Happy New Year 2011  

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." -Joseph Wood Krutch-

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Reiki For Cats  

“Our cats become part of the family at home. They are not just pets that people usually have taken for granted. Furthermore, their presences are far more than just as companions. In our moody times and when we’re going through ordeals, they are stress relievers for us. They are our “gurus” with their mischievous ways. Their characters reflect what we are, as a mirror and a reminder when we are heading the wrong way. They have been training us so well.


Don’t forget that we are employed by them. Remember a saying, “dogs have master and cats have staff”? Last but not least, they are natural healers, with their purring that heals our illnesses and soothes our souls.

The aforementioned benefits and mutual relationships have compelled us to do the best thing for our dear cats. Not only our cats at home, but all cats surrounding us, including cats owned by our fellow cat lovers, and feral or stray cats around the world, need our concern and empathy. We do care for their well-being overall. Besides physical health, we must not neglect the emotional, psychology and spiritual aspects in their lives. Thus, what kind of treatment can we offer?

As we have known for a long time, whenever our cats, or any cats we find in the streets, become ill or show any symptoms of sickness, we will surely take care of them by bringing them to the vet. Traditional medication and surgeries from vets have been long practiced for years. Nowadays we can choose natural remedies or treatments to cure them from illness or any seizures as another option for healing.

Recently people are also considering another approach of healing (alternative healing) as a complement to Western medication. We should take into account that a holistic approach for their well-being is a necessity. We are not just curing the physical side, but also other significant aspects that we often neglect as wholeness.

puss11.jpgAlternatively, Reiki as a Japanese form of energy healing will serve as the best complementary treatment for that purpose. Animals benefit from energy healing just as humans do. Cats, like people benefit from Reiki. Giving Reiki to cats helps the human as much as it helps the cats themselves. Even if you don’t know what the problem is, you can use Reiki to help. Cats respond to your loving touch and intention. We can give something back to them for all that they have given to us. Sessions for cats are done either in their home environment or by long distance.

Distance healing has proven as effective as in-person sessions, as time and space are no constraints to the healing process. Additionally, Distance Reiki is good to avoid any distress for your beloved cat, especially if your cat is skittish or aggressive to strangers.

Certain requirements should be met with this long-distance method: the owner must be fully receptive, with open mind and belief without doubt on Reiki for their cats. They should provide to the Reiki Master the cat’s full name, the cat’s location (city, state or hospital), and it is helpful to have a recent photograph of the cat. As we all understand the basic characteristics of our cats with their openness and sensitivity, therefore sessions for cats can be shorter than those for humans.

What Is Reiki?

Basically reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that channels healing life force energy through a practitioner to a client to restore balance of the body, mind and spirit. It is a hands-on treatment which promotes relaxation, reduces stress and promotes the body’s ability to heal itself.

Brief History Of Reiki

Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) can be translated to mean “Universal Life Force Energy”. Reiki is thousands of years old, and is thought to have originated as a Tibetan Buddhist practice that was rediscovered in the late 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. It is a non-intrusive method of hands-on healing and stress reduction that taps into the energy referred to as Ki in Japanese. Please refer to the video below for comprehensive understanding on Reiki.

The basic outcomes from Reiki are:

  • brings about deep relaxation,
  • destroys energy blockages,
  • detoxifies the system,
  • increases the vibration frequency of the body,
  • reduces stress, maintains health and well-being, prevents illness, and encourages personal growth,
  • and brings healing to psychological, emotional and spiritual issues.

Reiki is a complementary therapy, meaning it complements standard medical treatments.

Research has revealed that patients (humans and animals) receiving Reiki show an increase in their energy, recuperate faster, need less pain medication, and experience fewer side effects from medication.

How can Reiki help your cat? It can help to:

  • Calm behavioral problems
  • Release anxiety or fear
  • Boost a cat’s confidence
  • Enhance the effectiveness of medication and healing ability
  • Accelerate post-operative recovery
  • Help life transitions
  • Boost the immune system

See the video below on reiki healing for cat with an injured paw who lives on a farm:

Notes on the video, courtesy of
Shiri Joshua - Centre for Human and Animal Healing

“This beautiful cat (”Felini”) had an injury on his paw. During an animal Reiki class, he “spotted” me from afar (likely sensed the energy), and came running, asking for healing for about 25 minutes! How beautiful! We ended up offering him a group healing, which he seemed to enjoy!”Reiki for cats or for any other creatures can be done in a meditation position, or as described in the pictures aforementioned. The most essential part is how we can connect our heart, mind, as well as spirit, and channel our energy with them. And basically our sincerity and love towards others are the fundamentals of energy healing.

