From the horses mouth

I had a visit from the horsing community last night whilst preparing my dinner.  Fortunately it was an energetically house call, as the small dimensions of my kitchen would have made any food preparation amongst an herd of horses very difficult.

The timing of this equine visit aligned with recent media exposure of the treatment of hundreds of racehorses in Australia.   For those unaware of the coverage, video footage has been shared publicly showing many horses, who have left the racing industry, being beaten and killed in Eastern Australia. The ABC documentary has left many people reacting and questioning, not only the industry but also those servicing the abattoirs.

Within the racing industry, laws have been broken.  Where this is occurring, racehorses are not legally allowed to be sent to slaughter.  There is supposed to be a system ensuring their care and safety in retirement.  Within the abattoirs, everything that is occurring is legal, but many people are questioning the morality of these deaths.  So what makes this so different to other animals being sent to slaughter?

Recent conversations with other horses and my dear friend, Catherine Louise Birmingham, have shown how horses are bringing a more raised awareness to humanity through the close relationship they share with humans.  Millions of humans are connecting with their fears and emotions through the assistance and guidance of horses.  Horses are, literally, working their way into our lives on so many levels: work, sport, social events, healing and companionship.

“People are associating with us. They see our strength, our beauty, our vitality and gracefulness.  They expect more for us.” 

Do we care more for these animals than others only because they have given to us?  They financially, emotionally and culturally contribute to our society. Do these factors increase our care factor and compassion for this species over others?

Horses have served and helped humans for generations.  They have quietly helped us evolve, physically and energetically, through understanding and guidance.  Shifts in perspective and deeper understanding are occurring, leaving an expired association in our relationship with horses that serves humanity no more.  We no longer need that level of servitude with animals.  We are entering a stage in our relationship where we will live as equal beings together.  It is time for humans to allow horses, and other species to go into retirement.  Their duties are done, it is now up to us to activate and action the knowledge they have shared, and are continuing to share.

My equine visitors shared how the qualities we admire in them, beauty, grace, speed and strength are not respected anymore.  We need to go back to that and connect with them again.

When different species live alongside each other, their life experience together is more intimate.  Through observation and events, they learn to understand and respect each other more clearly.  They witness each other’s emotions.  They see and feel each other’s pain, sadness, happiness, love and passion.  All that we experience, they do too.

When a species becomes part of an industry, a system manufacturing them specifically for human use and consumption, their financial value supersedes any emotional consideration from their manufacturer, distributor, retailer or anyone involved in the supply chain.  Those working in the industries disconnect from any trace of empathy.  They go into survival mode along with the animal they are processing.

These horses are acting as a vital link between humans and slaughtered animals.  They are bringing the connection of what really happens in an abattoir to many people and creating emotional triggers to encourage change.

Why someone reacts can only be answered by that person, but why are so many people reacting to this documentary?

Horses are sharing how they are being a bridge between domesticated and farmed animals.  “Our environment crosses these boundaries, our lives cross these boundaries”.  Humans care for and bond with horses.  Their strength, beauty and companionship is recognised.  Many humans associate with horses on an individual level.  We relate to them as beings differently to other industry-based species which is why the emotional attachment is stronger than with other species.  Because we see and feel their emotions through this bond, we also see and feel their pain and upset when they are mistreated and killed.  This may be why so many people have reacted very strongly to the footage in the ABC documentary.

We are taught form a very young age to disconnect, emotionally, from many farmed animals.  Our experiences with these animals are limited or filtered to minimise emotional bonding.

Many of us are taught that meat is a staple food source.  That we need it, as an human, to survive.  It is no surprise then, if we find ourselves connecting with our food source and questioning that relationship, we create a fear that our survival is under threat, so we emotionally disconnect again.  It becomes a cycle which continues generation through generation until we learn to stop and consider our belief systems, ceasing the process of disconnection.

These horses are here as our emotional conscience, reconnecting us to that emotional link we cut when we become disconnected.

