Crystal Healing for Pets

Crystals are very beneficial to the holistic healer because they amplify and hold healing energy. There are several ways to use crystals with animals.  The biggest warning I can give is to be sure that THE ANIMAL CANNOT EAT THE CRYSTAL!  Dogs, cats, birds and horses tend to eat things that aren’t good for them so the crystal must be big enough to not fit in the mouth.

One way to use crystals is to put one in or on the pet’s cage.  I’ve done this often with birds.  In fact, my birds always had a crystal above or under their cages.  To make the crystal more effective, hold it in your hands and allow Reiki to flow into it.  When the Reiki energy stops flowing, you are done.  If you know the Reiki Symbols, you can say or draw them with your finger over the crystal. Crystals should be charged every other day.

For dogs and cats, put a crystal under their beds.  A good choice would be a Rose Quartz, which is calming. If you pet is ill, Citrine is a good choice to energize them. If you are crate training your dog, put the crystal on top of the crate.

If you are working on the pet with Reiki and it’s laying down, you can put a crystal over the area that needs healing while you give the pet Reiki.

A very effective method of using crystals with animals is to make an elixir.  Take a glass (no plastic or metal) jar and fill with clean filtered or spring water.  Place the crystal inside the jar, give it Reiki with your hands as described above and put out in the light of the Sun (for strength and energy) or the Moon (for peace and calming) for a couple of hours.  Keep the jar in your fridge and take a dropperful of the crystalized water and add to your pet’s water dish.  Stick to your basic Quartz crystals when making elixirs.  Make sure the crystals come from reliable sources and are not contaminated with other materials.  Cleanse all crystals before using them by soaking in sea salted water overnight.

For fish and reptiles that can’t be handled, put Reiki in a smooth crystal and drop into their tank.  This will create a great healing environment. You can also put a few drops of your elixir into their bowls.

This is a very basic description of the use of crystal healing for animals.  There is a chapter in my book, Reiki, Crystals and Chakras that describes crystal healing in depth, with a special chapter for animal healing.  In there you will find a list of recommendations for crystals and stones to use to aid your pet’s healing process.

I also offer classes on Reiki, crystals and Animal Healing.

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Animal Spirits

Many, many years ago, when I got married, my then husband bought me a 7 week old Toy Poodle as a wedding gift.  Little did I know that Sebastian, as I named him, would be the start of a life long career for me in the pet industry.  I became a breeder, exhibitor, groomer, trainer, and seller and champion of fine dog food food.  I only recently retired.

Sebastian lived for 14 years.  My heart broke when I had to put him to sleep.  There were many memorable Poodles for me over the years — Spicey, Dodie, Trek, Buddy, and more.

Over the years, Spicey and Sebastian have come to me regularly in dreams.  I always wake up feeling so blessed to have been able to spend time with them.  Usually they are running around, playing, and I’m worrying about them getting out and getting lost, just like I did when they were alive.

Once, I was sitting on the couch watching TV. I saw the tail of a cat pass in front of me. Since the cat wasn’t allowed out of my son’s room (due to allergies), I said, “Come and get the cat!”.  He answered, “She’s in here.”  I looked again, and saw the back of a calico cat passing through the wall.  Don’t know who she is, probably a former resident of the house!

I once dreamed about another dog I loved, a large white mixed breed.  I’ve never dreamed about her before. Her name was Ubee, and she probably passed away in the 90s.  She stayed with my ex-husband after the divorce, so I never really saw her again. DIvorce is terrible all around, but losing animals hurts as much as anything else.  She was a very beautiful, kind and loving dog.In my dream, she was sitting next to my bed, and was somewhat transparent.  I exclaimed, “Ubee!” and went to pet her but she walked off and then disappeared.

I have heard it said that these visits are real.  I really don’t know; my feeling is that they are.  It is so nice to know that they live on, just in another form.

Reiki for Pets

Throughout my 25 years as a Reiki practitioner, I have had occasion to treat many animals.  Here are the stories that stand out in my mind….

Kitty was a Devon Rex cat and about 9 months old at the time of her illness.  She became unable to eat and vomited a lot.  I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with an obstruction in her intestine. The vet operated and removed it (it was some stuffing from my children’s toy) but she developed peritonitis, which is usually fatal.  I received a call from the vet in the evening telling me Kitty was dying and getting cold. My sons were very upset, so I called all my friends and told them to send her Reiki.  I sat up all night sending Reiki to her.  In the morning, the vet called and said Kitty was up and growling at them (she hated the vet) and they had no explanation for her improved condition!  I didn’t tell them about Reiki then because it was a “fluffy New Age” type of thing that no one took seriously then. Today is it very mainstream.  The PS to the story is that Kitty lived to be 21!

