A Butterfly named Hope

Today, my first butterfly was released into my garden to get ready for her first flight! When I first placed her on a flower she kept flying to me, and I put her back on a flower. Finally, when the sun came out this afternoon, she took off! I named her Hope. It’s been so amazing being part of whole process from collecting, feeding, and protecting the Monarch Caterpillars 🐛 from their many predators including insects and insecticides to watching them form their pretty Chrysalis, and lastly emerging into a beautiful butterfly! I have never thought of myself as a “bug person,” but seems as though my animal Reiki has opened up my mind and eyes on so many levels to nature and compassion and to treating every being, no matter how small, as someone and not something, that I am forever grateful. Monarchs are 90% extinct which is sad, so I am hoping to create more awareness for these beautiful beings so we can turn this around. I have 5 more in Chrysalis and two caterpillars left to go!
Two easy steps to take are plant milkweed around your yard and stop using chemical insecticides. Milkweed is the only plant they eat and lay their eggs on. Its gets pretty flowers too. Chemical insecticides may kill bugs but end up in our ground water as well as kills other wild life too. Every living thing has importance for being here, let’s always remember that.

Beautiful Hope, may your wings carry you safely on your journey! Wishing you a blessed journey.

Beautiful Hope, may your wings carry you safely on your journey! Wishing you a blessed journey.

Meditating with Tigers

When Tigers enter your Meditation

It’s so funny how our minds work sometimes.  How memories of heartbreak and hurt, that we’ve forgotten about or purposefully bury, resurface when we least expect them. Also how past events  we believe we have worked through, remain inside us, silently, until our soul is ready to release them back to the universe. 

The following was an unexpected gift that I received during a recent Reiju, shared with a fellow practitioner, at the CARE Foundation, in Apopka, Florida, 02/23/2019.   CARE is an exotic animal rescue.  I was there, resitting this Teacher Training with Kathleen Prasad, and her “Let Animals Lead®,” method of Animal Reiki, as I wanted the opportunity to share Reiki with exotic animals.   

It all began as I sat in a chair with my hands in Gassho with the intention that I would be open to receive healing, just as I have many times before. 

As the Reiju started I felt very relaxed and peaceful.  As I relaxed even more into meditation, my mind took me from the room to a beautiful place where I saw myself standing, knee deep, in the middle of a sparkling river.  The water was sparkling like diamonds, as the beautiful rays of warm sunlight hit the surface.  I  remember looking around and on both sides of the river taking notice to the lush, tropical, vividly colored, plants, flowers, and trees.  I felt so happy and warm in this place. It seemed so real.  All of a sudden, 3 tigers came bouncing out of the jungle, into the river,  to be with me.  I didn’t feel afraid.  I felt happy and excited to see them!  Very protective, strong, and loving at the same time.  I knew it was Tyrion, Katrina, and Danarus because I had meditated with them the day before.  They ran right out into the water without hesitation to greet me. They were so beautiful.  I looked at them, smiling, and as each Tiger greeted me, they purred and rubbed their body along the front and back of my legs, while my hand ran down the length of their backs,  just like a house cat would, and when they did this, I received a beautiful “voiceless” message, inside me, from each Tiger.  No sound, but the message was so perfectly clear, I felt it in my heart.  Like a heart-hug.  

Tyrion went first. His message to me was “Strength is knowing who you are. Stand in that truth. Don’t be afraid.  You know who you are and no one can take that from you. Strength  does not have to be combative and loud but soft and coming from a place of love and compassion even when you are hurting.”

Katrina went next.  Her message to me was “Be patient. Things will unfold as they should. Don’t let others perceptions of you, become your own. You are loved.  Be the light for others. Be love, compassion, and kind. You are enough. You are strong. Stand strong in your truth.” 

Danarus went last.  Her message to me, “ Don’t feel sorry for me that I am in a cage. I am fine. We all have our own cages, and yours is fear and worry. Be brave and don’t let others fears and anxieties become your own. You know who you are.”

I don’t know how I knew who said what, I just knew.  I held each of their faces and kissed each of their heads and thanked them for their message to me, and then they ran off back into the jungle.  

