as well as help horses to heal.

Reiki is a system, and Reiki is spiritual energy
The name Reiki, pronounced ray-key, comes from the Japanese words rei, meaning spirit, and ki, meaning energy. Another translation used by my Reiki teacher, Frans Stiene, is True Self. So we could say that the word has two meanings, referring both to a Japanese system of meditative techniques and to our True Self.

You can see both of these meanings reflected in Ariel’s story. The story starts with a specific state of mind and meditative practice that I have learned from the system of Reiki. In addition, the connection that occurred through this practice is one in which Ariel and I each were able to shine the light of our True Self, our inner essence, which contains so much love and compassion and peace that all healing possibility exists within it.

In this book, I will use the term Reiki to describe various meditative practices to help us to remember our True Self (which is comprised of spiritual energy and which I like to call our “true heart”) in order to achieve healing. I will share many stories of how these specific practices have helped to illuminate the true heart of both the practitioner and the horse. I have found over many years of practice that sharing these Reiki meditations with our animals brings profound peacefulness. Meditating with our horses is a simple path to achieving wellness for all.

As you can see from Ariel’s story, meditating with our horses helps us cultivate compassion through a profound depth of connection. When we connect heart to heart with another being, we remember the ultimate truth of existence-that we are all One. This is the place where healing starts. I like to call this “the Reiki Space.” It is a place we remember rather than something that is new to us, because our hearts already know that we are all connected on this planet. This kind of profound connection is a part of our ancient wisdom, although we may have forgotten it in our attempt to “civilize” ourselves. Our animals are often more in touch with this truth than we are, as they are still so connected to the earth and the laws of nature. Connecting heart to heart with our horses in meditation is a key that can help us open the door to experiencing our True Self or spiritual energy. Within this profound space of energetic heart connections, many wonderful miracles of healing can take place.

Reiki is healing touch
Two parts of the system of Reiki incorporate touch: self-healing and assistance in the healing of others. Reiki practitioners are taught formal hand positions to use when doing Reiki on themselves, as well as hand positions for sharing Reiki with other humans. Because we are very tactile creatures, we humans feel support and compassion in a very direct way through touch. Human clients often describe feelings of relaxation, harmony, and well-being after a Reiki session. When sharing Reiki with horses, it’s best to consider touch optional, and use it only when horse-initiated. As in Ariel’s case, horses are generally very clear on whether, when, and where they like to be touched.

When our horses choose it, Reiki may involve direct physical contact in the form of light touch on areas of the body that our horses are comfortable with. Thus, each practice will look unique based upon the preferences of each horse. Although Reiki is just as effective without this direct contact, for many horses, the power of touch is a very strong way to convey compassion and care while nurturing a heart to heart connection.

Reiki starts with you
The practices of the system of Reiki help us, step by step, to learn how to hold a space of balance and peacefulness within ourselves, even in the midst of a chaotic or troublesome situation. At first we learn how to maintain an inner balance and calm while we meditate, sitting or standing quietly and undisturbed. In time and with practice we will see this calmness gradually spread out into other areas of our lives, when we aren’t formally “practicing.” In essence, the peaceful space that meditation creates will begin to follow us wherever we go. Our horses will sense this, and benefit from it also. I call it the “Reiki ripple effect”-when we practice sowing the seeds of open-hearted compassion and peacefulness in ourselves, over time we see the fruits of healing, contentment, transformation, and renewal in our lives.

Reiki is compassion through mindfulness
The most common depictions of Reiki I have read and seen are focused on the surface practices of Reiki as a “hands-on healing” modality for helping others heal bumps and bruises, and indeed that is where I started in my own practice eighteen years ago. Over the years, however, the animals I have connected with have challenged me to let go of these more surface aspects of “curing” and focus instead on the deeper teachings of Reiki and the healing of the spirit. The heart of Reiki practice is about meeting our horses’ healing challenges with grace and surrender while we to learn to listen to and be present for them in this very moment, in a compassionate space. We must learn how to meditate with our horses for peace with whatever will be, instead of pushing onto our horses our own energy, intention and agenda for what we want. This is what I like to call “being Reiki”-experiencing an openhearted mindfulness with our horses-and it brings with it amazing healing responses.

Reiki is peacefulness
Because horses are so sensitive to our inner states, when we learn through meditation to create an inner state of balance, almost immediately we can see our horses respond by also becoming calmer and more peaceful. Self-healing can most easily happen when we are truly at peace, and we can see our horses heal themselves much more easily when they, too, are peaceful. In addition, learning to connect with our horses from this calm inner space will also help deepen our relationship with them. Species differences seem to melt away in the Reiki space of a peaceful heart. Peace is an energetic language beyond words, one that horses already understand. They are ready to speak it with us; we just have to remember to listen. The quieter we can become, the more we can hear. To practice Reiki with our horses is to learn how to “Be Peace” with them.

