Reiki Healing for Animals

The healing art of Reiki is an Eastern spiritual practice of healing through the hands, channeling the energy and life force that is present everywhere in our universe.  (See What is Reiki? by Chuck Boe) Although Reiki is often practiced with the intention of restoring balance to the bodies, minds and spirits of humanity, we can also share this gift with the plant and animal kingdoms.  Reiki for animals, in particular, is becoming a growing practice for animal-loving practitioners. We teach Reiki here at the Eye a couple of times a year.  Reiki I – Become a Practitioner and Reiki II – Distance Healing

Reiki sessions have great benefits to our animal friends—be they cat, horse, dog, rabbit, parrot, or any of our many cousins.  Animal Reiki can be used for relieving stress, anxiety and behavioral issues through relaxation, or as an added compassionate treatment for physical ailments such as arthritis or kidney stones.  You will likely also experience a closer relationship with the animal you are working with, too!

During a session with your animal, it is also beneficial to welcome in the spiritual presence of animal totems, guides and/or familiars to assist you in your healing work.  I often invite in Bast (Bastet), the Egyptian cat goddess, when working with my feline friends.

Reiki is both a hands-on treatment and form of distant healing, so if the animal you are working with isn’t physically present, Reiki energy can still be successfully used.  This option would be especially helpful in working with animals who may be injured, very ill, or have been abused.  A practitioner is also able to ‘beam’ Reiki in a circumstance where the animal is close by, but prefers not to be touched.

The following site provides additional information on specific hand positions in treating particular animals:

A Community of Animal Healers

Reiki practitioners worldwide have organized to advocate the use of Reiki for supporting animal health.  The Animal Reiki Alliance currently offers a directory of practitioners and tools for starting an Animal Reiki business, along with newsletters and workshops.  For more information, check out their website (

SARA, the Shelter Animal Reiki Association, is a nonprofit organization providing Reiki to animals in rescues and shelters.  The organizers of SARA are in the process of finalizing educational programs and materials for prospective Reiki practitioners wanting to learn Reiki for animals and how to become involved on a local level.  Learn more on their website:


What is Reiki?

Reiki is a system of natural energy healing.  The word is Japanese for Universal Life Force Energy.  A Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit for the life force energy and directs it into the body of the person receiving a treatment.  The practitioner does not use their own energy to do Reiki healing work.  Reiki is used to promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.  The person receiving a treatment will feel a sense of warmth, relaxation and a balancing of their energy and chakras.  Historical Reiki originated in the time of the Buddha.  The Buddha did healings throughout his life and ministry much the same as the healing stories of Jesus.  Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of modern Reiki, based this healing system on Sanskrit literature written by the disciples of Buddha instructing them on how to heal others and themselves.  There were three great Reiki Masters in the development of this system of natural healing.

Meet the Three Great Reiki Masters

The Three Great Reiki Masters

Dr. Usui – Dr. Hayashi – Hawayo Takata

Dr. Mikao Usui (1860?-1930) founded the modern Reiki system of natural healing.  A professor of theology, he studied the traditions of Buddha’s healing and developed them into the Usui System of Natural Healing (Reiki). It is thought that he taught over 2,000 students to use Reiki. Sixteen of his students continued their training to reach the Reiki Master (Shinpiden) level, one of whom was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi.

Dr. Chujiro Hayashi (1879-1941) was a student of Dr. Usui’s.  He took over the leadership of Reiki after the death of Dr. Usui.  He developed uniform procedures for teaching Reiki and doing healings.

Hawayo Takata (1900-1980) was a Japanese-American woman who studied Reiki under Dr. Hayashi.  She brought the Reiki healing method to her native Hawaii and taught throughout the United States.

In addition to developing the Reiki healing system, Dr. Usui wrote five principles that should be followed by all Reiki practitioners.

The Five Reiki Principles

  1. Just for today, I will let go of anger.
  2. Just for today, I will let go of worry.
  3. Today, I will count my many blessings
  4. Today, I will do my work honestly.
  5. Today, I will be kind to every living creature.

