Animals and Human Children

I am volunteering at an Orphan Children’s Hostel in Varanasi, India. I hear the young girls begin to scream early in the morning before school is to begin. I go running up the stairs to see what all the ‘fuss’ is about. Several of the girls have long sticks and are poking under the lockers. One of the girls shares with me that their are kittens under the lockers. I look over at the next set of stairs to see the mother Cat looking and meowing for her kittens.

I ask the Girls to stop, bend down, and I pick up one of the kittens. They scream, “Didi (sister in Hindi) what are you doing?” I say, “You believe in God, yes?” “Yes, Didi.” “You believe all Animals are God, yes?” “Yes, Didi.” “Me too, and I love my God. I do not want to hit my God with sticks. These kittens are scared, just like you and see their Mother on the stairs who loves them. She is like your MotherJi who loves you.” Then, one of them asks to touch the kitten. “Oh, it is so soft! Oh, how sweet! How can we help?” and all the girls take turns, sharing they have never touched one before. The girls then bring me a box, we catch the others, and take them to room with the mother Cat following. Then, a lesson begins on the five basic things every Animal needs to live and thrive.

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This experience awakened a dream I did not know I had. I knew I love Children, I knew I love Animals; however, I did not know I had laying dormant in me a dream to bring Orphan Children and Orphan Animals together to heal each other. Teaching Compassion with Animals I had been doing, it was part of the reason I was in India as an Animal Chaplain; however, to see Orphan Children on the streets competing for food scraps, witnessing Children being taught to be cruel to the Animals or to ignore their conditions, even witnessing the homeless Children themselves being ignored, solicited into gangs,  broke my heart open to a degree which I have never experienced before.

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I knew then where my Soul was or IS leading me.

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Many of us have heard, maybe have experienced, or we intuitively know that Animals have the ability to heal. However, let us dig into the “science.”

 

Here is a list of 20 reasons (in a simple, and fun list) for benefits with Animals, which includes better health, having a friend and playmate, a cuddling companion, building higher self-esteem, lowering blood pressure, better communication skills, just to name a few from this simple list. Take a look at the list of 20 reasons for yourself.

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Now, in the New York Times back in 1990, there are several studies showing some “unexpected psychological benefits” for Children. The Animals were significant in reaching emotionally traumatized Children, ones that are hard-to-reach, stating how the qualities which make pets beneficial to children also help in psychotherapy with building a rapport, bolstering the self-esteem of traumatized children, helping with social skills, more socially competent, feeling better about themselves, and buffering loneliness.

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”It made the children more cooperative and sharing,” said Dr. Sue Doescher, a psychologist involved in the study. ”Having a pet improves children’s role-taking skills because they have to put themselves in the pet’s position and try to feel how the pet feels. And that transfers to how other kids feel.”

 

In the article it shares a study of done with Farm Animals where 100 Children were part of an innovative treatment program. These Children were severely neglected or had experienced extreme physical or emotional abuse. The daily contact and responsibilities with the Animals gave them a sense of worth.

Dr Ross stated, “For many children whose nurturing has been faulty, taking care of an animal can interrupt the cycle of abuse repeating itself over generations. They can learn to be care-givers, even if they haven’t been well cared for themselves.”

 

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The article also shares the study done with the tending of injured Animals was shown to be extremely powerful in teaching resilience, showing the Children an even deeper compassion and the feeling that if the Animals can do it with one leg missing, I can do it too. Please see the full New York Times article here.

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In the Huffington Post, Dr. Gail Gross shares, “My very dear friend is a horse whisperer, who has helped many children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) heal. One day while having lunch together, I asked her to explain to me why animals, and horses in particular, help children with PTSD recover. She explained to me that children of abuse and domestic violence, as well as children who have physical and emotional challenges, respond to horses (and other animals) because they intuitively recognize that they can trust them.”

She goes on to share how Children can naturally feel how Animals do not judge or criticize them, they love them unconditionally. See full article here.

