The Greater Whole

Vol. 10, March-April 2004

*ColumnThe Body-Temple, a Song of Glory
*Insights From SpiritConversations with Mind, Heart and Soul
*In Spirit's ToolboxSocrates Three-Part Test for Impeccable Speech
*InterviewTrudy Fatzinger, Animal Communicator, Speaks
*EndquotesCarl and Judy

The Body-Temple, a Song of Glory

One of the most fascinating stories I've ever heard came from a respected psychic teacher who received a phone call from a man in a hospital to have both feet amputated. The psychic wasn't given this information, but intuitively heard the man's feet complain that he never let them rest. Knowing this to be true, the man promised to change jobs and his feet, deciding to trust him, healed immediately.

I read an equally amazing story about an elderly tabby cat, Richie, on the verge of death from a large malignant tumor between his eyes. The veterinarian's acupuncture treatments did nothing until used to attune Richie to the Cosmos. Richie's owner, supporting this, called in an animal communicator who taught the cat, with his agreement, to visualize the shrinking of the tumor. One week later, to the veterinarian's astonishment, the tumor began to shrink and the next week disappeared.

Stories lke these, told by honest, intelligent people, shift our perceptions of reality, don't they? We are taught that reason and verbal communication lift us above other creatures, who therefore must not be able to think or feel. And yet, if the divine consciousness of love exists within every cell of our bodies, and every thing within and outside of us is connected, then everything must be conscious.

Quantum physics, brain wave research, animal studies and bioacoustics, which heals by restoring the body's missing frequencies, are repeatedly proving this. But we can simply feel the connectedness, can't we, when we go out into nature? We relax, rejoice and receive the insights needed; nature confides her healing secrets through both our ordinary and intuitive senses.

Over the past year, while beginning to listen to and honor the voice of my body, I've grown visibly healthier and more intuitively aware that everything in Creation is an aspect of the divine, each singing "a song of glory," as Edgar Cayce, the great psychic-healer, put it. My still, small voice chimes in that nature is a living organism embodying every aspect of consciousness: her whispering wind, musical waters, stormy mountaintops and flowered meadows comprise a body-temple calling us to balance, peace and love for All That Is.

Here is the harmony sought by each of us, an orchestration of many notes into a melodious symphony of consciousness.

How do we harmonize our own aspects? We need only listen to each individual note--body, mind and heart--so that these may naturally move into a vibrant, resonant chord felt and heard throughout the body of Creation.

Our souls live and breathe in our body-temples, which seek purity and wholeness. Each body, given a voice, will say whether we are honoring or dishonoring it. Only close your eyes and ask whether this food, drink, word or deed, given out or received, brings good or ill to self or another. The body, mind, heart and soul, asked this question, will each speak its truth.

If you don't get an answer right away, ask again. Trust the answer to come and it will. Perhaps it already does come to you without asking. If not, your asking will enable it to speak in warning or in joy, in perfect timing. So we grow in ourselves and resonate with our light-filled world of beauty and order.

When we call upon our thoughts, feelings and body sensations to guide us into harmony and peace, we open fully to the spiritual intuition which exists to comfort and guide our soul growth. In listening to the voice of the soul, we begin to receive impressions through the web of life connecting us with animals, plants, nature spirits, angels and every other aspect of the Greater Whole, whether seen or unseen.

For peace to begin with me, it must be in harmony with the Oneness of all creation, so that each note may give and receive in equal measure. Only in this musical cooperation will we have a vibrant body-temple, happy families, healthy governments and global peace.

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Insights From Spirit:
Conversations with Mind, Heart and Soul

I just taught a workshop, "Conversations with Soul," that may have been the first of its kind. Not knowing if it could be taught or how to do so, I sat in my meditation room, pen in hand, listening to my soul and writing down every concept, exercise, guided meditation and even the structure of a new three-part course on how to do soul writing.

