Reiki for Cats

by Mary
(Oxford, England)

Reiki in Shinjitai Japanese. Wikimedia Commons - Cegomez

Reiki in Shinjitai Japanese. Wikimedia Commons - Cegomez

Reiki for cats is perhaps not the most well-known alternative therapy for felines. It is, however, much appreciated and enjoyed by some cats. One of the best things about reiki for cats is that it is a therapy that the cat herself can actively accept or reject. Just as cats can choose to use a magnetic cat bed or to ignore it, they can - or at least they should always - be free to choose to stay and receive reiki offered to them, or to simply walk away (in the case of a hands-near, i.e. "hands-on" or "hands-just-off" treatment), and similarly they can choose to accept or not to accept reiki offered to them by distant healing.

For the benefit of readers who are not familiar with reiki, this is a form of "energy healing" that is either given "hands-on", meaning on or just above the person or animal, or by distant healing for which practitioners sometimes use a photograph of the intended recipient - but do not always need to do so. Reiki treatments on people do not require clothes to be removed and may also be given through a light covering such as a blanket e.g. if the person is lying still for up to an hour where he or she might otherwise feel cold. Reiki can also be offered to animals, the most commonly written about examples being dogs (reiki for dogs), cats (reiki for cats) and horses . The word "Reiki" is from the two Japanese words rei and ki, whose meaning has many translations including "life force" and "universal energy". In short, it can be explained as a way of offering healing energies / life-force, with best intentions for the recipient, while understanding that healing can take many forms which do not always lead to a complete physical cure or recovery. In some cases healing energy is said to ease a smooth and peaceful passing if and when it really is time for the person or animal to move on from its present form in this life. (Whole books are available about reiki, reiki for animals, and probably even reiki for cats. This is just a very brief introduction.)

I am submitting this article in appreciation of reiki, cats, and reiki for cats. As a qualified therapist who has experience treating people using massage, reflexology, and other therapies including reiki, I have worked with reiki over many years - helping not only people but also various animals from horses to fish, to wild birds. People who have never had a reiki treatment often ask what it will or might feel like. People who are considering participating in a course to learn reiki themselves often ask what it feels like to give a reiki treatment, both through ones hands (and sometimes feet) and also over a distance i.e. remotely. Suffice to say here that the answer isn't simple. There isn't just one sensation, just as there isn't just one technique used to give a good full body massage. However, one can certainly feel the flow of reiki, in some cases more strongly than in others. For example, sometimes it can feel like a strong "pull" through the centre of the palms of one's hands - as one might imagine feeling if strong suction "suckers" were attached to the centre of each palm and then pulled, perhaps with uniform pressure or perhaps with some faint pulsing pressures. When one has experienced this and come to recognise it as only occurring when one is intentionally offering reiki and is aware of it being accepted, the sensation is unmistakeable. What does this have to do with reiki for cats ?

My personal view is that, whenever possible, it is better to respectfully offer help to animals rather than to "provide" it forcefully; wanted or not. However, it can be difficult to communicate and then understand their response to a request for permission. One example from earlier this year concerns an elderly cat who had started scratching the sides of her jaw so ferociously that she broke the skin on her face, caused bleeding and seemed thoroughly distressed. A vet recommended removal of most of her last few teeth as it seemed they might be the source of discomfort. Unable to objectively consult our feline friend, we booked her in for a next-day dental treatment under general anaesthetic opting for all the recommended "extras" which included various pre-anaesthetic checks and being kept on a drip for the rest of the day, so all-in-all, several hours at the vets after awaking from the procedure. This particular cat has a huge love of company and attention and a correspondingly strong objection (!) to remaining in a cage on the ward at the veterinary surgery. Despite talking about the possibility of keeping the cat in overnight during her first "your cat has come around from the anaesthetic and is ok" phonecall, the vet called back hours later to say that said cat friend was "very upset about being here" and perhaps we'd better pick her up as soon as possible. Our much-loved and now poor, dazed, (near) toothless cat friend was certainly very pleased to be home.

