Holistic Healing for Animals

Holistic Healing for Animals

Bits from my new book

My animal familyPosted by Stacey Adele Thu, December 01, 2016 17:28:34
I am currently writing my new book and am putting a few tasters here for you all :)

My earliest memories involve my goldfish Goldie (I was four so not very imaginative I know) jumping out of his tank onto the floor repeatedly, although he never seemed physically worse for wear. I can’t remember where we got Goldie from, but possibly a fair ground as was common at the time. I guess if you can survive in a plastic bag with minimal water for days on end you are one tough fish! Goldie lived for quite a number of years and grew to an average size. I don’t remember him ever being ill or what he eventually died from, but he helped to start my love affair with animals.

Louis the lizard didn’t come into my life until I was 12, old enough to be responsible for a more delicate species according to my dad (I had been asking for a parrot or lizard for months by then, parrots were deemed too noisy for dad). Louis was my introduction to keeping reptiles, opened my eyes to a world I knew I wanted to be part of and to a world I didn’t (the reptile trade and over breeding of some species can be devastating). I first met Louis not long after he hatched in a local pet shop.

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During high school I started horse riding and volunteering at my local zoo, Blackbrook Zoological Park. Horse riding was a double edges sword for my morals. I loved horses, I enjoyed the feeling of freedom that came with riding, but I didn’t like the ‘control’ the school insisted you used when riding e.g. whips. I preferred making friends with the horses, grooming them and having cuddles, and enjoyed plodding around as much as I did jumping. I rode a number of horses; my favourite though had to be Oliver. He was a scruffy bay pony of mixed breed with a white blaze down his face. There was some Welsh pony in him for sure. He was gelded and rather old, but he was lovely.

Maya loves to be blown on gently, when I do this her feathers go all fluffy and she tilts her head and widens her pupils in pure bliss. She also enjoys a good scratch and when she is in the mood will really fluff up and stick her but in the air. She will only land on one person however, whereas the green-cheeks love everyone equally as long as it’s on their terms. They will even share food from your mouth, especially if it is things they shouldn’t eat like pizza.

Image credit: Wild Touch sanctuary

Helena was the first swan I gave Reiki too. She came into the sanctuary in a bad way after hitting power lines which caused her to damage one wing, break her lower mandible and caused a nasty gash up her front. She was scared and in pain and had been separated from her lifelong mate. At first she did not want me to come near, but I calmed my breathing and held my hands, palms open, towards her. After a few minutes she started to look at me, and then stopped hissing and settled down into the straw. I felt the energy flowing through my hands and they became tingly and warm. Helena was now settled and started to mouth her beak in a sign of relaxation. She also started to close her eyes, but her natural fear of humans wouldn’t quite let her sleep. I gave her Reiki for up to half an hour. That evening my friends let me know she had eaten for the first time since coming into the sanctuary.

Remember I also have a book on animal communication with reptiles available on Amazon. An Animal Communicator: Living with Reptiles and if you would like some Reiki or communication for your special animal friend please contact me via my website

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There's much more to reptiles

My animal familyPosted by Stacey Adele Wed, November 02, 2016 20:18:27

Reptiles are misunderstood by many people, mainly because they are so different to us. People assume they have no emotion and little understanding of the world, but that they act purely on instinct and cannot form relationships or think about the future. We do accept that they are ancient animals and have adapted to many environments, no mean feat given that they can’t generate their own heat. They are also noted in many stories and myths and legends from around the world, both in positive and negative concepts. Sadly it is the negatives that are often highlighted in modern society, leading to a fear of many reptiles especially those belonging to the snake kind. I don’t expect that views will change overnight, but I would like to give you an alternative view of reptiles from my own experience and from information gained via energy exchanges, direct communication with reptiles and through meditation.
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Having been fortunate enough to have numerous reptiles in my life I can say that they certainly have the ability to form bonds, both with each other and with humans. I am not the only reptile enthusiast I know who agrees that reptiles recognise their main human. Bearded dragons are a well-known pet lizard, especially with children. The main reasons for this are that they have strong personalities, tolerate handling well and come to take food from the hand. They also form bonds with their person. My first dragon Louis was especially close to me; he always became ill when I went away and wanted more time for extra cuddles once I was back. Rex (my current dragon) is similar, although more independent. He enjoys cuddles in bed in the cooler months, will come and sit on me or close to me if I am feeling down, and likes to lick me to tell me when he is especially happy. I have also had conversations with Rex and know he is carrying part of Louis within him. Rex recognises my parents’ home and my mum, not only from his experiences, but also from memories of Louis’s he carries. In one conversation Rex told me he will become part of my next dragon once he has passed and I will know when I find the right one.

