Holistic Healing for Animals

Holistic Healing for Animals

Do animals live only ‘in the moment’?

Animal behaviourPosted by Stacey Adele Sun, September 04, 2016 18:09:58

It is often said that animals live in the moment and do not dwell on their past or think of what tomorrow will bring. It is true that they live much more in the moment than human animals; this partially helps to keep them alive as they are much more aware of what is going on around them. However, if they do not think of their past then why are there so many emotionally injured animals around due to mistreatment at the hands of humans? And if they don’t have a concept of a future why do birds sing to their eggs as the young develop within, or crocodiles chirrup to theirs to encourage hatching? I have a number of experiences that suggest animals certainly do understand the passing of time, sometimes the short term only, other times much further into the future and the past.

Rex my bearded dragon for instance knows he carries part of my first lizard’s spirit with him even though they never met in their physical life. He also knows he will come back to me partially within another lizard down the line after he has passed. This highlights to me that he understands the past and the future further than that only of his own physical life.

When I am giving Reiki to various animals I have tried to get them to open up about past trauma because I can feel this is causing impacts at the present time. I often get the answer that they do not want to relive the past and do not want to talk about it as it is the past and they are happier now. Again this shows an understanding of time but also their greater ability to live in the moment than most humans, as least consciously. What I mean here is that they can shut off thoughts and feelings consciously about past events that have hurt them, but these events still affect them on an aural level. I also know that even though they live in the moment and shut off past memories certain things can trigger a memory and a negative response. For instance a rooster I communicated with once got spooked whenever he heard the main man next-door, as he sounded like the person who used to kick him. This made the rooster want to run and hide in the thickest bushes he could find and was affecting his relationship with his current humans as he was always on the defensive.

Regarding the future, I have had a number of wild animal rescues who have known their time is limited and that they are seriously injured. They have asked for my help using Reiki and communication to make them more comfortable and to decide if they should leave this life. This is quite profound to me as it shows animals understand death and that death means the end of this life in that body. To me to understand the end mean they must have an understanding of time as well as of life and death.

Therefore overall in my experiences I know animals do understand time, but they also can live in the moment.

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How do non-human animals perceive themselves?

Animal behaviourPosted by Stacey Adele Thu, August 18, 2016 13:35:17

I recently wrote a piece about how humans can perceive themselves and what affects this. It got me thinking about conversations I have had with other animals that have hinted at ways they perceive themselves, they are quite insightful.

Cola was a rook and unfortunately fatally injured after colliding with something hard. She came home with me for her last days and loved Reiki and communication (especially singing) as it helped her relax and decide she could move on. Anyway, one of the first things I asked her was what she wanted me to call her whilst she was with me. Her first response was ‘why do I need a name, I am a female rook and that is who I am, I do not understand the human infatuation with names’. We did however after some further conversation decide I could call her Cola. I have come across the confusion over the way we names things in many animals. Recently I was watching wading birds before work and couldn’t quite see what one was – a curlew or whimbrel. So I asked if the bird could tell me. The response was ‘I have been called a whimbrel by humans before’. This bird did not perceive itself as a whimbrel, simply as itself.

When Jet was a young corn snake I was watching a nature programme and there were panda’s on TV. Jet was strikingly black and white at the time and asked, ‘why am I not called a panda, we are the same colour?’ Marble also asked a similar question once ‘Noodle mummy (his biological mum snake) loves grass yet I am called a corn snake not a grass snake, why?’ Our naming conventions confuse snakes! The case of Jet and Marble also showed me how snakes like to fit in just like children. Marble was initially called Lucky by me, but wanted a mineral name like Jet and Ruby (another snake we had at the time) as he felt left out and thought Marble fit him better.

Rex my bearded dragon lizard has strong views about who he is and what he is with regards to the wider family. Rex know he is partly Rex and partly Louis (my first bearded dragon) and that he will become part of another lizard in the future who will find their way to me. He (or rather the sprit combination he is) is in effect a guardian and teacher of mine especially when it comes to spiritual work and also likes to advise me on what he thinks is best for me and the family. He also thinks he should be number one at times and gets jealous if he thinks I’m spending too much time with the others. There are also other times he just wants to be a lizard and be left alone to just be without any demands and without human company.