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Here is another source from the BlueDog.org with a clear list of benefits.

And another from School is Easy here adding Autism, helping with reading, and exercise.

The Pet Health Network shares, “This extraordinary relationship has been scientifically evaluated and a 2008 study published in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatryby Nancy Parish-Plass showed that abused or neglected children responded better to therapy if an animal was present. The therapists reported that nervous, withdrawn, or frightened children became more relaxed and engaged when a pet was present.”

The article goes on to share, “Families considering adopting a child should seriously consider adopting a pet. Dr. Deanna Linville conducted a study and followed 20 American families who adopted children from Russia or Romania. She found it interesting that all 20 families had pets, most of them rescues.”

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What do all of these benefits have in common……Compassion. The Children learn to nurture their Compassion. The Animals bring it out because they give it naturally. We want a more compassionate world, then we need to live it, give it, share it, TEACH it, and most of all demonstrate it with our Children. That is what Animals do.

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Many children, just as I did, have a natural awe and love of Animals; however, are taught to fear them, for many reasons. We as Children we are taught to ‘use’ them, whether for food, protection, clothing, entertainment, or otherwise. Basically, that some Animals are good and some Animals are bad or that we are superior to them.

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So, my favorite benefit……compassion. And compassion leads to Peace.

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When a Child’s natural compassion is nurtured, we create more compassionate adults.

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When we create more compassionate adults, we create a more compassionate world.

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To help Apithan Ministries to build the first orphan child hostel at the LIFE Farm Animal Sanctuary in Mapoli, Maharashtra, India please visit www.ahowan.org to give your life-altering donation.

 

 

 

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What Saturday Taught Me

SO….I awake on this Saturday, staying with taking one step in front of another, with a renewed determination to breakthrough this depression. I have been given my ‘homework’ by the Director of the video recordings for the Course…….so being in complete solitude this day, I randomly turn on my music to begin working on the computer and my homework…….and Lady Gaga comes on…………

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What a way to “Pray myself in.” It is exactly how I have been feeling. It takes me to the many times I have felt I could not go on….and how it has been the Animals, whether two-legged, mostly four-legged, have kept me going……the love and compassion and trust I have felt from them.

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The song is followed with Peaceful feeling the Oneness Deeksha of Moola Mantra invocation….

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followed by laughing and dancing as the “Me, Myself, and I” comes on! In our Oneness, it really is just the One Life……..it is, Me, Myself and I….the Holy Trinity playing out this game of Life through, as, and for each one of us…..and for me, personally, in this moment,  I am so grateful for my word of the year………

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That all of this is guiding me, leading me to fulfill the promises I have made, to where my heart is calling me

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This particular song…..a song introduced to me as I was leaving the building sight of the Animal Child Ashram last fall……follows. It brings me the One Reason……..

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Then I claim……I AM the person my Dog knows I am…..There is just no describing how beautifully synchronistic it is to just turn on your music and have Spirit play exactly what you need to take you to the place you need go, for what you need to do.

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I hop on the internet to check messages. I receive an email stating I need to fill out a form for my Food Assistance……and I am unsure how to fill it out. It is time for my daily ride, so I decide to ride to the Food Assistance office to get instruction…….Spirit said “no” clearly…..the motorcycle mysteriously would not start…..at all.

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Now, in the past I have not had luck working this on the phone, face to face has been glorious; however, I hear my intuition to call….and it went PERFECTLY…..AND, after calling Road Side Assistance, going back out to move the motorcycle for them to get to her…She starts right up…..so I call back to cancel, and take the intended ride I had in mind.

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I try out the ‘new to me’ gifted helmet from the roadside with the Action camera attached…..now, I am not one to wear a full face helmet; however, for whatever reason, it is feeling pretty doable.

I go into the store to get my foods, and take back off. I reach up to turn the camera on…it is gone. Now Spirit had already guided me into the right lane to make the right turns needed to return to the store…….traffic had me locked so I could not turn left!

