Peaking today, Saturday, the 27th of February, this month’s Full Moon in Virgo comes at the perfect time. With the closing out of Mercury’s hectic retrograde and the Sun’s entry into Pisces just one week prior, this Full Moon is a welcome beacon of peace.
Ruled by the planet Mercury, Virgo emphasizes communication. We will likely feel drawn to socializing, writing or any task that allows us to creatively “get the word out”. For those who are stuck at home and have wanted to persue a career in writing; books, blogs and articles this is the perfect time to let loose and let your creativity flow! As with all creative endeavours remember that true success comes from creating for the sake of creating and not for the sake of seeking validation from others. Virgo often has a constant need for validation within business, familial and romantic partnerships. Be mindful that any creative efforts you put forth within the scape or writing or any other venture be done from the authentic heart, free of the desire of fulfillment from the validation of external influences.
By the light of this Full Moon in Virgo, there is also major emphasis on partnerships; particularly romantic. Virgos often give relentlessly within their relationships and expect their partners to reciprocate. However, this may not always be the case. Giving itself is an act of kindness. However when we attach expectation to the gift, we are doing ourselves a disservice. Giving, free of expectation is the highest form of generosity and kindness. After all, when we release expectation from any experience, we let go of any potential for disappointment.
An Earth sign, Virgo can be quite grounded. For those of us feeling chaotic or overwhelmed, this full moon allows us an opportunity to relocate our footing. As it is a Earthly sign, this lunar period is an excellent time to make extra time to head outdoors into nature and commune with the beauty of our Earth. Partaking in grounding meditations within nature can be very refreshing and restorative to our energies. This full month’s light is especially powerful in terms of generating restoration of our energies through Mother Earth’s harmonic vibrations.
Alternatively, for those sensitive souls, the Virgo Full Moon can bring out our highly self-critical sides. Notoriously meticulous, Virgo people are often come down very hard on themselves for any aspect of their lives which seem to be imperfect. Yes, Virgos have perfectionism in their blood. Because we are all privy to the Virgo energy at this time, we may too, feel the need to chase after unattainable perfection. Unfortunately, the juxtaposition between the Virgo Moon and the Pisces Sun can create an atmosphere wherein we can get quite carried away with our self-critical thinking. Because Pisces warrants an ethereal energy, it will be easy for us to get lost in self doubt. We may even find that we seem to be backtracking in areas where we believe we have already grown and healed from.
Should we find ourselves amidst this downward climb, let us be aware that we have the power to change our tune at any given moment. Simply by making a concerted effort to stop and realize that our thought train is bringing us down and further away from our goal of self love, we are able to slowly turn our thoughts around. We can also acknowledge that any emotional, spiritual and mental discomfort will pass. Opening a dialogue withboursleves about our feelings will allow us to move through them in a healthier more rational way.
Due to the meticulously organized nature of Virgo, this lunar period is an opportune time to clean house. Both physically and metaphorically, this Full Moon highlights decluttering of the mind and surroundings. By ridding our environments of that which we no longer need, we gain a deeper clarity into what thereafter remains, also making room for the new and wonderful future ahead.
At this time, a deep reflection and restructuring is needed. There has undoubtedly been an air of fog lingering about which may have caused confusion and disorientation with our goals and plans. As a result of Virgo’s Earthly nature, this lunar period is an ideal time to begin an updated task list regarding how to prioritize and achieve your goals. There is, along with this Full Moon, a tremendous amount of loving, positive energy associated with dreams, aspirations and goals. However, “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. -Antione De Sainte-Exupery. Take the time this weekend to create a logical, comprehensive plan to achieve those long standing goals!
Regardless of your Zodiac sign or level of sensitivity, take this Full Moon in Virgo for how it can help you to heal. Allow yourself to become entwined with its grounding vibrations. Let your feet root into the ground and let Mother Earth take all of your pain away simply by returning to you a balanced, solid footing. Allow yourself to align with a new level of freedom that casts away the suffering of the past and welcomes in a new and magnificent dawn. This moon surely signifies a beautiful picture of greatness to come on a personal and public level!
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Arriving on Thursday, February 11th, this year’s New Moon in Aquarius offers many lessons. Each new moon lends us the opportunity to begin anew. With the birth of the moon and its growth, we have another chance to plant our seeds and watch them grow.
Especially regarding relationships, this New Moon’s placement just before Valentine’s Day can have us in serious reflection mode. This new moon presents us with the potential to either make or break our relationships. Whether we subscribe to the Valentine’s Day mentalities or not, this new moon focuses on our relationships. It focuses on attachment, detachment and all of the life lessons in between.
Should we find ourselves in romantic partnerships, our New Moon in Aquarius will highlight where our feelings within our relationships maybe out of balance. This is a time when we may be called to take a step back and weigh our priorities within our relationships. Romantic or platonic, this new moon will illuminate the imbalances in our relationships. It will show us whether we are being taken advantage of or whether we are asking too much of our friends and partners .
Thanks to the emotionally detached nature of the Aquarian, we will easily be able to step back and take an objective view of our relationships as well as our roles in our relationships. When we embody the Aquarian energy, we will find it easier to be confronted with challenging emotional situations and work through them rationally and with a sounder mind. This blessing will therefore allow us to contemplate what we accept within our relationships and what we no longer do. As a result of this shift in personal power, we can begin to contemplate of what we wish to rid our relationships and our lives by the light of the next full Moon in two weeks time.
Perhaps of greater importance than the analysis of our relationships with others is your relationship with ourselves. This most important relationship will also be highlighted at this time. Drawing once more on the Aquarian nature of detachment, we can begin to objectively see how we relate to ourselves. If we are practiced, we will be able to see what areas of our relationships with ourselves need work. How do we speak to ourselves? Are we cruel or kind? Now is the time to listen to our self talk and to remember that how we treat others is a reflection of how we treat ourselves. Kindness is everything.
This new moon has the power potential to remind us that our relationship with ourselves is equally, if not more important than our relationships with others. The energy of this lunar period could push us to realize that we are worth more than we are being treated in our romantic partnerships and could compel us to begin the steps to walk away. Conversely, it could compel us to recognize that we are treating others unfairly and that this is merely a reflection of how we treat ourselves and that it’s time for a change. Either way, at this time, it is important to acknowledge our desire for solitude and self growth.
Wth both the sun and moon in the sign of Aquarius at this time, we have a strong Uranian influence parading itself in our atmosphere. At this time, we can expect Uranus to shake things up in a sudden and unexpected way. Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus which means that we can expect sudden and strong change at any time during this lunar period. Because of this new moon’s focus on relationships, this sudden and unexpected change will likely be relative to a relationship; romantic, platonic or with self. This unexpected change may come in the form of brand new game changing information, self-realized epiphany or any other show stopping moment. The bottom line is: be prepared for anything.
