ADD YEARS TO YOUR CAT’S LIFE BY INCREASING THIS DAILY ACTIVITY:

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CATS AND WATER

Cats have a funny relationship with water. Have you noticed that cats do not drink much water at all? As with any feline habit in question, the first thing we will want to do is examine water’s role in feline genetic history. How did wild cats get their water? What sorts of drinking habits did they develop? When we observe ancestral felines in the wild, we will note that ancient cats had a very unique way of deriving moisture for survival.

The origin of the feline species is first noted in the ancient deserts of Africa. Water was sparse. Ancient cats learned to kill their prey and derive moisture from their bodies which were approximately 75% water. This was usually adequate moisture to keep the animals alive and well in the heat of the African desert land.

What does this mean for modern day felines? All this is to say that drinking water has become a learned behaviour in companion cats. This means that their genetic wiring lacks the desire to drink water on its own. Drinking water has become a behaviour that has been a learned practice that has come along with the feline species’ migration out of Africa and into Asia where tigers drink from streams as they catch fish. Following, wild cats came through the North American wild where streams and lakes are plenty. Despite the migration and evolution of cats and water, drinking water is still second nature for companion cats.

Aside from the genetic lineage of cats, there is a very pressing need for cat caregivers to ensure that their cats are drinking sufficient water. Many store-bought cat foods will inhibit moisture retention and cause havoc with the body’s water systems. Particularly dry food (kibble) can strip the body of almost all moisture. Because dry food is dehydrated and devoid of any moisture at all, in order for cats to process the dry food through their gastrointestinal systems, the dry food will draw water from all of the body’s vital organs so it can pass through the body to become metabolized and then eliminated. With prolonged and repeated exposure to this type of digestive process, the body’s vital organs become abused and depleted of water and energy. In the longer term, this is where early stage kidney failure begins.

Dry food also heavily increases the probability of constipation. Gastrointestinal systems devoid of water cause a build up of waste in the intestinal tract and prevent cats (and all other mammals) from a proper removal of waste through the bowel. In some cases, if the waste build up is full of toxins from low quality or malnourished foods, in addition to constipation we run the risk of causing inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, blood in the stool and other painful intestinal trauma.

Every companion cat needs at least a 90% wet food diet. Wet (canned) food is engineered to contain enough moisture for a healthy cat to live well. Even the lower quality grain free (for more information on why your cat’s diet should be grain free read: https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/11/11/are-you-making-this-fatal-cat-food-mistake/ ) wet foods are infinitely better for our feline friends’ vital organs than high quality dry food. This is never to say that anyone should opt for lower quality anything when it comes to feeding our furry friends. However, if we are going to want a longer and healthier life for our kitty companions, wet food is unequivocally the best way to get there.

That said, cats still require a large enough volume of daily water to flush out their organs of toxins. Toxins are present in any environment, whether airborne, in food (any and all processed foods have toxins), outdoors- pretty much anywhere. Whatever the origin, the gall bladder and the liver have to work overtime to process the toxins and get them ready to be eliminated in the urine or stool. Clean water can help the process by aiding to flush out the liver, gall bladder and intestines. Of course, water is vital in terms of hydrating the kidneys so that they can relieve the body of its toxins. Drinking water can impede the kidney failure process that comes along with consuming dry food or low quality grain-based wet food.

Most cat caregivers have likely noticed that cats can be fairly reluctant to drink water. This is because, as many of us are aware, cats are finicky creatures. Though cats are infamous for doing what they want when they want to do it, we as caregivers must take a stand to ensure that they are adequately hydrated. For those who may yet be unaware, here are eight ways to help our feline friends stay hydrated:

1)    LOCATION– believe it or not, the location in your home in which you place your cat’s water bowl is likely the most significant reason why your cat may not be drinking. Again, in examination of the genetic lineage of the feline species, cats would never do their “kill” by a water source for fear of contamination of the water. Cats would kill their prey far enough away from the water to keep it clean. Translating to your home, by placing your cat’s water bowl beside her food, she may not be inclined to drink it due to the aforementioned genetic link. By placing her water bowl in another corner of the kitchen or feeding area, you may find that she is more inspired to drink.
Additionally, by choosing to place more than one water bowl around your home, your cat with appreciate that you are letting her (or him) be in “control” of the situation in terms of choosing where she or he wants to have a drink.

2)    WATER FOUNTAIN– Because some cats have difficulty with depth-perception, they are often confused by how much or how little water is in the water bowl. This will often cause them to put a paw in the water to gauge its depth. Once they have put their paw in, they may be reluctant to drink it because it has become contaminated. By creating a stream of water for your cat, s/he will always be able to see the running water and be comfortable with drinking it. In addition, if your cat is one who likes to ‘play’ with water, such as drinking from the water tap, shower or alternative sources to bowls, investing in a kitty water fountain will mirror this activity.

3)    SIZE AND SHAPE OF BOWL– As finicky as they may be, some cats take issue with the size and shape of their water bowl. Many cats will avoid drinking from a water bowl in which their whiskers do not fit. This is because the width of the cats whiskers let the cat know what he or she can and cannot fit into. Thus, if a drinking bowl compromises a cat’s whisker measurement, instinctively s/he will turn away from it. For their comfort, the size and shape of your cat’s water bowl should be in alignment with the size and shape of his head and whiskers.

4)    TYPE OF BOWL– many cats prefer metal or glass to plastic. This is because plastic water bowls tend to hold onto bacteria and germs that cause pimples around the cat’s mouth. Many cat caregivers fail to realize how easily plastic can amalgamate dirt and particulate matter. Cats are a genetically very clean species. Any human interference with that is not acceptable!

5)    BOWL CLEANLINESS– Many companion animal caregivers fail to realize the importance of a daily practice of cleaning out their animal’s water bowl. Cats are sensitive to the bacteria that can be found at the bottom of their water bowl should their people neglect to wipe out the bowl after they dump out the old water and before refilling it with new. According to your cat, washing the bowl before every use is the best way to entice him to drink.

6)    CLEAN, FRESH WATER– Cats prefer daily fresh, clean water. Some cats will drink day old water, however all cats will prefer fresh water every day. It is important to be mindful of what type of water we are feeding our kitty friends. Note that tap water is full of heavy metals and toxins that infiltrate the water systems and bloodstreams of your cat. While cats may not notice a difference when the water is fresh, finding the cleanest water source possible is always the best way to keep our cats healthy and living well for longer.