You know that panic of having lost an item gifted to you, the ‘urg’ of loss, as I am tracing my steps…..I had a by the door parking spot which I intended….I looked under the car that pulled into the spot, go through the store, and back out knowing I must surrender to the demise…….and then, I look back and see the camera almost under the tire of the car…

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Thank you Great Spirit!!!

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And I am grateful for my sustenance!! And I can see how I am being slowly returned to a diet without a refrigerator

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As I pray myself in to return to my homework….I notice Heart-shaped vines and how they are traveling up to Tree Trunks…

Yet, when at the back door of the apartment…..It is only One Tree Trunk
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This Cicada flys into me and lands……and I hear, “At some angles may look like two, however, when you come out of your shell, it is always just one.” So yeah, I have been here before……..I am to root, yet I am to travel….for example.

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Then Two Hawks screech out and fly over ………………………

 

 

 

My Week With the Animals

I am grateful for the first true recording day….and the beautiful guidance in keeping it focused with the Animals and the transformations we made together as I took the Universal Principles and applied them honestly within my consciousness.


“Keep to the Core message, the Ants will take it from there.” I am grateful how I am guided to keep to the Core Message and the beauty of how this applies with all the Animals. One can barely see the Ants; however, they are trailing their parts back home.

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Monday, after the first recording for the “Reflections with Animals” video recording; I am feeling my Unique Message and reconnected with that Aggressive Pinpoint Focus and am synchronistically gifted a unique Shark Tooth! I am even more grateful for the joyous, uplifting Spirit from whom the gift was received.

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Tuesday; during the recordings, and this process of sharing the stories from my years of rescuing, building the K-9 B&B/Doggie Daycare; I am reminded;  “I am loyal like a Dog.” I reconnect with how this can be my downfall and it can also be my blessing……either way, it all done from an intention of Love. Something may irritate me; I recognize it is not the someone or soul, it is not the Love they are, or the mirror they demonstrate to me……it is how I perceive it, and how I choose to work with it. I love them, am loyal to them, and will give me best. I recall in my years of rescues how many have bitten me, and yet I understand and love them anyway.

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I feel the Trust Napoleon has to keep him safe during the midnight Thunder in our tent. Spirit has shared at the core of every Culture or original Tenants, we are here to learn and care for the Animals as we would choose to be cared for……I know I lean into my Trust, and truly enjoy being comforted.

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Wednesday, I am given notice of how this seeming tangled web of my past few years’ experiences has me catching a greater, proven message. I am wrapping it up in a package one strand at a time.

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Thursday, as I squat and place my hand on Mother Earth in gratitude for freeing myself, a Raccoon (2nd daytime appearance in one week, different locations) begins to walk upon me. I was hearing how to use my ‘different masks’ in making the MayaHara Meditation completely my own so I can make it available.

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On Friday, Hawk circles and screeches by numerous numbers and varieties; reminding me continuously, I am the Messenger, the Message, and the one receiving the Message…..and thus is so evidently so as I work with my director/producer. Sometimes, it is so helpful to hear your own message repeated back to you, how other perceive and hear it, and a different angle to bring out your best……I am also so grateful to look up

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and see that it is time to fly in and take my place in the ribs of a platform I have been praying for to help get the message of the Animals out into the world. I am gifted with an opportunity………I see it, thank you for the clarity Great Spirit, my action is next.

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Hummingbird graces me, takes quite an interest in buzzing around me and sharing, “tweet, tweet” as if in gratitude together, how I capture my Joy when I am confident, centered, focused, and taking action as ‘me’…..and how good it felt to claim my Rib spot, so I can share my Nectar…..and I can feel how a ‘right platform’ is building and gaining momentum.

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I am grateful for a day in the Forest of Tree Animals on Saturday, my 7th-day of rest and begin venturing…..the strength, the roots, the expansion, and most notably for me today….. I hear, “Find me a four-leaf Clover” however, there is no real purpose, just a whisper……At the end of the walk, this is noticed….Jack-in-the-Pulpit…..laying over what could be a large four leaf Clover…….This Jack has not quite risen out of his pulpit yet.

