The word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words – Rei and Ki.

Rei: A Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe. It is the wisdom that permeates everything, both animate and inanimate.

Ki: The non-physical energy flowing in everything, including plants, animals and humans. It responds to thoughts and feelings.

Reiki: A healing modality of life force energy used by trained practitioners to restore innate health, balance and vitality. Reiki has an intelligence of its own, flowing where it is needed, creating healing conditions specific to a clients needs. It is not guided by the mind, nor is it limited by the ability of the practitioner. Suffice it to say, it is the channelled energy of “universal love”. This energy is immutable, clear, omni-present and eternally available. Quantum physics and human spiritual practices both verify this real phenomenon.

I have found Reiki to be powerful in my work with horses. Because equines do not intellectualize or ridicule, they have the instinctual intelligence to accept the gifts of Reiki. This easy acceptance is a skill of pure simplicity that is difficult for humans to attain.  Horses “do” this with masterful ease. For this reason, when I practice Reiki on equines, I have found they are leading me in a reciprocal exchange of something ineffably magnificent.

We all have the capabilities to channel this wonderful energy by quieting, listening and feeling into the ambiance that connects us all. Horses have a potent gift of sensitivity. When I am in their force field and listening in a meditative way, I drop my intellectual thinking and tune into the energetic blueprint of the horse, of myself, and how we are choosing to co-create something singular in the moment. It is one of the most honoring gifts of intimacy I’ve experienced. I leave sessions in surrendered awe, acutely aware of the gift of life we are all blessed with while in our temporary earthly embodiments.

Horses have a vast capacity for compassion and acceptance. These honorable characteristics are naturally woven into an equine’s physical and energetic aura, and they share this rare intelligence with us by simply “being”.

What I have felt while practicing Reiki is a closeness to the mystery of life and the inexplicable beauty of existence. Our equine friends know we are together in this ephemeral dance, and they remind us of this with fierce clarity.

Chief, our sentinel mule, tells me I use the word “horses” too much in these blogs. His attention to this trivial detail is surprising, because semantics are deadly boring to his expansive mule brain. He says that what I call “Reiki” is beneficial for our herd, but more importantly, he uses mule-Reiki on me, and is noticing it helps me with my issues. He is a rather cheeky chap. He also says I need to keep “my blazing core spirit alive”. Where does he come up with this stuff?

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