Dog Whispering (of sorts)

By many accounts, it seems among my strongest attributes in working with animals, particularly the ones we have in our family circle, is in validating another view of how they see themselves in relationship to us.

Some may say I am “personalizing” the animals a bit, but from the following stories you will see why I have come to this conclusion.

The take-away is ... No, seriously, pull up a chair and talk to your animals.


Dog WhisperingStory # 1 - Clinginess

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A client of mine had found a young dog in their neighborhood. Not knowing who it belonged to, she and her husband took it upon themselves to care for the dog until its home could be found. A couple of days later, after much upheaval to their normally placid routine, the dog’s owners were found and the puppy dog happily returned.

Right after this happening, the family’s own dog began to exhibit clingy behaviors, following my client room to room.  This went on for a few days before my client called to asked what was up. Was he ok? Did she need to bring him in for some energy work, something?

I felt there could be an easy remedy so we set up a phone time to talk. I asked her to give this a try to see if it would settle her doggy. “Imagine, from your perspective, the kinds of questions you would be asking if your husband or kids brought home another animal. Your dog sees you as a member of his pack, his family; and you’ve included him as a member of your family. Whether or not you are bringing another animal into the family, something has just happened that begs explanation. What’s up? Will that other dog be back? What do you want me to do with it? Are you replacing me?”

Sure enough, after speaking with her dog, the clinginess subsided and everything went back to normal.


Dog Whispering - Story # 2: Pooping In The House

A good friend with two beautiful and well-trained Rhodesian Ridgebacks - a male and female - called one day to say one of them was pooping in the house, and had been doing this behavior for about a week. Gradually she had been closing off rooms they were allowed in until it was down to only one. 

They both seemed and looked healthy, so what the heck were they trying to tell her?

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As soon as I arrived and looked into her male dog’s eyes, I saw sadness. I was perplexed by this and even asked out loud why he was so sad. 

After a few minutes of intuitively checking in on him, I asked my friend what was up with her.  It didn’t feel like this sadness was his, but an energy my friend was experiencing.

Tears began to flow as she explained two separate incidences involving grief and loss for her in the past few weeks.

This sad energy was very upsetting to her male dog.  He knew something wasn’t right with her, but didn’t have a frame of reference of how to be with it. So I asked her to speak to them, while I was sitting there, and share what had her heart so heavy. “Let them know,” I added, “that you’ll be ok, it will just take time for you to heal.  And, how they can help you with this sadness. One thing might be for them to play with each other in your presence. That always brings you joy.  And anything else you can think of that gives them something to do for you.”

As I was leaving that day, my friend asked if I thought it was ok now to let them loose in the whole house.  Had we resolved the problem? I shrugged my shoulders and said, “I can’t answer for them, but give it a try.”

Within the next few days, my friend was quick to let me know that there were no more pooping displays from the dogs.  All was good.

Cat Whispering (of sorts)

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The best cat story I have so far is from Eartha Kitty. She showed me a huge piece of information that I now include in my Top 10 list of ‘Check In’s’, no matter what kind of animal I’m working with.  


It all started with a seemingly crazy request: “Can you stop our cat from peeing all over the house when we go out of town?” I laughed at first, thinking “yeah, right!” However, liking the idea of a challenge, and knowing I'm usually the one they call when all other means have been exhausted, thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. You just never know!

Eartha was the only cat out of a four-dog, three person family, or what she would call her ‘pride.’ She was the ‘elder’ of the animals and was around when the family brought home their baby girl.   

While sitting with Eartha Kitty that day in her room, it began to become clear to me that she saw herself as the “Alpha” of not just the animals in the family, but of the entire family.

During any given time, she was fully connected to and aware of everyone’s schedule, give or take an extra long work day or an overnight sleep over with friends. But when her people suddenly weren’t coming home and were gone for two, three or more days, her connection with them felt lost. She became worried, upset ... PISSY, literally!

So I suggested to the family, since they were about to embark upon a 10-day trip to Europe, to make it a point to connect with Eartha every day.  "Let her know you’re safe – all of you, that you’re having a great time, and you’ll be back home in however many days it is."  

Wouldn’t you know, that’s all Eartha Kitty needed from them. It worked! There were no smells or sightings of cat pee anywhere upon their return. Whew!

Are You Empathic? Little Known Conditions.

