It was a hot summer day and the sun was strong. The opened umbrella cast the perfect shadow over the shamanic still life, and to my dismay Manitou stepped up on the garden bench and sat down with an expression of complete contentment. As far as he was concerned I had just supplied him with the perfect shade from the heat of the sun. I fully intended to shoo Manitou away, but for some reason I kept on taking pictures.
This week, as I prepared to launch my newest class Listening to Zoo Animal Ambassadors, I reflected back on the many years that I have walked alongside the zoo animals on both coasts of the U.S. A journey that began with a deeply transformational experience with jaguar Rain in the Philadelphia Zoo that initiated a process of collaboration with the wild animal teachers that live in zoos, conservation facilities and rescue shelters.
A journey that has finally manifested as this local and virtual class—an opportunity the zoo animals have wanted for so long—a chance to be listened to and heard, and to connect with like-minded people who also desire to create positive change in the world. To do this I’ve created a series of local and virtual classes where the Animal Ambassadors can share their perceptions and wisdom with people in a way that honors them as the spiritual beings they are.
During this five-part class series students will have an opportunity to practice and learn the basic techniques and exercises that I use before, during and after a zoo visit to properly introduce myself, initiate an interaction or conversation with the animals, and create ceremonies on their behalf. And the class will not just be taught by me, students will also be introduced to specific Animal Ambassadors who have chosen to work with us more in-depth.
Every animal is an individual—a wonderfully complex being with likes and dislikes. They are as varied in their desires and motivations as people, and have preferences for how they wish to serve and what they enjoy—just as we do. And among them are unique individuals with the desire to be teachers and healers. Those special Animal Ambassadors have invited us to listen to their perceptions and perspectives. They wish to help us so that we can help each other.
To do that we’ll be utilizing basic shamanic techniques to enable us to shift our filters so that we can truly hear their messages. After working with the animal teachers in this class you will be able to visit zoos, shelters, the beach, or wilderness in a different way—walking among and with the animals rather than separate from them.
Two class options mean you can learn from the Zoo Animal Ambassadors from anywhere in the world.
The techniques and exercises shared in this class offers the possibility of healing. The opportunity to release feelings of helplessness and negatively charged emotions that we may feel when visiting captive animals and the opportunity to support the animals in the positive way that they desire.
Zoo Animal Ambassadors at four facilities are inviting us to work with them to make a difference in the world. I hope that you will join us for what promises to be another amazing journey.
Listening to Zoo Animal Ambassadors Seattle area classes/field trips begin November 16, 2013 and virtual classes begin on November 19, 2013 and space is limited. For more information or to register click here.
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Think Outside the Cage
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, and Animals As Healers and Teachers.
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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