Monday, December 31, 2007
The ancients also knew that with endings come beginnings because as the cats so profoundly point out, there is no beginning or ending, just a continuation of WHAT IS. When they leave, they are continuing their evolution elsewhere. We feel it as an ending because their physical presence is gone; however, their spirits remain.
Tomorrow, we will celebrate a new year. The animals had several important victories in 2007. Big Cat Rescue will continue to give voice to the Big Cats as they guide and communicate with us what is required to give them their freedom, a birthright which has been taken away by our ancestors and continued through tradition. We thank all the cats for sharing their wisdom and knowledge. We thank the cats that completed their purposes and continue to guide us as we become aware of WHO the cats really are.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
As Sundari rolled on her back, she allowed the sun to penetrate into the depth of her being. Shadow was curled around Sugar enjoying some cozy moments. Canyon was nestled in his basket. Daisy's legs were in the air as her back snuggled the pine needles beneath her. Cameron was stretched as far as his body would allow soaking up the heat from the noon sun. Joseph and his pride had an overall sense of well being just by being in their new space.
The cats said the key to basking in your surroundings is being aware of the wonders we have been given. Allowing ourselves to be enveloped by the warmth and safety of our environment and loved ones can increase our awareness of the beauty that exists everywhere. Realizing we have everything we need at any given moment helps us to cultivate our feelings of contentment. There is nothing we lack. The universe has offered much. It is our responsibility to recognize the gifts and give thanks for being taken care of.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The timing was perfect, as TJ demonstrated this behavior when I started talking with him. "It's dirty," TJ pronounced as I asked him if he was having fun. "It's hard work pawing all of this dirt," he replied. "It doesn't look like hard work TJ," I responded as I continued to laugh. "There's one spot that is bothering me, and I am cleaning it." I thought for a moment, forgetting they can read your mind, wondering how much water was going to be left by the time he cleaned the spot.
He suddenly quit and looked up at me. He put his left paw in first, then his right paw followed by his entire body. He walked around in his pool several times and stopped. Then, as quick as a cat can move, he started "digging" again, leveraging his front paws with his strong back legs as the water flew everywhere. Waves of water were rocking back and forth when he looked back at me and said, "Done." With that, he flipped his tail up and jumped out of his pool. As I stood shaking my head, one of the volunteers came up from behind and asked me if I had talked with TJ. Yes, I had talked with TJ and found that he has a neat streak and doesn't like his pool dirty. Another thing a cat can do...pool cleaning services.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Today is celebrating a birth that happened long ago, but we can celebrate a new birth that occurs every moment. Helping to care for the Big Cats is an honor and privilege, one that I would not be aware of if they had their freedom. BEING wild and able to BE who they are, they would come and go, seldom to be seen by human eyes. Caring for them in their natural environment demands awareness and responsibility on our part aswe become aware of the purpose all of us share in each other's lives, no matter what form life expresses itself.
Today, let us BE the solution, not the problem. The Big Cats are compassionate companions leading the way as we awaken from the dark nights of our souls into the light that has always been there waiting our return. From the Big Cats, Merry Cat-mas!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Enya, a South American Cougar, has felt scared in her new surroundings. Instead of putting up walls and withdrawing, she knows to be quiet, listen and watch to see what is really going on. Enya has an idea that has helped her understand her defensive behavior. Sit down for a moment and close your eyes as you see Enya walking towards you. Ask Enya to help you think back to a time when you felt threatened and reflect upon how you guarded yourself, whether it was through anger, withdrawl or laughter. Remember the triggers for your reactions, and the fear you felt about allowing others in. This will provide the understanding you will need when you encounter someone who has their defenses up.
Allowing ourselves to remember our own ways of functioning, and the fears that made us put up our walls, gives us a way to empathize with another person or animal rather than simply analyze their patterns. Enya is teaching us to reach out with kindness and an open heart in order to help someone through their struggles. By understanding our defensive behavior through being quiet, listening and watching, we will be able to lower other people's guard and support their healing.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
I never know who wants to talk or what they want to talk about. I just keep an open heart and listen. When I asked the question, "What do you think about the way people go crazy this time of the year?", here is what I heard.
"Don't mess with Purr-Fection," came the answer in a dainty, very feminine voice. "You don't remember you are purr-fect, so you are always TRYING to do this or BE that or buy something that will be purr-fect. BEING in a state of TRYING gives the illusion of impurr-fection. When you remember you are purr-fect, you will quit TRYING to BE or get anything. You will realize you are and have everything you need." Simple wisdom from Purr-Fection, the most beautiful Ocelot you will ever see.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The branches from the trees had been cut from their trunks filling the air with the aroma of fresh pine needles. The needles were soft and pliable ensuring they would not pose a danger to the cats. I counted the number of cats I would be treating and quickly filled a bag. So heavy where the branches, I dragged my sack along the ground, arousing the interest of several cats as I approached their Cat-A-Tats. Calling them by name, they magically appeared with their noses sniffing the air. Curiosity overcame them as they hurried to see what they could do with their new treasure.
