Saturday, December 31, 2016
When we connect deeper with our animal friends and all of nature our whole being can change. We each experience life in our own unique way. It is important that we are open to the world around us. Often we are so caught up in the stuff of life or focused on our mobile devises when we are out in the world, we miss the subtle messages and signs that are given to us every day and moment. I would like to share with you one such moment that left me speechless and in awe.
On September 28th, 2016 my life was forever changed because it was the day that my father made his transition from this physical life to one that is fully in spirit form. I was told by a friend that it was as if he had been in a very dark cave that was covered with a boulder and suddenly the boulder was rolled away and there was light guiding him out of the darkness.
I had been asking for signs or messages from Dad and I did my best to be open to possibilities. The morning after he died I saw 3 foxes run through our yard. I have never see 3 foxes at the same time in the 30 years we have lived here, so I took that as a possible sign from Dad but was not 100% sure.
Then a butterfly that I had never seen before or since, circled my head 3 times and landed on a flower right in front of my face. The energy of this delightful being was so high and fast and yet calm and peaceful. There was a smile in every cell of my body!
But it was less than one week later, the day after his funeral, as I walked out of his assisted living facility after cleaning and packing, that I…. Well I have no words. Instead I would like to share with you what I saw.
As I walked toward my car I looked at the setting sun and noticed there was a “sun dog” to the left of the sun. (A sundog is a rainbow that can appear on either side of the setting sun if conditions are right) I gasped with joy. I had just been thinking about the sundog that our kitty Sammy sent us on the day that he died in 2007. It was a big rainbow eye in the sky to the right of the setting sun. Sammy sent it again on the last day of a week long trip that I was on with the humpback whales in the Silver Bank. Again we saw the big rainbow eye on the right side of the setting sun as we headed in to our boat.
Those were amazing but nothing compared to what I experienced this day.
I walked into the parking lot toward my car and saw this:
There were no words. No words could be spoken.
I stopped in my tracks (I did take pictures thankfully).
This photo is the sundog close up.
I was speechless and in awe.
I got in my car to begin driving home. The parking lot opened up exposing more of the sky and this is what I saw next….
I jumped out of the car to take photos because I knew no one would believe me and then I just stood there in the moment. Holy cow dad!!! Thanks!
Next I called my husband, who was at home, and asked him to run outside and look at the sun to see if he could see what I saw. The tree line blocked the sun and he told me that he could not see anything, but he looked up straight over his head and said all he could see was a rainbow and his neck was hurting from looking up like that. That seemed very strange to me and there was nothing like that were I was.
When I arrived home I stood in our drive way and looked straight up to see this….
I have never seen a rainbow in the clouds. How is this possible?
I felt like this was yet another sign from Dad, A smiling rainbow. Dad’s beautiful blue eyes and his rainbow smile looking down over the top of our house.
That was a pretty big sign and message if you ask me! I felt that my father was trying to let us know that he is just fine, actually better than fine. It was as if he was having the best time and wanted to share a tiny bit with us.
My heart still hurts so much missing him, but it is also filled with love and comfort as I am always in awe of nature, the animals and the great mystery of the all that is.
A couple of days after the Sundog my brother, nephew and I were at Dad’s apartment clearing it out and looked out the window and saw this:
I knew this too was a sign from Dad. He loved looking out his window and from time to time these big birds would sit on the top of a tree and the two of them seemed to have a conversation. This bird posed for us and seemed to be deeply and purposefully connected to us, as we stood at the window together in the moment filled with wonder and awe. There were messages but they are personal.
Always try to remember to take a moment to open to possibilities that there are signs and messages around you all the time. Look for them. They may be a shiny penny, a feather, butterflies or flowers, or a bird that seems to be singing just for your pleasure and enjoyment. Listen, feel, experience and have fun. The animals and all of nature have so much to teach and share with us.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Illusion & The Magic Bridge
Illusion....Always an interesting topic and thought for me, but what does illusion and a bridge have to do with animal communication and healing?
The above picture came from Annie Kagan, the author of the book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. Today in her newsletter she writes about a "magic bridge" that allows us to walk across and penetrate the illusions of life. To do so one must get quiet, tuning out the noise and fears of the world that most of us are bombarded with daily via our TV's, radio, internet and more.
To me getting quiet means BEING...BEING in the stillness and silence with the animals and all that is. The animals are the perfect examples and teachers of the find art of BEING. Remember that we are "human-beings" not "humans-doing"!
On our path of life you may find yourself standing in the middle of the "magic bridge" feeling as if the waters and land below are treacherous and threatening to come crashing over and take you with them, but remember that it is but an illusion! It does not feel that way in the moment. Trust me as I seem to be on the bridge almost every day lately. Thankfully there are life preservers and things we can do to get safely across the bridge.