Anyone can do it, my soul assured me, so I taught the information exactly as given. From the start, it was an "uplifting" experience, as our souls filled the room with light enabling the class and our insights to come alive symbolically in a mirror-like phenomenon that was so consistent as to be funny at times. These high-frequency energies and our dialogues with the several aspects of human consciousness carried us into transcendence, and we easily tapped into the highest reaches of our hearts and minds to record the wise, kindly guidance of our souls.

What I’m sharing with you here is a segment of one of these instructional meditative writings. It was a key lesson for me, as I’ve always had the tendency to let my mind run away with my body, leaving my heart holding its breath and my soul resigned to my inevitable impact with some brick wall.

Perhaps you’ve already stopped doing this. If not, then you, too, may enjoy this guidance on how to honor all the different parts of your self. My body is very pleased that I’ve begun to do so.

In this segment of the workshop, we are seeking the mind’s cooperation with the heart’s call for soul guidance. The mind is asked to speak its feelings and fears in a torrential rush of release–because, explains my soul:

"In this outpouring is seen the flow of the water, the debris carried in it, and the release of blockages in the current. Ask for this to be seen and accepted, as a witness for what it is; then bring light to it by seeing the good in it and why soul might call this to us."

Spending time with this process allows the mind’s worries, fears, anger and unforgiveness to open the door to the heart. The feeling heart and thinking mind, addressing their differences in perspective, gradually unite in friendship and cooperation. We return to this dialogue, again and again, until mind and heart reach accord and call to the soul, whose voice is heard clearly without barriers or distortion.

We can then ask mind, heart and soul these questions: "Who am I? Where have I been? Where am I going? How do I get there?" Explains this writing:

"Each of these questions, asked of a different aspect of self, will get a different answer–each a part of the Greater Whole. Notice how each complements the other and how none can stand alone, but needs all others to be complete and whole. Here is how to accomplish that: by being kind and respectful of all parts of Self and hearing what each one has to say. By taking heed and following this guidance, direction and need; by remembering to integrate each need and desire into the Greater Whole, and if not, to transform it into what is good and right for the Greater Whole.

Once this is done, we are able to be whole and to accept all parts of self as part of this whole, no matter how unusual the need or how strange it might seem. All is worthy of respect, and in giving this respect, we learn to respect others and their needs.

Allow the body-mind, then, to determine for itself how these thoughts and emotions held in the mind and heart affect the body. Ask this of each:

Does this thought uplift or cast down my physical body? If it harms me, what thought, instead, would bring love and light to my body, that I might be healed and made whole? What may I know, from heart, mind and soul, to bring about my healing? How might I cooperate with each? What, if anything, stands in the way of this?"

The ultimate question is simple: "What do you–body, mind, heart and soul–need to be joy-filled and free?

If you engage in these inner conversations, I would love to hear about your experience. The information received from each aspect of your inner being should never be accusatory or unkind in any way, although the mind can get testy when asked to surrender control to the heart. In the end, though, it too will supply useful insights that easily pass Socrates’ test for impeccable speech, given below. Happy writing!

In Spirit's Toolbox:

Socrates’ Three-Part Test for Impeccable Speech

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test.

"The first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of GOODNESS. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test, however, because there's one filter left: the filter of USEFULNESS. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"

This is one reason why Socrates was held in such high esteem.

–Author Unknown

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Trudy Fatzinger, Animal Communicator, Speaks

Whether we hear it or not, each heart, mind and soul speaks within itself to the other and with all things. In Trudy Fatzinger, psychic and animal communicator, is the ability to hear the heart of the world in all its many forms.

The skill of listening, says Trudy, is in the recognition that each person is composed of many parts, each having its own perspective, yet forming a complete whole. When we listen fully to all of these parts, we recognize that most difficulties are due to a lack of understanding in self and, beyond self, with others. Learning to listen is the key to effective communication; in turn, effective communication is the key to peace.