This shows that he has a concept of time and I know this is not only in the longer spiritual sense. For instance, he knows when the three minutes are up for his nebulising; he sits quietly for three minutes and then starts to want to come out of the box. He also knows when I am going away even before I tell him and he will become depressed if he knows I will be gone for a week or more because he doesn’t want me to go, or he wants to come too. He does however accept I have to travel with work and he is calmer when I tell him it is only for a few days as he knows I will come back and ‘daddy’ will still be at home. My first corn snake Charlie also had a good understanding of time. She learnt that when I told her we would be away for ‘three suns’, I meant three days (we used a hand signal as well as verbally explaining). Charlie learnt many hand signals, highlighting the intelligence of snakes who are often overlooked in traditional intelligence studies. She knew the signal for mouse (food time), for no-more mice (dinners over), and for ‘come down here’. Other snakes we had at the time watched her reactions and some learnt the signals for mouse and time from her in this way.

Many of my corn snakes also display the fact that snakes can bond. Charlie and Rimmer (our second ever snake) had such a strong bond that when Charlie passed away Rimmer told me in a conversation that she didn’t want to live without her best friend. Rimmer was also rather maternal and when she laid eggs she would stay coiled around them for a number of days. If I removed them before she was ready she would go back to look for them. When Noodle laid eggs I found Rimmer in the nesting cave with her also coiled around the eggs – she told me she was helping Noodle with what to do. As with Charlie, Noodle is also passing on knowledge to others, especially knowledge of the best hiding spots around the house to her daughter. Marble watches where her mum goes and now is just as keen to be out and about as her mum. I often find Noodle and Marble curled up together in the same hide despite there being many hides to choose from, and Marble certainly takes after her mother both in physical features and personality.
Now tortoises have a better reputation than snakes and lizards, but people still see them as slow and ‘boring’. I know different. Tortoises are not always slow for starters, they just need to be warm or after something they want and they can move with great speed. They are highly intelligent even in the traditional sense – they have been shown to excel at food mazes and in identifying pictures of real food against other similar looking items. They are also very ancient and when I touch tortoises I can feel the ancient energy emanating from them and the deep knowledge of the Earth’s history they carry within. My Hermann’s tortoise Splitz has personality in bundles and clearly shows me when he is not impressed with something. He turns his nose up at certain foods, literally turning his head away or shaking it from side to side to say ‘no’. He also chases us around the house, which is partially a territorial thing and a way of saying he wants us to stand still (male tortoises bite females to get them to stop so they can mate). However, he has told me he also does it for fun, and will bite where he knows it hurts most if he wants to get my attention. His eyes twinkle with mischief too when he does this.
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When I meditate I have had numerous visions of reptiles and how intertwined they are with the universe and the history of the Earth. Some of my visions match with ancient mythology, but others are unique to me. For example I had a lovely vision of the Earth with a tree of life growing through it linked to the Earth Flower Chakra. The Earth was surrounded by a snake symbolising the continuity of life, and two tortoises held the Earth from the sides providing stability and protection. Another time I had a vision that at the birth of the universe Chi energy came out from the big bang in waves that had the head of snakes. I know in my heart that snakes are energetically linked to Chi and carry knowledge across the ages. Tortoises are linked to the Earth and stability, a slower pace of life that is in-tune with the environment and the sun. Their solar plexus Chakra is proportionally larger than in other animals I find when giving Reiki; this is not surprising given its position in their shell and the importance of the sun for their metabolism. I have not yet meditated and had visions of lizards; however, I do have an animal guide who is a chameleon and one who is a dragon of the mythical kind. In my mind lizards are teachers, both in the spiritual sense (my guides) and the practical sense (Rex has offered me advice on day to day matters).

So as you can see reptiles are so much more than most people think. They are loving, generous, intelligent and have important roles in the spiritual world. They form bonds, learn from each other, and have much to teach us. There is so much more I could write about them, and if you are interested in learning more about those in my life I have a short book available on Amazon all about the conversations I have had with them. It is titled ‘An Animal communicator: Living With Reptiles’.