National Flag, one of the horses featured in the ABC documentary, shared with me how he felt let down by those he considered family.  They were his herd.  He loved to run and understood that as his purpose.  He didn’t see this coming for him.  This gentle Soul explained in detail how some animals don’t enter a lifetime with the specific purpose of raising humanity’s conscience.  Some come to share lessons on a more personal level, others join what National Flag described as ‘a cause’.  The best way I can describe what he shared is like an human signing up for a cause that motivates them into action.  National Flag saw an opportunity to join others in this expose so he ‘signed up’.  He continued to patiently share how animals are sometimes recruited during a particular lifetime by other animals for a cause.  Like National Flag, they may not have necessarily entered that lifetime for that purpose but choose to sign up when approached, asked or advised of a cause by another animal.  These are brave, selfless beings who are seeing the ‘bigger picture.’  They are helping us to help ourselves so that we can then help others.  These lessons are coming in waves with each species, or lesson, being its own wave.  National Flag showed this particular cause looking like one of the many images of horses bonded with the sea, creating a large wave.

He said they will keep coming with an unfaltering energy, like a rugby scrum.  Because they are coming with, and from, a place of pure love, they will not tire.  Each cause will bring a change, a shift in perspective and understanding.  They need to come.  Humans will struggle because of the instilled belief systems which have developed through many generations which now require adjusting.

The wise sage, Lee, wanted to share with me how horses are helping to open our hearts, which we have closed from the hurt experienced through these shifts and events.  He shared that we have desensitised ourselves and will never heal if we carry on this way.  It is up to us to use that pain created during our connection to these animals, bring it up to the surface and ‘fix’ it.  Burying it deep inside will infect us.  We will fester and die, as individuals and a species.  Lee shared how we have, as a species, learnt how to bury whatever hurts us and it is now rotting us at our core.  He confirmed what National Flag and the other horses had shared by saying that those who are bringing this to the surface are here to help humanity.  The humans involved will be feared, so many people will react by trying to stop them but it is not them we are fearing, only what they are making us feel and experience.  Lee asks us to take our focus off the catalyst and direct it into ourselves.  An analogy Lee has shared with me and others, previously, showed fear as a splinter.  The longer we leave it unattended, the deeper we allow it to bury itself within us and the more infected we become.  Our body ceases to function fully while it fights the foreign object inside us.  Fear is that foreign object.  Those who are helping dig that splinter out create an uncomfortable experience for us while retrieving it but that pain is temporary.  Once removed, we begin to heal and function fully when our body has nothing to fight against.

We are being shown more detailed imagery of animal cruelty, abuse and killings to enable and empower us into action.  By getting angry, upset and frustrated, we are being triggered into questioning our belief system.  Through understanding what has caused an emotion, we can begin to process and release it from within, rather than focus our emotions to external situations and people.

Interestingly, the horses shared how we must not treat those working in the industries to our anger and pain.  A very challenging perspective for many, the horses shared how those working within these industries have disconnected so that they can ‘bring this to life’.  National Flag confirmed this by saying that he doesn’t blame them.  He shared how “they are bringing this lesson to the many”.  All these horses, and many other species, want these systems to be exposed.  They asked us “Don’t stop it”.  What is happening will, otherwise, go underground.

The horses want to keep the momentum going to keep it alive and therefore, through change, keep them alive.

My visitors asked that we keep exposing what we are given.  People’s minds will understand when they are ready and that is when change will happen.

“Seeing is believing”.
What we are shown forms our belief patterns.  We have been shown what the animal industries want us to believe so by witnessing what is actually happening, belief systems adjust to bring a new level of understanding and compassion for these animals.
The ABC documentary is connecting us with, and highlighting so much.  We are being shown to question our beliefs on consumption, speciesism, food sources, excess, greed, treatment and expectation.
We are being shown that money is not security.  Wealth does not guarantee anything in life, including life itself.
We are being asked to consider how one being can treat another that way, regardless of species.
We are, again, being asked to assess our life choices and impact on all that is around us.  The higher our demands for the products these industries, or any industry, create, they more the industries grow.  It’s a simple solution of choosing to cease buying into it and only utilise what we need for our purpose and existence.  Without demand, the supply will cease.

I remember being asked over thirty years ago “What is the point of you not eating meat?”  The questioner then stated “One person won’t make a difference”.  I responded by explaining how I understood it at the time: that of course it won’t make a difference if everyone thought that way but with each individual that chooses not to eat meat, it begins to add up and make a difference.  As the animals continue to remind us, it has to start with ourselves, as individuals.  Thankfully, others felt the same as me and change has occurred.  Things will always stay the same if we choose to believe statements like the one shared with me.