A majority of my clients share a common factor.  They are Empathic. Medical professionals commonly misdiagnose empathics because of their ability to absorb and then demonstrate the feelings and illnesses of others, without even knowing it.

One such case is a client who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and  hypothyroidism – the latest in a string of conditions doctors have determined over the years. (At this writing, recent blood tests reveal that she no longer has hypothyroidism, yet her body still presents as if, further proofing the medical establishment can only do so much.)

The bulk of her symptomology: migraines, body pain and fatigue, greatly reduces with regular sessions with me. I assist her in letting go of the energies of those around her that she has soaked up like a sponge, advise her in ways that can offer protection for her weakened energy boundaries, and work with her underlying issues that have created such vulnerability.

From my personal observations, empaths either learn their sensitivities as survival mechanisms, growing up in abusive or dysfunctional homes, or come more naturally to it as it is a part of their design.  There may even be an overlap for some.

According to The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, author Elaine Aron, Ph.D. states that as many as one out of every five people are highly sensitive.

Author Yvonne Perry has a wonderful, easy to read, easy to reference guidebook that I highly recommend for empaths and health professionals alike:  Whose Stuff Is This? Finding Freedom from the Negative Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You

You will learn …

Empaths are very likeable people – compassionate, unconditionally understanding, peaceful, joyful, loving, kind, and caring.  You most likely will find them ‘in service’ as crisis volunteers, caregivers, nannies, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, teachers, social workers, psychologists, and even parents who consistently care for a child with health or educational issues. You will also find them in the healing arts as massage therapists, energy workers, yoga instructors and the like.

Common denominators can include a feeling of responsibility for others’ happiness and a need to ‘fix’ things that are wrong in others’ relationships, physical bodies and even the world.  They want to heal others and make everyone happy, but instead end up absorbing the very thing they are attempting to heal: fear, depression, anger, rage, and more.  This makes them easy targets for those who don’t take responsibility for their own choices and seek someone to do everything for them.

From chest pains and stomach cramps to migraines and fever, empaths can manifest symptoms without contracting an actual illness. Later, they learn that their “ailment” coincided with the onset of a friend’s or family member’s illness.

Most likely empaths will have animals in their life, and find solace in the out of doors, where they can discharge some of the energies they have taken on, and re-charge their batteries from ‘empathy fatigue.’

Some will have weight issues. Absorbing stressful emotions can trigger panic attacks, depression as well as food, sex, and drug binges. Some may overeat to cope with these emotional stressors or use their body weight as a shield or buffer.

They can also feel sorry for people no matter who they are or what they have done. They feel the need to stop and help anyone in their path. They can’t pass by a homeless person without giving them money—even if they don’t have it to spare.  They also feel horrible when a commercial for the Humane Society shows animals that need a home, and they may rescue more animals than they can possibly care for.

Some empaths don’t do well with intimate relationships. Constantly taking on their partner’s pain and emotions, they may easily get their feelings hurt, desire to spend time alone rather than with the partner, feel vulnerable when having sex, and feel that they have to continually retrieve their own energy when it gets jumbled with that of their partner. They may be so afraid of becoming engulfed by another person that they close up emotionally just to survive.

If this information hits close to home, or feels like a friend or family member, please feel free to pass this along.  You never know what a gift of healing you may be giving in return for some of the most caring and thoughtful human beings on this planet.

For more information, you may contact me via this website.  

 

Energy Healing — Flower Essences Aid on All Levels

What Are Flower Essences?

Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, that can uniquely address emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of wellness for people and animals.

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They are prepared by placing the flower’s petals – the plant part believed to have the greatest amount of life force – into a glass bowl of water and setting in sunlight, which melds the flower’s energetic imprint into the water.

How Do They Work?

To understand how flower essences work requires recognition that the human being is more than a physical body. It also incorporates a “body” of life energy, a “body” of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self.

Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants that interact with these subtle “bodies” of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us.

We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.

When To Use Flower Essences

You can use Flower Essences when you feel in any way emotionally, mentally, or spiritually out of balance, such as when you feel depressed, anxious, or self-critical.

You can also use them for physical illness to help address the underlying conflicts and tensions that may have contributed to the onset of the illness.

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If you already work with other healing systems, Flower Essences will not interfere. In fact, they help you better integrate the benefits of other healing modalities, and make these modalities more efficient.  This is true for animals as well as people.

How Do The Essences Know Where To Go In My System?

The deepest sorrow and the greatest joy exist on the same electrical frequency band, with joy at one end and sorrow on the other.  All vibration is organized in this way.