Now I'll get to the point: Regardless of what I tried to do that evening - when she was, of course, going to have my close attention anyway - she determinedly pushed her way under my hands. In case you're wondering, that prevents one from typing or reading books or magazines - in fact most things except watching TV. The interesting thing is that although I had not used reiki to give hands-on treatments for a long time when this happened (having changed jobs and now being mainly office-based), the reiki "switched-on" powerfully. I can't prove this to anyone, nor have I any need to. I certainly felt it and the cat definitely wanted and received it. I have not experienced an animal pull so much reiki so spontaneously and "on request" before or since. That said, I have certainly experienced other animals successfully seek it out in this way and stay for as much as they wanted. The cycle of this cat seeking out as much "reiki for cats" as she wanted continued for a few days. Obviously she received all the usual fuss and attention plus adherence to the vet?s instructions as well.

As I understand it, strictly speaking, only vets are allowed to treat animals. In the case of reiki for cats, a reiki practitioner is not really treating the cat but simply facilitating flow of universal energy to the cat to the extent that the cat requires and accepts it. So, in "medical terms" the cat chooses the "treatment" (or not) and, if so, also "prescribes" the "dose". It is nice to be wanted, nice to be helpful, and, of course, it is harmless to have ones hands gently near to cats who find their way underneath them to be comfy. Reiki for cats can be as simple as that.

The elderly cat made a quick and complete recovery from the dental treatment - as confirmed by the vet who checked her over about a week later. Since then she's been eating at least as much as before and is very well indeed. These events had quite an effect on me, as I had not used reiki for a while before they took place. However, they should have come as no surprise at all because it was largely due to reiki that the cat found us in the first place - but that is another story.

Mary

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Oct 20, 2011
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Reiki
by: Michael

I hope comments can now be restricted to Reiki and not completely off-topic subject matter.

Please try and contain the urge to argue. Sorry. Just walk away from the page. Otherwise I will have to close comments and I hate doing that because I welcome visitors and comments particularly as the people commenting her are good people.


Oct 20, 2011
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To Mary
by: Ruth

I would love to read the story of it being largely due to Reiki that the cat found you.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Oct 20, 2011
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Web site for CATS
by: Ruth

Pardon me but where did I 'fire the first shot' ?
If it was because I misunderstood Grahame being widowed rather than divorced because of his wording, I replied and that was the end of it.
I am merely another contributor to PoC and have no control over what anyone else writes.
This web site is for the good of CATS not about scoring points and that's why I come here.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Oct 19, 2011
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Smoke and fire
by: Nigel

My nephew is a consulting psychiatrist and he commented to me about Ted's extreme reaction to being accidentally characterised as female gender. My doctor nephew says that when people so violently over-react to something trivial, it is a big clue that there are issues there. I urge Ted to get to know himself better. And not to be so liberal with the facts.


Oct 19, 2011
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I've reviewed all comments on this thread
by: Anonymous

I've reviewed all comments on this thread and I do not find the 'shouting in all cap letters' Ted complains of, nor do I find any attack on the 'beloved' member of POC, apparently Ruth. And recall that Ruth fired the first shot, if there even was a shot.

If anyone is trolling, tenaciously working things to death, and utterly avoiding responding to the real issues posed by the cogent and to-the-point member you are all attacking, it is all of you who will not answer his good questions. I think it is because you can't!

There is no facility on POC for bolding or italics for emphasis. And the man you attack has used a sentence in caps all of once,except for headings on posts, where that is proper usage, and then to call attention.

The bottom line seems to be that y'all cannot answer Grahame and so are trying to insult him and make him look the fool. I stand with Grahame, proudly.


Oct 19, 2011
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Fair enough Michael
by: Ted

I find it insulting to be called pearl clutching as since when has any red blooded man worn pearls?
It was an oversight I posted as anonymous but why should anyone have assumed I am female?
I don't think anyone should be allowed to insult others who don't agree with their views.
Shouting in capitals and ranting are bad internet protocol and a certain person has done a lot of that on this blog as well as picking on a long standing writer who is much loved and admired by many of us.
Passionate discussion.....fair enough.
Ranting and insulting......unfair.


Oct 19, 2011
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Hi
by: Michael

Hello...I like passionate comment. I accept strong viewpoints as part of life. I don't see anything wrong with that. Out and out rudeness and swearing I object to.

But how many sites never get comments. We should welcome comments and discussion on the internet as it brings pages to life and creates a community. We shouldn't be too upset by strong viewpoint expressed with passion. It's healthy isn't?

For these reasons I tend to favour a laissez faire attitude up to a point.