Trudy, who lost her eyesight shortly after birth, is a highly articulate and independent woman. Born in the mountains of Lehighton, Pa., she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the prestigious Muhlenberg College and worked for 15 years as a rehabilitation counselor to the blind and visually impaired.

During that time, she says, "I learned to deal with the whole person, all with different situations and circumstances." This ability led her into volunteer work like her current job of chairing the bus transportation board of the 650,000-person Lehigh Valley and also into her work with subtle energies as a multi-faceted healing practitioner.

In the early 1990s, Trudy studied energy techniques with a nurse and energy worker, Jean Daly. It was Daly who told Trudy that she has a special gift for animal communication, and indeed, upon tuning in to her guide dog, Morgan, Trudy found that Morgan had intuitive gifts of her own. Trudy tested Morgan time after time, taking care not to give clues with body language, and found that the dog easily picked up her mental commands. Encouraged by her metaphysical church to give readings at its expos, Trudy discovered that she was 90 to 95 percent accurate in psychically reading animals.

Today she's a
psychic development teacher and a psychic and spiritual counselor giving readings by phone or in person through her business, Intuitive Healing. Because of past-life issues, Trudy notes, she is using her blindness to work with her spiritual abilities. But everyone has psychic abilities and can communicate with any consciousness, from people and animals to reptiles and plants, she says.

In this fascinating interview, Trudy explains how this works and deepens our respect for all of Earth’s creatures.

Judith: How did you first know that you had intuitive gifts with animals?

Trudy: I think it’s important, if you’re going to do this, that you learn about the cultures of the animals that you work with. You need to learn as much as you can about dogs, birds, cats, rabbits and some of the animals that are common, so that when you get the communication, you can understand what their instincts are, what their approach to life is, and what things come naturally to them.

Lots of people do animal communication, and lots of times I find that people anthropomorphize, which is attributing our own needs and desires to the animal. Sometimes they have the same needs as we have and sometimes they don’t.

For example, we get along very well with dogs because we’re all pack animals, we’re all family- oriented. But there are things that we do, as humans, that make it very confusing for the dogs. We give mixed messages all the time about who’s in charge. Dogs have dominance needs. They want to know who’s in charge. If you’re not, they think they have to be. Even if they’re not a dominant dog, they will start testing you and doing whatever they have to do to find out what the limits are and who’s in charge–because they need that.

We tell them we’re in charge, but then we feed them from the table. A dominant dog would never give away food to a subordinate unless the dominant was finished eating. Everybody gets fed in a dog pack, but the dominants eat first. The dominants have to make the decisions: they go first into a new place, they take all the risks, so they get the best food. The subordinates understand that. It’s okay. They don’t have to leave the hunt. They say, "Whew, I don’t have to do this."

But we feed them from the table, we let them sleep on the bed. A dominant would never give away his space to a subordinate. It’s okay if you want to let them sleep on your bed, but if you have a dog that’s dominant, they want to sleep at the pillow and not at your feet.

We leave them alone in a big house and wonder why they get destructive. But you know, a dog is a pack animal and doesn’t like to be alone in a wide-open place. We have to remember how large our houses look to them. We think it’s cruel to put them in a small room or in a bathroom, or in a kennel, a crate, because we humans like wide-open spaces. We don’t understand that they’re den animals and want a small place to hide, to feel safe, rather than be out alone. It’s hard enough for them to be at home alone in a den, but in wide-open spaces they don’t know what to do.

J: So you’re saying that reading about these cultural habits helps you to pick up information from the owner and the animal. How does that actually work?

T: Well, the animals communicate through images. They use anything that we can imagine–be it vision or hearing, touch, taste or smell, anything related to our five senses and probably a little more that we don’t understand yet–to convey to us. This is the way they communicate with each other all the time. Of course they have body language and they have certain behaviors they always use among themselves. But animals can communicate with animals of other species, too. There are certain things universally understood among animals. But they have the ability to send mental messages.