The perspective that everyone can make a difference is very powerful and, once everyone understands and knows the power they have is within themselves, change will be fast.

Happiness: The greatest gift that we possess.

This is an article that has been cooking for a little while now but a couple of recent triggers have called time and asked that this be shared.

One was the reminder of a quote from the wise Thich Nhat Hanh: “There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way”.  The other was an event which affected my old home town a couple of days ago.

The quote from Thich Nhat Hanh is true, to an extent.  Happiness is the way, but we do also have to find our way to ‘the way’.  Our journey to reconnect with happiness is our way to the way, which can feel challenging at times.  Certain conditions, such as neurological issues, can affect our reconnection but that is another article in itself.

When prompted to ask more from the wise and generous Animal Realm about “What is happiness?” they began by showing me that it is a combination of more than one thing.

It is emotion, feeling and experience.  Happiness is a state of existence encompassing these emotions, feelings and experiences.  Pleasure and joy can incorporate and be created by each of these, individually or combined, but happiness is more a state of being, an existence.

Many of us think we know happiness.  We have all experienced moments which have made us happy and, when reconnecting with those memories at a later time, we reconnect with the emotion of that moment, but is that real inner happiness?  The Animals explained that there is more to it than that.

[On a brief side-note: the words joy and happiness are often interchanged and there is a difference between the two.  I will share how they have been explained to me, with happiness as a state of existence and joy more of a temporary emotion connected with an experience.  They can often be understood the other way around, with joy being the deeper of the two.  Whichever resonates with you, go with that.  They are words, designed for the purpose of communicating how we feel.  For the purpose of us actually experiencing the two, it doesn’t make a difference what we call it, the experience still exists as it is meant to.]

When people share “I just want to be happy” they can often be searching for an external stimulant which may come in the form of travel, a partner, child, job, home etc.  Whatever it is, there is a ‘thing’ which becomes a target or goal to reach.  That’s when happiness is often mistakenly adopted as a ‘thing’ to obtain.  The search for the elusive ‘happy thing’ to bring us happiness can then become a one-lifetime or multiple-lifetime mission.  To expect one obtainable item to be our ticket to happiness is when many people, instead, discover disappointment.

If we are not truly happy, the illusion of happiness will continually shift its identity.

It’s not that those targets and goals will never help us achieve happiness.  They can be what our Soul is requesting for us to fulfil our purpose which then helps us reconnect with true happiness, but for them to ‘bring us’ happiness is a thought process which requires shifting.  It implies we want to passively receive happiness instead of actively utilising these tools and experiences to rediscover it.

Our place of happiness exists because we choose to allow it to, not because something, or someone, triggered an emotion or feeling.   That is joy, the quick fix.  Joy can sometimes distract us from acknowledging, nurturing and developing that deeper level of existence in happiness and it may become addictive.

We adapt our human needs and live for that spike of emotion, using it as an energetic plaster to cover and hide deeper emotional wounds and our Soul’s needs.

Through the process of releasing belief constraints, fears, allowing love and establishing boundaries, we heal those deep wounds and find no further need for plasters.  We simply enjoy the joyous moments while existing in true, inner happiness.

Happiness is an existence in love.  When we are deeply happy, we connect with the love for ourselves, everyone and everything around us.  Joy comes from, and can fluctuate with, external influences, gratifications and pleasures, which are all experiences intermingled with happiness but only fleeting.

Moments of joy, thrills and excitement throughout life will provide a fix we feel we are needing but our search for happiness will continue after the effects of that experience have worn off.  Other moments in life will resonate deeply within us and they are the ones to recognise as experiences for developing our true happiness.

While chatting, the Animals suggested to see happiness as flowers in a vase of water with the vase as our physical body and the water our energetic, or inner self.  If we allow the water to become stagnant or the vase to empty, the flowers will wilt and die.  They have nothing to nourish them.  If we neglect ourselves and forget to nourish ourselves from within, we leave nothing to nurture our happiness.     

The key to happiness is in recognising which moment acts as a plaster and which waters our flowers.

Brick wall or Doorway?

