Animal Reiki Code of Ethics

The code of ethics was developed by Kathleen Kathleen Prasad, Founder of Animal Reiki Source.

Guiding Principles:

  • I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.Snake
  • I honor the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.
  • I understand that all animals have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.
  • I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to the human view of the animal kingdom.
  • I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:

  • I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts [(1) Today only, (2) Do not anger, (3) Do not Reiki Selfworry. (4) With thankfulness Work diligently. (5) Be kind to others. — Translated by Reiki master Hyakuten Inamoto]  into my daily life and Reiki practice.
  • I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.
  • I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animalkind as our partners on this planet.
  • I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.

In working in the community, I hold the following goals:

  • I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my Reiki piglife and with the animals, teaching by example.
  • I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organizations in my community.
  • I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.
  • I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.
  • I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honor other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:

  • Share information before the treatment about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing Cat offering reikisystem and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.
  • Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as “postponement” policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.
  • Never diagnose. I will always refer clients to a licensed veterinarian when appropriate.
  • Honor the privacy of the animals and their human companions.
  • Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.
  • Respect the human companion’s right to choose the animal’s healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate, with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:

  • I work in partnership with the animal.
  • I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his or her decision Paw and Handto accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal’s body language in determining the response.
  • I allow each animal to choose how to receive his or her treatment; thus each treatment could be a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal’s preference.
  • I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.
  • I accept the results of the treatment without judgment and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal’s openness and participation in the process.

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Golden Retrievers on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma

Beautiful dogs…beautiful mission.

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The LCC K9 Comfort Dogs are once again called to action in Moore, Oklahoma after a tornado devastated the community, and the casualties are still climbing.   It is really kind of sad having to post so often on their appearences at the tragedies occurring for my neighbours to the South.  They are in my thoughts and prayers.  Ruthie, Barnabas, Kye, Bekah, Zeke and Lila are on their way in this photo from their Facebook page.  Please click here to donate to their efforts.

LCC K9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Barnabas, Kye, Bekah, Zeke and Lila and handlers on the way to Oklahoma (Facebook)

Another golden retriever is part of the rescue and recovery efforts.  Chief and his handler Andrew Pitcher from Nebraska Task Force 1 are part of a group of 8 teams searching for survivors in the destruction.

Chief was rescued from Roice Hurst Humane Society in Clinton, CO.  His guardians are Barbara Phelps and Michael Walker. Chief was named after gardener Mike McGroarty from Mike’s Backyard…

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The Intention to Hold the Healing Space

Namaste Bookshop near Union Square

Namaste Bookshop near Union Square

Have you ever wanted to cancel an appointment and stay home? Or continue your nap? Or just veg out? That’s what I wanted to do yesterday, but I’d already made a financial commitment to attend an Introduction to Animal Reiki event at Namaste Bookshop in Manhattan, so I ripped myself from my brief not-so-power nap and got myself there. Now I know that I would have kicked myself if I’d missed it because I learned some important differences in offering Reiki to people and Reiki to animals.

Liz Wassell, a SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association) Teacher who traveled from upstate New York, has studied with Kathleen Prasad, the association’s co-founder. Liz  introduced animal Reiki to our group, which included a black lab mix therapy dog, whose name, by the way, is Sara. Liz volunteers at the Ulster County SPCA and Animal Farm Foundation, both in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York and is also a founding member of her local community Reiki group.

Liz Wassell

Liz Wassell

My cat, Pushkin, was the first recipient of animal Reiki after I received my attunement about a month ago, and from the beginning, it was hands-on, all the way, up close and personal for him. Reiki for humans consists of a series of lightly-placed hand positions on different parts of a clothed body; Reiki for our animal friends, however, not so much. It’s better for them from several feet away, especially in a shelter setting or wherever an animal is shy or too traumatized for touch. That distance allows the animal to approach the practitioner, allows the animal to accept or reject it, allows the animal to call the shots. Sometimes the animal will place parts of his body in the practitioner’s hands to show where Reiki is needed. It was good to find out that treatment is not dependent on physical contact.

She led us through a breathing and visualization meditation that allowed us to create and hold a healing space for the animal, a Reiki healing space that can encompass an entire room. It’s all about intention, focus and meditation. The animals lead the way, taking only as much Reiki as they need. As practitioners, we are offering — not giving — which means that ego has little or no place. No need to perform. No need to put on a show. No need, even to be attached to an outcome.

