In 2013, the CRA started to look at the issue of Animal Reiki. A Registered Animal Practitioner (RAP) designation was introduced to the members in 2015 to try to develop some guidelines and best practices in this field. Over the years, we have watched this field of study grow. As our understanding of the issues evolved, we started to identify ethical issues and concerns and knew we needed to do better.
The Board of Directors decided the time has come to really look at the area of Animal Reiki and develop a minimum standard of practice that holds Practitioners and Teachers to the highest, most ethical standards of practice possible. In this regard, we have been working with Kathleen Prasad and her team to incorporate the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki as the ethical Gold Standard and Best Practices way of offering Reiki to animals. This groundbreaking approach empowers animals by honouring their agency, wisdom, and independence. Ms. Prasad is arguably the person who started the Animal Reiki movement over 20 years ago, and many people have incorporated her early work into their own Animal Reiki practices. Her passion and dedication to animals is above reproach so it only makes sense for us to work with the person who literally wrote the book on Animal Reiki and draw from her many years of experience as we move forward.
In the coming months, the CRA will be unveiling 2 new Animal Reiki designations; a Certified Animal Reiki Practitioner (CARP) designation and a brand-new Certified Animal Reiki Teacher (CART) designation that are based on the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki. We are in the process of ironing out all the policies and procedures regarding these new designations and hope to have everything finalized shortly, so please stay tuned!
In preparation for these course, we wanted out members to know about upcoming Animal Reiki classes that are being offered. As I hear about more classes being offered, I will add the information below.
Animal Reiki Classes being offered
CRA members get 20% offI’ve been a Registered Animal Practitioner with the CRA since 2015. I just completed the 8 week ‘Let Animals Lead’ course as directed in your email of October 5th and would like to provide some feedback regarding the course.
I have to say I was a bit skeptical at the beginning; the concept was very different from how I was taught and how Reiki is done for humans. However, it wasn’t long before my opinion changed and I became a true believer. Leah D’Ambrosio was an amazing instructor and I looked forward to learning more each week.
I’ve always known animals are our teachers, they’ve proven this to me, time and time again throughout my practice. The concept of letting the animals lead and heal as we hold space is brilliant – so simple yet so powerful. These teachings resonated with me deeply but even more so, when I saw the results. All my practice sessions were very powerful, although so calm and simple yet yielding amazing results for the animals.
In the email that was sent regarding this course and the fact that the CRA are considering making this a mandatory training, I say ‘yes, please do it’. Have all your animal Reiki practitioners aligned with this concept. And truly, is there anyone better than Kathleen Prasad to follow their teachings – probably not. I fully intend to further my training with Kathleen or Leah.
I thank you for introducing this to me and my wish is that the CRA will endorse Kathleen’s teachings as a requirement.