NatureLog - My Nature & Nature Travel Blog
Animals Through My Traveling Lens
In Part 1 of this blog, I discussed the gift of animals all around us and the messages they can bring if we're open and listening. This is true wherever we are - in our home and in our nature travels elsewhere. In Part 2, I focus on our own pets.
Our pets who have passed
My dogs who have passed over also send me very clear and distinct messages. When I have compared my experiences with others, they, too, have echoed similar experiences. This is why I always remind my friends who have lost beloved pets to know that their pets remain with them – perhaps as a “guardian” or friend from the other side – and to always pay attention for their messages. I share my own personal first experience with this later. I have now started asking my dogs, shortly before they pass, what sign they will use to get my attention after they have left the physical world. My last dog, Mika, clearly sent me an image of a dove’s feather when I posed the question to her. How would you know and trust the answer you get? It is literally the very first image that comes into your mind - without a single thought. For more on how you can connect with your pets – or any animal - many resources abound, and I provide some, below. You can take classes online or in person to learn how to tap in. And all should provide you with direct practice to become comfortable with it. Don't let the thought of 'animal communications' as something odd or something that someone else does, detract you from it. I'll share my own personal story of why I feel this way....
I had enrolled in an animal communications class - now over 15 years ago - thinking that I was just going to hear how animal communicators do what they do. I had no idea I would soon - ever so gently - be put on the spot myself. And I'm glad I didn't know. Back then, I lacked the kind of self-confidence that such an act would take, and would have never enrolled in the session. But the very foundation of how I view life - and the possibilities that surround us - changed because of that class... We were each asked to bring a photo of a pet which, naively, I thought was to share with the Instructor. And so, sitting in the class with this premise, we were asked to exchange those pet photos with one another. "Oh no!" I now realized, "this is our own test!" I hesitantly accepted the picture of a Golden Retriever from the nice lady sitting across from me. Palms sweating, I reluctantly and nervously went through the exercise. We were then asked to share what came to us during the exercise. I felt panicked. I convinced myself that these odd images I kept getting during the exercise were some images my brain was concocting. And so the moment of truth came when I was asked to share. I swallowed, blushed, and apologized for the 'silly' image that I had gotten. As I shared that I had seen her Retriever run circles around a kitchen island and then plop himself right in front of the refrigerator, I saw her friend (seated beside her) hit her arm - and both of them stared back at me in astonishment. This, it turned out, was the precise layout of her kitchen and indeed the ritual her dog would eagerly do whenever his owner returned home.... WOW. Just wow.... I sat - speechless, astonished..... That moment, that day, was my wakeup call to all that is invisible to our 5 senses - but every bit as real as what we can see and touch. The experience has never left me. I understood why we were asked to participate in the exercise ourselves: it makes it real, tangible. It's a gift we ALL have, should we be willing to tap into it and use it. And like any muscle, exercise helps improve your ability to tap in and to grow confidence in yourself and this natural ability that we each have.
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” - Nikola Tesla
It starts with being open
It might take a little time for you to become comfortable with these concepts and that’s ok. It has been a journey over my adult life to learn to tap in and tune in to the animals all around me.
One day while gardening, I came across a dove’s feather and thought to myself, “That’s probably not from Mika. It may have been here some time.” At which point, distracted, I got up to do something else. Right then, right there, a dove on the wire above me took off and a single feather, ever so slowly, descended from the dove, gliding left, then right, slowly, slowly, as if dancing in the air. Right before my eyes, the feather amazingly glided and shifted to a 30 degree angle - straight over to me - landing at my feet. I started laughing – that was undeniable. It’s best not to resist these moments, simply thank them and ask them if they have a message for you. The first thing that comes into your mind – without judgment, is the message. Just be open and see what they want to share with you. These gifts from our animal friends are beyond compare. They strengthen us in times of weakness, they reassure us in times of questioning, they console us in times of sadness. Somehow, they just know that we need them.
There are many wonderful resources below and beyond. I hope this list helps get you started. Be well, be open, and may your journey be richer thanks to the help of nature and the animals with whom we share the planet …..
Pamela, Eyes4Nature's proprietor, enjoying life out in the field among the animals and the peacefulness of nature.