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© Chiara Marrapodi 2015

Humans have all sorts of techniques and modalities for their development, whether this is from a physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual perspective, they are all around us.  Animals, on the other hand, have many physical therapy options often chosen by their owners.  Very few humans think to ask their animals what they want.  Indeed, I can hear you saying well I would if I could talk to them, this is of course the case.  But animals give us subtle cues a lot of the time that we miss.  When things pop in our heads we dismiss them, this can be pictures or words or phrases.  If we allowed these to permeate through and took them a little more seriously perhaps they could be messages from our pets.  Indeed, I have a little story that taught me a big lesson.  I was changing Smudge’s litter trays (she has 2, you guessed why - Miss Smudge!), I had had a hard day and knew she wanted them changed.  I did the job begrudgingly in my state of extreme exhaustion.  I thought to myself, I don’t want to change these smelly litter trays anymore.  I didn’t realize the implications of this thought.  It was fleeting at best and I knew that.  However, it seemed to be amplified given my state of tiredness.  I walked into the lounge and saw Smudge’s towel all ruffled up.  As I walked towards it I realize she had peed on it. So I asked her why she peed on her towel?  She told me that I had informed her I didn’t want her anymore.  I realized what had happened and explained to her that it wasn’t the case and I was very tired that night and was being a human.  She was most upset with me.  My heart sank I cried.  I apologized profusely and explained I loved her dearly.  I told her I wanted her to be at my side always. She turned her head away from me and after many apologies and explanations, after 3 days she forgave me and we were friends again.  Well, that was a lesson in not forgetting that she reads my thoughts, heart and mind-pictures all the time.  We are deeply connected and I am to be highly aware about everything I say, think and do.  As always Smudge is my greatest educator.   Animals know what we think of them and often what we think and feel about them they act out.  So you see if we have expectations about them and judge them they absorb that, often play it out or rebel.  What does this say about seeing life through their eyes?  Indeed, we spend all our time in our own reality, seeing things from our perspective we forget to switch to theirs and see how it looks for them, with their feelings, their realities and their experiences. 


It all begins with that first touch.  The senses define our experience of this physical world.  We use them to navigate our environment to make our decisions and understand who we are and where we fit in.  It is exactly the same for animals the main difference is that they do not possess a false personality (ego) that they need to satisfy or collude with.  They are free and pure and are absorbed in their experience.  They spend a lot of their time in the alpha brain wave state (much as children) so their experiences are very real to them and they are in a heightened state of awareness.  They read us on so many levels from our heart, our intentions, our eyes and our touch.  We begin to build rapport with animals from the moment we set eyes on them, touch them and hold them.  Like humans our domesticated animals  want to form deep connections with us.  They are givers, pure givers from the heart.  What happens when we give too much?  We feel drained, it is the same for animals.  Through developing trust, understanding, mutual respect, honesty and sincere acceptance our relationships with animals can enrich both our lives.  This offers the receiver a sense of freedom and real relationship.  Often we project our needs and wants on to our animals mistaking these for what their true needs and feelings are.  This is so easy to do.  Understanding the difference between our own projections and the true experiences of our animals requires honest, conscious, compassionate communication with ourselves first and then our animals.  Each being is unique, with their experiences (traumatic, wholesome and in-between), respecting this and working with an animal in relation to this shows them they are truly loved and are free to let go of that which has brought them hurt and move into a frequency of harmony and coherence (order).  


Science has taught us a great deal of valuable information, I am an avid scientist, I am also an avid integralist meaning I like to put together my being with my knowing.  I do not compartmentalize my knowledge from my experience.  I also do not dismiss my experiences as unfounded because there is no scientific explanation.  I begin to look for a sound explanation.  Indeed, if I had dismissed my experiences (which I did do for quite sometime) I would not be writing these words today!  I believe this will be the science of the future, an integrated methodology based on the factual and the experiential, without the exclusion of one or the other.  It is a balance. 


Compassionate euthanasia, I feel that if an animal is suffering and their human companion has decided to bring the suffering to a close I will support and honor this.  I provide a compassionate, healing and spiritual ceremony with feedback on what is transpiring for their companion.  This exchange assists the animal to understand what is happening and also gives comfort for the human companion.  I have developed a special ceremony that involves a special forgiveness and transitioning statement.  The forgiveness ceremony occurs before the day of the transition.


As you read my experiences above, no doubt you have realized that every animal communication is not only a learning about the animal from their perspective but a definitive therapy for the human owner also.  In all of my sessions this is indeed the case, animals are able to hone into patterns and understandings about their humans more subtly than we do for ourselves and will share this if they feel safe. 


Wild animals also have a great deal to impart about their kind, their environment and also human habits that disturb them.  They have a great wisdom to share if we are open.  I find that in the natural world you need to earn respect.  Once you have proved yourself worthy magic really does happen.  I have many stories relating to this, for another time!


When we are heard it opens our hearts, when animals share their story and are heard it heals.  When we hear their stories and understand each other better in the quietness of our hearts it heals not only the animal but the human too.  


Animal therapy is already here, let’s talk!

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