7)    PROXIMITY TO LITTER BOX– As per the earlier notation about contamination of water, cats will not appreciate having their water (or food) bowl close to their litter boxes. After all, would you poop where you drink or eat? For those living in smaller homes or apartments, take moment to be mindful of how far you from your cat’s bathroom you have placed their food and water. Be mindful that fecal germs can travel fairly far and your cat may be uncomfortable with the proximity between her bathroom and her water (and food) bowl.

8)    VULNERABILITY WHILE DRINKING– Especially for cats who are new to your home, placing their drinking bowls against a wall away from the room’s entrance way could be a deterrent. This is because while a cat is drinking (or eating or bathing), she is in a vulnerable position. A cat may feel threatened if, while drinking, she cannot see whether or not anyone is approaching her from behind. Genetically linked to this concept, if a cat in the wild cannot see if anyone (a predator) is approaching, she runs the risk of a surprise attack. Cats do not like surprises. This is why it’s best for you to place her drinking bowl in such a way that she can see the entrance ways to the room. Cats are most comfortable with their backs against the wall.

There are innumerable reasons why cats are so particular about their drinking experience. The above are 8 of many ways to remedy this. The underlying message is that companion cats need to drink far more water than most people are aware of. By guaranteeing that our cats drink clean, fresh water daily, we are on the road to keeping their inner organs healthier and giving them a better quality of life!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CATS AND WATER, CONTACT jmorgan.soulstice@gmail.com TO SET UP YOUR ANIMAL COMMUNICATION SESSION.

FRIDAY’S NEW MOON: LAST CHANCE FOR A NEW BEGINNING

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FINAL OPPORTUNITY FOR A NEW BEGINNING

Friday, December 7th is the final new moon of 2018. As with all new moons, this one is a time to create, create, create! Each lunar cycle begins with the new moon, which is why its spiritual significance correlates to new beginnings of cycles in our lives. This aspect of the lunar cycle is an excellent opportunity to plant seeds of intention. As the moon grows, so do our seeds into flowers.

This last new moon of 2018 resides in the sign of Sagittarius. With both the sun and the moon in Sag, we can expect to feel as if anything is possible. And it is! Sagittarius is confident, boastful and full of life. It is intellectually thirsty with an ever present desire to learn everything it can about anything. For those who wish to create an improved living situation for any reason, harnessing this delightful Sagittarian energy during this time can help to employ the means to get there. Taking the time to write down our intentions for the lunar cycle that follows is a primary example of organizing our dreams and desires. As always, by taking our dreams to pen and paper, we are allowing Spirit to witness what we truly desire and work behind the scenes to help us to create it.

Perhaps most noteworthy is that because this new moon is the final of 2018, we can utilize this opportunity to contemplate the changes we wish to see in the coming year. Through this strong and empowered Sagittarius energy, we can regain creative control of our lives. This moon is the opportune time to believe in ourselves and our dreams.

For those of us in romantic partnerships, this new lunar cycle will cast light upon the darkness that the Scorpion sun had left. Romantic partnerships may have been tried and tested throughout last month’s icy chill. Fear not as the fiery Sagittarian energy will melt the ice and have us back in each other’s warm embrace. For those who are not entangled in romantic partnerships and wish to be, this powerful new moon is a highly positive time to manifest the partner of your dreams! By creating a “wish list” of qualities we wish to see in our next romantic partner, we are, akin to creating a list of intentions or a vision board, allowing Spirit to witness our desires and dreams for a partner.

As positive and exciting as the tandem Sagittarius sun and moon may be, caution is also warranted. Should we carelessly adapt to the power-charged Sag alignment, we may find ourselves falling prey to a need to control every detail of our lives- and the lives of others. There is a strong likelihood of getting swept up in the confidence and direction that the Sag sun and moon bestow upon us. It is important to be mindful of our responsibilities; where they begin and where they end. Remember: we are only responsible for ourselves. We do not have the authority to take responsibility for others, nor do we to tell them what they can and cannot do. We must remember that every individual has free will. We must detach from our wants and wishes of situational outcomes. When we place expectations on circumstances, we will likely be disappointed. As Buddha stated, “Attachment is the root of all suffering”.

The Sagittarian need for control comes from an air of “knowing what’s right”. Be cautioned that “right” is subjective. Every person is entitled to her or his opinion and actions. Being mindful to avoid interfering with other people’s karma takes discipline. Acknowledging that any experience that another person is going through is a direct result of what they have thought, believed or felt. We must, as they must remember that every action has consequence, therefore always acting out of kindness will bring us desirable consequences. By letting go of control and allowing circumstances to unfold naturally, we are allowing Divine miracles to shine through.

Sagittarius is full of spontaneity. Allow yourself to live! Live every day, be free. Let go of every belief that holds you back from living the life you aspire. Live your truth, let go of that which no longer serves your highest purpose. When you are in alignment with your highest good, everything is possible!

ANIMALS & DEPRESSION pt 3: 5 WAYS TO COMBAT DEPRESSION

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5 WAYS TO COMBAT COMPANION ANIMAL DEPRESSION

Depression in companion animals is very serious and often overlooked. In part one of this article we studied the why’s and how’s of companion animal depression. (https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/10/14/is-my-animal-depressed-animals-depression-pt-1/). In the second part of this article, we listed several signs and symptoms of depression in companion animals (https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/10/27/6-signs-your-animal-is-depressed-animals-depression-pt-2/ ) with the promise of a third article part in which we relay method of treatment of the depression.

Many animals who experience or live with depression are often misunderstood. It is important to review the above list of symptoms and note whether or not you feel your animal may be depressed. Thankfully, most companion animal depression can be treated with simple changes in the animal’s routine. Most often, there is often NO need for medication when it comes to treatment of depression in animals. To assess which of the below treatment options is right for you and your animal friends, acknowledging its origin is an asset. Should we locate the origin of the animal’s depression, its treatment has more of a likelihood of a specified treatment plan. Here are several easy and effective ways to combat depression in companion animals:

1.    EXERCISE– exercise is an important component of mental health. In addition to increasing cardiovascular health via endurance and strength, exercise releases endorphins that act as mood elevators. Exercise increases self-confidence in animals (and people) and increases circulation. This means that on colder days, exercise helps to keep our animals warm. This is especially important for any animals who have arthritis or kidney imbalances as these conditions correlate to an imbalance of fluid circulation in the body.

 

2.    SUNLIGHT– Sunlight brings joy to all living beings. Because it radiates warmth, in the colder months it can assist to bring peace and calmness to animals. The warmth and golden light of the sun has a rejuvenating feel to animals who suffer from winter-based depression. Additionally it will help to increase the animal’s exposure to sunlight (either outdoors or in a window) as much as possible throughout the winter. Animals are often affected by seasonal affected disorder. Increasing sunlight hours and window-sitting in the sun will assuredly help to combat the winter blues.

