Sheltering in place has its ups, downs, insides out and outsides in moments for all of us - humans and the companion animals as well. Each of us is experiencing and responding differently to the rollercoaster ride of life right now and this includes the animals.
Recently there have been reports in mainstream media about how “Companion animals acting strange and odd.” These media outlets' theory is that since people are home they are actually witnessing the oddity and strangeness in their animals that’s always been there.
I am offering another theory:
This seemingly “odd / strange” behaviour of your pet is a sign, like the canaries in the coal mines,
that something is seriously amiss with the energy in the house.
The animals are receivers of energy. Remember times when you have felt sick or just “down” and your animal companion came to curl up beside you and “made you feel better.” Animals will take on the energy of their human companion or the energy in the house.
The animals are also great teachers of balance and harmony. From the animals' viewpoint there is a lot going on energetically within the home - so many extra people and pieces trying to be balanced - work, kids, homeschooling, unemployment, chaos in the collective, the unknown what the future holds., fear of Corona etc.
For the health of the family your animals will do what is necessary to bring attention to what is out of balance in the house or the family dynamics. In their attempt to get the energy of the house back to a calm coherent state, they might also be absorbing the energy. This can result in odd behaviors, acting out, marking, pooping in appropriate places, aggression that appears out of nowhere - please add in your animals interesting quirks. Physical problems can also arise from absorbing too much energy that overloads their entire nervous systems. Problems can be vast and varied; it may include digestion problems, excessive itching, over grooming etc. Basically they are a live wire with so much energy going through them and they are trying to ground it.
In the coal mines if the canaries started fainting or died the miners knew it was time to get out.
If your sweet animal is acting out or getting sick it may be time to analyze what is going on within your home or within you.
Is there harmony and balance?
What is out of balance?
What simple steps can you take to bring balance and harmony into the home?
Here are helpful tips from the animals that might help with the energy in the house.
Talk to your animals about what is going on and tell them about this thing called work. Blog
Be a better Quarantine Roommate by practicing basic energetic hygiene
And be Present Right now!
Each tip is linked to a PSA written by the animals .
Look to the animals for clues of how well the energy in the house is doing and take necessary steps to restore balance so they can get back to being dogs and cats and not canaries.
The animals have once again tapped me on the shoulder telling me then have PSA that needs to be delivered NOW! Their pleading has been so great that I left the delicious embrace of my garden to be of service to them.
Here is the weekend PSA from the animals:
Hello my favorite human,
I observe that on weekends you are able to rest and relax. You become much more present in your body and you are more intune with the flow of energy and listening to what your body really wants to do. This seems to well deserved break for that grueling activity you call WORK.
I invite you to think of weekend R&R as a training session for work. Just like when you are training me and I do the desired behavior you heap the praise and treats on me. Now as you rest and listen to your body and make choices that promote staying connected to yourself I want you to imagine me saying in a loving, approving voice “Good job! That’s right, good listening! You are so smart. That’s what I want more of.”
My intention for this training is that you can find a balance in your life where all your days can be in a good flow and you are tuned to your needs and approving of yourself and treat yourself kindly. Because as this day starts to draw to a close I feel your attention start to shift out of the present and orient to this thing called WORK. And all the training progress we made goes out the window. Like when I pee outside the litter box or lunge at the annoying dog passing by and you are frustrated - I feel the same bewilderment of "Wait what just happened? "
So now we need to talk about this thing you call WORK? Here is my observation of work.
This WORK energy feels out of balance. It feels there is an urgency, a push, a demand that this WORK thing is more important than you and the connection to yourself. After these two days of being present in your body and allowing your body to direct the flow, you engage WORK and you drop the connection to yourself as if you dropped my leash. And you seem to jump into that energy with your mind without taking your body along.
You sit in front of those boxes that light up and tippytap on those boards. Those boxes and screens mesmerize your attention. Your breathing gets really shallow and your body, your poor body is forgotten, it is as if you vacated the building.
I am trying to do my part of being a good Trainer and redirect your attention back to your body - by sitting on the keyboard, by barking or by coming in and out or by staring intently at you. Instead of yelling at me, and being annoyed with me for god sakes, people thank me. It's a celebration! You just moved, you came back to your body, your home.
Take a moment before going back into that WORK energy and wiggle those toes, run your hands along your legs, swing your arms around. YOU HAVE A BODY. BE IN IT! BE PRESENT!
Here are some questions I have about this WORK thing and I am seeking clarity about. Please take time to think about them and tell me the answers before tomorrow's WORK thing starts. Literally, talk out loud, trust that we are connected and communicating.
With all of your answers see if you can talk to me from you belly and see if you can feel the answers for example if you say “Yes it brings me joy.” Let me feel the joy it brings you. ( Here’s my loving training voice “You are so good. I know you can do this. Just be in your body, trust you body.”)
Do you like your WORK? Please tell me from your body not your head what you like about it. I need to feel it.
I see you talking to people and doing stuff on your computer. What does your WORK do? (Besides disengage you from your body.).
Neave's translation here is to tell them the name of company you work for and literally tell them about the company, what they do, why they do it and what your role is.
