Do your beloved animal companions a favor today and spend some time today setting your family’s intention and do some energetic house cleaning around the new intentions. When I am speaking about the family I am including all humans and animals that cohabit together. The animals we share our lives with play an important part within the family unit, they are the family system analysts and therapists. They are masters at reading and feeling energy, understanding energy flows, where attention and intention go.
Setting a family intention is a guiding light for the family – something to re-direct focus back to if things start to get out of alignment. And the energetic housecleaning means to literally go through the house and state the new intention while smudging – clearing out old energy and tuning the house to the new intention. Our animal companions spend a majority of time in the house Imagine what it feels like for them sitting in old energy that is just filling up the floor space. Clearing the energy is a gift for them.
As I have journeyed through a separation and a divorce, the family unit plunged into chaos and everyone was out of sorts. Our dog was completely confused, grieving the pack as the kids went back and forth between houses. I shared very similar feelings and to find solid ground I began setting daily intentions for my family- (at times the family only consisted of my dog and myself then it would expand to include the kids when they spent the week with us). At the beginning just trying to finding ground was difficult so the intention I chose was “Balance”. As I focused setting my intention on “Balance”, certain opportunities arose that invited me to make choices to either fall back into the chaos or move forward toward “Balance”. As I made choices that promoted the balance within myself, in my life, and the house, my dog started to settle – he was not as anxious and confused. Finding balance for him meant walking with other dogs which I resisting, at first, as my walks are a sacred alone time where I am able to work out a lot of emotion. Yet, honoring the intention of balance and his strong need for being with other dogs actually helped bring more balance to my life because I realized it met my need for social interaction as well.
Take a moment to enjoy setting the intention for the family and smudging your space knowing that your animals are grateful for the clarity both in body and home.
I have been blessed by having a hummingbird show me where she built her nest. She, the hummingbird, and I met to face to face. She hovered in the magical way hummingbirds do, about 6″ from my face. She had a bit of spider web dangling from her beak. For a few seconds we looked at each other then she darted behind a leaf. Curiously, I peered behind the leaf thinking I’d observe her resting. Instead, I saw her snuggled down in her nest. I stared in wonder at the placement of the nest, so close to a busy path, yet it was safe among thorns with leaves overhead for rain protection. And then I thought about the symbolism of a hummingbird who is often darting here and there being able to sit and tend to her eggs.
Over the past few weeks, I have been observing her sitting on her nest, curious when the chicks would hatch. One day last week, I peered into the nest and there was one chick and then next day two. I marvel at the nest and how it has not yet split open from these two growing chicks. Remember that spider web dangling from her beak? Research has revealed to me that a spider silk, used in a hummingbird nest construction, helps give it a stretchy, elastic quality to expand with the chicks’ growth and movement and the mother hummingbird will frequently patch and repair the nest after the chicks have hatched to ensure it stays durable as long as necessary. The hummingbird chicks won’t leave the nest until they are the size of an adult – so that nest has to be strong and durable and able to stretch while the chicks grow strong enough to fly on their own.
This amazing nest-building has reminded me that, for all successful growth, a solid foundation is needed. For a hummingbird, a solid foundation includes the super-strong spider silk that allows and accommodates for the stretching and growth of the chicks. When you open your heart and your mind enough to listen to an animal as a Teacher, anything and everything about them give you insight into their teachings for you. And when you work on the foundations of listening to your intuition by trusting what your body, gut, the Universe is telling you then your nest will expand. The human bodies are wondrous telepathic sending and receiving stations and acknowledging and listening to the messages your body receives will expand your telepathic ability with animals and all of life – weaving the web of interconnectedness.
Originally posted April 2017