 

3.    SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET– Unequivocally, an animal’s diet is the single most important aspect of mental health. If an animal’s diet is unhealthy, she is likely not receiving an adequate balance of nutrients. This can cause malnourishment and affect the hormonal balance of the brain. Malnourishment also causes muscular atrophy (the exact opposite of what we aim for with regular exercise). When an animal is not receiving adequate nutrients s/he will often resort to eating non-food items which both wreaks havoc on the animal’s inner organs as well as causes upset within the family home. Ideally, an animal’s diet will be as similar as possible to that which they would eat in the wild. There are many new schools of thought that a science based diet is the best diet for companion animals. However when we examine its ingredients more closely, we will note how little nutritional value it actually contains. Feeding animals whole foods that are nutrient-rich will allow for a healthier and longer quality of life. More to the point of this article, the richer the nutrients in an animal’s diet, the more “brain food” they absorb. Higher quality foods result in hormone regulation in the brain and body, healthier weight, healthier joints and bones and proper hydration which all create a healthier mental state for our animal companions.

 

4.    ADD MORE OMEGAS– Omega’s 3 & 6 are a vital staple of any companion animal’s diet. Simply put, their benefits and functions are many. What most human caregivers of animals are unaware of is that water alone cannot hydrate the body. Water helps to flush out the organs or toxins in a healthy way however water alone is not an adequate source of hydration for companion animals. By adding omega’s 3 & 6 to an animal’s diet, we are increasing the amount of water that is retained and evenly distributed throughout the vital organs of the body. This organ moisture is crucial to an animal’s longevity and overall quality of life. More to the point, however, omegas have been linked to a reduction and/or prevention of depression. This is because those who suffer from minor to moderate depression show lower levels of EPA and DHA (two components of fish oil and other complete sources of omegas). By adding one or more sources of omegas to an animal’s diet, in addition to their innumerable other health benefits, you can lower the risk or severity of depression. Common sources of healthy omegas 3 & 6 for cats and dogs are:
a) Fish oils such as wild salmon or sardines

        b) CBD oil

        c) Flax seed oil WITH DHA (flax seed oil is only a complete source of protein when    it contains DHA

        d) Pumpkin seeds

        e) Chia seeds

 

5.    REIKI/ENERGY WORK– An animal’s wellness extends far beyond her physical body. Often animals (and people) live in negative environments that affect their mental, emotional and spiritual health. Animals are like sponges, taking on and taking in every thought, feeling and belief of her people. Simply put, because all thoughts, feelings and beliefs are energy, when they impede an animal’s health through negative energy, they can easily be balanced by positive energy. This is a fundamental component of energy work. Reiki has been proven to treat depression, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure and various other chronic mental and physical imbalances. Practicing energy work on your animal will help to bring all of their deep rooted emotional and mental imbalances to the surface for you to remove through several Reiki/energy work sessions. An energy field of a companion animal frequently embodies many energy blockages that originate from life experiences, environments or their human family members (past or present). These blockages are composed of thoughts, beliefs and feelings that an animal has taken on from an external source that are harmful to an animal’s mental and emotional wellness. The purpose of treating an animal with Reiki is to learn to remove the energy blockages within their energy field before they become manifest in the physical body as illness. Treating a depressed or ailing animal with Reiki/energy work nurtures their minds, bodies and spirits back to balance. Because animals’ primary language is energy, animals do very well with energy healing work.

As the daylight hours get fewer and the darkness greater, as humans are more reluctant to spend time outdoors because of the chill in the air, companion animals may feel the brunt. We will want to remain attentive to their needs, ensuring that though we may not want to spend as much time as usual playing outside with them, we can find fun indoor activities to keep them active and well. Though not completely eliminated every time, companion animal depression is often lessened by the above forms of treatment. In cases of severe depression, you will want to contact your Animal Communicator or Holistic Veterinarian for safe and effective treatment.

 

J MORGAN SAIFER
ANIMAL REIKI MASTER
ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR
jmorgan.soulstice@gmail.com

THIS WEEK’S FULL MOON: MIND, MIND, MIND YOUR MANNERS!

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FULL MOON IN GEMINI- MIND, MIND, MIND YOUR MANNERS!

Thursday, November 22, 2018 births this year’s full moon in Gemini. Particularly affecting those born into the element of air, (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra), this air- based full moon can have us maximally indecisive during the course of this 24 hour lunar period.

Ruled by the planet Mercury who stands for all types of communication, Gemini is a highly communicative planet. However this Gemini moon waxes full during one of three Mercury retrograde periods in 2018. For more information on what Mercury retrograde is, see: https://soulsticespirit.com/2017/04/09/mercury-retrograde-what-does-it-mean/. During this retrograde period, there is a tendency to internalize all of our emotions and thoughts. There is a pull to go within and self examine.

Gemini is known as the sign of “dual personalities”. Often Gemini people are seen as those who easily go with the flow. However they have a second side to their personalities that can take anyone by surprise. They are often cunning, premeditative and defensive. Because the moon waxes full at this time in this sign of Gemini, aspects of both of the Gemini sides may be illuminated within each and every one of us. We may find, in fact, that we are unable to make up our minds about which persona we wish to be.

While ordinarily, the nature of the Gemini is to appear (key word- “appear”) calm, cool and collected, this lunar period is heavily influenced by a Mars – Jupiter square. Any time there is a celestial square in the night sky, we can expect ourselves to react to situations in a bullheaded, stubborn, combative manner. This square is no different. While Mars has strong warrior energy, Jupiter is highly intellectual. Thus, we are faced off between our physical and intellectual needs for self expression. Whereas neither of these pursuits are alone harmful, should we find ourselves stifled in either of these cases, because of this full moon there is an immensely powerful need to lash out.

Jupiter’s influence will also seduce us into overindulgence. It is important to practice moderation in order to maintain health and avoid the frustration that Mars will bring which comes along with self-blame for overindulgence. The Mars’-Gemini influence can also lure us into reckless behaviour that could result in accidents or injuries. It is important to THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. Conversely, the Jupiter-Gemini influence will have us feeling the need to express ourselves in a sensual way. We may find ourselves acting out based on our need for physical validation. Again, should this need become thwarted in any way we may tend to react in a hot tempered fit of frustration.