I laughed as I some of them didn't waste anytime rolling on their branches, marking them by either rubbing or spraying, tossing them in their air, trying to twirl them as a baton and carrying them off to another area of their home. Others sat and asked, "Where's the meat?" A couple of the cats begged for another one after they quickly tore the branch apart wondering if something could really be this easy. Another day to be of service to BEINGS who constantly remind us what is truly important in life...compassion for one another.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed right now? Are you taking care of yourself? Do you make time for what makes you feel good or are you following your passion? If not, Bobby "Blue" Rose purrs to invite you to go somewhere you can feel the earth beneath your feet. Take off your shoes. It is very important to take off your shoes and stand bare footed on the ground. This will assist you in connecting with Mother Earth and yourself. Take a deep breath, and feel the stress draining into your legs and into the earth. Visualize Bobby and observe her movements. Observe how she gracefully flows and conserves her energy for the important tasks. Notice how she goes after what she wants without hesitation.
Bobby is leading the way to help you get reconnected and grounded so you will know what you are craving in your life. Call on the spirit of the Bobcat when you have been around a lot of social activity and noisiness and need to withdraw into solitude and silence, so you can hear what your heart is craving. Bobby "Blue" Rose will help you see in your time of darkness and confusion. Send Bobby a heart hug, and thank her for her guiding spirit.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
IS AN ANIMAL A THING? OR A BEING?
By JAMPA WILLIAMS and NOAH S.B. WILLIAMS
The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com/
11/12/07 -- Recently, my son Noah ran afoul of his school's curriculum when he refused to classify an animal as a "thing" during a grammar lesson.
Thing, as in "person, place or thing," a time-worn method of identifying whether something is a noun. Noah, being 7 and an animal lover, would not back down and "correct" his classification of animals, which he felt should be regarded as "beings," and he was less than fully cordial when his teacher gently insisted he change his response. Noah felt that, rather than "persons, places and things," the classification system should be "Beings, Places and Things."
As Noah's mother, it is my responsibility to instill in Noah the proper habit of cordiality and respect when disagreeing with others. I encouraged him to show greater respect for his teacher in the style of his response, but I also told him I was proud of him for speaking up on behalf of beings who cannot speak up on behalf of themselves.
Language is powerful. I am raising Noah with an abolitionist ethic. He is conscious of the vulnerability experienced by any being who is regarded as a
thing, as an "it," rather than as a sacred companion in our midst.
To be regarded as a thing is to be regarded as an object lacking liberty, protection or rights. A being regarded as a "thing" or an "it" lives or dies, thrives or suffers, according to the consent or even whims of those who hold power over him or her. Often, human beings have bestowed and continue to bestow upon other human beings the classification of "it," and the results are, and always have been, horrific and unconscionable. Treating any sentient being as a "thing" or an "it" produces results no less horrific, no less cruel.
Noah wrote this essay when I encouraged him to find a positive way to express his beliefs. He wrote from the very heart of his heart, where his
love for all beings warms his very existence...
HERE IS 2ND GRADER NOAH’S ESSAY:
Why Animals Should Not Be Called Things, By Noah S.B. Williams
Animals should not be called things because they are beings, not things.
Shame on the people who call animals things.
If I could I would give the person who first called animals things a talking-to. I would not call animals things.
Think about this. If you loved someone, would you call them a thing? I wish no one had ever called animals things.
Why would you call your pet a thing?
A rug or something is a thing, but not an animal. He or she is not a thing!
This is not funny, it's all true. I would not lie to you about this. It's not a joke.
Do not lie to me, either.
Jampa Williams is a poet, writer and activist in West Hartford. Noah S.B.
Williams is a second-grader and political activist in West Hartford.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Can you guess which body part he was describing as he said, "It's a comb, it's a prey-catcher, it's a bone cleaner." It took me a while, but finally I guessed it when he started grooming, followed later by wrestling a gekko and licking it and lastly, finishing off the last bit of meat from a bone that was left as a result of his hunting skills. Do you know what it is yet? It's his tongue. I must admit Sultan expanded my awareness of how limiting my thoughts were about a cat's tongue. Nature is awesome how it supplies everything anyone needs especially the animals.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
He ran from one end of his Cat-A-Tat to the other. Leaping into one of his trees, he stretched out his long body, testing each branch before putting his full weight on the entire limb. He quickly jumped higher and higher until his head was touching the top of his Cat-A-Tat. Perched purr-fectly in the neck of the tree, he sat quietly with only his tail twitching from side to side.
As the people started to come for the tours, he quickened his pace, streaking across any obstacle that laid in his path. A golden streak of light caught the attention of everyone who was checking in. How magnificent Cheetaro was as he expressed his delight and anticipation of the day. His communication was clear-climbing high would provide him the best vantage point to see the overall picture unfolding. How often do we think we see the overall picture from a perspective of standing at the bottom of the tree instead of climbing to the highest branch?
