Friday, December 14, 2018

The Gift of Sharing Your Heart with Animals

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, it disconnects us from our true spiritual nature, others, specifically our animal families. 

Your pets feel the energy you're experiencing at any given moment. It's like casting a stone in a pond that ripples outward because all our thoughts and feelings go off on energetic waves to those around us.

Both people and animals naturally absorb these energies. That's why animals instinctually move away from disturbing energies like stress, anger, anxiety, and fear whenever possible because this type of energy tells them to go into fight or flight mode to avoid danger.

When you radiate love and compassion, you become a magnet to animals.

Animal Reiki pioneer, Kathleen Prasad from the Animal Reiki Source created this excellent animated video that clearly illustrates how animals perceive and respond when we connect with our heart chakra and the spiritual life force energy known as Reiki.

Kathleen does a masterful job showing how animals, whether they are domestic, wild, farm, or caged respond to the calm and loving energy of love and Reiki.

An excellent way to access your heart chakra is by practicing Animal Communication and Reiki which are heart-centered and connects us to animals on a deep Spiritual level. When you communicate telepathically and become Reiki with animals, you naturally transmit peaceful and loving energy that all animals need and desire.

Living a heartfelt life is a gift that keeps on giving. Just breathe through your heart center, feel all the love you have for your animal family, and you will naturally radiate love, peace, and compassion.

*Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk. Each chakra is a swirling vortex of power which represent specific frequencies and colors. There are seven wheels of spiritual power throughout human and animals' bodies which connect us to the web of life and the Universal life energy force also known as Reiki. The fourth chakra is located in the center of the chest.

Monday, October 15, 2018

9 Ways to Cope with Pet Loss

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 grief reflects the depth of love you share with your beloved animal companion.

When I suddenly lost my Kobe Bear over five years ago, I was overwhelmed with grief. His death rocked my world in ways I never fathomed. The silence without him was deafening, and my heart was shattered into a million pieces.

It took at least six months for me to recover from Kobe's death despite getting my new puppy, Bodhi Bear three weeks after Kobe passed. It helps that I can communicate with Kobe and know that he's okay and is always with me as my Heart Dog.

I had an even harder time when my first Keeshond, KC died in 2001. My grief was debilitating, and I didn't totally recover from my loss until I adopted Kobe Bear over a year after KC's death.

To this day, I miss my two dogs tremendously even though I continue to talk with them telepathically.

KC the Keeshond is My Animal Muse

Losing KC almost 20 years ago is the main reason why I continue to help pet guardians cope and deal with their heartache and anguish.  When KC died, he conveyed to me from Spirit that I needed to put my Master's degree in Counseling to good use by offering Pet Loss and Grief Counseling.

KC, who is a benevolent being, inspired me to help relieve the suffering and sadness.

KC explained that when I give animals in Spirit a "voice," it helps pet lovers understand that their animal friends don't die. Only their physical bodies cease to exist and will return to Mother Earth. As Spirit, animals live eternally through our hearts and therefore never really leave us.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve as everyone's grief manifests itself differently

Here are some suggestions to help you or someone you know to overcome the loss of a pet.

9 Ways to Cope with Pet Loss:
  • Be kind and loving to yourself: this is what your pet would want.
  • Give yourself permission to cry and grieve. When you keep your emotions bottled up,  it's not good for you as it blocks the flow of energy. It's better to release your tears as they arise.
  • Share your experience with those who understand and honor your grief like with close friends and family who can offer you love and support during this challenging time.
  • Tell stories about your pet whether verbally, in a journal or by creating a photo collage. 
  • Memorialize and honor your pet with a memorial celebrating their life.
  • Volunteer at a local animal rescue organization or shelter.
  • Put a pet food drive together or collect towels for your local animal shelter.
  • Donate to your favorite animal organization in your pet's honor.
  • Give your deceased animal a "voice" during an Animal Communication Session.

Bodhi Bear with DFF Sabrina Renee (Now In Spirit)

It takes time to recover from the death of a pet so be kind and patient with yourself.  The amount of time it takes for your healing varies depending on you and the nature of your relationship with your animal.

If you are having trouble moving on, it's important you reach out and ask for help from a Pet Loss Grief Counselor like myself. There is no need to grieve and mourn alone. Help and support are available.

Email me to set up an animal communication phone session to find out how your deceased pet is doing. And don't forget to ask if they're planning on reincarnating as your new animal companion.