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Bonding with reptiles and birds

My animal familyPosted by Stacey Adele Mon, September 19, 2016 22:07:23

I have numerous reptiles and birds come through my home and many become permanent residents. Most of these are rescues or wild rehabs and all are special. Many people ask me why I bring animals into my home when I know they can carry disease, that some will die from their illnesses or injuries prematurely, and that they are not ‘cute and fluffy’. People also criticise the way I keep them at times; as is the case with any animal care there are many ways you can keep a species, some are better than others, and everyone has their own opinions. So why do I put up with the expense, heartache and disapproval?

Well the same reasons most animal carers do, we love them no matter what shape and size or species they may be. Losing one never ceases to hurt, especially those I have had for a long time and formed strong bond with. In these instances it can be hard to let go and a battle of wills ensures inside me often leading to many vet trips, much Reiki and crystal healing, and eventually realising that if they are ready I need to love them enough to let go. I know at least a number of them will come back to me as another or in spirit and this does make it easier to some degree, but there are always those whom I feel a strong soul connection with and my heart breaks.

Yes they are expensive, but why else go to work? My animals give me a very valid reason to earn money to keep a house and garden and food on the table. Without them I’d probably be living a much more nomadic lifestyle and would not have my loving husband by my side. I don’t find joy in money or grandeur, but I do in helping others. Yes it can be stressful, yes it means I spend lots of time cleaning up after them and yes my house is not exactly tidy. But I wouldn’t want a spotless show home, where’s the fun in that! I had 3 years with no animals at home and it didn’t feel like a home. Whilst I have the health and funds to rescue and rehab I will continue to do so.

As to the way I keep them this is partially dictated by space and funds but increasingly by what they or my gut tells me they want. For instance I do keep corn snakes communally but they are let out at night to roam the downstairs living room and conservatory and one loves to stay out for days holed up in a draw or the sofa, so I let her. She loves it and is healthy and full of life. My lizards get time outdoors supervised in summer and if they want specific crystals or want to sleep on the sofa for the night they get them. Rex the breaded dragon pretty much gets the run of the downstairs of the house in the day. The sand boas are also communal and they asked to be (and are in the wild in some places). They also asked to be moved into our bedroom as they were feeling not right about the living room, they have been much better since – I think it was an energy thing as they are very sensitive beings.

They are interesting, exciting and can be very loving given a chance. My Willow is a semi-disabled jackdaw and is thus a permanent resident unlike most natives where rehabilitation with release is the aim. She is not tame in that she won’t sit on your hand, but she will take food from you and will do a lovely little wiggle dance when she hasn’t seen you for a while. Rex my bearded dragon will snuggle up to me when he knows I am sad and will snuggle up with me in winter in bed, which might be partly for warmth but is sweet non-the-less. My friends conure Maya is semi tame, but nervous at the same time. She will however give me lovely little kisses, clean my teeth and loves to be blown on gently and tickled along her back and neck. She is a wonderful stress buster as she always makes me smile.

So why do I take in reptiles and birds. All of the above, but most of all because I love them and I know a large part of who I am is them, and is helping others.

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My animal familyPosted by Stacey Adele Sun, July 24, 2016 21:02:18
Flower is a 15 year old female corn snake. She was from a wildlife sanctuary where she was looked after well and was one of the animals used for school talks and handling. She didn't complain, but didn't get to experience all the things she wanted to. We took her on initially as a temporary resident around Christmas time and the first thing we did was to give her enclosure a good scrub and add some soil bedding and bark 'caves' as she only had newspaper and one hide she could fit in - she is a large corn snake. When she first went back in to the soil and new hides she was so excited at the new smells and textures she was practically screaming (intuitively) 'this is amazing' at me and my husband.

Her first time outside was a mixture of the same excitement mixed with fear - it was a big new world. She also showed her speed, she is fast! She is still nervous sometimes and is a little viv-defensive, in that she will lunge at first when you try to get her out of her vivarium. However, other times she slithers out herself and goes on an explore around the upstairs of our house. She is also quite clear when she does or doesn't like something. She told me clearly today she didn't want her mouse and to write a post about her on my blog, so here I am!

To Flower, you are starting to bloom xx

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