Be guided by your Feel for your horse and other beings as to where you put your hands and for how long. If you like structure, you can use your hands in the chakra positions as shown in this picture here or see below for a variety of different animals.
As I’m talking now, I’m going to talk about horses, but you can interpret the same instructions for any animal.
Remember, you don’t need to have your hands physically on their body, you can work in the energy field around them and have the same profound effect as hands on – so where you put your hands very importantly depends on their Comfort Zone.
Ask THEM for permission to work on them first and be prepared to wait as long as necessary for that. I have seen a horse be quite surprised at the energy change in their person. It’s not surprising because after your attunements, the Reiki is in your aura. This horse needed to feel and explore that energy change before he was comfortable in moving into a healing session.
And from an ethical point of view, you might like to make sure that the “owner” is happy for you to work on them too. If that’s not possible, take your awareness inside yourself and make sure that proceeding with the healing feels “right”.
Take your attention inside yourself and become aware of your body using the awareness of your breath, heartbeat, energy, emotions and thoughts. In this space of inner awareness, create an energetic space around you and the horse that reflects the love, peace and harmony that Reiki conveys. If the idea feels good, you can draw Cho Ku Rei symbols in the dirt or in the air around you and the horse to create that sacred space.
In that state of being Present, draw your Cho Ku Rei in the air above them, or on the palm of your hand, saying the words three times to yourself (in your mind is OK) as you draw in the circles – knowing that the symbol means “Place the Power of The Universe here” and the session is beginning now.
If you can picture the symbol in your mind, you can just imagine it instead of draw it.
Make sure that your posture is relaxed and that where you are putting your hands feels physically comfortable for you too. Too much weight on the horse may have them moving away from you and yet straining yourself to stay in a less than completely comfortable position is not useful. (Classic Aussie understatement there!) I generally rest my forearms on the horse while I work. Do whatever you need to do to make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable too.
If Physical Feel is one of your strengths, then anything other than a relaxed posture will tend to block your ability Feel the horse.
In that state of being Present, you’ll have all the time in the world to do whatever it is that needs to be done to support this horse – whether it’s just long enough to draw the symbol around it, one minute or one hour – however long is perfect for this being in this moment.
With the awareness of the chakras, be guided by both your Feel and the horse as to where you put your hands and for how long – whether you use the structure of the chakra positions starting at the head and working down, OR whether you go straight to where you are drawn to work OR whether you put your hands on where they enjoy being touched and allow the energy to run to where it’s needed OR whether you stand back a little and work in the aura OR whether you stand well back and work from a place of safety.
Keep your attention inside yourself while you work – that way the horse won’t have to shout at you – noticing and any feeling that something is Not Quite Right and if the understanding of that doesn’t flow in the moment, physically back away from the horse. A person can laugh or cry (or both) as they Release – a horse may need to stamp or kick or scratch or physically express themselves as they Release whatever they are feeling.
Safety warnings: I prefer to not tie a horse up for a healing session and I think their enjoyment is greater if they are completely loose at liberty. However there may be times where a horse has to be haltered or tied, in which case make sure that the horse can’t scratch it’s foot through the halter.
Remember, it is possible to work in the energy field around them for quite some distance – outside the stable, or the paddock. You can keep yourself safe by working from a distance and still be effective with an upset, traumatised or dangerous horse.
After the session – Take your hands to prayer position and feeling inside yourself with appreciation, draw the Cho Ku rei symbol again and say “bless and dismiss” to dissolve the energy connection.
I like to keep notes of any treatment I do. Whether you scribble notes in a little notebook or keep a fancy record for each individual horse as in the picture below – it’s up to you – but it can be useful to notice and work out what to do about any patterns over time, to help with eliminating the root causes of problems.
Reporting to the owner if this horse belongs to someone else. Report only what you FEEL and OBSERVE without additions or interpretations. We did a lot of talking about how detrimental it is to diagnose or interpret in the session about integrity at this link.
Stick to the beautiful simplicity of what we do – Feel or See the problem and use your Cho Ku Rei to focus or amplify the healing energy. If you become aware of a blockage or discomfort in the horse, or if you feel something uncomfortable or painful in yourself that is theirs, that’s your Inner Guidance system at work. So put a Cho Ku Rei in that place and use it to focus the power of The Universe HERE. As you stick to the simplicity of what we do, you will in this way accelerate the healing and support this being for the best life or sweetest death possible.