Mindy was a German Shepherd Dog who lived with a client of mine.  I used to go to her house to facilitate a monthly Reiki Circle and every time I was there, Mindy would sit in the middle of the circle.  My client asked me to give the dog a Reiki attunement, which I did.  A few months later, the owner called to tell me Mindy had passed.  What was really surprising was that Mindy had cancer all through her body, but until the last two days of her life she ran, played and ate like normal.  It seemed that Reiki gave her a quality of life she probably would not have had.

A new client called me a couple of years ago because she had experienced Reiki for the first time when she was in the hospital for surgery.  She wanted me to come to her house to give Reiki to her beloved cat, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The cat wasn’t eating and was failing.  I gave the cat several treatments and also attuned the owner so that she could give the cat Reiki herself.  The cat rallied and lived two more happy and healthy years!

Animals love Reiki and it’s quite effective for them.  Often, they will show you where their pain is by indicating it with their noses.  Many seek it out once they have experienced it.

If you would like to learn Reiki and Reiki for Animals, send me an email for information on courses I teach.  You can become a very effective Animal Healer pretty easily.  It’s not hard!

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I’m starting a new monthly meetup, “Satsang With Ravenhawk”.  This is something very dear to me as I get to share some of my deepest spiritual practices with interested people.  Hopefully, together, we can learn and grow into our full potential as human beings.

Many years ago, I became enchanted with chant and Bhakti Yoga as my primary spiritual practice.  At first, I just loved the music and communal chanting.  Over time, I found myself changing, drastically.  I became calm and peaceful.  My heart opened. I was better equipped to navigate the challenges in life.

And that’s exactly what the practice is designed to do. I really didn’t know that at the time, I discovered that after the fact.

The practice involves the use of Mantra. According to Wikipedia,

(a “mantra” (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/ (Sanskrit: मन्त्र);[2]) is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.[3][4] Mantra meditation helps to induce an altered state of consciousness).

So it’s a form of meditation based on sacred sounds.

I am looking forward to our first meeting where I will share more of my experiences and the knowledge I have gained over the years.  I am also excited to hear of the participant’s experiences.  We all learn and grow from sharing our spiritual truths.  Understanding and integrating them into our lives is key to growing as human beings.  Sharing them keeps us focused on our paths.  And that’s the definition of “Satsang”.

Looking forward!

The event will be Monday, February 12 @ 5:30 PM at Myztic Isle, 8036 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA.  You can register here:



Somewhere along the labyrinthine path to spiritual enlightenment, somewhere after the “Dark Night of the Soul”, we are faced with a very dark and frightening turn, The Path of Surrender. At some point on the Spiritual Path, it becomes impossible to make any further progress without surrendering.

What exactly is surrender?  Is it the complete jettisoning of personal will, a total sacrifice of goals, the hoisting of the white flag of defeat?  Surrender is not defeat. Surrender is victory. It is not giving up on our personal goals and sacrificing our personal will to another and it is certainly not co-dependence.

Surrender is giving up the concept of control and letting the “Universe”, or the “Higher Self”, or the personal divine take over the steering wheel, with no back seat driving.  Control involves the ego, and the ego has no place in personal spiritual development.  The ego seeks to control others, our environment, events around us.  It seeks to control the emotions, our ability to love, and the emotional life of others around us.  The wasted energy spent in control needs to be released so that the natural process of spiritual growth can continue unhindered.When I visualize this concept, I think of one of the episodes of the original Star Trek series.  Captain Kirk and Spock are caught in an alien force field that they are fiercely fighting. As they struggle, the force field becomes ever more vigilant.   Finally, they are barely able to move.  “Captain” Spock says quietly.  He has discovered something.  He has discovered that the more they fight the force field, the worse it gets.  Spock suggests trying stillness and calm and not fighting it to see what happens.  Of course, when they stop fighting it, the force field dissipates.  What a wonderful metaphor for Surrender!

Surrender involves an incredible leap of Faith.  Faith is the most significant element of Surrender.  Without Faith, there can be no Surrender.  Faith involves the belief that there is a greater good, a higher perspective, a divine, a higher self, or the “big picture”.  Faith involves trusting that our souls have chosen for us the path of greatest good, or spiritual learning and soul growth that is after all our purpose for being here on the Blue Planet.

This may involve finally seeing that not receiving gratification for the demands of our immediate ego needs may result in a greater opportunity somewhere down the line.  This “leap of faith” must exist in order for our destinies to unfold.  A coveted promotion which doesn’t pan out, the cherished relationship which fails, loss and separation, death, divorce, illness, vanished opportunities….all will evolve into a greater opportunity to realize the soul’s place on the true life path.