Though we may have a few changes on the horizon due to the Uranian influence, its crucial at this time to draw on the Aquarian air of detachment from these changes. As Buddha said, “attachment is the root of all suffering”. When we become attached to people and circumstances the way they are we are bound for devastation as nothing, ever, is permanent. The only constant is change. When we understand the impermanence of experiences, circumstances and life on Earth, we will more easily detach from them. When we do detach, as these circumstances shift, we will be more easily inclined to let them do so with a greater sense of inner peace.
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Extreme cold, dry, damp and hot temperatures all contribute to dry, flaky skin and a dry lacklustre coat. A dull and dry exterior can mean a lot more than just its standalone appearance. There are numerous reasons why our animals may not be sporting a healthy coat and skin; all of them health-related and bear closer examination. Below are six main tips to follow to bring back the balance, health and shine to the skins and coats of your animal family members:
1) CUT DOWN ON DRY FOOD– or better yet, eliminate it altogether! Dry food should not be marketed as food. Devoid of moisture, dry food, AKA kibble, is one of the most dangerous foods to feed our cats and dogs. Why? Because dry food is dehydrated food. This means it has a zero hydration factor. This means that in order for the digestive systems of our animals to properly process dry food through their gastrointestinal tracts, it must suck all of the moisture from their vital organs. When the dry food gets processed through the GI system, it requires moisture to pass through the stomach and into the intestines to be eliminated. This, unfortunately is a common component of early stage organ failure. Severe dehydration of the organs has very often been linked to a mostly dry food diet. In addition, severely adverse health risks have been linked to dry food such as arthritis, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney disease and failure, as well as many types of cancers. When it comes to the body’s major organs, skin is the biggest organ of all! To keep that skin, coat and body nourished, be sure to supply your animals with ample wet food !
2) ADD MOISTURE AND EFA’S! Due to the pressures that processed cat and dog food companies impose on consumers to purchase malnourished foods such as dry food, our animals can become very easily depleted of moisture. They can exhibit symptoms such as dry, flaky skin, excessive itching, hot spots (red, irritated patches of skin) and more. In fact, “hot spots” are usually a sign that your dog is dehydrated and very warm internally. This can be an early sign of troublesome inner organ health imbalances and should be looked at by a holistic vet. This is often a sign that moisture is not being evenly distributed within the body and it is direly affecting the skin. By adding wet foods (mostly for cats), we are hydrating the skin and coat as well as the aforementioned vital inner organs, thereby promoting longevity and better quality of life. Unless your cat is eating mice and rabbits, he or she is likely going to run into serious health issues without a wet food dietary component. Indoor cats should be eating a mostly (90%) wet food diet! However, some cats can be intolerant to wet food, and many dog food brands of wet food leave much nutrition to be desired. This is where EFA’s come in. Essential Fatty Acids are a companion animal’s dietary best friend. Most people are under the impression that water alone can hydrate our furry friends. Particularly when it comes to dry food, this impression is false. Water does NOT adequately hydrate our animals! In fact it goes right through their bodies into their kidneys and into their urine without being properly retained as moisture throughout their bodies. Of course water is extremely important to cleanse the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for processing bodily toxins from food, water and environment and passing them out of the body through urine. The combination of water and EFA’s will both cleanse the kidneys and help to retain moisture within them so they are replenished and healthy. Several common sources of EFA’S for animals are Omegas 3 & 6. They can be easily found in wild salmon oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, hemp oil, CBD oil and various others. EFA’S can help to prevent or lessen the impact of arthritis and other mobility issues. They can help to keep those kidneys and vital organs moisturized and replenished to prevent early stage organ failure. Most of all, they absolutely facilitate a healthy skin and shiny coat! **Please see a holistic animal care practitioner before you add any new supplement to your animal’s diet.
3) ADD MORE WHOLE, SPECIES APPROPRIATE FOODS- just as it is for humans, eating whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to achieve healthy skin and hair. Unfortunately, no matter how high quality, any store-bought commercial cat and dog food can be loaded with preservatives and fillers. These preservatives and fillers can greatly inhibit their digestion and distribution of vital vitamins and minerals that are responsible for keeping the coat and skin healthy and shiny. By feeding them a species appropriate diet such as beef, fish, poultry or venison, we are vastly upping the levels of natural EFA’S in their diets as well as providing them with from-the-source, preservative free proteins, vitamins and minerals.
4) ADD DIGESTIVE ENZYMES AND/OR PROBIOTICS- Just as it is for humans, an animal’s gut health has much to do with healthy skin and coat. Often, when fed processed foods, unhealthy human foods and other inappropriate snacks, their sensitive digestive systems can he thrown out of whack. As a result, their gut health can become unstable, rendering inconsistent nutrient distribution to skin and coat. Many animals suffer from constipation, diarrhea, IBS, regular vomiting or a combination of more than one of these. By adding digestive enzymes and/or probiotics to their regimen, our animals will have a healthier gut, healthier bodily function and a healthier skin and shiny coat! Do you know the difference between enzymes and probiotics? Find out here: ENZYMES OR PROBIOTICS? WHICH ONE IS BEST FOR MY ANIMAL? – SOULSTICE SPIRIT
5) MINIMIZE PRESRVATIVES AND FILLERS– As mentioned earlier, all store bought processed foods contain some degree of preservatives and fillers. Particularly for animals with sensitive digestive systems, these non-food ingredients can inhibit healthy skin and hair growth. Ingredients such as: – corn gluten which was primarily used as weed killer by farmers on their crops –powdered cellulose which is quite literally sawdust -brewers rice which is the jagged edges of the rice that fall to the floor in the rice processing plant that can wreak havoc and get stuck in the GI system, causing inflammation of the intestines –BHA & BHT- Known carcinogens to cause cancer and are still present in many store bought dog foods These are four of many common, questionable ingredients that can contribute to poor bodily health; including skin and coat. By feeding your animals preservatives and fillers, their digestion and distribution of nutrients to the necessary areas of the body becomes inhibited. When this happens, the coat and skin of the body become affected. Sadly, often accompanied by ingestion of the above ingredients, our animals suffer terrible tummy aches. Eventually with prolonged exposure to these substances, our animals can develop other seriously adverse health problems. It is always best to read labels and research ingredients from reliable sources in order to ensure that you are feeding as natural and whole of a diet as possible.