We have this ability, too. We just deny that we have it. Children are very good at this. But we tell children, "You can’t communicate with your cat. You can’t communicate what that animal." If we leave the children and the animals to their own devices, when they are communicating it’s very important to respect that. Because they do have the ability to communicate.

We have to be careful when we’re communicating these images, though, not to convey what we don’t want. There’s no way to send a negative image, no way to say, "Don’t urinate on the rug." So if you have a concern about the cat not using the litter box, it’s important to picture the cat needing to go–imagine that feeling that you have when you have to go–see the cat go to the place where he might urinate and is not supposed to, reach that spot, think "No I don’t want to do that," then walk over to the litter box and get praise. Imagine you see the cat doing this and your saying, "Oh, what a good boy."

If you’re concerned about the animal doing something and you’ve got in your mind an image of them doing it, you’re basically telling them it’s okay. You’re confusing them, because we have language skills that they don’t have. They love to hear us speak, by the way. They love to hear all the different intonations and things that we can do with our voices. They like all the words and sounds that we can make. They learn the words. They learn when we say, "Love you," and "You’re beautiful."

So when we talk to them, the tone of voice is very important. But if they have to choose between the words we’re saying and what we’re thinking, more than likely they’re going to zero in on what we’re thinking; it’s easier. So I always tell people it’s very important when you’re talking to your animals that you’re thinking, picturing, what you’re saying. If you’re telling the animal "You’re beautiful," you don’t want to be thinking about what you’re going to do at work tomorrow. Because they hear the words, but if you’re disconnected from them mentally, it’s very confusing to them.

So we have to convey what we would like to see happen and be very careful not to send them messages of what we don’t want. If we’re going to go to the vet, we need to show a picture of getting in the car, taking the animal in the car and the animal being very calm and everything’s all right. I always tell people to show them a heart connection, a beautiful silver cord connecting you at the heart with your animal: "We’re not separated, you’re going to come in with me. I’m going to stay with you." Picture yourself going in and staying with them. Most of the time, you’re not going to leave them. If you are, show them that.

Picture the people in the vet’s office being very kind and very loving. "They may have to give you a shot." Picture the needle and "Ouch!"–how it’s only going to last for a second–and try to give them as much information as you can. They’re like us. They want to know what it’s going to be like. Picture when you’re finished and saying, "What a good boy, what a good girl," and being very loving and very affectionate with them. And then, picture going on, getting back in the car, getting home: "You can plop down in your bed" or whatever. Everything’s great.

If they have to stay for some reason, to be hospitalized or whatever, you can’t always show them everything. But you can connect with them while they’re there. Just imagine you’re there with them and they’re with you. You’re petting them, reassuring them, showing them as much as possible what’s going on.

J: It sounds like you’re saying that it’s our duty and responsibility, as conscientious people, to be as kind to animals–and to all things, presumably–as we are to other people. I read recently that we have animals in order to better understand and improve ourselves.

T: Absolutely. It’s about unconditional love and they know how to do it. They’re the most wonderful models of unconditional love that we could ever have. That’s why I work differently from a lot of animal communicators. Most psychics work with people or animals, but I feel that it’s hard to work with one and not the other.

When you’re dealing with pets, a lot of the animals are mirroring issues that we have. Sometimes both the animals and the people have abandonment issues or dominance issues, issues about authority. Sometimes people need to take charge of a situation more, and there are often people who are afraid to do that. They think that their animals and children won’t love them if they get clear about what they want. And often, their animals will push them and be destructive because that person needs to set some guidelines. They think that any kind of discipline is cruel, because they were abused as a child, so they think it’s cruel to discipline anyone. Meanwhile their animal is tearing up the house. So they have to learn that love sometimes is discipline and that the animal just wants to know, "What do you want? Where should be I be? What should I do?"

