Information adapted from NFSH-The Healing Trust website to be more specific to animal healing. Established in 1954, NFSH-The Healing Trust is the largest Spiritual Healer membership organisation in the United Kingdom. It is a registered charity (number 1094702) established to promote public health by the promotion of spiritual healing for the benefit of the public.
What is healing?
Healing is a completely natural process. It is thought to be a flow of beneficial energy between the healer and the recipient that deals with the “dis-ease” at its deepest level and frees natural resources to work in the most effective way for the recipient. Spiritual Healing is about treating the whole person. It energises body, mind and spirit and so its positive effects can be felt on many levels, not just the physical. ‘Spiritual’ in this context relates to spiritus – the life force energy and breath that is within us all.
Does healing work with animals?
Spiritual healing is the same whether given to humans or animals. A number of studies have shown that healing does work and has been proved to benefit seeds, plants and animals, as well as humans. See this review of the scientific evidence supporting the reality of spiritual healing, describing many experiments that have been undertaken to demonstrate a healing effect using animals as the experimental subjects. Among the experimental models used have been wound healing, tumour regression, goitre growth and recovery from anaesthesia.
How does it work?
Healing is a natural therapy where healing energy is channelled by the healer through to the recipient. When the body’s energy is unbalanced or depleted (resulting in illness or stress) the healer acts as a gentle set of jump leads and the energy is then drawn to where it is most needed. The same is true when we eat food – the goodness goes to where it is most needed without us having to think about it. For this reason, the healer does not need to know the problem your animal is experiencing for healing to take place.
Where does this ‘energy’ come from?
Healing energy is all around us. In essence it is ‘universal’ – part of nature itself. It is available for everyone to use for the greatest good. Healers learn to use their ability to tap into this natural energy and pass it on. Depending on their individual beliefs some healers and recipients see the energy as divine; it is often visualised as simply ‘love and light.’
What can healing do?
Healing can be helpful with a wide range of conditions, sometimes to a remarkable degree. It is a process of revitalisation, relaxation and release at a profound level, which helps your animal to adjust and heal spontaneously at its own pace and in its own way. Healing seeks out the underlying cause as well as the “presenting symptom”. This can mean that the outcome of a healing session maybe beneficial in an unexpected way and not necessarily immediately: for example you may notice your animal present a sudden benefit days later or gradual improvement over a period of time. There may be times when your pet experiences some kind of emotional release as part of the healing process. Sometimes the process is obvious, sometimes more subtle.
Can healing do any harm?
Healing is gentle so can do no harm. On the rare occasion, an animal might feel worse for a few days before improving, but this is part of the healing process where deep stress is being released. If this happens, let your pet rest up and relax to allow the process to work.
Do I need to inform my pet’s vet?
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in the United Kingdom, informs that it is a criminal offence for non-veterinary surgeons to practise veterinary surgery. Performing healing by laying on of hands on an animal or distant healing is unlikely to fall within this definition and is therefore not restricted to veterinary surgeons. However, RCVS considers that any healers should ensure that animals have been seen by a veterinary surgeon who is content for healing to be given by the laying on of hands. Learn more about the UK Legislation here.
What is distant healing?
Distant healing is healing performed when the animal is not present. It is possible to transmit healing energies over any distance and this form of healing can be very effective. The patients may or may not be aware that this healing has been undertaken for them but may attain much benefit from it coming as it does from the love and concern that their friends and relatives have for them.
What is the difference between spiritual healing and reiki?
I can only answer this according to my own understanding based on my personal experience so far, and many may disagree with me. Having trained as both, spiritual and reiki healer, I believe and feel that the energy is exactly the same and comes from the same source, so is the outcome. When working, I just act as a channel for this universal energy and I feel exactly the same, regardless of the modality I am practicing. The modalities come with different history, philosophy and training style, but in practice there are only a few differences in hand positions (in both instances but hands on or hands off), which does not matter as the energy is intelligent and self directs itself to wherever it is needed. As for initiation, a “connection ritual” called Reiki attunement is done by a reiki master, whereas in Spiritual healing the trainee learn to attune themselves through practice with the help of a tutor. There only real difference, to my opinion, is that a Reiki practitioner can make use of healing symbols to aid the process, whereas with spiritual healing, the intention of the healer suffices. Both requires a shift of consciousness on the part of the practitioner. Anyone can learn and perform reiki, spiritual healing or any natural healing modality, regardless of what name choosen to give it. After all, “what’s in a name?”
When does the distant healing in the Animal Healing Circle take place?
Every week, on Wednesdays, a group of healers and animal lovers join together in the energy field for the purpose of sending distant healing to animals in need. This group was inspired by two meetings in our monthly healing development group in London (affiliated with NFSH-The Healing Trust), the first about animal healing, and the second about distant healing. Request distant healing for your pet here.
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