Psychic Pets and Telepathic Communication: Even in Illness
On old friend wrote to me one evening, concerned about a telepathic image that she had received from her beloved puppy companion of 11 years. She had been going through quite the trying time health-wise poor Gracie – below is a “commentary” written by my dear friend, my quick response/insight, and her ensuing own insight and empowerment:
Gracie, my 11 year-old shih-tsu, and one of the loves of my life awoke one morning quite sick with a bladder infection. When they operated to remove the stones and the bad teeth that caused the infection, things went from bad to worse… Her bladder ruptured a day later and she needed a second surgery to repair it… for three weeks, we were at the vet’s office almost every day… and more than once I went to bed worrying that she might not be with us when I got up in the morning… but she hung in… and thanks to a lot of loving support and many prayers, her appetite returned – my sweet girl is almost back to her old self….
Gracie communicated so clearly during this time… On her second day home after the last surgery, I noticed something odd… when I looked at her, I saw that she was “all there”… and I recognized that the day before she hadn’t been, even though she showed that she was happy to be home.. when I noticed this change, she showed me an image of her energy, with one long wisp still with the vet at the clinic, and then she showed me that she had pulled it all back in…she was “all here” now.
Lisa responded with this note which helped to explain what Gracie was trying to tell me with those images:
“From what I am hearing from Gracie, it was like her spirit was “nervous” – was wanting to “wait” things out at the vet so to speak to see if she needed to return there. It was like she was nervous that things weren’t over with just yet – so “just in case” felt the need to linger on there in order to make sure all was in fact well – she kept that “line” open between her and the vet – for she knew that she would most likely have to return there. It is also seems to be that she was likewise looking for that support as well – from the vet – as she knew it was there (realize that with your own anxiety and worry you may be inadvertently sending Gracie some mixed messages yourself – confusing her and making her feel nervous in trusting you fully – she doesn’t understand what you’re sending to her but at the same time understands that your anxiety levels are through the roof – so that’s another reason for her hanging on to the vet so to speak – the energy is much more balanced there as compared to at home). That vet is a wonderful vet who truly cares and loves all the patients that come and go. In feeling that the “rest” of Gracie is now home – I am wanting to say that she is well on her way to recovery at this point – because her spirit obviously felt safe enough to let go of the vet. I would have been more concerned if that part of her was still there with the vet – but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Keep my posted!! Much love to you always, Lisa
What is interesting about Lisa’s comments is that Gracie really wasn’t finished with the vet yet… in fact we had to take her back every day for the next week just like Lisa stated … because she wouldn’t eat…. which lead to another series of communications with her. She was clearly unhappy about having a shunt in her leg and having fluids poured into her for 12 hours every day…. and I was worried sick. When she came home at night, it became my job to force feed her, keep liquids pouring through her and give her meds – for days it seemed that nothing was working, I was losing heart…Through all this time, I had been sending her messages, images of the shunt being removed and then of her eating. At the end of the week, I was very discouraged and asked the vet if there was really any hope of a full recovery… when she assured me that we were close to the end of this painful journey, and asked for just a few more days to work with her, I got very clear with the messages I had been sending… for some 12 solid hours, over and over again, I sent one clear picture of her cleaning her plate, loving her dinner, eating with enthusiasm… When I brought her home that night, she headed for the kitchen, indicating that she wanted to eat… and to my great delight, she ate with enthusiasm, cleaned her plate… , then sat up and asked for more.. she was playing out the very images I had been sending all day. When she was done, she sent me one of those “you dummy” messages… What I heard from her was “finally you sent me a picture I could understand.” Of course, sending her pictures of the shunt, then eating, just didn’t make sense to her, in fact she told me that she thought I meant that she shouldn’t eat because she was too sick. The next day she also made it clear to the vet that she was done with all that… I was called to pick her up several hours earlier than they had planned… apparently she refused to keep the shunt in, and wouldn’t stay in the kennel any longer…. this time, she didn’t have to go back.
