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3 Tips to Prepare Your Pets for The Holidays.

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Help Your Pet Enjoy the Holiday Season The holidays are upon us, and it's time to celebrate the joy of the season with family and friends, including your animal family. Unfortunately, the holiday season also means your daily routine may be disrupted, which can create stress and anxiety in your pets. Your pet's daily rituals build confidence and help them feel safe, secure, and loved. For many animals, even the smallest changes in their daily routine can be stress and anxiety-producing, especially for elderly pets. If left unchecked, stress can impact your pet's behavior, health, and overall quality of life. To avoid behavioral problems and stress, here are three easy ways to prepare your animal family so you can all enjoy a fun and joyful Holiday Season: Tip #1: Keep your pets on a regular schedule  as best you can, which includes going on walks, playing, feeding at consistent times, and keeping their regular bedtime. If you can't keep their normal rou

Deer Wisdom and the Reiki Precepts

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For today only, be compassionate to yourself and others. I enjoy walking in Nature with Bodhi and encountering wildlife. Recently, we have run across numerous deer. When wild animals cross my path, I pay attention to their spiritual messages. I welcome their insight, support, and wisdom to help me on my spiritual journey. Deer are definitely trying to give me a message. We saw four deer grazing on the side of the road in Monterey. A couple of weeks later, two bucks and a doe who crossed our path just a few feet away on an early morning walk (see video below). Then I received a call from a client about a wild deer that had gone missing in South Dakota. All animals have mystical messages and wisdom that give us insight into our lives and our relationship with Nature. An Animal Spirit Guide is a spiritual being that guides and protects us on our spiritual path. Every Animal Spirit Guide has their unique guidance and inspiration. Deer wisdom is about being kind, gentle,

How Animal Reiki Differs From Animal Communication

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Are you confused about the differences between an Animal Reiki treatment and an Animal Communication consult?  If you are, you're not alone.  These days, many professional Animal Communicators, like myself, also practice Animal Reiki and vice versa. It's beneficial to understand the differences between these individual healing modalities, the role of each practitioner, and why combining Animal Communication (AC) and Animal Reiki (AR) into a single session reduces the integrity and effectiveness of each technique. It's easy to confuse the two techniques because the successful outcome of an Animal Communication session and Animal Reiki treatment is to create harmony, balance, and mutual understanding between animals and humans.  The purpose of an Animal Communication consult is to allow humans and animals to share their hearts together with the Animal Communicator, creating an active dialog and discussion between the animal and their human.  An

Sharing Reiki with Horses

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Equine Reiki Day at Cadence Farm  From the time I was a toddler, I've been horse-crazy. I started riding when I was six and was blessed to have a pony in my backyard when I was nine years old. Being around horses, especially sharing Reiki with them, opens my heart and heals my soul. When animal Reiki pioneer Kathleen Prasad offered her Equine Reiki Day at Cadence Farm, I knew I wanted to attend. I find sharing Reiki with horses to be nurturing and healing for them and me. Reiki (pronounced “ray-key") comes from the Japanese words “rei,” meaning spirit, and “ki” meaning energy. Reiki is also referred to as the “universal life energy.” Reiki for horses and animals is about learning to meditate with them, which creates a healing space of peace, harmony, and compassion.    Kathleen Prasad with her horse, Kodiak Equine Reiki Day was held at Cadence Farm located in the picturesque hills of Sonoma, California. Cadence is home to Kathleen's beautiful Paint horse, K

The Importance of Being Grounded Practicing Animal Communication and Reiki

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Animals sense when we are ungrounded and  feel safest when their humans are fully centered and present with them.  Bodhi reminds me to stay grounded by tapping his paw on my foot. Being grounded means you are fully present in the here and now which keeps you connected to your animal family, Mother Earth and the Universal Life Energy Flow.  We live in times of high levels of stress along with a lot of distractions which disconnects from our spiritual selves and Nature. When we are not fully present, it makes it challenging to connect telepathically and share Reiki with animals and Nature. On a recent visit to my dog's holistic veterinarian to treat his allergies and overall health, his vet mentioned that Bodhi tends to become ungrounded.  Dr. Cheryl Schwartz  suggested I tap Bodhi's paws whenever he becomes ungrounded to help him come back to the present moment. After we left Dr. Schwartz's office, Bodhi and I stopped into the store to buy some groce

A Magical Dog Tail In the Cycle of Life

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Here's a Magical Dog Tail that speaks to the interconnections in the cycle of life. I recently re-took a couple of Animal Reiki classes with Kathleen Prasad to deepen my Animal Reiki knowledge and learn her Let Animals Lead® Method .   The workshops were held at Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary , which is dedicated to the care and rescue of large senior dogs. It’s a special place located amid the picturesque rolling hills of Sonoma County in California. Based in Petaluma, this unique Senior Dog Sanctuary was founded by executive director Alice Mayn in memory of Lily, a 14-year-old golden retriever she had fostered for only four months. It's Lily's Legacy's mission to provide safe and loving homes for large breed senior dogs who have been displaced from their homes and/or abandoned for any reason, until they are adopted or to remain at the sanctuary until they pass on. Throughout the first day of the Animal Reiki 1 workshop, a large male Canadian Goose

The Importance of Expressing Gratitude with Animals

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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 he

Pet Loss Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

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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

Animal Reiki using the Let Animals Lead® Method

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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 p

Hummingbird Haiku

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Bursting spring morning A joyous sunrise singing With the hummingbirds --Cathy Malkin

Animals Appreciate Being Heard and Understood

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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 Nor

Mustang Musings

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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/Lak

Remembering My Animal Muse

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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 telepathicall