We very often need to work in combinations with the people and the animals to try to understand what it is we’re all here to learn. I have an extensive background working in rehab and I do have a counseling background, so I feel that we need to learn to understand not only the animal’s culture but also what motivates us.

It’s sort of a combination of things. I do energy and healing work, too, so it’s important to understand that wholeness and healing is natural for all of us and that we can work together on this. I feel that we’re all in the same pack. I don’t feel that animals are a separate kind of existence from us. We’re just another species. We’re all on a spiritual path, and we have different kinds of bodies, expressions and awarenesses.

I work with cats, dogs and rabbits and fish, but also with a lady with about 10 large exotic lizards. That’s been a very strange experience, because they have a very different consciousness.

J: How is it different?

T: Well, they do have emotions and are very affectionate. But they’re different from the mammals in being more detached. They see what’s going on and yet detach from it a lot better than our mammal pets. Now, the lizards are called cold-blooded, and it’s not that they’re not there with us or don’t have the awareness. They just don’t get as emotionally involved in things. They pick up on emotions but know how to separate a little bit, because they’re not as connected to humans.

J: Can you describe for us a few situations in which people have called you for help and the lesson has been a mutual one for owner and pet?

T: One issue that I’ve mentioned before is the destruction issue that people have when leaving their dogs alone. I had a situation where a woman was at her wit’s ends with her dog, who was tearing up the house. She got him a crate with a blanket and some soft toys so the animal could go in. It was like a little den, a protected place.

The woman did everything she could, but the animal was right by a picture window and could see out the window to a beautiful, grassy lawn and woods with rabbits, and still was chewing everything up. He was just...destructo-dog.

Not everything I do is a psychic reading. I mean, if you know about dogs, you understand some of these things anyway. But I was guided to tell her to turn the dog’s crate perpendicular to the window. Because this animal, he’s showing me that looking out this window, seeing everything, looks all open to him. This sliding door that he’s near goes all the way to the floor. He can see out. He can see everything. To an animal, that means that if you can see everything, everybody can see you. He did not feel protected or safe. When he went into his crate, even to the back of his crate, he felt very visible to everyone. So I was told, "Tell her to turn the crate sideways."

J: So in this case you were drawing on higher guidance, beyond the dog or owner?

T: Yes. I’m getting not only guidance from the animal, but I meditate ahead of time and ask for only the highest guidance–my guides, the animal’s guides, the person’s guides. Only those guides who can be truly helpful are allowed to be here. We ask for only helpful information and for the information in the session to be only for the highest good.

Sometimes the animal doesn’t know what they need, and we have to ask for spiritual guidance to show us what’s needed. The animal doesn’t know what options they have.

J: And that worked?

T: Yes, it made him better. She needed to work with him. What came to me–and a lot of people don’t want to do this, a lot of holistic people are really, really negative about this–is that sometimes you have to tranquilize an animal, just for a few times. This dog needed to be tranquilized a few times when she left. She had to turn the crate so that he could look out when he wanted to, but when he wanted to be alone and sleep, he could go to the back of his crate and feel safe. He could see out, but nobody could see in.

Because he was so used to being terrified when the person was gone, she did have to talk to her vet about a mild tranquilizer that would help him sleep while she was away. He was able to fall asleep and wake up saying, "Oh my gosh, you’re home already. I fell asleep." This was only a few times until he realized that it was going to be all right when he was alone.

Sometimes you do have to go medical for awhile. The lesson for that person was, first of all, learn about the dog’s needs. This was a person in Washington, D.C., and she had a large house. She also had to learn not to be so rigid about drugs and to use all of the resources available to her. I haven’t heard from her lately, but I gather that the problem was solved because she hasn’t called.

This dog was very, very loving, very willing to please, but he was terrified. We need to understand, sometimes, that our human needs are not necessarily what they need.

I’m trying to think of another example...oh. Death is a big one for people, so-called death. We need to understand that the animals already know that there’s no death. It’s only a transition, the opportunity to let go of one body and either be out of a body for awhile or take on a new body. They’re not afraid of it.

