How often do we receive a call or message from someone we know when we’ve just been thinking about them? How many of us find being in the presence of certain individuals energetically draining? What does it mean when we say ‘you could cut the atmosphere with a knife’ or that something or someone ‘resonated with us?’

We use phrases all the time and experience events that imply energetic connections between us all yet science is only just beginning to understand how we might be connected. 

A study carried out by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden has shown that long term cortisol (stress) levels are synchronised between humans and the dogs they live with  (Woodmansey, 2019). This is unlikely to come as any great surprise to many of us who live with dogs, and as more is researched and documented by those studying the impact of positive changes resulting from living with animals, or from visiting therapy animals, gradually science is proving what has commonly been believed for many years.

A study undertaken assessing the impact of visiting therapy dogs at Southampton Children’s Hospital showed overwhelmingly that it was seen as a positive activity for children to be involved with in assisting their healing processes and experience of hospital treatment (University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, 2019). The Institute of HeartMath has also found that bioelectromagnetic communication exists not just within our bodies from our hearts, but also between us and those around us as a form of communication and connection (McCraty, 2004).

Many years ago whilst living with my first dog, a mild mannered, gentle and relaxed greyhound with whom I shared a close bond, we lived in a shared house and I particularly disliked one of my housemates but (thankfully!) saw very little of him. To my embarrassment one day, he walked into the living room where Pepper and I were relaxing watching TV – Pepper looked up and growled ominously at him. Pepper had no reason (that I was aware of) to growl at him, they were never together without me being present.

This sensing of emotion is something those who specialise in dog behaviour regularly talk about, particularly with regards fear being transferred 'down the lead' – perhaps after a dog has been attacked, and how it can affect the guardian as well as the dog concerned. If they can sense the emotion of their guardian, that in turn will also affect how they are feeling and therefore, their behaviour. This can impact in a single situation and, as the cortisol study previously discussed demonstrates, also in the longer term.

Respected canine behaviour and wellness specialist, Dr Isla Fishburn states;

‘A dog is able to sense energy fluctuations emitted from other animals, including us, and this can influence a dog’s wellness. Raising your dog’s vibrational state to complete wellness doesn’t happen without raising your own vibrational state and reaching complete wellness.’ (Fishburn, 2020)

How does this relate to Energy and to Reiki Healing?

As quantum biology better understands how energy is converted into biological/chemical processes within the body (Caruso, 2016) we can better understand the role it plays and how energy transfers both within and between individuals, impacting their physiology and their wellness.

In his book, ‘The Biology of Belief’, Dr Bruce Lipton cites, ‘We know that living organisms must receive and interpret environmental signals in order to stay alive… Energy signals are a hundred times more efficient and infinitely faster than physical chemical signalling’ (Lipton, 2015). Our bodies are constantly receiving, processing and emitting energy signals.

That being the case, ‘At every moment, each of us is awash in the perpetual movement of the life-force energy that streams through and around our bodies’ (Gordon, 2006).

Richard Gerber expands on the subject in ‘Vibrational Medicine, The #1 Handbook of subtle Energy Therapies’ stating,

‘If we are beings of energy, then it follows that we can be affected by energy… Therapeutic radiation to treat cancer, electricity to halt pain, and electromagnetic fields to stimulate healing of fractures are but the first developments of a newly evolving perspective within the medical community. The energies employed by those who use vibrational methods of healing also deliver measured quanta of energy to patients. However, the energy delivered by these therapies exists in frequencies far beyond those measured with conventional detection equipment. …this higher dimensional energy is predicted by Einstein’s famous equation, E=mc2’ (Gerber, 2001).

As beings of energy, that are surrounded by energy, we emit energy that affects those around us. Imagine what we can achieve by using Reiki, to support intelligent energy travelling to an area in need of healing with the intention of highest good. The UK Reiki Council lists a number of research studies on their website here that demonstrate just that:

In ‘The Intention Experiment’, Lynne McTaggert describes some of the scientific studies she witnessed researching the power of intention; ‘Directing thoughts at a target seemed capable of altering machines, cells and, indeed, multi-celled organisms like human beings’ (McTaggart, 2008).

The energy used in Reiki healing is known as Ki, Chi (Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture), or Prana (Sanskrit – often referred to in Yoga practice) and focuses on supporting the individual in maintaining energetic balance and wellness. It flows within us, around us, and between us - and can be used to positively impact and support each other’s wellness and health.

We have a responsibility to consider how our energy impacts us and our lives, as well as that of others around us, not least the animals we live with.


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