Monday, September 17, 2018

How Mindful Living Benefits Pets

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.

Pets Appreciate It When We Can Be Present with them.

What is Mindfulness? 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 energy around them is peaceful, calm and balanced.

Why Practice Mindfulness?

Living mindfully is about consciously being in the present moment where the animals live. The more mindful you become, the more aware you'll be of your animal family's thoughts and feelings making it easier to communicate and understand your animals' viewpoints.

Practicing mindful living teaches us how to redirect conditioned responses to prevent overreactions or feelings of being overwhelmed with what's going on in our thoughts and environment.

Unlike animals, humans have to consciously work at being mindful because we experience 50,000 plus thoughts a day. This endless mind chatter takes us into the past or future, which doesn't exist for animals.

When our thoughts take over, it’s hard to stay present because our awareness is wherever our thoughts take us which can then be projected onto our animal families.

As humans get lost in thought, pets wonder where we go, especially when our thoughts lead to overaction and projections.

It doesn't help when we place judgments on our continuous thoughts which takes us even further away from giving our pets our undivided attention.

Animals are incredibly sensitive and aware of what's happening around them. They feel whatever energy our thoughts project. These projections can be upsetting for animals, especially if our minds take us to intense emotions like anger, fear, or anxiety. Sometimes this leads our pets to react to what's going on inside of us.

Mindfulness Benefits Your Relationship with Your Pets

Living mindfully is about consciously being in the present moment where the animals live. The more in touch you become with your thoughts, the more aware you'll become of your animal family's thoughts and feelings making it easier to communicate and understand animals' viewpoints.

The goal of practicing Mindfulness is to pay attention to the present moment without passing judgment on whatever thoughts may arise. It's about learning how to bring your focus and awareness back to the present over and over again.

Some of the many benefits of practicing mindfulness with your pets include providing a safe, calm,  and balanced environment for them to live in.

It's healthier for you and your animal family's mind, body, and soul when we are calm and peaceful.

How to Create A Mindful Practice:

Being mindful takes conscious effort to practice. The more you work on being present with your pets, the better. Thankfully, no unique furniture or equipment is necessary to be mindful as you can do it anywhere.

It only takes 5 minutes a few times a day to increase your self-awareness in the moment.

Your animal family will thank and support you when you practice Mindfulness with them.

Simple Steps to Mindful Living:

  • Take a couple of deep breaths and slowly let them out.  Feel your feet grounded to Mother Earth. Continue to breathe deeply as you bring your focus and awareness to the present moment.
  • As you continue to breathe, observe all that is going on around you in the present moment. Don't rush. Take your time. Just observe.
  • As thoughts arise, let go of any judgments and preconceived notions. Just notice what comes up, then let them go as you allow your thoughts to flow by.
  • Continually refocus your awareness onto your breath as you return your consciousness to the present moment.
  • Recognize what's happening around you in the present moment including your thoughts and animal companions. 
  • Keep returning to the here and now as thoughts arise.
Repeat the above steps as often as necessary, since being mindful is an on-going process.

For more information about Mindful living, visit

Monday, June 25, 2018

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

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 of the year 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 from 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 zone," your pet can no longer hear you or respond.

Instead, an animal's panic drives them to find a safe place away from the perceived danger. This is why animals tend to hide under furniture, go into a closet, or try to escape their backyards and homes by whatever means possible. Some dogs will resort to chewing through crates and jumping out second-story windows to find safety.

When you see fireworks from a dog's perspective, it's clear how quickly a dog can become spooked and run from fireworks and firecrackers with potentially life-threatening consequences.

Recognizing the physical signs of stress is the first step to alleviating your pet's distress. 

  • Excessive Panting and drooling
  • Ears Pinned Back
  • Tail Between Legs
  • Excessive Vocalizations like whining, barking, and crying
  • Licking lips
  • Yawning
  • Restless Pacing and Can't Settle Down
  • Refuses Food and Treats
  • Excessive Scratching, Paw Licking, and Over-Grooming
  • Hides under furniture or in a closet

It's helpful to communicate with your animal family before and during the holiday to help them cope and deal with the loud noises and fireworks.

Kobe Bear 

Kobe Bear hated fireworks and loud noises. 

My second Keeshond, Kobe Bear, now In Spirit, became extremely anxious during the 4th July celebrations. Of course, it didn't help that fireworks be seen and heard from every room in my house for approximately 45 long minutes, two nights in a row.