Yes, if you watch nature shows, you see animals running from predators. Of course we all have the instinct to stay in our body. We have a self-preservation instinct because nobody would stay in their body if they didn’t have it. In the wild, animals kill very efficiently. Generally there isn’t suffering when the animal goes. They know they’re just going to leave a body and it’s going to be all right most of the time.

We, with our old religious training and old fear of death, and having lost the psychic understanding that we used to have in our culture, we have so much fear that it really confuses the animals. Very often we keep animals in their bodies and they suffer a great deal because they worry about us and what’s going to happen to us after they leave.

We have a lot of emotional energy tied up in our animals. When they know it’s time to go, they will just go out and stop eating and stop drinking, or a predator will take them out. We don’t allow them to do that. When they get elderly and sick, or have a medical problem, a lot of times they want to go outside and we don’t let them go out for fearing of them getting sick and dying.

But that’s what needs to happen. When we see that they’re not eating, we say, "Oh my poor cat," and we try to spoon-feed them, to hand-feed. They see our distress, so they try to please us and eat a little more and that keeps the body going.

We have the same issues with humans. Now we have living wills and all that, but we don’t stop feeding. Doctors will not pull out a feeding tube and hydrating a patient, so we keep putting fuel in the body, the body keeps going, the heart beating, and we do the same with animals.

So the animals are often here to help us with our issues about death. Nobody wants to put their animals down, they want it naturally. But it hardly ever happens naturally, because we keep trying to feed them and we fill them with our fears about dying.

I tell people, "You have to put your animal down." Just imagine that you know very clearly that this animal is ready to go. There’s a crisis, and you have to do it. Imagine it happening. Put a filter around yourself so your animal doesn’t know what’s going on. But cry and do whatever you have to do–feel the fear and the anger so that, afterward, you can really be at peace and sit with this animal, feel what they’re feeling and know what’s going on with them and just affirm that when you’re ready, I will do whatever I have to do. And you probably can’t do that until you get rid of the emotion.

J: So you’ve had a lot of cases like this?

T: Lots of cases, yes. And then there were times when we thought animals were ready to go and they changed their minds and stayed. I’ve had animals pass on the way to the vet because the owner was finally ready to let the animal go, and let go of the fear and all of that.

J: I heard a wonderful story about a cat that disappeared when its owner moved to a new house. Behind the woman’s house was a cornfield and beyond that was a town. The cat walked into the cornfield and never returned. Several days later, the woman, panicked and distraught, found the phone number of the animal communicator in another state, who was telling this story.

While on the telephone, the animal communicator psychically heard the name of this little town, of which she’d known nothing, and saw the names of two streets at a major intersection in the town. She gave these street names to the cat owner and explained that the cat knew its way back home but would not return until the woman dealt with her unresolved grief over the death of her father.

The woman had already sensed her need to deal with her grief. Convinced by this and the clear description of this street corner in the town, where the cat was standing at that moment, the woman did begin to deal with her grief.

T: It sounds like the bottom line in that was the woman’s abandonment issues. She was abandoned by her father, abandoned by her cat. When I have runaways like that, they’re always difficult, because sometimes the animals are frightened and sometimes it’s not so intentional when they leave. Carpentry work was being done, or whatever, or they followed a scent.

There are all kinds of issues involved, but my guidance has taught me not to ask necessarily to find the animal. I have been told to just ask what do we need to know, because sometimes you get really vivid images like that and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes it’s because the animal doesn’t need to be found right then, sometimes because the person needs to sit still, stop looking and ask for guidance. Sometimes you get the images that the animal is thinking about or what they are seeing, and it’s not about being right or wrong. We’re going to get the information that they need.

J: And the information you get will be exactly what you’ve asked for: the highest good of all.

