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How to reduce your pets anxiety without medication

by Debbie Jones on 07/23/17

Do you know that pets suffer from anxiety, like humans do? Perhaps you have a pet that suffers from separation anxiety, or is exhibiting signs of stress. You may wonder where the anxiety is coming from, or if there is a way you can reduce it without the use of medications. There are in fact some common sources of your pets stress and also simple techniques that you can do to help your pet feel more balanced and relaxed.

If you have a pet living at home, you know that spending time with them can be comforting to you and be the perfect remedy for a stressful day.  But what if our animals show signs of stress or anxiety? Where is the stress coming from and do we have the same calming effect on them?  Some observable signs that indicate stress in your pets are changes in their eating habits, more irritable behavior or they may start barking, meowing, whining or pacing when you are away from them. What can we do to help them? First, I recommend seeking medical attention from your trusted veterinarian to rule out any medical conditions. Once your pet receives a clean bill of health there are natural ways to help them reduce their stress.

Where does their stress come from? If your pet is like mine, their needs are anticipated and taken care of before they even ask. So why would they feel anxious or stressed?  Well, the short answer is they get it from us! Our animals have an innate ability to read and feel our energy. When we feel calm, happy or excited our animals often reflect our emotional state. Have you noticed that if you get very exciting news your animal shows signs of excitement as well? They may even get a burst of energy or even start barking with delight. Conversely, if you had a bad day, raise your voice or even slam a door in anger you may notice your animal gets nervous or hides. The effects of our emotional state have a far greater impact on our pets if we have prolonged stress. Over time our pets may begin to show signs of that pressure, as well. Unlike us, they can not go to the gym, take a yoga class or spend time talking on the phone with a friend to release the stress they feel.  In many cases, they are not able to get away from the source of the stress which is us.  So what can we do? 

First, take steps to bring yourself into balance. Exercise, eat healthy meals, and release your stress.  When you feel more balanced, your pet will feel more balanced as well.

Second, if you have a pet that enjoys being outside, take them out for a walk, schedule play time. In fact, any form of exercise is wonderful and beneficial. 

       Third, you can give them a massage or energy work like Reiki.

      By focusing on these techniques to reduce your pets stress, you may in turn realize that you are also healing yourself and bringing yourself more in balance. 

How Reiki Can Help Reduce Physical Pain

by Debbie Jones on 06/27/17

We all have aches and pains.  They sometimes come and go, but sometimes we have nagging pain that just will not go away.  Our instinct may be to use over the counter pain reliever and maybe these pain relievers have made their way into your daily routine.  If this sounds familiar to you, I would like to share how Reiki may be able to help you reduce the number of over the counter medications that you are taking and to help reduce the physical discomfort that you are feeling.

In my previous blog I described what Reiki is and how it can help you.  In this blog I will be diving a little deeper on how it can help relieve physical pain.  Chronic pain is described as pain that lasts for more than 6 months.  Most of us have suffered from chronic pain at some point in our lives whether it is from a physical injury or an unknown cause.  Many years ago, my go to for those pain was my trusted ibuprofen. When I started being concerned with the daily dosages I decided to look deeper into what may be causing my pain, instead of covering up the symptoms.

Beyond indicating a physical problem, chronic pain can also originate from emotional or spiritual conflicts that we are having. Left unresolved, these conflicts may manifest or show up as physical discomfort. When we have emotional conflicts or physical discomfort this is an indication that the energy in our bodies is not flowing freely.  When Reiki is administered it works with your bodys natural rhythms to bring your energy back into balance. The result is reduced pain, having more clarity of thought, feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Because Reiki is working with the cause and not the symptom, many find relief where other methods were not successful.

Reiki is now being offered in some of the most prominent hospitals and hospice centers in the US as a respected alternative for pain relief and comfort.

It is important to note that Reiki is not a substitute for medical care, but it can be a wonderful supplement to help realign your energy so that your body is in a perfect state to heal itself. 

Can our pets really communicate with us telepathically?

by Debbie Jones on 05/29/17

What if you could have a conversation with your pet?  What would they say? What would you ask? I am here to tell you that Animal Communication is real.  I will share some simple steps to get you started on your own journey to tune into your pets thoughts. 

