Animals Left Behind
Our animals are aware of our thoughts, and what is going on with us and the other animals that live with them. They are like energy sponges, and they take everything in. They are also very intuitive. Sunshine was quite aware of what was happening with Bo, and it was extremely difficult for him. Approximately an hour before the vet was coming to our home Sunshine went off to hide in another room. He was very depressed, and there was no comforting him. Sometimes we do not realize the deep connection that animals have with each other until one of them transitions.
As of this writing it has been well over several years since Bo transitioned. I did a number of things to help Sunshine, but it took a long time for him to bounce back. I too still miss him. My great comforts are the occasional messages I receive from him, his guidance, and the intense love I feel when he has laid next to me in his energy body. Bo’s messages come out of the blue, and although he was a fellow of few words he has shared a number of beautiful thoughts with me. He told me that he was the one who guided me to some much needed healing work that I did. He continues to act as one of my guides, and he is often present with my spiritual team when I connect with animals, sometimes assisting with this process.
Many years ago I had a pair of cockatiels, a male and female. They would preen each other and eventually started mating, even though the eggs never hatched. One morning I found Baille behind my bed in the morning. She had crossed over during the night, and I found out later that this was not uncommon for birds. It was a devastating shock for her partner, Murphy Brown, and for me. He was grief-stricken. Actually we were both heavy with grief.
Later in the day two of my girlfriends came over. We held a beautiful memorial service, and Baille was buried in the back yard. What happened next was amazing to witness. My two cats sat and held space, one on either side of where she had been buried. They stayed there for hours, and I felt they were honoring her passing. I share this story because our animals’ awareness, and the various ways they respond, is truly remarkable.
Murphy Brown was inconsolable with the loss of Baille. When I asked him what he needed he told me he wanted a partner that looked just like Baille. If you are familiar with cockatiels you may know that there are different types of coloring, due to the breeding process. Murphy was the standard grey with orange cheeks. Baille was a Lutino, a beautiful pale yellow with orange cheeks.
I went on a mission to find Murphy a mate. I would place him in a small traveling carrier and off to the bird stores we would go. I will admit this elicited some humor from a few of my girlfriends. They basically said, “I wish someone would go looking for a mate for me!” I knew that if we could place both birds on the same perch I would immediately know if it would work. What I soon discovered was that all the Lutino cockatiels they would bring out were young babies. Murphy would walk over and peck at them, letting me know his displeasure.
One day I received a call from a local bird store. They told me they believed they had exactly what I was looking for. Someone had turned in, referred to as surrendered, a pair of Lutino breeder birds. This was exciting news, for it meant we had a female and that she was old enough to mate. Murphy and I took off to the store. We did the perch test, and I knew it would work. I named her Hallie Ariel and she is still with me at the time of this writing. She was not tame, and certainly not use to being handled by humans, so it was a slow process for her to adapt to life with us. They became a beautiful pair together.
“When I look into the eyes of an animal,
I do not see the animal. I see a living being.
I see a friend. I feel a soul.”
Love & Miracles,
& SRT Practitioner
Treatment, Euthanasia and Children
Probably one of the most stressful and heart wrenching experiences for many animal lovers is dealing with the death and dying process of their animal friend. Sometimes this occurs quickly due to a sudden illness or accident. At other times it is a slow process that involves a continual decline in health.
There are many questions that can arise:
These are not easy questions to answer, and only you can decide. What I can share with you is that your pet is able to answer most of these questions. I have learned over the years not to judge the decisions that people make in this situation.
If there are young children in the family it is important to consider what they are able to understand. Children can take on a belief that they were somehow responsible for the animal’s decline or death. They can even do this when their parents divorce or separate. How we explain this to a child generally involves our personal belief system, and what the child is capable of understanding.
When I was researching the resources section of this book I discovered in-depth information concerning children and the loss of a pet. Some of the resources have discussions on heaven, and whether or not animals have souls. All of the sites recommend that children be involved in the decisions that we make regarding our dear animal companions. This of course depends on their age and their ability to understand.
The www.HelpGuide.org website is actually devoted to the mental, emotional and social health of adults. There is an excellent section on "Coping with Losing a Pet" with wonderful information on how to assist children with this process.
Both www.RainbowBridge.com and www.PetLoss.com have on-line grief support communities. There are numerous ways to assist and help with our grief, including articles that can be read, chat rooms and grief support.
