Loving our pets, as they love us

Sharing our lives, opening our hearts to pure unconditional love. They are the best friends that we can ever have. They won’t let us down, they are always happy to see us, they don’t judge us in any form, they don’t look at us with utter disdain if we put on weight. They trust us implicitly, with a wag of a tail or the twitch of a whisker telling us that they intuitively know how we feel. The look in their eyes says it all – I love you.

Our companion animals, our pets. We, as humans think that we have chosen our pets, in many situations it seems as if we have. However, many times on a higher level of awareness, they have chosen us. How many times do you see people that look like their dogs or is it that their dogs look like them! The feline fellowship and affinity that comes from the cats that slink into our lives helps us attune to life.

All animals, including farm animals are sentient beings, irrespective of the physical form. They have feelings, form family bonds, love unconditionally, feel happiness, feel and express pain and fear – all deserve our love and respect. We as humans sometimes think that we are somehow “higher up the ladder” than animals. Let’s not forget we are human animals too!

People sometimes say that animals don’t speak so how do we know that they have feelings? They speak via telepathic communication. This is something that we can all do with our companion animals. All you have to do is to be quiet long enough to listen. This is the work that I am guided to do as an Animal Communicator, and certified VortexHealing® Divine Energy Healing practitioner, helping cement the bond between the companion animal and owner.

If a pet has been adopted from a rescue into a loving home sometimes there are issues that need to be addressed. Even though the pet can see and knows it is now in a loving environment, the prior trauma from being in an abusive situation involving neglect, physical or emotional abuse, often takes its toll and behavioral issues can arise from this root cause. Being in a shelter for an extended period of time can also be traumatic for sensitive animals. They are surrounded by all different types and sizes of animals who are equally in a stressed state. I often say to clients, “try to imagine how you would feel if you were in that situation.” Human beings also find that change can be stressful, that we all need time to acclimatize to new surroundings and situations – eg: death, divorce, loss of job, moving home, moving state and moving country.

I ascertain the situation to obtain clarity by talking to the client about the issues. I also energetically connect with the pet and the whole situation that has arisen.
I visit the home, or if it is out state, work through a photograph. I tell the client that when they open the door to me that I will crouch down and first of all connect with the pet. A dog will always be at the front door with it’s owner, cats have their own agenda and I wait for them to physically come to me when they feel ready and have connected to my energy. All animals are intuitive by nature. Seemingly humans seem to have lost their way in the intuitive department, it’s still there within us, it just lies dormant and needs awakening.

Animals are our Younger Brothers and Sisters; Wild Animals versus Pets

ust as there are humans that are more evolved than others, the same is true for the animal kingdom. Pets or domesticated animals are more evolved than wild animals.

Wild animals live out in wild nature. They have no contact or interaction with humans. They function primarily on instinct and develop through contact with other wild animals and the wild environment around them.

Pets on the other hand are more evolved because they interact with humans. This interaction stimulates mental capacity and engages the emotional body of the animal. As we give animals love we help them to develop feelings of love, and as we talk with our animals, our communicating with them stimulates their mental capacity which does exist to a very minimal degree. So animals don’t think as do humans because they don’t have a mind, however, animals have instinct which is a precursor for mental activity.

The Native Americans refer to the animals as their younger brothers and sisters which is the way how God would have us see it too.

The Integrated Ascended Master recognizes that it is man’s job to help evolve the animal kingdom because we, humanity, are their elder brothers and sisters. One way how we can accomplish our duty is by keeping pets and interacting with them, teaching them and guiding them.

How Do I Know My Pet Is A Familiar?

n my opinion most spiritually inclined people share a love of animals. Since we are looking at familiars I will discuss this Wiccan terms. Wiccans especially study the significance of animals that cross their paths everyday to ascertain what message or suggestion is being given. Wiccans honor all animals as Goddess’s creatures and respect them and their characteristics. Seen as harbingers of the Goddess, noting animals that appear is looked at as receiving guidance. I include these events within what I call “sign posts”. Like following a map that has a landmark to indicate if we are the right path, animal appearances in everyday life and during Dreamtime can help us discover if we are on a good path for us or not as well as help in decision making. Native American beliefs, practices and shamanism are the most identified with animal harbingers. Although I also practice this type of observance this is different than having a familiar. There is a difference between having a animal spirit guide and a familiar. An animal spirit guide works with us in Dreamtime, during meditation and help us learn about our place on our path and in live (The Good Red Road). A familiar is a flesh and blood, living, breathing animal endowed with mystical prowess and powers.

According to Webster’s dictionary among the definitions of “familiar” are the following:

“…one who is often seen and well known; especially : an intimate associate or companion.”
“A spirit often embodied in an animal and held to attend and serve or guard a person…” “To be acquainted with something…”

These attributes all describe an animal familiar.

A familiar can be any animal of any type. It can be a bird, a reptile, a dog, cat, horse and so on and so forth. These are powerfully advanced animal spirits that have opted to assist with magical workings of any kind, even with prayer.

They have reincarnated themselves many times and, devoted to Goddess, choose to serve her students and priestesses. Their powers assist in any number of ways. Sometimes they simply comfort when the owner is upset or sad, or amuse to elevate the owner’s spirits. But they often are VERY ACTIVE during magical ritual and practice.

I recently lost my familiar, Tyr! It has left an empty place in my heart but he was amazing! It did not matter if I was opening a book to pray to an archangel or merely lighting a devotional candle, he came running from wherever he was and jumped up on the table or where I was sitting. He often sat on my prayer books, my Grimoires and Books of Shadow! He was quite amazing. Often animals avoid flame. He would always walk around my lit candles and cauldron and around smoking incense. He always had to sample offerings to Goddess from honey to wine to baked cakes he simply had to give his approval each and every time. He always remained until my prayers or rituals were done and then he would just leave and go back to wherever he was before.

Other animals are conduits of communication. My daughter recently adopted a new dog. I knew right away this dog was a familiar and I told my daughter that she is a link between the “here” and “there” and to speak aloud when praying or working so that this dog can facilitate this communication and help send energy outward more efficiently.

On the other hand I had an uncle whose dog would, as the Spanish say “take on afflictions” my uncle was supposed to get as a result of powerful magic done against him until it passed. Then the dog would be fine.

There is so set way to determine whether or not your pet is a familiar but one good indicator is that very subtle but sure feeling that there is something especially unique about the animal. I have noticed that they all seem to be calm, seem dreamy eyed in some way but the best way to be sure is to simply include them in your work and prayers to find out.

Familiars are not exactly like other pets. They are with someone to help and do service with that person. To not use the familiar will frustrate the animal for they, like humans have elected to have a life purpose. It is a pet yet soul relationship that develops over time because each of you is here to do Goddess’s work in service.