Trolls and spam advertising I also delete and ban. Regular visitors with opinions I like, even if I don't like the opinions.

I hope people find that acceptable. This site is as much yours as mine.


Oct 19, 2011
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CONCERN TROLLING & PEARL CLUTCHING
by: He who is being impugned

'Anonymous", hiding in her cloak of anonymity, posts today:
>How very unpleasant some people are!

>Michael I hope your beautiful web site is not going to continue to be marred by ranting and sniping.
It's a sure fire way to lose visitors.< Of course, this ['How unpleasant'(19 October, '11)]is a dishonest message, purporting to be one thing whilst actually quite other. I can just see the poster clutching at her pearls. What this anonymous poster really is advocating for is that Michael censor the participants in his wonderful and well-managed site. Censor them to the manifold likings of a myriad of malcontents. I am here to tell you, on first-hand knowledge, that Michael has a sure hand on the pulse and direction of POC. He is highly sensitive and non-authoritarian, but he does moderate posts. So you keep a grip on yourself and your pearls, "Anonymous'; POC is in good and prudent hands. Hip-hip-hooray for Michael Broad!


Oct 19, 2011
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here here
by: Cat lover

You missed out shouting and insulting too anonymous


Oct 19, 2011
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How unpleasant
by: Anonymous

How very unpleasant some people are!

Michael I hope your beautiful web site is not going to continue to be marred by ranting and sniping.
It's a sure fire way to lose visitors.


Oct 18, 2011
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Oversight: I posted that entitled *Ad Hominem* Attacks: That All Ya Got?
by: Grahame

So sorry to post clarification, but I failed to put in my name and so my previous post '*Ad Hominem* Attacks: That All Ya Got?' came on as 'Anonymous'. It was from me, SO NOW YOU KNOW WHOM TO ATTACK!

~Grahame


Oct 18, 2011
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*Ad Hominem* Attacks: That All Ya Got?
by: Anonymous

Carol sez:
>>Sceptics annoy me,they delight in long windedly airing what they think is their superior knowledge.
They are best ignored.<< Well, I don't know about my putative 'superior knowledge',your claim, not mine!, but when it comes to this Reiki nonsense, your superior ignorance is obvious. Go ahead, berate anyone who upsets your settled view of the world. I find such ignorami tedious in the extreme; I return the favour to you in your own coin. Is there any light gets in under your bushel, Carol? You obviously belong to the anti-intellectual strain. Somehow 'nature has contrived/to struggle on without a break thus far.' Human balderdash and all. I have asked on this thread time and again for a proper demonstration of any truth of the constitutive claims for Reiki. All I get are *ad hominem* attacks and irrelevant anecdotal claims. That's all ya got?


Oct 18, 2011
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Show Us, Please
by: Grahame

Carol, I got what knowledge I may have from 7 years of POSTDOCTORAL STUDY. That's including my fellowship AFTER my doctoral studies.

Yet you want to tell me I am full of bosh and you are a 'besserwisser'. Well, I am open to demonstration that, concerning the point at dispute here, Reiki, your knowledge trumps mine. Unless and until you can so demonstrate, I will rely on my education and research, and established canons for elucidating real as opposed to codswallop.

There are accounts on the Internet of people who died having relied on Reiki and eschewing proper medical treatment. Western medicine is not the know-all and be-all, yes, but Reiki is mere charlatanism. It is not a matter of sincere people being deluded so much as it is this ridiculous disparaging of scholarship and scientific method by the ignorant with chips on their shoulders. Such will never advance the human race.

How about that advert recently posted by a member of POC, where for $47.00 US anyone can be, instantly, a high level Reiki MASTER? Hmmm. Cat got your tongue, Carol?


Oct 18, 2011
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to SYLVIA in re: RJ
by: Grahame

Hi Sylvia, and thanks for having got back to me. I've done an extensive Internet search for a poem called 'Animula' by Robinson Jeffers and also have had recourse to the almost 800 page collection of his poetry. I cannot find a trace of this poem, and very keenly want to see it, if it exists. Why not post it here on POC? No copyright worries: RJ's poems are in the public domain, and, anyway, it would be fair use under the copyright convention which would govern were it in copyright, which it is not if by RJ. As I have posted to you, T S Eliot wrote a famous poem called 'Animula'.

Might I ask you: where did you see this poem? I really want to track this down one way or t'other.