Recently I learned from a client that Hospice of the Valley in Arizona offers grief support at no charge. They offer in-person and virtual including pet loss. For information you would need to check your area and visit their website.
Several years ago my dear cat Bo, short for Bojo, became quickly and obviously very ill. This beloved companion was nicknamed the Buddha by a friend because of his calm and soulful demeanor. One Sunday evening he walked into the kitchen, and I watched his back legs collapse from underneath him. I sat on the floor sobbing (balling my eyes out), because I immediately knew something was terribly wrong.
The next day we went to the vet, and the news was dire. Bo allowed himself to suddenly show me, as I looked into his soulful eyes, how much pain and discomfort he was in. I then called a highly recommended vet for home euthanasia. I suggested we do it in two days. If Bo appeared to be somewhat comfortable then we, and this included his dear kitty friend Sunshine, could all have two more days together.
However, by that evening I knew we could not wait an extra day. I called the vet, and there was an opening for noon the next day. That, my dear readers, was one of the longest nights of my life.
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
Love & Miracles,
& SRT Practitioner
Greetings Dear Souls,
I know that many of you love animals, and I have been writing a book to help people when a beloved animal companion is no longer with us. It is often a grief that is heart-wrenching. I have worked with so many people to help them at this time, and I have decided to put excerpts from the book on my blog, which I will begin posting here.
These excerpts are from my unfinished book, with 2 possible yet undecided titles. "Animals in Transition - Love, Loss and Grief” or, "When My Pet Crosses the Rainbow Bridge”. Please note that this material is copyrighted.
Why This Loss is So Painful
Mr. Max and I had the same routine every morning. The alarm would go off, and he would fly from his perch to the lower right corner of my bed. As I awakened I would immediately look at his landing spot. One morning he was not there. I felt my heart racing, knowing that something was terribly wrong. Jumping out of bed in a panic I searched for my dear friend, and finally found him off in a corner dying. While my worst nightmare was in progress I begged, pleaded, prayed and of course called the vet. There was nothing he could do.
The trauma and shock of the loss was compounded by the reactions of a girlfriend, who could not understand why I was unable to attend a planned workshop the following day. Then there was the boyfriend, asking me not to cry while we were eating out, because what would everyone think.
This story feels like the perfect way to begin, for it illustrates the emotions that accompany our grief. It also shows how reactions from our friends and loved ones can sometimes intensify our grief and suffering, or leave us feeling even more alone. At the very least these reactions can result in feeling unsupported or simply not understood.
There are many wonderful people whose animal companions have transitioned. Yet not all of them feel the loss that is akin to a close family member passing, a loss that leaves us with a huge empty void. We are all different in how we experience and handle grief, just as we are different in the significance of our relationship with an animal.
So why are these losses of our dear companions so devastatingly painful to some of us? There are many reasons, and you could quite possibly add to these. Animals have the ability to give us unconditional love. They also have an innocence about them, and require our care, love and attention to thrive. Our animal friends are, in many ways, like young children. For many of us they are our family. They may be the ones with whom we share our deepest thoughts and feelings, knowing that we will never be judged. We can truly be ourselves with them in ways that may not feel safe or comfortable with people. They have the ability to touch a place deep within our heart and soul.
There is great love within me for my father, who crossed over a number of years ago. It was difficult for him to express his love and gentle side. However, it is with great appreciation that I remember the tenderness he would shower on his beloved dogs. I am grateful that I was able to witness that.
"Grief never ends....But it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith....It is the price of love."
~ Author unknown
If you need assistance for coping with grief of losing your pet, I am here for you.
Many Blessings to all of you. I truly hope you are safe and well!
P.S. If you have a story related to this book you are welcome to submit it to me for possible inclusion in the book. Please text me if you decide to do that.
Can Clearing my home help?
Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT) is a wonderful process to clear subconscious blocks and programs that are holding us back in life. SRT finds the root cause of an issue(s) and clears it.
It is also a beautiful way to clear the energy within our home or business. We know that all things have consciousness, even a grain of sand. Depending on our home or the building, the energy of the land it is on, and the people who live or work in the building it is quite possible to have discordant energy and even entities.
We always begin with clearing the land. Sometimes toxic streams can be running below the surface of the ground. There can be negative vortexes and openings to other dimensions that need to be closed and sealed. Clearing the land does not necessarily clear it to be sold. For example, the land may not want to be sold or the owner(s) may not really want to sell it.
Once the land is cleared we then clear the building, whether it is a home or business. Next we check the computers and vehicles, followed by personal items including furniture.
