Dona M. Duke is a Usui Reiki Master-Teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who divides her time between private practice, clinical work, and pets. Dona shared an inspiring Reiki story with me, and I asked her to share it with you.
REIKI AND THE WHIPPETS
by Dona M. Duke
A huge raid brought TV crews to our shelter. Forty-eight Whippets were recovered from a hoarder-breeder-puppy mill.
The dogs were isolated in a large conference room, and the task of medical, physical, and temperament assessments began. Only a few staff members and volunteers were allowed in the confined area.
The dogs had had minimal human contact, and no veterinary care. They had been residing in small, crammed cages.
Whippets run 30 miles per hour. Can you imagine not being able to fully move your limbs, knowing you were made to run?
The director asked me to give the dogs Reiki treatments. The cages were large enough for me to sit inside. The first dog was a pregnant female. For 25 minutes, she just laid her head in my lap, relaxing during her treatment. I continued on, staying with some dogs longer than others.
A two-year-old blue male was allowed to wander freely. He was skittish and untrusting, and watched me the whole time.
I treated 16 dogs. When a crew of three arrived at 5 PM to feed the dogs, I knew I was running out of time.
The blue male suddenly walked up to me, sat in my lap, laid his head over my right shoulder with his face looking toward the staff, and pressed his body into mine in such a loving way, as though he wanted to melt right into me!
I placed my hands on each of his shoulders and tried not to move. The staff went silent. He stayed there for 10 minutes. When he walked away, the movements began again to prepare the food, and go on with the work of integrating the dogs back into health, balance, and sociability.
Momma delivered six healthy pups an hour later.
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