Flower Essences vibrate rapidly at the very highest end of this frequency band, and our illusions, our negative emotions, vibrate more slowly at the low end of the band.

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Once introduced, a flower essence goes to the band of shared resonance and offers its vibration as an alternate electrical model.  It is a tuning fork of sorts, calling us back to the higher vibration that it holds. Because this high vibration is the deepest truth about any situation, our electrical system wants to return to vibrating with this frequency.

Given sufficient exposure to this vibrational tuning fork, our electrical system will choose the higher frequency of this band and will begin to hold the same high vibration offered by the Flower Essence.

What Can You Expect?

In the long run, working with flower essences will help you to feel more alive and in touch with your goals, values, and creativity. They work by stimulating awareness of our conflicts and challenges, and they strengthen our ability to work through the obstacles to our health and growth.

What If You Are On Medications?

Flower essences can be very helpful for people who are taking prescribed medication for both physical and emotional ailments. To the extent that the medication dulls consciousness, the essences may take longer to take effect, or for their effects to be noticed.

Origins?

Flower Essences were used by ancient cultures, and today, the most well-known name associated with flower essences is Dr.Edward Bach (1886 – 1936).

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Bach originally came up with what are now known as The Twelve Healers - Impatients, Mimulus, Clematis, Agrimony, Chicory, Vervain, Centaury, Cerato, Gentain, Scleranthus, Water Violet and Rock Rose. What followed were 26 other flower essences along with probably the best known of the Bach’s, Rescue Remedy. (You can find Bach remedies in Health Food Stores, as well as on-line.)

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Another name well known for essences is Flower Essence Services or FES. They have a collection of some 103 essences.  (FES remedies are mostly found in Metaphysical Bookstores and on-line through various retailers, like Lucky Vitamin.)

These are among the essences I will “check in”on for clients as well as Tennessee’s Floralive essences, and New Hampshire’s Green Hope Farm collections.

Green Hope Farm has some 14 different flower collections, including Animal Wellness and Healer’s Toolboxcollections. http://www.greenhopeessences.com/

Floralive is unique among essence producers in that they use “un-cut” flowers for their 55 plus flower products. http://www.floralive.com/

The Difference Between Flower Essences & Essential Oils

An essence is not an essential oil and an essential oil is not an essence, although both are extracted from trees and plants.

Put simply, Flower Essences concentrate on the vibrational energy of the plant, rather than the physical properties of an actual oil extract, as in the case of Essential Oils.

  • The plants and flowers used in essence therapy are often different to those used in the practice of essential oils.
  • Essences do not have a fragrance or flavor, unlike an essential oil.
  • Essences are usually in a water and alcohol form; true essential oils are not diluted in this way.
  • And last but not least, Flower Essences are administered by placing several drops under the tongue or in water, while Essential Oils are typically placed topically on wrists, temples, or bottoms of feet.
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Energy Healing — Protection from Electromagnetic Frequencies

There is a proliferation of electromagnetic waves generated all around us these days from cell phones, computers, television sets, fluorescent lighting, microwaves, electric toothbrushes, cell phone towers, power lines and lots more.

Just think about your daily life and all the electronics you come in contact with.  If you really took notice, you’d be amazed.

As compared to the frequencies of nature, these man-made frequencies are bombarding our energy fields at an alarming rate.

Take for example the cell phone.  How many of you experience a warming of your head when using a cell phone?  How many of you feel a weird energy from your laptop through your fingers or arms?

Our physical bodies are made up of natural elements of this planet.  Our physical bodies are designed in harmony with the earth, just as are the plant, mineral and animal kingdoms.

Using muscle testing, if a product or frequency is beneficial to a person, the person will test ‘strong.’ If the product or frequency is detrimental, the person becomes ‘weak.’

A test I often do as an example with clients involves their cell phone.  When the cell is turned on, the person tests ‘weak.’ This happens because theelectromagnetic waves from the cell are disharmonious, disruptive frequencies for the human body. After spending a day at the office in front of a computer screen under fluorescent lighting, most people feel ‘wiped out.’

Fortunately, there are proven products that can offer protection for you and your environment. One technology I highly recommend is from Life Alignment’s Vortex Card selection.

Specific to the cell phone is the cell phone card.  I have one on the battery back of my cell phone, as well as on the keyboard console of my laptop.