The following testimonials can give you an idea of how clearing the home can be helpful:
“I was living in an apartment building where the tenants were very problematic. There was constant yelling and screaming. I wasn't able to peacefully enjoy where I lived and it was affecting my physical and mental health. I reached out to Victoria for an SRT home clearing session and it was truly miraculous. Soon after the problematic tenants moved and the entire building was cleared of all the drama and toxicity. Thanks to Victoria's spiritual gift I was able to peacefully enjoy my home”
~Yanira Crespo, Miami Beach, FL
“Thank you Victoria! Your SRT techniques got rid of the two entities that were bothering my two dogs. I tried doing cleansings by myself, several times, using smudging and crystals. This was very temporary. These entities kept returning to bother the dogs. As soon as Victoria used her SRT techniques, my house was cleansed, sealed, and protected. It has been almost three weeks since the SRT and both of my dogs are much calmer, happier, and fully enjoying life. Victoria's skills are the best!”
~D. Van Voris, Mesa AZ
To find out more about SRT and schedule a session click here.
Had a wonderful interview in September with Miguel Amado of the Mystic Mag. He asked some great questions and thought you would enjoy learning more on how and what I offer could help assist you, your animals and loved ones:
Please tell us about your history. How did you discover your gift?
I love sharing this story so we will go back to 2003. Feeling very frustrated and bored with my job I had a talk with the Universe about finding soulful and passionate work.
One evening I walked out the office door and several feet away a man looks right into my eyes and says, “I’ve got an injured bird wrapped in my shirt.” He looked like a homeless man but I knew he was not that, but a messenger replying to my prayer. I love animals and was not going to leave an injured bird. After a long search to find a bird rescue I eventually discovered the bird had been poisoned.
As my journey unfolded I looked at the web site of an animal communicator and I realized that was exactly what I wanted to do. I studied with Carol Gurney in California and then started practicing on the pets of the people I worked with. The more we practice the easier it gets. It is all telepathic and fascinating,
This gradually grew into a business, and I came to realize that many animals have issues to deal with especially when there is a history of trauma. I eventually studied Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT). It is an amazing process because it clears our subconscious and what is blocking us in life. I have even used SRT to clear PTSD from a veteran.
I love being able to connect with an animal who is in the end of life transition. We can ask if they are ready and what they are willing to go through. It can also be very helpful to connect with an animal who has transitioned, especially when the Pet Parent is not prepared for the loss and it happens quickly. Right now I am in the process of writing a book on the death and dying of a beloved pet. It has been an honor to have so many amazing Pet Parents and their pets that I have been able to help with this process.
What is SRT?
Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT) is a soul clearing process. I work with Spirit when doing this, and it is done with a set of charts and a pendulum. We clear the root causes of the issues the person is presenting with. I like to think of it as working on becoming a better version of us. Much of what I’d like to change in my life can be worked out through SRT. It has been like a miracle many times.
I started doing a lot of SRT sessions with friends and getting good feedback. I initially found it a great way to heal traumatized animals, and even though I’ve done it at times, there are so many other ways to help them. For example, flower essences can be used for numerous issues, including grief, aggression, and post traumatic stress.
What flower essences do you often use?
Initially, I used the Bach flower essences because I took a class on them. Somewhere along the line I found a place in Tucson, Arizona called Desert Alchemy. I’ve seen some amazing successes with these also. I particularly like the one that helps with PTSD. They have essences for both animals and people.
I was working with a lady once who adopted two cats that had become friends in the shelter. One of them was OK about 70% of the time. But it would suddenly lash out and scratch somebody and draw blood. So, we got him on some flower essences, and it became better, but it wasn’t 100%. That’s when I recommended Desert Alchemy and we switched to two essences, including the one for PTSD and another for aggression. The cat turned into an absolute lover.
What problems do you believe can be worked out with a communication session?
Besides the challenges already mentioned I receive a lot of calls with behavioral problems in pets. The behavior might be caused by the animal’s history of trauma, for instance when they get abandoned and then are adopted. They can have other behaviors like getting very anxious when the person leaves. We find what the core issue of the animal is, and often I recommend flower essences because they work on many things. Just like people, animals can often grieve when one of their friends crosses over. We can assist them with a specific essence for grief.
What is universal white time healing?
