On the evening of May 28th at 7:02pm my world stopped.
My little 1.5 year old white, high spirited pitbull pup, Wynne, came into the kitchen while I was on a conference call. As she normally does, she made her appearance and headed for the pantry.
Only this time, she turned around, looked at me in sheer panic and began to seize intensely. I have seen dogs seize before, Wynne’s sister Carlee has had seizures for years, but nothing like this. In my gut I felt something was very wrong.
After she seized for almost an 20 minutes straight, which is very odd, I was frantically calling my mom, boyfriend and cousin who happens to be a vet. Long story short, I had to rush Wynne to the animal hospital 20 minutes away in Atlanta traffic all the while, she is still seizing in the back of my car, this makes it a total of almost an hour since her seizure started. We make it to the vet, they keep her overnight, I’m thinking that I would just pick her up in the morning and all would be fine.
I was wrong.
I was a complete wreck and as soon as I returned home from the emergency vet, I remembered my friend Kelley Knight, who owns Modern Mystic Shop, had had an animal Intuitive at her shop a few weeks prior. Being an intuitive myself, but too close to the situation to even hear guidance…. I immediately sent Sigrira a message. She got back to me in no time and it’s been healing history ever since.
The next morning, I woke up early to go get Wynne from the emergency vet, or so I thought. I got there and the doc that kept her alive through the night had some bad news for me, she still had some seizure activity and needed some extensive testing and care….I was freaking out inside. How the hell did this happen?
So I had to put Wynne in the back of my car, with tubes and all the things, including her peeing all over herself (so sad). I took her 10 minutes down the road to Blue Pearl Vet Hospital where she ended up staying for a week.
In the time that I dropped her off at the hospital, Sigrira was completely amazing. She connected with Wynne last minute and got back to me right away. As it turns out, Wynne had felt sort of off for a little bit, a day at most which was odd to me because she didn’t seem like anything was wrong. Since we had just gotten back in town after being adventuring out west for 2 weeks I thought maybe we were just adjusting to our routine again. We had someone stay at the house with my girls while we were gone, so they were NOT at a kennel while we were away, so it couldn’t have been anything that happened while we were gone.
Let me rewind to when I adopted Wynne and brought her home. Wynne and I have not had it smooth sailing since she came to me. To be brief, She was an anxious little pup that bit a few vet techs when they tried to clip her nails at 3 months old, but wouldn’t you bite them if you didn’t know what was going on? They told me I should get rid of her or put her down because she’s aggressive and she will just get worse. Of course, I cried about that and felt in my gut that she was not the aggressive dog they thought she was (she’s actually sweeter than my little italian greyhound y’all). So from the start, Wynne and I have been through It with a capital I, together.
The day of Wynne’s episode, we had a great walk outside. She was playing fine, like her usual self. She didn’t show any sign that there was something off inside of her. Sigrira was able to pick up on Wynne feeling bad, drinking some sort of liquid that may have had something to do with it. At the time, I had no idea what that liquid could have been.
In the time between me dropping Wynne off at the other hospital and then heading home, Blue Pearl vet called and said I needed to make a decision, either the MRI or try steroids and antibiotics and see if that works, since we had very little information at the time about what had happened in the hours prior. I was terrified and just beyond in shock, how could I make a decision on my baby that was not even 2 and we had very little information about what ACTUALLY was happening.
They said I needed to either have a $5,000 MRI to see what was up, or they could start antibiotics and steroids and hope for the best. At this point, I was heartbroken. Of course I was ready to max out a credit card to make it happen. I was going to do everything in my power to save her. I didn’t have the money for the MRI. Deep in my gut I knew that it was NOT a brain tumor. But if I didn’t do that test, was she going to die? It all felt so unfair that they wouldn’t do everything in their power to save my special bug.
I talked with Sigira, she had connected with Wynne to see if the MRI was absolutely needed. Right then, she let me know that no, it’s okay for now, but if she gets worse, it needed to be done. So that bought me a little bit of time. I prayed so hard for answers and healing. That is all I could do at that point.
