Libby is offering classes and healing sessions remotely by Zoom. Remote Reiki classes and sessions are as effective as in-person. In-person sessions are available in Asheville, North Carolina.

Reiki For Animals

Our animal companions are beloved to us. They love unconditionally, with a degree of devotion that nourishes and provides us with joy. Reiki can be a way to say thank you to the beloved dogs, cats, horses, and others whose love knows no restrictions and who, with absolute generosity, enhance our day-to-day world.

Reiki, of course, can be offered as nothing more than a thank you—a way to nourish your animal as he or she has so often nourished you. However, it can also be employed for the correction of behavioral problems and as a complementary healing method, in conjunction with veterinary care.

Of course, serious problems often call for the attention of a professional vet, but Reiki has been found to ease and enhance traditional methods, accelerating the process and making it harmonious. Many stories exist that speak to the limitations of conventional modalities, and the almost miraculous recoveries of supposedly “doomed” animals.

Ellen Sokolow, a Reiki Master who has worked to bring Reiki to conflict situations in Israel and Palestine, found a young cat abandoned in a Jerusalem street, with both its foot and tail cut almost totally off. The vet to which she took him pronounced that, as the cat’s spinal cord had been damaged, its tail could not recover and would have to be removed. Sokolow, however, convinced him to bandage the cat’s wounds and allow her to take him home, where she performed Reiki on him for the following two weeks. Rather than developing the complications that the doctor had foreseen, the cat made a complete recovery, with both foot and tail functioning normally.

Upon discovering with concern that her beloved dog was sick, a woman from Andover, Massachusetts, took him to the vet, who put him on a strong medication. The dog’s owner hid the pills in his food so that he would eat them, but also chose to offer him copious amounts of Reiki. The dog made a total turnaround, and his vet took complete responsibility for it. However, when the dog’s owner moved months later, she found the food containing the medication concealed behind the couch, untouched, and concluded that the healing touch of Reiki had brought about the dog’s recovery.

These stories are numerous and uniformly powerful. Not only has Reiki been found to work on animals, but anecdote after anecdote exists that shows just how responsive to Reiki they are. Mary Gordon, an equine massage therapist, observes that “it really is something to see how the horses respond… When I first offer it to new horses, they often turn their heads right around and look at me as if to say, ‘You know about this too?’ I have no doubt that they recognize this energy as something wonderful. During a Reiki session, they will often let out these huge sighs of relief and release… When they accept the energy, they start licking and chewing, their heads drop and their eyes get soft and sleepy. It’s really amazing to see…” She adds that “the horses are so physically responsive when they are receiving the energy, people often stop and ask what I’m doing to the horse!” Dawn LaPointe, who also works with horses, reported that, as she performed Reiki on one horse, it obviously “wanted to get closer and started gently wrapping his neck [and] body around me like a horse hug…”

Behavioral problems can also be worked on with Reiki. A dog who, normally horrifically nervous during thunderstorms, could cope calmly after a Reiki session—avoiding the Valium prescription a vet might recommend. LaPointe recalls that, after performing Reiki on a bulldog, Molly, who was anxious around and avoided people and had some problems with aggression, “Molly is such a happy, confident girl now… [During the session] she was crawling onto me to give me kisses (not her normal behavior; I think we have a special connection now) and she even rolled onto her back a couple times during the session which shows she’s trusting and not fearful…”

Although a dog or cat can’t tell you about its problems in words, the practitioner’s intuition plays a part during a session, and some animals have been known to rotate their bodies according to their needs, moving so that the troubled area can receive Reiki more comfortably. Offering Reiki in an environment in which the animal is comfortable can put it at ease. If an animal—a cat, for example—doesn’t want to sit still, the practitioner can accommodate it. When they have had enough many animals will move away or otherwise communicate that the session is over. This acute awareness of their own needs can be astonishing. “The horses themselves really work with me to understand their needs,” Mary Gordon observes. Dawn LaPointe noticed that a horse she was working on would “gently turn her head and neck toward me and put her nose near my hand each time I placed them on a joint I had assessed as being compromised. I smiled at her and acknowledged that there was indeed a compromise there, and thanked her for her help. The animals are so sensitive and appreciative of their sessions. It’s very sweet.”

Reiki For Nurses

Reiki for Nurses

Thank you for coming to Libby Barnett’s website to learn more about Reiki and learning how to do Reiki.

