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Shamanism and Alternative Healing for Pets

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

alternative healing for pets

Exploring Alternative Healing for Pets from a Shamanic Perspective

Most of us who have pets, are devoted to our animals.  We are not pet owners.  Rather, we are family, providers and friends to the animals who participate in our lives.

Because we feel so deeply about our animal family, many of us are seeking unique ways to help them.  Although shamanism is ancient, it can prove to be an innovative method to alternative healing for pets.

Please note, this article on alternative healing for pets using shamanic philosophies is only suggestive.  Seek professional medical advice if necessary.

There are various opinions about what shamanism is.  Simplified, shamanism is a state of being that recognizes the core and primal spirit in all life.  Shamanism is an instinctive form of practice and thought.  Animism (acknowledgment of a spirit in all things alive) is the prime tenet of a shaman’s spiritual practice and path.

That said, shamanism can be a perfect complement to alternative healing for pets because it is rooted in animalistic wisdom.

So how can shamanism help heal your pet?

It’s decidedly simple.  When called to practice, shamans pick up a single energetic thread of life – the main thread – and follow this thread to its origin.  They understand that there is a core animalistic thread.  Once that core thread is identified, it can be communicated with and healing can begin.

For example, a core thread for domestic dogs is the lineage of the noble wolf.  Shamanism affirms this original energetic bloodline within domestic dogs and communicates with the wolf on the dog’s behalf.

Bearing this in mind, you can serve as a shaman to your pet.  Here are some suggestions for incorporating shamanism as an alternative healing for pets.

  • If your pet is not feeling well, you can take the active role of shaman and perform a shamanic healing on your animal family member.
  • Be in a comfortable environment with your pet.  Have one or two of his/her favorite items (like a chew toy, blanket).  This enhances the sense of comfort and ease.
  • Speak your intent clearly and express gratitude.  A verbal or mental statement such as “We are all connected, and I am one with (my pet’s name here). Healing is activated in this circle of energy, and we are grateful for the work that is done.”
  • Touch your pet lovingly.  As you do so, move your awareness into a deeper, meditative state.  Begin to calm yourself as you continue to calm and stroke your pet. With each stroke, move your mind and spirit to a deeper level of consciousness.  Both you and your pet are diving into sacred shamanic energies.
  • When you feel yourself submerged in a calm yet powerful energetic field, begin to focus your awareness on your pet – but do not see him/her as ill.  Rather, see your pet as complete, whole and healthy.  Part of shaman magic comes from seeing potentials (not what you see in front of you) so see vitality in your dog (even if he/she is sick).
  • Now focus on the prime animal bloodline (that core thread of life) of your pet.  Tap into the root, or the original family line.  This is where the power lies.  In domestic animals this power lays dormant, but it can be summoned and activated to facilitate healing.Here are some suggestions for ancient bloodlines connected to domestic pets:
    –Dog = Wolf, Fox
    –Cat = Lion, Tiger, Puma, etc.
    –Bird = Eagle, Owl, Hawk
    –Fish = Shark, Sturgeon
    –Snake = Cobra, Kundalini
    –Lizards = Dragons

    You may tap into different prime lineage.  That’s okay.  Go with what compels you – that’s what shamans do.

  • Once you identify your pet’s original power line, focus on this energy and begin to communicate with this primal, indwelling spirit.
  • Activate this primal power surging through your pet.  See it running through the veins of your pet as waves of ancient healing, helping and strong ancestral love for your animal.
  • Continue working with these ancient animal energies – see the energies co-mingling.  Respect and participate in the energetic mix.
  • When you feel a dip in the intensity of this excursive, it is a natural cue to begin to wrap up your work.
  • Thank all the energies and spirits who came to help and connect.  Begin to pull back into your every-day consciousness.
  • Stroke your pet, and speak lovingly to him/her.  Explain to your pet what just took place (he/she already knows – but it helps to galvanize the experience for  both you and your pet).
  • These practices are intense.  Spend the next hour or so just calmly relaxing with your pet.  Indulge your pet with your undivided attention and love – this adds to the effectiveness of healing.

It’s important to be open-minded when you are practice this alternative healing for pets.  Let the shamanic ways move you.  Stay in a creative state as you work with these shamanic and animal realms.