How Reiki Helped Heal My Cat, Bunjie

bunjie-on-fridge.jpgEarly in 2007, my brother became a Reiki Master. At that time I only knew a little about Reiki. My first thoughts were that Reiki is a kind of healing energy that can only be applied to humans for curing illnesses or diseases. Then, I was totally wrong because one of my cats, Bunjie got distemper in 2007.

At first, I didn’t know what really had happened to him. He looked so miserable, so afraid to be touched, tended to hide away and didn’t want to eat or drink at all. The worst thing was he suddenly became so weak and confused. I took him to the vet immediately and he got several shots. My vet diagnosed distemper, and he said his chance was 50% to survive since this is a deadly virus that hit Bunjie.As we all know, if we have multiple cats in our home, each of them tends to have their favorite beloved human. Bunjie is not only very close to me, but also to my brother. Bunjie is my brother’s favorite, maybe because they have the same gender. Most of my cats were female at that time.

Before he was learning Reiki, he was not a cat lover. After studying for few months about Reiki and becoming a Reiki Master, he learned that every creature in this universe, including our surroundings, are in one harmony and naturally balanced. It means that we will be able to live peacefully and in harmony only if we are not neglecting any components of life, no matter how small and simple it looks. We need to keep balancing our life with them naturally. Thus, we can start by appreciating and being thankful to our surroundings, our dear furry companions, the bright sunshine, the trees, the leaves, and the fresh air we breathe and so on, even including giving them a good praise.

Since we were worried about Bunjie’s illness and his chance to survive, my brother gave him Reiki healing everyday, three times a day. In the morning before he went to work, at noon when he was at the office, giving distance Reiki, and in the evening. Thank God, slowly and gradually, Bunjie’s progress was getting better everyday. On the fifth day after visiting my vet, he was starting to run because he was reluctant to drink his medicine. At that moment, making him to have his medicine became very difficult, so I had to mix it with his meals. And, now Bunjie is getting robust, full-bodied and manly.

There were times too when Bunjie disappeared for a week when I was out of town, due to my job. We were worried that he might get lost somewhere. My brother used his Reiki to call him home. It was amazing to see that Bunjie finally came home.

Bunjie’s character was very skittish and sensitive. If I’m being too pushy to reach him, or my brother tried hard to approach him, he would rather run off. Most often, if any alley male cats came to our home, he suddenly got diarrhea, due to being stressed and scared of other feral or stray male cats. We were concerned a lot about his character, and we wanted Bunjie became more brave and courageous in dealing with any strange male cats.

In order to boost his confidence and decrease his skittishness, my brother applied Reiki again to Bunjie. Moreover, we often encouraged him to have more guts in dealing with strangers, either cats or humans. The results needed several months and lots of patience. Now we are so glad to see his progress. Not only that, he became so loving towards other new siblings and new kittens, although it took a little time for him to get used to the new members. Furthermore, as he became the oldest male cat in our home, it’s as if he knows it’s his duty and responsibility to take care of the other cats and kittens, and protect them from any furry intruders.

Here is another story about a Reiki Master with a stray kitten. It shows how Reiki can change both a human’s and a cat’s life. It is truly inspiring.

An Abandoned Kitten’s Fight For Life

One evening last June I was riding my bike on my usual route around the lake, and as I approached home, something made me turn down a road I’d never taken before. About two-thirds of the way up the street, I saw something in the middle of the road, and as I got closer, I saw it was a tiny kitten. When I stopped my bike, it ran into the bushes on the side of the road, but then came back to me. I picked it up and checked the bushes for any more kittens, but there were none.

There are no houses anywhere near that spot, so clearly this kitten had been intentionally abandoned there. He was filthy, covered with fleas, and had a distended belly, indicating worms and malnutrition, as well as a head cold; he couldn’t breath through his nose and wheezed so loudly I had to resist the temptation to call him “Darth Vader.” He also purred non-stop, so happy to have been rescued. I took him home, and the next day I took him to the vet. He was de-fleaed and de-wormed, and the vet gave me nose drops for his head cold. He weighed just 1.7 pounds!

The first name I gave him was “Shadow” because he followed me around like one. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to give Shadow his nose drops because they apparently burned, and he literally turned somersaults when I tried. But I gave him Reiki every day, and within a week the head cold cleared up and he started playing.

