New book brings Reiki and intuition together

9781608082131_p0_v2_s600x595Readers of Tina Zion’s previous books on Reiki and medical intuition will find a refreshing review in Reiki and Your Intuition: A Union of Healing and Wisdom (Boutique of Quality Books, 2019). New readers will find plenty to consider and use. Tina, who is a colleague and mentor, provided a pre-publication review copy.

Tina’s emphases on projecting positive energy outward instead of creating a shield for protection, getting permission as not only an ethical imperative but a way to empower others, and being a clear vessel for healing are important for any student or practitioner. The book is also peppered with personal stories from other Reiki practitioners.

The information and examples presented will be helpful with the often puzzling process of figuring out what is happening as we learn to both work with Reiki energy and allow it to work through us.

As an animal Reiki practitioner and animal communicator, I appreciate Chapter 9, “Intuitive Reiki with Animals.” It underlines the importance of trusting the images and impressions I get from an animal and sharing them with the animal’s human, rather than trying to interpret them myself. Also meaningful is a personal story from a veterinarian who is also a Reiki master and offers Reiki informally to her patients when the opportunity presents itself.

Though the book as a whole may have benefited from more editing and streamlining, it’s a worthwhile read for those who are exploring what intuition is, how Reiki works, and how they as people and practitioners fit into the picture.

Animal Wise: Remembering Whinnie

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Whinnie, the little horse that could … and did. (Photo courtesy Summit Equestrian Center)

Whinnie was the smallest horse I had ever seen, but she had one of the biggest jobs any horse could ever take on.

I first met Whinnie when a story I was working on for Fort Wayne Magazine took me to Summit Equestrian Center. The dwarf miniature horse was about the same size as a large dog and had some physical limitations which made her life a challenge. Summit offers therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults, but Whinnie’s role was that of ambassador and thriving-with-disabilities spokeshorse.

With her travel-friendly size and easy demeanor, she visited schools and worked fairs with Summit executive director Allison Wheaton. An “Awww” or “Is that really a horse?” would draw people in. Then they’d learn what Whinnie could really do — live fully in every moment and, as Emily Dickinson put it, dwell in possibility.

At the barn, she became a buddy to day campers who loved to braid her mane and dress her up. Her presence opened the way for children and adults alike to talk about the ins and outs of being different and differently abled, and to see their own limitations in a new way.

By the time I began working regularly with the Summit Equestrian Center crew as an animal communicator and animal Reiki practitioner, Whinnie’s physical struggles had worsened. She continued to show up and do what she could. Sure, there were horses several times her size, anxious ducks, a mischievous three-legged goat, a pig with poor impulse control, excited children, and plenty of other beings on the premises at any given time. She assured me she had it all well in hand.

One morning on my rounds at Summit this spring, I found Whinnie grazing in one of the pastures and immediately sensed some sadness on her part. I offered to share Reiki energy with her — not to cure or fix the sadness or the cause of it; that is never the practitioner’s role — but to bring that divine healing presence to her, and trust it to do whatever was needed in that moment. She agreed and moved a little closer, and I began my meditation.

After a few minutes of treatment, she stopped grazing and looked at me, intermittently licking her lips. Then she came up and brushed against my leg. I stooped down and she took some hands-on energy. I could feel her soaking it in like the sunlight that surrounded us. Several more minutes passed.

Then, with her deliberate amble, Whinnie moved past me, walked up to the pen where the other horses and ponies were hanging out, and stood by the fence. Maybe the sadness was still there and maybe it wasn’t, but she had found a different angle. I joined her, and together we shared the energy with the rest of the equine crew.

When I sensed it was time to go check on the chickens, I looked over at Whinnie. “Got this?” Affirmative. She was still there when I left.

The five Reiki precepts all begin, “Just for today,” — I will not be angry, I will not worry, I will be humble, I will do my work with integrity, I will show compassion to myself and all living things. Whinnie lived and taught them all right up until she passed into the eternal Sept. 1, 2017.

As Allison wrote in her tribute to Whinnie, “the little things really are the big things.”

Animal Wise: Distant healing


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One of the coolest things about Reiki is that, being energy, it is not subject to time or space. Therefore, a Reiki practitioner can work with a client without the use of touch, or without even being in the same room. Or the same country. I can send Reiki to my brother in the Philippines from my Indiana home in the U.S. The energy goes where it needs to go, with no roaming charges.

Still, it’s one thing to believe that Reiki and other complementary healing modalities work hands-on — but the practitioner actually being able to do something for a person or animal miles away? How is that even possible? It’s a tough concept for this skeptical journalist, too, and I can’t explain how it works. I only know that it does.

A friend’s mother’s cat — I’ll call her Maisie — had been anxious, over-grooming to the point that her back legs were nearly bald. My friend mentioned her mom had just installed new flooring and wondered if that could be what was bothering Maisie. In any case, both she and her mom were worried. Wanting to help and knowing I could use the practice, I promised to send Maisie some healing energy.

That afternoon, when I sat down to meditate, I drew all of the Reiki symbols in the air, making sure to include the distant healing symbol. I asked God to let me be a conduit for whatever Maisie, and all humans and animals connected with her, needed. Then I took a few deep breaths and intuitively connected with Maisie, whom I had never met and who lived a couple of hours away. I introduced myself and asked her permission to send healing energy, explaining that she was free to decline or to take as much or as little of the energy as she wished. This is important: Whether distant or hands-on, it’s always up to the animal. If I’d sensed her turning or moving away or felt any apprehension on her part, we would have been done, with me perhaps asking if I could check in with her the next day.

Once I felt Maisie say yes, I pictured her inside a soft bubble of light, enveloped by healing energy from the earth below her and the sky above her. Animals ground with their feet, so it made sense that the new floor, with its unfamiliar feel and smells (along with strange humans in the house installing it), exacerbated whatever other anxiety she felt. I also sent healing energy to the house, envisioning a safe and happy place for all who live or visit there.

After twenty or thirty minutes, I sensed she’d had enough for the day. I thanked her, told her, “You’ve got this,” and closed the session with a brief prayer of thanks. I repeated this for three or four successive days.

It took another week or so before I remembered to ask my friend if her mom had said anything about how Maisie was doing.

“Oh, my gosh, she is doing so much better!” she said. The fur had started to grow back on Maisie’s legs … and she was playing and accepting human affection in a way she had not done in quite a while.

Did I heal Maisie? No. As a Reiki practitioner, I am the string between two cans … Maisie and a higher source, however she might conceive of such, being the two cans. Any healing that happened did so by God’s grace and Maisie’s willingness, in that peaceful space we created, to heal herself.

This is why Reiki works so well with animals, who so often are at the mercy of us humans: They are respected, and they get to choose.

To learn more or schedule a session for your animal friend, visit my Reiki page.