Some of you may know that I am an animal healer as well as a therapist for humans. I go to a rescue centre called Dog’s Aid once a week to offer some healing to whichever animals need it. I’ve been doing this for seven years, and I can honestly say that I have never seen a cent go astray in that time – all resources go on the animals. Maggie, who runs the place, is an amazing character. I greatly admire her. She’s been rescuing animals for over thirty years. I don’t know how she keeps going. I simply wouldn’t have the physical or emotional stamina to do what she does. So at the moment, she and I have been trying to help a grey African parrot who is nearly bald as he is plucking his feathers out. I started offering him healing a few weeks ago. Then I did some research online, and Maggie changed the location of his cage. Then I got some Chamomilla homeopathic remedy for him. Some of his feathers grew back. Then I made up a remedy of Crab Apple, Cherry Plum and Rescue Remedy, from the Bach Flower remedies. He started on that last week and when I went in to work with him yesterday, I could immediately see an improvement. His energy field was brighter. He had more feathers. Maggie had asked two volunteers to extend his cage by linking it to another one and they had done a great job. I had gleaned more information from the internet and I put in a branch of silver birch (apparently silver birch and willow are two wood types safe to use with grey African parrots) and some pine cones, to amuse him. Yesterday, for the first time, he came right over to me, and put one claw on one side of the cage and the other on the other corner, exposing his chest feathers to me. He stayed like that for about fifteen minutes, soaking up the healing as I sang lullabies to him. He must be deaf because my singing voice would clear a pub after a lock-in!! Maggie always says that whatever ailment humans can get or experience, animals are the same. So when he was introduced to his new extended cage, he wouldn’t go into it. Fear of more freedom and addiction to the safe routine afflicts us all, I guess. Exasperated, Maggie said to him, “Well, you’re supposed to be intelligent – you figure it out!” He did, eventually. Later she told me that an eighteen year old dog called Lukie had died the day before from a massive stroke. Lukie came into the shelter five years ago. Her owner had another, bigger dog. Lukie was the size of a cat so that wouldn’t have been difficult. The big dog chased Lukie under the jeep and – get this – the owner deliberately ran over Lukie to “teach her a lesson.” I woke at 4am this morning thinking about this. What sort of heart of darkness would you need to have to do such a thing? I’m not naive. I’ve heard many horrific stories of humans abusing humans in my eighteen years as a therapist. But some stories cut right to your heart, don’t they? So what can we do to offset such barbarity? Look to our own inner demons first, and make sure we face them so that we don’t project them out onto a hapless dog or human. Intend to be kind and act in a kind way to all sentient beings and the earth itself. Clearly the world needs all the light we can bring into it. And now is the only time we have.
Cats are God’s best invention. They are warm, furry and funny. Is there anything better than putting a purring cat to your ear and listening to the sound of happiness? Talk about sound therapy to heal the heart and soul! We can learn a lot from how cats spend their day. Get up and stretch. (Activate muscles and open energy channels.) Big yawn. (Release tension from the jaw.) Go out for a ramble. (Fresh air and exercise.) Come back in and be served food. (Manifestation of good-quality staff.) Go for a power nap. (Don’t overdo it.) Get up and stretch. (Stay flexible.) Nibble on some food. (Eat small and often.) Go out and catch sparrow as gift for Mammy. (Use God-given talents.) Watch Mammy in disbelief as she rejects gift and instead successfully resuscitates sparrow from near-death experience by giving him healing energy. (Educate Mammy in higher healing arts.) Watch Mammy with exasperation as she runs out door with chirping sparrow wrapped in kitchen towel. (Create exercise program for Mammy.) Watch Mammy in puzzlement as she adds revived sparrow to her miracle list. (Create spiritual growth opportunity for Mammy.) Throw back leg over shoulder to clean bum while considering that Mammy needs to get out more. (Attend to physical and mental hygiene.) See what I mean? Cats are God’s best invention.
Besides being a writer, I’m also an energy healer and clinical hypnotherapist. I’m fascinated by metaphysics and how the energy of intention works. I’m always open to new perspectives on how to improve my life. I road test the idea on myself, and if it works well, I then offer it to my clients. I am my own guinea pig! I’ve learned so many techniques over the years that sometimes I forget to use really great ones. A case in point emerged a few days ago when I had to deal with a crazymaker. Let me explain what a crazymaker is. A crazymaker is a person whose default position is No. No to everything. Quite often this is because they want to be in control. They want to be in control because they feel insecure. So they will often say No even if they want to say Yes, just because someone else wants them to say Yes. That way, they at least retain the power of refusal. Crazymakers are full of fear, and they take up huge swathes of your time with their fuss and dramas. My theory is that everyone has at least one crazymaker in their life. Have you one in yours?
I was reminded through a podcast about a technique called the Ho Oponopono. It comes from the Hawaiian shamanic tradition. There is a story about a doctor who starts work in a secure psychiatric facility. It held long term patients with chronic conditions and most of them were violent. The doctor imagined a patient sitting in front of him, and said to them in his mind: “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” This is the Ho Oponopono. He did this to one patient at a time, in his mind. To his amazement and delight, the patients’ behaviour changed because in using the Ho Oponopono, the doctor shifted the energy and opened up new possibilities. Through the power of his compassion, the patients became less violent and more co-operative. Some of them started taking part in arts and crafts. Some of them were released.
If you choose to try the Ho Oponopono, know that while it is safe to do so, it is a powerful tool. Expect miracles and be grateful to the Universe when they happen! It is important, however, to speak only the truth, so if you don’t love the person, instead of saying “I love you,” I suggest you say instead “I salute the Divinity in you.”
Also, people have asked me indignantly “Why should I say I’m sorry to HIM when it was he who did this to ME?” Great question. My answer is that the Crazymaker is usually in good form. They are unconsciously feeding off your energy because they don’t know how to renew their own spiritual energy. They mistakenly think they are alone and disconnected from their Source energy. That is a misperception. So the Crazymaker is fine, but you are not. You may be stressed, tense, anxious, eating/drinking/smoking – doing anything to stuff down the frustration caused by dealing with them. So the only one who is suffering is you. You are therefore the only one who can do anything about it. Just imagine how much energy would be freed up in your life if this relationship became unstuck!
I used it last week with my personal crazymaker, and am blown away with the results. The default No became Yes. It was so miraculous that I have to sign off now to buy a lottery ticket, because I think, “If I can change that relationship, I can do ANYTHING!”
So if you have a stuck crazymaker relationship mired in drama and powerplays, try it out. What have you got to lose? Let me know how you get on.