I completed Reiki level 1 training in 2001 and regularly practiced Reiki on myself and other people. I was searching for a spiritual path that was meaningful and fulfilling but also practical. I wanted to see results. I wanted change. I wanted to find my passion so that I could move past ambiguity and uncertainly into faith, trust, and joy. I completed Reiki Master training in 2006, and started teaching Reiki for people. Reiki became my spiritual and personal foundation and remains so today.
As with so many things, it is in the practice, in the doing that we begin to experience changes. So often we hear that we should stop doing and start being – just be. But the funny thing is that the doing leads to the being. By doing Reiki, by applying the principles, by practicing every day, I became Reiki. I am Reiki. I am a person who is filled with the universal life force energy, who has a deep desire to live a life of service, a person who walks with an attitude of gratitude, and I am infinitely capable of joy, love, compassion, and the ability to give and receive.
But even in the knowing and certainty that Reiki was my foundation and had opened my heart and given my life deep meaning, still a piece was missing. I hadn’t found my niche.
This changed in November 2011 when my sweet Shiba Inu doggy, Ginger, my companion for 13 years, crossed over. She was bossy, demanding, diligent, loyal, and very much attached to me. She loved to go for walks, to run free on the beach, to sit close to me, her treats, and to play with her toys. I miss her. She passed away under difficult, sad, and painful circumstances. I often offered Reiki to her. She didn’t like hands-on but she would lie down quietly and relax into the Reiki energy.
Shortly after she crossed over, I started feeling a very strong pull to offer Reiki to animals.
Many opportunities started coming my way and I paid attention. I took notice that my heart was opening to animals in a way that I had never experienced. There was a different kind of connection, a knowing, a sense of belonging and acceptance. Dogs that I saw on the street looked at me in a way that said, “I see you and thank you for seeing me too.”
I started to train with animal Reiki teacher Kathleen Prasad, and I started volunteering in local animal shelters so I could offer Reiki to a variety of animals. I took Kathleen’s core class, completed a six-month animal Reiki internship, took an equine Reiki class and in December 2013, I completed the Animal Reiki Teacher Certification Training. I’m now offering animal reiki classes at Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary in Sandy, Oregon. THIS is my niche, my calling.
Victoria is an experienced, knowledgeable, and insightful teacher. Her students love her ability to translate the concepts into real-life stories which helps them remember their innate ability to connect with the animals as healing partners and teachers.
Animal Reiki Source
Victoria has a deep love and compassion for animals. She is a SARA teacher/practitioner and faithful supporter of SARA. Victoria is also a Reiki volunteer at local rescues in her area. We appreciate her commitment to helping animals and also her dedication to teaching others how they can too can support the well-being and healing of rescue and sanctuary animals.
Kathleen Prasad and Leah D’Ambrosio
Founders, Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA)
Our mission at Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary is “Humans Healing Horses, Healing Humans.” We work with all means possible to get and keep our rescues healthy, happy and at peace. This intention is also at the core of animal Reiki. We are so blessed to have Victoria as an integral part of this healing team. She is an intuitive listener and observer, and does an amazing job at supporting our herd and others in their journey to heart connection, compassion, and healing through her deep practice of Reiki. She has supported our beloved animals through transitions into safety at the sanctuary as well as nurturing them in death. We are grateful for Victoria and the Reiki that she helps course through the core of Zebs Wish.
Director, Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary
Thank you to Suzi Cloutier, director of Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary, and her husband Mike VanDerwater. You inspire me daily.
I am grateful for all of my Reiki students – children and adults – for the life lessons, for the privilege of witnessing their growth and aha moments, for their smiles, laughter, tears, honesty, and wisdom.
I am blessed to have so many animal friends. Thank you my dear ones, for being my teachers.
I’m also happy to be a member of Brighthaven Healing Arts Center for Animals and Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA).
I am grateful for Animal Reiki Source and my teacher, Kathleen Prasad. Thank you, Kathleen, for following your heart and for the love and compassion you have for our non-human companions.