Thursday, September 27, 2007

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered what you feel is more important than what you know. How would this change your life?"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Pisces's Mission of Awareness

Sometimes we experience an event that causes our hearts to become very sad. It is at these times we feel like withdrawing from life. Contrary to logic, it is at these times, if we reach out to those we trust, we open ourselves up to receive messages that the universe is communicating to us. We never know what someone else's experience may stir within us to help us expand our awareness and grow.

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

Tobi's Secret

Small and agile, Tobi, a small American Cougar, will catch your heart as soon as you see her. Being around her heightens your sensitivity as you watch her disappear in the thick foliage in her Cat-A-Tat, only to reappear as a magician somewhere else. She will invigorate you, and you will feel good being around her. Tobi knows you can be around people or situations that will drain you of your energy especially if you are sensitive and wants to help keep you strong.

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

WHO AM I?

I can keep big secrets even though I am small for the kind of cat I am. I will jump to see you and enjoy surprising people. I can see people that come by, but most don't see me because I am not on the tour path. Being so small, I can move quick and love the way my body feels as I spring into action. I am sensitive and will listen to what you have to say. Can I share The Secret of Who I Am?

Guardians of BEING

The world is rapidly changing, so much so that our minds are overwhelmed by all the information we are absorbing and the lack of time to process and integrate it. Stress has become a lifestyle as we try to keep up with and make sense of the shifting consciousness. Technology is encouraging alienation in our world. Even relationships that were here today are gone tomorrow, except one...the one we share with our animal companions.

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

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered we are showing you what you have lost. How is this going to help you relate deeply to another BEING?"

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Moon Gardens

Coming out to the sanctuary will provide limitless ways that can inspire new ideas. I generally come with a blank mind and the intention of expecting new and creative ideas. I allow my senses to connect with whatever IS. For example, the last Friday night tour provided some inspiration to create a moon garden. The tour stopped at Tiger Lane to see TJ and Bella. As the guide shared their stories, I saw some "spooky" things that glowed in the dark.

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

Divinity's Family Plan

Family planning can be very difficult as Divinity, a beautiful Blue Bobcat, has discovered. She lives with Takoma, Apache, and Selena, and each one has their own needs. What is very special about this family unit is they can never take a vacation away from each other. So, how do they prepare each day to meet their individual needs and live in harmony with each other? Divinity and her family members chose to take a creative and visionary approach to family planning.

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

WHO AM I?

Out of the bushes, I will come to see what you have brought me. Even though I like to hide, I am very friendly. I share my home with other cats, and we are like family. I am small, and you may think I am old because of my silver hair, but my personality is as a kitten made of pure gold. I have a strong will and desire to live life to the fullest. If another cat needs help, I will give my time to help them anyway I can. Can you guess Who I Am?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Small Things Count

A smile came to my face as I stood and watched Shere Khan play with a new addition to his and China Doll's Cat-A-Tat. They now have a big "water bowl" and even though they have a huge lake to swim in, Shere Khan was trying his best to get into his new pool. Of course there was no way this was going to happen, but Shere Khan didn't care.

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

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered animals have morals. Does this idea help you to question your belief that morality alone defines "human nature?"

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Can't Hold Their Licker?

Sometimes, people ask me why the cats behave the way they do. I will ask the cats and it is amazing what they say. For example, you may notice some of the cats licking themselves as you come on the tour. This may bring back memories such as slowly drifting to sleep on the sofa after an exhausting day at work, and the sound of someone who can't hold their "licker" is going to work. Somewhere you muster the energy to ask them to stop before they hurt themselves, but chances are it's not going to be effective because the animal is using licking as a form of communication.

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

Real Strange Features Laura

Laura Lluellyn-Lassiter talks to the lions and tigers at Big Cat Rescue in the Univeral language in this episode of Real Strange produced by Big Cat Productions, Ron Lyon and Jenny Pashall. Visit their site at WizardsOfWeird.com or visit Laura at Soul-Be-It.com and of course all the cats are at BigCatRescue.org


Online Videos by Veoh.com

Monday, September 03, 2007

Picked Clean

Cameron has a huge responsibility at the sanctuary. Being the King, the cats look up to him. You can hear his roars no matter where you are, and he is very protective of Zabu. He is also an excellent teacher. One of the experiences he shared with me last week involved a bone. One day a week, the cats are given bones and at first glance, it appears to be no big deal unless you ask a cat what they think about their bone.

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.