6) BRUSH/GROOM/BATHE REGULARLY- Whereas most coat and skin health originates in their diet, it is crucial to brush their coat to eliminate dead or dying hair, old skin and other environmental toxins that build up. By regularly brushing out the old, shedding coat, you are leaving room for a lustrous, new coat! As with all living beings, washing the body; coat and skin, also ensures the cleansing of toxins and old skin and hair. Fortunately for us cat people, our kitty friends will groom themselves. that said, if you notice that your cat is not grooming herself regularly or is excessively grooming, seek immediate veterinary attention as this is often a sign of a very serious underlying health issue.
The above are just six of many reasons why your animal may have an unhealthy looking skin and coat. If you have eliminated the above six reasons from your list as possibilities and are still looking at a roughz dry coat on your furry friend, it may bea sign of an inner organ imbalance or other serious health concern. Please be aware that dry, flaky, hot skin and a matte,dewy coat could be symptoms of a poor internal health issue that requires medical attention. Other than lack of grooming, any skin and fur health imbalances work their way from the inside out. If the skin and fur/hair of your animal companion is dull and dry, it may be time to seek medical attention. Though this may be something as simple as an allergy, it could also be something far more serious. Whether a simple or complex issue, it is ALWAYS best to seek out the professional opinion of a veterinarian; preferable a holistic one. Holistic veterinarians have a far greater spectrum of knowledge, diagnoses and non invasive treatments that can treat the root cause of the issueinsteae of just the symptoms that western veterinarians often do. PLEASE NOTE: IF your animal as an unexplained greasy, oily skin or coat, he or she may need immediate veterinary attention as this could be a symptom of a serious underlying organ health issue.
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Our first Full Moon of 2021 starts our new year off with a bang! True to its Zodiac sign, Our Full Moon in Leo promises to be one full of passion and promise.
Today, January 28th, 2021 illuminates not only our first full moon, but also the second to last full moon in the zodiac cycle. With our sun in Aquarius, we have just one more sun sign after this one until the culmination of our current zodiac cycle which occurs in the sign of Pisces. Thus, we have one final full Moon at the end of February before we begin the zodiac anew. This near-culmination may seem highly chaotic as there is a tremendous amount of energetic shifting and flexing occurring around and within us. Should we fall prey to the chaos, let us harness the energy of our Sun’s placement in Aquarius; the zodiac sign of emotional detachment. Contrary to Leo’s strong emotional roots, its opposing sign, Aquarius, does just the opposite. Aquarius has an overall theme of acknowledgment of his emotions, however not becoming engaged with them. Let us, on this occasion, take guidance from Aquarius and step back from our chaos and know that it, too shall pass.
As a result, this Full Moon may seem as if we are working toward a cessation of sorts. We may feel as though a project or initiative that we have been focused on; personal and/or professional, is nearing completion. Thankfully, due to the fiery, passionate nature of our fire moon in Leo, this is a most excellent time to proceed full speed ahead with any and all endeavours that inspire us. Just when we feel exhausted and burned out, the energy of this Full Moon in Leo will light that fire under us and carry us forward to the finish line.
As with all full moons, this one is a time to focus on releasing. As the moon waxes full in the night sky, so do our intentions. Yet in order for our intentions to fully awaken to us, we must make room for them by releasing all that no longer serves our highest good. We must release all that is no longer in alignment with what we seek to achieve as spiritual beings on the paths of spiritual warriors. This is truly the time to let go of any remaining pain and lower vibration energies that may be lingering from years past.
Largely affecting the fire signs of the zodiac; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, this full moon has a massive creative potential. For those of us who consider ourselves to be creative, this is a time for us to shine! However, let us be mindful that along with the creative, impassioned energy of a fire sign comes the possibility of stubborn, headstrong, “my way of the highway” attitude. For fire signs as well as the rest of us, we may want to adopt a “check yourself before you wreck yourself” mantra at this time. Be sure that before you react to any situation that you stop and count to five before you respond with words you can’t take back.
Paradoxically, though this lunar period is a time to release, because our sun is in alignment with Jupiter at this time, we may feel overwhelmed with love and excitement! Instead of feeling the necessity to let go of aspects of our lives that we no longer need, our sun’s alignment with Jupiter is a time where we may feel inclined to expand our talents and abilities. We may feel the desire to hold onto all that we have and to make it bigger, larger than life. While this underlying desire for “more” may be prevalent at this time, we must remain diligent and decluttering our minds and physical spaces. If we are torn between what to keep and what to disregard, we can safely rest on the laurels of the bigger picture. As Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system, we can attribute its characteristic to our own spectrum of vision. Let us remove our minds from the desire to hold onto what we no longer need and shift it toward the bigger picture.
Jupiter’s alignment with our Sun is considered to be a highly auspicious alignment. As this alignment occurs simultaneously with our Full Moon in Leo, this celestial alignment is an ideal occasion to pour ourselves into both personal and professional tasks as the harder we work on ourselves and our journeys to self mastery, the sooner we will find the peace and prosperity we seek.
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TUESDAY’S NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN: NEW BEGINNINGS ALL AROUND!
This coming Tuesday, January 12th, is the first new moon of 2021. As such we as individuals as well as collectively have a golden opportunity to manifest a brand new beginning for ourselves and our collective consciousness. Every new moon that graces our skies carries with it the potential for a new and improved state of existence.
This week’s New Moon lies in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. With both the sun and the moon in the Earth Sign of Capricorn, we have a powerful energy with which to set the wheels in motion for a brighter future for ourselves, humanity and all other voiceless beings on our planet. Because of the highly Earthly nature of this lunar period, we are readily able to draw on the grounded energy in order to begin this process. At this time, make space for yourself to meditate on not only your heart’s desires but also to bring forth compassion and unconditional love for all those with whom we share our home; including our living, breathing Earth herself. Because of Capricorn’s Earth energy, this lunar period is an excellent time to not only draw on her grounding energy but also to give back to our Mother Earth in gratitude for all that she shares with us at every moment. Give back to her the loving and nurturing energy that she bestows upon us. She selflessly gives. It is important at this time to learn from her and all other species with whom we share her. May they inspire us to live akin to them, to give relentlessly without attachment to the outcome. To give for the sake of wishing for the well being of all others.
For those who wish to start this new year with a proper method of manifesting, below is a step by step guide to manifesting an creating the life we all deserve. As important as it is to understand the accurate way to create your dream life, we must also be aware that the more we are in alignment with and manifest love and peace on a grander scale, the more we raise not only our own vibration but also the vibration of our planet. There is nothing wrong with wanting a better life for yourself! The instructions below are exactly how to do that. With that, if you do feel so inclined to tap into the collective consciousness and manifest love on a larger scale, the same directions apply; as long as you feel and write your words with confidence and conviction!
