So, here’s a funny thing. I was talking with a client yesterday who said he loves my daily newsletters, but asked why don’t I write very much about my experiences with animals.
And when I heard that, I went – Oh yeah! I haven’t written about animal stuff in a while!
When I write these newsletters and posts, they are so much “whatever is in my head” at that moment, that I don’t really tend to keep track of what I’m doing. I do, however, think this man is right and it’s time for me to write about some of the cool animal stuff I’ve been experiencing lately!
The experience I want to share with you is about a puppy named Basil and a woman named Elaine.
Elaine scheduled an emergency session with me because she was at a loss. Her puppy, Basil, was out of control, hyper, and wouldn’t listen to her at all. She was concerned that she would need to find another home for him, as the was he was acting was creating havoc both at home and in her work.
Elaine is an intuitive, working on growing her established practice from home. Having a hyper puppy around, barking and knocking things over was getting in the way of her ability to talk on the phone and meet with clients. Plus, her family was falling apart trying to handle the hyper-activity.
Now, remember – when I do this work, I ask my clients to refrain from telling me about their animals so that I can pick that info up straight from the animal.
Interestingly, when I first connected with Basil, I didn’t get a hyper puppy. In fact, what I saw was an image of a soft, calm, fluffy puppy. Although male, Basil felt like he had a very kind, feminine energy to him.
As I explained this to Elaine, she interrupted me to say, “Oh, no. That’s not right. That’s not Basil. He’s never like that! He barks all the time and he never lays down except when he’s just exhausted himself from all the running around.”
But, having done animal communication work for many years, I knew to simply go back to Basil and double check the feelings and images I was getting. (This is a skill I work hard to teach my students, too!)
Nope. Nothing changed. Same info was coming in.
“Elaine, he feels like such a sweetie to me. I hear what you’re describing to me, but it is very different from what I’m getting.”
I knew that, when what a person is telling me and what I’m receiving is vastly different, there is a big message or lesson to be received.
As it turned out, the more I talked with Basil, the more I learned about his life. He showed me that Elaine, who was working from home, was very uptight and worried about her business. (Elaine confirmed this.)
He showed me that Elaine never sat down to take a break.
“Well, I can’t!” she despaired. “I am trying to get my business to become more successful so there isn’t any free time.”
I learned, from Basil, that Elaine was focusing solely on building her practice in lieu of her daily meditation practice, in lieu of spending time with her children on the weekends, in lieu of putting her loving energy into food and calm and peace.
The more I shared what Basil was talking about, the quieter Elaine became. In fact, she even stopped interrupting me!
Basil told Elaine (through me) that he was only hyper like this because Elaine was hyper like this. Elaine wasn’t taking care of herself – and he was reflecting that back to her.
It was clear that this wasn’t what Elaine wanted to hear. “But, I really don’t want to have to do that [take care of myself]. I just don’t have time. I just want you to tell him to stop behaving that way so I can get some work done.”
At this, I had to laugh out loud. Hopefully, Elaine wasn’t offended (I don’t think she was), but it was clear that Basil had quite different plans.
I did receive an email from Elaine a few weeks later. She’d returned to her morning practice of chanting, meditating, and journaling, and Basil had calmed down almost immediately. She also said that she felt better about herself and her work, and things were much less frantic in her life. She ended her email by thanking me for helping her find the calm, sweet puppy that Basil really is.
I share this experience with you, not only because it was pretty cool, but also because I believe that many of the people who read these posts may have experienced something similar – or may be in the middle of a similar experience. I’d love to know your own experience below!
Love and Light,