Crystal Healing For Animals

This is another therapy that I knew nothing about before starting to investigate it. I have used crystals for Feng Shui purposes in my home (as directed by a practitioner), but other than that, I just thought they were pretty. But it turns out they’re powerful too.

Meet Karen Ryan

Karen Ryan, crystal healingToday’s post comes from Karen Ryan, founder and owner of The Crystal Tiger in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Karen, who has studied with Tibetan yogis and lamas in the Far East, is a Crystal Energy Therapist, Reiki Master of the Usui System of Natural Healing, Gendai Reiki Shihan (Teacher), Crystal Reiki Master, Spiritual Aromatherapist, Radionics Therapist and Spiritual Teacher. She breeds C.K.C Registered Lhasa Apsos and is the Culinary Director of VeggieFeast, a vegetarian cooking school. Karen is also one of our expert contributors here at AWG.

The complete idiot's guide to CrystalsKaren has appeared on live radio and TV and has written three books. The most recent one, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crystals was released in 2010. Read my review in this Healing Crystals post.

She also teaches classes and workshops in the Toronto area. Check her web site for more information.

I asked Karen how she got into working with crystals, and she said:

“Briefly, by the time I was in my mid-30’s, I was smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day and drank 9 cups of coffee as well. I had severe burn-out from work. I was quite toxic and had to ask myself when I was happiest last. The answer came from within that it was when I was pursuing my spirituality. So, I decided to take some courses on past life regression, astral travel and crystals. I never did get to the past life workshop or the astral travel. Everything was available to me through crystals. I studied under a crystal therapist who was a disciple of Marcel Vogel, a noted IBM researcher and crystal master. Marcel has passed on now, but he left a legacy of healers. Marcel taught that the energy of Crystal Light, the God-Source and Love were all the same. Hold a crystal and you’ve got God-Love on your side. Now who wouldn’t want that!”

Karen, what is crystal healing? How does it work?

Crystals help to regulate an erratic energy signal. They are natural oscillators, taking a signal and refining it (no wonder they were used in radio sets during WWII). When we hold a crystal near an organ or other organic material, the vibrational level of that organ improves, meaning the signal becomes regulated and harmonious with the rest of the organism. The health of the organ is restored with repeated exposure to crystal resonance.

Some crystals have specific abilities for healing. For instance, there are specific crystals that seem to resonate better to restore health to certain organs or disease conditions. Carnelian for instance works very well with various skin conditions. Amethyst works well for headache and arthritic conditions as well as thyroid disorders. Crystals even work well to work on emotional states such as Rose Quartz for love and happiness. Some crystals, such as Selenite, are also used as bridges to higher consciousness. I think animals appreciate the psycho-spiritual aspects as much as humans.

When I lived in Nepal in the Himalayan foothills, the results of nightly howling and growls over food would be seen the next day among the village dog packs. Limping, the losers of the packs would seek human comfort and healing. No one there had medicine for the animals except me, and it was the crystal healing that the dogs came for. Seeing me treat the odd mongrel who sought me out by lying outside my door, the villagers said I was in love with the dogs. Healing animals with crystals is a very intuitive process. With nothing more than crystals and kind words, animals can heal significantly faster than without care. Just let yourself be guided with a crystal in your hand and both you and your animal-friend will benefit.

Tashi Receives Crystal Healing
by Karen Ryan

To show you a few easy crystal healing set-ups for animals, I asked Tashi, my Mother-Dog of two litters to pose for a few photos. These photos will show various crystal layouts to promote healing and wellness. Tashi is a 10-year-old pure-bred Lhasa Apso who has Seborrhoea, a skin complaint. I hold an orange Carnelian crystal over her skin for a few minutes to help heal superficial lesions. Tashi also has a weakened leg from surgery last year to repair a torn ligament (chasing squirrels). So we’ll address this leg complaint now and some crystal layouts that will be helpful to her.

Tashi: Crystal healing with dogYou will see from the first photo, I am using a large natural clear quartz crystal and have placed it near Tashi to relax her. You might like to put some relaxing music on as well. The crystal is placed a few inches away at her belly for about 2 minutes to help regulate her general system.