Are you happy?
Observing you at your computer where you are in your head, not breathing or moving that does not look happy to me - just saying. Convince me with your body. OR if you are not happy - let those feelings be felt as well and tell me about them.
Why don’t you move around? What ways can you think of to be more present in your whole body at this WORK thing?
Thank you for telling me about this WORK thing and going through the questions. It helps me understand what’s up with you and how to be a better companion and trainer for you.
You are a HUMAN BEING.
Not a Human Doing - so BE a HUMAN Being in your body.
Please observe and join me often, I have got this presence thing down - I AM a MASTER TEACHER.
Lie in the sun with me for a while till your bones feel as if they are going to melt. Take delight in the birds flitting about . Bark at the delivery man- we have to let him know we are watching him. Pause and groom yourself clean off the energy.
All of above suggestion moves the energy and lets me know you are alive!
Each time you do something to bring yourself back to your body and back to the present moment! Remember I am praising you and saying "Yes, More of that behavior, more of that!"
I am looking forward to relaxing and a more present WORK week with you.
Much love my sweet person!
As I say often we are the lucky ones to have share our lives with these wise beings
The Intuitive Playground with the Animals intention is to awaken people to their innate intuitive abilities through communicating with the animals. Your body knows how to communicate with animals and all of nature. Intuition is the first the universal language spoken and you were well versed in it before you had words. At the Intuitive Playground for an hour and a half we connect with animals allowing your body to remember how easy it is to be open and receptive to converse with the animals.
At this weeks Intuitive Playground with the Animals. we connected with wild animals that have been repeatedly showing up for people. The intention was to let them know the delight that is felt in being in their presence as well as to ask if they had a message for the person.
We started with a Cooper's Hawk who often is seen in Maple trees of a backyard. We were all able to connect to that particular bird by having the person whose yard it visits visualize the bird . Each of us felt the strong presence and his willingness to engage with us. We shared the delight in connecting with him and how she enjoyed his visits. He sent a reciprocal pleasure in being acknowledged. We learned he lives in the woods a little ways away from her - by seeing pictures he sent us. The message he share with us was a message of love and connection to the web of life. We asked him to show us what it feels like to fly. Each of us experienced it differently - some people visually saw through his eyes navigating through trees and felt him soaring as well as pulling up and landing on a branch. Others felt the movement in their chest of the beating wings. And another felt the wind caress feathers. We then let him know that the Chihuahuas are not on the menu. He let us know he doesn't eat them anyway. Aahhh to the marvelous web of connection.
We then connected with a flock of bushtits that visit my garden daily and there is one particular bushtit that seeks me out. She comes to find me what every room I am in my house and clings to the screen and flaps her wings to get my attention. I held a picture of my garden in my mind's eye and called to the bushtits. We were able to connect with them and felt their lightness and flutterly presence. We shared my delight with sharing the garden with them and then we asked "Why are you seeking Neave out?" Immediately we both heard "We are friends." I let that fill my heart. The next day when I heard their chitter chat I went out on my deck and the bushtit flew to a nearby tree and I felt a deeper connection as we greeted each other with a "HI friend."
You are invited to join us Neave and the Animals at the Intuitive Playground every Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 PST. It is donation based. For more details and to register
During great pause that we are all experiencing comes with so many lessons and often the animals are the messengers. The animals are masters at reading energy, intention and attention for they are present and in their bodies 24/7 and tuned in to the overall energy field. The general theme that is being delivered by the animals for April is about practicing Basic Energetic Hygiene. The messages are being delivered through the lens of tough love and asking you to up your game. Below is a PSA from the animals:
Hello my dear person,
Please wake up and start taking responsibility for what you are doing with your attention and your energy. Clean up your act and stop being a sloppy energetic roommate who is leaving your frustrations, angst and emotions all over the place. In the past I was able to hold space for you when you came home from work and that was okay because I could help reorient you and then we would go move together or snuggle. But now it's like a roller coaster and you are off gassing all sorts of energy everywhere and it is piling up.
I am curious why are you so afraid of just feeling what’s going on with you and allowing it to ripple through you. Grieve, scream, cry, yell if you have to. By allowing the emotion to be energy in motion and expressing itself it will move through your body. Instead of when you go into a tantrum or spin out in a story and energy and emotions start flying and landing all over the place that sit like piles of poo or energetic hot spots all over the house. Hey, I use the litter box or go outside to do my business. I am asking you to be responsible and mindful where you leave your poop piles and pick them up and throw them away.
Also I implore you to come up with some clearing practice to clear out the energy that comes flooding into the space from Zoom and other devices. After your meetings on the computer, energetically it's like all those people are in the house lingering around . And to top it off its like you left the building because you are not in your body - all your energy is in your head. Please do something to get back in your body and create a routine to clear out the energy.
I suggest you literally stand up and walk these people out the door. Then turn your attention to reorienting to being in your body before engaging in this thing you call work. For example, I shake off energy after playing with another dog. Or you may notice that I groom myself immediately after being petted. This is to rid myself of your scent and smooth my coat back to the way I like it.