Nope…..I am not ready yet; so I am staying offline, continuing to reorganize, record, listen, write, and bring this mush to some substance.

 

 

What My Week Taught Me

My week begins with a Sunday visitor after my morning spiritual rituals…….

img_2531teaching me that a ‘Dream of the Night’ (Moth) rooted in Joy is out in the morning Sun for me to behold and appreciate…..so as I return into the the apartment, everything in it is to be rearranged, once again (the 4th and I believe last time.) It is extremely good and demonstrative of the evolving awareness and flow of our time here together; however, admittedly, it stifled me at first. I am grateful it had me taking a long, insightful look over the next few days with what is taking place, the gift of what I bring to places I visit and pray for………not only others, but because I know it comes through myself……so it is all me, and yet it is not me.

I am grateful each rearranging has been completely mutual, coordinated, synchronized. Even though this time ‘felt’ different. I have shared and honored, “This is not ‘my place,’ what do you want?” when asked up to now; however, this time it is made perfectly clear I am a visitor when I am asked to engage in helping. In the process of it all taking place, was a demanding vibration….even though I could see the good and the answer to all our requests. What I did not see was my “Napoleon” with the ASC module’s recording space……I also got to witness how I have evolved in staying gratefully quiet, compassionate with the process, and staying helpful…..in the moment…..

Once the Blessed Rearrangement completes, I want to fly off……….

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However, Napoleon brings me the Alligator energies, the curious fun of looking at all the angles…

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Then, Napoleon alerts me to a visitor, the promise of Caterpillar….seeming to glow the joy and magic; and it reminds me to fly with it……..well, I am in the mush currently, reconstructing all my pieces.

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The Fire Ants get my Right Foot really good….. The team has stung me, and as I face my own responsibility in this….. I have no better Teacher than who I am here with….”Thank you Great Spirit!” I know without a doubt is preparing for the Animal Child Ashram; however, it does not make this easy. There is a part of me, admittedly feels defeated.

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and being unable emotionally to call my prayer partner, has me at a moment of decision……I am in the deep depression….. then, gratefully the Amino Acids arrive to begin resetting hormones….and my heart empathizes with Napoleon being ill. As I do the ‘Hoppo’opono prayer with him, I feel how grateful I am at how He is demonstrating the energetic releasing of my depression.

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I am so grateful for the Inner Wisdom as I have ‘sat with myself’ since the Storm (in all those ways) came through that Sunday, including taking out Wifi/cable, and now here on Tuesday, it is still out. The mutually deep, compassionate, honest, respectful communication between my Host and myself takes us to a deeper appreciation and also brings about trial runs in the studio for the next course in the ASC module……By the way, Napoleon is bright-eyed, healthy, and has his appetite back!!

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However, on Wednesday, I learn I must complete a full timeline for the Video recording of the Stories for the Studio time…….and, it is confirmed in a most interesting way, I will be leaving the end of June and all recordings will be complete…..so my fasting begins till the Timeline outline up to the end of the first 50 state Peregrination begins.

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Napoleon and I get the home all dry, packed back up……

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and I am so grateful how I can feel the Amino Acids kicking in…

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and I am reminded of the lone Ceremony I had Sunday of letting the tearful Goddess go.

..my depression is beginning to lift; and I am so grateful how through even the toughest (what I can only term ‘smoosh,’ emotional weeks on a personal level) there is a peace, a harmony, and compassionate energy with all of us working together; with yet a strong “on our own,” focus, and clear boundaries. There is absolutely no reason or need to run….The Buffalo faces it, the Elephant clears through it, and the Goat makes every leap surefooted…..

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The power of the mind….the vibrational attraction….is clear on Thursday as I complete the early portion of the timeline, and take a walk. Dirtbikes and fourwheeler being ridden by some young human animals…..big part of my childhood!….

