When I first published my book, Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, I wrote a humorous article entitled Inviting a Tiger Home to Play: Unleashing a Shamanic Book which contained stories that clearly showed that the book had a mind, and a spirit, all its own. Several of those stories revolved around dogs and cats who seemed to find the book’s energy irresistible.
As I type these words I am surrounded by the sounds of life in the garden.
To my left a horde of sparrows have taken over the bird feeder, while others dangle from the stems of plants and hop along the ground as they hunt for unwary insects. A select few are skinny dipping in the large plastic plant tray that they took over after the rain filled it nicely, while others raise a cloud of dirt with a flurry of wings, preferring to treat their feathers with a lovely dust bath. The cheerful sounds of their cheeps and the whir of their wings are everywhere. They appear unbothered by my presence or that of my dog.
When I first moved in here the garden was a silent place. Not long afterward I added the bird feeder and the water features, but takers were few. Then the Thai Spirit House from my old garden was finally positioned in a place of honor, and that night I finally did ceremony to greet the land and the animals of my new residence.
The very next day sparrows, juncos, chickadees, finches, and even a female hummingbird appeared and settled in. Bees hummed in the newly planted flowerbeds, dining on thyme and other nectar-bearing blossoms.
Later that week dragonflies swooped overhead, squirrels attempted to figure out the squirrel-proof feeder, and a raccoon making an early morning foray woke Bagheera and I up. Completely silent and wide-eyed, from the window Bagheera watched the raccoon feed on seed that had fallen to the ground. It is the only time I have seen him at a loss on how to handle a situation!
All of the activity feels right and good. The burst of life in the new garden tells me that I am coming back into energetic balance after the whirlwind of my recent move. And as I watch the antics of the sparrows I know that the wildlife spa is once again open for business, and that there are many satisfied customers!
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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.
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