Perhaps you could wash your hands or go outside and feel your feet on the earth and notice what you hear or see - be present to where you are right now.
It seems you are not leaving any time soon and by taking responsibility for your energy and being mindful will help the flow in the house. I do enjoy having you around. And I am asking you to clean up your act so I can get back to relaxing. Energy flows where intention and attention goes.
Thank you for reading this and putting some of my suggestions into practice.
I love you!
The following is a Public Service Announcement from the animals:
My sweet human please become aware of what you are paying attention to. When you listen to the news, spend time on your computer or your smartphone and surround yourself with so much negative fear based energy it starts seeping into our home, into your mind and then I can’t feel you or my connection to your heart. You are no longer present in the moment and I start acting out to bring your attention back to the moment.
I can teach you about being present in the moment right now, and again right now in this moment.
First shake off that energy by doing what I do, shaking my whole body like when I am wet, or sweeping you hands over all parts of your body imagining your hands are cleaning off the energy like I do when I groom myself. I think this would be good for you because I often do this after being stressed, excited or anxious to regain a sense of balance or peace.
Now, come sit with me! Feel your body touching the furniture - listen to my breathing, see if you can match your breathing to mine. Look at my fur, scales or skin. What do you notice about it that you have never noticed before? Breath be here now with me. Please don’t go to your thoughts, because we lose connection. Stay in your feeling body. Feel my fur, scales or skin - pause and really feel it see if you can let the information come up through your fingertips. Breathe.
Tell me anything about your day, tell me what weighs on your heart, tell me your fears, tell me your wins, tell me your plans. I can feel it all, all that you aren’t saying and it confuses me because it runs like a river in the background and there is a lot more energy in this river of suppression than the words you say that don’t match it. When you speak it aloud it helps keep the energy flowing. Say what you want to say, let the words fall out and keep breathing. Feel my fur. Feel my presence. Feel my love! Right here, right now.
Please keep doing this till your breathing is normal, till you can feel your body. I invite you, actual I implore you to do this practice numerous times throughout the day. Even when we are apart, pause and breathe, call me to you and feel our heart connection. Breath I love you! Anytime we are together please practice being with me in the moment!
Now my sweet person let me tell you the energy that comes into the house through the tv, the videos, the phone, the computer it can get trapped in our house and is making me crazy and unhealthy. You have the ability to leave and come back - I am here a lot in this house and I feel the energy. Please start doing energetic hygiene around the house by clearing this energy and tuning the house to what your intention is for this house and our family. I want you to make sure your intention includes presence, love, and harmony. Let’s have our living space support us in being healthy and well. Thank you for reading this and doing what I have requested. I love you!
The animals have spoken!
Now it's up to you,
Each of us come into this lifetime with a whole circle of spiritual resources which include guides, guardian angels, spirit animals and so on. This circle of resources is your own personal posse that is always listening to you. They like to help you as often as possible , daily if you allow them by providing protection, guidance and healing.
Spirit Animals are guides from your circle of resources that come in animal form to teach or deliver a message. They are often referred to as power animals, animal guides and they are all one in the same. It is believed that animals are receivers of energy and become mirrors for you to learn about yourself. The spirit animal that appears for you is bringing your their sweet "medicine" in the form of guidance, wisdom, teachings, power or protection.
Since your circle of spiritual resources works with you daily the spirit animals that appear to you may be different everyday depending on what is up for you. The animals are teachers of balance and harmony in life. They are responding to the energy of your feelings, beliefs and thoughts where you may be out of balance and offering guidance, healing or wisdom. Often they appear when you are searching for clarity, need guidance, affirming a power action, or they bring into consciousness something your soul already knows. Basically, they are listening and the animal that shows is spot on for that day, moment, event, experience etc.
The way a spirit animals shows up varies. You may have a physical encounter with one like walking in the woods or in your neighborhood, or it swoops over you car. You may have one as a pet. You may see the image of them everywhere you look - in the clouds, in the store, on billboards. It may visit you in your dreams or come to you while meditating or daydreaming. Or you may exhibit certain qualities of the animal such as going mama bear at the playground.
When you realize its a spirit animal for you. Pause and thank it for showing up. Put your hand on your heart (its the quickest way to access your intuition) breathe and ask why it is showing up for you. What is it's message? Then listen with your heart, your mind, your ears, your inner knowing. Ask as many questions as you like. They are willing to have a conversation with you.
The spirit animal may also be offering you a reflection of some of your characteristics. Take time exploring and learn as much as you can about them their diet, behavior, habitat, lifestyle. Staying present and attentive to yourself during this inquiry listening for what resonates with you and how their "medicine" can bring balance and harmony into your life.
Here is an example of a spirit animal showing up for me. I have a very active mole in my yard. This is during a time for me where I am turning inward to uncover and release old traumas to step into the fullness of me. Daily I am open to the teachings as I am raking the mole hills into the grass and the garden beds. What I am learning is that bringing to the surface what has been buried for decades creates space and feeds the rest of life - like the upturned soil is doing from my grass and garden.
Remember your circle of resources is always listening.