Thanks.


Oct 18, 2011
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CAROL:
by: Anonymous

Eh, Carol: Don't confuse me with facts; my mind is already made up. What a way to advance knowledge. People like this make a lot of pernicious mischief in the world.

Say there, did you know: the moon REALLY IS made of green cheese! I dare you to gainsay me.


Oct 18, 2011
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Great blog
by: Carol

Thank you Mary for a great blog which I was very interested to read.
Ruth I am Reiki level one too but didn't learn the 'Reiki transfusion'
It sounds such a good and quick method to give someone a boost.

Sceptics annoy me,they delight in long windedly airing what they think is their superior knowledge.
They are best ignored.


Oct 18, 2011
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RJ
by: Sylvia

Grahame - ‘Animula’ should be somewhere on the Internet. If not, it may be on the Public Library’s connection. Or if MB can e-mail a copy to you - you can ask him if he has time - it will be sent from this address and forwarded to you from his e-mail address.


Oct 16, 2011
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Become Reiki Master 48 hours $47.00 cheap
by: Anonymous

You, too, can become a high level Certified Usui Reiki MASTER for only $47.00 and fast--only 48 hours and you are set to go. All certificates included. Money-back guarantee.


Oct 16, 2011
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Reiki
by: Jane A

Reiki sounds fascinating!
Mary and Ruth you have me quite intruiged as it's something I've been mulling over for a while to help frightened cats I help rescue.
I experienced a course of EFT treatment for myself with an altervative therapist and although I don't know how it worked it sure did!
With EFT you don't have to believe in it but is Reiki the same, do you have to believe in it for it to work?


Oct 16, 2011
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To Mary
by: Ruth

Mary I'm interested if a 'Reiki transfusion' is normally part of the first attunement ?
As I said, sadly my Reiki Master died, she had fought breast cancer for a very long time but eventually she died, very peacefully with her husband, also a Reiki Master beside her.
At the time of her death there was a huge thunder and lightning storm, her husband said it was as if the Heavens were triumphant to have her.
She had loved storms all her life.
Instead of spreading the attunement over 2 or 3 days, we did it in one long day, she was of the Usui System and the visualisation we did of the 'past Reiki masters around us' was very real!
But to the transfusion, she showed us how to hold someone's hand while putting the other hand on the crook of their inner arm for a few minutes, hard to explain here, a very quick and easy boost of energy for someone who hadn't the time for a full treatment.
I can still use this on a person or on an animal !
Somewhere on PoC is another page about Reiki, from a good while back. I promised at the time to try to make a short video of giving Reiki to a cat .....must seek that page out again as you have renewed my interest Mary.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Oct 15, 2011
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ANIMULA (attn.: Sylvia!)
by: Grahame

Sylvia:

I knew Robinson Jeffers and have long been an enthusiastic advocate of his lifestyle and his writing. So, it really caught my attention when you cited him in your recent long post.

I was especially excited because I did not know the poem you cited: 'Animula'. I have the 758 page _Selected Poems of Robinson Jeffers_ from Stanford U.P., and cannot find such a poem therein. I cannot find it in other sources in my own extensive library.

If this poem exists, I want very much to read it. But do you, perhaps, mean 'Animula' by T S Eliot? Eliot's fine poem takes, as its inspiration, a classical poem by the Emperor Hadrian.

Looking forward to your clarification and, perhaps, a text, I remain, with kind regards,

~Grahame


Oct 15, 2011
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The Energy Fields Of Life
by: Anonymous

>The unifying principle behind almost all of alternative medicine is that some ëlan vital is responsible for infusing organisms with the property of life. In today’s fashion, this vital force is called the bioenergetic field and is confusingly associated with classical electromagnetic fields on the one hand, and quantum wave function fields on the other.< --First paragraph; see entire page at:
www.csicop.org/sb/show/energy_fields_of_life


Oct 15, 2011
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TO SYLVIA with Praise
by: Grahame

Sylvia, as you might imagine, I cannot agree with all that you have written in your beautifully realized post, BUT yours is a model of how to post evenhandedly and elegantly. There is appearing on this site from some quarters a bias against people who can express themselves very well, and even you seem to imply that verbal facility is suspicious as to disingenuosness

I find your post entirely sincere, I read it with great close attention, and I am sending you this note of appreciation.