When the Reiju ended, I opened my eyes and I had tears streaming down my cheeks.  What the heck did I just experience? Did I fall asleep? Where did I go? How long was this Reiju?  In reality, I knew I was awake for the whole Reiju. I thanked my fellow practitioner, and said “I have to hurry up and write down what I had just experienced before I forget any of it! Then let’s talk……Thank you so much!”  

It’s been several months and I still think about this experience because it felt so powerful! I still feel a strong connection to the Tigers at CARE Foundation, and their beautiful energy. I have always felt, sometimes, people mistake kindness for weakness, and what I believe I experienced, is Tiger energy is there to remind us of our inner strength. I believe that was their message to me.  I am grateful for that experience and for their messages. I am grateful for the time I had with them. I truly believe this was a beautiful heart-to-heart connection they created between us, perhaps on a spiritual plane, in a space, that can only can “be Reiki.” 

Patti Andrasak, Shinpiden Level and Animal Reiki, Teacher and Practitioner.  04-28-2019




Handsome Tyrion, right after our Reiki session!   An amazing teacher whose lessons will always be with me.

Handsome Tyrion, right after our Reiki session! An amazing teacher whose lessons will always be with me.

CARE FOUNDATION, EXOTIC ANIMAL RESCUE, APOPKA, FLORIDA 02/20-02/24-2019

(Check out my Reiki Info and Photos page, for more pictures!) Just returned home from the CARE foundation. A exotic animal rescue in Apopka Florida. I will never forget my Reiki experiences here, the life lessons the animals have taught me, and the beautiful people and animals I connected with. More to come but I couldn’t wait to share with you!❤️🐾💚 #AnimalTeachers #BeReiki#BeCompassion  #BeKindToEveryKind

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I just received my certification as an Animal Reiki Teacher for SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association)

Out of all my Reiki certifications I am the most proud of this! I am so excited to become a SARA teacher too, and bring Reiki into more shelters and rescues with the knowledge of Kathleen’s teachings. No other class has changed my practice and the way I will teach my animal reiki classes, the way this has! No other class has been as in depth as this was. Studying with Kathleen Prasad at CAS with all my “animal teachers” has been a dream of mine for over a year now and I’m still beaming thinking about how great the whole experience was for me, and that it really happened!Meeting all the other beautiful souls taking her class and witnessing all the peace we brought to the CAS animals while we were there, was just the icing on the cake for me! I am forever grateful! Grateful and blessed that my Reiki journey crossed with Kathleen and we are friends now too! Kathleen, if you read this, you’re a beautiful person inside and out, and I can’t wait to share this knowledge with others and bring healing and peace to more animals. Thank you again for all you do. “Just sayin’ “
#LetAnimalsLead #GreatfulandBlessed  #SARAteacher/practitioner #animalreikisourceteacher/practitioner 🙏💚

World Animal Reiki Day...February 5, 2018.. my two favorite animal Reiki experiences

For me, “World Animal Reiki Day,” started before work, spending a beautiful morning, sharing Reiki with my dog, Jasmine, a friendly herd of deer in my backyard, and with my wonderful animal friends at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  I saw many animals at CAS this morning, including sheep, goats, cows, and even a donkey, Daisy,  but I wanted to share two very special sessions with you today.  

It was a very cold morning, but sunny as I began my visit at CAS.  The morning sunlight rained down gorgeous rays of light giving the Sanctuary a Spiritual glow as I walked down the path towards the Turkey house for my first Reiki Share with the wonderful turkeys!  One in particular really enjoyed our morning session as he moved closer to me and fell into a Reiki nap, a few minutes into the meditation.  He would open his eyes, in sync with the ebb and flow of the Reiki energy and then fell back into sleep again.  It was hard for me to end the session,  because when I started to say goodbye he would start making cute turkey noises, but I had to, so I had time to share Reiki with other animals.  This little guy would of had me all to himself for the rest of the day if he could!  We were able to spend about 30 minutes together.  The bird house was very noisy until the Reiki started to flow and then a total silence came over their house.  Even the geese across the path stopped honking and hissing and enjoyed receiving Reiki too!  I love sharing Reiki with the turkeys as they are so sweet and open,  creating a beautiful "heart to heart connection," that I feel whenever I share Reiki with them. 