This new moon is an ideal opportunity to step outside of ourselves and to recognize that our neighbors; animals, people, birds, fish, bugs, trees, and all other life forms in our Universe are part of a great whole. It is a time to step up and to realize tat approaching persona harmony is lesser about our own individual material happiness, but about seeking to realize contentment in our Earthly community along with all of its members. Seeking contentment is lesser about an individualistic approach and more so about selflessly raising the vibration of our planet, thereby connecting each of its inhabitants together for a greater good.
CREATING THE LIFE YOU DESERVE
A life beyond your wildest dreams is within your grasp! To most, this seems unlikely, illogical or ridiculous. What if, for a moment, you could transcend “logic”? What if you could go outside of it to see that what you thought to be so concrete was really just something somebody once told you and you adopted it as your own belief? What if you realized that you were the sum and parts of your own limitations?
It stands to reason that most of what we believe is what was put into our heads by external sources such as parents, society and environment throughout the course of our lives. In essence, we are a product of other people’s thoughts and ideas. What if we took a moment to let go of all of this and got in touch with who WE are? Who we are, as individuals, may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Our individual gifts, our individual truths all may have fallen by the wayside in an effort to survive in this society in this day and age.
What if you knew that there is an endless resource that anyone can tap into at any time in order to create anything they desired (as long as it HARMS NONE)? By taking a moment to examine the nature of our lives and the fabric of consciousness, we can truly realize that we are all co-creators in The Creator’s master plan. By taking a moment to acknowledge that every single one of us is created with a beautifully Divine spark, we can begin to realize our ceaseless connection to the Divine Source consciousness. And it is because of this connection that we will soon after be able to witness how beloved each of us is to The Divine.
The Divine Source wishes for us to succeed. The Divine Source wishes for us to live abundant, prosperous lives full of joy and harmony. Believe it or not, all we must do in order to become in alignment with this life is to ask for it.
Here are four tried, tested and true steps to manifesting our heart’s desires. If we stay rooted in these steps, we will be absolutely amazed and how quickly the magic begins to transpire!
1) COMMIT TO YOURSELF AND YOUR DREAM- by taking steps each day to reaffirm our commitment to our dream, we are reinforcing the belief that it will happen. The Creator and our angels respond only to the vibrations we put out. This is why we always want to remain positive and act with love, especially toward ourselves. We want to use positive talk to ourselves, assuring ourselves that “we CAN do it” and that “we ARE succeeding”, etc. Committing to our dream can come in many forms. Some use a vision board, some write letters to their angels, many meditate. Because we are connecting with our higher selves during these activities, these are all forms of commitment to becoming in alignment with our dreams. It helps to write down exactly what we wish for. Because we think so many thoughts in one day, it can be tough for Spirit to decipher which thoughts we wish to focus on. By writing down exactly what we wish for, Spirit will know exactly what we want. Be aware that Spirit has quite a sense of humour! If we neglect to use precisely the words to articulate what we wish for, we may end up laughing, for the phrase “be careful what you wish for” shall loom. It is a good practice to get into writing our intentions on the new moon. This way, as the moon grows, so do our intentions.
2) WRITING YOUR INTENTIONS- As mentioned above, in the process of creating our dreams, we must indicate exactly for what we wish. Because we think so many hundreds of thoughts throughout the day, we will want to make it easier for Spirit, our angels and The Divine Source to bring us what we ask for. This is done by writing down specific intentions for what we wish. Within the framework of writing these intentions, there are three guidelines that allow is to protect ourselves from any miscommunication with Spirit. Here are the three P’s of proper manifestation of intentions: a) POSITIVE WORDS- you will want to ensure that you use positive words only when creating your list of intentions. This is because Spirit best responds to high vibration. Any negative word will only incur negative results. One popular example is; instead of writing the phrase “I Don’t smoke”, you will want to write “I am smoke free”, or “I quit smoking”. b) PRESENT TENSE- you will want to be sure and create your intentions as if they are happening NOW. If we create intentions such as “I will quit smoking”, your intention is perpetually going to happen in the future, and it will never be happening now. If you use the phrase “I quit smoking”, this action and behavior is occurring right now. Because essentially, all that exists is right now , you are intending for your smoking to stop right now. c) PERSONAL– because of the laws of karma (which is a whole other article unto itself), you will want to ensure that you only create intentions for yourself. You may NOT create intentions for anyone else. This is because ethically, you are not permitted to obstruct anyone else’s karma. For example, if a loved one is ill and you create an intention for them to get well, you may be interfering in their karma if they have attracted the karma to be ill. While it is a selfless gesture to use your healing power to help others in this respect, what may happen when we involve ourselves in other people’s karma is that we may end up taking the heat off of them and having to take their karma on ourselves. It is best, when wishing to intend something for another, to ask your angels and the angels of the other person involved , to help them to heal in the highest and best way possible. That way, you are releasing your desire to help them to the Divine, who can take care of it as The Divine Source sees fit.
3) DO THE WORK- anyone who is on a spiritual path is aware of the significance of “doing the work”. It is one thing to become certified as a healer, however without the extensive practice of self-examination, we are not going to get anywhere. By working on ourselves, which can at times be extremely gruelling, we are progressing along our paths. By battling ourselves; our ego and our karma, we are coming one step closer to understanding the why’s and how’s of our existence. We are growing one step closer to fully coming into our Divinity. By coming fully into our Divinity, becoming enlightened, we are able to tap into the endless pool of creativity, manifested by The Creator. (Hence the name!) With this knowledge, we are also faced with responsibility. At the point at which we have done the work, we become aware of, and in alignment with our responsibility to create in the highest and best good of all involved.
4) HAVE PATIENCE AND FAITH- Perhaps one of the most difficult lessons that we must learn in order to manifest our dreams is the lesson of patience. We must understand the nature of instant gratification versus Divine timing. Just because we “want something now!” does not mean that we get to decide when we are ready to receive it, or if we are to receive it at all! If it does not serve our greater good, or it impedes the life of another, it may not come into our lives. However, if what we are asking for is being requested out of love for ourselves and others involved, it is sure to come to us when the time is right. Part of manifesting, often the most important part, is having faith. We must BELIEVE that our dreams are coming true, and have faith that everything is happening as it should- even if we have yet to see any results. Divine timing is such that there is a multitude of occurrences going on behind the scenes that we do not see. There are a myriad of twists and turns that are taking place out of our line of vision in order for the details of our dreams to work out perfectly- when the time is right. Staying true to your faith in Spirit- AND yourself- is a sure fire way to help secure your dreams!