Many moons ago, I was travelling through a beautiful island paradise where I had been warmly welcomed by the locals.  I had jumped straight into a traveller’s brochure and was living the dream.  Then we turned a corner and it hit me like a brick wall.  An emotional brick wall.  There was a huge advertising board promoting a new residential building complex which could have come straight from the suburbs of any developed city.  A sadness engulfed me as I mentally decided this potential development would completely ruin this unspoilt, natural beauty I was in the midst of enjoying.  An innocent beauty many people from developed city landscapes longed for.

As we continued along the road, marvelling at the lush rainforest and happy, thriving local communities around us, the billboard kept re-projecting itself at me.

I questioned why it upset me so much.  I acknowledged my want to protect this serenity for others to enjoy, and the feeling that change would bring a negative outcome, but to feel so distraught was perplexing.

While realising it was more the feeling of helplessness which was upsetting me, another revelation occurred: it wasn’t really about protecting, it was about controlling what these communities could do.

Who was I to question whether another being has the right to experience what I have had, let alone restrict their experience by telling them to keep it raw?

Many people experience growth and plenty, convenience and fortune, take a brief visit to less developed countries for emotional and mental rebalancing, then return to the conveniences of ‘civilisation’.  When we feel a threat approaching our therapy source, we try to control it.

Previous encounters have given some people insight into what can follow mass development after its arrival into smaller communities.  We can find ourselves subconsciously using that insight to create a fear-based projection that the same will happen to others.  Instead of reconnecting with our own experience and bringing awareness to a situation, we fully block others from any opportunity to learn as we did.

Perspective and advice, offered from a place of compassion, bring much greater growth than any transmission of fear.

Because some of us have transitioned through a door of experience and can look back, it doesn’t certify us to stop others going through their own door.  How are people supposed to learn from experience if it is only a reality for some?  It would be akin to an adult limiting a child’s every interaction in case one may hurt the child.  How will that child ever learn?

There is nothing to compare against if only one end of a scale is experienced.

This applies to us as a species and universally.

The concept that we have gone too far as a species, irrevocably destroying our planet and humanity, is a popular concept to some.  There are others who believe there is still time to make amends, if we act now.

Wanting to retreat to an existence prior to all advances in technology, industry and agriculture to live a very simple life free from modern complexities may feel like an option but it’s fundamentally unrealistic.  Our species has evolved beyond that, physically, mentally and emotionally.

By looking back, unregretful and with wisdom, at what we have gone through we take insight with us as we move forward.  Through processing our lessons and experiences, we will enable and empower ourselves to continue with momentum and further growth.

We need to maintain momentum or we will stagnate.

Trying to return to how we were prior to a particular event would be admitting that we have never learnt from it, that there was no lesson at all. We need to recognise that we did experience that moment for a reason.

Explained succinctly in the iconic ‘Back to the Future’ films, returning to before an event, and trying to change what happened, doesn’t bode well or ‘solve’ anything.  Other unforeseen factors create a different future and conjure other lessons for us.

Many of us are aware that, as individuals, we learn from our challenges and continue forward with our new-found knowledge.  It is time to embrace all that knowledge we have accumulated from our individual and communal experiences and utilise it to enhance what we have, not discard what we have learnt on the journey here.  We will continue to move on with insight and perspective which we can offer to share, but not enforce on other.  It is time to apply that on a universal level and use it to help all beings transition through the latest shift that is occurring.  A shift which requires that we all come together as one and bring our experiences to the table.  We are learning and growing as one entity.

Our experiences enable us to teach as well as learn.

This is why we must allow others their version of experiences we may have had.  Another’s experience will not unfold as ours because it will be individual to them.  Even if we feel we didn’t enjoy or benefit from a particular moment of our journey, it happened and we still obtained knowledge and insight from it.  This puts us in a wonderful position to share what we have learnt and guide another but never control, dictate or steer their path.  It is their journey with personal lessons to grow from.  We have had, and will continue to have, ours.



Therapy Animals

I recently watched an interesting SBS Insight programme called Pet Power, which offered insight into the lives of people living with Therapy Animals and it prompted me to connect in with our animal companions and ask them for more insight to be shared regarding their role as Therapy companions in our lives.

During the Insight programme, the host and guests acknowledged and questioned the relationships, regulations and benefits involved with humans and Therapy/Assistance Animals.