I am awed by this 17lb fur ball… she made herself so clear during this time… The vet was amused at how specific Gracie was about what she would and wouldn’t eat… and we were all shocked – and relieved – at how willingly she co-operated with us, even when we were force-feeding her. She wanted to be helped, to get back to normal… One evening early in this odyssey, I was getting ready to take Chance for an evening walk when Gracie determined that she was coming too… and to be sure I wouldn’t leave her behind, pushed her way out the door ahead of us. One of the first signs that she was coming back to life.
I learned a lot from this experience… I learned about resilience from this little girl, and determination…. But I think the most important lesson was about keeping it simple…. the energy of the summer is incredibly distracting still, it was hard to focus, and the added anxiety around Gracie had me in a state of panic, to the point that I wasn’t communicating clearly with her.. the pictures I was sending confused her – especially when she could see and feel my anxiety… as soon as I cleared the fog and decided to move past my anxiety, to trust the vet’s word that we were almost there with her, she “got” what I had been trying to tell her and began to take control of her own healing… amazing…
Animal spirit totems can be viewed in many different ways according to each of us as individual people. The basic principle of an animal totem is an animal spirit who gives us insight into ourselves as well as a glimpse of the divine powers at work in our world. We can tap into the energies of these animal totems for strength, guidance, personal answers for questions that we may have, as well as for healing ourselves and others. They ultimately help us to learn exactly who we are emotionally and spiritually. Ted Andrews defines animal totems in his book “Animal Speak,” as “any natural object, animal, or being whose phenomena and energy you feel closely associated with during your life”. A totem is considered to be a power, also called ‘medicine,’ and is capable of walking down our path with us on our spiritual and personal journey in this lifetime.
If we take the time and effort to connect with Mother Earth and her animal children we can learn to harness these medicines; enlightening our perceptions, spiritually and personally growing as people, and sharing that new found source of energy with others in the world. But one very important concept to note is that our animal totems and guides CHOOSE US according to what is necessary for our personal growth at any given time. We do not simply choose a random animal. Likewise, it has been my own personal experience that certain animal totems will only come to you if and when you are actually ready for their particular medicine.
When discovering your animal totems you must first understand which KINDS of totems they could be. There are four different levels of animal totems: a Life Totem, A Journey Totem, Shadow Totem, and a Message Totem. Indeed all totems are very powerful, but the meaning that the totem brings will vary depending on what type of totem has in fact come to you. We will address each specific level of totem animal separately; but for today’s article we shall concentrate on the Life Totem.
Your Life Long Animal Totem works with you throughout your entire life … or until such time that you no longer need that animal totem. It is always there when you need its powers; and it is always reminding you of your power and connectivity. You may have only one or a few life totems, and they can become your life totem at any time – they don’t necessarily have to be with you right from birth (which I shall illustrate for you shortly by disclosing my own most recent experience). The messages that your life totem(s) bring are a hard reminder from Mother Earth, and is always there for you … generally reflecting your inner spiritual nature. Some folks call the life-long animal totem your Spirit totem. For example if your Life Totem was a Penguin you would be a person who should be very spiritual since the penguin moves better in water (the symbol of the astral plane – which is where we go when we dream) than it does on land. Being able to leap out of the water (up to six feet) represents the ability of out of body experiences. It is also important to understand which type of penguin is your animal totem since some have additional characteristics that are important to consider, like most penguins live in tropical conditions not arctic ones.
To illustrate the concept of how life animal totems can appear at any given time throughout the course of your life – I wish to share with you my own personal experience:
For as long as I can remember I have most definitely always had a black stallion as my life long animal totem. He has always been here to comfort, guide, and love me. Since the age of two I have been riding horses, entering competitions (Western and English), taking out trail ride parties, and now ultimately training them and working alongside my husband with farrier work (working with their hooves). Horses have always been a life long passion for me – they always will be. However, I have also had the Snowy White Owl as an animal totem. Notice how I referred to the Owl in the past tense?
