As I sat in one windowless room after another, I held my retreat sisters and our experiences in my heart while I listened to one presentation after another explaining how to create more sustainable practices by sparking social impact, engaging employees, assessing economic impact, enhancing leadership skills, implementing better technology, issuing more thorough reports, and shifting to more renewable energy sources. Throughout the weekend I came back to one question: Where was the natural world in this conversation?
In October 2018, I got to witness a few members of the newly arrived Spirit Owl Ranch Cat Tribe (gorgeous longhair Bella, sweet Little Man, and friendly Tinker), meeting some new neighbors—Mama Blacktail deer and her two youngsters.
The two young ones made their appearance first, grazing their way down the hillside to the driveway. I was tucked up on the front porch, camera in hand, and calling on all my allies and Reiki to help me blend into my surroundings so that I could witness and not disturb.
Cat Bella was deeply engrossed in something in the grasses that lined the side of the driveway. It was not until it jumped out onto the gravel that I realized it was a Pacific Northwest tree frog.
Bella’s intense interest drew the attention of the two youngsters and Mama. Irresistibly drawn by curiosity about what had her attention, and about Bella herself, the deer began a slow, but steady movement toward the action. I muffled a laugh, because Mama Deer was not taking any chances with what she perceived as mini predators, her back and tail fur were raised in a state of alarm, and every time she paused one front hoof was raised off the ground in case she needed to sound the alarm for retreat by stamping. Yet, she was curious…
Throughout all this, Bella was unfazed. She and the other cats had lived in Juneau, Alaska for many years, and were quite well acquainted with deer and other wildlife. By now, orange tabby Little Man had sauntered over to Bella’s area and was checking things out, followed by grey tabby female Tinker. I was informed by my friend Charolette (whose new home I was visiting), that Tinker had had a deer friend in Alaska, one who would come every day, and they would hang out together.
Holding my breath, while taking photos and sending Reiki to the situation for highest and best good, I got to witness the first diplomatic approach to cross-species relations initiated by Tinker to Mama Deer. Bella had already made it clear that she was not a threat by sitting down and looking away, and the deer had resumed browsing close to them.
Tinker strolled past Bella, and sauntered her way to the edge of Mama Deer’s comfort zone, and made herself low to the ground in a relaxed, but vulnerable position. First contact!
Her body relaxed, and Mama Deer contemplated Tinker with a mouth full of browse. Clearly Tinker spoke deer, since there were no signs of the initial alarm that had been present with Bella.
When Mama and her youngsters felt they had communed enough they moved off, and diplomat Tinker made her triumphant return to the Cat Tribe. Job well done!
Click here to see photos of this diplomatic cross-species meeting.
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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.