Take a slow deep breath in and out and connect to one or more of your animal friends. As you do this, notice your whole body and mind shifting as you connect to the earth energy and the power that is within you deep down in your belly/gut. Allow the illusions of life that do not serve you to fall away as your animal friend/s and you walk across the Magic Bridge together. Allow the animals to teach you and show you the way.
May your day be filled with moments of silence and joy as you spend time with your animal friend/s and with nature. Feel the earth under your feet and walk with confidence and courage across the "magic bridge" allowing the illusions of life to drop gently under the bridge and of course don't forget to smile!
Friday, March 18, 2016
The Morning Chatter: SpringSpring came early here in Northern Virginia this year after a crazy winter. More roller coaster weather coming for us in this area of the world as this weekend "they" are calling for snow.
I so love spring. The crocus are usually the first to wake up from their winter hibernation to announce that warmer weather is coming. Next the daffodils followed by the flowering trees, begin to burst onto the scene.
This area is famous for the Cherry Blossoms and our cherry tree is in full bloom now.
Please enjoy the latest edition of The Morning Chatter video below. This deer family came for a mid morning visit on St Patrick's Day in the bright sun. I love the long shadows cast by the sun so low in the sky.
This group always has so much to say. Just listen, feel, connect and enjoy a short meditation with them....
The Morning Chatter: Spring
Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Morning Chatter: IciclesAh the wonders of nature. Every aspect is so unique and special. So often we just take everything around us for granted.
The Morning Chatter is not just about the animals and their communication as the day begins, it is about all life. Connecting with nature helps us learn how to BE. In the simple BEING-NESS if you will, we can connect on deep and profound ways with our animal friends and companions as well as all that is.
I hope you enjoy the melting icicles. They are so beautiful. Water in 2 forms = frozen and liquid. Both H2O but different. Different and the same.
The Morning Chatter: Icicles
Friday, January 15, 2016
The Morning Chatter: Sun & MoonConnecting with nature on a daily basis is key to improving your connection with animals and all that is. Developing a daily meditation practice allows you to open in a more grounded and deeper way to your animal friends. Meditation does not need to be complicated. Simply walking in nature or just standing or sitting still can be quite profound. Do this every day and notice how you feel.
Most of my life I was a "night owl" in my work and life but now my kitty Rudy gets me up at O-dark-thirty! What a beautiful time of day. The world for the most part is quiet just before sunrise. The air has a different feel to it. Then as the sun begins to rise above the horizon there is a shift. The world seems to come to life from the stillness of the night.
This morning I was doing my usual morning "chores" of filling bird feeders and making sure our wild animal friends has breakfast and clean water. It was a lovely morning with a soft mist in the air that felt so good on my face. I turned to go back inside and saw the moon in the west with light misty clouds passing in front of its face. Rudy, our kitty, was chattering away as he usually does in the morning. The birds began to wake up and sing their morning songs and the sun started to light up the sky as it began to peek above the horizon through the trees.
Turn the audio up and enjoy a moment of quiet meditation as you connect with the moon, clouds, sky, sun, birds, trees and all that is....
The Morning Chatter: Sun & Moon
Thursday, January 7, 2016
The Morning Chatter: Bird Messages
This edition of The Morning Chatter comes from the bird people.
Early morning sunrise and sunset is a magical time of day. The animals, especially birds, are active as they wake up, greet the day and go about looking for food. There is so much more going on during this time.
I invite you to join me in meditation as you listen to the messages and conversations. Can you hear the hawk calling? Oh the squirrels have much to say about that! The crows are always active as they bring the news of the world as well as gossip! The cardinal family often gathers bringing a great sense of community and family.
Feel your connection to the trees...
The sun as it both rises and begins to set...
Can you feel a shift inside yourself?
The Morning Chatter: Bird Messages
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Morning Chatter: Deer Friends
May this year bring you good health, great joy, and many blessings. May your relationships with the animals and nature deepen and grow with each moment that you experience.
This year continues with new editions of The Morning Chatter. The Morning Chatter is a series of videos that you can use for meditation and connection with the animals and all that is. Meditation is key to so many things in our lives. When we relax we open the doors for healing to take place. When we are in that open and relaxed place we are also better able to have deep connections and communications with our animal friends. The animals are great teachers of how to BE and how to live life to the fullest. It is so simple and yet profound.
I hope you continue to enjoy the Morning Chatter this year and feel free to review the past editions found on this blog as well as on the Animal Paradise You Tube channel.
This edition of the Morning Chatter features the Deer People. There is a little family that has been coming most mornings and evenings to have a meal. There is a mother and her twins, a boy and girl. They were born in a neighbors yard this summer. The mother jumped the fence and gave birth leaving the babies safely inside the fenced yard until they were old enough to jump the fence on their own.
This day they were joined by a young buck. He is not the father. Often in the evenings they are followed by a beautiful red fox. Quite interesting and delightful how they work together for the common good and survival of all.
Please enjoy my Deer Friends....