Also involved is a certain degree of patience.  Patience to let the way of the greater good evolve into the ideal situation.  The True Path does not reveal itself in the time frame we would like.  To a society largely sown on fast food and instant gratification, it must be acknowledged that there is no “McSpirit”, a drive-through of instant enlightenment.

In order to Surrender, one must realize that there is something much greater and much more powerful than anything this existence can offer.  Call it the Universe, God, Goddess, Great Spirit, The Big Picture, or whatever, but it’s all the same.  The Universe works in its own time and its own place.  Because in the Big Picture, there is no linear time or linear place.  The Universe is not bound by linear constraints.  It is beyond time and place.  Time and place are illusions created by our own egos.  Surrender involves Faith in the workings of the Universe, the divine order that governs all, and the Patience to see it through.


Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I’ve noticed a post by a person who is making Reiki Masters for $47 over the internet.  I tried to comment on this post, and found I could not.  It would appear that this person does not welcome comments and that many of them could be negative.

I assume he is making a fortune on this.  That might be why he turned off the comment section. I myself am truly upset by what he is doing.

He advertises that he is teaching the way Dr. Usui taught, as Western Reiki is “wrong” as taught by Mrs. Takata.  Yes, she had many faults, but she taught Reiki the way way it was intended to be taught by its founder, Dr. Usui. In person.  And over time. In fact, Dr. Usui took way more time at each Reiki level than any of us do these days. He made very few Reiki Masters too.

You can’t master anything in a few moments.  We in the West seem to be stuck on what I call “McSpirit”, the McDonald’s mentality of getting your food, and everything else you want, in an instant.  Applied to spirituality, it doesn’t work.  It doesn’t even work for feeding our bodies.

Being a Reiki Master is complicated and it’s a skill.  You have to have the experience to handle all the things that will come up with your clients and students.  And believe me, there is no end to the variety of issues and problems that come up, not the least of which is the “healing crisis” that might occur after receiving Reiki treatments and attunements. Every student/client is different.  A Reiki Master must be there for them.  You can’t just send some materials and then disappear while your client/student struggles.  It’s unethical.

Would you want a doctor or lawyer who had viewed some YouTube videos to operate on you or handle your lawsuit?  You would choose the most experienced doctor or lawyer you could find.

Reiki is a serious practice.  We are dealing with peoples’ lives.  It’s not a frivolous  feel good practice.  It has a serious ability to heal, reduce stress and pain.

If you want to be a Reiki Master, do the work.  Get the experience.  Take the time to learn in person.  Reiki is becoming more mainstream these days (like in hospitals and the VA) and it’s important to have well educated, experienced practitioners out in the world.  That doesn’t come from a YouTube video.

For more information on my Reiki practice and becoming a Reiki Master  check out my website.

Saturn Transits

With Saturn’s move from sunny Sagittarius to Capricorn, it crossed my ascendant or rising sign.  This is a time of dissolution of ego, when the persona is forced to become one with the reality of who I really am.  Since I’ve been working toward that goal for many years, it’s not the devastating time the Saturn book says it would be.  Having a knowledge of Astrology has prepared me for this transit.

This move of Saturn from optimistic Sagittarius into serious Capricorn will affect everyone.  How it affects you depends on your own personal Astrological chart.

Transits of the planet Saturn can be difficult as Saturn is the teacher and the task maker.  Whatever isn’t working in your life will certainly be in your face for fixing.  This may not be comfortable, to say the least.  When I had my first Saturn return (age 29-30), my father, who was in his second Saturn return (age 59-60) passed away.  His life wasn’t working at all and he was doing nothing to fix it.  I also became pregnant with my first son, so we are the second generation to share Saturn returns.  It was a time of great learning for me but I didn’t really get it then.  Uranus came through for its opposition at age 38-40 and tore my life apart.  That’s when the learning really began.

Other Saturn transits that can be difficult are when it transits itself (square, opposition) or transits the Moon’s Nodes.  The transit of the Moon’s node focus on life’s purpose, and the purpose of your soul, why you are here for example.  This transit can be quite difficult, especially if you are not living your life’s purpose. You can find out the soul’s purpose in the chart by studying the Moon’s Nodes.

My job as an Astrologer is to foresee these transits and, as a life coach, help my clients to navigate the often difficult waters they bring.  It is possible to anticipate Saturn transits and prepare for them.  That’s one of the many reasons people seek an Astrological consultation.  Some aspects of their lives might not be working also…so an Astrologer can help to sort it all out.

For more about my Astrology practice, visit my website.