About 2 hours later, I got a call that Wynne was doing better, the steroids and antibiotics were clearly working, but we were not out of the woods yet. I fully believe that the reiki that Sigrira was sending Wynne and the prayers I lifted up to Spirit were working. Over the next 2 days, Wynne continued to improve, Sigrira continued to check in with her and let me know how she was doing. Wynne had severe muscle pain, which was due to the fact that she seized for so long, and really, partially due to the root cause of her episode.
Wynne was in the hospital from Monday - Thursday. There were visitation hours like human hospitals, so my boyfriend Jason would take me there in the afternoons so we could see her and spend some time with her. The first day was really hard for me as she was so doped up on meds and when she saw us she would just cry, like mama take me home! My heart hurt so bad.
The day finally came that we could have a visit with her in a private room with no lines connected to her or doctors. I was a nervous wreck... What if she seized again? What if something else were to happen?
I was so traumatized from that whole thing I made one of the doctors stay in the room with us! Over the next 24 hours she began to really improve on the meds. At this point, she was on 2 high doses of anti seizure meds, 2 HEAVY antibiotics, and a very large dose of Prednisone. Yikes. That’s a lot of drugs.
The vet called me on Thursday morning and said that Wynne was well enough to come home. I knew she wanted to just come home and heal. Talking with Sigrira the days prior, all Wynne wanted to do was come home. So, Jason was leaving town that day for work, so I had my mom come up to Atlanta to help me with her because I had no idea how much work it would be and what I was about to embark on. We went to pick her up on Thursday evening, the docs pulled us into a private room and there was a stack of meds and paperwork sitting on the counter. I just started to cry. I was so overwhelmed with what they were telling me.
You are probably wondering what in the hey was the actual cause…. At this point in the game, they told me that she had some sort of immune mediated meningitis….. This is straight out of her discharge papers, and to be honest every time I read it, I had this insane feeling of doubt. There is NO WAY this dog could have something like this. I also had contacted Wynne’s foster mom whom we have stayed in touch since I adopted Wynne and she had connections to all of the other pups in the litter, not a thing wrong with any of the other 7 pups, which is why I was so baffled. I work with immune system in humans and this just did not seem to fit. However, I went with it. So here is what they thought she had:
“ Wynne’s long term treatment will likely consist of a long, slow taper of the steroids (over months). With this treatment, there are typically 3 categories of response that we can see. Some dogs will respond very well, and recover over a 3-5 month period of steroid treatment, the second group may relapse over time, the third group of dogs will never respond to therapy and will continue to get worse over time….”
After reading that and talking to the doctors and them telling me that she is going to have to be on these meds for the rest of her life, I was crushed…and mad. Trying to accept that, okay, this is just what we have to deal with. I was still unsure of exactly what the cause was, I knew it was something internal and Wynne kept expressing to Sigrira that it was like the circuits in her brain would rapidly just fire. Wynne was so drugged, anxious, skinny, VERY sensitive to the touch for weeks when we brought her home, but she was alive.
We brought her home, VERY unprepared for what was about to go down once we got home. Due to the meds, Wynne was not able to have great control over her bladder. This was a wake up call. I live in a 3 story townhouse. Making it down the stairs before pee is everywhere was a real challenge.
I remember looking at my mom in tears thinking, I am not sure I can do this and if this is how her quality of life will be moving forward, it makes me really sad. I sucked it up, had an idea of doggy diapers and it changed my life y’all. It took a few days to figure out the brand that would hold all the pee in and not get on the floor, but we did it.
The next few weeks looked like this: Changing about 40 diapers a day, waking up every 2 hours and giving meds, morning and night. I completely changed her food and I did everything I knew to do to keep her gut healthy. I had a feeling that the food was playing a role in her inflammatory disorder. It was REAL.