Reiki is meditation
Reiki is a system of spiritual meditation that utilizes practices such as:

Contemplating the Reiki precepts
“Just for today: Do not anger, do not worry, be humble, be honest, be compassionate.”
Practicing traditional breathing techniques
Sharing healing sessions
Visualizing and drawing symbols and chanting mantras
Offering initiations to Reiki students

If we take a deeper look at each of these practices, we can see that at the heart is an intention to create a meditative state of mind:

Precepts: When working with the precepts, the key is to contemplate them in a meditative way, so that we can go deeper into their meaning and purpose in our everyday lives, bringing change and healing to all that we do. It is very important to remember that the precepts are about a state of mind, not a set of actions. The heart of Reiki is this state of mind, for when we are living the precepts, we are connecting to our True Self, and healing will happen naturally.

Breathing techniques: When working with the breathing techniques, the key is to follow the breath into a meditative space where healing can happen. Breath is the bridge between the body and the spirit; therefore, we must learn to connect with our breath in order to begin the healing process at the deepest layers of our being.

Sharing healing sessions: As practitioners, if we want to share healing with a person or animal, the key is connecting heart to heart. To do this we must go deeper into a meditative state of mind, which can support the healing process. Often people use the word “treatment” for this experience, but I think this is a very loaded term, and perhaps not the best one to use. The term “treatment” creates a feeling of separation, implying that one being is now the “healer” who is giving something, and the other has something “wrong” or is lacking something. Thinking of the relation between spirits in these terms nurtures ego and negativity. The most effective Reiki healing happens when all of these judgments and separations disappear and we remember that we are all One: all perfect, beautiful bright lights in our true essence. I like to call this process “sharing Reiki,” for this invokes more of the sense of connection that is at the core of Reiki practice. Since everyone involved can experience the peacefulness, compassion, and love that Reiki brings (as well as the healing that follows), not just the “client,” this is a meditative experience that is experienced and participated in by all, not “given” by one to another.

Symbols and mantras: When practicing the system of Reiki with symbols and mantras, whether through visualization, contemplation, or chanting, we learn that they are tools to help us to release our busy minds and find our inner “still point,” or inner meditative space, to facilitate healing.

Initiations: Reiki teachers learn to share a healing ritual when meeting with our students called an initiation. The intent of an initiation is to create a meditative space of open-hearted connection, a peaceful, compassionate space that also will support the student’s healing process and spiritual journey.

Both teachers and practitioners of the system of Reiki often describe how their Reiki meditation practice has healed their lives-from the inside out-and made their world a better and more peaceful place. Our horses appreciate and are drawn to the peacefulness of the meditative state, and enjoy being our meditation partners. The more we practice, the stronger is this peaceful atmosphere we are able to create for ourselves and those around us.

Reiki is an equine-assisted therapy practice
When sharing Reiki with horses, practitioners often find an amazing result-we see that the horses are helping us to heal, even though we may initially think we are there to help them heal. This is a result of the beautiful gift of their presence. Just being with our horses is healing-connecting with them through petting, speaking to them, or even just sitting with their gentle presence has an immediate healing effect on us. This is because horses are fully present, without expectation, judgment, or agenda. They accept us unconditionally as we are, and this causes our hearts to open without our even trying (and sometimes without our even being aware of it). It is when our hearts are open that healing can truly begin. In this way, horses are also mirroring to us the best part of our True Self. Even better, they show us when we’ve got it right by manifesting their relaxation and connection with us. The more we relax into that peaceful space, the deeper they will relax with us. The more we feel healing within ourselves, the more we will see that they are experiencing healing as well, and so on.

Reiki is a state of being, not doing 
The system of Reiki teaches us to let go of our agendas, the feeling of time pressure, our desires to force and to fix-we can simply stop, open our hearts, and be with our horses. This sounds very simple, doesn’t it? But actually it is quite difficult. What it really means is that we have to be completely and utterly present in the here and now. Our first instinct might be to run from difficulties, hide from suffering, or shift our focus into anger over the past or worrying about the future. Or we might put all our efforts into trying to change what is. So stopping ourselves in the midst of all our intellectual and emotional gobbledy-gook is not that easy. This is why the practices of Reiki are so powerful. With the open heart and compassionate presence that meditation brings, we can see attitudes, situations, and emotions all shift towards balance, understanding, and acceptance. Be patient, be Reiki, and healing will happen!

