Friday, May 17, 2019

The Importance of Expressing Gratitude with Animals

Animals, like people, thrive when we practice gratitude.

If having a soul means being able to feel love, loyalty, and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. 
---Jame Herriot


Animals are excellent teachers on how to be grateful. Animals recognize and trust humans when they come from a place of gratitude, which is peaceful, calm, and loving.

Gratitude, which means thankfulness and appreciation, connects us to our spiritual essence, which animals recognize and appreciate. Being grateful opens our hearts and minds to be more compassionate to ourselves and others.

Offering gratitude strengthens your bond and connection with all sentient beings in the web of life, especially your animal family because it brings about peace, harmony, love, and compassion. All of which humans and non-human animals need to live a healthy and balanced life.

Practicing gratitude is linked with increased happiness, along with increased physical, mental, and spiritual health. The more I practice the system of Reiki and offer Reiki to animals, the more I feel tremendous appreciation in my life for my animals, health, family, friends, and clients. And I experience more peace and balance in my life.

Animals show us gratitude in a myriad of ways like smiling, cuddling up to us, loving us unconditionally, or just hanging out sharing space together.

When communicating telepathically and offering Reiki to animals, it's essential to express your gratitude and give thanks for the animal's willingness to connect with you in whatever way they feel comfortable. Thanking animals for their desire to talk with you or share Reiki shows that you honor and respect them. Plus it opens the doors to more in-depth communication and relationships.

One way to show gratitude to animals is to practice Gassho with them. Gassho means "two hands coming together in prayer" and is a universal sign of reverence and respect that resembles praying.

The goal of the Gassho meditation is to bring all opposites together to express gratitude in unity and harmony.


Gassho Meditation

Practice this meditation often and for as long as you want. I suggest you begin with 5 minutes a day and build from there.
  • Begin by sitting or standing, whichever is most comfortable for you.
  • Put your hands together, palm-to-palm, in front of your face. Place your straight fingers in the prayer position approximately one fist's length from the tip of your nose while slightly pressing your two palms together (see above illustration).
  • Position your forearms at a slight angle to the ground. Don't let your elbows touch your body. 
  • Gently breathe in through your nose as you imagine breathing in unconditional love or Reiki (Spiritual Energy). 
  • As you exhale, feel this spiritual energy as it moves throughout your entire being in your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body.
  • While you continue to breathe in the energy of Reiki, see this loving energy nurture your being as you exhale. 
The more you practice the Gassho meditation, the more you will be in a place of reverence, respect, and gratitude, which will open your heart to your true nature as a spiritual being.

As you reconnect with your authentic self, you will become a magnet that is an attractant to animals.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Pet Loss Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

The Death of a Pet Is Life Altering and Heart Shattering


If you have ever loved a pet, then you know their death can affect every aspect of your life. It can be challenging to conceive of life without your best friend by your side. It can feel even more complicated when you were a caregiver for your beloved pet.

It's especially disconcerting when your animal dies when you're not with them, or they die suddenly without any apparent explanation or cause.

For over 20 years, I've communicated with animals who have departed their physical form. I've found that when you communicate telepathically with animals in Spirit, it brings solace during a difficult time. In my experience, hearing your loved one's "voice" from Spirit, helps you feel connected to them and understand that our animal companions don't die but live in our hearts eternally.

Communicating telepathically with your pet can provide answers to your questions especially around the dying process and euthanasia. When you receive validation from your departed pet in "real-time," it creates a sense of peace during an upsetting time.

Grief is an insidious emotion which can cause a host of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual symptoms.  Part of recovering after losing an animal companion is rediscovering who you are without your animal companion by your side. It becomes even more complicated if you were the caregiver to your animal. An animal companion's death may also bring up past grief as you find yourself thinking about others who have died.