The first year I had Kobe Bear, I had no idea how upset he would get from fireworks since my previous dog had no problems with loud noises or pyrotechnics. Kobe Bear, on the other hand, melted down with intense fear and became inconsolable.

Despite being able to communicate telepathically to Kobe that he was safe, his fear overwhelmed him to the point where he couldn't hear me. As a result, I came to dread the 4th of July fireworks displays over the years because it was awful watching my dog suffer.

One year, Kobe was so freaked out, he tried to jump out of a 2nd story window when the fireworks display began as he attempted to escape the scary noises and lights that he didn't understand. Despite closing the windows and blinds, keeping him in a back bedroom, feeding him delicious treats, and playing music, Kobe could still feel the disturbing vibrations the fireworks created.

Unfortunately, Kobe Bear's terror didn't stop when the firework displays ended because people in my neighborhood continued to set off firecrackers throughout the holiday. It was hard watching Kobe tremble and bark incessantly every time he heard a loud bang. Despite my best attempts to calm and communicate with him, Kobe suffered terribly.

In hindsight, I should have talked with my veterinarian about giving Kobe medication to alleviate his suffering.

9 Tips to keep your pets calm and safe:

Tip #1: Your pet's ID is their ticket home. If you do nothing else, put a collar with current ID tags securely on your pet at the start of the holiday weekend. ID Tags are the quickest and easiest way for your pet to be returned to you if they go missing. Make sure your information on the ID Tags is current, and remember to include your mobile number.

If you have a horse, you may want to place a safety or breakaway halter on them with your current contact information. This way, your horse is wearing her ticket home just in case she spooks and runs away.

Use ID tags in addition to microchipping your pet. It's important to microchip your pet, especially if they end up in an Animal Shelter. If your pet isn't microchipped already, talk to your veterinarian about getting your pet microchipped before the holiday begins. It's also an excellent time to double-check that your microchip information is up-to-date.

Tip #2: Never use fireworks around your dog or other pets. The noise will spook them with an excellent chance they may run away and go missing. In addition, fireworks can quickly burn the fur on an animal, so it's best to keep them away from this type of hazard.

Tip #3: Exercise reduces your pet's stress. On high-stress days, like the 4th of July, it's an excellent idea to give your animals their exercise early in the day, so that they can be tired when their world starts to explode. A tired animal tends to cope and deal with loud noises better than a pet with too much energy. 

Also, take your dog out for a long walk and potty right before the start of the fireworks displays, which may help them sleep. Taking your pets out during the fireworks display or later, when random firecrackers are set off, will significantly increase the chances of your pet going missing. 

Tip #4: Leave your pets safely secured inside your home. Put your pets in a quiet "safe room" or crate where they can't accidentally escape. Having a "safe room" will also reduce their stress.

Cats are amazing escape artists. Put cats, including outdoor cats, in their "safe room" with their litter box and freshwater. Make sure they are wearing a collar and ID. You may want to consider using a GPS collar if you're concerned about your pet escaping.

Tip #5: Stay home with your animal friends. It's key you remain home to be a calming influence for your pets, especially if they feel like their world is crashing down around them. Many animals tell me they cope better when their person is with them. Otherwise, they say, it's overwhelming to deal with loud, thunderous noises that might swallow them up or, even worse, hurt them, without their person to protect them.

Your pets will be happier and safer if they stay home. You may think it's fun to bring your dog to fairs, holiday celebrations, and fireworks shows, but I promise you, it's no fun for your dog. In fact, it can be a scary experience. If it's hot, your risk burning your dog's paws or experiencing heatstroke.

Tip #6: Decrease visual stimulation. Bright, flashing lights can upset animals, sometimes to the point where they will jump out of a 2nd story window like in Kobe Bear's case.  Keep blinds and curtains shut and close the windows. If need be, put your dog in a crate with a towel placed over it. 

Last year, someone let off a large firecracker near my home. The big flash of light before the loud boom freaked my dog Bodhi out. Up until he saw the light, he was doing okay dealing with the noise. Then he melted down. It took a while before he was able to relax.

Tip #7: Use anxiety vests, also known as Thunder Shirts, and calming music to help decrease your dog or cat's anxiety without using drugs. Anxiety vests work by applying gentle, constant pressure to a dog's or cat's torso, which provides comfort. 

Playing calming music can help desensitize and relax your pet. I recommend the music from Lisa Spector from Dog Gone Calm.  Below is a concert she offered in 2020 to help pets stay calm during the 4th of July.