Various stories and perspectives came via people from many corners of society, all connected with training and/or living with Therapy Animals.  The humans shared while their animal companions sat patient, proud and content, very happy that their missions were on the public’s agenda.

There are increasing variances in role titles assigned to these dedicated beings: therapy, assistance, service or helper animals being the most recognised.  Regulation, rather than required task, plays a major role in how each title is assigned.

Dependant on the level of legislative hoops that an animal jumps through, what level of recognised training has been achieved and whether an animal is even perceived in law courts as beneficial, determine how an animal is labelled.

How can the therapeutic benefits of an impromptu purring cat, playful dog, or cuddly chicken be compared to an organised session with an animal on completion of a certified training course?  Each is unique to that moment and energy exchange.

Therapy is “the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process” or “any act, hobby, task, program, etc., that relieves tension,”  which suggests that anyone treating and/or relieving emotional, mental or physical tension, whatever its source, has claim to be a therapist.

Therapy is the aspect of the relationship which the Animals feel is core.  All animals, humans included, provide therapy to others. Whether assisting autistic children and adults cope with life and social skills, relieving symptoms of depression, PTSD and trauma or providing greater independence for their human companion, those animals considered service/assistance animals also naturally provide therapy by improving the quality of life for their person.  They increase opportunities for independence by releasing their person’s dependency on others and empowering them.  Through unconditional assistance, service and healing, these animals create a better mental, physical and emotional existence for their person.  They can, literally, give them their life back.

One guest on the Insight programme, who was challenged with symptoms of PTSD, shared how his experience with therapy horses enabled him to recognise and release behaviours associated with his trauma.  Another guest, an owner of multiple residential homes explained how chickens had moved into their premises’ and were assisting some of the elderly residents socialise while alleviating symptoms of dementia in others.

The variance of mental, emotional and physical requirements of the guests called for a multispecies army of therapists.  Therapy Animals are no longer being concentrated towards physical needs.  Their compassion and understanding has opened them up to requests from humans experiencing mental and emotional challenges also. 

Some dedicated animals are guiding people through specific challenging events during their lifetime and others are permanently supporting them through everything their life has to share.

As our demand for a higher quality of life creates a search for options, it subsequently creates an increase in demand for Therapy Animals.  This can then domino into requests for regulations, which can gradually overwhelm the focus, question necessity and limit accessibility to all.  Through balance we can promote a shift in how those animals incorporate themselves into our daily lives.

A pick ‘n mix of species has begun to filter into the social hangouts of humans, with people gradually acclimatising to sharing public spaces with other animals. 

Humans often require understanding when accepting changing situations.  By experiencing and understanding the purpose and relationship of a Therapy Animal in a social environment, acceptance becomes more comfortable.  This understanding brings the actuality of animals being welcomed into society as equals a massive step closer.  It shifts from being a boss and domestic servant style relationship to co-worker and inter-dependent in life.

There is also a very strong, acute public shift from seeing animals as passive workers to understanding them as interactive participants in the human/helper role.  By passive, I refer to emotionally and consciously passive.  Historically trained to function as extensions to a person’s physical, the emotional and mental support provided by Therapy Animals has often been overlooked by many humans outside that specific relationship.  This is becoming more widely recognised and embraced.  More humans, inside and outside therapy industries, are recognising that these animals actively participate on many levels in the relationship they have with their person.

Animals are being recognised and acknowledged on a much more profound level through their ‘work’, dedication and patience and the deeper, forgotten connection between the human species and others is being rediscovered.

This reconnection is being encouraged by many other species and, as humans recognise it, a huge, exciting shift in consciousness for humanity is occurring.

By understanding that other species are here to work with us, not just to obey commands and assist our physical needs, we create a massive change of consciousness.

Woe is Me



“Oh Woe is Me.” A phrase which incites sorrow and misfortune for oneself and the basis for today’s message from the Animal Realm.

Previously sharing the lack of need for pity in the article, It’s a pity to pity. today the animals shared how we can retire self-pity and replace it with self-awareness.

Self-pity is a place we have all visited at some moment in our lives with some choosing to stay longer than others.

Self-pity and self-awareness are different levels of introspection, both a connection with ourselves on an emotional and mental level.  What we see and do during that connection is the key to our experience.