Reiki Resources

If a person desires to become a Reiki practitioner, they must study with a Reiki Master.  There are three degrees in the Usui System of Natural Healing.  The first degree practitioner is able to do hands on healing on themselves and others.  The second degree practitioner is able to send healing energy to people anywhere in the world.  The Reiki Master (third degree) is able to teach Reiki and attune people to the Universal Life Force energy.

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Discovery Week at Eye of Horus

We’re kicking off the next seven days of discovery with a full moon circle tomorrow, journeying into the Minor Arcana (Suites) of the Tarot on Wednesday, welcoming visiting Scandanavian Martial Arts instructor Micki Tracey on Thursday (really cool . . . we’re even staying open late for this one, and on Sunday, you can begin your studies in Reiki or Shamanic Journeying. Please call 612-872-1292 if you have any questions, or to register for workshops.

Location is Eye of Horus, 2717 Lyndale Avenue South, Mpls.

Harvest Moon Esbat
Tue, Oct 14, 7pm – 8pm

Join the Eye of Horus staff in celebrating this month’s Full Moon. Please arrive on time, so we can create sacred space & close the door for privacy. This event is open to everyone, and free (donations ($1-$5) to cover costs are cheerfully accepted).

Tarot Discovery Workshop with Chuck Boe, M.A.
Wed, Oct 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

This week’s focus is the Minor Arcana . . . Reading the Aspects
Learn the Minor Arcana through the four suits and the levels withing the suits. The four suits address various aspects of our personality as well as the four elements. Learn to interpret the cards using a Celtic Cross Spread. Cost $25

Scandinavian Martial Arts, w/ Miki Tracey & Kari Tauring
Thu, Oct 16, 8pm – 10pm

Learn about the Scandinavian Martial Art preserved by the Hafskjold family (Norway) since the Viking era. Based on the rune alphabet and the web of wyrd, this is a system of mind/body/spirit training still practiced today. Miki Tracey visits from Virginia, this evening, and is joined by Minneapolis’s own Kari Tauring. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a stav, if you have one. (We have a limited supply of stavs for those who need to borrow). This event is free, but donations to support the effort are cheerfully accepted. Further info available at:

Shamanic Journey Skills: Level 1
Sun, Oct 19, 3pm – 5pm

Over the course of three consecutive Sunday lessons, learn how to use the drumbeat to journey, as shamans have since earliest times, to access spiritual guidance, healing and to communicate with your helping spirits. Folktales from all cultures recount adventures of shamans (wisdom-keepers, ritualists, and healers) who journeyed through spiritual realms on quests for healing. Shamans entered non-ordinary reality in their spiritual bodies. With the help of their spiritual guides, they rode the deer, flew with the eagle, or followed the bear. Shamans brought back stories that communicated health and healing for members of the community. Cost $60 for three sessions. Advance Registration Required. Bring a drum or rattle if you have one (not required). Please call 612-872-1292 to register.

Instructor: Joan Marie Mickelson, Holistic and Shamanic Practitioner Joan Marie has practiced shamanism for over a decade. She has studied with Sandra Ingerman, Claude Poncelet, Tom Cowan, and teachers from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. She has studied Siberian Shamanism with Sarangerel. In 2006 she completed Sandra Ingermans Shamanic Teacher Training Course. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in Holistic Health and Healing in 2006. Joan Marie has studied guided imagery and the psychology of Roberto Assagioli through the Psychosynthesis Institute of Minnesota. She has studied Healing Touch (Healing Touch International, Inc.) Esoteric Healing (INEH), and Craniosacral (Upledger Foundation). Joan Marie is an artist, writer, massage therapist, mother and grandmother living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For further information see

Reiki level 1 with Chuck Boe, M.A.
Sun, Oct 19, 11am – 6pm

Reiki I This course introduces students to the Reiki system of natural healing. “Reiki” is Japanese for universal life force energy. This course will include the history and uses of Reiki, instruction on healing of self and others, as well as four energy attunements. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be first degree Reiki practitioners. Cost $100 About the instructor: Chuck Boe has been a Reiki Master since 1997 and has taught classes at Wisdom Ways, and Eye of Horus. He has a healing practice in south Minneapolis. Note: Reiki II will be taught on the following Sunday, 10/26th. Sign up for both courses, for the discounted price of $200 (rather than $250). Please call 612-872-1292 to register.