Both of my girls switched to completely raw food and I also added CBD oil into their regime. Holy cow, this helped SOOOO much! Wynne’s body was able to heal faster with such clean food and a natural anti seizure/ anti inflammatory oil. I was in full on mommy mode for months. I was going to do everything in my power to help my girl make it through this. I was NOT going to lose her.
Over the next few months, we were able to wean Wynne off of prednisone, thank goodness, the amount of food, water and barking she did while on that med was insane. I remember I kept asking Sigrira, what is with her barking!! HA! It was driving me bonkers but Wynne was also letting me know, “Hey mom, don’t freak out, I’m getting better!!”
In July, after we had gotten her off the the steroid, I reached out to an animal chiropractor to come and see Wynne and give her some adjustments to correct the spinal alignment that was so forcefully affected by her seizing. Wynne loved and still loves her adjustments with Dr. April. I know between connecting with Sigrira and having her as a guide on our journey towards healing, having Dr. April come adjust her, cleaning up their diet and really being deliberate with what I was putting in her body and around her body has helped us get to where we are.
I made some serious changes and while making those changes I tried to educate myself as much as I could on canine health.
You see, I help humans heal who have been through the same things as Wynne had, I just needed to adapt my knowledge to a dog and make it happen. So that is what I did. I found a holistic, osteopath vet in my area, who is AMAZING and she helped me wean Wynne off of all of her other meds. We went from taking 5 meds to zero in 6 months.
I am happy to report that Wynne is seizure free still to this day. Wynne had some brain damage that she had to come back from. Everyday things were the best thing for her to relearn, like walking up the stairs (thank goodness she can do it again because carrying 70lbs up and down stairs is hard work), she even had to learn how to sit again. She had to relearn and gain muscle control over her back end which took about 3 months. She’s a fighter.
I also learned through connecting with Sigrira that Wynne is a medium, just like her mama! She sees energy, she helps me with MY work…. How cool is that?! I knew from day 1 that Wynne was special.
When I first took Wynne to see Dr. Kim, the holistic osteopath vet, she was in bad shape, better shape than she was in months prior, but still not in a good place, her skin was bad, her ears were itchy, her kidneys, liver and pancreas were all shot and tired. You guys, Wynne was NOT EVEN 2 years old at this point. I knew the medications that she was on were, actually doing more harm than good.
I knew I had to get her off of them, but I was still fearful that seizures would happen again. This is where Sigrira put my mind and heart at ease by checking in with Wynne and keeping me posted on how she was feeling with all of the things I had changed.
Here is the kicker, Dr. Kim is also very intuitive. She got a hit to look in her brain, she had parasites in her brain…. NO WONDER SHE HAD SEIZURES!!!!! She was also bitten by a spider, Brown Recluse to be exact, weeks prior to her incident AND she had a bad reaction to her vaccinations that she had 6 months prior.
Had I spent that $5k on an MRI at Blue Pearl, it would not have shown anything! I am still mad to this day that they did not do some sort of parasite test on her. They kept asking me if she ate anything and what food I fed her, etc. Nothing about well, maybe she could have worms in her brain.
Well, Dr. Kim took care of that, we got her on some homeopathic remedies for the brown recluse spider bite, started to slowly wean her off of keppra and phenobarbital, added some whole food supplements to help her thyroid and other organs heal and cleanse. That first day that I took Wynne to see Dr. Kim I knew we were in the right place. I knew we could finish out the rest of this healing journey with truth and support of what is actually good for her and not what vet businesses push on dogs to “see if it works”.
This has been a long road, but I am so grateful for Sigrira and her amazing abilities to connect with animals and help them heal, she also helped me so much. She put my heart at ease and I knew I had her support and I trusted her. Over the course of this journey, I spoke with Sigrira about 8 times, more so in the beginning and now we just intermittently check in, which is so very valuable to me. Wynne is truly my little miracle pup.
Here’s what all did I change about both my pups’ food, vaccines, flea and tick, etc…
I changed them from kibble, which I thought was really clean, HAAAAA! NOT! If you have not seen Pet Fooled yet, please do yourself a favor and watch it.