Clear Quartz is a crystal that can be used for healing any part of the body. The tip of the crystal is pointing in towards Tashi’s body to direct white light for healing and to create an electro-magnetic field for harmonic resonance.

Tashi 2You can also use a crystal on each side of the body for greater intensity. Here, one side has Clear Quartz and the other is Amethyst, used to help with healing arthritic conditions and to alleviate pain. A list of crystals that can be used for various healing is available from my web site.

Tashi 3Tashi stretched and opened her body to receive more energy. Notice the change in paw and tail position. Animals display various signs of contentment with crystal work, such as gnashing their jaws and licking the air, or yawns and stretching when they are receiving energy. If the energy is too much, they will appear agitated and want to move away. So watch out for tell-tale signs and stop when they’ve had enough.

Tashi: Crystal healing for animalsWhen I felt Tashi was at rest after about 4-5 minutes, I proceeded to place additional crystals around her to intensify the energy for healing. Clear quartz are gentle regulators of energy and can be used anywhere around the body. Pointing the crystals tips towards the body directs energy into the body. Pointing the crystals tips away from the body redirects energy away.

Tashi 5Here, a large Bloodstone crystal (seen in the foreground to the left) is placed near Tashi. Bloodstone is a crystal used for cleansing the liver, blood, kidneys and other organs. Bloodstone is can be very intense and feel uncomfortable during its purging so its positioned within Tashi’s energy field rather than directly against the liver. Notice the quartz crystals pulling energy away from Tashi’s tummy to help with the cleansing of unwanted energy.

Tashi 6Here I am holding the Bloodstone closer to Tashi’s tummy for a few minutes for more intense healing. By moving the crystal around very slowly over an area for healing, the body will pick up the vibrations form the crystal and begin to resonate at a level for healing.

Tashi 7Tashi is demonstrating a semi-circle of crystals around her back end. The quartz crystal tips are pointing in to generate healing energy at her hips and pelvis. If there was inflammation or swelling, the points would be placed pointing away from her body to draw the unwanted energy out.

Tashi 8Here I am using a modified crystal wand. Tashi is clearly enjoying the crystal session and was quite content with the healing experience. A focused session using crystals for 5-10 minutes every day on her recovering leg meant that after two weeks, she experienced a faster recovery than expected and was back to her old self with strength to trot and manage stairs easily.

Using the crystals everyday will help to promote healing and to prevent recurring and new issues. I have recommended crystals for many animals and found that horses respond very quickly. There is an equestrian group in Spain using them under my recommendations for their prized jumping team. If you are new to crystals, learn how to cleanse and charge them before using them for healing.

For more, don’t miss Karen’s answer to a reader’s question about Using Crystals With Cows

Cattie Coyle

Cattie Coyle

Founder and Editor at Animal Wellness Guide
Cattie is the founder and editor of Animal Wellness Guide. She is a freelance photographer, graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy’s small animal program, and has studied Applied Zoopharmacognosy. Learn more about Cattie
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  1. Attila says

    It is very interesting , I had to try it to with my little dog. I have a 3 years old schnoodle same size like Tashi. My little dog was just sitting on the bead. I lay down 3 crystals close to his body, One rose quarts , clear quarts , and a small size of blood stone. The little dog enjoy that so much, he lay down and turn over his back just like Thasi and his eyes was wide open. It was so funny to see my little dog and the picture of Tasi was a same. I am sure the energy was moving there . I made picture of that I will love to sow you all. Thank you Karen.
    Schnoodle 1Schnoodle 2

  2. says

    I am a crystal healing practitioner as well, and recently my friend came to me with a 12 year old fat orange tabby cat who had a blockage in his urinary tract that was making him sick. I applied tangerine quartz to his sacral chakra 3 times a day, for 15 minutes at a time. After about 3 days, he was able to pee outside with considerably less pain. The healing power of quartz crystals works for all of God’s creatures!

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