Contrary to all of the inconsistencies of the Gemini moon, our sun holds still in the sign of Sagittarius. While Sagittarius is also a highly sensual sign, it is far more comfortable in conjunction with Jupiter as Jupiter is ruled by Sagittarius. This means that they share many enlightened qualities, bringing about a strong desire for wisdom and intellect. However, under Gemini’s rule of Mercury in retrograde and in opposition to the Sun’s Sagittarius, we will surely develop very strong opinions on just about everything. We will feel the desire to speak our minds thoughtlessly without regard for others’ feelings or opinions. It is vital that before we thoughtlessly offend anyone, we consider how others may feel should we choose to speak.

Because of the many factors at play during this lunar event, this is an excellent opportunity to practice  mindful behaviour. Being conscious of how our thoughts and actions affect others is the highest and best way to wade through the tumult of this astrological alignment. Though we may be tempted to give in to our ego and feel scorned on more than one occasion, we must remind ourselves that any rash behaviour toward others or toward ourselves will not achieve desired results. We must empower ourselves with the knowledge that this too shall pass. We must remember to find wholehearted compassion for ourselves and those around us, for our positive reactions may encourage like reactions within those around us. Let us lead by example and be a light to others!

ARE YOU MAKING THIS FATAL CAT FOOD MISTAKE?

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ARE YOU MAKING THIS FATAL CAT FOOD MISTAKE?

Cat lovers around the world wish more than anything for their feline companions to live long and healthy lives. With so many marketing schemes and options out I consumer-land, how do we know which food is the best quality food for our cats?

For all living beings to properly process food, they need proper digestive enzymes. What most cat caregivers fail to realize is that cats lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown and digestion of grains. This enzyme is called amylase. This digestive enzyme, amylase, is present in all other animals and humans. Since cats’ digestive systems do not produce this enzyme, their metabolisms are unable to break down grains.

WHAT HAPPENS TO CATS WHEN THEY DON’T DIGEST GRAINS?

For those who are yet unaware, grains in cat food are mostly made from human grade cereal and starchy substances such as rice, potatoes, oats and barley. Generally speaking, these types of grains and starches can cause undue harm to our kitty companions. Because they are physically unable to digest the grains that are found in cat food, their gastrointestinal systems will run into problems attempting to pass the food through the body. Given that the grains found in cat foods (especially dry food) are quite high in sugar, the insulin levels in the cat’s pancreas will take issue with trying to remove the waste. The grains from the food will metabolize as sugar which in turn will create spikes in insulin levels in cats. This, of course will often lead to diabetes. Diabetes is a blood disease wherein the body’s blood glucose levels exceed healthy limits. For those who are unfamiliar with where feline diabetes comes from, it comes from food with grains that are high in sugar.

In addition to the trauma of diabetes, grains in dry food can cause a whole host of other health imbalances. For example, feeding dry food to a cat for her/his whole life will undoubtedly cause dehydration of the major organs. This is because as the cat’s body attempts to pass the dry food through the GI system, the organs work overtime to provide sufficient moisture to process the food. This is particularly taxing on the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for eliminating toxins from food, water and the environment through urine. In order for the kidneys to do their job, they must have a healthy amount of moisture. Should the cat be exposed to dry food her/his whole life, eventually in its attempt to process the dehydrated food through the system, the kidneys will become entirely too depleted of moisture. This, if we don’t already know, is where kidney failure is born.

Believe it or not, water is not an adequate source of hydration for our feline friends. If we look at their genetic lineage, we will note that ancestrally, cats originated in the deserts of Africa. There was virtually no water for them to drink, so they utilized the moisture from the food they hunted to hydrate ad nourish their bodies. Thus, for house cats, drinking water has become a learned behaviour. True, it flushes out their organs in a very healthy way. However, in terms of allowing the cat’s body to retain adequate moisture for survival, it does little.

Additionally, starchy foods and sugary grains have been heavily linked to yeast problems in cats and dogs. If your cat or dog has yeast overgrowth it is imperative to switch foods. Often, both dogs and cats have a genetic intolerance to grains and will exhibit allergy-type symptoms. If you suspect that your cat or dog has symptoms of yeast overgrowth, please read the list of ingredients on your dog/cat food labels. It is also a wise idea to seek holistic veterinary care.

Sadly, too, veterinary recommended foods list “corn gluten” as their second ingredient. Corn gluten is not food and causes inflammation in the joints and organs. Corn gluten is a preservative that is intended to “glue” the other ingredients together. Corn gluten is a by-product of corn processing. So, not only are you feeding your animals corn which they are not wired to digest, you are feeding them the by-product that is created in the processing of corn. It is considered to be a protein source in animal feed. Varieties of corn gluten are used as weed killer by inhibiting crab grass. Needless to say, there are few if any nutrients on corn gluten. Because it is not real food, it causes inflammation in animals that can lead to arthritis and other painful chronic issues.

HOW CAN WE HELP TO PREVENT ILLNESS?

There are several easy ways to prevent the pain and trauma of undue illness in our feline friends. The first of which, of course, is to find a healthier choice of food. By feeding “wet” food as a main staple of their diets, cats will derive adequate moisture from the food t keep their organs moisturized. This will allow the kidneys a much higher likelihood of survival. As per the topic of this article, you will want to read ingredients to ensure that the wet food is grain free or at the very least has low grain content. Lower grade wet foods still contain human grade cereal which is very high in sucrose and very unhealthy for our kitties!

Finding species appropriate diets that contain more whole foods is a beneficial way to keep our cat companions healthy. Researching foods with whole protein sources such as chicken, turkey, bison or rabbit instead of meat by-product will surely nourish the bodies and souls of our furry felines. Be sure, of course, to have a look at the first 5-8 ingredients and watch for any grains such as rice, oats, corn gluten, potato, sweet potato or any other grain or starch. If there is such an ingredient listed in the first several, please exercise caution.

Perhaps most confusing is that the companies/brands of cat food that are aware of cats’ inability to digest grains have removed them from their ingredients. This has lead to a severe lack of fibre in the healthier choice cat foods. While the lack of grains is a very noble feat on their part, cats are often left constipated and gassy. It is important, on the subject of illness prevention, to be mindful of low fibre cat food. By adding several supplementary sources of fibre to your cat’s wet food, you will be ensuring a healthy digestive and elimination process. Examples of effective supplementary non-grain based fibre sources include: Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, canned pumpkin, marshmallow root- to name several.

If you are a brave soul who chooses to venture into the homemade cat food world, please be aware that you will need to thoroughly research the precise levels of vitamins and minerals that cats need on a daily basis to stay healthy and active. Many people believe that feeding chicken or fish alone is a healthy diet for cats. This is terribly incorrect. Cats, akin to humans, need a precise balance of vitamins and minerals in their diet to stay healthy. It is CRUCIAL that if you wish to make homemade cat food that you consult your veterinarian. In fact, it is always a good idea to consult several reliable sources (NOT the internet!) before proceeding into the art of homemade cat food.