By following these four steps, you will soon start to notice subtle changes. Though some of the process can seem to go ever so slowly, if you stay on track and have patience, you will be living the life you dreamed of before you know it!
This coming Tuesday, December 29th marks this year’s final full moon. In conjunction with our past two weeks of brilliant celestial events, the final days of 2020 promise to go out with a bang! Carrying the impact of both the recent new moon in Sagittarius and last week’s Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, this full moon is a fitting end to a chaotic year.
As with all full moons, there is a theme of release. Creating a spiritual practice around the lunar cycle is a wonderful way to unite with both our innermost selves as well as the spirits of nature. While the moon is new, we can create a list of intentions. And, as the moon grows into its fullness, so do our intentions. On the date of the full moon, traditionally we create a list of that which we wish to let go. Once said list has been created, we are ready to ceremoniously release it into the atmosphere. The most common ways to release our list are to either bury it or burn it. By taking one of these actions, we are sending a message to the Universe that we are ready to bid farewell to the old, and ready to create a new and clean space for the new and wonderful gifts that come our way.
As with all full moons, this is a time to take stock of what is working in our lives as well as what is no longer. This is a time to consciously release all that holds us back; that no longer serves our highest good. With this past year having been painfully wrought with challenges and hurdles for every human who walks our Earth, many lessons have been learned. Despite its devastating immobilization of humanity, this year has been undoubtedly full of growth, perspective and layers shed. Throughout these dramatic personal and global shifts, we have experienced a by-product. We have witnessed ourselves shedding the layers of that which is no longer in alignment with our authentic selves. Though we may not have realized it, this was a blessing in disguise. As such, this full Moon in Cancer is time to fully let go of the remainder of these corollaries. This full moon is a time to release all of the pain and suffering that we have endured this last year once and for all in order to create a new and peaceful space for the bright future that is birthing on the horizon.
Backtracking slightly, we have recently witnessed “The Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn. While a magnificent spectacle in the night sky for several nights this past week, those of us who are sensitive would have undoubtedly felt its tug of war. Jupiter being the planet of intellectual expansion, healing, long distance travel, overindulgence and miracles conjunct with Saturn whose properties are structure, function, grounding, logic, responsibility and discipline, we sensitive people would have been highly uncomfortable. Bouncing between free-thinking, creative space and convincing ourselves that our dreams and goals are illogical would have had us constantly at odds with ourselves or with others who attempted to debate us. Particularly as we are in the throes of the second wave of the Coronavirus, our Jupitarian desire to travel abroad or to visit with family and friends over the holidays would have come to a screeching halt with the inane structures that have recently been cast upon us.
In tandem with this week’s Full Moon in Cancer, the Great Conjunction may cause discomfort in the home. As the astrological sign of cancer focuses on the hearth and home, we will find ourselves very aware of our feelings about our family members and or home itself. We will very quickly realize what must be freed from our surroundings. We may experience a desire to run away from our problems, to be free instead of to face them head on. We may become easily irritated by miniscule aspects of the personalities of our family members that hadn’t ever bothered us before. We may become easily irritated with clutter, smell or even having to share space with anyone at all. Conversely, should we be living alone in isolation, the Full Moon in Cancer may reinforce the fact that we are alone. Because Cancer is the maternal, nurturing, emotional sign of the zodiac, should we find ourselves without anyone to nurture at this time, we may feel temporarily out of place and gloomy. Ordinarily either of these scenarios would be unpleasant. However, once we stir in the energy of the Great Conjunction- whose energy is still residually present- we can run into an extra layer of aggravation. We may find ourselves at battle with ourselves or with others in our home over the precedence of free thinking and creation versus logic and discipline.
When Cancer, a water sign, astrologically arises, we can expect to be in touch with our feelings. Because of the vastly hectic year that was 2020, during this particular Full Moon in Cancer, we can expect that the deepest layers of our emotions that have been bubbling beneath the surface are sure to come out. At first glance, this may sound intense and unpleasant. However upon closer inspection we may find that this emotional release is cathartic, therapeutic and liberating. Though we may not have control over the emotional release itself, we do have a golden opportunity to harness these emotions and channel them into a creative venture. Whether we are writers, painters, dancers or artists, the emotions that are sure to come to the forefront during this lunar period can be a blessing.
This final full moon of 2020 invites us to take a serious look at the baggage that we have incurred this past year. It invites us to remember that we have the personal power to dig ourselves out of the mountain of weight that has been placed on our shoulders. This watery full moon in Cancer opens the floodgates and allows the weight of the world which we have been carrying to wash away.
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As our second last full moon of 2020 waxes full in the night sky, we witness the bulk of our autumn season in hindsight. Our full moon in Gemini gives way to the beginning of eclipse season with its penumbral lunar eclipse. Though our gaze rests upon the majority of our perilous year in hindsight, eclipses often bring our awareness to the future.
Both the full moon and lunar eclipse mark an important opportunity to release. This year has been so trying for most of us. We have before us an opportunity to release the fear, oppression and the other lower vibrations that we have been carrying around with us for months. We have an opportunity to set the stage for a new beginning. As with all full moons, this is an occasion to reflect on what we need to release in order to streamline our lives to align with our Divine life purpose. Creating a list of that which we are ready to release is the first step to letting it go. Remember you must truly want to let it go. For if your list is created without the intention and meaning behind it, it will not be released. Ensure that your list is compiled of that which you are fully ready to let go. Once you have created this list (the list can be as long or short as you feel necessary), you may take action by the light of the full moon and burn it, bury it or sage it, tear it up and flush it. By doing one of these activities, or any activity that feels right to you, you are, along with the Universe acknowledging that you are letting go. Again, should you partake in this ritual, for it to work, it MUST be done with true intention behind your actions.
At 1:45 AM central time on November 30th, 2020, we witness our final penumbral eclipse. For those of us in North America, South America, Australia and parts of Asia, we are able to view 82% of the moon’s shades of darkness as the moon eclipses the sun. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun Earth and Moon are exactly aligned, and the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. This can only occur on a night of a full moon.
When the Sun, Earth and the Moon are aligned, we can celebrate the occasion to become in alignment with our shadow sides. As the Sun is our Light, the Moon is our shadow. While they are in alignment, we come face to face with parts of ourselves that can stir discomfort with us. This is a natural reaction. Humans love to avoid pain at any cost. We love to procrastinate when it comes to doing the self work it takes to ascend. We love to avoid pain by shifting our focus away from it and not dealing with it head on at all. However at this juncture, instead of running away from our shadows, let us become one with them. Let us understand that without accepting our shadow parts, we are unable to fully and completely love ourselves. Let us find the humour and joyfulness in the aspects of our lives that make us feel uncomfortable. Let us realize that this is why we are here on Earth, to learn to love ourselves; shadow and Light.