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I felt guilty as I asked Shadow how he was enjoying his meal. "I want this everyday," he replied. I smiled and said, "You are already big enough, Shadow. If you eat like this everyday, we'll have to expand your Cat-A-Tat." Shadow continued to eat as he said, "To keep my body strong, I need whole food. Whole food is good food." As Shadow spoke this truth, my mind went back to when I was a child, and my grandmother always grew our vegetables. She would make homemade biscuits with all the fixings. Through the years, as time has accelerated, we have forgotten that whole food is good food. What we tend to consume these days has been processed, and there is very little nourishment. As a result, our health has suffered.
"Yes, whole food is good food, Shadow." Maybe Thanksgiving should be called Thanks-Living as the animals remind us to enjoy health, we have to be whole and that includes good food. Another revelation from a cat we can count on because The Shadow Knows. From all the big cats and volunteers from Big Cat Rescue, Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If you feel the fiery essence within has barely been a spark, TJ asks, "Do you desire this sleeping ally to wake up?" If so, it is very simple. TJ says close your eyes and visualize him on a daily basis. He is going to serve as your role model that embodies the qualities of strength, courage, vitality and confidence. Know these same qualities are within you. Confirm you have the ability to handle this energy in a responsible way and trust as you act to use it. "Quantumplate" TJ's strength to stand up for himself. See him as a spiritual Being who persevered in horrific conditions and who doesn't hesitate to demonstrate what he likes and doesn't like.
By working with TJ as a role model, you will be remembering these same qualities that are within. All you have to do is act as though you remember and before long, when you need to stand up for yourself, you will. When you have a dream, you will know you have the courage and fortitude to see it realized. The next time you are scared, this inner fire will assist you in moving forward. When you feel like stoking the fire, feel TJ in your heart as he guides your inner warrior.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Jade invites you to join her in a dark area where the stars can be seen at night. As we look up at the night sky with Jade, the "Star Power" connects us with our ancestral roots, something that has no words. The star Beings communicate information to us by means of shapes and symbols. It is their alignment that creates the communication that is received at our cellular or DNA level and is processed by our heart. This is the "quiet knowing" that comes from observing the formations.
Science has proven sacred geometry conveys information just like the star formations. This is
heart language. The animals in the sky can help us remember this universal language if we listen in stillness. Jade knows there is power in stillness and in the stars. Dream tonight about Jade and thank her for the memories found in the star power.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
If you have been told you were different all your life, Bagheera has an inspiring thought she wants you to know. As you close your eyes, feel yourself blend with the space that surrounds you. Bagheera asks you let go of any feeling of separation. Consider in what ways you have been told you are different. As you see the difference, see the oneness. We all have one heart, one brain, share the same planet, experience the same emotions at various times in our lives, and have an intelligence that resides within us. Paradoxically, seeing the differences and oneness at the same time is an important step in becoming aware of the value each living creature has in the Divine plan.
Respecting the many paths we choose to travel dissolves the illusion there is only one path to Oneness. We affirm how interconnected we are and come from a position of compassion, a path becoming more traveled as Bagheera inspires us towards wholeness. Send a quiet "Namaste" to Bagheera. She knows this means "that which is sacred in me honors that which is sacred in you."
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Do you want to know the best way to avoid rejection and feelings of unworthiness? Peaches has a juicy tip for you. Stretch out in your favorite chair and close your eyes. Ask Peaches to come close and help you as you let out a deep sigh. Think of something you really want. Visualize yourself receiving it. See as many details as you can. Feel yourself receiving it. Act as though you already have it. Are there any feelings of not deserving it coming to the surface? If so, Peaches reminds you that the universe is providing it to you because you helped to create it.
By allowing yourself to accept this gift, you will feel the tenderness in your heart that will naturally shift from unworthiness to a deep feeling of gratitude. Holding the gift in your heart says "yes" to the universe and gives thanks. Send Peaches a heart hug full of thanks as you see yourself in a new way as she has helped you shift from questioning any unworthiness to a heart full of gratitude.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Cats are notorious for using positions to help them be in the right place at the right time. Shatia whispers to come close and lay on your back with your arms relaxed at your sides. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Visualize someone who has hurt you that you have not been able to release. See them standing in front of you as you reach out with your left arm and wrap it over their right shoulder. Wrap your right arm around their left side of their waist. Give them a hug and feel them hugging back. As they do the same with you, Shatia has just shown you how easy it is to give a heart hug as your hearts are physically in alignment with each other, connecting with a tangible energy flow that will continue after the hug is released.
A hug can communicate several feelings whether it be love, compassion, reassurance, friendship or just a friendly greeting. It is something we crave throughout our lives and can heal hearts. Send Shatia a heart hug for showing you how easy it is to position yourself to create a connection that can help you climb to the top of anything you are doing and help change the world.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
- If you dream of a tortoiseshell cat, you will be lucky in love.