For more information, contact your holistic veterinarian.

BEWARE AND TAKE CARE!!

J Morgan Saifer- Animal Communicator & Medium

 

6 SIGNS YOUR ANIMAL IS DEPRESSED- ANIMALS & DEPRESSION Pt 2:

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6 SIGNS YOUR ANIMAL IS DEPRESSED- ANIMALS & DEPRESSION PT 2

As we learned in part 1 of this article, many animals experience depression in various ways. In part 1 of this article, https://soulsticespirit.com/2018/10/14/is-my-animal-depressed-animals-depression-pt-1/, we discussed the why’s and how’s of companion animal depression. We illuminated how we, as caretakers and caregivers of animal companions, will help or hinder our animals’ mental health. Though there are extenuating circumstances that we, as caregivers may not be able to identify that may be causing depression in our animal friends, there are numerous signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for; six of which are listed below.

1)      LETHARGIC BEHAVIOUR- Animals will become lethargic if they are physically or mentally unwell. You must always rule out physical health before proceeding to mental health. This means that if your animal is lethargic, seeking medical attention is important. Once the veterinarian has given the animal a clean bill of health, we can then examine if the animal is lethargic due to depression. Just as a human would, if an animal is depressed he/she will not feel up to “doing much”. S/he will want to lie around and question her purpose.

2)      OVER/UNDER-EATING- Again, as humans might, when feeling sad, some animals will either binge eat or starve for lack of appetite. Food is most often the highlight of any companion animal’s day. Therefore when there are issues with over/under-eating, depression may be the culprit. Of course, in order for these eating habits to be identified as depressive, we must examine what the animal’s eating habits were before s/he became depressed. Identifying the changes in eating habits is a clear indicator if depression is the reason for the over/under-eating.

3)      LOST INTEREST IN PLAYTIME- Particularly in cats and dogs whose primary drive is play, losing interest in playtime is a very common symptom of depression. This is the common human thought of “why bother?”

4)      EXCESSIVE LICKING, CHEWING OR GROOMING- Once again there are many medical reasons why an animal might excessively lick, chew or groom. Before attempting to ascertain depression, if your animal friend is exhibiting these symptoms, it is crucial to rule out any medical concerns. Once the vet has cleared the animal of any potential medical issues, we can begin to examine whether or not these symptoms are behavioural. On occasion, depressed animals will excessively lick, chew or groom in order to distract themselves from the sadness. In some cases, they will exhibit these behaviours to attract the attention of their people. This is done either to let their people know that they are not well or to attract attention from those humans who are neglectful towards their animals.

5)      UNUSUAL AMOUNTS OF TIME SPENT SLEEPING- Alike to humans, animals will lose interest in “getting out of bed” every morning if they are depressed. When an animal is depressed, going back to the lethargic symptoms, s/he will have very little energy throughout the day and night. Depression is very draining and exhausting. The animal will feel inclined to sleep off the depression. Also, the animal will feel that the more s/he is asleep, the faster her/his life will go by. When animals are depressed, being asleep is a lot lesser painful than being awake.

6)      HIDING/WANTING TO BE LEFT ALONE- Often when an animal hides, there are many possible angles to consider. An animal will hide when he is in physical pain. This is because he may feel defenceless. Genetically linked to their ancestral wild, when an animal is unable to defend himself, he will often hide so as not to be vulnerable to predators. Alternatively, if an animal is hiding and not in pain, this could be because s/he is depressed. When this is the case, the animal is not interested in coming out to play or to be social. In fact this is entirely anti-social behaviour. It is important not to confuse this hiding behaviour with fearful behaviour. There are many fearful companion animals, most of whom become fearful due to poor human interaction. This differs from depression-based hiding. Fear based hiding often appears in the form of “running” away behaviour, hiding from house guests and loud noises. Depression-based hiding often appears as a more anti-social behaviour. As opposed to fear based hiding where the animal will only come out when she feels safe, depression-based hiding animals will be reluctant to come out of hiding at all, unless to sleep elsewhere. Depression based hiding also comes along with a feeling of worthlessness. It is often also caused by living alongside miserable humans for a prolonged time period.

 

These are just six of many symptoms of depression in companion animals. Though we are unable to diagnose depression solely from any of these symptoms, we can watch for them and take them into account when determining the mental wellness of our companion animal friends. If we feel that our animals are in danger of depression, consulting an animal communicator or holistic veterinarian is a healthy option. Alternatively, stay tuned for next week’s article; Animals & Depression Pt 3- How to treat animal depression at home.

 

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THIS WEEK’S FULL MOON: ROMANCE, REGRET-ME NOT

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THIS WEEK’S STARTLING FULL MOON IN TAURUS

Wednesday, Oct 24th marks this year’s full moon in Taurus which promises to be a powerful one! This full moon is all about excitement, surprise and the unexpected, especially to do with romantic partnerships. The Earth sign of Taurus is all about ensuring that we are grounded and centred at all times. Taurean energy reminds us that acting and reacting from a grounded, balanced state is the most effective way to approach any situation. Taurus thinks before she reacts which makes this full moon the perfect time to resolve any residual issues from last month’s Aries “act before we think” influence.

As with all full moons, this is moon represents the culmination of a cycle. This is an excellent time to let go of that which no longer serves our highest good. It is a time to take note of where have come from, where we are and where we would like to be. What has worked for us? What still holds us back? What are the necessary steps in order for us to get where we’d love to be?

This week’s moon waxes full in Taurus which is ruled by the planet Venus. Venus is the planet of femininity and romance. There will surely be an air of romance surrounding within this 48 hour lunar period. For those seeking new romantic partners, this is an optimal time to accept unexpected social engagements. This may just be the opportunity you’re looking for! If you are already I a romantic partnership, this is an excellent time to plan a romantic adventure or special night out. Any plans you make will surely enliven your romantic life!

Adding to this full moon’s romantic excitement is Uranus’ placement opposite Venus in the night sky. This juxtaposition is sure to bring unexpected twists, turns and anticipation to our love lives as Uranus is the planet of sudden and erratic change. Be prepared for to hang on the edge of your seat. You never know what the immediate future holds.

This is also to say, on the subject of erratic change, that within existing partnerships there may be temporary uncertainty. Uranus tends to shake things up both on a personal and external level. It is important to remember that that which is being shaken up is a reflection of an aspect of our lives that bears examination. Thus, if we find ourselves or our relationship being knocked off balance, it is crucial to reflect on the illuminated aspects. Once we gain perspective on our roles in our relationships, we will be level headed and better equipped to handle all that arises in the future.

