Back in 2000, Zoe had been abandoned on the streets of Middlesex, NJ where she lived for about 6 mos. She usually hung out in a school yard where she received a lot of loving attention from the children. (She was one of those dogs that babies could fall all over and she didn’t care.) In the surrounding area she found food where ever she could. Some kind people would leave food out for her, others called the police. Zoe, being a Border Collie mix, was way too smart for the police. She would hide in the bushes or behind a fence when ever they came into the area. After much effort and dedication, she was lured into the yard and home of a friend of mine who lived in the neighborhood. It was also at this time that my daughter had been asking for a pet dog. So when my friend offered me the abandoned dog she had taken in, I said OK. That was how Zoe came to live with us.
Zoe had many issues often found in abused and abandoned animals. All based in fear. After years of training, patience and lots of love, Zoe became a content and happy dog. Even though she had the brillance of a Border Collie, she still had a few fears that plagued her. It took her many years to feel safe around men and to not try to hide when ever a police car went by while we were out walking. And, even though Zoe wanted very much to hang out with me in the front yard while I did yard and garden work, she was too afraid to come down the driveway off leash to join me.
A few days before I went to Eric Pearl’s training to learn Reconnective Healing in the fall of 2009, Zoe still would not come with me into the front yard. If I took her on a leash, she’d have her tail between her legs and her head down low. As soon as I took her leash off, she would quickly head to the back. Not on the walk or driveway, but would slink along the walls of the house in such fear. A few days after I got back from the training I gave Zoe a 15min. Reconnective Healing session. A few days later I was working in the front yard getting the leaves up and guess who trotted down the driveway as happy as can be and plopped herself down on the grass? That’s right, our sweet Zoe. She spent about 2hrs. “hanging out” with me without a care in the world happily watching me, as well as the people and cars going by. During the following weeks each time I went into the front yard, (we’ve got a lot of leaves) she happily joined me all on her own. Zoe had finally released her fears.
It was around this time that I read some helpful hints on how a person could communicate telepathically with their pet. So I decided to give it a try. I sat in a different room from where Zoe was and visualized her coming over to me and sitting down at my feet. Well, it didn’t take but a few minutes before she came trotting in, sat down and looked at me as though she was saying “you rang?”. I praised her up and down, not just because she came to me, but out of my own excited amazement. While I’ve always had a natural way with animals, this marked the beginnings of my journey into animal communication.
Note: I do feel that the Reconnective Healing session worked, but as I was giving her the session, I also spoke to her telepathically about her fears as I do with people when giving them a healing session.
So, I invite you to give it a try with your pet or someone else’s pet that you know well. Be sure to be in a quiet frame of mind before you “ask” the animal to come to you. Keep working at it if it doesn’t happen right away. Then try asking the animal a question. Make it simple, for example: How are you doing? Is there anything you would like to tell me? Quietly listen for an answer. It may come to you as thoughts that pop into your head. Or maybe a feeling deep inside you. Or maybe you’ll hear it as though someone is whispering in your ear. It’s important to keep a quiet focused mind on the animal. If your thoughts wander, so will the animal’s. When you get something, don’t second guess yourself but except what you get. Write it down! If the animal isn’t yours, ask the owner for feedback. Then try not to be TOO blown away by the person’s response.
When I got serious about perfecting my AC skills, I decided I needed a teacher/mentor. I had been doing mediumship readings for a few years after working with 2 amazing, experienced teachers. So, moving on to animals wasn’t much different. While I had many wonderful sessions with clients connecting to their loved ones in spirit, I thought helping animals would be far more rewarding and helpful for both animal and owner, especially rescues like Zoe. I was correct. After finishing my training with Val Heart, I felt a definite shift within me. I pick up on an animal’s thoughts and feelings much easier than before I took the course. I continue to connect to animals and people that have passed, but connecting with the living animals is far more rewarding.
At the age of 14, Zoe made her way to the Rainbow Bridge in July of 2011 but she continues to visit me from time to time as well as my kitty Cosmo who met up with Zoe in July 2013. (They were good buddies that both played a big part in raising my Seeing Eye puppies) I still often catch myself opening my kitchen sliding glass doors to let Cosmo in. I just laugh at my old habit and say…”You do know you can walk through the door?” He looks at me with smiling eyes.
We all have the ability to use our intuition to guide us. If you’re interested in strengthening yours, meditation is where to begin. Just 15min. a day sitting quietly, focusing on your breath is enough. Although you may want to go for longer when you realize how wonderful meditation is for your well being. When we can sit and focus our attention inward, we make it possible to tune into the energies around us at that moment. That’s where it all begins. In this moment, right now.