And now on to my personal stories:
I felt particularly drawn to little E.J., and during the session he came right up to me and stayed near me for quite a long time. He rubbed his head against me and I felt such a strong connection. A feeling of pure love and unity with him out in this quiet open space outside with the infinite sky. So beautiful to feel those suspended moments in time with him.
Later on, I saw her actually hanging out on a cat bed outside the box. Lovely to see progress with her already!
E.J. had sent me a healing.
I felt connected with E.J. and all the horses, and with the wind, and the sky, with the warmth of the air, with the ground below me, with the trees blowing, and with all around me. So beautiful and so powerful. I thanked the animals at the end, and felt such profound love and gratitude. I really felt the vibration and the power of being that grounded and connected. And a oneness, a connection with all of the universe. A feeling of so much light and energy. I was so grateful to be there in that moment.
Then started doing a chant with one of the Reiki symbols. I had this chant in my head already when I went in, and I think that helped me to be really grounded. I mostly did the chant inside my head, as I did not want to startle her, and at the end I began to say it very softly.
She responded very well, at times coming closer for pets and rubs, and other times moving a bit further away, but was interested. She also ate and went to the litter box while I was working with her.
Vicki had said that she had been more out and about today in general, which was so great to hear!
At one point, I had my eyes closed while one of my classmates was performing the attunement. While Kathleen was talking us through the process, one of the images that struck me was the concept of barriers dissolving into the light.
At that moment when she said these words, I had the sense of my skin dissolving so that there was nothing in between me and the light - that inside and outside my body were one. In that moment, I had become the light. A moment which felt suspended in time. . . and a moment and image which is so beautiful to bring back to my mind and body.
Later on... more with the animals ...
I was visiting her briefly during a break, so didn't have a lot of time to spend with her, but I did some TTouches with her, letting the Reiki flow. So sweet to see her feeling so much more comfortable and confident!
I immediately I felt the words, "For today only, do not worry" [one of the Reiki precepts].
I felt it in my heart and soul with such depth it brought tears to my eyes. They all started kissing and nuzzling against my hands.
I felt such love and connection with these beings - felt the energy connecting with all three of them and especially with E.J., who was such a healing creature for me during this workshop.
I felt the beauty and peacefulness of being outside with them with the open sky. And the type of love that is so huge and without bounds. Again E.J. gently kissed my hand, as did the horses.
In the afternoon, I was asked to work with Peanut.
We were doing a meditation called the Reiki bridge, in which we offer the bridge and invite an animal to come across the bridge if they wish - they can come all the way to us or not at all, as they choose. It is always up to the animal how much or little they wish to connect with us.
Peanut started out in her cat bed in the window, as you see above.
Shortly after I began to let Reiki flow, she came forward and nuzzled my hand.
She started pushing into my hand and rubbing against me. I ended up sitting on the floor and she completely settled into my lap. A beautiful, peaceful feeling sitting with her completely settled with me as we sat together in the Reiki space.
A very pleasant way to end the training, with this sweet creature.
It was hard to leave the peace and tranquility of BrightHaven. I was glad to have a bit of time in San Francisco before going back to my busy life in New York.
Now I have been back in the loud environment of New York City for several weeks, but I have brought back so much from that experience that has been of help to me, and hopefully will be of help as well to the animals I work with as well. And when I find myself stressed, I can bring my mind back to some of those beautiful images and feelings - E.J. and the horses in the pasture, the feeling of the open sky, and the air, and the wind, and a feeling of oneness with the universe.
I feel my senses more attuned to any natural sounds, sights and sensations, - the chirping of birds or of crickets, the wind blowing through the trees, a feeling of warmth from the sun. These all help recall some of the beauty, lightness and connection that I felt from this experience - which is especially helpful in the hecticness of the city.
Thank you so much to Kathleen, to the wonderful people and animals at BrightHaven, and to my lovely classmates for helping this to be such a beautiful and memorable experience. xoxo