Do any of the following symptoms sound familiar?
  • Physical symptoms like:
    • Pain
    • Fatigue 
    • Tension
    • Irritability
    • Exhaustion
    • Sympathy Pains
    • Low Motivation
    • Disrupted Sleep
    • Increased Sensitivity 
  • Emotionally, you may experience:
    • Shock
    • Sadness
    • Emptiness
    • Anger
    • Guilt
    • Regret
    • Resentment
    • Loneliness
    • Mentally, you may feel:
      • Unfocused
      • Disoriented
      • Unmotivated
      • Agitated 
      • Confused
      • Distracted
    • Spiritually,:
      • You may question your faith in God and/or Universe
      • Feel lost
      • Feel a sense of awe and mystery of Spirit as you come to accept your pet's transition.
    So what do you do when your grief is all-consuming?

    Reaching out for support is a big part of the healing process. Therefore, it's essential you find help whether it's with a pet loss/grief counselor, therapist, or pet loss support group.

    Besides giving animals a "voice" as an Animal Muse, I'm a Pet Loss and Grief Counselor. I help bereaved pet parents and animal family members cope and deal with their loss.

    I also offer the online class, Animals and Death: Finding Peace In Your Grief to help you better understand how animals view the dying process and death. 

    Sunday, May 5, 2019

    Animal Reiki using the Let Animals Lead® Method

    Last weekend, I had the honor and pleasure to re-take Animal Reiki Level 1 with Animal Reiki Pioneer, Kathleen Prasad at Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in bucolic Petaluma, California.

    Kathleen Prasad and me at Lily's Legacy


    I first studied with Kathleen in 2007 and became an Animal Reiki Teacher and Practitioner in 2008. It was nice to reconnect with her, learn more about her Let Animals Lead® Method (LALM), and share Reiki with the dogs and humans at Lily's Legacy.

    One of the many things I've learned from my twelve years of practicing Reiki is animals absolutely understand and recognize Reiki, which means Spiritual Energy in Japanese. In my experience, animals welcome receiving Reiki as long as the animal can choose how they participate in the Reiki session.

    LALM empowers animals by allowing the animal to be in charge of how they want their Reiki session to unfold. Practicing this Method creates a powerful healing partnership between the Reiki practitioner and animal. From what animals have communicated with me, LALM is in perfect alignment with how animals wish to be treated by humans.

    I've studied other energy healing methods for animals including Healing Touch for Animals (HTA), TTouch, and acupressure. These energy systems require physical touch including a vast array of hand positions. When I practiced these methods, animals showed me how uncomfortable they were by quickly moving away from my hands and hand positions.

    I admit I felt overwhelmed and confused by the different hand positions as well. Instinctively, something didn't feel right about forcing my touch onto animals.

    A senior Australian Shepherd named Duke was my first teacher in the importance of allowing animals to be in control of their healing space. Duke's person, Barbara asked me if I could help Duke after I became an HTA Level II practitioner.

    When I tried to touch Duke, he responded by snarling and even tried to bite me when I didn't heed his warning growls. Duke made it abundantly clear he wanted nothing to do with my hands, my presence, or my looking at him.

    To help Duke, I let go of my expectations including touching him. To take the pressure off of Duke, I intuitively went to the opposite side of the room and turned my back to him. I began offering Duke distant healing energy. Remarkably, within a few minutes, Duke settled down next to Barbara and fell asleep. He continued to sleep for the next 45 minutes as I meditated with him.

    Barbara was thrilled with Duke's response and requested more sessions. Given Duke's discomfort with my physical presence, we agreed distant HTA sessions were the best approach. I did remote energy sessions with Duke until he departed his body over a year later.

    I practiced HTA for only a few months. I stopped because my animal clients consistently showed me how uncomfortable and overwhelmed they felt when I insisted I touch them. I quickly learned that using human hands with animals doesn't always work well together. I knew there had to be a different way to help animals.

    When I was guided to Kathleen's work doing Reiki for animals, I was intrigued. Her awareness of how animals feel about human hands and being pressured to receive healing energy resonated deeply with me. I decided to become an Animal Reiki Teacher and Practitioner in large part because I appreciated how animal Reiki was practiced and saw how animals responded and recognized Reiki energy.