Our intention for being with the animals is threefold: to connect with them, to learn from them, and—as partners—to work together in healing and in ceremony to co-create a new way of being. —

I look forward to experiencing animals as teachers and healers.

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My First Experience with Reiki for Animals

My cat, Pushkin.

My cat, Pushkin.

This Pushkin, who is 17 years old. His mother gave birth in my apartment, so we’ve been together since day one. Of the eight cats I’ve had the pleasure of nurturing, he’s my longest surviving cat. His sister, Zora, passed away nearly a year ago, and his mother, Precious, nearly three-and-a-half years ago.

Last month I attended a three-day Reiki I class and received my attunement from Reiki Master Pamela Miles. My own previous experience with Reiki treatments several years ago inspired me to learn Reiki because I could imagine how good shelter and rescue animals would feel, how much of their stress and fear could be alleviated. And, I couldn’t wait to offer it to Pushkin. According to Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Teacher, Founder and Director,
Animal Reiki Source, and President of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association, Reiki is perfect for animals (and humans) because it’s noninvasive and doesn’t necessarily require hands-on contact.” Animals, she says, respond intuitively to Reiki’s power to support the

Dog receiving a hands-on Reiki treatment.

Dog receiving a hands-on Reiki treatment.

healing of emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries.” When animals are healthy, Reiki is maintenance, and when they’re ailing, Reiki complements all other healing modalities.When they approach the end of their lives, Reiki provides relief from pain, fear, and anxiety and supports their transition.

Pushkin's FeetI have been the beneficiary of Reiki self-practice (more about that soon in my other blog, for 37 days now, and Pushkin has, too. Initially, I didn’t know how he would accept it or if he would accept it and I didn’t want to have any expectations. I knew that if he said no or not right now to the treatment, I would have to respect that because Reiki is not given, it’s offered. As I was completing my own Reiki session on that first night, he came to be near me on the bed.  Okay, nothing new. And then he butted my hand until he got my palm on top of his head.

Horse receiving Reiki

Horse receiving Reiki

Then I placed my free hand on his body, and it’s been that way ever since. He’s a hands-on kind of guy. Thirty-seven days does not 37 treatments; it means 37 times 3, or 4, or 5. He’s a fiend for it. That’s how he asks for it, head-butting my hand until it’s where he wants it, and often he climbs into my arms, my hands warm and pulsating, and Pushkin purring and yawning.

Several months ago, he started to show signs of something. At 17, he’s not the muscular guy that he used to be. He’s lost some muscle mass and some weight in spite of a healthy appetite. I had begun to suspect a hyperactive thyroid, kidney decline, or (no,

Pushkin the Kitten

Pushkin the Kitten

don’t say it!) diabetes, the usual suspects. Last week his thyroid values turned up normal. There is no diabetes, but he’s just on the cusp of kidney decline, so he’s on subcutaneous hydration, but unlike Zora, who received this treatment every day, Pushkin’s prescription is only every three days. I am grateful. And on we shall continue. I’d love for him to make it to twenty.

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The Black Cat Auditions — Wanted: Black Cat to Act

Black Cat Audition3Tales of Terror is a 1962 horror film starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone. Billed as a “Trilogy of Shock and Horror,” it consists of three short sequences based on Edgar Allan Poe stories: “Morella”, “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”, and “The Black Cat.”

In 1961 an open audition was held in Hollywood to find the perfect cat for “The Black Cat.” There were miles of cats…and their persons.

The cast?

Unfortunately, no credit for the cat who won the audition.

Montresor Herringbone (Peter Lorre) hates his wife Annabelle (Joyce Jameson) and her black cat. One night on a ramble about town, he happens upon a wine-tasting event and challenges the world’s foremost wine taster, Fortunato Luchresi (Vincent Price), to a contest. Herringbone becomes drunk. Luchresi escorts him home and meets his wife. Time passes, and Annabelle and Luchresi become intimate. The cuckolded Herringbone then inters them Black Cat Audition5alive in an alcove in the basement. The authorities become Black Cat Audition8suspicious and two policemen (John Hackett and Lennie Weinrib) visit the house to investigate. Hearing screeching behind a basement wall, they knock the wall down to discover the dead lovers — and Annabelle’s black cat, which Herringbone had accidentally walled up with the lovers. Cast includes Wally Campo as bartender Wilkins and Alan DeWitt as the Wine-Tasting Chairman. (Wikipedia)

Credit for these wonderful black cat audition photographs goes to Ralph Crane and Life Magazine.