- If you dream of a ginger cat, you will be lucky in money and business.
- If you dream of a black and white cat, you'll have luck with children; may also mean the birth of a child.
- If you dream of a tabby, you will have luck for your home and all who live there.
- If you dream of a multicolored cat, you will have luck making friends.
- Dreaming of white cat means good luck.
- To dream of a white cat means luck in creativity, spiritual matters, divination and spellcraft.
- A dream of two cats fighting means illness or a quarrel.
- Seeing a black cat in your dream indicates that you are experiencing some fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition.
- To dream of a gray cat means to be guided by your dreams.
- If you dream about a cat with no tail, then it means lost independence.
- If you dream of an aggressive cat, it suggests that you are having problems with the feminine aspect of yourself.
- To dream of being badly scratched by a cat means sickness and trouble.
- To dream of a black cat is lucky.
- If you heard the noise of alley cats in your dream, it is a warning to avoid an indiscreet acquaintance in your immediate circle.
- If you hear the scream or the mewing of a cat, a false friend is trying to do you harm.
- To dream of seeing a cat and snake on friendly terms signifies the beginning of an angry struggle.
- Dreaming of a cat is sometimes regarded as a sign of bad luck in the future.
- American folklore has it that dreaming of a white cat is good luck.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Stretch out and relax as you get comfortable. Visualize Grace curling up beside you, and ask her to guide you as you begin to look more deeply at your feelings. Grace is asking you if feeling butterflies in your stomach or feeling your heart beating fast is a sign of fear or could they be translated as excitement and curiosity as a new opportunity comes your way. Sometimes we have not been taught how to welcome an opportunity, so we indulge our anxiety instead of awakening our courage.
Framing events or situations a little differently can drastically shift our mental state from one of fear and resistance to one of openness and excitement. Grace encourages you to be vocal about this new way of seeing things by saying out loud, "I am excited about...." or "I am looking forward to ...". As you verbalize your feelings, you will feel your energy shift from fear, which often paralyzes you, to excitement, which empowers you. Next time you see an ocelot, do as they do, be vocal about how you feel and claim your power as you move into action when the opportunity presents itself. Thank Grace for a new way of translating how you feel into a positive way of BEING.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Pisces, Big Cat Rescue's male fishing cat, knew it was time he continued his evolution in a different realm and left his physical body. Pisces leaving us not only brings a sadness to those who knew and loved him, but also to those who realize we are one step closer to experiencing a species that is near extinction. Having the honor and privilege of personally getting to know an exotic, wild animal transforms you as you realize they are a BEING with their own unique personality and character. It is also very apparent that you are witnessing a moment in humanity's history when we have the opportunity to make a difference in the perspective of how we have considered animals and be a voice to facilitate change and compassion.
Pisces message is one of action NOW. Let us remember the connectedness of every living being. Every time an animal dies, something within us dies. Awareness and remembering this wisdom is the essence of Pisces leaving and only one more fishing cat remains at Big Cat Rescue, and she is helping usher in her wisdom of the Age of "Aquarius." Thank you Pisces for being a part of our lives. We will miss you!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
As you practice these self-care exercises, ask Tobi to join you. Preparation is very important for any task, and Tobi wants you to relax and close your eyes as you tune into your own energy and ground yourself by visualizing yourself as a tree. See the roots go deep into the ground. This is the first step Tobi wants you to take before going to a party or participating in any activity. This helps to keep your energy strong and intact. This will also help prevent other energy carrying you away. You can also practice any activity that gives you energy such as a nice relaxing walk or a bath. You can also carry some special crystal or gemstone that protects you and keep it close to you, holding it when you need to be reminded you are grounded and safe.
Tobi also suggests that if things get tough, disappear for a moment just like she does in order to take a deep breath or take a break to check in with yourself and correct any energy imbalances that you may feel. This is a way Tobi keeps her energy strong and is able to open herself up to others. Being sensitive is a good way of BEING. This is The Secret of strength. Tobi knows this Secret can help open hearts that have been closed.
Friday, September 21, 2007
For some people, the relationship we enjoy with our animal companion is the only relationship we have with another being. There are various reasons for this; however, one of the main motivations is we realize we are not being judged or criticized and are safe. We are accepted for who we are. When we limit our relationships, we find ourselves separate and disconnected not only from the world, but also from our innermost core.
This has serious repercussions because it allows a belief system to manifest as a reality that keeps us blind to what we have lost. In addition, behind this veil of fear and negative emotions, the ego takes charge and reacts from a position of limitation and self-serving interests. There is no love, only fear of not having enough of whatever we are wanting.
Albert Einstein clearly articulated this reality step by step and a solution to manifest a different reality when he said, "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."