For example, if you are working with your dog, and recognize Wolf energy, see that energy emerging from your dog.  See wolf spirit come alive in your dog, making him/her more active, alive and full of wild vitality.  See other wolves coming in packs to connect with your dog, and assure him/her healing is available within the energetic wolf tribe.

There is no limit to the potential power inherent in alternative healing for pets using shamanic methods.  Give it a try, and see for yourself.  Odds are, not only your pet will receive a healing – so will you!

Some other links you may like:

Cat Symbolism and Meaning (domestic)

Dog Meaning and Symbolism

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Finding Focus in the Dance of Life

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Whether you’re a whirling Dervish or popping turtle moves on the breakdance floor, the pros will tell you to keep your eye on a fixed object when you’re spinning in motion.  It’s the same in life as on the dance floor.

Life is a dance replete with dips, jumps and guaranteed spins.  If you think on it, our whole galaxy is spinning in motion…it’s only logical that we too should be doing the Chubby Checker Twist right along with it.

Some of us confess our lives are spinning out of control.  Others report slow spirals in-and-out of the light and dark spaces of our lives. No matter what kind of dance moves our lives are employing, on one level or another, we’re all in motion.  Motion is a natural law. We can’t beat it, so we might as well move with it.

What if we can’t seem to find our groove when our lives boogie to a tune we may deem unsavory?  We find a fixed object and focus on that until the spinning subsides, or the music of our destiny changes its beat.

In order to keep their equilibrium intact, dancers return their vision to a constant focal point upon each revolution of a spin.  When it feels as though we are careening through life, we can employ the same tactic.

What kind of focal point shall we use as an anchor while pirouetting and cartwheeling through life?

Personal preference, really.  Pick something that grounds you, a stabilizing energy, something that represents constancy in your life.  It doesn’t have to be something grandiose.  Most times, simple is better when it comes to stability.

Nature is a good place to look for constancy.  Trees, rocks, soil, roots, mountains…these are all points of focus that emit tremendous energy of long-suffering equilibrium and dependability.  Granted, all things of the Mother (Earth) will change in time, but there are focal points nestled within Her divine design that lend rock-solid support when we need it.

For every turn and twist our lives take, there is a supportive partnership in Nature that counterbalances us.

Other pages of interest:

Symbolic Meaning of Stones

Symbolic Strength from Trees

Nature Symbolism and Wisdom

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Healing at the Heart of Niagara – Native American Peace Event

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Healing at the Heart of Niagara Event, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY

Healing at the Heart of Niagara Event, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY

Since interviewing Native Algonquin, Mike Bastine, I’ve come into contact with some incredible folks.  Jill Morris, board member of Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe (www.netobuffalo.org) is one such incredible person.  She and others are organizing an amazing event featuring local Native American culture and history at Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY.

I’ll be there, and if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there too.

Here are some of the many events taking place that weekend:

  • Native American music and dancing
  • Native arts and crafts vendors
  • Drumming
  • Local Native lore and legends
  • Native crafting for the kiddo’s
  • Healing arts
  • Sustainable living presentations

There will also be devotional ceremonies to promote healing and peace for our global community and the Mother (Earth).  A hand-holding ceremony for Global Peace will take place at 11:11 am on Sunday the 17th.

The whole event kicks off Saturday, June 16th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  The event resumes on Sunday, June 17th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome, and I hope to see you there!

Healing at the Heart of Niagara
Niagara Falls State Park – Goat Island – Niagara Falls, NY 14303
June 16th & 17th, 2012
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6pm

For more information, contact Jill Morris at 716-480-4418, or email her at jmtmorris{at}live.com

The event is sponsored by the Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe, www.netobuffalo.org.  Sponsorship and donations for the event are still being accepted (and highly appreciated).  Offerings go directly to Neto. Visit their website, or contact Allan Jamieson, Director at 716-603-4546.

Neto is still accepting enrollment applications for vendors, so if you have keen stuff to share/sell, contact Jill Morris  for a vendor registration form.  Advertising is also available in the event program, so if you have a service or a business you’d like to promote, contact Jill for that too.

I hope you can offer your support and participation for this worthy Native event focused on global peace.  See you there!

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