My girls eat a completely raw diet. Which at first was a little intimidating but once I dove in, it’s actually not that hard at all! There is actually a local company in Atlanta called Rebel Raw that is amazing for raw food if you are just starting out. They make it all for you, and even deliver it to your door if you want! This has saved me so much time!!
They snack on things like blueberries, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, dehydrated livers, mangos, raspberries, duck feet, chicken feet.
I also decided that they would never be vaccinated again because, guess what, the other thing I learned was that they don’t need all of those chemicals in their body!!! They only need ONE rabies shot in their life. ONE. And the “pet business” has you getting them every year. No wonder we are experiencing all of these crazy things with our furkids! Our vet now, Dr. Kimberly Parker-Royer, will do titers on her to see how her immunity is and IF she needs another vaccine, but the chances are slim!
For flea, tick and mosquitoes I use an Easy Defense tag that goes on their collar from Only Natural Pet.com. This actually matches the energy of your pet’s body to naturally repel these guys. And it does work!
For heartworm prevention I use all natural remedy that is twice yearly doses, in October and April for two weeks…. That’s it!! I get it on Only Natural Pet.com.
There is so much that the pet industry is hiding and it’s up to us to question it, research on our own and create good choices from there when it comes to taking care of our furbabies!
Wynne has taught me so much about the power of love, faith, trusting my intuition and taking action. She’s truly my little miracle and she continues to teach me every day! I am forever grateful for Sigrira and all of her continuing help with helping Wynne heal and get back to her spunky self!!
Story written by Colleen McCarthy www.colleen-mccarthy.com/
Photos by Colleen McCarthy
I would like to share a dream I had a while back & wrote down because it felt so vivid. I am getting guidance from the animals that now is the time to share it.
In the dream I saw bears in a forest. The sun set and as it got dark there were bears with walls (they looked like castle walls) around their hearts and they had trouble seeing. Then I noticed other bears that had removed the walls around their hearts and their hearts were radiating so very bright that they were able to shine the light forward and lead the way for the other bears until they too were brave enough to tear down the walls around their hearts. There were big tall trees and they had fairy tale like doors that opened and had homes in them. The visuals were so beautiful of the hearts shining almost like stars or lanterns in the bears' chests, illuminating the dark forest path for all.
I wish I could paint it but for now I took a photo of a little jade bear I have in my meditation area that reminds me of Jarvis and when I posed him to take the photo these lovely rainbows came through the window -they are not photoshopped.
Have you had the experience where you are busily running around or frantically answering emails and your animal companion chooses that moment to insistently demand you stop what you are doing and play with them or snuggle?
This is our animal companions taking care of us. They can see our energy and when our systems become stressed - they want to help us because they love us so much and see it as their "job" to help us stay healthy.
My cat kids are very skilled at doing this. I'm not perfect and sometimes I'm trying to finish some work as they begin asking me to stop & slow down for a minute. If I don't stop quickly they will either turn up the volume or melt me with sweetness, but most of the time they get their way.
Here is an example in the photos above of Merlin keeping me outside extra long so he could lounge on my lap and I am so grateful. For a few moments I am fully in the now and feeling the sunshine with as much pleasure as he does. Gracie Belle goes as far as convincing me to actually lie down & snuggle her when she sees I need a short break.
I am beyond grateful for how beautifully they take care of me and our moments simply being together fill my heart with incomparable happiness.
On my recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I was filled with wonder seeing all the moss and ferns growing everywhere. The climate is different than ours in Georgia and I loved exploring the natural beauty there. I even felt like I wanted to press my face against a moss covered tree trunk to feel its softness. I didn't expect the message I received from one of the trees in a wildlife refuge I visited. He told me that energetically I carry a "message" from the trees that I know and love, the ones in our garden I connect with all the time. That all the trees (in the world) to some extent are aware of and communicate with others, (even really faraway ones) like the image in the movie Avatar where you see all the roots connecting. And if you love and connect with one, the other trees can sense it in your energy. This "energetic message" allowed trees (and plants) to more easily connect with me and they offered me their unique healing. They said that different types of nature/environments offer us distinct and unique kinds of healing. I wonder if this relates to how some humans feel much more comfortable in one particular area of the country/world than another.