As the moon waxes full in Gemini, we are reminded of options. We are reminded that we can co-create our futures. As intellectual Gemini reigns high, this full moon is the perfect space in which to contemplate what it is that we desire to create for ourselves. This is an excellent time to cast away self doubt and acknowledge that we are worthy of the limitless abundance that the Universe has to offer. However because of Gemini’s known inability go make a clear decision, it is best at this time to merely reflect and wait to take action. On the other hands this lunar period is an excellent time to recognize the areas of our lives are out of balance and/or out of alignment with our hopes and dreams. Thanks to intellectual Gemini, we are able to analyze and scrutinize our surroundings. With that said, with all of the analysis and scrutiny we may be facing, we may also risk over analysis of ourselves. This is a slippery slope. If we find, during our surveying of surroundings, that we begin to pick ourselves apart in the process, let us be mindful of it and turn it around immediately with waves and notions of self love and care.
Gemini is known for its duality. Again we witness the theme of shadow and Light. Gemini is the sign of twins Castor and Pollux; twin brothers in Greek and Roman mythology. Both twins were immortalized by Zeus, spending half of their time on Earth and the other half in the starry heavens. We can discern from their story our dual nature. The law of duality, the tenth Law of the Universe states that everything is on a continuum and has an opposite within the whole. This is to say; though there are two sides to a coin, there is still only one coin. As Castor and Pollux spend half of their time on Earth and half in the heavens, we are reminded of the Divinity that exists both in the heavenly skies and here on Earth; as above, so below. Everything in the Universe, no matter how far reaching it seems, is interconnected, intertwined with all else that exists.
As Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury who stands for communication, this lunar period emphasizes interpersonal communication. This is a time to evaluate our beliefs and our needs through self acknowledgement. This full moon emphasizes how we communicate with ourselves. Do we speak kindly to ourselves? Or do we talk down to ourselves? This is the time to really pay attention to how we are self-communicating. Remember that how we treat others is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.
We always have work to do. This Full Moon/lunar eclipse highlights the areas in which we need improvement. We are granted the opportunity to delve into this work peacefully. That said, as important as it is to work on our journey to self mastery, so too is it to rest. Be sure, if you feel bogged down by the energy of this lunar alignment, that you take a time out. Be sure that you are giving yourself a break. You deserve to be honest with yourself at all times. You deserve a kind word, spoken to yourself. It is absolutely ok to rest. The more you take the time to honour your needs, the more resilient you become! °♡°♡°♡°♡°♡°♡°
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We have all had the adorable experience of being licked by a companion animal. While it may appear that they are trying to communicate their love of us, we may in fact be misjudging the situation. Often animals exhibit behaviour that seems cute and cuddly when in fact they are trying to tell us something entirely different. Cats and dogs communicate in a variety of ways of which many people are unaware. Unless paying close attention and being open to why an animal is behaving a certain way, many of these communicative efforts go unnoticed.
Many cats and dogs develop a “licking” habit and it may be a warning sign to pay attention to. Though it may seem like your cat or dog is grooming or kissing you, sometimes they are, however this is very often not the case. Whether physical or behavioural, when an animal begins to excessively lick, this is a very first sign of something serious.
Animals lick excessively for several reasons. The first and least problematic is that they were weaned too early from their mothers. This is common in certain breeding situations. When the breeder is careless and takes the babes from their mother before they’re finished feeding from her, the babies will compensate for the rest of their lives by suckling and licking people or toys. This licking behaviour is also common in situations where something happens to the mother and she is unavailable to feed her babies. This , again, often results in a lifelong licking habit.
Animals may lick objects in the house that are non-food related such as furniture, appliances, walls or other metals. This is a sign of many potential issues that bear examination. One such issue is that they have developed a compulsive licking habit as a result of household stress. If an animal lives in a home with constant noise, yelling and arguing, people regularly filtering in and out of the house, a dirty environment, a smoky home, a home with an offensive odour, many children yelling and screaming and pulling on his ears or tail or any other type of high stress household, they may outlet their anxiety by licking household items, excessively self-grooming or licking their people. In this particular case, this dog or cat is attempting to communicate that her/his living conditions are too stressful. It is important to take heed of what you and your family members are currently doing to impose this behaviour on your animal. It is important to take significant measures to tone down whatever you are doing to offend your animal. After all, your animal is a member of your family just like the rest of you. Only he is unable to verbally ask you to turn down your volume, stop smoking, ask the kids to stop jumping on and tugging at his ears and tail and so on. So he begins to compulsively lick.
As opposed to physical behaviours, there is a more dangerous side to excessive licking. This danger lies in the health-related licking patterns. One such behaviour is excessive licking of people as a message that the animal is thirsty and dehydrated. Feline and canine dehydration is highly prevalent amd and dangerous in today’s society. With the human belief that dry food and water provides adequate moisture to their diet, they suffer. Dry food is dehydrated food. If anyone was to attempt to subsist on dehydrated food for their whole lives, their insides would shrivel up. Water alone is insufficient in terms of providing and distributing moisture to all of the body’s organs. Water is an excellent cleanser of toxins from the body, however it often does not nourish the body as it needs. By adding extra moisture to their diet such as wild salmon oil or coconut oil and/or wet food or bone broth, you will be adding necessary moisture to their diet, thereby decreasing the likelihood of dehydration. In a best case scenario, integrating whole foods such as ground turkey or beef, whole pieces of fish or chicken, venison or other forms of whole proteins (WITHOUT sauces and spices!), you will be ensuring that adequate moisture is distributed properly to their body’s organs and tissues. If your kitty or puppy is excessively licking you, themselves or other household objects, and you’re feeding a mostly or completely dry food diet, it is definitely time to consider a diet switch.
Because the kidneys are responsible for processing the body’s water as well as filtering the body’s toxins for urination, when a cat or dog eats mainly or all dry food, the kidneys have to work overtime to process the dry food through. This is because the kidneys do not have adequate moisture to properly and easily do their job. Withboit adequate moisture, the kidneys are forced to drain water from aml other of the body’s organs in order to process the toxins through. Prolonged dehydration from a dry-food based diet will inevitably lead to kidney failure and a lot of pain for your animal and yourself. This is because eventually, if the kidneys run out of sufficient moisture to process the body’s toxins to be eliminated in their urine, the toxins eventually build up within the kidneys and the kidneys shut down. This is the painful reality of kidney failure. If your animal licks you excessively, it is always important to weed out this potentiality by adding more moisture to the diet. If, after a week or two of added moisture, the animal is still licking, you will know that it is not dehydration. **REMEMBER** Water alone is NOT sufficient moisture for a cat or dog. Ask your holistic vet about and Research EFA (essential fatty acids) supplements that are safe and nutritious for your companion.