The animals are assisting us in breaking free of this delusion by keeping us in touch with our BEING, a place that is beyond mind and ego, our innermost core. When we make that heart connection with our animal companion, they are showing us that we have lost our connection with the whole or ONE only in our minds. When we realize we never lost that connection through unconditional love, we will be able to develop and embrace deep relationships with other beings.
As our consciousness continues to evolve, we will open ourselves up through our hearts with compassion and accept each other and ourselves for who we are. We will know every being is an expression of the Divine. We will have moved beyond judging and finding fault with each other and ourselves. Until then, the animals are filling a critical function in the collective consciousness of humanity as they are caretakers of hearts, Guardians of BEING.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I would not have known what these critters were except Glen, one of our volunteers who gives a great tour, had pointed out the night life whose eyes glow in the dark. As we continued to walk, I started to see Nature's bounty that had been designed to be enjoyed after the sun has disappeared. There were sweet fragrances of flowers, comforting sounds coming from bamboo swaying in the gentle breeze, and foliage that danced in the moonlight.
We are so used to seeing shades of beauty in the sunlight; however, with the help of the cats providing insight into who they are at night, we also have the potential to see shades of beauty in the darkness. Choose an area of your yard that you can transform into a moon garden. It will provide food and nourishment for your soul, and it will remind you that the cats have shared another secret into their world.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Sneak away from the outside distractions and relax. Think about your family members as you exhale and let go. Divinity asks you to consider what qualities and experiences you want to plan to emphasize and develop within your family unit. Most of us are going to have enough experience to know what is going to work or not with our families. Start by considering what you feel the world needs more of? Divinity felt the world needed more love, so she shows up when people walk by to share the love she has with them.
Determining what you value the most and how to plan and create that within your family is both creative and empowering. It's a great way to BE aware of creating your reality and benefiting the world. This way of BEING can be passed along to your children as they learn how to envision and create what they want. Divinity's family planning not only focuses on being prepared, but how to create a vision for your family that will affect everyone everywhere.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
As Khan continued to hug his new pool, China Doll decided she was going to partake of this new addition. Khan quickly let her know her timing was way off. As she backed off, she quietly laid down beside him. Remaining close, she would wait until she thought he had had enough, then she would sneak over to the pool only to be delayed as Khan would quickly return. This interaction continued for quite a while. This was a new dimension for both of them, and you could see the stimulation for their minds and bodies.
It was a gentle reminder that until we no longer need sanctuaries, we should not discount the small things we can provide for the animals as they spend their natural lives in captivity. What we take for granted or don't have any meaning to us can and do make a huge difference in the life of an animal that now depends upon us to help their quality of life. In realizing this connection, could it be that this is a way that provides freedom for all?
Friday, September 07, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
We all know licking is a form of affection and love; however, licking also provides many clues into what the animal is trying to convey to us for their emotional needs. Take for example, when animals have been taken away from their mother at a very young age, they don't have the opportunity to learn a lot of the necessary life skills. As a result, when they get stressed, they will lick themselves in an effort to find comfort. This often happens at night, and the predominant areas they will lick are their paws and legs.
Another reason animals lick is they are doing their own energy work. Often, it can be mistaken for grooming. They are stimulating areas of their bodies that have blocked or stagnant energy. They are trying to release the flow of energy so their body will heal. They will also lick their meridians. This will help you identify an organ that may be out of balance.
Animals have not forgotten that saliva holds healing chemicals that are released by licking. Have you ever cut your finger? What is the first thing you instinctively do? You put it in your mouth and lick the cut. You stop the bleeding in addition to starting the healing process. There is research proving that people who have been paralyzed have been healed and are walking as a result of an animal licking the affected area.
When the annoying sound of the licking begins, listen to what is being said from your heart instead of your head. There is a message being spoken of needing help and guiding you to understand how you can be of service. There will be a unity of compassion as you know it's a good thing when they can't hold their "licker."
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
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Monday, September 03, 2007
Before the volunteers could clean the Cat-A-Tats, I noticed that some of the cats had left their bones in different stages of decay, and the bones were being shared with flies and ants or any other creature that happened to be close to it. Everything was working hard to pick away the pieces that were dead. I was watching one of the cats renew his interest in his bone from the previous night. He licked and licked, pulling what little meat was left completely off the bone. By the time he had finished, it was completely clean, and I noticed it was starting to become hollow.
I heard Cameron roar, and I felt the urge to ask him why cats clean their bones so nothing is left but a hollow bone. Cameron shared with me an interesting perspective that we can apply in our lives. Often life has a way of cleansing us of things that no longer serve us. We may feel as though we have been "picked clean." What is left is a clear vessel for our spirits to flow, no different than a hollow bone. We are then able to allow love and compassion to flow without any obstructions. Only Cameron could show us how special bones are.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Power animals are different than our animal guides. Ancient cultures believed power animals were our spirit guardians that existed in other realms. Some cultures believed that when a person fell ill, their power animal had left them, leaving that person without any protection. Our modern culture has forgotten our connection with a Power Animal.