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I cannot resist any longer ….. I hear you Daniel Boone …. every time I pass, I hear, “Your blazing new trail, no one said it was easy….simple, not easy…..one step at a time.”

Grateful internet returns, though Spirit already had me started editing through my external hardrive storage to complete the Timeline by my deadline….and honor my Host.

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Yes, I am….and I am grateful for the reminder……and Napoleon demonstrates this to me clearly…….and I am told, once again to begin the “Napoleon Blog.”……..for right now, I am clearly learning another level of Independence…..and I am grateful He is keeping my heart open with purpose.

Friday I am reminded of my word for the year, “Faith,” through the church sign I pass every morning. I changed this morning.

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Exactly….Faith and Trust….that is how I have gotten this far, and my love for the Animals. Faith Spirit gives me the clarity with the steps, strength to move forward, peace with all my relations, supply for all needed to be done and cared for, loving guidance in all actions, everything…….I can see that Spirit, quite frankly, …with a lot of things…..deepening this in me…..along with my gratitude.

Then, I receive the most amazing compliment about how I have been handling everything with such Grace….that if this past week or so had been ‘theirs,’ it would have been done & over for them, that they would have left immediately, angrily. I know the thoughts were in my mind; however, that is not my real Heart…those were thoughts, feelings, and I left them in the woods……My Heart, is like the Heart of …..Animals.

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My Saturday, the wrap up of the week……………………….I will prepare in another entry.

Arigato……Mitake Oyasin

What my Week Taught Me

I ease back into my work week on Sunday working my Journals (though I have not really taken any real time off) and Napoleon’s itching. He has no Ticks, no Fleas, no …… (I have worked the irritations for sure) however, still itching…..and those eyes gaze at me to understand. For his comfort, I keep feeling the Louise Hay affirmation for Itching. I know and feel how part of me is not in joy of being here, I do see it. I thank him for the message and bringing it to my awareness. I can feel my restlessness inside now when I see or hear him itching……….It has me really digging to stay in the now.

“Shhhhhhh”……Says the Tree Spirit, “There is nothing to say. Listen, learn, love.”

So, this is the message of my week everyday as I Napoleon and I pass on our meditation run! Grateful to pass this sign everyday this week! Yes, I welcome the Gift of Freedom this week! I am listening.

 

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Grateful for the hidden messages which stand out for me in Nature; and how they correlate with my thoughts passing through.

 

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During Noon Deeksha……This unusual and unique Creature captures my attention.

Monday……I continue to feel ‘my’ confidence rise with finishing the first Study Guide, and getting excited to gear up for tomorrow’s ride to Macon, GA for Royal Enfield’s tune-up.

The tracks in the sand have me fascinated! The Creatures who have come through in the night making designs.

Single trail of little dots amongst the tire tracks……

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We all can leave our own unique trail for others to take notice and admire, if one chooses.

Tuesday, I am so grateful for a good, long, scenic ride through GA. I learned I need to work on my Core strength more to support Napoleon when it is time to begin traveling again. ….. it was our first long trip, close to 191 miles. We are about 25 miles out, and a church sign states, “God provides all the strength needed.”  Thank you.

Napoleon was absolutely amazing for his first long trip, and his first night (that I know of) in a hotel room!! Napoleon did so well!!

On the return, after being graced by Spirit through the Royal Enfield’s service, price, and timeliness; I am blessed to see a Fox beginning to breech open woods to cross the road. I rev the Engine and the Fox turns back. Next, I see a Dog cross way up ahead and know to get over, as I can feel how this little White Eskimo Dog is going to try to “get me.” I say prayer, and the dog does begin to run for me. I am passed; however, in the rear view mirror, I see the Dog bow on the road suddenly as the car behind me nearly misses.

Then comes a huge fountain, more like waterfall across the road…..created by the Farm equipment watering their fields…….Now that felt GOOD! I have traveled many roads; however, that was truly a first!

Soon after, I am given a new mantra on a church sign, “We live by Grace through our Faith.”