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The Cell/Mobile Phone card polarises and transforms the harmful microwave radiation emitted by the phone to frequencies that harmonise with the human energy field. Tests have shown that the body’s aura is significantly enhanced when using the card on the phone. This card may also be used for devices whose signals are transmitted through the air such as pagers, beepers, television, radio, internet and cordless telephones.

Other cards that would be very helpful within one’s environment include the Rainbow card and for one’s own personal use, the Square card.

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The Rainbow Card is designed to balance and harmonize the atmosphere of an entire house, office or small building. It emits a frequency that helps to transform the negative effects of electro-magnetic radiation, geopathic stress and toxic energies within the space. It converts or transmutes the toxic energies to light energy, creating an atmosphere that is healing and filled with vitality. It has a profound effect on the people occupying the space who have reported a sense of clarity, balance, peace and well-being. Many have reported experiencing relief from pain and other symptoms.

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The Square card is used for protection from electromagnetic fields (EMF’s), geopathic stress and negative energies from people and places. It may be worn on the body or placed on electrical appliances. It also helps to magnify a person’s energy field.

If you are interested in any of these products, let me know.

There are also many types of gemstones that can eradicate and/or neutralize one’s environment, or you, of these disruptive energies if placed around the home or workplace or worn in bracelets, necklaces, or just kept in one’s pocket.

Among these are: aventurine, amethyst, diamond, jasper, lepidolite, amazonite, bloodstone, clear quartz, malachite, smokey quartz, and sodalite.

 

Amethyst

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Aventurine

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Energy Healing — Frequencies of Emotional & Mental States

Negative Emotions Create Disease

Thinking negatively has been shown to lower body frequency in 3 seconds.

Thinking positively has been demonstrated to take up to 21 seconds to get the body frequency back up to optimum range.

(When one inhales an essential oil, along with thinking positively, there can be an instantaneous return to a higher frequency.)

The Harmonic Scale of Emotion, as described by Robert Tennyson Stevens, indicates which emotions are high frequencies and which ones are not.

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The highest frequency emotion is ENTHUSIASM.

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LOVE and JOY are also high frequency emotions.

Heading down the scale, these are followed by PAIN (emotional or physical), which is followed by ANGER.  The next lower frequency emotion is FEAR followed by GRIEF.

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Below grief is APATHY. And finally, the lowest frequency emotion is UNCONSCIOUSNESS – meaning it is so awful, we have completely blocked out those situations from our lives.

Jane Buckle, MD / International Lecturer / and former Nursing Assistant to the Queen’s Physician of England, relayed this scenario. Say a person has had an auto accident.  Think of the frequency of fear that instilled in their energy bodies.  If they don’t know to deal with this emotion that is now a factor of the body’s frequency, within a couple of years, this can show up in the physical body as some form of disease.

So, if we are experiencing anything less than enthusiasm in any area of our life, we have lowered our frequency and are running the risk of dis-ease. In order to be healthier, it’s a very good idea to be conscious of increasing our frequency, to align ourselves as best we can with what supports our emotional and mental health.

Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions

Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

Optimism = Anticipation + Joy (Opposite emotion – Disappointment)

Love = Joy + Trust (Opposite emotion – Remorse)

Awe = Fear + Surprise (Opposite – Aggressiveness)

Disapproval = Surprise + Sadness (Opposite – Optimism)

Remorse = Sadness + Disgust (Opposite – Love)

Aggressiveness = Anger + Anticipation (Opposite – Awe)

Energy Healing — High Essential Oil Frequencies

Low Frequency Equals Poor Health

Research done by Bruce Tainio and Gary Young indicates that “the normal frequency range of the human body is between 62 – 68 MHz; but if it drops below that, the individual becomes a candidate for illness. 

Cold symptoms appear at 58 MHz, flu symptoms at 57 MHz, candida at 55 MHz,epstein bar at 52 MHz, cancer at 42 KHz.

Stated simply, if we can keep the body frequency high enough, and well oxygenated, the potential is greater to be free of disease.”

Essential Oils are High Frequency

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 The higher the frequency, the more life force an object contains.  More life force means better health.

Life force is called CHI in China, KI in Japan, andPRANA in India. Each of these cultures have developed means for humans to increase and balance the amount of life force they have within their bodies.

