This morning a bird flew down my stovepipe and got stuck. It’s a straight shot about 20 feet back up to get out, and I knew the bird wasn’t going to do it. I didn’t have it in me, between tools and expertise, to take the stovepipe apart and release a bird and a cloud of ash and creosote into the living room. What to do? I decided to give the bird a Reiki treatment and see if that would allow it to drop into the stove, which I opened up, and fly out the open door. Birds go upward for safety, of course, so I knew this was counter intuitive and the bird would have to be really relaxed to do it.
I put my hands on either side of the stove pipe and felt that familiar energy of Reiki start warming my hands. In the book Animal Reiki, the author tells about giving Reiki to the deer in her backyard, and how a nearby chipmunk got so relaxed he fell asleep and almost fell over. I kept envisioning the bird getting more relaxed and dropping the foot or so into the stove.
Soon the fluttering and scratching and crashing about in the pipe slowed down, and then stopped. The dogs got bored and left, which had to help. After less than an hour, the little bird flew out of the stove, not apparently the worse for wear, and went off to better times.
To learn how to do this yourself, to help relieve pain and anxiety by simply putting your hands where needed, a simple First Degree Reiki class is all you need. Reiki requires no special “gift” or belief, just a willingness to help.
Sukoshi Rice is a Reiki Master and wellness professional practicing in Blairsville since 1985. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706 745 2648.