To find your Power Animal, think about what animal you have always been attracted to or what animal you feel is most like you. Consider any animals you regularly dream about or which animal stir your emotions. You may think about what animal you would want to be or least want to be. Chances are, your Power Animal is not who you think it is because it is your guardian, not guide.
If you want to work with a flower essence that will assist you in connecting with animals as spirit guides, FES has formulated Forget-Me-Not. Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson will invite you to choose your Power Animal from a deck of cards. It doesn't matter what vehicle you choose to remember your Power Animal. Be open and affirm that it will show itself to you soon. Keep your eyes focused on the stars above as you fall asleep knowing your Power Animal will appear.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Some people believe the Zen circle represents enlightenment. Each circle is void of space in the center. It is empty and blank. The curved line is the building block of all life. Buddhist monks create these circles to express their truth. They often write short passages to accompany the circles using different words, but expressing the same truth...."Make your heart child-like, and you will understand."
The cats are always creating. They are not just going around in circles. They know everything begins with the One. They are constantly reminding us of the unity and relationship we have with one another. The cats show us that the unassuming shape of a circle holds great meaning that communicates the key to healing the heart. What does your heart hear as you go around in a circle?
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Lucky has a couple of perspectives she wants to share, so you will know your time will come. Find a quiet comfortable place to relax, and close your eyes. See Lucky coming your way. Every person fulfills their purpose when the time is right. Delays that can be disappointing may be laying the foundation for future successes that haven't been yet conceived or the universe may have different plans than the ones you have presently pursued. If you feel overwhelmed, you may be unconsciously resisting your purpose. You may need to cultivate flow that will allow you to be in harmony with opportunities that are a heartbeat away from manifesting.
Lucky trusts that in every circumstance you find yourself in, you have co-created it and only need to become aware that timing is everything. Luck has nothing to do with it. The power that lies within ensures our success as we trust the intelligence of the universe will put us in the right place at the right time. Still feel Lucky? Thank her for helping you see things from a natural way of BEING.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
As a volunteer at the sanctuary, I have chosen not to have any favorite cats. They are all unique and special. Each have their own life purpose and personality. It is challenging not to have any favorites because they all will steal a piece of your heart and unknowingly, they have caught you. Words cannot describe the loss in your heart when they decide it is time to leave their physical body and continue life in other realms. The question, "Why" is followed by tears filling your heart, and you wish you could have done more.
I believe Morgan has a message for us regarding how we can help. The cougars have been leaving the planet in mass numbers. Several have chosen to leave this year at the sanctuary. I can't help but think there is a connection, and they are telling us about their plight to survive. Record numbers are being killed on our highways as we continue to destroy their habitat. Morgan is reminding us that we are all connected. Everything we do affects everyone around us. How can we help the cats? Acknowledge our connection with them. Respect the relationship. Give from our hearts before they completely disappear. Thank you for sharing your life with us Morgan. We will miss you.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
My head bowed, I ask a simple question only of you,
Why seek love when barriers you first need to remove?
Not feeling the love as it tries to get through
Pain is the emotion you have grown accustomed to.
The past you have held onto for many a year
Has built a wall separating what you hold dear.
Seeing events as good and bad
Has created the illusion of things you could have had.
Let go of what you think might have been
And allow your heart to feel before your head can win.
The barriers dissolved and can be no more
You discover love has always been there at the being of your core.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
"People don't understand Night Tours," Shadow said. "Of course they do," I replied. "They come to see your beautiful eyes shine in the dark, and everyone knows cats are more active at night than during the day." Although I knew this was obvious to Shadow, my mind was racing with any kind of angle I could think of that Shadow already knew. "Do you know why we are more active at night?" At first, I thought this might be a trick question, but my experience with animals has taught me they are pure innocence, so I played along with Shadow and said, "No."
"We are very active at night because of the excitement." "Excitement?" I asked. "We enjoy the night, and there are special opportunities that come with night. But, after the night, comes the dawn. We know the dark of night occurs before the dawn, and we are always excited to see the dawn." I never thought in terms of being excited during the dark times because of anticipation of the dawn or light appearing. Have you? I remained behind to ponder how different people would be if they realized the light always comes after the dark of night and to be excited during the dark times instead of giving up or focusing on the night. The cats focus on the dawn during the night. A self-help book may be forthcoming about what The Shadow Knows.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Surrender to a quiet moment and allow your body to completely relax. No hiding from Cleo as she curls up beside you. Focus on a situation that has hurt you or perhaps you have projected misguided anger at someone. Allow yourself to fully feel your feelings as they arise. Become aware of the area of the body where you are feeling this emotion. Now, as you exhale deeply, see the emotion leaving your body on your breath. Don't mentally analyze or think about why it happened. Just allow your feelings to be felt and released. It is that simple.