Bruce Tainio and Gary Young discovered that processed food canned food had a Zero MHz frequency, fresh produce had up to 15 MHz, dry herbs from 12-22 MHz, and fresh herbs from 20-27 MHz.  Essential oils (therapeutic grade) started at 320 MHz, which is the frequency of Rose Oil.

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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to treat physical and emotional ailments. Jean Valnet, M.D. indicates in his book, The Practice of Aromatherapy, that essential oils are not only used to clean and disinfect European hospitals, replacing harsh chemicals, but are also used to treat patients, and are sometime even ingested.

In one test, Gary Young and Bruce Tainio found that when a person drinks a cup of coffee, their frequency can drop by as much as 10 MHz.  It can take three or more days for their body to return to its original frequency.  However, if they use an essential oil of 75 MHz or higher immediately after drinking the coffee, their frequency returned to normal in less than one minute.

 

Determining Frequencies for the Body

Most practitioners of Vibrational Medicine/Energy Medicine/Energy Healing use dowsing, or Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing) to determine what frequencies would be beneficial for a person.  If a product or frequency is in their best and highest interest the person will test strong. If the product or frequency is detrimental, the person becomes weak.

 

** The products featured at the top of this blog come from Scentered andYoung Living. I use mostly Scentered products in my sessions with clients, mainly because I am a big fan of their Nashville creators, Belva Cunningham and Meg MacFadyen.  

There are many more companies producing therapeutic grade essential oils, so look around for yourself. 

You can learn about Scentered essential oil products and purchase their custom blends and single oils via http://belva.net/scentered-essential-oils/  and/or visit Art & Invention Gallery in East Nashville http://artandinvention.com/ for a good selection of these oils.

You can also take a look at Young Living’s product line at:
https://www.youngliving.org/oilman

Next up:  More frequency increasing information – how emotional and/or mental states create or heal dis-ease, protection from electromagnetic frequencies, healing sound, and hands on healing.

 

Energy Medicine, aka Vibrational Medicine, aka Energy Healing

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 It has been successfully practiced in various forms all over the world for thousands of years. Yet only recently has it come to the forefront in western society. That’s because scientists have finally developed instruments sophisticated enough to measure how and why this mode of healing works.

Considered ‘quackery’ in the past, many of these ‘alternative techniques’ are now being used in tandem with mainstream medical treatments, as exampled here by Vanderbilt’s Center for Integrative Health, whose patient volume has more than tripled since 2009.

Ancient Indian texts accurately describe the human energy system. Information and diagrams not only detail where the main energy centers are located, but also what part of the endocrine system each energy center works with and how imbalances in the energy center affect the physical, mental, and emotional state of the person.

Specific vibrational tools are suggested for correcting imbalances depending upon the particular energy center involved. These energy centers and the energy field surrounding the body can now be seen using Kirlian and other specific photographic equipment.

Everything in the universe is energy. Nothing is actually solid. Objects are made up of microscopic particles vibrating at such a fast rate that they appear solid. Our limited sense of sight doesn’t allow us to see the movement, or vibration of these particles.

Every object, including human organs, have a natural, healthy vibratory rate referred to as ‘resonance.’ If a part of the body begins to vibrate out of resonance or harmony, it creates what we call dis-ease.

Jonathan Goldman, author of Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics, says, “If parts of the body become imbalanced, they may be healed through projecting the proper and correct frequencies back into the body.”

Energy Therapy looks at the energy anatomy within and around the physical body. Imbalances and disharmonies are treated using frequencies from flower and gem essences, sound, therapeutic grade essential oils, radionics, homeopathics, acupuncture, color, hands-on-healing, and crystals.

Each individual sound, color, crystal, or flower essence has a specific quality that is beneficial for a particular human organ, system or emotion.

Disease Prevention Is Possible
Part of the intense interest in the field of vibrational/energy medicine is the knowledge that disharmony shows up in the energy field before it becomes a problem in the body. If imbalances can be detected while still in the energy field, theoretically dis-ease can be avoided all together.

Another plus for vibrational/energy healing is that it seems to have no negative side effects. It does, however, tend to produce more smiles, more energy, and an overall feeling of well being.

Over the next several blogs, I will be sharing some very cool information regarding: frequencies of health for the body, how emotions can create or heal dis-ease, protection from electromagnetic frequencies, sound, and hands on healing.

Stay Tuned!

(Thanks and gratitude to Debbie “Takara” Shelor for a good part of this research.)

