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The Power of Animals: Teaching the Teachers to Heal

Animals have a huge power to affect change and healing.  I think they help bring us back to who we are, or could be/ want to be.. our own best selves reflect in their eyes.  They meet us in the present, respond predominantly to what we bring to them in that moment- and yet remind us that respect for what we do not see ( past, unknowns, externals) should always be respected and considered.  It is somehow a paradox, that it is completely about us, and yet not about us at all.  A horse or dog, brings all their own story- which they cannot “tell” or burden us with.  But we do learn, at some intuitive level, that we must read on every level, what someone else is conveying ( fear? uncertainty? mistrust? anxiety?), and instill through our actions and emotions, a safe environment.

I teach my kids to always be able to step back and ask themselves- am I nervous? worried? tired? What impact is that having on how I interact? and at the same time, they ( hopefully) learn to pay attention.. is the horse, relaxed, comfortable, tired? I suppose it is about mutual respect and boundaries- recognising and owning, what is self/not-self, and accommodating “the other.” while it isn’t necessarily all about them, since the animal has its own history– it is also about them, and their ability to affect the moment through what they bring to it:)

I really would love to expand the program I currently have, which is small.  And while I believe small can be more effective and powerful, as with say, democracy- it doesn’t work well on a large-scale.  It really is about the personal-direct connections that are made. When we know someone or something, we react differently, with more integrity.  We might hate, or carry a hate-belief about a race or religion- but we don’t hate Fred, or Yuri, or Benyamin, etc.  When we are in direct contact, face-to-face, our experiences and actions are very different.

But I would like to help more people affect change in their world and the world around them. I would like to empower the ones who will empower others. And I would like to spread a bit more compassion for animals in  that process.

It all comes down to awareness.  Would we eat better, if we knew where our food came from? Would we eat better, and choose the healthy food, if we had been part of its growing and care ourselves, directly? I like to believe so. Would we over-consume, or just needlessly throw away “extra” from our plates, if that broccoli, carrot, or kale had been our own project in growing?

I teach several students at the local college who will go on to be camp directors and program managers.  I had one student jokingly comment the other day, when they had a camp program, would I come and teach.  Absolutely, provided it is New England or New Zealand ( my own personal desire to travel:).. But what that did, was give me the deep satisfaction of knowing I was touching and altering the lives of those who would go on to touch many lives along the way.  And that is how it begins.

One of my teachers once said- my description.  it is very hard to change the course of the river at the dam.  But a tiny twig, placed upstream, in the right place.. can divert the course of the entire river.  How amazing and powerful an idea is that?



I am an Education Specialist, Health Coach and Author. I work with aspects of the teachings I have learned from Andean shamanic and cosmology, to health, nutrition and education.  Everything is energy. Energy must flow. Like water, when it does not flow, it stagnates and is not healthy. These techniques help your life to flow. I have been initiated into many of the ancient lineages and learned ceremonies, rites of passage and healing techniques.  I have worked as a healer and done workshops and taught some of these aspects – passing the teachings on.

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Dancing in Your Bubble : ancient teaching, modern healing
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The Naturally Smarter Kid : a parent’s guide to helping kids succeed in school and life
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