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Returning to our Host’s homestead to enjoy evening YogaChi with Hummingbird and Gladiolas. Oh yes, “I accept my sweet, glad, nectar!”  I love riding, I love meeting Animals (Humans too!) and inspiring them to live their Freedom. I love seeing Nature, my Life and the exhilaration of where this is all leading, the possibilities. Thank you Spirit for the riding reprieve of these two days…….and knowing the Bullet is “Good to Go!”

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It truly makes me feel as free as this Butterfly…….even though I got a lot more “work” to do before I can even consider taking off again.

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Today’s tracks just had me laughing…..  Footprints on Mother’s Heart.

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as Napoleon and I pass under my beloved Black Vultures, turning their heads, eye-balling Napoleon and I…..”Yes, we are in harmony with our ‘live’ transformation in a magical Crow-like way.” Black Vultures are Crow-like, heartier than Turkey Vultures, and will take their ‘prey’ live if needed to.

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I am given my next assignment, and need to jump onto Facebook to get the timeline for the assignment, the next ‘Book’ in the Animal Spirit Connection teaching module…..This is what pops up on my screen when it opens…….I am grateful for the reminder. I know it, many time over; however, it is still good to ‘hear.’

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Thursday, a pair of Grey Hawks arrive in the neighborhood. Their call is different, as the one swoops down to make sure I take notice…..then begin circling, soaring. I am grateful for the Peace, for being here, and my diligence in moving forward, despite the seeming negativity and sadness which seems to loom.

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For the Love of these Animals who give their all, all the time…..for a loving belly rub.

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The Grey Hawk joins me for evening YogaChi……So grateful considering it was a bit of a ‘push’ to get myself outside to do; and just like I know intuitively, it was not long and the energy took me over for a rejuvenating session…..it seems ‘odd’ that, even though I know ‘this’, I still will think to resist sometimes….once I got going, the partner Hawk came flying in to join in the grooming session we were all participating in.

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Friday morning after a Full Moon bathing and morning ceremony, the meltdown happens during my practices.

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It is time to extend to the full 4 miles…..and the added loop brings a reminder of “concise prayer” or Buffalo energy………

When I return, there is a most blessed conversation between one of my Hosts and I, beginning with an aha which came to him during his morning practice. “It is about the Joy I get out of doing what I do, not the money.” YES!! It is, and has been for me from the very beginning. I love seeing and feeling the Joy of the Animals; and I love the deepened connections with the Humans, especially the Children when working with them.  I have allowed myself to get ‘caught up’ in that before, we all do. What I know, is Great Spirit provides. My Faith has graced me with exactly what I need, every time.

I have been doing preparations on the next ‘book’ in the Module. The past couple of days has been a ‘build up’ of energy….the meltdown….and now, there is a teamed solution, I remember one of my ‘pleas’ during my meltdown……”I need help, how is this going to get done?”

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From my Host, “Thank you, now I have a purpose!” and I am given direction……”Do a timeline!” I just love good heart to heart talks, with no judgment, and a solution which everyone is grateful for…….I get teary just thinking about it.

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So, I treat myself to clearance ‘butt’ pillow…..it is not everyday when you walk in a store, there is a perfect pillow, for a perfect price, and only one, sitting in a rack of clearance. I had just had the thought that morning….”I could use a good little pillow I can carry with me……LOL”

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Napoleon is treated with his first PB Jar experience!!

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Friday night…..Movie night……”I want to watch a Nature documentary or movie.”

“Here’s one” “Call of the Wild” there are Wolves, Alaska, a German Shephard.”  “Okay, sounds good.”

It was tough. It shared a part of the Human history with exploration, greed, and Animals…..and yet, the Human standing for an Animal, having compassion, and the bonds of love between them. What made it harder to watch, was the time when the movie was made, and the laws for the Animals were not so stringent in production.

My gratitude goes to those who stood, for the Animals begin so patient with us to learn.

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Then, the pouring rains…..red glowing lightening……and swirling winds……..Whoohoo!