One evening I was sitting with my two native elders receiving a teaching, when I decided to tell them how I have been experiencing frequent bouts of insomnia for the past year. My one elder asked me, “Who are your helpers?” (in other words who were my spirit totems). When I told him it was the stallion and owl, he laughed and me and said, “Well that’s why. Owl is keeping you up. Just tell Owl to leave you alone.” So I went home, got into bed for the night, and did exactly that. I didn’t do it in a mean way; I simply said, “Please leave me be.” Next thing I know I hear this extremely loud yet most absolutely amazing screech in the darkness. I knew it was another bird, but not what kind of bird. It definitely wasn’t an owl! But I wanted to sleep so I left it alone – and indeed I immediately fell asleep … and I slept all night!
Upon waking in the morning, of course the first thing on my mind was that awesome bird screech that I heard the night prior. I needed to know what kind of bird made that distinct sound. So I went on Youtube and researched the sounds of the Eagle, Falcon, Owl and Hawk. It was the sound of the Red-Tailed Hawk that made me stare at this computer screen with the widest eyes imaginable I am sure. I must say that it was a good thing I was sitting down at the time … for I had found what I was looking for. The Red-Tailed Hawk’s call matched EXACTLY what I had heard. Below is the actual video that I found on Youtube that morning – which ultimately introduced me to my amazing life animal totem that I didn’t even realize I had!
Once I realized who this amazing bird was that came to me, I was then overcome with the most overwhelming sense that I needed to learn all that I could about this animal – for he is indeed a Life Totem. I had a life animal totem that I didn’t even know about! I will now share with you the information I found regarding this powerful bird. You will see comments that are italicized – they are my own realizations and comments – to show you just how amazingly connected I actually am with the Red-Tailed Hawk (and didn’t even realize it until now).
(This information I found on a Native Spirituality website):
The red tailed hawk carries the roll of visionary and messenger. This honorable totem brings the lesson of discovering dormant abilities and helps us to see the big picture. It is a symbol of illumination and peace. This special friend offers a path to channel direct contact with hidden wisdoms and insights. It further teaches us to be very observant of these insights and wisdom, the treasures offered by Red Tailed are sacred and of a higher calling. We are asked to show precision and a sharp mind in our hunt for wisdom along our path. When the Red Hawk Soul is then operating from such Higher Intent, these are the natural born investigators, psychics, attorneys and observers that deploy their acumen for insight and direct speech in a constructive, rather than destructive, manner (Uhm … now we know why or how I came to be psychic!).
Red Tailed Hawk’s Power is further represented by the beautiful red color that comes with maturity. This is our reminder that wisdom takes time and is not something that is given, the wisdom of Red Tailed Hawk is something that must be earned. (Now I understand why I am just now learning of this LIFE TOTEM animal. Of course my stallion is still here … but I have always had Hawk as well. Interesting also that this all occurs just after I have requested to learn my native spirit name and clan from my elders – because realize that everything is indeed all connected: spirit animal, spirit name and clan!).
Red Tailed Hawk individuals will have the ability to view the broad picture, in much the same fashion that a Hawk can gain a wide view of their surroundings while soaring on the unseen currents of wind as they ride the sky. The human counterpart will be a believer in the philosophy that all things happen for a reason, and it will be this awareness of the ~Big Picture, ~ that will assist both themselves, and those whom they share their gift of keen insight with, through many a difficult time (I have always held this belief and try to teach this concept to countless clients that I have worked or am working with).
And this is what I learned on another website – which resonates even more:
Hawk helps us to not only be aware that we are receiving a message but how to interpret them. The realm of symbols is also the realm of Hawk for Hawk is able to soar high above the earth to soar on the breath of Spirit, to commune with Spirit and thus understand through the intuitive level what the message means and with their keen eyesight, how to implement it once they return to earth through seeing the broader picture below. Because of their ability to soar, they are able to reach up to the heavens to extract needed information and bring it back to earth. Much of this information is also very practical for use on a daily basis! It is not only higher concepts or ideas that are relayed, but also information we need to make our material or mundane lives more prosperous and fulfilling. Hawk people have their own unique challenges in life. Often they feel misunderstood in that when they attempt to deliver an important message others may shy away from it or respond with anger. Sometimes the messages may not be what the other person really wants to hear and yet the Hawk person feels duty bound to relay the message, no matter the consequences (this is my practice with clients and their spiritual guidance/readings). It is important however that Hawk people do be aware of how they are presenting the messages they receive. They need more than many others to try and deliver the messages as gently as they can, only becoming more forceful if their inner guidance absolutely says it is needed (also interesting to note that this is where my Spirit finds balance – as my native spirit name suggests. I cannot divulge my full spirit name, but part of it is “deer” – deer’s medicine is of gentleness and unconditional love). Sometimes simply thinking through for a time what needs to be said can help Hawk medicine people find just the right words to use that will make all the difference and in this they should be encouraged to take their time and soar above for a while before speaking their truth.
