Our national holiday, Independence Day or the 4th of July, is usually considered a day of fun with family and friends. We celebrate by having parades and gathering with family and friends to share food and companionship. Sometimes our fun includes firing off fireworks, the louder the better.
I’d like to take a moment to point out that not everyone enjoys fireworks, legal or illegal (which they are where I live, King County, Seattle).
Many dogs and cats (and people) experience deep anxiety, fear, even terror at this time of year; an anxiety that we often share as we watch our loved ones suffer.
Gracie, the cat who lived across the street from me, showed up on my doorstep the day after one particularly bad 4th of July. She requested Reiki for emotional healing and wanted to share her feelings with me. She did not just tell me how she felt, Gracie let me feel her fear and desire to hide. She did not understand why her safe and quiet neighborhood had suddenly turned into a terrifying place to be, with no hiding place far enough away from the noise and vibration—there was no escape.
Domestic animals are not the only ones affected, wildlife feel the same way. Jacquie Lawson has a stunningly gorgeous e-card entitled “E Pluribus Unum” (translated from Latin: Out of One, Many) that reminds me of the great beauty that is America, and that it is All Our Relations that help make it so.
Wildlife deserve our protection, not only in great tracts of land far from our cities, but also within our urban landscapes. We should rejoice in the animals that have been able to survive among us and celebrate our independence with a care for them and for our environment.
To help assist the wild and domestic animals that live in your neighborhood at this most challenging holiday there is a simple energy practice that can help (for more see ReikiShamanic Tips for Animal Fears). Set your intention for the highest and best good, and send healing or prayers to a common pool of energy (not directly) that the animals may draw upon for their support during the fireworks celebrations.
And if you can’t entirely bring yourself to do away with fireworks completely, perhaps you could tone them down. When I was a child fireworks were illegal in my home state of New Jersey (I believe they are still), so my grandmother and aunt would supply us with slender wands called sparklers that when lit could be waved around illuminating the dark with miniature fountains of colored streaks of light. My sisters and I looked forward to this once-a-year event eagerly; family memories do not have to involve loud explosions, they can be made up of smaller experiences that become a tradition, year after year.
However you choose to celebrate the 4th of July this year, please remember that you share your neighborhood and homes with other species. Have a care for them, and have a safe, and fun 4th of July. Your animal neighbors say “thank you” in advance!
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her 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.