My next share was with two beautiful souls Rowdy and Colette.  Two horses, male and female, that share the same pasture.  The dynamic between these two is really fun to witness!  Rowdy is dominant and always protective of Colette and also the more outgoing of the two, when it comes to my visits. He usually blocks her view of me when I walk over to their pasture so he can get all of the attention, especially when sharing Reiki. They were both munching on some hay when I started to walk up the path to their pasture and said hello, but today Colette began to walk towards me first, when she heard me.  When Rowdy saw this he hurried up to meet-up with Colette. First he stopped between us, walking in front of her, stopping so she couldn’t see me, and then walked on to go back to the hay, as if he gave her permission to go first.  She stayed, standing sideways, ready for Reiki.  I began sharing Reiki with her and she stayed standing, looking very relaxed.  Every now and then she would chew a little, shift her wait from side to side, and closed her eyes.  After about 15 minutes or so Rowdy came back in the picture, and stood facing her,  maybe 20 feet apart, mirroring her  body language,  ready to receive Reiki.

I could feel the beautiful connection with them as the session progressed, and both of them showed several signs of relaxation including chewing, and hip cocking (changing the weight of their bodies over different legs, positioning their hooves with only the front on the ground like a ballerina would on point shoes.) After about 30 minutes or so, Colette did a bow with her head in what feels like a gratitude nod to me, and walked off to get some hay. I thanked her for sharing her beautiful energy with me.  I continued sending Reiki to Rowdy. When Colette walked away, Rowdy began to walk towards me to the fence.   I’m not allowed in the enclosures when I am by myself, for safety reasons. There is a wooden railed fence between us with a wire fence between the rails that has large square-shapes, open in the middle.  Rowdy put his big beautiful head over the fence and put his nose into my chest and I began to stroke his face and cheeks,  brush his bangs away from his eyes, speaking softly to him, telling him how special he is, and how beautiful he is, and more.  He loves our quiet talks, together, and so do I.  What happened next really surprised me.  He began to lift his right front leg and kept placing his hoof in the wire fence and kept bowing his head down, like he was pointing to his knee.  Intuitively, I felt something was going on with his right knee.  I asked him several times is your knee hurting you?  Did you hurt your foot?  Everytime I asked him, he would raise his foot and place it in the fence, then bend his head down to his knee.  I was so surprised.  In my heart, I knew that he wanted me to place my hand on his knee and share Reiki, so I did.  He was close enough to the fence that I was able to bend down and gently place my hand on his knee to share more Reiki with him.  His knee felt warm to the touch and I felt a lot of  Reiki energy in my hand when it was placed on his knee.  Rowdy stood very still, while I kept my hand there for a few more minutes, until I felt the Reiki subside a little. I was so amazed with what just took place, I still can’t stop thinking about it!   My total session with Rowdy and Colette was approx. about 45 min or so. I told Rowdy I would ask someone to take a look at his knee.  Rowdy gave me one more nuzzle with his big, beautiful face, before he turned and walked off.  I thanked him for sharing Reiki with me and for my “lesson.”

 But that’s not all that surprised me.  The cutest thing was,  when I started to walk away after a few steps, I turned around one more time  to make sure he was walking ok and when I turned around I saw that he had stopped walking, and had turned around and was watching me walk away.  I couldn’t believe it!  My eyes welled up with tears. I thanked him again for being such a great teacher and for being such a beautiful, bright light, in my life,  and told him I will be back soon.  It’s hard to express how much I have come to  love this horse after only getting to know him this past year, and how much I appreciate everything he has taught me about patience, trusting my own intuition, letting him lead and allowing him the space to come in and out of the session with the ebb and flow of the Reiki energy and not stopping the session too quick,  and also being open enough to understand the different signs of communication between the horses and with me.  I am truly grateful for all of this. 

I took a couple of short videos and pictures of Rowdy’s behavior to show them to one of the animal caretakers who I’ve gotten to know, and asked her if she knew if anything was going on with his right knee because of what I witnessed and what I felt with the energy during our Reiki session.  She confirmed to me that Rowdy had developed arthritis in his right knee and that they are aware of it. 

I can’t stop thinking about our Reiki session together and how smart Rowdy was to show me his knee and communicate to me that he would love more Reiki there.  

