with our Animal Companions
by Maggie Carruthers
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is Valentine's Day, 2002. A day full of expectations, yet I feel
quietly blessed because I have learned yet another important lesson
in the art of loving. As I left for work this morning, I was struck
by the endless love my animal companions give me - how this affects
my heart's spirit every day - so I stopped to take a moment to
send a special Valentine's message of gratitude and appreciation
to them for their love and support. These moments of appreciation
are so very important. They help seal the bond between us - human
and animal. Our animal companions create a place in time that
enriches every part of us and give us memories that will be recalled
with even greater love in the future.
sure to those of you reading this article who have shared your
life with an animal companion are well aware of some of the ways
in which we communicate love to them such as a pat on the head
or a well placed rub in the favorite spot that only you know.
You have a "knowing" about your animal - beyond dates,
events, and feeding times. This knowing reaches to the intuitive
level. It is here, in the day-to-day routine and "knowing"
that we discover we are actually communicating with our animal.
we can fine tune our communication. Thought is an unseen form
of energy that goes where ever you send it. It is picked up by
anyone who is "listening intuitively" - like your animal
companion. The recipient receives this energy and translates it
using their own interpretation system. So becoming aware of what
and how you think is an important first step in sending out meaningful
messages and energy . The quality of thought is important. Consider
for a moment how often today you have had hurried, critical or
stress-filled thoughts. Each can have an significant impact on
your health and your animal companion's well being.
a moment over the next few many days, and when away from your
animal friend , send thoughts or images of love, appreciation,
or plans to play when you get home. They will receive the message
and you might find a change in them. Certainly, you will notice
a change in yourself because you've taken a break from the bombardment
of your thoughts to quietly say, "Thank you. I am with you.
I share this moment with you." or "I love having you
in my life... I can't wait to be with you again."
this connection results in the greatest benefit of consciously
communicating with animals - for at that moment, in the act of
appreciation, your spirit unites with that of the animal, blessing
both human and animal, reinforcing the connectedness of all living
and mood problems may be helped with learning to hear your animal's
side of a story. With practice you can go from "knowing"
to receiving clear messages, maybe as single words or images or
full conversations. As in learning a new language, you begin building
a dictionary of symbols, words, and interpretations. Animals understand
what we say to them because communicating is more than just words
- it includes inflections, emotions and other energies transmitted
with spoken words. Misunderstandings are possible so be sure to
ask questions and listen quietly for the answers. This is not
a place for self-doubt or impatience. Leave the door to your heart
open, quiet your mind - you will be surprised how quickly you'll
finest art of loving is found in PLAY! Play is an essential form
of communication that transmits the message: "I love you.
I value you so much I want to play with you". Love, trust,
honor, and the magic of imagination coexist in the act of play.
My experience has taught me that play is the easiest, purest form
of communication which I believe is conveyed on a higher energy
level than that of regular communication.
at the end of play comes rest, maybe even a nap together - time
to allow this special form of love you have communicated to each
other to seep through body, mind and soul rooting itself in the
Carruthers is an Animal Communicator and Registered (ATTN) Therapeutic
Touch Practitioner with wild, domestic and companion animal communicating
experience in Dartmouth, N.S.
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