Preparation is the key to a clear connection with spirit and
the animal I am working with. Firstly I prepare the room and any crystals or
other tools I may use during the session. To do this I use a singing bowl,
chant ‘Ohm’ and wave a special feather about to cleanse specific objects. I
then ground myself by going into my meditation room and sitting on the floor
with my feet flat. I breathe deeply and imagine roots growing from my feet deep
into the earth and pure white energy flowing into my head through the crown
Chakra and down through my body. Once I feel ready I open my eyes and look at a
photograph of the animal I am working with that session. I send Reiki symbols
to the animal and imagine a loop of blue energy connecting us across time and
space while allowing our energies to remain separate. I then ask them if they
are ready to talk and let me feel their energy.
It is now where things will differ as the session is very much based on what I feel and what the animal wants me to know at that time. I will have the pre-session notes from their human which guide me as to where the human would like me to focus or questions to ask the animal, but I take my lead from the animal themselves. For example I can go into a session fully expecting to give Reiki for joint and mobility issues and end up in a conversation with the animal about their worries or what they would like for tea! Sometimes other animals join in too, especially when they are close to my client such as in a herd of horses. The other animals can be ones there now or friends who have passed, but still maintain a close connection. Often they come if they feel I need help getting to the route of an issue or to provide support to their friend.
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When working with Reiki and crystal energy I never assume how the energy will flow or what I will be doing with my hands or visualising. There are a few generic types of energy I send often for specific issues but again these don’t suit everyone. For example I often send blue light to nerves to help the flow of energy there if there are blockages, but sometimes that is too strong and calming purple is required instead. I also send blue or gold energy to bone and muscle if knitting is required for injury or to strengthen a joint for instance, but sometimes they want another colour or the joint binding in solid gold. For pain in bones and joints I often use what I call bubble-gum or candyfloss pink energy to help cushion the area, and for foot issue I send ‘Reiki boots’ of energy to wrap the foot like a compress.
When using crystals I find I am often intuitively drawn to
use certain ones in a session or my client will describe a particular one they
would like. Sometimes this is by colour only and if I am not sure which they
need I can use my pendulum to scribe for one. There have been cases where they
have requested a crystal and I have no idea what they want so I end up going to
my books or the internet during the session and looking at those that match the
description until the client say ‘yes’. I find it amazing how animals know
about the internet, but I’m not sure why as it is all information flow
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Communication can happen in many ways. I mainly get clairaudient communication where I am literally having a conversation with the animal, but increasingly this is accompanied by visualisation. It can be that I am sent specific images of something they want to show me, or it can be a moving video as if I am there with them. At times both myself and my client are in a specific place that is neither of our homes, but a place I go to for deep healing session with them and animal guides are often called in. With horse clients I often call in unicorns, mostly my own guide, but sometimes I get others. For dogs I call on wolves to help, cats often get panthers and birds get owls or falcons. I will also call on spirit animals of my own who have passed especially Charlie snake to help out. This is not just when working on reptiles either; Charlie has helped many of my clients.
Recently I have been working on a number of cases where
there is a family of animals including humans involved and they want protection
adding to them or their home as part of the session. It is then I use a
combination of Reiki (gold or pure crystal quartz energy and symbols) and black
crystals to help grid protection around them. My dragon guides often come into
play here too, and more often my snakes who are past and present lend a hand by
going to watch over and help heal the client and their loved ones.
Whatever the content of a session I end by brushing and sealing the aura of my client to remove any remaining energy that needs to go and seal in the good work we have done. I then bring myself back into the room, scrubbing out the Reiki symbols to break the connection and thank the animal, Reiki and any guides for their help. I then re-cleanse the tools used and the room and myself using the singing bowl and my flute or pipes. The music of the flute and pipes brings me a sense of calm and closes the session nicely. Writing up my notes immediately also helps to close the session and bring me back to reality so to speak. If needed I will add black obsidian crystals to my socks for a while to help ground me fully post a session and I always need to drink a large glass of water.