Perhaps most dangerously, excessive licking of the animal’s own body is a sure sign of distress. Whether an animal is licking the wall or household item or excessively self-grooming, there is a potential that the animal is in extreme pain. Studies have linked wall-licking to severe headaches, extreme liver imbalances and other fatal illnesses. If you notice that your animal is excessively self- grooming, Pay attention to where the animal is grooming herself. Generally, excessive licking of the abdomen can mean a tummy ache, constipation, diarrhea, bladder crystals, painful elimination, or other physical discomfort. This can be a sign of extreme stress such as living in a house with a smoker or other strong and persistent odour. It could also mean severe abdominal pain. If your animal is excessively licking her/his spine or lower back, he may have a painful back injury that needs attention. Or, he may have a kidney issue as the kidneys of the cat and dog run along the lower portion of their spine. If the excessive grooming is accompanied by apparent straining to go to the bathroom, loss of appetite, lethargy, hiding, red eyes, vomiting, a discoloration of the tongue or saliva, or any other unusual symptoms, take your animal to a vet or holistic care practitioner IMMEDIATELY. If your animal is excessively grooming and it is not accompanied by any other “red flags”, pay attention to the levels of stress your animal may be encountering and do your best to remove the stresses from her life.
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Just like in the movies, our next full moon lands on Halloween. Marking the halfway point between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice, our upcoming Blue Full Moon in Taurus on Halloween night brings about much magic and mystery as the veil between the third and fourth dimension is at its thinnest. This full moon is the second full moon in the month of October, rendering its label of a blue moon.
During the days surrounding Halloween, many believe that a gateway between the third and fourth dimension opens. Too many believers, on this occasion, consider it to be a time we are most likely to have an encounter or an experience with spiritual beings; some claim that they are not always of the benevolent persuasion. Many have used Divination tools such as Ouija boards, pendulums and other magical instruments to attempt to connect with beings in Spirit. Unfortunately, many are unaware how to safely connect with other dimensions and can put themselves at risk of connecting with malevolent beings. If you do choose to attempt to utilize the energy of this full moon on Halloween to attempt such an idea, be very certain that you are doing so in a safe and secure manner so as not to put yourself or your loved ones in danger. There are many available resources that will illustrate how to safely connect with benevolent beings who wish to share messages of hope and healing.
Because we experience two full moons in the month of October, there is an overall theme of release. With this Full Moon in Taurus, in combination with Mercury in retrograde, there is a focus on releasing what we once found to be stable, safe and secure. With all of the shifting that has gone on over the last year, we are undoubtedly ready to begin anew. In order to do so, we must prepare to release the old to make room for the new. With Taurean energy focusing on stability, safety and security, our awareness shifts to the areas of our life where we are ready to let go of old belief patterns associated with stability and security. This may mean the release of those aspects of our lives where we are holding onto relationships, material items or other things that once made sense or held great value to us but do no longer. In recognizing which belief patterns and structures are ready to be released, we are de-cluttering our lives, reorganizing and restructuring. However, because Mercury is in retrograde (https://soulsticespirit.com/2017/04/09/mercury-retrograde-what-does-it-mean/), we may have to wait until our nest full moon (November’s Full Moon/Eclipse in Gemini) to release what we have conjured up at this time.
In addition to the theatrical Blue Full Moon in Taurus on Halloween night, we also have Uranus, the planet of sudden insight and change aligned with the Moon. Meaning, at a certain point throughout the 72 hours surrounding the light of the Full moon in Taurus at 9:49am central time, we will receive a surprising piece of information. Or, we are likely to have a sudden, Earth-shattering, ground breaking, game changing realization. With the upcoming US election only three days after this full moon and all of the other global crises, this can truly be anybody’s game. Uranus is very likely to spring upon us information that could very well change the course of our lives completely. Uranus is the planet of spiritual awakening, which means that the Halloween Full Moon will be active, teeming with energy!
Taurus is one of two planets ruled by the planet Venus. Venusian energy is one of Divine femininity and beauty. Ordinarily, the Venusian energy would likely open our eyes to all of the magic, beauty and wonder that our great Universe gifts us. However, with Mercury in retrograde, instead of peering outward at the bountiful world, we will be prone to looking within. Ideally, we can take this opportunity to acknowledge our own inner beauty. For some of us, however, this may take work. And this full moon is the perfect time to do it! This is a fantastic time to learn to be kind to ourselves; to give ourselves a gentle break- to avoid being so harsh with ourselves. This is a fantastic time to practice using positive, loving words with ourselves so that upon the end of this Mercury retrograde, we will be well-versed and self kindness. So much so, that we will radiate love to all those whom we encounter. May we be a light, a beacon of hope to those in despair.
Despite all of the Earth-shattering and restructuring that this Full Moon brings, we can take comfort in the grounding, Earthy sign of Taurus. Taurus, an earth sign, encourages us to connect with nature. Particularly, while we are thrown off kilter during this powerful full moon time, there is a peaceful, calming temperament to nature itself. By rooting our feet into the ground of our Mother Earth and intending to release all of the chaotic, overwhelming feelings that these days bring, we will allow ourselves be present in the moment. We can feel secure in knowing that whatever the present moment brings, we are safe and cared for. We are loved beyond all measure, more than we can ever grasp. We can feel safe in believing that the Universe only gives us what we can handle. If we are handed a challenge, it is only because we are given the task of believing in ourselves and our abilities to overcome these challenges.
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In times of struggle, we rely on our companion animals to carry us through. During this pandemic we have all experienced a rollercoaster of emotions; from joy to sadness to fear and frustration. And our animals have been alongside us, supporting us every step of the way. They have not only lived out their life roles as our companions, they have chosen to be with us at this time in order to aim to take our pain away. Even though they cannot fully take our pain away at any given moment, they strive to be the kind of unique support for us that each and every one of us needs. They relentlessly give of themselves, selflessly so that we have even a moment of peace on our journeys.
Though there is a vast myriad of ways that we can give back to our animals, here are five easily attainable ways that we can give back the kind of love to our animals that they need in order to feel healthy and at peace as they live out the challenging task of taking care of us.
SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET– One of, of not the most important aspects of caring for our beloved companion animal friends is to ensure that they are well fed and adequately nourished. While some of us may be rolling our eyes out of certitude that we are indeed properly feeding our animals, we may want to think again. There are several main staples of knowledge of animal food that must go into every meal. Proper nutrition is an integral component in giving back to our animals. Ensuring that your animals are eating whole foods and not by-products, ingredients that you cannot pronounce or worse; ingredients that are labeled with buzzwords such as “powdered cellulose” (sawdust) or “corn gluten” (weed-killer). Choose foods that list whole foods such as “deboned chicken”, instead of “ocean fish” (the dregs of the ocean; i.e. the most polluted, non-specified fish in the ocean). Choose to research what your animals can and cannot digest. As an example, many cat parents are completely unaware that cats lack the digestive enzyme responsible for the breakdown of grains in the digestive system. This means that they are literally unable to digest grains. Most store-bought cat food is high in grains such as human grade cereal. What happens to our kitty friends when they eat the grains they cannot digest? They get metabolized as sugars and mess with their insulin levels, causing insulin spikes and troughs which very often leads to diabetes and obesity. Research a species appropriate diet. This is to say, research the types of diets that your animal friends ate as wild cats and dogs in nature. Research what their gastrointestinal systems thrive on and what will send them into ill health. Research why veterinary recommended brands cause more harm than good to your animal’s health because of their mainly preservative filled ingredient list. Read as much quality information as you can about what is healthy for your cats and dogs. Do not blindly trust your vet or food brand company. Look into where your food was sourced; the distance it had to travel to get to your store, the nutrient quality of the food, what whole foods are and any other information you can find from a credible source. By feeding our companion animals nutritious diets, they will be more resilient in times of stress, building up resistance to it; stopping illness from penetrating their immune systems. By feeding them nutritious, nourishing foods on a daily basis, we are ensuring that they have the strength to be the best healers they can be. We are ensuring that they have the stamina to accomplish what they came into our lives to do. Healthy eating means a longer life and a better quality of life.
ENSURING OUR HOMES ARE AS QUIET AS POSSIBLE– Though the struggle of parents with young children during the Covid-19 pandemic is very real, we must also pay close attention to how our home environments are affecting our companion animals. Of course it is next to impossible to expect our young children to sit still and be quiet at this time; especially when they are stuck at home with no school, no recess and inadequate physical activity. That said, animals are extremely noise sensitive. They are also fearful of the unpredictable behaviours of children. It is extremely valuable, when planning out our days at home to be mindful of how our household noise will impact the health and well being of our animal friends. While this is a touchy subject and not meant to place additional pressure on parents, it is meant to invoke the concepts of understanding the animal’s perspective of the pandemic. At this time, allowing our companion animals a “time out” by putting them in a bedroom or den behind a closed door for an hour or two per day will allow them a safe zone where they will not feel overwhelmed by loud children or by children who climb on them, and pull their ears and tail. Moreover, if you do have children who are unable to respect the boundaries of your animals and do pull their ears and tail. Do not be surprised if your animal defends himself by lashing out with a bite or scratch. THIS IS HOWANIMALS COMMUNICATE BOUNDARIES. Please do everyone in your household a favour and teach your children to respect the boundaries of your animals. By giving your animals a time out for an hour or two per day behind closed doors, you are allowing your animals a short time to relax in peace and harmony.
ENSURING OUR HOMES ARE CLEAN & TIDY– Naturally speaking, companion animals are very clean beings. Let us remember that we share our homes with them. They are unable to clean up after themselves. More to the point, they are unable to clean up after us. Companion animals find dirty environments to be very uncomfortable. Dirt and clutter can seriously impede a companion animal’s sense of inner peace. Additionally, many companion animals develop allergies and other respiratory issues that stem from dusty, bacteria ridden and mouldy homes. It is their role to care for us; to keep our emotional, mental and spiritual balance and it is our role to keep their homes clean and tidy. Though regular cleaning of our homes can become labour intensive, remember you’re not doing it for you, you’re doing it for your best friend and emotional support system.
ENERGY WORK– For many reasons, energy work is a MUST at this time. In addition to its well-known promotion of relaxation and inner peace, energy work such as Reiki provides an outlet for animals’ stress. Animals are highly spiritual beings. They are also very physical beings. Particularly in homes where during this pandemic we have limited outdoor access, it is crucial to provide our companion animals with an outlet for their stress. Because companion animals feel that it is their role to remove our stress in every way shape and form, we must acknowledge the reality that they can and do easily fall into illness. When animals become stressed and overworked as a result of their home lives, they will harness the stress within their small bodies. Ordinarily, activities such as exercise will allow the animal mostly adequate release of this stressful energy. However, in times like these we have limited access to the regular forms of exercise in which we engage with our animals. In times like these when we are infinitely more stressed out than usual, bearing in mind that our animals are like little energy sponges and absorb the stresses of their people and environments, it is vital to the health of our companion animals that we create regular intervals of experience where our animals are able to release their stresses. Should we choose to ignore the stresses of our companion animals, what will happen to them? Simply put, their bodies will react exactly the same way as ours would under repeated and prolonged exposure to stress. Their bodies will eventually give in to the toxic energies and fall into poor health and eventually disease. Engaging in regular energy work such as Reiki is an ideal way to promote the release of pent up stress from within our companion animals, especially when exercise and long trips outdoors are not an option. Energy healing allows for the stable peace of mind and inner harmony that comes along with removing the pockets of ill (stress) energy from the energy field and body of your companion animal before it becomes detrimental to your animal’s health. If you are not practiced at energy work with animals on your own, connecting with a professional animal energy worker is helpful, even if she/he is unable to come to your home. The professional energy worker should be well versed at the art of distance-energy work and will be able to discuss with you the benefits of energy healing from a distance.
TELL THEM HOW YOU’RE FEELING– By keeping our animals informed about how they are healing our hearts and souls, they will feel like they are a valuable presence in our lives. Sure, we know they are but how often do we tell them? True, most companion animals do not understand most human language. However we must not underestimate their ability to understand the energy behind our words. In the companion animal mind, it is their role to keep us balanced and joyful. If they are unable to do this, they feel as though they are not doing their job. By telling our animals how much we appreciate them, by telling them how much we love them and that they ARE helping us to feel better, they will feel that there are doing a job well done! Of course they are here to listen to us when we are feeling down, and we can tell them this as well. We may even be surprised at their reaction when we do tell them we are feeling sad!
These are five of many ways that we can give back to our animals during this pandemic and at any other given time. All our animals want to do is to love us. Though they will never ask us for anything in return (except for maybe food!), we can be continuously inspired by their generosity of spirit and give them the kind of love and respect that they deserve.
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