My day off……I take it…..I get to go have some Divine Feminine time!!

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I have Dancing time making a Fruit Salad with my special ingredient for the Sisters!

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My Sister Host and I pull out……And greeted by my Black Vulture couple……..

and as we continue……

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I just had to capture this…..”If anything can go well, it will!!”

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Whoohoo! I am so grateful; I have been praying for this for a long time……since I became a Practitioner in 2011 and was told people are not ready to embrace the Animals ‘religiously’ yet……however, step by step we are getting back to Animals being the “original religion.” This is the term that a Hindi hotel manager and I discussed earlier in the week. We shared, practically simultaneously that the ‘original people’ no matter the country, learned from the Animals….they (the Animals) were God’s messengers.

 

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Hey, face it….the Animals were here before the Human…..and we are Animals too.

Put on your Amethyst Crown, and be the God you want the Animals in your life to have. (I was told by my Sisters if I put the Crown on, I would get pregnant! so I HAD to put it on! LOL)

What I Learned This Week

I learned 365 Animal Gratitude book is more than I anticipated. So grateful for the support, guidance, and vision which has come through several of my Hosts. Great Spirit’s breath runs through us all; however, many times it will come through others. We all have our specialties, and many times it takes a team. I am grateful for the team Great Spirit has gifted me with.

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And so now, I am grateful Great Spirit is given me the next egg…..The Study Guide for this 365 Animal Gratitude book. It begins this Monday morning……and the Guidance to stay balanced through the day by naturally engaging me in Noon Deeksha and evening Yoga.

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The Bird of Paradise blooms…….and I am grateful for feeling free after a having a “bring me the clarity in a harmonious way that benefits everyone” moment last night……..and it demonstrates through me and my Hosts this morning.

 

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In the middle of it all IS the Spider of Joy (orange) weaving………Grateful for the demonstration of clarity and keeping my power….and with perfect harmony

I freed myself; I am free to express the unique me, and even though part of me has no idea where this is leading, part of me has a vision, a determination, and a knowing…..I am grateful for all the magic Spirit has for me and is guiding for what is my best yet to be.

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Wednesday, I realize how grateful I am for my ‘ingrained’ Spiritual practices.

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Grateful for the precision of Great Spirit to place a Feather in a crack of road, and have me walk by to witness.

Grateful for the Eagle while praying in for a meeting with a URI Compassion for Animals Call………followed by Hawk and Crow at the park entrance for my meditation run.

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Grateful for determination and persistence with moving forward …. I am almost ready to have the Study Guide looked at for advice!!

Thursday brings pouring rains…..for me, it is a way for Spirit to say…..rest your physical body! Ha! However, it also brings Napoleon to naturally guard me. In this guarding, it brings a wonderful, cleansing conversation between ‘us.’

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I am gifted some incredible advice which simplifies and deepens the study guide at the same time………and I get it complete, ready for review! So, when I take my evening walk, in my path as I enter, is Turtle laying Her eggs……right at the spot I typically do my voice journal. “You lay the eggs as I instinctually guide you, let Mother incubate them, all Nature to the rest.” Exactly what I needed to ‘hear,’ as I begin to hear my thoughts of ‘worthiness.’

Friday as I pray in the day……early am…..I see a shooting star, then a second….I say, “How about a third Spirit?” and I receive…..Thank you Great Spirit! Thank you!

Perfect for the intense workday reviewing, editing, and organizing the study guide; while standing in my Truth on certain things……a perfect blend of “academic” mind and  ‘mystical’ mind……then, Napoleon demonstrates it is time to play!!

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THEN….

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On my Meditation Walk….Spirit gifts me with a Core Ball! for me to use….and the Perfect Color too! I had just considered getting one….and here it is on the side of the road. Though at this time, I am not sure why Spirit had me take the Helmet; however, more will be revealed for sure.

Napoleon has started itching again….so I look up in Louise Hay’s book, “Heal Your Life” ‘Itching.’ Fits perfectly, I understand.