Cleo knows that the deeper purpose of our feelings is to transform our inner being. This is how she is able to shower everyone with love and desires that love to be returned. By relaxing and allowing her feelings to flow, she makes space for more feelings to flow. Cleo developed emotional intelligence as she became aware of the importance of feeling her feelings. Shower Cleo with love and gratitude for assisting your emotional intelligence.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
For instance, when you hear Arizona hiss, it can fill you with laughter and good feelings or if you hear Cameron roar, pride will swell within your heart and when you hear Bengali or Buffy chuffing, it is as though a long lost friend's welcome is warming your entire body. Shadow's meowing can function as a mantra that is repeated over and over or Amazing Grace's growls and howls can make you feel as though you are an irritation that just won't go away.
The cats know that their voices have the power to heal, love, comfort and transform others. Every time they use their voices, they send their energetic imprint out into the universe and to the people around them. They are communicating what they feel, desire and what they mean. They are making us aware that our voices have an impact, and we can consciously choose what we are expressing, remembering what we are communicating goes beyond what our spoken words are saying. Take responsibility for the power your voice has to impact the people and world around you. Do as the animals do...let your voice be a sound that creates harmony and compassion in this world.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Saber had called the sanctuary home for quite a while. The cats that come to live at the sanctuary have such great love and care that often they grow old, much older than they would if they were in the wild. Saber spent many years in the entertainment field and his body was getting tired. Even though his spirit was strong, he knew it was time to leave.
As we say goodbye to a dear spirit, he wants us to know that he is across the rainbow bridge guiding and helping us in ways he couldn't when he was in physical form. He is giving us the strength and courage to keep moving forward and speaking out for those spirits that long to be free. He will still be performing great acts as a tiger angel. Thank you Saber for sharing your life with us. You will be missed!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Baby Cakes quickly beckons you to lay down on your favorite blanket and close your eyes. Feel your body relax as you take a deep breath. When Baby Cakes got lost, the beauty he found in his experience was the opportunity to look within himself to find his way. Since he didn't have a map, he had to go on instinct. He knew his inner compass would show him the way. He didn't have an address, but he followed what his inner promptings were saying. Step by step, he kept moving forward, trusting the universe was supporting and guiding him. He didn't wait until he knew where he was going before he started, he kept moving.
If you are feeling lost and don't know where to turn for guidance, follow the lead from Baby Cakes. Feel your own way instead of following an established path. You will learn to trust yourself. It is the trust that connects you with the universe and brings awareness that no matter how lost you feel, as you start your journey, on the inner level, you have already reached your destination. Send Baby Cakes a heart hug as you will never feel lost again because you will trust your instincts and find the way.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Did you know in Ancient Greece, the culture believed at the beginning of the world, the sun and moon created all animals? The sun created the Lion, but it was the moon that created the Cat. Like the moon, the Cat comes alive at night as you observe the bright light of the moon increase in their eyes as they see things that appear to not be there. Their eyes are acting as beams exposing things that were hidden just as the light of the full moon reveals what is concealed in darkness. Cat's eyes have also been associated with the moon as they change from crescent to round. A Greek poet once claimed that cats were so in tune with the moon that their body size would increase or decrease according to the waxing or waning of the lunar cycle.
Finally, at Kirk Braddan, in the Isle of Man, there is an old cross built into a wall of a church that is a wheel cross. The cross is divided into four quadrants, three of which contain cats. There is a lean cat, a plumper cat and one that is just fat. The fourth quadrant contains a shrew mouse. The number of teeth a shrew mouse has is 28 vs. the 26 a common rodent has. All of this correlates to the days of a lunar cycle with the various size of cats representing the stages of the moon. Could it be that the ancients are helping us remember that cats embody a power that is as old as creation?
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
While they are neither one very fond of people, I have been inspired by Shiloh holding the space for Indian Summer to allow the opportunity to do what is necessary to move forward in her life. He has provided her with emotional sustenance that has helped prepare her for any challenge that may come her way. His comprehension of her needs has given him guidance on how best he can be of service to her.
Is there someone in your life that your guardianship can enable them to persevere through almost any condition? Shiloh knows that with loving intentions as you enter your role as a guardian, you will help care and protect others as individuals while living their lives with grace.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Purr-plexing as challenges may be, Purrsonality is offering some insights that make these a necessary process in our spiritual growth. As Purrsonality hisses an invitation to join her, take a deep breath and release any tension in your body as you get comfortable. Close your eyes and feel the compassion Purrsonality has for you. She asks that you remember a situation that broke your heart. She has healed her heart by changing her perception of her life. Instead of dwelling on being in a Cat-A-Tat, she knows she is supported and taken care of. She grows stronger as she puts one foot in front of the other as she rises to the challenge. Often, she goes slow and makes observations along the way. She never thinks about not being ready.
