I awoke on this long-dreaded inauguration day of a 45th President of the United States (whose platform I do not support), with the joyful memory of a powerful dream.
I dreamt that I was going horseback riding with a group of people. Somehow I ended up on the lead horse—a mare—who I seem to recall was named …Continue reading
On March 11, 2016 SeaWorld announced that Orca Ambassador Tilikum was dying. The focus of documentary film Blackfish, Tilikum’s story helped raise awareness around the world about the plight of orcas in captivity.
Most Zoo Animal Ambassadors are well cared for and happy to be ambassadors for their species. And they are delighted when they find someone …Continue reading
Manitou photobombs the Christmas Tree
It is Christmastime and like many people I live far away from my human family. It is a tough time of year to be separated from loved ones, and some days are more challenging than others.
I was standing in line at the market waiting to buy a celebratory gingerbread man when …Continue reading
The Reiki/shamanic elves at Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing have the perfect spiritual gifts for you, your animals, or loved ones.
Smudging and Smudge Kits
Nothing says how much you care when you offer the gift of smudging!
• Smokeless smudge White Sage or Palo Santo Spray for home, stable, kennel, car
• White Sage or Palo Santo Smudge Kits …Continue reading
It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and the aroma of the old-fashioned pumpkin pie as it bakes is heavenly.
As we all know, Thanksgiving is a holiday that traditionally involves physically gathering with friends and family, and the celebration of abundance in the form of good things to eat.
Earlier in the day, as I completed tasks in preparation for tomorrow’s …Continue reading
Last week I had the honor of being interviewed as an animal expert by Dr. Cara Gubbins. The topic was Animals As Spiritual Beings, and of course I knew that I was going to be telling stories!
When I have an interview scheduled I sit down with my guides and ask: Which are the stories most needed …Continue reading
Last night after teaching class I briefly tuned in to the presidential election results in progress, and I felt guided to write the following words, which I posted on Facebook:
“Who the President of the United States is will not change who I am as a person. I will still believe in compassion, kindness, unity, love and …Continue reading
This summer I had a personal experience involving poisoned water that caused me to be much more aware and grateful for the blessings of water every single day.
There were times that I had no running water (and that was not fun), but the absolute worst was when the water became highly toxic and vile tasting due to chemical leaching. I could not assuage my own thirst, that of my animals, or indoor or outdoor plants using water from the tap. We existed on bottled drinking water for weeks until the water could be tested and declared safe.
So when the protests camps at Standing Rock began coming to my attention I was personally in support of the mission of the water protectors, for in protecting water we protect All Our Relations (which includes us). …Continue reading
Nothing would make me happier than to report that the viral story circulating about the buffalo showing up on their own to support the water protectors at Standing Rock was true—especially since what I teach is that animals have opinions about what we are doing in this world, want to be heard, and are patiently waiting …Continue reading
On October 2nd my shamanic allies, shamanic buddy/driver Charolette Anderson and I hit the road for 10 days of ceremonies with the land and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park and the Animal Ambassadors and attendees of A Walk on the Wild Side 2016 at Earthfire Institute. Here are some of the highlights of the second part …Continue reading
On October 2nd my shamanic allies, shamanic buddy and driver Charolette Anderson hit the road for 10 days of ceremonies with the land and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park and the Animal Ambassadors and attendees of A Walk on the Wild Side 2016 at Earthfire Institute. Here are some of the highlights of the beginning journey.
Day …Continue reading
The day after sharing some lox during lunch with the flying jaguars (otherwise known as yellow jackets), I was relaxing on my lounge chair when I felt a pinch between the webbing of my big toe. Looking down I saw a yellow jacket, and now that he had my attention he inquired, “Lox?” Apparently the Rose …Continue reading
While dining outside earlier this week enjoying my bagel with smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese, a yellow jacket landed on my thumb. Apparently he had invited himself to breakfast.
Bracing himself against my thumb he began to carve off a piece of the smoked salmon for takeout. Once he had his takeout tucked safely underneath, he …Continue reading
The past few months have been very challenging due to a major overhaul of the foundation and cellar of the duplex that I call home.
Routinely mountains of excavated dirt appear in my view and vanish days later with the help of a small Bobcat (and I don’t mean the wild furry kind that I prefer).
Plywood forms …Continue reading
Just the other night a guest dropped in to what I jokingly refer to as the Rose Cafe. It was Secret Agent Squirrel, who joined me for dinner.
We sat together on either side of the door connecting—just being together. I had not seen him for a while, and he sensed that I was struggling with some …Continue reading
It is coming up on the two-year anniversary of my introducing Bones, Stones, Feathers and Fur shamanic teleclass series, and I took a moment to revisit my article Manitou and the Shamanic Photoshoot and recalled all the hope I had for what the class might offer students and also my nervousness concerning whether I would be …Continue reading
Sometimes what happens after the shamanic ceremonies conclude can be even more powerful. …Continue reading
Animals love Reiki energy healing—just how much is clearly expressed in this true story about a horse named Picasso. …Continue reading
Gorgeous “Mama Squish” was rescued by Genevieve G. Animal Advocacy (along with her daughter, Dot). Currently her job description is as the store cat for Next to Nature in West Seattle.
Last week I was in the store to purchase some much needed supplies for my own cats. I said “hi” to Squish in passing, but as …Continue reading
I am passionate about Reiki and its benefits for people and animals, and I love sharing my passion with others. Which is why I am offering a NO COST telecall for anyone who wants to know what Reiki is all about, or for those who would like to be more inspired in their Reiki practice.
Perhaps you’ve …Continue reading