I have said what I have to say on the subject of Reiki. I detect a dangerous slide towards a flame war by some, and would-be censors. I will not be drawn. Michael does not deserve that, nor do I. POC is too fine a site to let it be coöpted by smallmindedness and envy. I have put my case clearly and I can support it. All here are free to do likewise, and Sylvia shows you a way to do that.


Oct 15, 2011
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TO: OJ--This is ultimately MICHAEL's SITE
by: Grahame

OJ has posted:
>Since when has PoC belonged to YOU?
Also Mary wrote this blog not YOU!< >Whilst I am sure many people are sorry for your loss you won't gain many friends by your overbearing manner of writing as if YOU are always right.< OJ, I am a participant, just as you are, at POC. If anyone owns this site, it is the amazing Michael Broad. Michael and I correspond, and he has thanked me on several occasions for the quality of my posts. I humbly appreciate Michael's evenhanded wisdom and many talents. Also, you assert that inasmuch as Mary wrote the initial entry, it belongs to her. So? What are you trying to say? That therefore her post is off limits? Then why does Michael encourage discussion and posted replies? Also, Mary comes off as very sincere and gentle. Do you fancy that she posted merely to talk to herself, or, rather, to try to explain something she thought would be helpful? I take exception, also, to your charge that, by presenting hard facts coherently, I am thereby overbearing. Look, Reiki is vitalism, and that has been around for centuries, and it has been soundly discredited. There is absolutely NO evidence whatever for this putative universal energy of life, of the universe. Our present understanding of the universe, however incomplete, is entirely sufficient to account for life and its attendant phenomena without recourse to these unmeasurable and indemonstrable secret energies. These claims are not much different to the 'God Of The Gaps' proposals: whenever something remains incomprehensible, a mysterious god is asserted as cause. This is, of course, an endlessly regressing frontier, as verifiable knowledge is increased. Do you, perhaps, also believe in the universal æther and phlogistan? If this offends you, well, I have merely put the case as I see it, clearly. This offends you? Well, some things cannot be helped.


Oct 15, 2011
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Science doesn't know everything
by: Anonymous

I loved your write up Mary.
No amount of scientific rantings will convince me that Reiki doesn't exist.
There is more in Heaven and Earth ......

I have a friend who comforts many terminally ill people when she visits the Hospice to volunteer her Reiki power....


Oct 15, 2011
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To Grahame woo woo or whatever
by: Ted

It is your comment to Ruth which is unfounded and cruel.
Whilst we appreciate your grief you have no right to come here and pull to bits others beliefs in alternative therapies.
Nor to accuse an innocent person of cruelty.


Oct 15, 2011
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Spoiled
by: Rose

A lady writes a beautiful blog about Reiki and other like minded people comment.
Then along comes someone very opinionated and mocks it as 'woo-woo and woo-hoo' and spoils the entire harmony of this web site.
I happen to know Ruth personally and far from being cruel she is the gentlest kindest lady you could hope to meet.
I would have come to the same conclusion that your 'then wife' was now your ex wife and not your late wife.
I believe in the power of healing,whether it be Reiki,Spiritual or whatever,but if God chooses that someone not be healed then nothing on this earth will save them.


Oct 15, 2011
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by: Sylvia

Part 0

Thank you for your beautiful, mystifying description of Reiki and how it affected your cat. And thank you for your patience - if you’re willing to grant it? - in reading the following comment which, as you’ll soon discover, springs from a lack of knowledge in this subject.

Your writing is simple and unpretentious, which argues for your sincerity. But it would be helpful if there were a book about Reiki that laymen could understand. Perhaps there is. Cleveland Armory, one of our greatest animal rights activists – he knew, by the way, ‘more animals than people who deserved to go to heaven’ – wrote of his efforts to get a firm grasp on the ins and outs of astrology, and how to apply them to Polar Bear, his cat. Though Reiki isn’t astrology, is it arcane? Wikipedia’s blurb on I Ching is a morass, and Reiki may be as confusing.

If anything on the Internet is believable, there’s no science to prove that Reiki mitigates pain or heals the ill. Anecdote is all that’s out there. (‘Anecdote’ being the consummate squelch.) And yet, without sounding like someone immersed in flights of fancy, you describe an amazing sensation in your hands when you’re working with a patient.