T: That’s right. I get concerned when psychics give information like, "You’re going to meet this brown-haired man in November, and you’re going to get married in March" and all of that. Because we have free choice, and the animals have free choice. When those dates come and these things don’t happen–most of the time they don’t happen–on time, the only thing it does is placate the person for the moment. When the events don’t happen, the person says, "This stuff doesn’t work, anyway," and they give up on finding their own guidance, or they just go to another psychic who just tells them what they want to hear. And that’s not what this information is meant to be used for.

J: Yes, and indeed, this situation with the woman and cat was a beautiful blessing for her, because she did do that grief work for her father, despite her worry and fear for the missing cat. And at a certain point, the work was done, the women recognized it was over, and sure enough, within an hour the cat showed up.

T: (Laughter) It’s great when that happens! I had a little girl, one time, whose cat ran away and whose mother was very spiritually aware. I really felt that the cat was not coming back, that it had been killed. The mother told this to her little 12-year-old daughter, and the girl said, "That’s not true! She’s coming back!"

The mother said, "Well, sometimes we want that so much that we just feel it’s going to happen," but the animals can’t come back." The little girl said, "I know she’s coming back." I was even given images–I asked the cat if anybody helped her; I pictured somebody stopping a car and helping her, and I was shown, no, she was not getting help.

Two days later, the mother called me and said, "You’ll never believe this. My daughter got up last night about 11:30, went downstairs to get a drink of water, and the cat was outside. She looked like she’d been taken care of. She smelled like somebody’s cologne, like somebody must have picked her up."

I got so concerned, I said, "Spirit, I can’t do this work! What you gave me was not true. I don’t want to do this work anymore. How could you do this to me, Spirit?"

What I got was, "That’s not the issue. Give up the need to be right. The issue in this case was this little girl needed to know that she knew. She needed to follow her psychic guidance. You have to give up the need to be right so that this child can have validation."

J: So you’re telling me here that there’s a bottom line: to be an open and pure channel for whatever might be. But also to be loving toward your pets so that you are able to receive the information that will enable them to have the best possible experience and to be your teacher.

T: Yes, and to teach them. My dog is learning from me just as I’m learning for him. He’s having a lot of dominance issues in this life. Just a few months ago, he was very ill, and now he’s learned, finally, that even when he’s sick and down and out, he will only be loved and not destroyed or annihilated. That was one of his dominance issues.

So he’s learning from me, and I’m learning from him. We’re all in this together and that’s why we can’t just get psychic information in order to control things. We tend to think that if we take assertiveness training, we will always get what we want.

Well, you will not always get what you want. Sometimes the issue is to ask for what you want, to listen to what the other person wants and needs, negotiate, and come to some kind of agreement about what would help both of you. Or maybe the agreement is that we can’t work together right now.

In all of our relationships, whether with humans or animals, communication is the issue. I have people who call me, whose horses are showing, and while some of those animals love to show, others don’t. We humans think we can control everything and everybody. We have to be willing to ask this animal, "What do you want?" If they’re doing what they love to do, they’ll do a lot better than if you’re making them do it. The same is true with people.

So it’s not about how can I control my animals or the other people in my life. What are the real issues here? What’s the bottom line? What are my issues and what are their issues, and how can we learn together? How can we be teachers and students for each other?

J: Yes, how can we cooperate. That’s what this comes down to, isn’t it? I’m wondering if, when we learn to cooperate with our animals and with all of nature, this doesn’t attune us so that we are better able to communicate with the angelic realms and other forms of Spirit?

T: Well of course it does. It’s about openness, willingness, listening and receiving. We’re all one. All of life is one. We’re not separate. Anything that affects one of us affects all of us.

We just need to be more attuned to our guidance to know what’s there and what’s right.

To The Heart

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
–Carl Jung, psychoanalyst

"Inside the soul is a key which unlocks even the hardest heart. Only when the heart is truly at peace do we know the soul’s work is being done." –Judith Pennington, The Voice of the Soul

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