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A Message from Honey Bee Consciousness

Since the late 1980s Honeybees have been dying off in alarming numbers due to infestation by a tracheal mite which lodges in the thorax of the bee. These are the tracheae that feed oxygen to the flight muscles of the bees. If one considers the role of pollinators, one can easily get a feel for the consequence of the deaths of massive numbers of honeybees. The information below came from the bees in response to questions asked of a beekeeper about the spiritual significance of the mite dilemma.

     Usually when I talk with animals the information comes as a direct channeling of information in first person. The information from bees came as a whispering in the right ear. More of a “telling” of information. Capitalization occurs where the bees indicated emphasis or sacredness.

     This information came through Sharon Callahan on February 10, 1998 at 10 pm pst


Honey Bee 1The bees are playing a crucial part in the re-patterning of the Earth and planetary grids, as well as struggling to hold in place what [t]hey call the “new Pulse” of energy from the Creator. The pulse is Light, or the Grace of God which the bees indicate actually flows through us in intermittent pulses rather than a static stream of energy. Within the “stuff” of Grace or Divine Light is encoded all of the information needed for all things to move in harmony into the new millennium which we are now approaching. In the life of bees, natural selection, comb shape, {if someone were to study naturally occurring honey comb shapes they would find them changing} speed of vibration of the bees themselves are all vital to the bees ability to “keep up” with instructions from the creator which they receive continuously. These instructions tell the bees how they should proceed to build the vibrational matrix necessary for the ascension of Earth, Nature, Man, Ether, Cosmos – into the next phase of “becoming” or spiritual evolution. Continue reading

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Cow Consciousness

Cow Consciousness

An Interview through Sharon Callahan
by Sun Mi Kim

Cow FaceOur relationship with cows is complex. After years of exploiting this species for its milk and meat, most of our society has allowed the droning echoes of such long-held practices to dull our sensitivity for these living, thinking creatures. We may become outraged at the extinction of birds, frown at the mistreatment of cats and dogs – but how many of us extend our sympathies to cows? Cows and steer provide what is considered the staple meat for many humans. So much so that rain forests are being cleared at alarming rates to make room for ranches to raise them. And while we don’t often like to think of it, our treatment of them in the name of profit and efficiency has created tremendous horrors for these beings – these feeling, wise beings who are very much our equals. Before the outbreaks of Mad-Cow Disease which has brought certain ranching practices to public light, very little has been known about how these animals are treated. It has been a welcome ignorance – we simply did not want to know. Yet if we are to increase our understanding of our interrelatedness with all things in our journey back to Oneness, we must now open our eyes to everything that we have perpetrated. The transgressions of one is the burden of us all – it takes only passive allowance for a crime to be committed. This interview is done directly with the group consciousness of the cows through Sharon Callahan, an animal communicator. The answers to these questions have surprised me. As another living creature, I’ve been appalled; as a mother, heartbroken. Please listen and read with your heart. As difficult and painful as it is to become conscious of these things, it is also liberating and expanding. And what aches we feel are merely the growing pains of an emerging heart.

Q: Were cows meant to provide humans with milk? Is this one of the purposes of your existence?

A: No. No species is put on the Earth to be exploited by another. You have lost your power. You are meant to provide your own offspring with milk. Our milk is meant for our children. The qualities of milk of different species are specifically suited to those species and carry not only physical nourishment but information from the collective consciousness of the species from which it originates. There are circumstances in which a sharing can occur for the benefit of all. We joyfully give of our milk in such circumstances. There have been human women who nursed baby animals. If such sharing is done in love and reverence it is blessed. In very early times (Lemurian) as humans and animals began to explore being closer, we did share our milk consciously and with great joy, but the taking and receiving of our milk was sacramental in nature. We were tenderly cared for, brushed, bathed, adorned. There was an understanding that in order for the milk to be nourishing, great love and care had to be extended to the animals from which it was taken. We were communicated with tenderly which created an alchemy, making our milk suitable for human consumption in small quantities. During this time bees were kept in the same sacred way and their honey used for medicinal purposes in sacramental ceremonies. All things and beings are composed of energy. The energy that goes Cow and Calf Drinking 1into something is the energy that comes out. Without a sacred relationship between human beings and cows our milk has become not only un-nourishing to you, but poisonous. Our milk was never meant to substitute for your own milk in nourishing your children – only as a supplement to your own in small quantities or as sacramental gesture between species. Human beings are suffering from excessiveness. Too much of everything with too little thought. When you stray from sacred relationship with us, our milk becomes a poison unto you. Nothing of the sacredness of the old times remains today. We are forced to give many, many times more milk in a day than is natural for us. We are kept pregnant to accomplish this and our children are taken from us sometimes shortly after birth and raised for meat and many other innocents are slaughtered before they even have a chance to experience the world.

