On Friday, April 26, 2013 I said good-bye to my beloved Kiya. The vet had thought that her time had come in January, but my fierce Kiya, lioness in a little cat body, had other ideas. Like the miracle kitten she had been—through sheer will, immense love of life and the help of a village of Western and alternative practitioners—she rallied once again.
From the moment she ran into my hands as a four week-old kitten Kiya and I shared a very special bond (see My Queen Kiya). From the beginning of our 17 years together she made her choices and I followed along.
People often speak of how their lives were shaped by one person or event, in a very real sense mine has been shaped by the animals both wild and domestic that have crossed my path. Few have had as great an impact as Kiya. Of all my cat companions she was the clearest communicator—I always knew how she felt and what she wanted.
Kiya only rarely chose to work on the healing table with my people clients, rather her gift was teaching confidence, which she had in spades. Even as a kitten she was extremely self-confident, and loved attention. This made her the ideal companion for my first-ever television interview. I was nervous; Kiya was calm, cool, collected, and instinctively knew how to work the camera.
During that half-hour interview Kiya showed me how a star should handle herself. Every single time the camera changed angles Kiya would hit the mark and give it all her glamour. She did it so well that at the end of the program she got her close-up, which she held like a master. Our interview concluded with Kiya’s beautiful face superimposed upon an image of the Earth. Fitting for a cat who conquered hearts wherever she went.
Kiya’s life was filled with starring roles. She was calendar pin-up feline for March in Cats: Urban Tigers. Critics hailed her appearance as “fiery Kiya, Queen of Scream, who clawed her way to the top through star power, determination and the driving force of her backup group Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing.”
Over the years her charm and poise—paired with beauty that the camera loved—garnered her numerous appearances in photos and articles. Not only was she featured on the front cover of Tails of a Healer, but she also made several star appearances within. Kiya even had her portrait painted by well-known artist Robert Blehert.
In her honor Debbie Noyes created a wonderful tribute video “Kiya’s Celebration” which I feel captures the essence of her larger-than-life presence. Style-wise Kiya reminded me of the great regal queens of the silver screen, Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, and perhaps most especially Elizabeth Taylor. Kiya loved her bling, and rocked a bejeweled collar like no one else.
I have been privileged to share my life with some very special animal companions who were notable for many reasons. However, Kiya is in a class all her own, she is a “diamond of the first water.” I love her dearly and miss her greatly. I am filled with gratitude that she chose to come home with me, and for the many wonderful years that we had together.
Kiya illuminated my life, and from the realm of spirit she shines just as brightly.
Expect only the best
Indulge your taste buds
Always look for an adventure
Know and embrace your Royal Self
Be loyal to the worthy
Believe in your ability to inspire
Know that you are worthy of all that is good
Cherish the lifetime you are given
Inspired and approved by Kiya
Translated by Carolyn Riley
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In private practice since 1996, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition, animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, author and artist. As an animal shaman she views her mission as one of building bridges between people and animals through healing sessions, classes, ceremonies and events such as A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild.
Rose’s book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.
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