Before Reiki, I never would have thought I could connect with a turkey or other birds in the way that we do, when sharing Reiki.  What beautiful, sweet beings of light, they are too!

All and all I had a great, first, World Animal Reiki Day!

 

 

 

 

Just completed Animal Reiki Workshop with Kathleen Prasad

I’m so excited to share, that I just received my Certificate of Completion for the Animal Reiki Workshop, with Kathleen Prasad, Reiki Master/Teacher. Kathleen has practiced Animal Reiki for over 15 years, Co-founded SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association), authored several books on animal Reiki, and travels the globe teaching and speaking about all things Reiki. Even though I have a Reiki Master Level certification, in all my studies, animal Reiki was never touched on with the depth, that it was, in this course. Her unique way of sharing Reiki with animals, through meditative practice which allows the animals to lead the way in their own healing, was truly an amazing experience and game changer for me in the way I share Reiki with animals now. It has given me a better understanding of different animal behaviors when receiving Reiki and also in the responses I have experienced from them in return. Some of the “heart to heart” connections I have felt with my animal clients, has been life changing for me. I can't thank Kathleen enough for putting this course together and for sharing herself, her experiences, and insights with me on her calls. Thank you again, for all you do. I am forever grateful!

More exciting news….Now besides my own personal website and Facebook, you will be able to find me, along with my business, contact information, and practitioner services, in the directory, on Kathleen’s, Animal Reiki Source website, at www.animalreikisource.com.

Even more exciting news…Also upon completing her course, I am now a new member/ practitioner, of SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association). A little bit about SARA. “SARA is a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes Animal Reiki through meditation practices. Our goal is to ensure better healing practices for shelter and sanctuary animals. We work closely with caregivers, veterinarians, and volunteers to help create a positive healing space for all animals. With the use of Animal Reiki, practitioners are able to provide a support system for animals. Providing a positive space where they can relax, self-heal and re-balance.” From the SARA website

All of this, because I offered to volunteer, to share Reiki with the animals, a couple of hours every week, several months ago, at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Even before discovering, Kathleen Prasad, through several of her published Animal Reiki books and then taking her class, I observed with my own eyes, the difference a little Reiki can make in the lives of so many animals who suffered abuse and neglect, at the Sanctuary. Those beautiful souls have been some of my greatest teachers so far. And of course, I have to give special kudos to my beautiful Reiki Dog, Jasmine Rose, who was my first animal Reiki teacher, and has taught me, and still teaches me, so much about energy, patience, and listening to our inner voice, by allowing her to lead our sessions and just “Be Reiki” together.#hearttoheartconnectionsarealwaysthebest” Namaste!

Animal Reiki

First, let me just say,  I have always loved animals.  All types of animals.  I have always felt a special connection with them.  I have always had a dog or two, in my life since I was a baby. As a young girl, I also had a rabbit, ducks, fish, seahorses, and a couple of little turtles.  Oh yeah, and I am one of those people who stop for squirrels, groundhogs, opossums, turtles,  and other wild-life to cross the street. After all, it's not their fault we  invade their space, now.   In March, I decided to volunteer a couple of hours a week at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, to help heal the emotional and physical wounds of the animals with Reiki!  I chose a sanctuary, because I felt, those beautiful, trusting and loving animals had already been betrayed by humans they trusted,  and  I wanted to show  them by example, along with the Sanctuary caretakers and visitors,  that all humans are not hurtful!  I also knew that Reiki could help them heal  too! What an awesome  learning experience it has been for me, to work with different types of animals and Reiki.   I have had such amazing visits every week when I go, and I am learning so much from the animals.  The animals have been great teachers, to me, and healers, as well.  Who would have thought this? I was going there to help them, but instead we've  helped each other.   I have so much to share, with you, about our visits.  