Our pets use physical mannerisms, eye contact, and their voices to get our attention. But can they telepathically communicate with us?  Telepathy is the transmission of information from one person (or pet) to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction; telepathy uses energy to communicate. Animals telepathically communicate all the time and use this form of communication with each other.  Learning how to communicate with our animals in this way can help us understand their complex feelings, as well as understand if they are in any physical discomfort.  Now you may be thinking, I can not learn how to do that!,  and I say of course you can!  Everyone has the ability to telepathically communicate with animals.  However, just like acquiring any new skill, you need to learn and practice the techniques and most importantly, learn to listen.

The first step is to quiet your mind.  This can be as simple as sitting in a quiet room with no distractions and just focusing on your breath.  If your grocery list keeps popping up, take a minute to write it down and then go back to focusing on your breath. Sitting still may take some time to master; just allow the thoughts to slip away.

Next, gently bring your own pet or a pet that you are familiar with into your awareness. Once you have a good vision of your pet, then ask a question.  You can ask it aloud or quietly to yourself.  The trick is to acknowledge the answer that you hear in your mind.  The answer will be immediate.  No matter what you hear, whether it makes sense or not it is very important to acknowledge the answer and say, Thank you, I hear you.

These are the beginning steps to learning how to communicate with your pet. The first time may seem a little bumpy, and you may feel like you are not getting any information at all, but taking time to practice these steps is your first step towards communicating telepathically with your pets.  Have fun! I would love to know what your pets are sharing with you!

 

Reiki, What is it and how it can help you

by Debbie Jones on 05/06/17

Have you heard the word Reiki or Energy healing and wondered what is it is and whether it can help with your aches, pains or even stress?  If you have been curious about energy healing, you have come to the right place. I will share with you what Reiki is, how it administered and how it can help you feel better both physically and emotionally.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, promoting healing and it also is a form of energy healing. The word REIKI translates to Universal Life Force Energy; everything around us, including our bodies, is made up of energy. So how do we know when we might need more Universal Life Force energy or Reiki?   When our bodies are energetically out of balance we may feel physical discomfort, little aches and pains, exhaustion or even become sick easily or often.  We may even experience the imbalance emotionally by feeling overwhelmed, short-tempered or stressed.  When our bodies are energetically in balance we have enough energy to sustain us through the day, we feel happy, joyful, and our bodies are free of physical pain.   No one is ever in balance all of the time, but our goal is to be more in balance then we are out of balance. Reiki helps activate the natural healing processes to restore physical and emotional well-being.

Reiki is administered by a Reiki Practitioner or Master that has been attuned to Reiki energy.  A Reiki practitioner is like an extension cord for the healing energy.  As you lay comfortably fully-clothed on a massage table, the practitioner sets the intention for healing and channels the healing energy by gently placing their hands on you or having their hands raised slightly above your body. Since our bodies are made up of energy, when the Reiki energy is presented, it gently brings our bodies into balance.

The wonderful part about Reiki or energy healing is that energy has no boundaries.  A treatment can take place in person or even over the telephone. The effects of a Reiki treatment are just as effective once the intention for healing has been set. 

Sessions can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes.   Most clients feel improvement after one session.   However, depending on the depth of the imbalance in your body it may take a few sessions to bring your body into balance. 

 

Animal Speak

by Debbie Jones on 06/26/14

I am a big believer that if something gets put in your path you should stop to take notice and see if there is a message there for you.  Yesterday,  when I was walking my dogs I looked over and there was a deer just standing there watching us.  I thought maybe we had startled her and she was about ready to scamper off but the look in her eyes said something more.  I stopped (with my two dogs) and we just looked at each other.  I greeted her and told her we meant her no harm. My dogs  seemed to be communicating with her too.  They were not alarmed by her presence and didn't bark (highly unusual for my two).  After a few minutes we continued on our walk.  The deer watched us walk away.   Of course I went home and looked up Deer in my 'Animal Speaks' book and this is the message I am taking away from our encounter. 'Be gentle with yourself, don't be over critical or uncaring toward yourself.  When a deer shows up there is an opportunity to express gentle love that will open new doors to adventure for you.'.  

Debbie

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