The Gathering Meditation
This recording and meditation is about gathering our energy.Â Whether you want to spend time with wildlife or you want to balance out the energy in your household for your animal companions.
I thought Iâ€™d share a little excerpt from my book Energy Healing for Animals, A Hands-On Guide for Enhancing the Health, Longevity & Happiness of Your Pets (Sounds True).
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Itâ€™s time to begin your adventure in energy healing for animals. Letâ€™s start with first things first: energy is. It doesnâ€™t begin, and it doesnâ€™t end. You can learn how to transform it and how to use it. It can gain velocity and momentum or drain and fizzle out. But it never goes away.
And everything is made of energy, including us and the animals we love.
If everything is energy, then we are all connected by and to that force. Our own energy system either adds to or depletes anotherâ€™s, and likewise, theirs affects ours. We are using, giving, emitting, submitting to, and creating even more energy all the time.
What does this energy connection mean for the animals in our lives? Actually, it means everything.Â Letâ€™s start with the animals in our homes because they are as susceptible as we are to changes in the surrounding energy systems. They are part of the universal exchange of energy, which means they contribute to our energy (and vice versa) by giving, taking, and transforming the energy around them and us.
Take the case of my client Jack and his beloved eight-year-old tabby cat, Murphy. Jack was always the emotional leader of his house and a strong, rock-solid type of guy. The other day he called me, and his voice just didnâ€™t sound the same. He decided to share some devastating personal information.
â€śJoan, my wife, moved out three weeks ago. It was a sudden thing, and Iâ€™m so depressed. But thatâ€™s not really why Iâ€™m calling you. Iâ€™m calling because Murphy isnâ€™t eating. Whatâ€™s wrong with him? I just canâ€™t take another problem in my life right now.â€ť
This was a pretty easy one for me to figure out. When Jackâ€™s wife left, there was a major energy shift in the house, and it was affecting both man and cat. Murphy had obviously felt the shift, the sadness all around him, and now it was profoundly affecting his feline system, to the point where his appetite had dulled. (Stick with me here, and later in the book Iâ€™ll explain how to shift the energy back to a good place for your pet, especially during times of trauma or upheaval, like a death, a divorce, or a grown child leaving for school.)
Animals Sense Energy
Human critical thinking has lessened our need to survive solely through instinct, and thatâ€™s a huge advantage. But it has also eroded our ability to perceive subtle shifts in the energetic fields around usâ€”weâ€™ve gotten more used to thinking than sensing. An animalâ€™s survival, on the other hand, is based almost entirely on perceiving energetic shifts. Even the animals in our homes, pets though they may be, retain the primal fight-or-flight instinct. You might meet their every need, yet their instinct remains, even though it has been watered down to some degree through taming and breeding. By the way, that instinct comes on even stronger when you leave your animals to their own devices.
Animals in the wildâ€”whether in a flock, a herd, a pride, or a packâ€”have a leader at the forefront of the group. The leader can be benevolent, and it doesnâ€™t have to be a titan of great strength. Sometimes itâ€™s simply the cleverest individual in the group. No matter who it is, though, all eyes and ears are on this leader. All sensibilities are feeling what the leader is feeling and thinking. And everyone has a â€śtentacleâ€ť into the entire group to get a sense of what happens next.
Since our animals are part of our group now, itâ€™s not surprising that they are easily affected by our thoughts and emotions and any energetic changes or trends in our homes. This includes the energy we bring back from work or of what might be happening in our personal relationships. Itâ€™s true: youâ€™re not the only one who is anxious because that potential suitor didnâ€™t call. Your dog is also experiencing a level of anxiety because heâ€™s in tune with your shifting energy. He senses that something is not right with you and with the energy inside the home/world you share.
Understanding Vibration and Frequency
The easiest way to understand the energetic landscape you and your animals share is to remember that energy can be described as a frequency, a vibration, an electromagnetic energy, and even a current (like the flow of electricity). In this book Iâ€™ll use all of these terms to describe energy.
Just as everything is energy, everything has a frequency, and all frequencies are broadcast into the world as wavelengths. A frequency can attract or repel, and the wavelength itself can also contain information.
Everything has a vibrationâ€”in fact, we live in a fully vibratory world. A vibration has this oscillation pattern of frequency or rhythm to it. Whether you consciously register it or not, you can feel the vibration of beauty and joy radiating from a field of tulips. Each individual tulipâ€”its color, its stem, and the soil itâ€™s planted inâ€”carries a different frequency, and when theyâ€™re added together, they vibrate into beauty. A space, a stone, a piece of dirt, and a chair all have vibrations. Man-made objects maintain a more sedentary vibration than live, dimensional forms of life, yet as you have probably felt yourself, a room can have â€śa vibe.â€ť
Hereâ€™s a case in point: itâ€™s easy to feel a good vibe when you walk into a close friendâ€™s house and to feel a not-so-good one when you walk into that new grooming facility you thought youâ€™d tryâ€”and walk right out with your dog. Was anything wrong in that facility? Yes and no. There might not have been anything obviously wrong that you could see, but if you felt a bad vibe, your flight instinct kicked in. (I bet your furry friend was way ahead of you in the letâ€™s-get-the-hell-out-of-here department!)
It follows that the walls of a room where a trauma was experienced will â€śholdâ€ť that trauma in their cells and membranes until someone purposefully, intentionally, and energetically changes the vibration. A church will hold the vibration of the prior service, even when it is empty. Even a decomposing body is vibrating. You canâ€™t stop the natural flow of the universe.
The fascinating part of this is that all living things have the ability to change their own vibration. A dog, for example, can change its vibration just by trotting over to the dinner bowl. Dogs will pick up their favorite toy and, as they walk around with it, gain the energy of security or a sense of pride. The dog oozes happier energy when itâ€™s carrying that toy. I know a large German shepherd who might look fierce to some people, but not to his family when theyâ€™re at home and heâ€™s carrying around his stuffed cow toy. A cat may have a magical spot where it likes to sleep, transmuting the energy all around that spot. And horses perform better in spaces where the vibe is good.
As electromagnetic beings, we all have a field of energy around us called the aura. There are many complex explanations for this that Iâ€™ll skip for now so that we can stay on track. For this moment, imagine that each animal, each blade of grass, each animate and even inanimate object has a luminous body that surrounds and interpenetrates it and emits its own characteristic radiation. Thatâ€™s what I mean by an aura.