Q: And just for the record: as humans became omnivores, eating meat as well as plant life, was it part of your contract with humanity to offer your flesh for our consumption? 

A: The only contract is a contract to teach and to learn love. No creature wants to be killed and eaten. All creatures seek life, happiness and freedom from fear. Our contract with you has to do with teaching the lessons of love and compassion and how love and compassion relate to health and wellbeing. It is your species’ choice to take the path of greed, excess and ill health. The lesson is being learnt.

Q: In the past, cow’s milk has been thought of as one of the most nourishing substances humans could consume. Recently, however, more and more people (particularly children) have been developing rather severe allergies to dairy products. Can you give us insight into this? 

A: Our milk was never meant to substitute for your own milk for your own offspring. As you stray further from sacred relationship with us our milk becomes poison…filled with the energies and vibrations of greed and ego as well as poisons that you feed us which are carried in our milk. We are forced to keep producing offspring who are taken to slaughter. How nourishing can our milk be when we suffer not only from lack of sacred relationship to you, but suffer as well knowing the fate of our children. Our milk is filled with grief. And you are failing to nourish your own children either physically or spiritually. Your children need nourishment from you. You are failing to teach your children to be nourished through the other senses. Sight, hearing touch, smell and light. You have come to put too much emphasis on physical nourishment through food. You have lost touch with the more important forms of nourishment. As you return to an understanding of nourishment on a spiritual level you will need far less food than you now believe, your species will return to health, and you will come into right relationship with other creatures. Your children suffer greatly from not being nourished directly by your own bodies and not being taught to derive nourishment directly from the life force present around you at all times.

Q: Do you have a sense of how your grief (which is poured into the milk humans ingest) is affecting humans? 

A: All things are vibrational. The vibration of grief permeates our milk making it as a poison for you. . . a poison for your spirits as much as your bodies. When you ingest our milk such as it is, you carry the vibration of grief and suffering in your bodies and spirits.

Q: Are humans meant to be sustained primarily by the life force that you earlier mentioned, by what some call Prana? Is the mere sight of beauty truly nourishing to our physical forms?

A: Yes, beauty in all forms is nourishing to your physical forms. You have regresses into a dense state of materialistic existence from the eating and overeating of what you now perceive to be food. To return to an ability to be sustained on more vibrational nourishment is something of a process. It is not a matter of being sustained on prana or beauty alone. Nourishing oneself from the fruits of Earth is one of the great joys of living and allows the fruits and nuts of the trees and plants to reap the benefit of your partaking of their offerings. It is all a matter of getting back to a more rarified experience of Earth life one in which each morsel of food or beauty is relished, blessed and honored, each meeting with another being is cherished as a sacred meeting.

Q: As we have domesticated cows and steer, your species has appeared in many places on the earth including places that you are not indigenous to, like the rainforests. Is there a specific place on Earth, and no other, that you were meant to inhabit?

A: We are able to adjust to many habitats as we have lived in close relationship with human beings for so many eons. We are an important element in many different landscapes. When well cared for we offer a sacred image of contentedness, gentleness and motherliness which is beneficial to all who see us. Humans forget that nourishment can come by way of sacred imagery and that it is possible to be nourished through our eyes by an image of motherliness and tenderness.

Q: In some traditions, cows are held in reverence. Myths exist speaking of your mystical nurturing nature, and in many places in India your species is venerated. Can you give us some insight into the origins of these? 

A: All beings should be held in reverence. Cows embody the divine feminine…the giving, the nourishing, the receptive aspects of the Divine. Our bodies (dairy cows) are the epitome of femaleness. We should be revered for the divine qualities that we represent as should all other creatures be revered for the divine qualities which they represent.

Q: Is our exploitation of your species, then, representative of our exploitation of the Divine Feminine? Can you name specific practices that humans can enact to restore reverence for cows and for the Divine Mother?