Reiki is ideal for healing horses
Reiki’s effectiveness is not dependent upon physical contact. The practitioner does not manipulate or direct the healing process: the horse connects with and accepts Reiki in the way that is most comfortable-either hands-on or from a distance, or a combination of the two. Because Reiki is essentially a meditative practice, it is easy for anyone to try and it can do no harm, even when practiced by a novice. The stronger our own peaceful state of mind is, the deeper the responses we will see in our horses. Reiki is about connecting to the subtlest of energies-our energy of mind and heart-and thus it touches the deepest source of our essence (True Self) and always supports a path toward balance and harmony. We don’t need to focus on what is “wrong” with a horse (in fact, we should always keep our thoughts positive!); simply by meditating and creating a space of peaceful connection and compassion, profound healing shifts toward balance on all levels of being can happen.

The heart of the system of Reiki is the five Reiki precepts for balanced living, as taught by the founder of the system, Mikao Usui. These precepts are not only the foundation for self-healing in the system of Reiki, but can also be used as guides when working with our horses.
Just for today . . .
Do not anger.
Do not worry.
Be humble.
Be honest.
Be compassionate.

To understand these precepts more deeply and see how they can help us share healing with our horse companions, let’s take a look at them more closely, one by one.

  1. Do not anger. Horses can live long lives, and for this reason may be entrusted to many homes and guardians throughout their lifetimes. We may sometimes see the results of past abuse or neglect when working with horses, especially those who have come to us later in life. We can begin to feel ourselves becoming very angry about how a horse was previously treated, what he had to go through, and so on. This anger will merely distract us from our primary goal, which is to help the horse. If we are angry, our horse will sense this and will not want to connect with us.Reiki meditation helps us to see deeper into the heart of our horse and see his potential for healing, which will make it easier to work through any difficulties we face with patience and calm. Approaching our horse with inner peace rather than anger will help everything will flow toward healing much more easily.
  2. Do not worry. Over years of working with horses, we might find ourselves dealing with many different kinds of health problems, both physical and emotional. As we nurture horses toward healing, we may find ourselves worrying: about other problems that might manifest, about the expenses of treatment, about how and whether the horse will be able to fully heal from illness and injury, and so on. Worrying about things beyond our control is not helpful.It’s ok to observe the things you are worried about, the things about the situation that frustrate you, or any other bothersome thoughts and emotions. Just don’t hold onto them too tightly. Imagine these thoughts and emotions transform into clouds in the sky. Watch them float away. Just let them go without judgment. Your horse will be drawn to the peace that surrounds you as you learn to let go.
  3. Be humble. Working with our horses can bring us back to humility. In many ways, horses are so much more sensitive than we are to the lessons of healing and life, and we have much to learn from them. Our horses can become some of our most profound spiritual teachers. Reiki practice helps us to open our hearts, to hear what they have to say to us.
  4. Be honest. Horses require absolute honesty-they just won’t accept anything less. We must learn to be completely present in the moment with them, because this is how they live. Reiki practice supports us in meeting them in that mindful place; it is there that we can most easily be who we are with a truthful heart.
  5. Be compassionate. Developing a relationship with a horse teaches us to dissolve the boundaries of separateness. It teaches us to work together and develop a partnership that transcends species and language. This partnership may begin with groundwork and riding, but at some point will likely also encompass a health challenge. Through this partnership we will learn that in reality we are not so different from our horses, and compassion will grow.

Reiki techniques help to bring balance, calm, and a sense of deep connectedness to and open-heartedness with our horses. When we become aware of this connection, the automatic by-product is an overwhelming sense of well-being and compassion. It is this compassion that is the heart of meditating with horses. To be able to stand with a horse who may be suffering in this deep, peaceful, and compassionate space is the most profound kind of healing we can ever offer to him, or ever to experience ourselves. True, lasting healing is about peace of mind and heart, and this is what sharing Reiki with our horses is all about.
Reiki Practice: Horse Hatsurei Ho with Precepts and Affirmations

*Note: This Japanese meditation has been adapted from the practice of Hatsurei Ho as taught by the International House of Reiki. Hatsurei Ho is a Reiki practice used to develop one’s spiritual energy. This practice helps develop the hara, the energy center located in the lower belly, below the navel. Focusing on the hara is a central practice of Japanese Reiki, and assists with energetic grounding, centering and balancing.

    1. Stand near your horse(s), keeping your eyes open with a soft focus. Place your hands palm over palm on your lower belly (your hara).
    2. With each inhalation of breath, feel the energy coming in through the nose, moving down to the hara, and filling the body with a beautiful, healing light.
    3. On the exhale, expand the light out of your body through your skin and continue to expand the energy out into your surroundings.
    4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for several minutes.
    5. Place your hands in the gassho position (palms together in front of your heart). On the inhale, begin to bring energy into your hands. Feel the energy move along your arms, down though your body and into the hara.
    6. On the exhale, visualize energy moving from the hara back up through the body and then to the arms and out through the hands.
    7. Repeat for several minutes. Then return your breathing to normal and sit in the space of energy for a few minutes.
    8. When you are ready, relax your hands at your sides and set the intention that you have an open heart to share peace and healing with your horse.
    9. Recite the precepts and corresponding affirmations below three times; invite your horse(s) to share this space with you for healing. This is a very gentle intention: simply open your heart to connection.
    10. Visualize each precept entering your heart as you inhale. As you exhale, imagine the manifestation of the precept (the affirmation) expanding infinitely out from your heart and into the universe. Open your heart to your horse in this beautiful space.

