I recently finished teaching an Animals and Reiki Telecourse. In my last session I talked about Animals and their transitions over to the other side. When I worked with hospice, I learned that healing wasn't always physical. Many times we provided healing (Reiki, emotional, and spiritual healing) to help others transition over to the other side so that their transition was a peaceful, painless, and dignified crossing. This is what we called in hospice a "good death"…which is not by any terns an oxymoron. Death as Dr. Bernie Siegel often writes about is the ultimate healing. And animals just like their human companions need this healing when it is their time to cross over. I have written and spoken before about the precious time when I was able to help my dog Tickles transition over to the other side with a hospice type death. While I was sharing some thoughts on Animals and Reiki and Dying during the course, one of my students was able to work with a client and provide some Reiki Healing. There are no coincidences that it came just at this time during the course and in her journey. It is also not a coincidences that I was planning that same week to share the following story in the class, I have adapted from Eugene O'Neil's Book . This story touches the heart and I have used it over the years to give to people when they have lost a pet and think they can not heal from the pain. You will read it at the end of Schatzi's story and I hope it will also help you or someone you know. Below is my student’s story that she got permission to share with our readers.
Schatzi’s Reiki Session
Betty asked if I could do a Reiki session with Schatzi her 13 year old Shih Tzu. She said Schatzi was not feeling well at and that she didn’t think she would live much longer. That afternoon, after self Reiki, Hara meditation, and an invocation for guidance from my angels and spirit guides I went to Betty’s home. The perky little dog that had always greeted me at the door lay shivering on the sofa. Now deaf, Betty gently nudged Schatzi and said “Someone’s come to see you.” I sat at the far end of the sofa. Schatzi slowly got up and walked to me. When she looked up at me I saw how tired she was. I stroked her head and she began communicating her worries and concerns for Betty when she (Schatzi) has made her transition. I listened and let her know that I would be there for Betty, and yes, I would do my best to convince Betty to get another dog. Yes, I clearly understood, “No cats”. These things having been said, Schatzi laid down by me. I put my hand gently on her shoulder area and she inched forward guiding my hand to her kidney area. Then she put her head down and closed her eyes. She was shivering, was having whole body spasms, and her breathing was raspy, quick and shallow. As time passed, the intense shivering subsided, the spasms stopped, her breathing quieted and became slow and regular. She knew how to use this Reiki. She fell into a relaxed deep sleep. After almost thirty minutes she stirred, lifter her head and looked at me. I knew she was ending her session. She put her head down and went back to sleep. When I mentioned to Betty that Schatzi had guided my hand to her kidney area she said her lab work had shown abnormal kidney and liver functions. Smart dog I thought. We agreed that Betty would call me if she felt Schatzi’s time to transition was apparent or when she passes. Their bond and level of understanding is so strong I feel confident that Betty will know. Betty talked about “no more dogs”, maybe a cat because of a future lifestyle change. I could hear Schatzi saying “No cats!” We talked more about dogs and I thought “she will get another dog”. Schatzi let out an audible sigh. I have delighted in knowing Schatzi since she was a puppy and am now honored that she chose me to assist her and Betty in this time of transition. Although there will be a period of sadness when she passes I am filled with happiness knowing that Betty and Schatzi will always be together in spirit. Their love spilled over into my heart that day.
Follow-up: Forty-eight hours later Betty reported that Schatzi had rallied some. She was still not shivering or having spasms and, had started eating again. We agreed that Betty would determine when another Reiki session was in order. Two days ago as I was getting into my car, I saw that Betty’s inside door was open and at the bottom of the full-length glass storm door I saw that quizzical little face looking at me as if to say “Not today, I need to make my person smile a bit longer”.
Last Will And Testament Of An Extremely Distinguished Dog
Adapted from Eugene O’Neill
I, Lucky, because the burden of my years and infirmities is upon me, I realize the end of my life is near, I do hereby bury my last will and testament in the mind of my Master. She will not know it is there until I have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to my new life. Then, remembering me in her sadness, she will suddenly know of this testament, and I ask her then to inscribe it in her heart.
I have little in the way of material things to leave. Dogs are wiser than people. They do not set great store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. There is nothing of value I have to bequeath except my love and faithfulness. These I leave to her and all the loving family that gave me so much happiness. I know she will mourn me and if I would list all that would mourn me I could write a book. Perhaps it is vain of me to boast, when I am so near to crossing over, but I have always been an extremely lovable dog.
I ask my Master to remember me always, but not to grieve for me too long. In my life, I have tired to be a comfort to her in time of sorrow and a reason for added joy in her life. It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause her pain. Let her remember that while no dog has ever had a happier life, now that I have grown older I know it is my time to leave this life and move on. I will always be by her side and watch her from the spirit world. Dogs do not fear death as people do. We accept it as part of life, not as something alien and terrible which destroys life.
I know that soon I will be running again with all my friends. It is a place where I will always be young and where all the days one dillies and dallies with enormous multitudes of jack rabbits to chase. But when I catch them I will just let them go. Peace, at last, is certain.
One last request, I earnestly make. I have heard my Loving Master say, “When Lucky dies we must never have another dog. I love him so much I could never love another one.” Now I would ask her, because of love of me, to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have a dog again. What I would like to feel is that, having once had me in her live, now she cannot live without another dog. I have never had a jealous spirit. I have always held that most dogs are good (and one cat, I knew once). Some dogs, of course, are better than others. Border Collies naturally are the best. But I suggest as my successor any loving dog will make her heart heal again. I wish this new healing dog all the happiness I knew in my home here on earth.
One last word of farewell, Dear Master. Whenever you visit my grave in your heart, say to yourself:
“Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved.”
I will promise you this. No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.
Know that you are still loved and will always be by me.
Ihope these stories and words were healing to you this month. Always remember, our animals heal us just as much as we heal them and that healing and love does not stop when physical death occurs - as it doesn’t stop when our human loved ones cross over also.
In Light, Diane
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