A: Yes, it would be our observation that your exploitation of us is a reflection of your denial of the Divine Feminine in yourselves and your exploitation of the Divine Feminine in all things. The degradation of the feminine spills over into your interactions with each other and all of nature. Misuse, overuse, disrespect of the feminine aspect of animals, nature, Earth and yourselves. If you dishonor the feminine in yourselves you cannot honor it in other beings. Only through cultivating a respectful relationship with the sacred feminine can you alter your disastrous attitude of dissociation from nature and your own bodies and spirits and generate instead the compassion needed to reverse the course of destruction you have set for yourselves, all beings and Earth. In order to return to a relationship of respect for Cows Blackthe Divine Feminine you must be willing to feel the pain you have inflicted on other human beings, animals and nature. It is only through feeling the pain of other beings that healing can begin. When a woman gives birth there is pain. The pain must be accepted for the birth to occur. In order for you to birth a new relationship with yourselves, other beings and the Earth, you must be willing to go through the pain. Your species has been in denial of the pain it has inflicted on other beings. To come into a loving, transforming relationship you must drop the denial and face the pain. It can’t be glossed over it must be faced directly. The outcome of facing the pain will be the salvation of Earth.

Q: What do you envision as the “perfect” relationship with humans?

A: One of sacredness and love and mutual nourishment.

Q: Barbarous practices among some ranchers have been pointed to as being the physical cause of Mad-Cow Disease. Can you name specific spiritual and/or energetic causes for this disease? 

A: All diseases originate in the mind of man – within his own distorted thinking. Our species act as a mirror of your own thinking. You are being driven mad by greed and exploitation of other species and Earth itself. We are being driven “mad” by your treatment and exploitation of us and over the loss of our children.

Q: What are the greatest concerns that you have right now? And are there any that we have not mentioned yet?

A: We do not desire to make you or your children sick. We are very distressed that we are being made a part of your diminished health. You have enslaved us into participating in your demise just as the horses were enlisted to carry you into war as you killed one another. It is much the same. Please think on these things. We are very troubled by this.

Q: Were you meant to have human caretakers? Should you be allowed to roam free the way buffalo once roamed the plains? 

A: In the true meaning of the word “to take care,” yes. We should all take care of one another. Animals take care of human beings in many ways. When human beings domesticate a species, they take on responsibility for that species. In a sense you have created our bodies to be dependent on you. As we are, we cannot survive roaming free. You have created a situation of dependence. We must return to sacred relationship with one another which would include a cessation of breeding us to the extent that you do and an allowance of our bodies returning to a more natural state.

Q: Most of us are so lost in the practices of our time. Can you give us some specific ideas as to how we can return you to a more natural state, especially as you mentioned that (at least at this time) you require human caretaking for continued survival?

A: Enjoy the simple beauties of life – the sun and moon and stars. The beautiful sights of the world will nourish you and you will find over time that you need little more than these simple pleasures. Be brave enough to face the pain that arises when you begin to connect intimately with other beings and nature. Walk on Earth with consciousness. Remember that all things have consciousness and deserve your respect and reverence. It is not difficult to return to a more natural state. It is a choice that can be made in any moment. In any moment you can be reborn. You can start again – just choose a life of simplicity, love, harmony and beauty. It is that easy. If you do this all of nature will rejoice and will reflect such love back to you as you cannot now imagine. When this begins to happen you will no longer be greedy. You will no longer over-consume the bounty of the Earth and balance will be restored.

Q: For now, what can your caretakers do to help alleviate the stresses that your species are facing? 

A: It is a difficult mess you have created. It requires a shift in consciousness that most of you are unwilling to move into at this time. Perhaps the lesson will only be learned as your species becomes more and more ill from partaking of our milk and our bodies. As you stop exploiting us for the perceived benefits gained from doing so a natural balance will be restored. It is not for ourselves alone that we say these things. Exploitation of Mother Earth is harming you in many ways.

Q: Any last thoughts or other issues you’d like to address? 

A: Treating one another with love, compassion, and sacredness is the solution to all difficulty.

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Ref: Sharon Callahan’s site: : “Sharon Callahan is a writer, photographer, internationally recognized animal communication specialist and leading pioneer in the use of flower essences for the treatment of animals.

“Although Sharon’s ability to communicate with animals has been with her from childhood, a near-death experience in 1987 enhanced her ability to communicate with animals telepathically, giving her a deep understanding of the role of animals in the spiritual lives of human beings. This experience led to the creation of the Anaflora flower essences for animals, the first flower essences made exclusively for the animal kingdom. Since that time Sharon has pioneered the use of flower essences in the treatment of animals.”

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