Six years ago, a stray cat landed with her four kittens at the Mahantys’ spacious home in Mahim, in Mumbai. Norma Mahanty, a holistic healer, who shares the apartment with her husband Ravi, fondly recalled, “I had just gotten married and was unpacking all my cartons, when a cat, whom I started to call Missy, brought her kittens over.” The litter made themselves comfortable, “and then, one day, they all suddenly disappeared,” said Norma. “A few days later, Missy returned home with only one of her kittens, Sukhi, who stayed on.”
After two years, Norma and her husband took off for 60 days to visit their hotel in Bhubaneswar, leaving Sukhi under the care of their house cleaner. But while the Mahantys were away, Sukhi went missing. “Four months later, he hopped in, looking totally frightened and emaciated. He was nothing, but mere skin anChad bones,” she said. “His left hind leg -both tibia and femur -were exposed to a wound with a bunch of maggots clinging to the rotting flesh. The stench was overpowering. I picked him, put him in a basket and rushed him to the vet.”
Norma was advised to admit the frail feline to the animal hospital in Parel, but she remained adamant not to. “So, the vet told me to bring him every day for a dressing of the wound, while he was still on antibiotics. My main challenge during that time, however, remained to bring his weight up so that they could amputate his leg,” she said.
As a healer, who mainly uses reiki and pranic healing, Norma was guided to turn to a higher force. And she used reiki -defined as “a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being,” -on Sukhi. “And he did gain weight and his eyes lit up again after five days,” she smiled. “I sent lots of healing to the shoulder area, where the Brachial chakra, which is predominant in animals, is located.”
Sukhi responded to the healing and the vet was able to amputate his leg successfully.Then last year, Sukhi went missing again. “I prayed to my masters to guide him back home,” said Norma. Surely, he did return home. However, this time, with his other back leg wounded and parallel to the floor. The doctor reckoned that the main nerve of the leg was damaged and feared that the cat wouldn’t be able to use his feet again. “I was advised to even try acupuncture. But my spirit guides guided me to use reiki with the medicine Buddha mantra, which I did,” she shared. Within a week of daily healing, Sukhi started flexing his joint, and in a month’s time, he became mobile again.
Like Sukhi, Norma has seen other animals respond wonderfully to energy work. Animals, Norma feels, are far more receptive to energy healing than human beings. “Humans have these limitations; they tend to function from judgement (will it work, will it not work). When it doesn’t, they start doubting. We humans constantly want tangible proof. One has to accept healing at a very deeper level,” she urged. “Animals, on the other hand, function from non-judgement and carry no baggage; having said, you need to seek their permission before healing them too.”
“The Brachial chakra,” Norma added, “is located on either side of the body, in the area of the shoulders. It is the main energy centre in all animals and links directly to all other chakras. It is the centre, which relates to animal-human interaction. Any healing should always begin at this chakra. From this chakra, you gain and the animal gains. Like it happened in the case of Sukhi.” The bud chakras are found one on each foot (pad, paw, hoof) and one on the skin at the base opening of each ear. They are receptive to subtle energy vibrations. For example, changes in the weather like a thunderstorm, or an earthquake. The bud chakras located in the feet are often used to source areas of energy in the ground, which are beneficial to the animal. The 21 minor chakras in animals are sensory centres and can be found, in among other places, on the nose, tail and ears. “And based on the imbalance, we work on those energy centres,” says Norma. “But to heal them first, you need to have great respect for them. Animals function on a very basic and instinctive level. There is so much to learn from them.”