    I'm in agreement with the Animal Reiki Code of Ethics that Kathleen developed. In working with animals, I adhere to Kathleen's guidelines:
    • I work in partnership with the animal.   
    • I always ask permission of the animal before beginning a Reiki session and respect the animal's decision to accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal’s body language in determining their response. 
    • I allow each animal to choose how to receive their treatment; thus, each treatment can 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.
    I'm grateful to Kathleen for her keen insight into how to best to offer animals Reiki. Her LALM truly honors animals as wise, compassionate, and loving Spiritual Beings and masterful teachers.

    I'm inspired by LALM because it works in harmony with how animals want and need to be treated when they participate in sharing Reiki and in their relationships with humans. Animals respond positively and organically when we allow them to have a "voice" in their lives and when we work in partnership with them.

    I look forward to sharing more with you about how Animal Reiki works and how it can help the animals in your life during my online class, Introduction to Animal Reiki.

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    Animals Appreciate Being Heard and Understood

    Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. 
    --Chief Seattle

    Norwegian Horse Using A Symbol Board

    All animals, including horses, know how to communicate with humans using the universal language of telepathy. Unfortunately, the problem isn't with the animals communicating their needs to humans, it's whether the humans are listening to what animals have to say.

    I love it when scientific research studies validate and prove animals want to be heard and understood much like humans do. Even so, I don't need scientific proof to know that it makes animals happy when humans understand them at a spiritual level using telepathy.

    It's kind of silly to think that animals, including horses, aren't able to communicate with humans unless they use human constructed symbols and methods. A prime example of this is a recent scientific study by Norwegian researchers who taught 23 horses how to use three symbol boards that told the researchers whether the horses wanted their blankets on, blankets off, or wanted no change.

    Not surprisingly, all the horses in the study quickly learned what the three symbols boards meant and then gladly expressed their preferences.  However, these horses didn't just learn to communicate with humans because Norwegian researchers came up with an experiment to prove a hypothesis.

    According to the research study:
    "When horses realized that they were able to communicate with the trainers, i.e. to signal their wishes regarding blanketing, many became very eager in the training or testing situation," the researchers write. "Some even tried to attract the attention of the trainers prior to the test situation, by vocalizing and running towards the trainers, and follow their movements."

    My client, Izzy the horse is an excellent example of how being heard, understood, and validated can make a big difference in our animals' lives as well as making them happy.

    Izzy

    Andrea initially contacted me to find out about Izzy's past, given Izzy was having a hard time adjusting to her new life. It was essential to Andrea that she help Izzy become the best horse Izzy could be.

    Once Andrea understood Izzy's past, I asked her to let go of thinking about it. By focusing on Izzy's history, Andrea unwittingly made Izzy relive her past trauma and pain. Instead, I encouraged Andrea to concentrate on visualizing Izzy in all her perfection and goodness as she moves forward.

    Andrea took a vacation shortly after we first spoke with Izzy and reported the following changes in Izzy upon her return:
    After your advice when we first talked, (about letting go of Izzy's past), I told Izzy's trainer, Hillary.  I'm glad she's open to your advice as we've been working on visualizing Izzy being the horse we want her to be. It's so wonderful to hear that it's making a difference and that she feels that. 
    Really great news about Izzy. In fact, since I've been back from my vacation, I have felt a huge shift in her and so has trainer. I'm thrilled to hear she feels more relaxed and balanced to you - very encouraging. She is getting to be the horse I knew was in there and it's lovely to see her be so happy. I realize she is on a healing path. 
    When you understand animals' thoughts, feelings, and viewpoints, it's easier to feel connected to the animals along with our compassionate self. And it helps animals be the best they can be.
    Animals want and deserve to be heard and understood just like humans. The best way to do this is by rekindling your natural telepathic abilities so you can receive information directly from animals. If you need help, then reach out to a professional Animal Communicator like myself to help you interpret what is on your animal's mind and in their hearts.
    Your animal will thank you for listening.

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Mustang Musings

    I recently attended a gathering that benefited the American Wild Horse Institute (AWHI). AWHI's mission is to preserve Mustangs and educate people about their plight.