I studied this a number of years ago, but presently I use it only as a distance healing. One day one of my cats was not feeling good and I sent two long distance healing sessions with my hands. My kitty Bo had a radical personality change. He had been very skittish and would hide when people came to my house. He became a lover after the healing. It was not intentional but it was amazing nonetheless.
If you need any assistance, please contact me, I would love to help.
Love & Miracles,
& SRT Practitioner
Endless Possibilities for Intuition
My prayer and hope is that you are doing as well as possible during these times. Nature is a great healer, and I remember receiving a beautiful message from a rock formation many years back when hiking in Sedona.
I want to share this beautiful story about Papa with you. I wrote it several months ago, and it was accepted to be in a series of books coming out from Sacred Stories Publishing. I would love to hear from you about any profound spiritual experiences you might have had.
My soul mate kitty, named Sunshine, had a long history of dental infections, always followed by an antibiotic injection and later with a dental visit. Yet the last dental visit shook me to the core. The vet showed me Sunshine’s x-rays, and as a former x-ray technician many years back I definitely knew when a bone did not look right.
He explained his suspicion that it was either osteomyelitis or mandibular cancer. Yet I knew that bone was big trouble and I sort of numbed out until we could get back for a follow-up visit and an official diagnosis in two weeks.
That next visit confirmed my biggest fear. Sunshine had mandibular cancer. The devastating news began its initial unfoldment while at the vet. As an animal communicator I would tell Sunshine to let me know when he was ready to go home and see his friend Bo. Sunshine and Bo were great kitty friends until Bo transitioned and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Sunshine never did say anything, and then one day I awoke with Sunshine laying on his usual spot on the bed. I was guided to kneel at the foot of the bed, look my Sunshine boy in the eyes and connect with him. I told him when he was ready to go home he needed to let me know. I put my right hand palm down in front of him and explained that when it was time he needed to place his paw on my hand. I showed him while I placed my left hand over the right hand. That is something he had never done or seen me do.
In astonishment I watched him do exactly that. My heart sank as I called the vet. The next day was a major holiday and they would not be open. I had heard horrible stories of the mandible splitting in half, and carried this image within me of waking up to Sunshine with blood everywhere. The thought of that excruciating pain was enough for me to make the appointment for the last opening of the day.
That was one of the longest days of my life. Sunshine spent a lot of time on the patio, across from a beautiful tree, full grown and in the corner of the patio. Little did I realize that the tree, who I eventually named Papa, was going to be a teacher and bring me incredible love and comfort. I sat outside with Sunshine, gently petting him and sharing all the love I had for this dear boy who has been with me in many lifetimes.
Finally it was time. I felt so numb as I went through the motions. How could this be happening? My heart felt like it was breaking. After the long ordeal at the vet’s office I brought Sunshine’s body home so I could have a sacred service for him.
The grief and loss motivated me to go out, hug Papa and talk to him. This beautiful tree was like the grandfather I never had. Without a doubt I knew Papa understood everything I said and felt including my tremendous love for Sunshine. As time passed I learned that Papa, my beautiful tree, was dying and needed to be cut down. I explained all this to Papa while tears insisted on running down my face. Papa explained that his consciousness would always be around; that he would never be truly gone. I took some of Papa’s bark and placed it on a beautiful container like we often do with crystals.
There have been a number of times when I sensed Papa’s consciousness. Yet one of the most amazing experiences I had was quite recently. I was sitting on the grass and leaning up against a beautiful tree. That tree was one patio over from where Papa used to be. As I sat there, connecting to the tree and telling the story of Papa, I asked if this tree and Papa had communicated. Suddenly I was bathed in the most profound love that penetrated through my very being. It was such a beautiful gift!
You might wonder whose love that was. The love of the cosmos, Papa, Sunshine, or my new tree friend? In truth it does not matter yet I also believe that we are all connected and we are all one. The love is always there if we allow ourselves to connect to it. What is interesting is that in hindsight I do not recall if I was connecting telepathically or just quietly talking as I would to a friend sitting next to me.
I close with this quote from Rumi. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Love & Miracles,
& SRT Practitioner
HOW SRT Soul clearings can help us
SRT is a spiritual clearing that can remove programs and blocks from our subconscious and soul records. This allows us to become free to live to our greatest potential.
Perhaps my soul has experienced trauma, conflict, and or fear from another experience. The result in my current life could cause me to self-sabotage myself because of the harm experienced in the past. It is a subconscious motivator so I do not understand why I do this behavior. An SRT clearing can get to the root of the problem.