So, Saturday….I have my work to complete on the Study Guide, I want to push forward; however, it has been two weeks with no ‘real’ day off. I know Napoleon is demonstrating to me what it is I am really feeling though underneath the stubborn ‘Mule” in me to keep pushing……so for Napoleon, (and myself)……we do it.

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We get out! Grateful for the perfectly nice day, warming up beautifully after a perfect chilly morning to sleep in. I am so grateful how Spirit provides exactly what is in order.

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Grateful for these beautiful clear Spring Waters! You can actually see the Fish swimming at the bottom…….then I remembered I have been affirming perfectly clear waters! LOL

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I am grateful our full complete day off and for my week ending with watching “Secret Life of Pets” and “Waterhorse”

For me, Animals………the reason I be, do, what it is I be, I do.

 

What My Week Taught Me

My Week begins with teaching me, no…..actually demonstrating to me that when ‘It’ shares with me something, it will be. It may not occur in ‘my’ time; however, it will.


So, after having Lizard show up several times and when Lizard enters the house, I am in awe; however, I am not surprised. I recall working with Lizard ‘Energy’ over the years; and I am so grateful for Lizard to return.

http://www.spirit-animals.com/lizard/

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I am grateful for Lizard’s quiet and brief encounter with Napoleon, my ability to distract Napoleon and for Lizard listening to get to Higher Ground.

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I’ve heard several times to set up and waterproof my recent gift, the tent, in my meditations. I hear it will rain, and yet the sun is shining. I move forth how I am guided. The tent gets complete. I am gifted an opportunity to serve and surprisingly raise cash.

Then, as the rains pour in, I am guided onto the computer, into a location and find some missing stories I had written!! Giving me the opportunity to do my “normal Sunday journaling.” It really does all get done…..and effortlessly when I listen to my Breath and follow the Natural Flow.

It is like being a playful Puppy with wings jumping through and as the Clouds…..I am grateful for the reminder.

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Monday is chilly; so Napoleon and I are grateful for the extra snugly wugly all day while I work on edits for the next book. So, for someone who dislikes cold; I can admit, the cuddles is a good benefit of cold.

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The first proof of the first book arrives!! I am grateful, excited, and yet…..there is more edits to do, for sure.

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With this and some other interesting news I receive; I could feel how my Energy is beginning to fall. I step outside to begin playing peek-a-boo with Lizard. The fogginess clears, my thoughts shift, and though not crystal clear, I can see the good in it all at the same time…..Spirit has some magic coming and I get the opportunity to grow some by letting this flow through me…….And Hawk screeches flying through.

I gift myself into surrendering to the editing process….with Faith of where it is leading. If I listen to my some of my thoughts, it would be easy for me to just stop. Instead, I keep surrendering to what the energy is leading me to ‘do.’

 

Wednesday…..oversleep but have an inceredible snuggle with Napoleon….it is all about the book edits and wow! As I am reading the pages…..I gotta keep grounding.

Like Lizard…….”Keep your head risen and follow your Guidance.”

Thursday it is all about the Book edits…….Wow! There is nothing like reading and editing 365 prayer meditations!! AND I still got to take Napoleon for a ride to the park! Then finish the day yoga… Awesome! Thank you Great Spirit!

The Sun attempts to hide, as I receive some more news which, once again, plummets me initially.

 

I pull up my Journal to write some thoughts and am met with a message………

Napoleon joins me as I treat myself to a Salt Bath………

and as I let it all go……I feel this focused determination flood me….and the Dragon above me begins spinning.

Friday I am naturally led into a fasting………and I am grateful for the focused, determined, two days of 365 Animal Gratitude book editing through these pages.

Balanced with hourly breaks of admiring the next Lily’s growth and the smiling Gladiolas………

and admiring the playful spouts between Napoleon and the Dogs.

and on Napoleon and I’s last walk for the week…..Saturday night…..The DragonFly whom had played with me numerous times over the past few weeks reminding me to dance and reflect the Light…..gifts Itself to me.