Precept: do not anger; Affirmation: loving-kindness

Precept: do not worry; Affirmation: courage

Precept: be humble; Affirmation: surrender

Precept: be honest; Affirmation: joy

Precept: be compassionate; Affirmation: harmony

  1. Stay with your horse, relaxing your mind and heart into the beautiful space of connection, for as long as you like. When you are ready, thank your horse for connecting with you and set your intention to finish your practice.

Case Study: Jet
by Allison Chun

Jet is one of the therapy horses at Haku Baldwin Center in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii, a nonprofit that offers free therapeutic horseback riding lessons for special-needs children. I am a volunteer for this program, and Jet is one of my favorite horses because he is always so careful when he has a child on his back; he is fully aware that he is carrying precious cargo. One day he started limping and was diagnosed with an injured suspensory ligament in his right hind leg?a very serious and potentially crippling injury. He was taken out of the program and put on stall rest but he kept getting worse. Soon his other leg was bothering him more than the injured leg because he was leaning on it heavily to compensate for the injury, as horses do.

I had been sharing Reiki with Jet about three times a month as a volunteer, and another practitioner was coming in about as often to do massage. Jet’s vet check at the end of summer was not good. The barn manager started preparing everyone for the eventuality that he might need to be put down. He could not just be put out to pasture, because if he ran around and further injured the ligament, he would be in a tremendous amount of pain as well as permanently crippled. His quality of life was also questionable. He was confined to his stall at all times and in obvious pain. An agreement was reached to reevaluate during his December vet check and make a final decision then.

I started sharing Reiki with Jet five times weekly on average, both in person and remotely. The massage volunteer had stopped working on Jet, so he was only receiving Reiki. I shared Reiki with Jet throughout the autumn until his December vet check.

I have almost no knowledge of horse anatomy or injuries, so I didn’t try to direct Reiki toward his injury?I didn’t even know what his injury was. I was also concerned about his quality of life, and didn’t know if it would be better for him to transition out of his current corporeal body or if we should keep trying more medicine and painkillers. When I practiced Reiki, I asked Jet to share it with me to help him do whatever it was he wanted to do?to get better or to transition on his own or to let us know he wanted help transitioning by not getting better. I didn’t want him to suffer or to hang on just because we humans weren’t able to let go of him. I had no idea what would be best for him, so all I could do was stay open and trust that he would accept Reiki and use it to help him do what he needed to do. I couldn’t hold any expectations, because I didn’t know what to hope for!

I was working at the horse center on the day of Jet’s December vet check. We trotted him down the length of the barn and back. The vet, a very stoic and understated guy, looked and sounded very surprised. Jet looked much improved?in fact, Jet looked pretty good! Everyone was stunned. Jet was put on a daily rehab exercise program. It was a long recovery period, but after several months Jet started working again in the riding program. I am full of gratitude to the system of Reiki for enabling me to share healing energy with Jet, and to Jet for teaching me so much about trust, openness, and the magic of letting go of expectations! 

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Chakra Positions For Equine Reiki

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Chakra Positions For Equine Reiki

horse chakras equine reiki united kingdom
horse chakras equine reiki united kingdom

 

THE EQUINE CHAKRA SYSTEM

There are seven agreed upon chakras for all creatures with a spine. Well, as agreed upon as anything ever is.  Horses have additional/secondary chakras that are as important to them as the main chakras. Their High Solar Plexus Chakra, Nose Chakra, Ear Chakra, Hoof Chakra and Tail Chakra centers are all covered below.

SEVEN MAIN HORSE CHAKRAS

BASE CHAKRA

  • Color: Red
  • Crystal: Carnelian, red jasper, garnet, ruby (for energy) and hematite (for grounding)
  • Energy: Feeling at home, comfortable in your own skin, grounded

If the BASE [Root] Chakra is balanced, open and in sync, your horse should feel safe, secure and grounded. This leads to a more confident, trusting horse. If your horse is fearful, high strung or nervous, the Root Chakra may be under-active. An over-active Root Chakra may create a greedy horse, one who pushes others out of the way for food, water or attention. They crave routine and any small change may throw them off.