Whether rightly or not, many people are bored by accounts of the paranormal. Nor can they imagine anything worse than ‘life eternal,’ as described by Robinson Jeffers in his poem ‘Animula.’


Oct 15, 2011
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Thanks Part 1 of comment
by: Sylvia

Part 1

This is a personality sketch of someone who rejects supposed paranormal phenomena, despite an occurrence on the night following her father’s death. He’d died at 7:00 that morning, and that night she showered before going to bed. .It should be noted that scientists claim a certain area of the brain, when stimulated by an electrode - or by extreme emotional shock - produces visual hallucinations. People often see the person they loved after the person has died.

Whenever this woman was sleep-deprived, she noticed what she thought was optical nerve fatigue - when she stood in the dark, objects shone with a neon green glow, the point of this being the objects were tangible: a bedside lamp, a pillow, etc. They weren’t phantasms.

After drying herself, she switched off the light and walked down the hall from the bathroom towards the bedroom. As she neared the doorway, she glanced to her left and saw her father standing ten or twelve inches from her shoulder.

She’s not statuesque - picture a Mary Poppins with upside-down coke bottle legs - and her father was three inches shorter. So was his neon green self, and she had to look down at a slight angle into his face. She was too tired to feel startled – besides, his presence was natural to her – and she stood there for only three or four seconds as they gazed at each other, he with his lifelong, kindly smile, his features worn with exhaustion. He looked, as he had looked in life, like an elfin, wispy-haired Barry Fitzgerald. She was too numb to stand any longer, so walked into her bedroom and fell asleep in minutes.

For months she had hypnagogic dreams about her father, a twilight between waking and sleeping in which they talked about his death, and their happy times throughout the years. Though she never dared touch him - he was a noli me tangere vision – these dreams defeated Death. Nothing about her father repelled her. She knew he had died, and yet her comfort to sit with him never wavered. Their peas-in-a-pod personalities crossed the chasm from life to death. Even so, to this day she rejects as repugnant the concept of an afterlife.

With regard to her health, she’s always been well except for a half dozen bouts of PVC, the longest lasting 13 months. A hellish affliction. A crazy-maker. Painless, but insanely exhausting. Attacks can last for 21 hours before subsiding for half a day, and then flaring up for another round. PVC is said to have numerous origins, most of them theoretical, nor does there appear to be a cure: some sufferers have it all their lives. She tried an allopathic drug - a Beta-blocker - with no success. She tried homeopathic nostrums, with no success. Each time she’s recovered on her own, and has ceased to hope that allopathic or non-traditional medicine can treat this malady. Fortunately, it’s stayed away for four years.


Oct 15, 2011
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by: Sylvia

Part 2

You don’t sound like a mystagogue, Mary. When you say that you feel this magnetic sensation in your hands and when your cat also seems to feel it, your words ring true. But what causes this pulling sensation? Do you know, or does anyone else?

The placebo effect - how can animals have it? - is sometimes referred to with faint condescension, as if it lacked the ‘gravitas’ of scientific proof. But a name is only a reification. Whatever the cause, when things appear to be helping or working, what does its name matter? Is the placebo effect less real than the ‘proofs’ of invincible science? ‘Creative visualization’ is futile for the terminally ill. When a person is dying, science is equally futile.

For all their prestige, psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis are said to have the lowest batting average of the ‘helping professions.’ For all the years-long rigor of their medical training, the M.D’s in Sam Shem’s House of God didn't achieve that many cures. In the end, they killed their most agonized patients with a lethal injection in the armpit.

And yet none of these individuals are branded quacks or ‘wishful thinkers.’ Our science, heaped with garlands of awe, will be quaint and obsolete or - at best - a borderline useful stepping stone in several hundred years. But let an alternative healer fail as often as our sanctified professionals, and he’s an ignoramus and imposter.

Somewhere out there, there must be a life force - an energy source. Whether it passes from a Reiku practitioner to a patient is something perhaps you could comment upon at greater length, if you visit again. Has your work been successful? It seems unlikely you’d post your essay if you’d failed in your career. It also seems odd that Reiku, if it were only a hoax, would last for eight or nine decades.