    Mustang Ambassadors Amore and Sol
    Horse-crazy since childhood, I was excited to find out there is a Mustang sanctuary located at the base of Mt. Diablo State Park in Walnut Creek, California not far from my home. 

    I wasn't sure what to expect spending time with the Mustangs. As a child, I dreamt about being a Mustang running free and wild across the Western Plains with my herd.

    Initially, the seven Mustangs who live at Bryerly Farms seemed like ordinary horses who live in 3 separate paddock areas. There was nothing to suggest they were wild horses.

    It's interesting to note that there is a difference of opinions about whether Mustangs are descendants of domesticated horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish conquistadors or are indigenous to North American.

    Traditional Dakota/Lakota people believe the aboriginal North American horse did not become extinct after the last Ice Age but actually survived it. According to the Protect Mustangs.org website,
    Dakota/Lakota Elders as well as many other Indian nations contest this theory  and content (that wild horses aren't indigeneous), that according to their oral history, the North American horse survived the Ice Age, and that they had developed a horse culture long before the arrival of Europeans, and, furthermore, that these same distinct ponys (sic) continued to thrive on the prairies until the latter part of the XIXth (19th) century, when the U.S. government ordered them rounded up and destroyed to prevent Indians from leaving the newly-created reservations.

    The first Mustangs I met and communicated with were Amore and Sol who share a paddock next to the driveway. Their energy was calm and welcoming. I felt a childlike excitement to be in their company.

    Sol and Amore have accepted their role as Mustang Ambassadors. Sol and Amore told me that they hadn't wanted to be a bridge of understanding for people, yet they've embraced their circumstances. They've come to enjoy meeting the curious humans who sometimes see them as an anomaly.

    Amore Used to Run Wild and Fre
    The background stories for Amore and brothers, Sol and Val are heartbreakingly familiar when it comes to Mustangs and the way they are treated (or should I say mistreated) by certain humans.

    Sol, along with his brother Val, were rescued from a wild horse holding facility when they were mere babies. Tragically, the young colts were taken away from their mother.  The brothers were inconsolable as they screamed for their mama. Thankfully, AWHI heard their cries and rescued them vowing to keep the brothers together forever.  Sol and Val now live in adjacent paddocks.

    Sol, who is wise and majestic immediately introduced himself as the herd leader. He explained he was comfortable with his leadership role as he knows how important it educate people about the challenges the Mustangs face for survival.

    Sol shared his feelings about being at the sanctuary,
    Because I came to the sanctuary as a colt, I know no other life or existence. In many ways, I feel less like a Mustang and more like a domesticated horse. I've learned to connect to my domesticated side as a matter of survival. I appreciate hearing Amore's stories of being with her herd as they explored the Western Plains.
    Before being rescued, Amore was free and wild living with her herd in Nevada. She was captured and bought by a kill buyer who planned on selling her to a Mexican slaughterhouse for human consumption.

    Amore shared that it was hard to trust people, especially after being captured. The humans around her were cruel and uncaring. She was scared and forced to do things that were unnatural to her. Amore showed me that she fought hard after being torn away from her life as she longed to be free again.

    Despite being severely traumatized by her ordeal, Amore tells me she now feels safe and happy to be at the sanctuary. She admits she dreams of the day that she'll be able to roam free and run like the wind with her herd.

    After communicating with the Mustangs, I thanked them for sharing their hearts and wisdom with me.
    Val is Sol's Brother
    After listening to the Mustangs, I found their commuication to be similar to the many messages I've received from wildlife like wolves, coyotes, elephants, dolphins, and whales.

    The genocide humans continue to wage on wild animals, including wolves, elephants, rhinos, and wild horses has to stop. It's heartbreaking to think of how many animals have gone extinct or have become endangered in the past 60 years.

    As long as there is an appetite for horse meat in Western Europe and Asia, wild horses will be killed just like elephants are killed for their ivory tusks. The continued destruction of habitat to feed human needs for housing, food, and cattle raising is destroying our environment and way too many animal and insect species.

    It's naive and shortsighted to believe that humans won't soon become extinct given their lack of connection to Mother Earth.

