by Mary Lemons, BA, CHTP
Printed in Paw Prints, Wilmington, NC, October 2003
Communicating with animals develops a deep relationship between humans and their animal companions. It shifts our perspective. We realize humans and animals are here to learn from and teach each other.
Animal communication is very practical. It helps with animal behavior, letting the animal and human know from each other what is expected of them. It can also affect physical and emotional health of your pet.
Connecting with animals complements traditional veterinary care. It helps us realize emotional issues behind physical symptoms. Dealing with emotional issues speeds up physical healing in both animals and people. Communicating with dying animals helps animal and owner process their grief. It shifts the owner’s perspective to relating to their beloved pet spiritually, not physically. After an animal physically dies, he is still available to his owner on a different level. It is amazing how our deceased animals continue to work with us. Having lived with us here on Mother Earth, they know what we need and desire. Being in spirit, they can help make our earthly journey easier for us.
As we communicate with animals, we gain insights into our own issues. Working with animals, I rarely receive information solely about the animal, his health or issues. Our animals’ experiences are opportunities for our own spiritual growth. Anne Marie, one of my clients, illustrates how our animals mirror our own journey: “Mary, you did a reading for my dog Moon and me last summer. I wanted to let you know after a year, she and I are very happy, in a large way due to the info you gave us in our reading. You told me Moon was here to encourage me to be free. I have struggled in the last year with a job where I felt no freedom, no joy. Moon began to run away in April. Once, three times in one week. One night she was gone, lost. . .it was raining outside. I meditated and was shown by Moon that one of us in the family had to be free if I was not going to free myself. (Just like you said, last summer!) I told Moon wherever she was I loved her enough to set her free if she did not have enough freedom living with me. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I then heard, “you love Moon enough to set her free…don’t you love yourself enough to do the same?” I walked in to my job and resigned the next morning, Moon came back, and I have never been happier. I plan to make my living as an artist and move to the coast. Now, when Moon and I walk on the sound and I let her off her leash, she does not run away from me. She runs and plays but she knows our freedom continues, even when we go back home! . . . A year later, your lesson is still so very valuable and has changed my life.”
Animals and humans are manifestations of Spirit, journeying here together on Mother Earth, evolving toward complete Oneness of all. Inter-species communication is one way for us to understand our partnership with all creatures, the relatedness of all creation. Animal communication can truly open the door to your own self-awareness and to the depth of your relationship with your pet. Once you realize you can communicate with your own pet, then you can also communicate with all species, tame or wild. There is no end to the possibilities that await you when you commune with animals.
Our challenge in working with addictions or any disease is to look deeper than the physical, emotional, mental aspects of the condition. To complement traditional therapies, we need to connect with our spiritual aspects so that our healing can come from within. When we do so, we energetically balance and align with our God source.
Incorporating spiritual energy healing with traditional addiction rehabilitation empowers the person and helps insure continued sobriety. Thus, the person can then heal on all levels of their being.