Animals are very receptive to Reiki energy but the process of performing a treatment on animals is a bit different. Reiki respects the free will of every living thing, which means practitioners still need to ask the animal for permission to give them Reiki. Most of the time, it will be pretty apparent if an animal is NOT receptive to Reiki energy. They will tend to stay away and may even appear uneasy or scared instead of calm or they might even place themselves right in the pathway of your Reiki beam. One of the easiest ways to ask an animal permission such as a dog, cat, or other small pets would be to activate your Reiki hands and then hold them out in front of you as an invitation. If an animal isn't receptive they will move away, but if they are curious or open to it, they will come closer. The important thing to remember is that the animals will lead the session so it's a good idea to be educated on the body language of whatever animal you are working with so you can easily recognize what the animal is trying to communicate. Animals are already very sensitive to the energies around us so hands-on sessions aren't necessary and can potentially overwhelm the animal. If an animal places themselves touching your hands, that is a sign that they are asking for a hands-on approach. If an animal moves away do not go after it, just continue to beam energy in their direction until the scheduled session time is over. Reiki doesn't just have to be given to living things. Practitioners can charge items like collars, beds, food bowls, food, toys, medications, etc. for your animals.
When treating any animal it's so important to make sure that you are respectful their personal space, allowing for freedom of movement and the ability to remove themselves from the session. Practitioners should never start with the hands-on method, but instead should beam reiki to the animal to see how it responds. If animals do request hands to be placed on their body it will be somewhat obvious as most animals will get very close and actually place themselves under neath your hand. In the event that you are treating small animals, the same rules apply. Begin beaming Reiki to the animal and if it approaches you, wanting to climb in your lap or into your hands, you may proceed with hands-on healing. It's also very important to only use hands-on healing with animals that are already familiar with you. Some animals don't do well with strangers and a hands-on healing method would only stress them out more, in those instances distant sessions are preferred. Reiki can help with any kind of stress your animal might be facing, whether a move recently happened or you just adopted your animal. Maybe your pet is suffering from arthritis and seems more irritable, or possibly gets stressed when the mailman comes around, or has any kind of chronic condition, disease, or illness your pet would surely benefit from a Reiki treatment.
Due to the size of larger animals and for the safety of the practitioner, sessions with large animals should always be done at a distance or in a controlled environment where the practitioner will be able to remove themself from the area quickly in case the animal has a negative response. If you know the animal and feel comfortable requesting permission from the animal for a hands-on healing session that is more than alright, but it's important to have experience and knowledge about any species before working in close proximity to them so you can be aware of their body language. Again, whether your large animal is a bit more scared or stressed than normal, suffering from arthritis, diseases, or other illnesses they would benefit from Reiki.
Because these animals are wild and could potentially harm you or carry diseases, all Reiki sessions given to wild animals should be performed from a distance using the HSZSN symbol. If you put out bird seed, fresh water, or anything else that benefits the wildlife around you, you can also charge it with Reiki energy as an additional way to heal your environment. Giving Reiki to the natural places around you, the land around your home, your favorite walking trail, lake, or river is one of the best ways to show love and healing to the world.