The ageing bemoan the graying and loss of their hair, their wrinkles and crumbling dentition (though it’s seldom a tooth that falls apart: it’s hollowed into a shell in their youth, and the fillings drop out in later life). But unless we over-abuse our body, it has a wondrous capacity to heal itself, barring diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis. What manmade machine can last for a century and beyond? Oldsters can suffer bruises, burns, cuts and sprains, and the injuries heal. They can build muscle by lifting weights. They can improve their balance by getting out of their chair and walking.


Oct 15, 2011
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by: Sylvia

Part 3

A second personality sketch is of a woman who looks like America’s former President Jimmy Carter, and whose son – if she’d had one – would have looked like Ken Burns. Throughout her life she’s been a political activist, a member of anti-war organizations, a tireless proponent of Health Care for All (she pickets and marches, and stands at her card-table in malls, passing out pamphlets and requesting signatures for her ballot). She’s a world-traveler who hosts exchange students from dozens of countries, a beekeeper, a hybridizer and grafter of fruit trees, and a spectacular vegetable gardener. She grows nearly all of her edibles, and preserves enough of her harvest to feed the armies of Alexander. Her cupboards are loaded with jars of tomatoes and orchard fruits, her boxes and bins with dried apples, dried peas, beans and raisins from her grapevines. She brews her own wine, ripens her own sauerkraut in crockery jugs, concocts salsas and herbal teas. She participates in every meaningful demonstration for human rights, promotes the philanthropies of her church, has sheltered homeless women for months, sews top-stitched blue jeans, bridal gowns and tailored suits without a pattern, knits, quilts and crochets, is skilled in using carpentry tools, plasters, paints and tiles everything in her house, is a wonderful homemaker, and a devoted parent to her family of Ph.D. daughters and grandkids.

She’s never had a medical doctor except when her daughters were born, and when she had cataract surgery. Instead of M.D.s, she swears by her homeopaths and naturopaths, her massage therapist and homemade alternative remedies. Is she mired in delusion? In pie-in-the-sky ‘wishful thinking?’ Is she simple-minded? Superstitious?

She’s none of these things. She earned a fifth-year teaching degree shortly after her nineteenth birthday. And when she retired, she joined the Peace Corps within a few weeks, and for two years taught school in Africa.

But is she intellectual? Her failing is this - if it’s a failing. She has less interest in words than in deeds. Though she has no high-altitude hopes for humanity, she is committed to helping people, and chooses hard work, with this goal in mind, over clever palaver proving she’s right and others are wrong.

Her age? Ninety-one.

As the saying goes, the frogs in the pond never heard of the ocean. We’re surrounded by the inscrutable. Whether or not everyone benefits from this healing, you’ve given us a heartwarming glimpse into your work, and how your cat enjoyed your skills. And you write with quiet and gracious refinement.

Thank you again for a fine essay, and please visit us again.


Oct 15, 2011
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Grahame
by: OJ

Now hold on Grahame,YOU appreciate Ruth's participation?
Since when has PoC belonged to YOU?
Also Mary wrote this blog not YOU!

It reads to me too as if you are divorced.

Whilst I am sure many people are sorry for your loss you won't gain many friends by your overbearing manner of writing as if YOU are always right.

Ruth is one of my favorite PoC writers who does a hell of a lot of good on-line AND off.
So lay off her!


Oct 15, 2011
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Sorry you are widowed Grahame
by: Ruth

I am sorry you are widowed, if you had said my late wife instead of my then wife I would of course have known she had died.
You can ask anyone here on PoC if I am ever deliberately cruel to a person or to an animal.
Well I hope you feel good that you have got your revenge as you have upset me deeply by implying I am cruel.
My own late mother died of liver cancer, I watched her writhing in agony and wished I could take her pain instead.
I studied Reiki after that, I do know it couldn't have taken her pain away or stopped her from dying but it might have given her some comfort.
I'd take the pain of the entire world if it would stop others hurting.
I've learned that being bitter doesn't help, the only thing that does help is doing as much as possible to make the world a better place for other people and for animals.

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Oct 14, 2011
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TO: RUTH--Wife Died Of Cancer-Very In Tune
by: GrahameACCEND

Ruth, I am a WIDOWER. My beloved wife, with whom I was very much in tune, DIED of CANCER.

I appreciate your participation in Pictures Of Cats Blog, Ruth, but your recent comment to me is unfounded and, in the event, cruel.


