Panther is a handsome long-haired black cat at Bideawee shelter who was rescued, along with his sister Samantha, when they were being evicted from the store where they were living. Samantha is extremely outgoing, whereas Panther is very shy.
Quieting the space can happen in a few ways. First comes quieting down my own energy. Then, in the process of Reiki, TTouch, or both, the energy from these modalities feels like it literally changes the feeling in the space, even the texture of the air.
Panther is in a room (called a "resort") with several other cats. There are toys, things to climb on (great use of vertical space in these rooms) and some nice little hidey spaces for privacy so he is quite comfortable there. Bideawee puts a lot of care into how the rooms are set up and which cats are together so that everyone can be comfortable.
When I first started working with Panther, he seemed so scared that I decided that the best way to start with him was to share Reiki with him, at a short distance. If he was on an upper level in the room, I would sit down and just begin to offer it from where I was, and he would gradually come closer to where I was. If he was down on a lower level, I would stand a couple of feet from where he was. Little by little, I would see signs of him absorbing the energy: his eyes closing, his body starting to relax.
Each time I went to work with him again, and each time I have worked with him previously, I have had in my consciousness the idea of quieting the space, quieting the space.