Happy Halloween! I grew up on a Dutch Island and Halloween was not known/celebrated there (I was aware of it & would go get candy at my grandparents' house) so I sort of truly fell in love with the holiday as a teen/young adult. (There were also no seasons there since it was near the equator.)It wasn't about trick or treating, or even dressing up (although I love that part) but more about the mystical associations. I thought of it as a day when it was easier for fae & spirit to communicate with us. I loved the autumn colors. I've never thought of it as scary. I love the sweet, almost old fashioned decorations, and when Juneau and Jarvis were still alive we had dark pumpkin orange walls in a condo we lived in and two black cats! I felt like I lived in a lovely Halloween world. I love the idea of the "veil thinning" (even though it always feels thin to me) and I see it as a beautiful day to celebrate a "visit" with loved ones in spirit. I do a special meditation and chat with animal companions & human family who are in spirit. I've done this for many years, and it is something I look forward to. I have a special Halloween tarot deck I pull out and I ask for cards to reflect on the coming season/year. Kind of like a new year's practice in a way. In the evening I like to have a nice dinner with my family (living) and watch something Halloween-y but not horror, more cute than scary. I also enjoy when regular tv shows I like do special Halloween episodes that are funny, like the Buffy (the Vampire Slayer) one from years ago. Even if you can't feel the thin-ness of the veil today, please know that your beloved animal companions who have crossed the rainbow bridge are visiting you today (and other days) but today they might be able to get your attention and you will feel (with extra strength) the love they still share with you it might be a feeling or a glimpse out of the corner of your eye. It might be a sweet memory. They are surrounding you with love and only ever a thought away.
This image is of Lara (left) and Erika (right) and Tater (middle.) Lara was my photography student while I was teaching at Oglethorpe and she graduated last year. Since the first class she always wanted to photograph animals and one of her main goals was to take beautiful images of rescued animals to help them get adopted. She talked about their personalities during critiques and her love for animals and dedication to help them was always clear.
Lara co-founded a non-profit animal rescue www.orphanannierescue.org/ here in Atlanta and Erika works with her and provides one of their wonderful foster homes. She takes in the dogs that need extra care and attention, like Tater who is in the photograph. He was found in awful conditions, chained up outside and there were cruelty/neglect charges against the "owners." He is an incredibly sweet boy but he needs extra patience as he gets past certain triggers that scare him. I communicated with Tater recently and he expressed a desire to get past it and gratitude for the loving care he is receiving. He feels protective of Erika and looks forward to being able to act like a "puppy" which he didn't really get to do when he was one because he was protecting his sister who was also rescued and has since found a home. He has a lot of love to share and he had to hide that part of himself until he was rescued and found himself in a safe and loving environment.
I was able to also observe his interactions with his foster mom Erika last week and I could feel his love for her and desire to protect her and his gratitude for both Erika and Lara. Even though I had previously connected with Tater energetically I made sure to give him space in person and was thrilled when he came over to greet me after a while and I even got a little kiss/groom! He is so full of love and I felt so much gratitude for the work that Lara & Erika and the other volunteers do. They rescue animals that many would give up on. I wanted to share this story to highlight the great work they are doing in our community. I think it's important we support local animal rescue as well as national and international efforts. Please follow them and offer support if you can. www.orphanannierescue.org/
This is their write up which includes ways to help them:
"Orphan Annie Rescue is a local non-profit animal rescue comprised of a group of amazing volunteers who come together to help save lives however they can. We are committed to working with all of the animals that we take in and treating them the way they deserve to be treated - as part of the family. There are numerous opportunities to contribute to the life saving efforts of this animal rescue including, but not limited to, opening your home to foster homeless animals, coming out on Saturdays to help set up and break down for adoption events, donating money and/or supplies, and sharing our adoptable animals on social media. With the help of the community, we can continue to thrive in our ability to help animals in need."
