Turning Fear Into Peace
Have you been feeling fear, anger or worry lately? That almost seems like a silly question.
Do you know that you can easily turn that feeling around and become more peaceful especially with the help of animals?
I had an ah ha moment recently that I would love to share with you.
I have had the great honor of teaching a Reiki I with Animals online program. It began in mid-August (2020) with a lovely group that had registered for an in-person course that was originally to have taken place the last weekend of March.
March 2020 began the first quarantines or “lock downs” because of COVID-19, so the workshop was postponed. In April, I offered to take the workshop online but everyone wanted to wait until we could come back together in person. I “knew” that was not going to happen any time soon so I focused my energy on other things in those moments like a 21-day meditation with your animals live program.
Spring turned into summer and when August arrived I got a “message” to contact everyone that had registered for the in-person workshop and offer the course online. To my great joy everyone said yes! There was one issue that I shared with each of them. The course was 6-weeks, but because of an upcoming surgery I would only be able to do 3 weeks, give them a break with lots of fun practices to do with their animals and then whenever I was recovered enough we would resume and complete the program. The amazing group all said “YES”.
I looked forward to our weekly 90-minute zoom calls. It was the next best thing to being in person. So many wonderful animals joined us for each meeting. The group energy began to deepen and grow but, my recovery had complications causing the course to be extended. Yesterday, we had our 11th live meeting.
You might be wondering what this Reiki I group has to do with turning fear into peace. Well it has everything to do with just that.
Reiki is a Japanese word that translates as Rei = spiritual & Ki = energy (spiritual energy).
Ki is the same as the word Chi in Chinese and is the life force that flows through all living things.
Most people think of Reiki as hands-on-healing, but it is so much more.
The participants in this Reiki I program have had over 4 months together, practicing various meditations and elements of the system of Reiki with themselves, family members and their own animal companions. Because of COVID-19 they have practiced virtually with their Reiki buddies and their animals. They have each been having their own unique experiences which bring up wonderful questions.
So now, I will finally share with you the ah ha’s that I had to help cope with the fear and at times chaos that has come up for most of us all over the world since COVID-19 woke us up.
Have you ever been in an animal shelter that has dogs?
If not then use your wonderful imagination.
Often there is lots of barking and fearful dogs barking so loud that it can be hard to hear anything else. When a Reiki practitioner goes into their area and just sits or stands near one dog and begins to offer Reiki things can change. To someone that does not know what is happening it appears that the human is just sitting or standing quietly doing nothing. What they are “doing” is offering Reiki and BEING. Being quiet and relaxed in the midst of loud noise and chaos.
What happens next?
Often the dog that is closest will begin to settle, sit, and eventually lay down and close his eyes. As he does other dogs begin to do the same until the whole place is silent. No barking. Just peace. Calm. It is beautiful.
Calm and peace out of fear.
The exact same thing can happen in any situation where there is fear or worry. You can become peace in the midst of fear.
It takes practice but anyone can do this and it is even better when we practice with an animal.
This is a very simple explanation of how you can turn fear and worry into peace and calm.
I invite you to join me in a short guided meditation that you can do with your animal companion to help you experience becoming peace and letting go of worry and fear.
If you would like to experience more moments of joy and peace with your animal companion I invite you to join the 2021 animal meditation and healing group Click here for more information and to join us.