I’ll Never Forget the First Time

Many years ago, a close friend and I took a trip to Montreal and we stayed with friends of hers.  To my delight, they had a gorgeous, friendly golden retriever named Charlie.  It was love at first sight.

During the day, in passing, I heard that Charlie was having some trouble with an ear infection.  At the time, my Reiki practice was fairly informal (friends and family) and solely ‘human’, so it didn’t occur to me to see if there was anything I could do to help.

When Charlie jumped on my bed later that night, I was in heaven.  As he put his head on my stomach (Is there anything better?), I noticed that his infected ear was directly by my hand.  I figured Reiki couldn’t hurt, so I thought I’d give it a try since he seemed so open to it.  What happened next took me by surprise.  The Reiki poured through me like a freight train and the connection I felt to Charlie was unlike anything I had ever experienced.  It was intense and quick.  After the session, we both fell asleep.

The next day, when I woke up, Charlie was gone.  As I wandered downstairs, I heard Philippe, Charlie’s person, yelling excitedly in French.  When I asked what was going on, he said that when he went to put Charlie’s ear infection medication in his ear, he saw that the infection was almost entirely gone.  He went on to tell me that he’d been medicating the ear for 3 weeks with almost no change and he couldn’t believe that in one night, it looked like it almost disappeared.  It hadn’t really occurred to me that anything physically tangible would happen after the Reiki session. I was amazed.  We both were.  From that moment on, something inside me shifted.  To this day, when I think of Charlie, I always smile.  His story certainly isn’t every animal’s story, but I’m so glad he was my first experience with a furry client.

That day stayed with me and eventually changed the trajectory of my career.  Years later, I moved from working full-time as policy advisor in a women’s health organization to working part-time as an energy worker.  It was a big shift.  Really exciting and really scary.  I never would have guessed that my life would look the way it does today.  All day, every day, I get to do what I do best: love animals.  I’m so grateful and I owe a huge thank you to a beautiful golden named Charlie.

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