Harmony and Health — Creating Wellness for Our Pets

Harmony and Health – Creating Wellness for Your Pet

This is from an Only Natural Pet Store newsletter. *Please also see my comments included.


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Most of us understand the basics of creating wellness. Health begins with a sound diet, exercise, and having fun with our loved ones. Our pets are important family members, like us in many ways, but with their own unique animal needs and abilities. Our pets give us so much – the unconditional love, joy and pleasure they offer us through their loving companionship enhances our lives and makes us healthier people. But it’s easy in the hectic nature of our lives to take our pets for granted and miss opportunities to nurture them for their optimal wellness. Creating wellness requires that we meet the basic needs we all share, and to honor the special needs of our pets.

We Are One, but We Are Not the Same

Pets have special nutritional needs, and are far more limited in their physical ability to deal with a poor diet and the toxins in our environment. With shorter life spans and smaller organ systems, its important to give them the best diet we can that suits their animal physiology and to limit their exposure to toxic chemicals in their food, and in so many household products we use. Consider choosing non-toxic household cleaners, natural cat litter, and safe non-toxic bath products to limit your pet’s exposure to toxic materials.

From the holistic perspective, the foundation of good health is a good diet. Dogs and cats need different food from what we eat, and many pets, particularly cats can have trouble digesting the grain-based fare (like that found in most commercial pet foods) that humans can tolerate. When their nutritional needs are met, pets have great vitality and abundant energy, and have better digestion and can maintain their appropriate weight, which are both causes of so many health problems of pets today. For more information on quality food for your pets, click below to read “What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food.”

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/KnowledgeBase/knowledgebasedetail.aspx?articleid=4
We are fortunate to have in the Nashville area several stores that carry natural and organic foods and treats.  Some even carry raw products.  Among those I am familiar with:

Dizzy’s Dog Wash in Berry Hill http://dizzysdogwash.com/

Happy ReTales in Brentwood http://www.happyretales.com

Nashville Holistic Pet in West Nashville http://www.nashvilleholisticpet.com/

 
A good diet provides energy for a healthy activity level, meaning daily exercise. It’s easy to neglect the exercise and play needs of our pets, but the consequences can be severe. Beyond the impact on their health, too little physical activity can create a host of inappropriate behaviors and creates a great deal of stress for our pets. Dogs need daily cardiovascular exercise in the form of a walk or run.

Beyond the Basics – Understanding Your Cat’s or Dog’s Nature

Another way we can honor the unique needs of our furry friends is to consider their species-specific characteristics. Understanding the unique qualities of the feline and canine natures can help you create a home where your pet feels at ease and reduces their stress levels. Most cats crave freedom and autonomy. They want a safe space of their own and the ability to direct their own activities. Cats that feel thwarted in their ability to play, sleep, explore and interact on their schedule can experience health-damaging stress and develop some bad habits that create stress for everyone.

Dogs thrive on routine and want the stability of a secure hierarchy in the family “pack.” You are your dog’s leader, and when you don’t demonstrate this with consistent rules and routines that establish your leadership, dogs can become anxious and insecure about their role. Most dogs instinctively recognize our natural right to lead (after all, we control the food and their access to fun experiences). Lead your dog with calm authority and your dog will be much happier and healthier for it. Dogs that show over-protective tendencies, pace, or bark excessively are showing signs of stress that could be impacting their health as well as disturbing the harmony of your home.

There are many excellent reference books and books on training to help you understand and work with your cat’s or dog’s natural tendencies. If your pet is experiencing severe behavior issues, consider a consultation with a qualified animal behaviorist, training specialist, or energy therapist.

Emotional Stress and Illness

Beyond a good diet, exercise, and reducing exposure to toxins, the single best thing we can do for our pets (and ourselves) is to minimize the stress they experience. The mind-body connection has been well researched in human health, and emotional stress has a well-documented impact on our well-being. This is no less true for our pets, though the idea is not generally taken into account from the traditional veterinary perspective. Taking steps to reduce your pet’s stress can go a long way to creating wellness.

Some pets seem to be more naturally “high-strung,” which may be a breed specific quality or may result from their life history – a common story with rescued companions. Stress comes in many forms, including major life changes, stressful situations, and daily stress in our home and relationships.

