Reiki: May the Force Be With You

Jill Lamp snuggled the cat called “Monday” as she told reporter Kyle Wahlberg from KVRR of Monday’s history. “Monday wandered the neighborhood for two years. When Monday developed a problem with one of his eyes, we knew we had to get him. He was obviously someone’s pet at some point because he’s not wild at all…just a huge snuggler from day one,” Jill commented.

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KVRR interviewing Reiki instructor Jen Springer

As one of the co-founders of Cat’s Cradle, Jill knew the burden fell on her shoulders. So Monday was trapped and went through treatment for his eye. Reiki (pronounced ‘RAY-kee’) is now a part of that treatment process. Monday is now up for adoption through Cat’s Cradle.

“He is a wonderful cat and loves people,” Jill continued.

Jill was one of the attendees at the Reiki for animals’ class being held at Globe University-Moorhead. Monday was one of the helpers teaching people how to align energy to bring peace in animals. Jill was attending class so she could learn how to use Reiki for her pets and those at the Cradle. Her husband, Gary Lura, was also in attendance making learning a family affair.

Reiki is a gentle, non-intrusive therapy which brings about wholeness, deep relaxation and a sense of wellness to the receiver.

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Other attendees included vet techs, massage therapists, and the general public who are interested in animals.

Master Reiki Instructor Jen Springer said her goal is to bring about harmony.

“Animals can’t tell us why they are nervous or anxious. Reiki can calm them and bring about peace,” Jen said.

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Globe University instructor Gail White learning Reiki

Jen walked the class through a very brief history of where the energy is centered in our bodies and how we can transfer that energy to others. Co-teachers Monty Moran and Lori Collison Lang also assisted as Reiki is very individualized so their help allowed for a larger class.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

“Reiki actually means ‘universal life force energy,’ and it is like the force you talk about in Star Wars, such as the force be with you. It is basically the force. It is chi,” said Jen Springer, one of the massage therapists and a massage therapy instructor at Globe.

Oils were also introduced to the class. “Using a calming scent can aid in the therapeutic effects of Reiki,” Jen taught. “Essential oils safe for cats and other pets were used to create a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere for all.”

Jill concluded, “Rescue animals go through so much transition and have come to us after trauma, so we are always looking for ways to help these animals. Reiki is another tool for us.”

Another perk: $860 was raised for Cat’s Cradle through the Reiki class! As for Monday, he is still looking for that forever home. Contact Cat’s Cradle if you’re interested.