In addition to the Taurean influence of the moon, we are also under the confluence of the sun in the sign of Scorpio. Scorpion waters run deep. We may find that though we are getting carried away with the feminine romantic Taurean nature, we may also begin to feel our feelings very deeply. Whereas feeling our feelings is a very healthy and nurturing way to live, the Scorpion nature specifically may have us tending to blow our feelings out of proportion. Be advised that calling upon the Taurus energy to ground before we react to our feelings is a necessary step in accepting that they are temporary and will pass. In order to survive the Scorpion energy we must detach from the depths of our unwarranted fears. These fears are the foundation of the feelings that the sun in Scorpio will bring about during this lunar period.

Be advised that those who are single may find this to be an optimal time to meet an exciting new partner. Perhaps this partner is someone from an entirely different background, from a faraway country or someone you never would have thought would pique your interest. However as exciting as this new venture may be, do not get attached. There is an indication along with this planetary alignment that said new partner may just be a flash in the pan and may come to a startling end before we can even blink an eye. Be prepared to enjoy the short lived venture for what it is, free of expectation.

Those who are already in romantic partnerships are advised to take heed as this planetary alignment leaves some prone to extra-marital flirting or even engaging in extra-marital matters of the heart or body. Because of the aforementioned Scorpion influence, we may tend to create these scenarios in our minds out of fear, regardless of whether or not they are, in reality, taking place. Take caution to ensure we have all of the facts before lurching into a jealous rage. Again, calling on the grounded natured Taurus moon, we will want to rebalance ourselves before falling into the throes of false accusation.

Whether single or partnered, this lunar period can have us thrown this way and that. By acknowledging that those of us who are sensitive to the stars are at the mercy of them, we will be best prepared to realize that this too shall pass. We are best to remember that by choosing rise above any perceived struggles, we can let go of any potential drama. We will come into alignment with the higher perspective and resonate with the inner peace that lies there.

 

 

 

IS MY ANIMAL DEPRESSED? ANIMALS & DEPRESSION PT 1

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ANIMAL DEPRESSION PT 1- IS MY ANIMAL DEPRESSED?

Akin to humans, companion animals experience several types of depression. Animals are acutely sensitive to all of their environmental factors. Many of these factors become triggers for depression and other mood disorders. There are many, many triggers in an animal’s life that can create mental, emotional and spiritual un-wellness.

Because companion animals feel that it is their duty to remove all distress from their people, animals can often become depressed in doing so for one of many reasons; three of which will be explained in this article. The first reason is that animals are like sponges. This is to say that if a companion animal is living alongside a depressed person or people, the energy that these people are emitting will, without a doubt, impact the mental health of the animal. Companion animals feel that it is their role in our lives to keep us from as much pain and suffering as possible. Though, of course they are unable to do so, in their minds they are. Animals feel responsible for our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Of course it is unreasonable for us to expect ourselves to keep away from being depressed or having bad days. However, once informed, we are able to identify with how our moods affect or animal companions and take steps to ensure that we lessen the negative impact on them which will be discussed in the third part of this article.

The second reason for companion animal –human related depression is perhaps the most significant. Animals feel that it is their role to maintain emotional, mental and spiritual balance in the home. In fact, almost all companion animals make it their mission to bring peace and harmony to the home. However when they feel as though they have failed this role, they become very depleted and depressed. Companion animals use all of their might to bring joy, mental and emotional health and peace to their people. If all of their might is used up, they have no more energy to give, yet they will relentlessly try. Once they have become energetically depleted and feel as though their mission to bring peace has not been completed, they will fall into depression.

The third reason that a companion animal may become depressed alongside their people is through their lack of being heard. In so many households, there is a major lack of communication between animal and people. Often animals feel misunderstood in the home. An animal will often try several times in several different ways to communicate a message to her people. If left feeling unheard, the animal will become depressed and often act out in an attempt to further get her message across. Sadly, in most cases, this “misunderstood” behaviour leads to undue punishment which further intensifies the companion animal’s depression.

In addition to familial triggers of depression, there is another environmental factor that can often (but not always!) weigh heavily on an animal’s mental health. Just like for humans, the winter months can cause seasonal affective disorder in companion animals. With the days getting shorter, fewer daytime hours and colder temperatures, some animals become depressed. Sometimes dogs who love winter can become depressed because their people are too cold to want to give them the daily exercise they would love to have. Animals who are sensitive to darkness may become depressed without hours upon hours of daylight.

Animals may often experience depression if they are physically unable to enjoy their lives. When an animal’s mobility is compromised, he or she may become depressed as a result of not being able to run, play or guard the home. Often this is due to injury itself however animals also regularly experience minor skeletal imbalances that can create an inability to live her or his life comfortably. It is particularly important to pay attention to the way an animal walks to see if the spine or limbs seem unbalanced. Upon first sight of any imbalance, seeking care from an animal chiropractor is always the highest and best form to heal the skeletal system.

It goes without saying that neglect is an unfortunately common cause of depression in companion animals. Animals have very deep feelings and become sad and depressed if they feel ignored on any level. Should humans neglect to walk, feed or play with their animal companions, the animals will question their purpose in the home and in life. When animals are malnourished, they can also become depressed as there are far too few nutrients in the brain and body for the animal to feel mentally and physically healthy. When dogs are not walked or cats’ litter boxes not cleaned properly, the dog and cat will feel helpless and down on themselves for having to eliminate in undesirable places. Naturally speaking, dogs and cats are very clean animals. When dogs are forced to eliminate in the house and cats outside of their boxes due to neglect of their human caregivers, they feel embarrassed. In time this lack of cleanliness will render them helpless and depressed.

A lesser considered yet quite prevalent form of companion animal depression stems from a loss of purpose. Many animals experience a loss of purpose throughout their lifetime. Loss of purpose occurs when an animal’s ‘job’ is taken away. An animal’s job can be anything from herding cattle to being an emotional support animal to being a service animal. For complete mental wellness, all companion animals need jobs. They need a purpose. Should they have a purpose that later gets removed from their life, they will feel as if they have no reason to live.

There are far more reasons that an animal may become depressed. Depending on the individual needs, life experiences and circumstances of an animal’s life, there may be triggers that could impact an animal’s mental wellness that are specific to the animal. It is paramount that all those who care for companion animals get to know each animal they care for on a very individual and personal level. By connecting with our animal companions this way, we are able to acknowledge an act upon her or his needs in order to include them in the most joyful life possible!

In part 2 of this article, we will identify 6 signs that your animal may depressed followed by 5 effective methods of treatment.