SACRAL CHAKRA

  • Color: Orange
  • Crystal: Citrine, carnelian, tiger’s eye, clear quartz
  • Energy: Emotions, feelings, and sexuality

With an open and balanced Sacral Chakra, your horse’s feelings are expressed appropriately, not TOO affection and not overly aloof. They are open to affection and loving. An underactive Sacral Chakra leads to a stiff horse, lacking in emotion or warmth. This is the horse who hangs back and is wary of attention or contact. An over-active Sacral Chakra can cause your horse to be too emotional and flighty. They may be needy, emotionally attached to people and separation anxiety may be an issue. Think Drama Queen or King.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

  • Color: Yellow
  • Crystal: Citrine, yellow topaz, yellow amber or clear quartz.
  • Energy: Appropriate dynamic within the herd

An open, healthy Solar Plexus Chakra enables your horse to feel in control of themselves and confident. An under-active Solar Plexus chakra may cause your horse to be skittish and timid. An over-active Solar Plexus chakra may cause your horse to be pushy, intimidating, domineering and maybe even aggressive. Yes, the bully of the herd!

HEART CHAKRA

  • Color: Green for Healing or Rose Pink for Love
  • Crystal: Malachite, rose quartz, watermelon tourmaline, rhodochrosite or clear quartz
  • Energy: Love, kindness and affection

An open, balanced, aligned Heart Chakra will allow your horse to be loving and friendly, a pleasure to ride, a delight to have in the herd. An under-active Heart chakra may cause your horse to be afraid of everything, cold and keep you at a distance emotionally. I personally do not feel there are over-active Heart Chakras in horses.

THROAT CHAKRA

  • Color: Clear Blue
  • Crystal: Turquoise, lapis lazuli, azurite, aquamarine, clear quartz
  • Energy: self-expression and being heard

An open, aligned Throat Chakra allows your horse to express herself and make her needs known. An under-active Throat Chakra makes for a timid, shy, even introverted horse. An over-active Throat Chakra in horses leads to continual whinnying, braying or vocalizing.

BROW [THIRD EYE] CHAKRA

  • Color: Indigo
  • Crystal: Tourmaline, sodalite, azurite, and clear quartz
  • Energy: insight, self-knowledge, and visualization

An open and balanced Third Eye chakra allows your horse to fit in easily with their herd and the people in their life.  An under-active, Third Eye will inhibit your horse’s ability to think on her own. Your horse may be easily confused or timid, unable to make a decision without being led. (I am exercising extreme willpower to keep from a leading horse to water reference). An over-active Third Eye and your horse may live in a fantasy horse work and do nothing but play and frolic. Hey, that doesn’t actually sound bad to me!

CROWN CHAKRA

  • Color: Violet or white
  • Crystal: Amethyst, moonstone, sugilite, sodalite, fluorite, clear quartz
  • Energy: Ability to access universal “Horse wisdom” and being comfortable in the world

An open Crown Chakra allows your horse to be aware of the world around her and how she fits into that world. An under-active Crown Chakra crates that sad horse who never quite fits in. The horse that is excluded from the herd games and activities. An over-active Crown Chakra creates a pensive, worried, anxious horse who works themselves up over nothing.

SECONDARY HORSE CHAKRA SYSTEMS

Horses have additional energy in the following chakras in the areas of their body that bring them more information.

HIGH SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

  • Color: Bright Yellow-Green
  • Crystal: Serpentine or New Jade
  • Energy: Appropriate interactions with people

On open, healthy High Solar Plexus Chakra allows your horse to have appropriate interactions with people as pertains to being ridden. This chakra is not as important in horses who are not domesticated or ridden. An over-active High Solar Plexus Chakra makes for a difficult to ride horse. They will be difficult to saddle train and flighty, they tend to never settle in to the horse/rider bond and resist the entire process. The under-active or blocked High Solar Plexus Chakra can cause a horse to take no pleasure in being ridden, they are like riding Eeyore, a big sigh and a “Well, if I HAVE to, let’s go” mode just oozes from them.

NOSE CHAKRA

  • Color: Aqua
  • Crystal: Prehnite
  • Energy: Assimilation of information center, enhances inner knowledge

On open, healthy Nose Chakra allows your horse to receive the information via their olfactory glands. While a horse does not have quite the sense of smell as a dog does, horses have a much more sensitive send of smell, than we do. An open Nose Chakra allows your horse to grab scent particles that tell them if there is danger nearby (good old fight or flight), the sex and temperament of a new horse to the group and if the humans they are interacting with are confident or afraid. An under-active Nose Chakra inhibits this info gathering ability.