As with all life experiences, we have an opportunity to discover more about ourselves when being introspective but pity has been shown to be an empty gesture, although it does bring us straight to the issue, or rather the emotion attached to the issue, which is fantastic.  It then focuses in on that emotion and creates a permanent, immoveable challenge.  Our destination has been reached and, knowing no different, we consider ourselves comfortable staying.

Self-awareness goes on a journey.  We explore other areas of ourselves and our environment.  Sometimes getting side-tracked while encompassing different perspectives en-route, we reach our destination fresh and with options.  We have armed ourselves with information, insight and knowledge en-route to our destination and the emotion is no longer the permanent, immoveable challenge it could have been if we’d gone straight there.  The alternatives encountered en-route can leave us feeling uncomfortable staying permanently with challenging emotions.

It may help absorb this insight more by considering your emotional challenge as a weed in a garden.  Is your focus on not wanting the weed there?  Or is your awareness on how that weed interacts with your garden and what it brings to it’s environment?

A weed is only a wild plant considered to be outside it’s surroundings.  Who has defined these surroundings? We have.
A dandelion, once considered a valuable plant, attracts insects to balance the ecosystem and bring nutrients to the soil.  A lawn, which was once a dandelion metropolis, is now grass.  Dandelions were widely cultivated for medicinal, therapeutic and nutritional usage.  White clover, now considered a weed, protects the soil, has edible flowers and improves nitrogen in the soil.  Many other so-called ‘weeds’ provide food, nutrients and balance to us and the environment around them.

A plant does not consider a growing environment ‘wrong.’  That plant has a purpose.  To grow, nourish, reseed and regrow.  It does not see boundaries within a natural growing environment.

So, by considering our emotions and challenges as the weeds, we have options (as we always do).  A choice to sit and focus on the weed as invasive and unwanted, compare our garden to Mrs Jones’s manicured lawn 3 doors down or embrace the weed as an interactive, nourishing part of our garden which is helping us and our environment flourish?

We always have the opportunity to re-evaluate what is considered a weed, or challenge, by others. We set the boundaries for growth.

Weeds come and go, challenges come and go.  Each bring options for stagnancy or growth.

Self-pity is one option, self-awareness another.

Sick to the Stomach

With so much research, and information obtained during continued studies, one could presume that we ought to be more aware, and have more knowledge, of the human digestive system and nutrition than prior to the many decades of research.

So why are more people presenting, and being diagnosed, with gut issues over recent decades?

Is it simply the varied choices of consumption we have and are now making? Additives, fats, preservatives, farming practises and medicines have changed what we consume and how we consume.

Out of season foods become available all year round.  Previously local food choices cross climate zones and continents.  Farming practises create hidden ingredients and unnatural products for consumption.  ‘Fake foods’ imitate real ingredients and products.

The variances go on….

Is there more to this though?

Previous conversations with the Animal Realm confirmed our nutrition and food choices were not exactly role-model material and were affecting our vibrations, making us physically, emotionally and mentally sick, individually and as a species.

A more recent conversation revealed that there was more to our sickness as a global community than just our consumption choices.

We have also increased the quantity and quality of fear we allow ourselves to accommodate.

A familiar word mentioned throughout life’s experiences and referred to often during healing sessions and energy work but what is Fear?  How and why does it affect us?

We are all familiar, and many of us nervous, when we relate to fear created whilst ‘getting spooked’ experiencing movies, simulations, video games, books, and other similar avenues.  Fear can be triggered by trauma, when experiences and events spark different areas of our brain to react differently to ‘normal protocol’.  Stored and suppressed emotions rise to the surface unexpectedly to help our healing process.  We are stimulated into a sense of instability, survival and instinct by these fears.  Most of us, uncomfortably.

There is the frying pan in the face fear, when we are fully aware of feeling and experiencing it.  Then there is the more subtle, gentle fear, which is so settled into our psyche that we don’t always know it exists.  Sometimes we do, but prefer not to acknowledge it to protect ourselves and our comfort zone.

Whichever fear resides in our physical being, the longer it is left unattended, the longer the physical, emotional and mental challenges co-exist with it.  Fear doesn’t like to be lonely, there is more chance it will be identified, rectified and resolved when isolated.