Tip #8: Distract and redirect your pet's focus by using chew toys, playing games, and offering them delicious treats as a reward for ignoring the booming explosions, if you can. However, don't be surprised if your food motived hound refuses treats when fireworks are happening. Many times, when pets are stressed or scared, they refuse food or treats.

Chewing reduces a dog's stress.  Give your dog something fun and safe to chew on, like a frozen Kong filled with deliciousness like chicken or peanut butter to keep them occupied

Playing with cats reduces their stress, so grab your cat's favorite toy and have fun playing with them.

Tip #9: Talk to your Veterinarian before the start of the holiday week. If you've tried the above suggestions and your pet still suffers anxiety during fireworks, it may be time to discuss medication options to ease their fears and tension. The 4th of July and New Year's Holidays are the two times of year that I strongly suggest medicating your pet if they tend to meltdown. It could save their lives.

Your Vet should be one of your best resources to help your pet through this potentially nightmarish holiday. Never give your pet any form of medication without consulting your veterinarian first, given the potentially severe side effects. While the use of drugs should be your last resort, it's a good option if your pet is like Kobe Bear.

If you choose to medicate your pet, make sure you do give it to your pet sooner than later.  Every 4th of July holiday,  I receive numerous calls from clients whose pets are frantic from the noise and lights. Some clients call whose pets have gone missing.

Many pets end up in the Veterinarian ER during the Independence Day holiday.

During the 4th of July holiday, large influxes of pets go to the Vet ER for ingesting inappropriate picnic and BBQ foods such as hot dogs and fatty meats. Fatty BBQ meat can cause pancreatitis. Even ingesting a corn cob can make your dog very sick. So it's better to avoid these types of foods to prevent gastric upset and a possible trip to the ER.

If you are having a party, your animal family should keep away from the noise and potential danger of eating the wrong foods. Pets also visit the ER because they burn their paws on hot pavement or become dehydrate and overheated from the mid-Summer heat.

Finally, you may want to set up a long-distance Reiki session to support your pets with calm, grounding, and nurturing energy. I'm available throughout the week if you need to communicate with your pets about what's going on around them or offer them Reiki.

The Animal Muse Family wishes you and your animal family have a safe and fun 4th of July Holiday!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Should Your Pets Stay or Go On Vacation?

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 family's viewpoints on what they'd like to do on their “summer vacation.” Knowing how your pet feels about your plans can help you avoid, for instance, hiring a pet sitter your animal dislikes or taking them to the beach when they'd prefer to stay with their grandparents.

If you decide to take your pets with you on your vacay, websites like Bring Fido are useful resources for dog-friendly hotels, locations and adventure options in the United States and abroad. These websites offer a variety of accommodations that include fun perks like "yappy hour," canine goody bags, dog poop bags or on-site doggie daycare.

Some pets, like my cats, Mona Marie and Elvis prefer to stay at home because change is hard for them. Plus they don't enjoy traveling. Bodhi, on the other hand, loves to go whenever he can,

Bodhi is clear he's not okay being left alone at night when he can't travel with me, and my cats need human companionship, so I hire a pet sitter to spend the night in the house. Also, I give them permission to have fun with their caregivers while I'm away.

If you don't have a neighbor, friend or relative to watch your pets, websites like can help you find a reliable pet sitter in your area. Your veterinarian may be an excellent resource to help you find a reliable pet care provider.

Before you finalize your trip, it's helpful to check in with your animal family to make sure they understand and approve of the plans you have chosen for them. 

Donna recently called me as she was finalizing her summer vacation plans to Virginia Beach. Donna inquired if her dog, Sadie wanted to go the beach or preferred staying at her human grandparents' home.

Sadie confessed that despite being a black Lab, the ocean scares her. Sadie then asked her Mom if she could stay with her grandparents where she was far from the sea and felt safe.

After her vacation, Donna shared that talking with Sadie reduced their stress and anxiety around their holiday. Donna explained she felt more relaxed knowing Sadie was happy and secure with her grandparents. Sadie said she had a good time with her grandparents

Rachael likes to check in with her adorable 14-year-old Pomeranian, Kiki before traveling for business or pleasure. With my assistance, Rachael tells Kiki about the pet hotel where she will be staying, so her little friend is well=prepared for the upcoming shifts her daily routine.

Companion animals want their humans to prepare them for changes in their daily routines especially upcoming travel plans. 