EAR CHAKRA

  • Color: Teal or greenish blue
  • Crystal: Azurite or Malachite
  • Energy: Connection and communication

Balanced, open Ear Chakras allow your horse to pick up on sounds in all the ranges their acute hearing. They can hear a higher range of sounds than we do, think of how their ears twirl and twitch as they sonar-like gather every crack of a twig. Open, clear Ear Chakras enable horses to hear this full range. Closed, blocked Ear Chakras; whether due to stress, loud or high pitched noises or the side effects of ear infections can cause your horse to be agitated, anxious or depressed.

HOOF CHAKRA

  • Color: Deep magenta
  • Crystal: Petrified wood
  • Energy: Connection to nature and the earth, feeling grounded

When they are open and clear, the Hoof Chakras ensure a constant, connected flow of communication and harmony with the energy grids of the Earth. Hoof Chakras also allow our horses to discharge or send energy back into the Earth. Think of your horse pawing the ground or kicking up his heels. He is sending his signal out to the world and dispersing spent energy.

Your horse’s Hoof Chakras are critical to their safety and well-being. Those four relatively small points are what connect your horse to the earth, allowing them to turn and run when danger is detected.

TAIL CHAKRA (DIFFERENT FROM BASE/ROOT)

  • Color: Deep red
  • Crystal: Cinnabar
  • Energy: Aligns and clears blocks (flicking of tails) and connects the Root and Higher Chakras

The Tail Chakra in horses acts as an extension of the Root Chakra in many ways. It provides additional grounding and a feeling of security. It also connects to the Throat Chakra to provide more open communication channels. Horses share a lot of information via their tails. They swish their tails to get rid of pesky insects. Tails are held high in delight when horses frolic. Stallions hold tails high to show dominance. Just like dogs, tails clamped down to the body show fearfulness.

What about a horse whose tails have been docked?

In my opinion, the lack of a tail puts horses at a disadvantage. Other horses cannot read signals from them as easily and may misinterpret their motives. Have you seen a horse walking into a new herd with that high, stiff swishing tail…pulled up really tall? That is an “I am friendly, but if you act snarky, I will be all up in your stuff” message.

Now that you know about your horse’s chakras and what each of them does, what the heck can you DO to help them be in balance, aligned and firing on all chakra cylinders?

Book a Reiki session of course 🙂

What can Reiki do for my horse?

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What can Reiki do for my horse?

Reiki can help to relax and calm your horse and can help with different issues such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Colic
  • Loss of appetite
  • Physical injuries
  • Reducing stress
  • Relieving anxiety
  • Spooking
  • Wind sucking
  • Nervousness
  • Improving your relationship with your horse
  • Helping the natural healing process
  • Improving the owner’s riding experience
*It is however not a replacement for traditional veterinary care and your vet must be informed of any issues that your horse has before a Reiki practitioner starts working with your horse.

How will my horse respond to Reiki?

Horses tend to like the Reiki healing energy and will often relax quickly.

The healing energy if given regularly will help them to maintain their health and allow them to be peaceful and calm.

Your horse will also let you know when they want healing and will move away when they have had enough of the healing energies.

It is always best to work with your horse and give Reiki where and when it is needed.

Reiki in action

Here is a typical story of Reiki helping a horse:

“He was an off-the-track thoroughbred who was clearly unhappy in his stall. Extremely nervous and high-strung, he had trouble getting along with other horses and would sometimes run himself ragged in the pasture. One day, he began to kick his stall walls over and over again. People walking by would bark “knock it off!”, but other than that, no attention was paid to him. I was concerned he might hurt himself so I left my own horse, walked to his stall window and peered in. I quietly asked, “Would you like some Reiki, sweetheart?” He immediately stopped kicking and looked directly at me. I took this to mean “yes” and began to offer him Reiki from outside the stall. He immediately went over to the corner of his stall, lowered his head, and began licking and chewing. Within a few minutes, his head had dropped and he was sleeping soundly. I quietly walked away, ending the treatment after only a few minutes. Later that day, I alerted my trainer to his previous distress and the Reiki I had given.

The next day, my trainer informed me that not only had he stopped kicking the walls, but that he had literally slept in the corner of the stall the whole previous afternoon, night and most of the morning, only rousing himself to eat. I assured her this was a good thing, as body and mind heal themselves best when we are at our most relaxed.”

Read more at Equine Wellness Magazine:

Reiki for Horses

Equine Reiki Second Degree

Equine Reiki Second Degree

Equine Reiki holistic system of energy healing
Equine Reiki holistic system of energy healing

I attended a course to be attuned to Level II and instructed in Usui Reiki, the course instructed me in the use of the power symbols and doubles the strength of the energy. It also allows you to send it remotely around the world!

 
The course taught me to attune to the healing energy and flow that energy into animals, people, things. I have level 1 and level 2,  I can become a Master in 12 months time, and will spend the next year using my skills on Horse and Rider.
 
