Hands-On Healing for Pets: The Animal Lover's Essential Guide to Using Healing Energy by Margrit Coates is a simple book for learning how to do energy healing with several types of animals.
The copy I have opens with testimonials of clients that the author helped and the introduction adds to this explaining the popularity of this alternative healing technique. In the first chapter the author explains her own life experience that led her to the art of healing, which lends a personal touch to the rest of the book.
It then goes on to explain what hands-on healing is, why it's useful, how to do it, and how crystals and gemstones can be used to enhance it. Like many healing books, this one hinges on chakras. Coates adds an additional chakra she has found in animals herself. The chakra information is detailed and includes the location, color, element, planet, and several other elements that readers will find useful. I especially liked the fact that there are illustrations for individual animals, including dogs, rabbits, birds, and cats. Since birds and fish tend to be difficult to make physical contact, she explains how to do the healing through a small distance.
The tone throughout this piece is friendly, inviting, and encouraging. Spaced throughout the chapters are personal stories of the author helping animals with various medical problems. I liked how the author was especially careful throughout this piece to point out that energy healing is not a substitute for physical healing, which may need the assistance of a veterinarian or other professional. The author states that energy healing can have physical effects, but it is best used to help heal mental and emotional health.
I had one major gripe with this book and it has to do with citation. The author sometimes provides studies or examples and will only provide where the study came from. She does not provide the year or any other information that would assist the reader in doing more research. More often than not, though, she provides no citation at all when speaking of studies or examples. When I normally read a book like this, I like to actually look at the citation to see if the data agrees with the author's conclusions (sometimes it doesn't). And I also like to be able to read more on the topic.
Aside from its friendly tone and beginner-friendly instructions, there's nothing particularly special about this book. I don't think this will provide much information to anybody who is past the beginner stage.
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