Glen Fletcher is a Reiki master in Burlington, Ontario who wrote this after taking the WRITE REIKI program.
It’s 4AM and Priya is pressing her head into the palm of my hand. I’m not dreaming; she has decided it’s time for her Reiki treatment.
Our dogs had their treatments that afternoon. They loved Reiki treatments from the moment I first placed hands, stretching out beside me before falling sound asleep. Priya, however, watched the dogs intently for a while, then left the room, tail held high. She has consistently declined my offers of Reiki treatment, hands on or off.
Nearly 16 years old, Priya is a cranky, stiff old tabby cat. As a young cat, she was outgoing and affectionate. Now she spends more time on her own and interacts less with my spouse and me. Aside from the onset of arthritis, she’s a healthy cat.
After weeks of refusing Reiki treatment, Priya chose the middle of the night for her first session. For half an hour, I carefully rested my hands on various placements from her head to her hindquarters. As with everything else in Priya’s world, she decided when she was done and walked away in the early morning light.
Now, Priya presents herself for Reiki treatments once or twice a week, often during the night. She makes it clear what she wants and the treatment must be on her terms. Some mornings she joins me during my Reiki self-practice. She lies beside me or nestles in the crook of my arm, her head in my hand.
After each treatment Priya’s mood improves for two or three days. She spends more time with us and engages the dogs in gentle play. Her stiffness seems diminished as she moves about the house with greater ease.
There’s an added benefit; we all sleep better when Priya has her Reiki treatment.