We had 1 attunement where the Reiki Master brings the energy into you and attunes it for your use. Once you have it you have it for life.
 
We meditated and imagined our legs as tree trunks set deep into the ground. And we imagined a globe of light that poured into our heads, and down our Chakra’s. We then visualised it moving up into our hands, then directed through our hands.
 
I also used on my horse when I returned home and she loved it, as did the cat.
 
I’m now going to practice and in 12 months take the Master level. Master Level is where you can teach others in Reiki energy use.
A history of Usui Reiki.
 
Usui Reiki, the Usui System of Natural Healing, is a Japanese Healing Art.
 
This form was founded in Japan and the basis of the practice is referred to as self-healing/ self-treatment. A little over 100 years ago a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, began a personal search that ended with his having contact with the energy Reiki.
 
His practice grew and eventually, Reiki was introduced out of Japan via Hawaii in 1937 by Hawayo Takata Sensei. It is passed on from one person to another through a specific initiation, teachings and a defined form of practice.
 
The Japanese word ‘reiki’ can be translated as ‘universal life energy’ and the Usui System is a way of working with Reiki for the healing of self and others. The word healing is used in the sense of regaining harmony and wholeness. Usui Shiki Ryoho addresses the whole person on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels and those that we cannot identify at the present.
 
Usui Shiki Ryoho has been defined by the present lineage bearer, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, as having four Aspects: healing practice, personal development, spiritual discipline and mystic order. The Aspects accompany a central core of practice and philosophy referred to as the Nine Elements. The combination of all the Elements and Aspects and their inter-relationships creates the system which has a proven, predictable capacity to take people along a profound path of healing, growth and spiritual deepening. If any part is changed or left out, the form is no longer recognized and is considered to be another form of Reiki practice.
 
The importance and deeper meaning of the elements and aspects and the whole system is mainly beyond words and gradually unfolds through personal experience. The following is a brief outline.
 
Four Aspects
 
Healing Practice – Usui Shiki Ryoho has as its basis self-treatment and a form of treatment to be used as a way to treat others. This is achieved through a series of laying-on-of-hands treatment positions.
 
Personal Development – Through the practice of this system, the student is presented in everyday life with choices. These choices address the underlying principles and beliefs that the student has acquired over the years of life. These principles and beliefs are often challenged as they may not be beneficial for the student’s path toward authenticity.
 
Spiritual Discipline – inherent in the regular practice of the Form is the connection to spirit within each of us as a human being. This connection to spirit can result in students considering this practice as a spiritual path.
 
Mystic Order – practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho brings mystic experiences and a sense of connection and common purpose with others following this path.
 
Nine Elements
 
Oral Tradition – The form and essence of this system is passed on only through a person to person relationship with a Reiki Master involving verbal and non-verbal communication and energetic transmissions.
 
Spiritual Lineage – Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata and Phyllis Lei Furumoto are recognized as the spiritual lineage of this system. The living lineage bearer embodies the essence of this system. The teachings are passed down through this line of masters, developing through the experiences of these masters, the cultural norms of the time frames, and the development of global society.
 
History – The story that is told from master to student is passed through the oral tradition in the First Degree class. This is the story of Reiki and this particular form of practice. This is not a story that is about people but the way in which Reiki has passed through each of the lineage bearers and become a manifest form.
 
Initiation – This secret and sacred ritual are passed down from the Lineage to the masters of the system. The masters, in turn, use this ritual to connect each student to the energy of Reiki and to bring life to the form of the practice that accompanies the initiations.
 
Symbols – The three symbols taught in the Second Degree classes are accompanied by a specific form of practice. These symbols seem to act as energetic keys that access the non-physical world. This part of the practice prepares the student for a greater choice in life and a wider understanding of the world in general.
 
Treatment – The treatment form consists of hand positions held for a few minutes in a specific order. This is the formal treatment practice. The informal treatment is any hand position that is practiced with the consent of the person being treated for as long as is necessary. Treatment of the First Degree is done on the physical body with hands on the body. The Second Degree treatment is also practiced on the physical body and also at a distance through use of the symbols.
 
Form of Teaching –The Form is the container for the teaching of First and Second Degree classes.
 
Monetary Exchange – Each initiatory step of the path has a specific monetary commitment from the student to the master.
 
Precepts – The Five Precepts are intended to awaken questions within a student and therefore involves the mind as well as the body and spirit in the process of becoming whole in body and spirit.

Reiki First Degree

Reiki First Degree

I attended a course to be attuned and instructed in Usui Reiki.
 
The course taught me to attune to the healing energy and flow that energy into animals, people, things. I have level 1 and level 2 I can take in 3-4 months time.
 
We had 4 attunements where the Reiki Master brings the energy into you and attunes it for your use. Once you have it you have it for life.
 