Major life events like the addition of new pets or human family members, death of loved ones, house renovations, or moving can trigger stress in many pets, and the impact can be felt for many months after the change occurs. Cats can be particularly sensitive to these changes – even getting new carpet can cause a strong stress response in cats. Dogs are often particularly sensitive to events that cause shifts in relationships. It’s important to provide the “security blankets” our pets need during these times. Make sure the cat’s favorite pillow or blanket isn’t packed in a box when you move, and be sure each pet has their favorite toys available. When introducing new family members, spend extra time with your dog to confirm their continued high status with you and to insure that they don’t feel neglected.

Many pets experience repeating but occasional situational stressors, like going to the vet’s office, car travel, thunderstorms, boarding, family vacations, or visitors in the home. For major life events and situational stressors, there are many effective remedies that can help your pet cope with the emotional aspects of the situation. Pheromone-based sprays can work well to soothe pets during stressful times, and can be great for spraying on bedding or in crates during travel. For pets prone to extreme physical reactions like crying, nausea, vomiting or trembling, you may wish to consider herbal remedies for stress to help calm them physically. There are also several homeopathic stress remedies that work well, especially for pets sensitive to herbal products. Dogs that experience separation anxiety get much stress relief from interactive toys that keep them busy and distracted while you leave the house, which can help curb anxiety.

Worth special mention are flower essence products, which provide a great approach for many animals for a wide range of stressful situations. Flower essence blends are specifically formulated with essences most appropriate to address a specific emotional experience of the animal. Bach Rescue Remedy is becoming more widely known as the classic remedy for trauma and acute life stress. (You may find this on shelves at your Veterinarian as well as in pet supply and health food stores.)

You may also be interested to know that there are alcohol-free essences available for your pets from Green Hope Farm. In fact, they have their own line of ‘specific to animal’ essences called the Animal Wellness Collection. http://www.greenhopeessences.com/animalwellness.html

The Ultimate Wellness Builder – Reducing Daily Your Stress for Your Pet

While stressful major life changes and trips to the vet (we hope!) are few and far between, one of the most profound sources of stress for your pet is perhaps the easiest to overlook – the stress that our pets absorb from us on a daily basis. One of the greatest gifts our pets give us is the comfort they provide to us every day. People with pets are generally healthier and live longer, because our pets not only provide companionship, but they literally absorb our stress.

Our pets are quite emotionally sensitive and are highly attuned to our moods. Animal communicators tell us that part of our companions’ “spiritual mission” is to help us cope with our emotions. It’s important to recognize that our own stress level is very obvious to our pets and can impact their wellness greatly. Many pet owners report that their pets share their emotional stress, and often share the same physical symptoms that stress creates for their own health. With that in mind, making a commitment to reducing your daily stress level is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s health.

Wellness is the result of many factors, and especially for our pets, nearly every one of those factors is under our control. Making sound decisions for our pets with regard to diet, exercise, and activities creates the foundation for vibrant health. Adding the essential element of reducing stress can help you give your pet a more joyous, healthier and longer life. With everything our pets do for us and our well-being, we owe it to them to return the favor and create harmony for them in every way we can. The time we have with our animal companions is precious in so many ways, and we have it in our power to honor that special bond through our commitment to harmonious living.


If you would like assistance in making good decisions for your loving companion, no matter their life stage, consider an informative and intuitive assessment appointment with me with your pet.  As an Animal Communicator and Energy Healer, I am able to access your pet’s own innate wisdom as to products, foods and remedies that will support their best health, emotionally as well as physically, thus saving you time and money in your quest to offer your pet the best care in all stages.

 

Forms of Energy Healing

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When people think about energy healing, energy balancing, or energy work, probably the most well known of all the modalities is Reiki. You will find this term referenced in most any article about holistic/alternative medicine, whether offered in a complementary setting as in a wellness center or in hospitals where it is becoming more prevalent.

Reiki is one among several profound healing techniques I have studied. As you read more about it below, you will see why.

From http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html

“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent upon belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.”
A recent study indicates that in 2002, over one million adults in the US received one or more Reiki sessions. Physicians and nurses are beginning to recognize its value and have begun adding it to services provided by hospitals, medical clinics, and hospice programs. They indicate that Reiki reduces stress, decreases the need for pain medication, improves sleep and appetite, and accelerates the healing process. They also indicate that Reiki reduces many of the unwanted side effects of radiation and drugs, including chemotherapy.

In my practice, Reiki, Life Alignment and Transference Healing all morph into my unique healing style that also utilizes aromatherapy, flower essences, gemstones and sacred geometry.

Life Alignment
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Transference Healing
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