Oct 14, 2011
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To Grahame
by: Ruth

Grahame, you are entitled to your own beliefs of course but I ask you this, even if you are right and Reiki doesn't exist or help anyone, what harm does it do ?
It brings warmth and comfort at the very least and the closeness of another person who cares about you.
You were obviously out of tune with your wife.
Please don't write off something a lot of people and animals find comforting.

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Oct 13, 2011
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Reiki for cats
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Thanks to my cats and blogging on "Pictures of Cats" that i have learnt of something new , the science of "REIKI" healing.


Oct 13, 2011
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woo-woo and woo-hoo
by: Grahame

There is, more and more, a lot of woo-hoo appropriating the language of scientific method. True believers talk of, say, quantum mechanics without understanding such concepts at all.

It has been fashionable to assert action-at-a-distance. Reiki Mary does this. When apparently faster than the speed of light effects were asserted, the woo-hoo folks claimed that this proved action at a distance.

BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HARNESS THESE EFFECTS FOR MESSAGING!

Some background: there are certain calcite crystals that, when excited, release two photons out of phase with one another by 180 degrees. Experiments demonstrate that if, say, a polarizer is inserted into the path of one of these photons, the other, by now extremely far away from origin, this photon also alters accorodingly. This got a lot of the woo-hoo types all excited. "See, they claimed; this PROVES ESP" was one of their claims. It does no such thing. We cannot use these effects for signalling purposes.

Thus far, there are no valid proofs of signalling at a distance, harnessable action at a distance. Claims of so-called Reiki energy transmission at a distance must fall inasmuch as there is no means to verify these claims by falsification of hypotheses. And as "Skeptic" posted, anecdotal claims are worthless for proofs.

Victor Stenger, a very erudite physicist, author of many excellent books, has provided a very accessible account of why such things as Reiki are untenable. His book is not an attack on Reiki, but, passim. such things are considered.

_The Unconscious Quantum: Metaphysics in Modern Physics and Cosmology_,(Amherst N.Y.,Prometheus Books,1995.) This is a serious piece of scientific reasoning, not a polemic. As I say, it is accessible to almost anyone.


Oct 13, 2011
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Reiki? Color me skeptical.
by: Skeptic

Michael:
"They are more in connection with nature while the sad human is distanced from nature."

Me:
And yet it is the "distanced from nature" human who is, supposedly, the vector of this supposed energy transmission.

I studied with a very esteemed and famous Chinese professor of medicine. I asked him his take on Reiki. "Kitsch", he replied.

As Mark Twain said: "For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they will like."

I was the recipient of so-called Reiki treatment" from a certified practitioner (these credentials are problematic in their own terms) and it had absolutely no effect on me over weeks of "treatment". The practitioner was my then-wife. An enthusiast might say that I was not receptive. I say that there was no transmission to receive.

A major problem with these sorts of things is that these claims are not falsifiable, and so not amenable to any sort of scientific testing. Don't come back at me that there is more to Being than is accessible to science. Absent falsifiable hypotheses, there is no way to verify these claims. Unverifiable claims are just that. One can assert anything, and many do. Anecdotal claims are insufficient. And the human capacity for wishful thinking seems boundless.

Mary seems very sincere.

But color me skeptical.


Oct 13, 2011
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Interesting
by: Ruth

I enjoyed reading your article Mary as I attained Reiki level 1 a few years ago and although I didn't go any further (my much loved friend and Reiki master died) I still have the healing power in my hands.
We had 4 cats at that time and a neighbour's cat who almost lived with us too. Only one cat didn't like me practising my Reiki on him, the others loved it.
I have another Reiki Master friend so could pick up on it at any time with her to attain level 2 and 3, but the time never seems right to do so.
The interesting thing about it is that when she goes to peoples houses who have cats, they always join in the treatments by sitting on or around her portable Reiki table. She isn't a dedicated cat lover, doesn't have any cats of her own, so it must be her Reiki power which attracts them to her.
No you can't prove to anyone else that there is something real about Reiki, but I find even now if I place my hands in position on a person or a cat, they warm up and sometimes I can feel the healing throbbing from them.

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Oct 13, 2011
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Nice
by: Michael

Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge, Mary.

I like the concept of Reiki. I like the naturalness of it.

I wonder whether cats are good patients. I sense that they are very good patients because of their heightened senses and intuitive behavior. They are more in connection with nature while the sad human is distanced from nature.



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