We meditated and imagined our legs as tree trunks set deep into the ground. And we imagined a globe of light that poured into our heads, and down our Chakra’s. We then visualised it moving up into our hands, then directed through our hands.
 
We tried this on a fellow course attendee and I could each feel hot and cold spots. When I had the healing energy it was warm like a hot water bottle and soothed my sour neck. At one point it felt like hot lava as it worked it magic on the body.
 
When I did the hands-on I felt cold spots where things needed the energy, and heat when it entered and left the body.
 
I felt a sense of peace and calm when connected to the energy. I loved trying it out on the horses at the stables we trained at.
 
I also used on my horse when I returned home and she loved it, as did the cat.
 
I’m now going to practice and in 3 to 4 months take level 2. Level 2 is where you can use power symbols and double the strength of the energy. It also allows you to send it remotely around the world!
A history if Usui Reiki.
 
Usui Reiki, the Usui System of Natural Healing, is a Japanese Healing Art.
 
This form was founded in Japan and the basis of the practice is referred to as self-healing/ self-treatment. A little over 100 years ago a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, began a personal search that ended with his having contact with the energy Reiki.
 
His practice grew and eventually, Reiki was introduced out of Japan via Hawaii in 1937 by Hawayo Takata Sensei. It is passed on from one person to another through a specific initiation, teachings and a defined form of practice.
 
The Japanese word ‘reiki’ can be translated as ‘universal life energy’ and the Usui System is a way of working with Reiki for the healing of self and others. The word healing is used in the sense of regaining harmony and wholeness. Usui Shiki Ryoho addresses the whole person on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels and those that we cannot identify at the present.
 
Usui Shiki Ryoho has been defined by the present lineage bearer, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, as having four Aspects: healing practice, personal development, spiritual discipline and mystic order. The Aspects accompany a central core of practice and philosophy referred to as the Nine Elements. The combination of all the Elements and Aspects and their inter-relationships creates the system which has a proven, predictable capacity to take people along a profound path of healing, growth and spiritual deepening. If any part is changed or left out, the form is no longer recognized and is considered to be another form of Reiki practice.
 
The importance and deeper meaning of the elements and aspects and the whole system is mainly beyond words and gradually unfolds through personal experience. The following is a brief outline.
 
Four Aspects
 
Healing Practice – Usui Shiki Ryoho has as its basis self-treatment and a form of treatment to be used as a way to treat others. This is achieved through a series of laying-on-of-hands treatment positions.
 
Personal Development – Through the practice of this system, the student is presented in everyday life with choices. These choices address the underlying principles and beliefs that the student has acquired over the years of life. These principles and beliefs are often challenged as they may not be beneficial for the student’s path toward authenticity.
 
Spiritual Discipline – inherent in the regular practice of the Form is the connection to spirit within each of us as a human being. This connection to spirit can result in students considering this practice as a spiritual path.
 
Mystic Order – practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho brings mystic experiences and a sense of connection and common purpose with others following this path.
 
Nine Elements
 
Oral Tradition – The form and essence of this system is passed on only through a person to person relationship with a Reiki Master involving verbal and non-verbal communication and energetic transmissions.
 
Spiritual Lineage – Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata and Phyllis Lei Furumoto are recognized as the spiritual lineage of this system. The living lineage bearer embodies the essence of this system. The teachings are passed down through this line of masters, developing through the experiences of these masters, the cultural norms of the time frames, and the development of global society.
 
History – The story that is told from master to student is passed through the oral tradition in the First Degree class. This is the story of Reiki and this particular form of practice. This is not a story that is about people but the way in which Reiki has passed through each of the lineage bearers and become a manifest form.
 
Initiation – This secret and sacred ritual are passed down from the Lineage to the masters of the system. The masters, in turn, use this ritual to connect each student to the energy of Reiki and to bring life to the form of the practice that accompanies the initiations.
 
Symbols – The three symbols taught in the Second Degree classes are accompanied by a specific form of practice. These symbols seem to act as energetic keys that access the non-physical world. This part of the practice prepares the student for a greater choice in life and a wider understanding of the world in general.
 
Treatment – The treatment form consists of hand positions held for a few minutes in a specific order. This is the formal treatment practice. The informal treatment is any hand position that is practiced with the consent of the person being treated for as long as is necessary. Treatment of the First Degree is done on the physical body with hands on the body. The Second Degree treatment is also practiced on the physical body and also at a distance through use of the symbols.
 
Form of Teaching –The Form is the container for the teaching of First and Second Degree classes.
 
Monetary Exchange – Each initiatory step of the path has a specific monetary commitment from the student to the master.
 
Precepts – The Five Precepts are intended to awaken questions within a student and therefore involves the mind as well as the body and spirit in the process of becoming whole in body and spirit.