When you feel the world is testing you and giving you more than you can handle, think of Purrsonality's journey as she has learned about herself and now looks for challenges as she knows when you are in the midst of a growing period, it's not always easy to see the reward...but, it's there waiting for you to grow big enough to reach it. Send Purrsonality gratitude for opening your heart to become more compassionate about the challenges not only in your life, but also to the challenges of others as you grow in wisdom.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I had the evidence in my hands when I showed Shadow the weeds. "Weeds, Shadow. These are weeds." His tail twitched as he spoke, "In the wild, there is no such thing as a weed. Nature accommodates and integrates all forms of life. In nature, balance is achieved over the long-term without the aid of or interference of a human supervisor." As I was considering that Shadow thought of me as a interfering supervisor of weeds, he continued, "Even though one plant may prevail over others for a period of time, it will eventually reach it's peak and then decline, allowing others to be born and survive. It's a self-regulating process."
I had not looked at a weed serving any purpose other than being an unwanted intruder nor had I thought about it's possible uses including being a necessary part of a natural cycle. A weed is a messenger from the wilderness of Mother Earth reminding me to consider my actions and how they are affecting the balance of nature as I quickly learned from what The Shadow Knows.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
TJ and Bengali saunder over to their pools and as they test the water with a paw, they slowly allow their legs to go deeper into the water as they squat to feel the coolness on their bellies before laying in the water. Shere Khan and China Doll go for a short swim before stretching out for an overdue nap. Pharaoh plays in the water as his water bowl is cleaned and filled. Raindance lifts her face to feel the spray of the water as it splashes off her water bowl as a volunteer cleans her lockout. Catera runs through the dense palmetto bushes feeling the cool drops of water as they ricochet off his eating block. The cougar cubs take turns pawing and then "falling" in their pool. Some of the other cats like small pools of water as they paw and play in their drinking bowls that are freshly filled. The fishing cats take a dip after stalking the peacocks that dare to come close to their Cat-A-Tats. Yet other cats are asleep in their dens or under the shade of the trees and others sit high on top of their dens keeping cool as any slight breeze fans over them.
Want to BE cool during these hot summer days? Come out to Big Cat Rescue and get inspired by the infinite possibilities of what it takes to be cool.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Before jumping to any conclusions, ask Sabre to come and stretch out beside you. Allow your eyes to slowly close as you take a deep breath. To understand what excites and thrills you, ask Sabre to help you feel like a cat. Observe and ponder your reactions to the activities, circumstances, concepts and events that make up your life. Don't get involved in the de-tails as this will tend to keep you from feeling the excitement. Create a list of the things that make your heart race, and find ways to integrate them into your daily life.
When you choose to do more of what excites you, your daily life will be imbued with exhilaration, pleasure and optimistic anticipation. You will pounce on more opportunities that will make your life fun and fulfilling. Surprises will await you as you remember how Sabre taught you how cat-tured thrills open your heart to the passion that lies within.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Learning the art of focus is practicing energy protection. Shanghai can help you learn to filter distractions as he asks you to go into hiding for just a short time. As you close your eyes and exhale, feel Shanghai and his ancestors surround you. As Shanghai creates the vision of himself in the wild, feel what he is feeling. Every blade of grass beckons investigation. Every sound requires stillness to discern the message. The weather communicates his time spent for daily activities. Rather than focusing on what he doesn't want to happen today, he leaves himself open to new experiences. He is making room for something better in his life.
Shanghai was having difficulty protecting himself. He didn't know he would find the perfect home at the sanctuary where he would never have to protect himself again. He trusted. By practicing the art of focus, he was investing his attention into making his life a positive experience. Sometimes what appears to be a negative experience that leave us with physical scars can often guide us on an accelerated path of spiritual growth. We trust even though at the time, it doesn't look good on the surface. Focus on what you want, and the distractions will fall away. You will always be protected. Send Shanghai and the animal spirits gratitude as they have cleared the way for a positive experience in your life.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Though the feelings that certain people, events and situations awaken within us may be quite strong, we can channel them into a variety of activities. Choosing this new way of BEING begins with closing your eyes and relaxing. Ask Sassy to lay down beside you as take a deep breath and think about how you react with your intense emotions. Sassy reminds us our reactions are ours to control when we accept that the emotional responses we have to the world around us need not dictate how we choose to BEhave. For example, instead of lashing out, we can take up creative pursuits by our joy, pain, sorrow or passion, and discovering we are in possession of a deep reservoir of imagination we can draw upon when in need of inspiration.
When we choose to respond this way, we are empowered to make constructive use of our feelings regardless of the nature of the circumstances unfolding around us. We will see and acknowledge that the path we choose to take is ours to determine. We will feel less irritable and calmer once we recognize that we do not have to react peevishly to the tumultuous feelings coursing through us. We can maximize our experience by creating new channels of emotions. To BE or not to BE empowered is the question Sassy leaves us with as we send her heartfelt thanks.