Posts

Showing posts from 2018

The Gift of Sharing Your Heart with Animals

Image
This holiday season give your animals the gift of love, peace, and joy by opening your heart chakra, which is where Animal Communication and Reiki originate. The heart chakra* is the pathway that connects you with your true spiritual nature and all living beings in the web of life. It’s through the heart, located in the middle of your chest that the physical and spiritual merge and connect us with our intuitive self, nature, and animals instead of in your logic and rational mind. The fourth chakra, called Anahata is the center of love, empathy, and compassion. When you are in your heart-center, you transmit calm, loving and peaceful energy. Plus you are more grounded and centered because you are in the Universal life energy flow of love that supports and nurtures all living beings. Animals respond positively when humans come from their heart  center, not in our thinking mind. Unfortunately, logic and thoughts are valued over heart energy. When we are up in our heads,

9 Ways to Cope with Pet Loss

Image
Saying "good-bye" to a beloved animal companion is life-altering.  Mourning the loss of the pet can be devastating and overwhelming.   My Beloved Kobe Bear (Now In Spirit) In the past couple of months, my dog Bodhi Bear and I have said "goodbye" to our two dear dog friends that we  affectionately refer to as our DFFs or "Dog Friend Furever." MacGuyver the Puggle left in June. A couple of weeks ago, Sabrina Renee the Golden Retriever also transitioned home to Spirit. Needless to say, we miss our DFFs a lot. MacGuyver the Puggle (Now In Spirit) One reason why we grieve so deeply for our pets is the unconditional love and acceptance we share with them.  It's essential to deal with the pain and sadness because avoiding the grief can be far more debilitating. Not dealing with your grief can prolong your suffering.   If you didn't love your pet so much, you wouldn't grieve so deeply. In other words, the intensity of your

How Mindful Living Benefits Pets

Image
In a recent blog post, What Do Pets Really Want? I discussed how the best Present you can give your pets is your undivided Presence .  Your pets appreciate and benefit when you're able to sit quietly with them. They understand everyone wins we stay present and centered in mind and body. One way to become Present is by practicing Mindfulness, which is a lot easier said than done given our busy lives, endless distractions, and thoughts. What is Mindfulness? Mindful.org  defines Mindfulness, "as the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us." Animals are naturally mindful because they instinctually live in the here and now, not in the past or future like humans tend to do. They are keenly aware of what's going on around them since their lives depend on it. Pets absolutely know when humans are overwhelmed and reactive and prefer it when the

9 Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Calm during 4th of July Week

Image
Did you know more pets go missing over the July 4th holiday than at any other time of year? Independence Day is my least favorite holiday because so many animals are traumatized by its loud pyrotechnics and fireworks displays. While it may be fun for some humans, it scares and disorients pets in a matter of seconds, causing them to  meltdown in complete terror, with many trying to flee f rom the safety of their homes only to go missing.  Why? Animals become anxious and scared when they hear loud noises and see bright flashing lights. Their instincts tell them to run as fast and far away as possible to escape the source of their fear and anxiety. Throughout the Independence Day weekend, your pets will hear noises you might not be aware of because of their sensitive ears and nervous systems. Once an animal becomes frantic, it's difficult for them to calm down. Therefore, it's better to prevent your pets from becoming distressed in the first place. Once in the "red zon

Should Your Pets Stay or Go On Vacation?

Image
Have you shared your summer plans with your animal family? Bodhi Packing for A Recent Vacay If you're a pet parent making arrangements for your summer vacay, then you will need to decide whether it's best to bring your animal family with you or leave them at home. It's amazing how much calmer you and your animal companions will feel when you include them in your decision-making process because you're not second-guessing what your animals may need or want. Communicating telepathically with your pets will help you make important decisions about their care while keeping  their perspective in mind.  There are many things to keep in mind when you bring your pet on a trip, including what your pets might want to do on their  vacation. My dog, Bodhi loves to go to the beach, while some dogs enjoy taking a hike in the woods; going to cafes and restaurants, or wine tasting with their humans. It can make a world of difference when you elicit your animal fa

Animal Reiki Helps People, Too

Image
“Just as water ripples outward with the drop of a pebble,  Reiki flows to exactly where it's needed for the highest good of all."   ~Cathy Malkin, The Animal Muse As a Reiki Master Practitioner for over ten years, I'm still in awe of the incredible healing power of Reiki.  The more I practice Reiki, the more I see how the Universal Life Force Energy ripples outward flowing to precisely where it's needed the most. When clients sent up Reiki sessions for a particular animal in their family, I encourage them to be with their pet during the treatment because Reiki frequently benefits other family members including pets and humans.  An excellent example of what I call the "Reiki Ripple Effect" happened when I offered a beautiful 16-year-old Golden Retriever mix named Shanti distant Reiki. Shanti's human, Serena requested Reiki to support her best friend, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and for an upcoming move.  Given all the different

A Sunday Hawk Encounter

Image
 “A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest.”   --Paul Simon As I gazed out my living room window on a sunny Sunday morning, a huge bird flew straight towards me. As he got closer to the window, he quickly veered off to the right and landed on my neighbor's roof. Curious, I jumped up and quickly ran outside to see what kind of bird it was. At first, I thought it might be a Blue Heron or even a Turkey Vulture, given its enormous body and broad wing-span. To my surprise and delight, it was my Power Animal, the Red-Tailed Hawk who lives in the open space adjacent to my home. When a Power Animal gets my attention, it means they want to share a message of wisdom. I first met this particular Hawk several months ago while walking in the open space with my dog, Bodhi along with our good friends Jan and her dog, MacGuyver. As Jan and I chatted and the dogs sniffed about, I spotted a large raptor on the ground no more than four feet away from us happily eating

Do You Talk to Your Pets?

Image
In a recent survey about pets by  Mindful Magazine , readers were asked: "Do you talk casually with your pets?"   98% of the respondents answered "yes" to the question. When Mindful readers were asked,  "What's the hardest thing about having a pet?"  Two of their top responses were: Not understanding what their pets want or need. Not knowing what their pets are thinking. These answers suggest it's easier to talk with your pets than it is to listen to them.  Animals want to be heard and understood just like humans. It's frustrating for pets when they don't feel understood. Plus misunderstandings  can lead to unwanted behavioral and emotional issues like inappropriate peeing or increased anxiety. A professional Animal Communicator, like myself, can help eliminate these problems by giving animals a "voice" so they can share their hearts and minds.  Clear, open communication creates a deeper bond wit