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YOU CAN PREVENT TERMINAL ILLNESS. HERE’S HOW:

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TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF TERMINAL ILLNESS IN COMPANION ANIMALS

All those who love their animal friends wish more than anything for them to live long and healthy lives. Sadly, in today’s society many innocent animals are victimized by marketing schemes, ignorant feeding routines and nutrient poor foods. Because of the money making machines that are so prevalent in today’ society, we are often left watching our aging companion animals fade away. Did you know that treating and/or preventing most early-stage terminal illnesses is within YOUR grasp? Here are five common terminal illnesses that so unfortunately plague many North American companion animals. Alongside them is an explanation of their causes and how YOU can prevent them.

 

1)    DIABETES- More prevalent in cats than dogs, diabetes is a completely preventable illness. Diabetes occurs when there is a deregulation in the body’s insulin levels. Insulin levels in the body become abnormally elevated due to high levels of sugar in the blood. Insulin is produced by the pancreas which is intended to lower blood sugar. When the pancreas does not produce sufficient levels of insulin, the body develops diabetes. In the circumstances of cats, we often see diabetes as a later onset disease. This is prominently due to an increase in grains in cat food. Most dry cat food is composed of human grade cereal. This sugary ingredient is quite harmful to our feline friends in so many ways. Primarily, cats cannot digest grains. In fact their gastrointestinal systems lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible in all other mammals for the breakdown of grains. Thus, when we examine the feline’s gastro system and its attempt to breakdown the grains that it cannot digest in the first place, coupled with the sugary white nature of the human grade cereal which the food itself is composed of, we have a recipe for disaster. When cats eat grains, particularly kibble (dry food), they cannot digest the sugars in the formulas. As the sugar passes through their bodies, it accumulates and creates insulin spikes. This deregulation of insulin in the body wreaks havoc on the pancreas and frequently leads to diabetes. The moral of the story is: to prevent our cats from contracting diabetes, we must ensure that we are feeding them grain free or very low grain-based diets.

2)    KIDNEY FAILURE- kidney failure is most prevalent in cats and dogs who eat kibble (dry food). Because dry food is essentially dehydrated food, if ingested for prolonged periods of time the dry food will dehydrate the inner organs by draining them of moisture in an attempt to process them through the digestive tract. The dry food will drain all moisture from the digestive organs in order to moisturize the food to pass it through. After years of dry food taxing the inner organs, the kidneys burn out and are unable to create sufficient moisture to release the toxins from the food in the urine. Once there is a build up of toxins in the kidneys that cannot be released, they shut down which creates kidney failure. Kidney failure is usually a disease that occurs later in an animal’s life. However, between modern day unhealthy food options and other environmental kidney related imbalances, cats and dogs are experiencing kidney failure at earlier and earlier ages. All of this is preventable by ensuring that our animal companions are fed moisture-enriched diets, drinking adequate water and consuming healthy doses of omegas 3&6. Bear in mind as well that water does not adequately hydrate an animal. It does cleanse the organs however often in dry, hot and cold temperatures, water does not get retained in the organs and the animal passes it through urine. By adding omegas 3 & 6 to the diet in the form of coconut oil, salmon oil or CBD oil (to name three), you will be allowing the animal’s body and organs to retain sufficient moisture, thereby nourishing the kidneys and taking positive steps toward preventing kidney failure.

3)      CANCER– Finding out that an animal has cancer is one of the most heartbreaking experiences a person can have. Though cancer is often unpreventable, in many cases it is preventable. There are three common ways that an animal will contract this terminal illness. They are prone to it via genetics, environment and food. The first cause, genetics, is the least preventable cause. There are certainly ways to lessen the likelihood that an animal will contract congenital cancer which will be suggested in the following last two causes.
The second cause, environment, is a result of an animal’s living experiences; living with her/his people alongside the human experience. Should an animal live in an energetically toxic environment such as that in which there is constant fighting, abuse (emotional or physical) from one person or another or toward the animal, drug/alcohol abuse, neglect, starvation, excessive cold or heat among many other environmental factors, the animal is likely to contract the illness due to prolonged stress. When in a highly stressful environment, negative energy wells in the energy field. After years of this lingering energy within the energy field, the negative energy attaches itself to the physical body and creates toxicity. Thankfully, all of these environmental factors can be shifted to create a more comfortable living experience for the animal. Many animals who have been rescued or surrendered from intolerable living situations and moved to loving homes will still harbour the energies of their previous toxic environments which can lead to a build up of stress within the body which results in disease. It is important to engage these rescued animals in regular exercise and energy work to best balance the animal’s body and spirit. For more information on how energy affects animals, read
Animals & Energy’ by J Morgan Saifer.
Lastly, food choices play a major role in an animal’s health and overall quality of life. Almost all store bought foods contain preservatives, carcinogens and non-food items. Additionally, they are processed which means that by definition they are no longer in their natural state. It would be nearly impossible for all those of us who care for companion animals make their food from scratch. In fact even if we did, we would likely miss out on vital ingredients unless we did a significant amount of research. For dogs, often a raw food diet is a healthy choice. Of course as with any food selection it’s vital to research its origin. Was it made in Canada? Was it sourced from healthy animal?
There are FAR fewer healthy diet choices for our cat and dog friends than there are healthy. Aside from the falsified labels that have gone into law suits, there are a variety of veterinary recommended foods (science diets) whose first few ingredients read ‘pork by-product, corn gluten, hydrogenated oil’…and the list of non-food items progresses. These non-food items are harmful to the body. The more our animal companions ingest these harmful items, the more toxins build up in the blood stream and major organs. The digestive and waste processing organs become strained from trying to pass the non-food items through the body which results in a build up of toxins. This build up often leads to imbalances in the body which can create cancerous cells. It is imperative to thoroughly research all foods, food companies, ingredients and all other food-related information before reaching a decision about which food to feed our animals.

4)      THYROID– One of the lesser considered yet equally dangerous diseases in cats and dogs is related to the thyroid. Dogs and cats can fall victim to both hypothyroidism as well as hyperthyroidism. Both of these diseases are mainly linked to diet and genetics. Hypothyroidism is a metabolic disease. It occurs when the metabolism does not make enough of the hormone thyroxine which is partially responsible for turning food into fuel. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the metabolism produces too much thyroxine, creating an overactive metabolism. If left untreated, these diseases can be fatal. Both hypo and hyper thyroids are often the body’s reaction to an oversaturation of “nutritional” vitamins and minerals in store-bought cat and dog foods. Because of the North American food and drug’s requirements for cat and dog food, cat and dog food companies are forced to adhere to guidelines that were set long before scientists and animal nutritionists had a firm grasp on modern cat and dog nutritional requirements. Because of these laws in place, these companies are legally forced into over-saturating their foods with excess vitamins and minerals that cats and dogs do not need for a balanced diet. Unfortunately, this excess of seemingly healthy ingredients messes with the metabolisms of our furry family members. Though professionals are seeking to re-examine the North American cat and dog food regulations, the process is a slow and painful one. Thankfully, by paying particular attention to the ingredients of our cat or dog’s food, we will be able to treat or prevent both of these diseases.

