Monday, July 30, 2007

WHO AM I?

Pound for pound, I can eat more than any big cat. Volunteers think I am mean, but I am quite the gentleman. I am always so anxious for my food, I run very quickly so I don't miss any. I got lost and found my way to the sanctuary. It wasn't easy though. I had to be with all those cats and dogs for a while. Marshmellows and mush are my favorite things to eat. I like to stay out of the way and am very quiet. Look around under the blankets and you will know Who I Am.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Cat Lore?

As I was volunteering at the sanctuary today, I heard some strange noises coming from the cats. I also noticed some behavior that was a little different to say the least until I remembered this was a full moon. There is so much lore around cats and the full moon, I thought I would offer some possibilities as to why this is so.

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

Stellar Dreamtime

The full moon will occur in two days. Jade asks us to go outside and look up at the stars that will be highlighted by the full moon. What animal constellations do you see? The magic and power of animal totems originate in the heavens above. The stars are alive with knowledge and wisdom. As they come together to form an animal, a unique spirit is created that can be called upon for guidance and help. Jade is helping you remember how the ancients depended upon the spirits of animals to help them in their earthly journeys.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

BEING There

One of the greatest gifts we can give to another is to act as their guardian. It doesn't matter if it is for a specific situation or an ongoing commitment, each one will benefit from the relationship. So it is with Shiloh and Indian Summer. Two Bobcats, who have lived together for a long time at the sanctuary, have protected each other and helped one another grow.

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

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered we not only act "as if" we have feelings, we have them. Would you treat us differently than you do now?"

Monday, July 23, 2007

A Purr-plexing Purrsonality

Not a day goes by that Purrsonality, a mischievous Serval, is not challenged by her environment. At first glance, it appears as though she has nothing to worry about because she has a safe home at the sanctuary. In addition, she gets regular food and has the opportunity to see people on tours. But, Purrsonality is still a wild cat living the rest of her life at a sanctuary. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she has accepted this as an opportunity to evolve and grow.

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

WHO AM I?

I like to get into things, literally. I get bored easily and am always looking for things to challenge me. You never know what I am going to do. I may be sweet, but I am still wild at heart. As you get to know me, you will know I have a distinct personality. Oops...I mean distinct demeanor. My good looks may fool you into believing I could be trusted, but I am still a beautiful exotic cat. Try to identify Who I Am.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Shadow Knows

Last year when I first volunteered at the sanctuary, I couldn't hardly find the cats when I would go and clean their Cat-A-Tats because of the lush green foliage that flourished at the expense of my vision. Some of the foliage were weeds and to me, a weed is any plant that grows where it isn't wanted. It was a constant battle to pull and trim the weeds as I would slowly make my way around their Cat-A-Tat's looking for their latest deposits. This year has been no different. As I was wiping the sweat from my face, I kept thinking of the old sayings I remembered as a child about weeds when I heard "there are no weeds." I scurried over to the familiar voice informing me "there are no weeds" to understand why this is so and that only apparently The Shadow Knows.

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

Cool Cats

We are experiencing the dog days of summer, and I continue to be amazed how cool the cats are at the sanctuary. I always learn so many new things and am continually inspired as I volunteer at Big Cat Rescue. Let me share with you some of the ways the cats are being cool as we are nearing the peak of summer.

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

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered everything is an illusion except WHAT IS. What do you think WHAT IS IS?"

Friday, July 06, 2007

Sabre's Cat-tured Thrills

Each life has the potential to be thrilling, dramatic and inspiring. Sabre, a beautiful black leopard, knows he has the choice to design his life by cat-turing thrills when opportunities present themselves such as people visiting the sanctuary and stopping by to say hello to him. He does not live his life as a practical matter, so excitement does not overwhelm him. But, to help you ease any anxiety you may have about integrating all that you find exciting in your life, Sabre has de-tails he would like to share with you.

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

WHO AM I?

Surprise! I got you. Not really, but I like to stalk people on the tours and jump out of nowhere to surprise them. I am a joker at heart and am very funny. I don' t take things too seriously. I see the good in life and encourage people to take another look at how life can be. I enjoy people and am very social. I may be black, but I see the light. Surprise me by guessing Who I Am.

Monday, July 02, 2007

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered when you see us and feel the power we are, we are helping you to connect with the power within yourself. Knowing the power begins where the fear ends, what action would you take that you had fear of before?"