Animal Healing in Japan 2012
The Healing Animals Organisation has forged a wonderful working relationship with the animal charity Ark based in Japan. Every year I teach animal healing, nutrition and communication in Japan and for the last four years I have been travelling to Tokyo to offer healing to dogs, cats, horses, reptiles and tortoises. I have always been interested in ARK and their founder, Elizabeth Oliver who has recently been awarded an MBE for her services to animal welfare. I made contact with Elizabeth who was very interested in The Healing Animals Organisation and who invited me to come to the sanctuary to do some work. Two years ago I ran a fundraiser in Tokyo and raised £500 for ARK and this year it topped £1000. I was eager to visit the sanctuary and Elizabeth. Ironically just four weeks prior to my trip to ARK in Japan I was with Elizabeth at the World Conference of Animal Welfare where I was a speaker. We actually met face to face for the first time, even though we have been in correspondence for some time!
Taking the Bullet Train from Tokyo to Osaka was an amazing experience. Mina, one of my graduates from the Diploma in Animal Healing accompanied me. Mina has been a fantastic student travelling from Japan to the UK to study with me for eighteen months, including embarking on the Natural Food Animal Remedies practitioner course. This was an exciting experience for Mina who has been working with me in Tokyo and at UK animal charities; now having a chance to put her skills to practice in her native homeland. We spent the best part of four hours travelling inland to Osaka. After staying the night at a comfortable B&B, the next morning we were met bright and early by Elizabeth Oliver and took a short car ride to the ARK sanctuary. Set in beautiful green leafy countryside with a few local farms growing rice, it is an idyllic setting for any animal coming to visit. The atmosphere was peaceful and very well run by lovely staff. I gave a presentation to the staff about the Healing Animals Organisation and spoke with department heads and the vet about specific dogs and cats we were going to see.
One specific dog had a terrible skin problem which the vet was happy for me to lovingly apply my own homemade topical fresh Aloe Vera gel to Lao. I gave written instructions and a two-week supply to the staff, asking them to email me two weeks later with an update. Sure enough the staff emailed me to say that Lao’s skin complaint had cleared up. They were amazed with the results and asked for more gel so they could treat any new rescued dogs with similar conditions.
Many animals are physically and mentally abused all around the world, and Japan sees it’s fair share of terrorised dogs and cats. Mina and I spent time with a dear little dog that had lost trust with humans. We both knew that this was going to take a lot of rehabilitation and time however, in the beautiful sunlight outside we sat with our new friend and began our relaxation techniques, also showing the ARK staff some new ideas to enhance the bonds of love between animals and their carers.
It was time to say goodbye, we had worked tirelessly all day and we reluctantly gathered our coats and bags. Hugged Elizabeth and staff for their amazing commitment to animal welfare and we felt very blessed we had played a small part in the rehabilitation and future re homing of these beautiful animals.