Hawk medicine people like many who carry strong predator totems may be shunned by others who sense and fear their inner power. Others may sense that this is a person who can see straight through them and as many folks think in terms of judging things as being good or bad, they are afraid that the Hawk person will see who they “really” are and so they strike first in an attempt to keep the Hawk person at bay (I’ve unfortunately experienced this countless times throughout my life. And wow! Lightbulb moment. Now I understand WHY I have been “burned” by folks over and over again – and never did I ask for it or initiated the “trouble.” It was always them who lashed out first – leaving me feel so depressed, used and abused). Hawk people need to learn how to veil their energy somewhat, not as an attempt to deceive others but to allow people to get to know them and understand that Hawk has no interest in judging others (I do exactly that all the time). Often these people have seen so much of the best and worst in life that they find they have no need to judge (that’s right – I have and I don’t judge anyone as a result – which is something Yvon cannot understand). All is part and parcel of Spirit’s plan and if Spirit sees fit not to judge, why should the Hawk person?
Some with Hawk medicine find they have difficulty attracting the “right life Partner”. Hawk people may find that they tend to attract more “earthy” types who find the Hawk person’s need to “soar” disruptive or unimportant. This may occur because at a deeper level the Hawk person is fearful of soaring too high and crashing to earth Icarus like. In this instance, the Hawk person’s real issue is one of learning how to trust themselves and their medicine (guilty). Since Hawks mate for life, the Hawk Person may need to accept that it may take them some time before they find the person meant for them yet when they do, it is well worth the wait! Otherwise the Hawk person may find themselves tied to someone and unable to free themselves easily because of the deep entanglements they have created with this other person. Especially if children are involved in the relationship, the Hawk person may feel an extra strong sense of duty to stay in the relationship for the “sake of the children” as in many cases I have seen where the Hawk person ended up as the sole provider for the family (I am guilty of BOTH very very much – that’s why it took me 14 years to leave an abusive marriage, and yes I became a sole provider when I had my ex stepson living with me). What the Hawk person needs is someone who can accept and honour their gifts and talents, giving them the space they need to soar high above.
In the Celtic tradition Hawk empowers a person to seek out their ancestral roots (which is what I am doing now in receiving the teachings of my ancestors from my native elders) and to examine in depth that which is positive so that it may be integrated into the person’s life and that which is limiting so it can be released. Tradition is only worth honoring when it supports joy and fulfillment in one’s life!
So as you can see from my most profound experience that I shared with you in detail above, indeed Life totems can come to you at any given time. It was obvious that up until now I have not been ready to receive my Hawk totem’s medicine – even though it is very apparent that I am quite connected to this particular animal totem. However, I am so very thankful for him today and for indeed finally allowing me to meet him. And as a final note, as to what happened to my Owl totem? Little did I know that hawk’s actually prey on owl’s – and they do in fact give that very distinct descending screech that I distinctly heard! However, it was revealed to me that Owl was a “stand in” – taking the place of Hawk until I was ready for him. Hawk came swooping in to “chase Owl away” so that he could in fact come in to my life. Now that I am ready, Owl’s medicine is no longer needed – once again showing how our life totems can most certainly change when needed or required.
So for those folks who are wishing to meet their animals totems, understand that for the most part our totems CHOOSE US – we do not choose them. And not to worry if you’re having difficulty in connecting because you will … they will come to you … especially when you are ready to receive or are overdue for your animal’s medicine.