I got to pose with Tater! (Photo by Lara W)
***edit*** On October 14th, 2017 Tater was adopted and now he has his very own forever home and a loving human mom who understands all that he has been through and loves him so much!! Thanks to Orphan Annie Rescue he went from being chained in awful conditions outdoors to become a cherished & beloved companion. So thrilled to report this wonderful news!!
I am incredibly grateful I was able to participate in two very special events this month to give back to the animals in my community. The images above are at the Modern Mystic (Atlanta) September 16th where the wonderful Kelley Knight (top right photo) and I teamed up to provide donation based mini sessions on the Beltline for animal companions and for their humans. It was a beautiful day. Kelley gave mini tarot readings and I gave mini reiki and communication sessions. I loved meeting such sweet dogs and their loving parents and I was thrilled to be surprised by two lovely dogs & their moms with whom I had sessions earlier this year. It was so meaningful & special to meet them in person, when their energy felt so familiar already! Bacon (top middle) does incredible work helping his mom with her practice and Wynne (top left) is a true miracle pup I have communicated with many times. She has overcome a serious health issue with her mom's dedicated care and as a special treat I have invited Wynne's mom Colleen to write a guest blog post about this journey for us which I will share with you all very soon! When it got too hot to continue working outside we moved into the shop & I believe the dogs loved being surrounded by all the high energy crystals at the Modern Mystic Shop. We raised $257 in just a few hours which we donated to Lifeline Animal Project to help especially with animals that had to evacuate due to the recent storms. Many thanks to all who came! There are more photos from both events on my instagram account @sigrira
The above set of photos is from the Strut your Mutt event by the Atlanta chapter of Best Friends Animal Society on September 23rd. I was so excited to be invited to do mini readings (I donated all my fees to Best Friends) during this nation wide event! I have been a big fan of Best Friends for 20 years, and it was a joy to support a group who does so much good for animals. I was in a beautiful gazebo which made me think of a fairytale treehouse when I first saw it (top left photo) and I was able to bring in pillows to make it extra cozy. The Body Shop provided great gifts for me to give to those who came for the mini reiki & communication sessions and a wonderful Best Friends volunteer helped me and held space beautifully for the interspecies parents. There were some very emotional readings and I was touched both by the strength of some of the dogs' emotional support for their parents as well as the love shared between them. The dog on the bottom right photo is a certified therapy dog and she wanted to tell her mom that she knows exactly how much time each patient needs with her, it varies a lot, some need a long while and others simply a smile! I also loved that several dogs came into the gazebo of their own initiative to receive reiki, surprising their parents by staying as long as they needed the energy healing for! More photos of this event are on my instagram @Sigrira.
I attended an advanced mediumship practice workshop this past wknd with Jamie Butler and I am so grateful for her. Jamie began helping me to develop my abilities 10 years ago and I've taken many classes with her including my Reiki 1, 2 and Mastership. If any of you ever have the opportunity to take a class with her, she is an amazing teacher!✨I would not be where I am today without her, she believed in me even before I did❤️
The class this weekend allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and approach readings in some new & different ways-the photo with Gracie shows that I pulled the courage card on Saturday from the Spirit Cats tarot by Nicole Piar-& you can see Gracie is still on my chair- the tree was my early morning view of the nature preserve behind the Center for Love & Light🌳
Some of the messages that came through made me very happy because it reinforced what I know in my heart already- that I truly do not see a species difference - and that I am indeed here to help others to understand animals are completely equal.💛The best messages are often those we already feel in our hearts, but it's nice to sometimes hear them spoken out loud or shown to us in meditation.
We did a beautiful meditation on Sunday to the sound of the earth's heartbeat (Schumann resonance) and Jarvis & Juneau (my sons in spirit) were there with me and showed me what it felt like to be a big cat, and to be able to create healing purrs in tune with the earth's vibration.