    Amore and Sol

    I came away from my Mustang encounter feeling concerned, but cautiously optimistic that Mustangs and other species will survive the wrath of human destruction.

    Animals are crying out to be heard before it's too late. Humans need to remember we are interconnected and interrelated so what harm we cause animals will ultimately harm ourselves.

    One way we can change is to open our hearts to hear the musings of the animals. You can improve the lives of the animals by increasing your telepathic animal communication abilities.

    When we work in harmony with Mother Nature instead of against her, the better our chances are to stem the tides of destruction.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    Remembering My Animal Muse

    KC the Keeshond Will Always Be My Valentine


    My Animal Muse, KC

    Valentine's Day is a bittersweet day for me because it's my beloved KC the Keeshond's birthday. I don't really know when he was born; I rescued KC close to Valentine's Day in 1993. It seemed fitting that this exceptional dog, who was so full of compassion, wisdom, and love would be born on Valentine's Birthday.

    I find it hard to believe it's been 18 short years since we said "goodbye." My KC was an incredible partner and old soul in a beautiful fuzzy Keeshond body. A bright spirit, he had a fantastic way of opening peoples' hearts, especially mine!

    When KC died, it was hard for me to move forward given the vital role he played in my life. He was a catalyst that catapulted to me where I am today. I will always be grateful for setting me on my current path.

    It was a cold sunny January day by the San Francisco Bay when I initially heard KC calling to me telepathically. I heard a voice say to me, "It's time for you to have a dog. Come find me."

    At the time I didn't know what I was receiving was called Animal Communication. Yet, I knew it was time to find a dog to assist me in my life. After a brief two week search, I found KC in Placerville, Ca at the Keeshond rescue shelter.

    From the moment I laid eyes on him, I knew KC was the one calling out to me. It was love at first sight. Finding him felt magical.

    KC worked tirelessly to open up my intuition and telepathic abilities. His divine guidance and inspiration led me to become an Animal Muse.  His steady and wise presence nurtured me as he guided on my journey of self-discovery of my true self. I credit KC for many good things in my life.

    KC accompanied me to graduate school while I earned my Master's degree in Counseling and Education. My school awarded KC his own honorary Master's degree: Conscious Canine because of his loving and compassionate participation in my classes. KC is the first and only dog to receive an honorary Master's degree from John F. Kennedy University.

    As we worked on our Master's, KC  telepathically communicated to me his desire to teach children about being kind and responsible to animals. While I liked the idea of doing Humane Education programs, but I never lost sight of my desire to become an Animal Communicator.

    After graduation, KC and I became volunteer Humane Educators. Together, we planted seeds of kindness and respect about all living beings in the web of life in classrooms around my county. 

    We loved doing school programs. I particularly enjoyed watching KC as he was a masterful teacher and skilled partner who always put smiles on the faces of our students.

    KC was right by my side while I did my Animal Communication training. His loving support and encouragement helped me develop my telepathic abilities. KC made sure I didn't give up on my dream of being an Animal Communicator.

    One of the hardest lessons my best friend and constant companion taught me was how devastating grief could be when he transitioned home to Spirit way too soon in 2001. 

    Losing KC was earthshattering and life-altering to put it mildly. It was hard coping and dealing with the pain of his loss. It took me months to recover. Always wise, KC's death inspired me to become a Pet Loss Grief Counselor. 

    KC told me, 
    "Now that you understand how hard it is to lose an animal companion, I urge you to help others. No one should grieve the death of a pet alone. I want you to offer them solace." 
    Besides bringing solace to people around pet loss, KC encouraged me to give hope to humans when their animals are going through the dying process with Hospice and Euthanasia Counseling. 


    While I miss his physical existence, KC's ongoing Spiritual Presence in my life continues to teach me about unconditional love, self-acceptance, mutual respect, and compassion towards all living beings in the web of life.

    Thank you, my dear KC, for all that you continue to do for Mother Earth and me.

    Every day I'm grateful for your loving Presence, Guidance, and Love.

    Happy Birthday my Sweet Angel!