Codes of Conduct

Code of Ethics for Interspecies Communicators

Formulated in 1990 by Penelope Smith

    Our motivation is compassion for all beings and a desire to help all species understand each other better, particularly to help restore the lost human ability to freely and directly communicate with other species.

    We honor those that come to us for help, not judging, condemning, or invalidating them for their mistakes or misunderstanding but honoring their desire for change and harmony.

    We know that to keep this work as pure and harmonious as possible requires that we continually grow spiritually. We realize that telepathic communication can be clouded or overlaid by our own unfulfilled emotions, critical judgments, or lack of love for self and others. We walk in humility, willing to recognize and clear up our own errors in understanding others’ communication (human and non-human alike).

    We cultivate knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of human, non-human, and interspecies behavior and relationships, to increase the good results of our work. We get whatever education and/or personal help we need to do our work effectively, with compassion, respect, joy, and harmony.

    We seek to draw out the best in everyone and increase understanding toward mutual resolution of problems. We go only where we are asked to help, so that others are receptive and we truly can help. We respect the feelings and ideas of others and work for interspecies understanding, not pitting one side against another but walking with compassion for all. We acknowledge the things that we cannot change and continue where our work can be most effective.

    We respect the privacy of people and animal companions we work with, and honor their desire for confidentiality.

    While doing our best to help, we allow others their own dignity and help them to help their animal companions. We cultivate understanding and ability in others, rather than dependence on our ability. We offer people ways to be involved in understanding and growth with their fellow beings of other species.

    We acknowledge our limitations, seeking help from other professionals as needed. It is not our job to name and treat diseases, and we refer people to veterinarians for diagnosis of physical illness. We may relay animals’ ideas, feelings, pains, symptoms, as they describe them or as we feel or perceive them, and this may be helpful to veterinary health professionals. We may also assist through handling of stresses, counseling, and other gentle healing methods. We let clients decide for themselves how to work with healing their animal companions’ distress, disease, or injury, given all the information available.

    The goal of any consultation, lecture, workshop, or interspecies experience is more communication, balance, compassion, understanding, and communion among all beings. We follow our heart, honoring the spirit and life of all beings as One.

Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics

Developed by Kathleen Prasad, Founder of Animal Reiki Source


Guiding Principles:
• I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.
• I honor the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.
• I understand that all animals have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.
• I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to the human view of the animal kingdom.
• I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:
• I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts into my daily life and Reiki practice.
• I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.
• I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animalkind as our partners on this planet.
• I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.

In working in the community, I hold the following goals:
• I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my life and with the animals, teaching by example.
• I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organizations in my community.
• I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.
• I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.
• I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honor other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:
• Share information before the treatment about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing system and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.
• Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as "postponement" policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.
• Never diagnose. I will always refer clients to a licensed veterinarian when appropriate.
• Honor the privacy of the animals and their human companions.
• Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.
• Respect the human companion's right to choose the animal's healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate, with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:
• I work in partnership with the animal.
• I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his or her decision to accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal's body language in determining the response.
• I allow each animal to choose how to receive his or her treatment; thus each treatment could be a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal's preference.
• I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.
• I accept the results of the treatment without judgment and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal's openness and participation in the process.

Copyright © 2007, Animal Reiki Source

Reiki Practitioner Member Code Of Ethics

Australian Reiki Connection (ARC)

Members of the Australian Reiki Connection Inc. agree to adopt, follow and support the following
Code Of Ethics of ARC Inc.

To respect the inherent dignity of individuals, clients, students, colleagues, other practitioners and
people from all walks of life.

To act with integrity and on the basis of a well-informed conscience at all times.

To actively practice and promote the Reiki Precepts expounded by Mikao Usui and to continue to
honour the Code of Ethics of ARC Inc., which is based upon these precepts.

To conduct treatments & teaching in a responsible manner, consistent with the safety, health and
welfare of the community.

To be honest and realistic when making statements about the possible outcomes of Reiki
treatments, and whenever possible, to base comments upon reliable information, experience and
current research.

To endeavour to improve the community’s understanding of Reiki, its applications, potential
benefits and challenges.

To act in fairness, honesty and in good faith towards all people regardless of such factors as
personal wealth, race, religion, sexuality, disability, age or national origin.

To assist, wherever appropriate, colleagues, co-workers and Reiki practitioners in their continuing
professional development.

To support ARC Inc. and its members in the application and upholding of this Code of Ethics.