It was last year when the handsome, wise Lee shared how fear can reside in our bodies like a festering splinter.  The longer it stays, the deeper it can travel, creating infection, sickness and disease.

By allowing fear to become a part of us, we begin to adapt to its needs and conditions until we feel we are living with fear comfortably.  We are not comfortable, only adjusted.

Like the infection from a splinter, the signs and symptoms associated with fear can be diverse and appear very distant to the source site of disease.

We begin to live with fear as a constant and, as we are shown more situations, events or beliefs to fear, we also create more fear within us.  Along with that experience or belief becoming a part of us, we also allow fear to become a part of us.  It is then becomes what we believe our existence to be.

The recent insight from our wise animal friends showed that as more humans struggle to process increasing concerns and fears associated with individual and global challenges, the greater the challenges associated with digestion.

The reason becomes clear when we understand why this is happening.

When we hold fear within us, we create a blockage, like a knot in our energetic pathways.  Instead of these pathways being clear to allow energy to flow freely around our physical and ethereal bodies, energy gets ‘stuck’ in the knot.  Imagine it as blood getting clogged up and not arriving to the required organs, cells and tissues in our physical body.  Our body would struggle to function, until it eventually ceased.

Chakras and meridians in our body create pathways for energy to flow freely.  If we are holding fear, it presents in our third chakra, the Manipura, or Solar Plexus Chakra.  This chakra regulates the energy around the centre of our physical body – just above the navel under the ribs area.  It regulates the functioning of the digestive system and adrenal glands.  Therefore, as more fear is stored, the blockage in our Solar Plexus increases, creating numerous symptoms, primarily digestive issues.

So many eating disorders relate to fear.  Eating to protect (fear of loss), eating (or not eating) through fear of rejection, comfort or isolation.  Struggling to digest information, a situation or event in life can create a number of digestive issues.  Many humans find the challenges of life stressful and fear they are not in control.  IBS, cramps and other stomach diseases present the more we allow fear to reside in us.

By taking back responsibility and control of ourselves, we begin to release fear.

Our species is, literally, sick to the stomach.  We are struggling to digest and process the ever-accumulating fear triggers.  We allow others, consciously or sub-consciously, to instil their beliefs onto us like they were our own.

It may be this lifetime or another, but many fears have been borrowed from somewhere, or someone, else and need to be released.  They do not empower or support us.

So, how do we release our fears and re-balance our guts?

Very gently.

Facing and releasing fears can take a day or lifetime, depending on how deep-rooted they are and our willingness to release.  We may have further learning attached to certain fears.  If we still have an outstanding lesson, we will be unable to release that fear until the lesson is complete.  We may not feel ready to face, acknowledge and process that fear yet.  Patience, compassion and gentleness on self are the keys to processing our fear.

To assist in the release of fear, we have multiple aids.

We can ask ourselves, what is it that triggers me? What emotions are being brought up and what is I fear from that trigger?

Anger, sadness, discomfort and frustration are some of the signs a fear has been triggered. The fear could be a belief you consider as truth. An assumption or learnt behaviour.

The process of release requires honesty and patience.  Facing up to our triggers and fears is often very challenging and can stir up a lot of mud that has had lifetimes to settle.

Observing our emotions gives us valuable insight into our own fears and triggers.  This process of non-judgemental observation can be very confronting but very rewarding when resolved.

A chakra balance and energy work can help balance the energetic pathways in and around the body.  Imbalances in the aura and physical body will often shed light on areas requiring healing.

The animals also suggested we can ‘See our Soul” when releasing fears.  It will help the process feel more comfortable.  By reconnecting with our true self, we connect with the fresh, clean, ‘unprogrammed’ self which is our Soul.  At Soul level we have no fear.  That feature resides in our physical, human self.  It can be carried through lifetimes when unresolved, also passed genetically through generations which is another great incentive to get processing.

Through recognising and acknowledging that we do not need to hold onto any fear, we learn to live freely without it.  We begin to recognise that we can exist without these triggers and learnt beliefs which created the fear.  By actively releasing all fear, we connect with a blissful freedom and peace in life.  That is when we realise, although sometimes easier to live in ignorance which is softer on our emotions, how unhealthy it was to suppress rather than release.

Happy life = Happy tummy.

The Universal Renovation

I have often been asked why the world is so much more violent, chaotic and challenging over recent years in comparison to previous times.

