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Reiki Helps “Riley” The Dog Recover from Surgery

Hi Lourdes,

I thought I’d share a Reiki story with you.  It’s not my most dramatic experience but my first canine one so I ril3-150x150thought I’d share.  I took my 11 month old dog, Riley, to be neutered.  I gave him Reiki treatments before, during and after.  When I brought him home after the procedure I expected him to be very protective of his incision.  I approached him gently to begin Reiki and he rolled right over on his back and exposed his incision.  He laid quietly while I did the treatment.

The next morning same thing.  As soon as I approached him he rolled over.  He looked back and forth from his incision to me like he was urging me to get on with the Reiki!  Twenty four hours after leaving the vet he was running and playing. He did not need the pain medication he was given.  When I brought him back for his post-op check up, and to return the unused drugs, the vet said, “Wow!, He looks fantastic. You would never even know he had surgery.”  So I give thanks again to you and to Reiki 🙂

Karen Peters

Reiki for After Surgery Tip #6

How to Administer Reiki After The Surgery

After the surgery is over, give Reiki “hands-off” the body directly over the area that had surgery. Do not touch the area directly with your hands for it would be too sensitive. Keep your hands approximately 6 inches above, hovering in the air. Treat for as long as possible–one hour or more at a time is usually good. Repeat for the next few days. This will help it heal faster.

Utilizing Reiki To Release The Memory of The Surgery

At the same time, you’ll want to “release the memory” of the surgery from the body by treating the adrenals  glands. Hawayo Takata taught her students to always release the memory of the injury from the body by treating the adrenal glands. Surgery is considered to be an injury to the body.

To release the memory, place your hands over the adrenal glands (back of the torso-see illustration) hold your hands over the adrenals until your hands cool off. This takes about 10 minutes. If you are unable to reach the back of the torso, then treat from the front of the torso but stay longer in order to allow the energy to pass through the body. Releasing the adrenal glands only needs to be done once.adrenal-glands

You’ve Been Given Permission To Be Present During Surgery. Now What? Tip #5

Delivering Reiki During Surgery– Reiki Hands On Treatment

surgery-300x135If you are given permission to be present during surgery, give Reiki “hands off” the body to the person having surgery. You’ll need to be out of the way of the surgical team but treat areas where you can reach. Open the SHK Channel in the 2nd pattern (the head) give a mental/emotional treatment towards the procedure going well and the the person healing quickly.

Delivering Reiki During Surgery–Reiki Distance Treatment

If you are not allowed to be physically present during surgery, call the person having surgery in “absentee” and give him/her a Reiki distance  treatment. Also, open the SHK Channel and give a mental/emotional treatment visualizing the surgery going well and the person healing quickly. You can also give a Reiki group distance treatment to the entire surgical team for the purpose of helping them focus well and be more successful.


Planning Ahead Before Surgery. Tip #4

Plan Ahead Before Surgery

Plan ahead. Some medical and veterinarian facilities will grant you permission to be present during the surgery to IMG_1742-224x300deliver Reiki. Others, will let you be in the recovery room. Find out ahead of time what you will be allowed and not allowed to do.


Mental and Emotional Reiki Treatments Before Surgery. Tip #3

Providing Mental and Emotional Reiki Treatments Prior To Surgery

If you are Reiki II or above, give a Reiki mental and emotional treatment for the surgery. Start the Reiki sessionIMG_1725-e1395102232952-224x300 with the first pattern on the front of the torso.

In the 2nd pattern (the head area) open the SHK channel (draw CKR, SHK, CKR) and say silently “this is my higher self speaking to your higher self.” Then, visualize the surgery going well and the person recovering completely, as if you were watching a movie. At the end of the second pattern, say silently “amen” or “so be it.” This closes the channel.

Then, process with the rest of the Reiki treatment on the 3rd pattern, the back of the torso, the back of the knees and feet.

Note: It is YOU who does the visualization. The “client” just relaxes and enjoys the treatment.

The SHK channel not only addresses the mental/emotional side of a condition. It is also a communications channel. By using the channel in the manner described here you are helping the mind and body of the client prepare for the surgery. You may use this technique every time you give the client a Reiki session.

Reiki Treatment Before Surgery. Tip #2

How Long To Stay In Each of The Reiki Positions

Before surgery, if you are doing one hour long Reiki sessions, divide your time between positions so that you John-Harvey.1-207x300spend 5 to 7 minutes over problem areas and 2 to 3 minutes over non-problems areas.

If you are doing Reiki sessions shorter than one hour long the same principle applies. It’s more effective to deliver Reiki to the entire body than to just concentrate your time in one or two spots.

Reiki for Surgery: Prepare First. Tip #1

Reiki Is An Effective Tool To Prepare The Body To Receive Surgery


Administering Reiki before and after surgery can be helpful to the person (or animal) who is to have surgery by Reiki-Handspreparing his or her mind and body for the procedure.

Reiki is most effective when allowed to build up and accumulate

in the recipient’s body over a period of time. If possible, start giving complete Reiki sessions (all three Reiki patterns–front of the torso; head, neck and shoulders; and back of the torso and feet) to the person or animal scheduled for surgery at least one week before the surgery.


John Harvey Gray & Lourdes Gray, Ph.D.
The most experienced Reiki Instructors in the United States