Susie contacts me every time she goes leaves her dog, even if it's for a day or two. She feels it's essential for her senior collie, Bettie is apprised of the upcoming changes in Bettie's routine. Susie finds it's beneficial that Bettie is okay with her pet sitter. Susie and Bettie find communicating with one another reassuring and helpful. When Susie leaves her collie, both dog and human have peace of mind. And Bettie feels validated because her voice was heard.

Going on vacation can be a challenge, especially when you have pets. In my experience, your animal family tends to be more relaxed and happier when you include them in your planning process. After all, the goal is to have a stress-free summer vacation free from worry about your animals.

I'd love to hear about your summer adventures with your animal family. Please leave your comments and stories here on my blog or by posting on my Facebook page.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Animal Reiki Helps People, Too

“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 holistic options, Serena felt long-distant Reiki was the best choice to compliment Shanti's cancer treatments and help decrease her anxiety around the move.

Before Shanti's first Reiki session, I suggested Serena and her two cats create a "healing circle" around Shanti. In other words, I wanted Shanti's family to sit or sleep close by one another while I offered Reiki to Shanti.

After Shanti's initial treatment, Serena shared the following feedback:

Reiki goes where it needs to go, right?

It went straight to my own body, which has been in intense body pain for over a week. After Shanti's Reiki session, I had NO pain for two days!

As for Shanti - the light in her eyes are bright as her eyes tend to become dull when she is uncomfortable. And her gorgeous coat has shined up. . . it's palpable!
The cats? They’ve have been playing more. 
Also, thanks for getting rid of my dang virus that had a hold on me.

That's the Reiki Report!
After Shanti's third Reiki treatment, Serena wrote:
Three times is apparently the charm. Shanti seems transformed this evening standing for her supper, which she hasn't done in weeks.
Serena and Shanti's experience highlights Reiki's innate intelligence and its ability to go to whoever needs it, which in this case, created positive healing results for the entire family, including Serena.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Sunday Hawk Encounter

 “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 his prey.

Jan and I immediately stopped. We became silent as we watched this magnificent raptor tore apart and ate his supper unfazed by our presence.

Interestingly, the two dogs were oblivious a Hawk was only a few feet away from them because they were all-consumed with smelling the smorgasbord of earthly delights around them.

And before we knew it, the Hawk soared off with the remainder of his food in his talons to a nearby Oak Tree. It was a magical encounter.

From the moment we met, I intuitively knew this particular Hawk was one of my Power Animals.

A Power Animal is a Spirit Guides in the form of an animal, reptile, or insect. Spirit Guides aid humans by sharing their valuable wisdom and insight. Indigenous cultures, like Native Americans, embrace Power Animals as an integral part of their culture.

According to Native American lore, the Hawk is known as "The Messenger." Therefore, when you spot a Hawk or hear its cries, it means to pay attention because an important message is about to be conveyed. In other words, be aware of the "signs" that are offered.

As the Hawk sat on my neighbor's roof staring at me, he shared the following telepathic communication:

Greetings, Cathy. Thank you for taking my call by noticing my presence.  
Keep sharing the wisdom of the animals with all those who are willing to hear our cries. 
Animals' "Voices" need to be heard and honored. 
It's easy to forget that we are interconnected and interrelated to all species who share Mother Earth together. 
Be gentle and kind with yourself and others as you share our messages.

After conveying his message, the Hawk flew to the top of the lamp post across the street from my house, where we spent a few more moments sharing our hearts together as One.

As the Hawk flew off towards the Open Space, I thanked him for sharing his wisdom and promised to share his musings.

I heard the Hawk replied, "Until we meet again, keep soaring."

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Do You Talk to Your Pets?

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 with your pets. Mindful listening conveys to your pets how much you love, honor, and respect them which makes them happy, healthy, and more balanced. 

One way to develop Mindful Listening Skills with your pets is to spend at least 5 minutes daily (the more time, the better) sitting quietly feeling all the love you have in your heart for your animal family. Invite your animal family to join you. Sit with this feeling for at least 5 minutes. If you find your thoughts wandering, take a deep breath and gently return your focus back to your heart center.

Doing this simple exercise will open the door to mindful talking and listening to animals.
Are you having trouble communicating with your pets? 
Want to know what your pet is thinking and feeling? 
Empower your pets and make them happy by giving them a "voice" with my assistance.

Email me or use the contact form below to schedule a phone session to talk with your animal family.