Reiki and Animals:  A Partnership 

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead

Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow

Just walk beside me and be my friend

By Albert Camus  


This quote captures the essence of the beautiful relationship we can have with animals; they are our partner, they are our friends and they have so much wisdom to share with us to help us learn and grow.  I have found that traditional Japanese Reiki practices can guide us in nurturing strong connections with animals.

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You, Your Animals, Your Life

In today’s society, we often forget the strong interconnections we have with our animals and our environment.  Years ago, life was simpler and slower and people lived close to nature. People were closer to each other; they helped each other and had fun together.  

Today, life has become more complex and fast-paced; we live in a Go-Go-Go society.  We always have a deadline; and we are expected to do more to compete and “succeed”. I call this the drama of life.  Even though technology has made us more virtually ”in-touch”, we have really become less personally connected with others.  And most of us have to travel to find a quiet space in nature.

The result:  Our lives tend to rule us; the expectations, fears, worries, frustrations and even illnesses and injuries we experience can cause ongoing stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed.  We tend to get so involved with the drama of life that we forget who we really are and what really makes us happy. And even though the animals are closer to remaining true to themselves and are interconnected with those around them, they are becoming more and more affected by the the human drama of life.

You and Your Life Affects Your Animals

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The drama of life not only affects the balance of our life, but it also affects our animals.  We often forget that our animals are very sensitive; they easily pick up on and react to our feelings and emotions and to the environment.  Oftentimes, the undesirable behaviors (e.g. fear, separation anxiety, chewing, growling, biting) that we want to fix may be a reaction to the stress and drama of the animal’s environment.  Even if the true trigger of the animal’s behavior is something from his past, human stress can be a hindrance to their healing.

Practicing Reiki can help you create a space of calm and balance for You, Your Animals and Your Life.


Remember:  The Animals Are Our Partners on this Reiki Journey

The animals actually help us during a Reiki meditation; they will help us to relax, quiet our minds, be present and find that space of balance, harmony and peace.  Think about how just being around an animal can release our stress and make us happier! Remember to allow the animals to walk beside you and be your friend. Remember to open your eyes and your heart and become aware of what the animals are trying to teach you.

What a beautiful circle of interconnectedness we can create with Reiki and Animals!  As we are creating a space within us to help the animals, the animals are actually teaching us just how to do it!

What a powerful connection – You, Your Animals, Your Life!   And Reiki helps us on this journey!

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