My original intention was to get him healthy and find him a home but, with the help of Reiki, my two adult cats accepted him, and he is now a full-fledged member of our household. Five months after finding him, his permanent name became “Paddy,” and he’d grown from a tiny 1.7 pounds to over 10 pounds!”

By the way, be sure to read other Felinesophy's post, Cats’ Purrs As A Way To Heal Human. This is incredible!

Photo credits:

Top photo with gorgeous black cat:
Wendi Rose - Hearts in Harmony

Middle photo with beautiful gray tabby/white cat
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[PRESS RELEASE] June 4th Global Freedom Day: An International Interfaith Prayer Day  


Sylvain Henry, BSc. 
Community Organizer

June 4th Global Freedom Day: An International Interfaith Prayer Day

On June 4th, 2010, thousands of individuals from almost every nation in the world will be praying and fasting for social progress. "We are not trying to set a first Guinness World Record for people to read and forget," says Sylvain Henry, initiator of the spiritual solidarity movement, "we are simply petitioning God directly for immediate action towards what we need."  Many of the participants feel that world leaders are powerless to make the change this world really needs like creating employment that pays "living" wages or preventing war between the resource-hungry western world and resource-rich Muslim nations.

People from all faiths are participating, several atheists are also joining this spiritual movement for social change by focusing on the desired change.  Though most will be praying and fasting from their own homes, the new worldwide group has also organized a Global Google Map that pinpoints the locations where people can meet to pray together (cafes, parks, etc). Prayer requests are also being accepted for consideration.
This is our second event, the first one took place on May 4th, 2010.  At least 4000 people attended the first pray-from-home  event.  For greater effectiveness, four prayers were suggested to participants and results were obtained on two of them (government leaders said they would take action to help citizens get more family physicians, and one municipality was enlightened to stop their plans for fluoridation of public drinking water).

To view the Facebook participants of this movement:

"The image standard for our movement is the Greenheart photo, taken by nature photographer Eri Hariono from Indonesia and donated to our cause.  The photo was taken in a lush Indonesian tea plantation.  The green foliage represents our collective sustainable hope of a better future for our youth.  The heart-shaped tree represents the ultimate love force that unites us."

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Youth And Sustainability (YAS 2010): The day the regions of the world became socially responsible and organic green  

My best compadre from Canada, Sylvain Henry initiated the Youth and Sustainability movement since 2009. This year, 2010, is the second event he manages to establish for people around the world which is focusing for the young generation on the importance of respecting our local environment and local community by reconsidering many of our daily activities.

I am honoured to assist him in spreading this good cause for our sustainable life. Since you are aware that I have deep passion with cats -any kinds of cats, house cats, domestic cats, feral cats, stray cats, alley cats, breed cats and so on- I am offering an online slide presentation for cats' sustainable live in this event.

For details about this unique and special Youth and Sustainability (YAS 2010) event in Gatineau, Canada, please see below and share with all your relatives & friends ASAP:

You are cordially invited to attend Youth And Sustainability 2010, an event for the whole family organized by Sylvain Henry. This informal event is a public discussion to discover what we can do to help our future become more sustainable.

The event will be interactive and international: members of the audience are invited to bring their laptops since we will be providing free high speed WiFi internet access to research what is being presented or discussed in real time.

The international friends of the audience will also be able to provide input at our live events. Laptops with webcams will be permitted for those who wish to share the live event with their virtual network of friends. This location has been sponsored by members of the community (Ottawa and Gatineau) to become the regular meeting location for our future events. This hall has also been selected for its accoustic and light quality so that local and national performers will be invited to perform at all events.

The media is welcome also.

Date: March 21st, 2010

Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Place: CEGEP de l'Outaouais (Campus Felix Leclerc), 820 Boul de la Gappe, Gatineau

Enter: Door 11 (right next to Canada's newest indoor sports and waterpark complex)

Cost: This is a free event

Hall: Capacity is for 500 people

RSVP: Please RSVP to sylvain.henry@gmail.com 613-552-1090 ASAP to reserve your seat or table

-Free WiFi high speed wireless internet access for all (there are plenty of tables with power outlets)

-Free display tables for those who confirm early

-Free parking (there are several hundred parking spots)

-The hall is wheelchair accessible

-Cameras, camera cell phones and webcams are permitted

-Performers are always welcome at our events

Peace, Prosperity, Truth

sylvain henry

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