On May 2nd, I enrolled in a five week Animal Reiki Workshop/Certification class , taught by Kathleen Prasad, to further my education with animal Reiki.  I truly love working with the animals as they have taught me so much.  I highly recommend this class. Kathleen has been an amazing teacher.  It's been really great and I have learned so much from it.  She has been teaching animal Reiki since 2004, founded Animal Reiki Source, and SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association),and has written several books of which I own three of them.  This is my last week of class! I can't thank Kathleen enough for everything that I have learned from this class. Truly, eye opening!  more to come:  

"Listen to the animals, they will be your teachers!" Kathleen Prasad

Healing with Reiki in Hospitals

This is such a great article. Worth the read! I have been interested in Reiki and a more holistic approach to health and wellness for years, so this was so exciting for me to see that more and more hospitals, and professionals in the medical community are recognizing the benefits of Reiki for their patientsand staff.

The following is a great article by Tess Ghilaga,  from Spirituality and Health Magazine.

Healing with Reiki in Hospitals

The healing art of Reiki is finding a surprising new home—high-tech Western hospitals.

In today’s hospitals, we see a brilliant show of hands—from the dexterity of a finely trained surgeon to the strong and efficient handiwork of a nurse. Soon, more hospitals might be adding the balancing touch of a reiki practitioner to their ranks.

Pamela Miles, a reiki master with 27 years of experience, advises Western health care professionals on how they can use this Japanese practice of “laying-on hands” to help ease pain, relieve stress, and speed recovery.

"When the human system is balanced, its self-healing mechanisms function optimally,” she says, noting studies have found that in addition to reducing pain and anxiety, reiki can improve blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and heart-rate variability.

Miles participated in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, in which reiki-trained nurses gave patients a 20-minute treatment within three days after a heart attack. The patients showed enhanced mood, and the improvement in heart-rate variability was comparable to beta blockers—an important indicator, since poor HRV is the most reliable predictor of death from another heart attack.

A growing number of physicians are recognizing the benefits of this healing practice, including cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, the director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, in New York City, and author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book. Steinbaum took Miles’ first-degree reiki training course, and approaches her work with the conviction that patients will heal best if their care is in line with their lifestyle and beliefs.

As an example, she recalls a female patient with irregular heartbeats caused by hyperthyroidism who had been advised to get a cardiac ablation (a corrective heart-rhythm procedure) or surgery on her thyroid. But the woman was reluctant to undergo surgery and sought to alleviate her condition with reiki, acupuncture and herbal medicine. So Steinbaum made a deal with the patient—she could try a holistic approach, but under her doctor’s supervision. 

“After five to six months, we started to see improvements, and by eight months, her thyroid normalized,” says Steinbaum. “I knew that if I didn’t help her, she was going to do it anyway, so I decided it was a better option for her to at least be monitored.”     

The results didn’t surprise Miles, who says, “Although people usually feel better quickly—no small thing when you are suffering—the balancing effects of Reiki practice often build slowly when there is a chronic condition. When there is trauma such as an injury or surgery, however, the effects of balancing the system can be quite dramatic.”

Reiki practitioner Nancy Arnott witnessed such improvement frequently during Miles’ 100-hour Reiki internship program on the general surgery floor of Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. There, Arnott treated a wide range of patients, from 19-year-olds with appendectomies to 85-year-olds recovering from cancer surgery, all in varying degrees of pain. Pre- and post-scores showed reduction in pain and anxiety with reiki treatment.

“Some people who are religious told me they saw Jesus Christ” during sessions, Arnott says. “They went deep within and connected to the spiritual part of them.”

Keely Garfield learned to practice reiki with Miles, and took her Medical Reiki Intensive. Garfield is now the clinical coordinator of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program at the Farber Center for Radiation Oncology.

Garfield saw reiki come to the rescue during the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, when she offered treatments to abandoned babies, orphans, doctors, nurses, and staff at the NPH St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and Orphanage. Reiki’s calming effects were evident, including with an autistic toddler who was blind, partially deaf, and self-stimulating by rocking back and forth in her crib.  Garfield recalls placing her hands on the girl’s chest and belly and feeling the girl became still, her frenetic breathing softening. When she sang to her, the girl turned her face in her direction, and Garfield felt a gentle connection.

In addition to her private classes, Miles also trains doctors and nurses to practice reiki, including staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Yale Medical School. “In the home or in health care, the care of others begins with the care of the caregiver,” Miles says. “Empowering professionals with a daily self-care practice naturally makes them better caregivers, and practicing reiki for just a few moments can help settle distressed patients.”