Please explore this website to learn more about Libby and her Reiki training classes. Libby has had the honor of teaching Reiki to the staff of many hospitals in the Northeast. Libby has taught Reiki to over 980 nurses.

Why Learn How to Do Reiki?

Why did these nurses want to learn how to do Reiki and why might you also want to learn Reiki?

Why Reiki? For Yourself

The first answer is for yourself. Reiki is an easy to use tool for self-care. A few minutes of doing Reiki on yourself can help you feel peaceful, calm and relaxed (see a summary of a study below). Giving yourself Reiki can help you feel better and able to cope with the stress of your work and life. Many nurses in hospitals are experiencing stress from their work, especially from the nursing staff being spread too thin, for example.

You can earn 6.1 continuing education contact hours for taking Libby’s Reiki I class and the same for Libby’s Reiki II class.

Why Reiki? For Your Loved Ones

The next answer is for your loved ones. You can offer the gift of touch with Reiki to your child or partner to soothe pain and emotional upsets. Reiki supports the body’s ability to heal. And Reiki works great for your pets, too!

Why Reiki? For Your Patients and coworkers

The next answer is for your patients and coworkers. Reiki does not require extra time or thought to offer healing touch. Libby’s favorite saying in Reiki class is: “Hand’s on, Reiki’s on”. Once you have learned how to offer Reiki, whenever you touch a patient during your work day, they can be receiving Reiki, and you don’t even have to be thinking about it or taking extra time. Just imagine how many patients each day could be benefiting from your Reiki touch.

What Other Nurses Have Said about Learning Reiki with Libby

“Very enjoyable and informative day. Libby makes everyone feel at ease and therefore able to learn in a way that the participant feels successful no matter what.” -Theresa G.

“Powerful and moving.” -Elizabeth B.

“I came with the intention to include more Reiki in my life and service to others but have added a new understanding of how it can help me. I have made a commitment to do more self-Reiki now.” -L. L, RN

“Healing energy this powerful is a life-changing experience.” -Anonymous, RN

Do You Want to Learn Reiki?

If you are interested in learning how to do Reiki, you can find the class schedule and how to register on the links on the right of this page. You can also send Libby an email by clicking on the link near the top of this page with any questions you have about taking one of Libby’s Reiki classes.

Learn More about Reiki for Nurses

In one study of Reiki and nursing that focused on the rewards of self-care, 75% of nurses reported feeling “peaceful, calm and relaxed” after performing Reiki on others, and about 38% mentioned that Reiki “grounded and focused” them. Why? Many nurses also reported that they “received most, or all, of what [their] patients [were] getting” – they were simultaneously nourishing and being nourished. And, as they observed, this effect carried over into their work: their stress was reduced, and they performed their jobs with more intuition and insight and less debilitating burnout. As this example shows, the effects of self-care using Reiki are both personal and environmental, simultaneously uplifting both you, your life’s work, and your surroundings.

Self-care using Reiki can occur while with another person, in an almost involuntary absorption of energy, or can be done on one’s own body only, with a completely personal focus. In both situations, the practitioner is absorbing the power of Reiki, and both methods are easily incorporated into one’s day-to-day routine.

You can perform Reiki on yourself as you’re driving, relaxing, or talking on the phone – all you need is an intention and a free hand. Another option for situations that need attention but can’t be touched with your hands is Absent Reiki. Using powerful symbols, you can perform Reiki on a new job, an upcoming project, or tension in a personal relationship, for example. Asking yourself what situation or relationship you want to offer Absent Reiki to can bring coherence to your priorities. Absent Reiki is a potent method of self-care that reaches beyond your body – its only limitation is your imagination.

It is also possible to absorb Reiki’s power without performing Absent Reiki or placing your hands on yourself. Reiki brings transformation not only to its recipients, but to those who act as conduits for its force, drawing it into their bodies and allowing it to flow through their hands. As Reiki energy passes through you, it nourishes you almost involuntarily, setting in motion your own personal healing process. This “collateral” Reiki can encourage your body’s balance and calm, fostering personal invigoration.

The rewards of imbibing the power of Reiki yourself go beyond your own personal healing, however. As your mood and the state of your body improve, you might find yourself performing your work with more attention and concentration. Your absorption of Reiki brings joy and rejuvenation to your surroundings – your living room, the hospital at which you’re employed, or any other work or home environment you find yourself in.