Friday, August 31, 2007

Stellar Dreamtime

Jade teaches us about our Power Animals in our dream time tonight. As you look up at the stars, you will see animal forms come to life as the twinkle from each star lights up with power. The stars provided information and guidance to the ancients. It was also believed that the animals in the sky came to earth as Power Animals.

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

Going Around in Circles

As I often observe the cats, I see things most people don't see. For example, sometimes when Willow is bored, she will walk around in circles. There is nothing special about a circle or is there? It is a straight line that is curved. It is a very simple form. But, could it be the cats are communicating something special to us as they walk in circles?

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

Timing Is Everything

Being in the right place at the right time is often called luck. But, Lucky Lady knows it is being in harmony with the universe's timetables that allows us to find ourselves right where we need to be at the moment. Lucky is an expert at finding what she needs when she needs it. She has confidence the universe puts nothing in her path she is not capable of handling, giving her confidence that she is ready for the opportunity.

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

WHO AM I?

Try to find me! I am too busy chasing the lizards and anything that comes into my Cat-A-Tat. I have a lot of trees and bushes to keep me busy looking for new creatures. I appear to be fussy, but that's my nature. It's not that I don't like people, I like to be alone. Sometimes I will come to check out what the volunteers are doing, but prefer to stay hidden. I don't need to be the center of attention. There is a lot you can accomplish if you are quiet. My name gives you a clue if you believe you are in the right place at the right time. Do you know Who I Am?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Morgan's Connection

Sometimes we take for granted the people and animals that share our lives. They always seem to be there when we need them, and animals always give from their hearts. Morgan, a very sweet South American Cougar, shared her presence with anyone that came by. She would often come and greet tours, offering them a sample of her purrrring. We would be encouraged to be quiet for a moment and gently bend over slightly so we could hear her voice.

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

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered even though some of us have been bred and raised in captive conditions, our cellular memory from our ancestors tells us we are wild and want to be free. Do you see the illusion of thinking we can be raised as pets?"

Monday, August 20, 2007

Seeking Love


Amazing Grace, our poet ocelot, is providing provocative thought as she shares with us another original poem from her heart.

"SEEKING LOVE"

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

The Shadow Knows

Dusk is creeping into the sanctuary as people have gathered to see the "Night Tour." It's a special time when the cats can be seen with a different perspective. As we start the tour, one of the favorite cats has recently been moved directly on the tour path. Much to his liking, as he is always ready to talk, I hear his luring voice calling me over to him as the tour guide proceeds to share Shadow's story.

"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

Showers of Emotional Intelligence

Cleo-Cat-Tra, a very sweet Serval, knows what it is like to hide behind bushes and logs. But, she has had great courage to move forward with her life after being rejected by her human family. It would have been easy to continue to hide her feelings in the thick of a very scary situation, but she choose to express them instead. Our culture has not traditionally supported emotional awareness, and as a result, we have often kept them hidden within our beings. Storing these emotions in our minds and bodies can result in health issues. But, Cleo wants to share how easy it is to simply allow our emotions to be felt.

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

Who Am I?

My eyes are dark brown and blend with the logs that I lay behind. I am the favorite of many volunteers at the sanctuary. They have fallen in love with my sweet spirit. I just enjoy the extra attention. It makes me feel good because my first family didn't want me. I will lay close to anyone that comes to clean my home. I am smaller than most cats that are like me. I will shower you with affection. Would you love to guess Who I Am?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered our free-flowing emotions and empathy are critical to human well-being. Do you believe that emotions are perhaps the most effective means of cross-species communication?

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

More Than A Beautiful Voice

Every time you go to the sanctuary, a variety of voices can be heard as each cat proudly declares their own unique voice. Whether it is Cameron roaring or Arizona hissing, each have their individual signature traits and idiosyncrasies. No two voices are alike. How often do we neglect to hear these resonances under which their verbal expressions are floated over?

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

A Tiger Angel

Download tiger photos online here In the Native American traditions, when someone has finished their purpose on this earth, it is time to leave. The decision is made, and they go away to be by themselves and within a very short period of time, they leave their physical body. They do not believe you have to be sick or in the dying process. Often, they are old and have fulfilled what they came to accomplish. So, it was with Saber.

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

Feeling Lost

Baby Cakes is a sweet, small Genet who "found" his way to the sanctuary. He didn't have a map to look at or to help him figure out how he was going to reach his destination. A map helps only if there is one for the territory you find yourself in or you know your destination. So, how did Baby Cakes know the right way to go? Baby Cakes knows humanity is in uncharted territory and covering ground that our ancestors never knew. Not knowing exactly where we are, who we are, or where we are going can leave us feeling lost.

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.