I also met a wonderful group of people and found out I had a past life as a sister (as cat and as a human)with a lovely friend.✨
Overall it was very inspiring and reinforced for me that I truly am happiest connecting energetically with animals and with the people who love them, and I'm already having lots of ideas of new ways to help more animals which I will share as they unfold! ✨
Our home was on the eclipse path yesterday-and even though it wasn't 100% totality (it was 97% I think) we chose to stay home to experience it in our garden. I brought all the crystals outside to be charged with the lovely eclipse energy and looked for moon shadows.🌙
Once the moon began to cover the sun, even at about 1/3 or so, the light dramatically began to shift. It had a surreal quality that photos couldn't really capture. It was very quiet for a while and the garden felt almost otherworldly.✨Sort of like a moment suspended in time. It was lovely to do a meditation outside as the temperature had cooled and become more pleasant🌘(here in Atlanta our summer temps can often be too hot to enjoy being outdoors during the middle of the day.)
Merlin and Gracie were safely in their screened catio so they could feel and see the changes without a direct view of the sun. Merlin did join me outside on the back deck (on my lap) for a bit, but Gracie stayed in the catio the entire time. I had images of her absorbing the energy and even moving it in ways beyond my comprehension. 💫🌗Afterwards she was pretty tired, the last photo shows her lying down and she went on to take a long nap until sunset. I was energized and tired at the same time & very grateful to have experienced such a magical few moments in our garden.✨🌳🌺
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This afternoon I was sending Reiki to a lovely dog in India. That phrase alone makes me smile because it is really exciting to be able to serve as an animal communicator and energy healer for animals around the world. As if that weren't magical enough, my cat son Merlin positioned himself directly behind me as I sat down for the Reiki session and he remained there for the full duration of it. I had the distinct feeling that he was acting as my protector (energetically) as well as grounding me since the energies coming through for the healing were of a very high vibration. After the session I arranged crystals around Merlin so he could enjoy a "crystal bath" and he loved it! He shifted comfortably and stayed for about three hours! I tried to move one of the crystals once because I was worried it was about to fall off the pillow, and he reached for it so I wouldn't remove it.
I also feel my cat daughter Gracie Belle often is grounding energies for me and she is very diligent about helping me clear myself and our space. She and her brother both help balance me by playing and snuggling but they also lift up my heart and my vibration because theirs is naturally so pure and high. Merlin does not always sit behind me but he does almost always come into the room anytime I am about to communicate with an animal or sending Reiki. They are also very good at clearing their own energy and part of this for them is having access to fresh air and sunshine. Since they are indoor-only we have a catio (a screened in room with cat shelves for them) and a playpen so they can still enjoy the elements, and it is very apparent this is something they need to remain balanced & grounded themselves.
I have done quite a few sessions where I communicated with animal companions of people who do energy work and different types of healing work for clients. I find it interesting that many of these animals tell me that part of their "job" is to help their human parent/companion to do their job! Sometimes they help the clients directly if they are in the space during the sessions and other times they assist their humans by protecting them energetically - or by giving them inspiration! Many animals are the reason their humans begin to explore alternative healing. I took my first Reiki class to help my cat son (in spirit now) Jarvis, and that started all of this for me. Most animals already communicate with their humans and they encourage them to learn which ways they most easily can receive their messages, whether by visual (mind)images, hearing, feeling, sensing or even in dreams. This also often continues after a beloved animal crosses over, they may continue watching over their humans and assisting them in finding their life's purpose or path or expanding their possibilities if already on it. Some enjoy becoming guides for us. In my case Jarvis wanted to take an active part in assisting me with the intuitive work I do with animals.
There are many animals that seem to be connected to energy from the stars as well as to angelic energies and they do so much to help us with our energy work both personally and professionally. I know Merlin and Gracie Belle and so many other companions are operating on levels beyond what I can possibly comprehend as a human. I can sense that they are doing this, but that is about it. I am grateful and I hope if this resonates you might consider the many ways your animal companion assists with your own energy work, whether they are helping during personal meditations or with healing work you may do for others.