The desire to be at times our greatest teacher and closest friend and at other simply to be an animal with all the traits akin to their species is something I find with many animals (including humans!) and I think shows the complexity of existence – the spirit or higher-self versus the physical body driven by hormones, instinct and emotion. Animals are also highly individual no matter the species and some like being named and it is part of their identity, whereas others are just themselves and don’t put a label on them so to speak. I have also found that wild animals tend to have less importance with names, whereas those living in close proximity to humans like the identity a name brings and understand it is important for humans to name individuals even if the reasons behind the names are confusing.

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Who are you?

Animal behaviourPosted by Stacey Adele Sun, August 14, 2016 08:38:10

How do we identify who we are? Are we our parents’ child, our children’s parent, a husband/wife or lover? Are we what we do eg a healer, a teacher, a writer? Is who we are defined by our societal system eg colour of skin, cache, age?

In biological terms species, age, and place in pecking order where species have one will all have an influence on how the individual animal perceives themselves and how they are treated by others. For example in a hierarchical system such as is found in many primate societies the heads of the troop will see themselves as first in line for food, mates and best sleeping spots, but also feel threatened at times from those ‘below’. In elephants, horses and orcas the eldest female is often the leader, she has the knowledge of where the best food, safe places and migration routes are and is respected for it. She knows to pass this on to others, to teach, care for and protect her family.

Then there is who we are in a wider cosmic sense. Everything as far as we know came from the same ‘stuff’ and is recycled in a physical sense back into ‘star dust’ in the end. But what about the individual consciousness, the ‘who’ we really are? This is where things get interesting and often depend on what you believe. If you are religious you might believe you soul goes to a better place/higher realm after your physical body dies. You might believe you are reincarnated wholly or partially into other individuals. You might think there is nothing; consciousness dies with the physical body as it is purely a factor of nervous impulse and genetics.

Science is slowly showing that there are energetic forces at work that would suggest a conscious universe so to speak, parallel universes or similar are possible, and that genes can carry memory which can affect the behaviour of offspring down the line. Well those of us ‘plugged in’ to the universal energy (Chi) know about this wider consciousness thing already, parallel universes could explain many things including higher planes of existence, and genetic memory – the basis for reincarnation?

But what does all this mean for an individual here and now and who they are? Well for me, having both a scientific and spiritual background it means: I am star dust, I am part of Chi, I am the consequence of billions of years of evolution, I am the combination of who I have been before (genetic memory/past lives) and my experiences in this life. I am Stacey and I am a healer and I love animals and my husband and my family and I don’t often ‘fit in’ day-to-day but I know who I am and that I’m part of something bigger and that’s enough for me!

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What can animals teach us?

Animal behaviourPosted by Stacey Adele Mon, July 25, 2016 18:44:34

Non-human animals live very different lives to us human’s in that they don’t have to go to work, worry about money or have many electronic items to ‘help’ with everyday life. They do however have similarities in more ways than we might first think. They need to find food, make friends and find partners (even if only briefly). They have social structures and language, and have an understanding of death. However, they also live much more in the moment than we do and have well developed intuitive knowledge including that of self-medicating.

So what can we learn about how to live our lives in a better, more holistic way?

  • Live in the moment, stop and appreciate what is around you and spend time outdoors in nature re-connecting your senses to the flow of the earth
  • Listen to your gut, both gut feelings (intuition) and gut health. If you are craving a particular food item that you normally wouldn’t it is likely your body telling you that you are lacking in something, or eating it will help you with a health problem
  • Do not judge people (or other animals) of appearance or what they have, but what they do and how they treat others. Animals only ‘judge’ us on how we treat them and act day to day
  • There are certain things that are a given – some individuals will like you, others won’t; some will want to eat you (think power struggles in human world); new members of your group will come along, others will pass on. This is why it is important to just be yourself and enjoy every minute as much as possible; some things you can’t change but you can try to make the most of what you can
  • Slow down! Many humans especially in western society live fast paced lives. Smaller mammals and birds especially tend to live fast paced lives with higher metabolisms and shorter overall lifespans. Tortoises take things more sedately, they can move when they want to, but generally spend hours snoozing in the sun and can live into their 100’s
  • Listen to each other. Humans spend a lot of time communicating but most of the time we don’t realise it as we focus on verbal and miss all the other subtle signals. For instance during a conversation if we read the facial expressions of the other person we might not ‘put our foot in it’ so often. Just look at a heard of horses to see the importance of non-verbal cues

As you can see there are many things animals can teach us. If you are someone who uses intuitive communication to talk to your animals you will know there is so much more knowledge there too. Happy listening!

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