5)      OBESITY- Perhaps the most common and most easily preventable of the terminal illnesses that companion animals contract is obesity. Far too many humans fail to realize that a balanced diet is one of the most crucial elements to a long and healthy life; for animal and person! Sadly, many consumers fall prey to marketing schemes and medical industry propaganda. Companion animal obesity is 100% the responsibility of the human caregivers. It is unequivocally up to us as the guardians and caretakers of our animal friends to ensure that they are receiving a species appropriate diet and NOT a diet full of preservatives, inappropriate proteins, grains, carcinogens and other filler-type substances found in most store bought dog and cat food. As supremely important as it is to feed our animal friends a balanced, holistic diet, it is equally so to provide them with adequate exercise. Like humans, animals gain many benefits from regular exercise such as cardiovascular and respiratory health, muscular endurance, self confidence, healthy circulation of blood (especially in the wintertime!), and many, many more. By combining a healthy, balanced diet with regular exercise, we as caregivers will have the power to keep obesity out of our homes!

Quite clearly, almost all dog and cat terminal illnesses are largely linked to poor diet. Though genetics play an equally important role in the health and longevity of companion animals, we have the power to lessen the likelihood of early stage illness and lessen the pain of later-onset illness. We can ensure that we research and feed species appropriate diets. We can manage their health by taking daily notice of their health so that we are able to spot the first signs of a shift and react accordingly. By spotting the early warning signs, we will potentially be able to save an animal’s life. By not blindly trusting marketing companies and medical professionals, we are able to understand that every cat and dog has her or his own individual dietary needs. We can take the time to learn what works for our animal friends as individuals. This way we will be able to ensure that our animal family members live long and healthy lives!

DREAMS: A BASIC INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN DREAMSCAPE

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WHY DO WE DREAM? 

For thousands of years, to most, dreams have been a mystery. Scientists, spiritualists and atheists alike have all questioned why we dream and what our dreams might mean. Though each has developed their own reasoning, the commonality between them is that they are quite intriguing.

There are a myriad of dream symbols, dream concepts and dream meanings. Some dreams can be interpreted respective to the dreamer and some respective to collective dreamers. Some dreams carry messages of healing and some dreams are messages that come about from deep within our subconscious. Some dreams even carry messages of prophecy.

As with all endeavours, focusing energy on interpreting dreams will promote success in understanding them. And those who focus will realize that the more focus is put on remembering dreams, the more they begin to take shape into a larger, abstract theme. And with study, they begin to connect themselves together as links on a chain.

Though there is no definitive answer as to why we dream and what our dreams mean, there are definitive connections between what we dream, our subconscious mind and our spiritual path (if we are on one). The subconscious mind, when desiring to pass a message onto our conscious mind, will extend the message repeatedly into our dreams. It will continue to do so, time and time again until we recognize the pattern or theme, acknowledge it and begin to heal. This is where we can begin to examine recurring dreams.

Recurring dreams are dreams that we have with the same or similar themes which occur more than once or even on a regular basis. These dreams can have been occurring since childhood, they may have stopped a few years and come back or they can be more recent. The bottom line is the same: there is a message that your subconscious wishes for your conscious mind to receive. In fact, we will continue to have dreams with the same theme until we receive the message of the dreams. To obtain the message, there is a series of questions we can ask ourselves: How do we feel in the dream? Do we feel happy, sad, anxious, fearful, etc. What kind of symbols are in the dream? Landscapes, animals, day/night… and the list of questions goes on.  By asking ourselves these probing questions, we can begin to notice a pattern. It will also help to journal. By journaling our dreams in detail for prolonged periods of time- to include how we are feeling when we wake up and any other pertinent details such as significant colours, location, time of day, other people in our dreams and what they represent to us; we can begin to put the details together on a larger scale.

In addition to the subconscious messages of recurring dreams, dream meanings can also be as simple as your dreaming about what happened that day. That is to say, not every dream has a profound meaning. In fact, sometimes we may just be dreaming about going to the bathroom because we actually have to go to the bathroom! It may just be that simple. We may dream about food because we’re hungry, we may dream about work because we’re thinking about work and we may dream about our long lost relative because we were thinking about them before we fell asleep.

Some of the deeper schools of thought about what our dreams mean include why we dream about something we experienced that day. For example, given that the average North American is bombarded with thousands upon thousands of images throughout any given day, some may question why we dreamt about one specific image in particular? The thought process is this: Our brains receive millions of pieces of information every day. These pieces can come from media, walking in the woods, even driving from your home to a restaurant down the street. Most of these pieces of information go completely unnoticed by your conscious mind. However, when we go to sleep, we may have a dream about an image we just quickly passed by on a billboard. Or we may dream about a commercial that we were barely paying attention to. Even though consciously, we are not focused directly on that image, our subconscious has chosen that image to dream about because of what it represents. For example, let’s say you were out driving with your family and out of the corner of your eye, you saw a sign with a dog’s face on it. You barely noticed it, except to say that it was the face of a dog. Then later that night, you dreamt very vividly of this dog wandering around your house. You wake up and think you’re crazy for dreaming about a dog on a billboard! Before you call the therapist, take a moment and reflect: what does “dog” mean to you? Commonly, dreaming of a dog implies that you are dreaming of someone who is loyal. And dreaming of a house is a reflection of yourself- in dreams, commonly your house is an extension of your body. So, it would be fair to say in this assessment that you are dreaming of a loyal friend or lover in your life.

What does all of this mean? All of this is to say that what we perceive subconsciously during the day fires specific synapses in our brains that send messages to us when our conscious mind is at rest and more readily able to receive messages.  This means that whichever signs, symbols and scenarios we encounter during the day will more easily be reflected back to us while we dream. These symbols carry meaning in our conscious mind so that we can easily decipher what our subconscious wants us to know. These messages are of healing, unresolved issues from our past, bodily messages of health and function, and of course messages of Spirit that will give us the extra push we need to succeed.

Dreams are truly fascinating. Though there is yet no definitive answer to the why’s and how’s, it s always fun to keep track of our dreams and see where their messages take us!

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