Is our species heading to an awful destruction of humanity, our beautiful planet and all her inhabitants? DSC_0399

A common belief is, that is where humanity’s path leads to but since discussing this over many years with numerous insightful animal friends (human and non-human), it’s becoming clear that humanity is rapidly evolving and merging.

Technology is integrating us physically, culturally and socially, as many aspects of existence, including knowledge, travel, sustenance and work are more conveniently accessible.

We are physically evolving into a community of Earthlings rather than Nations.

The energetic ripples we emit individually are coming together in a seemingly chaotic motion.  This Universal Merge, as with all major merges, will sometimes feel very challenging, so by understanding that this apparent chaos is just colliding ripples, ripples which will naturally merge and subside, we can release all fear of what humanity is to become.  This leaves us to focus on what we are doing, and where we are now.  Sometimes easier said than actioned.

Challenges between different connections in my social circle left me feeling very heavy hearted recently.  Clashes between other’s beliefs got me feeling very overwhelmed with issues and struggles facing humanity as we merge and evolve into this Universal Society.

When feeling overwhelmed, the mantra “I am doing all I can, with what I have” brings us reassurance.  Then there are times when this just doesn’t pacify our human-ness.

Like a major renovation, by looking at and considering the whole, rather than individual components, we may never start anything.  The procrastinators amongst us would be frozen in terror.  By choosing one job, we take a forward movement.  However small it may feel at the beginning, it is still a step towards the goal – the full renovation.

The Universal Renovation we have taken on as a species, consciously or sub-consciously, simply requires each of us, as individuals, to find our own job – our purpose – and strive to honour that.

As each individual does the same, we are all picking a task in that renovation, making it more achievable and less challenging for ourselves and each other, mentally, emotionally and physically.

Following my recent moment of feeling overwhelmed, I sat with the ever-patient Animal Realm to ask for their insight and wisdom.  I asked if they would share something with us for when we feel swamped and challenged on our journey.

They replied with two simple but strong messages:  “Keep moving” and “Awareness”.

The animals are urging us to keep our momentum going, as individuals and as One.  Keep that wheel of change rolling.  There are enough of us to keep it turning for when others need to rest, which we will.

Their message regarding awareness was more than just about creating it, which they are very eager for us to intensify.  They also explained how awareness cannot live alongside control.  Something which is getting more common and which is creating many challenges.

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Nathaniel Branden

When we bring awareness, we are bringing knowledge, perspective and consciousness of a subject or situation to ourselves or someone else.

Creating awareness has been expedited since the emergence of a technology-fuelled society.  Whether it’s an awareness of a belief, culture, ourselves, event or each other, social media and the world web has given easy access to sharing and receiving information.

Awareness is invaluable in understanding other’s views, our own beliefs, journeys and so much more. It brings infinite insight.

Sometimes, our ego can then add a touch of control to the mix whilst raising awareness.  We go beyond bringing knowledge and information to each other, and instead focus on converting others to enact or embrace the subject or situation we are enlightening them about.

By attaching control to awareness, we are blinkering the insight.  We begin to remove the vision of choice and opinion, debate and discussion.  What can be learnt from the other point of view is often lost because we are so focussed on converting our listener. 

We may not agree with the awareness being shared with us, but we may still learn from that insight.

To ease the effects of the Universal Renovation on ourselves, we can simplify our tasks.  Realise that we are unable, and not required, to control any other being or attempt to make them another version of ourselves.  This applies to all species.  The effort saved in trying to control a situation or another being can then be focussed on creating more awareness.

Release control and focus on bringing awareness to others from a place of compassion and openness.

When encountering injustice, misguided or misinformed information, bring pure awareness to that situation with no added ingredients.  While informing others, remain transparent.  Offer alternatives and help each other know and understand the facts while remaining open to learn from others bringing knowledge.

Raising awareness raises consciousness.

Hiding from awareness promotes fear and ignorance, making the Universal Merge experience much more turbulent for all.

“It’s a fact—everyone is ignorant in some way or another.
Ignorance is our deepest secret.
And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don’t know it or don’t want to admit it.

Here is a quick test:
If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never questioned the basics, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are likely ignorant.
Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.

It will do both of you good.”   Vera Nazarian