SRT can clear many things, but the example above is just a snippet of a possible experience. I have cleared PTSD using SRT for both a veteran and a client who witnessed trauma with her dogs.
Many people can experience significant change from one session. Others choose to do additional clearings. It is the peeling away of the proverbial onion. A session helps us gain a greater understanding of our journey and our lives from a spiritual perspective.
SRT has the ability to bring peace and inner calmness. The picture at the top represents that for me, which is why I chose it.
The following is a testimonial from a client I have worked with on several occasions:
"Victoria has been an AMAZING gift to our family and friends. Personally her clearings have made a huge difference towards removing the negative energy in our homes, and in our lives, while replacing it with positive vibes. She has also been able to help us understand why we are prone to certain tendencies by revealing things that happened in our past lives that have carried over to our present lives. Truly her work has been nothing short of life changing, enlightening and awe-inspiring. We cannot thank, OR recommend Victoria, enough. She is absolutely heaven sent!!!"
Love & Miracles,
& SRT Practitioner
SOME THOUGHTS ON COVID 19
I wanted to check in and let you know that my prayer for you is that you are feeling well and healthy, and doing as much as possible to be okay during this time of disruption. I invite you to call me if you would simply like to talk.
There are many people throughout the world who are having an incredibly challenging time physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually. I pray for them daily and feel great compassion and love for what I call my Earth family.
COVID 19 is here for many reasons. It was apparent, prior to COVID, that many systems are broken on our planet. This dysfunction has impacted people’s lives on an economic, social, and political level, and just about any area you can name. Racism is still apparent as is economic disparity. The harm to our beautiful planet and the animals has been heart breaking to me.
If you are a person who watches a lot of news and you are also a highly sensitive person you could be feeling a lot of fear from the collective consciousness. There is much that is unknown about what will happen and when it will happen. For someone who is not comfortable with that there will likely be great emotional angst, including anxiety and fear. We humans like to think we are in control, yet we are in control of so little, except for ourselves.
This is a time for self-reflection. We can become disciplined with meditation. We can journal. What do I like about my life? What don’t I like? What do I want to change? What areas of my life are working well, and which areas need some changes? How can I contribute to life? What is my passion?
Just as the caterpillar emerges as a beautiful butterfly, we can move towards who we want to become. Perhaps this will not occur immediately, but we can have a clearer direction and vision of what that is for us.
I’ll give you an example from my experience. I have been living in Central Phoenix for quite a number of years. It has gotten increasingly congested with a tremendous amount of new construction. Older structures are being torn down and new and ofter very large structures are being built. It is a process referred to as gentrifying or gentrification. Phoenix is rapidly growing along with the traffic.
I now recognize that my living situation needs to change. We do not have the heavy traffic we were experiencing before this pandemic. I cannot even imagine going back to that. So change is in the air. I do not know where it will take me, but it is needed.
I also had an experience recently where I dropped into an aspect of my shadow. The shadow represents those parts of us that we may not even recognize, and that we certainly do not want to own as us! For me it was the feeling of jealousy, and it totally caught me off guard. The last time I remember that feeling was over 30 years ago. This is a time to have compassion for ourselves. It took me the next day to recognize that I needed to forgive myself, and acknowledge that that is not who I am or who I want to be. Once that occurred I felt free. I share these experiences to encourage you to use this time for self-reflection.
We have done a great deal of collective damage to our planet, and since the onset of COVID we are able to see our beautiful Mother Earth begin to recover. For example, there has been a drastic reduction in air pollution throughout many countries, and some areas are seeing blue skies and mountaintops for the first time in many years. There are so many examples of how we have not taken care of our planet. Many have said that we were getting close to the time when our planet would be unable to sustain us much longer.
In conclusion I will close with this quote from Buckminster Fuller, who dedicated his life to having our world work for all of humanity. It is apparent that it is not occurring at this time.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To
change something, build a new model that makes the existing
model obsolete. ~~ Buckminster Fuller
What is animal magnetism? Let us answer that with another question. Why are we drawn to animals? Just what is it that often pulls at our heart strings as we watch kittens and puppies playing, or perhaps captivates us as we watch a hawk soaring in the sky.
Many of our wild animals are associated with mythology or mysticism. The eagle, for example, served as an emblem for the Roman Empire. Eagle was also a symbol of resurrection in early Christian mysticism. Snake symbolizes death and rebirth, due to the shedding of its skin. Those who study nature totems, particularly the animals, will come to a new understanding of how the spiritual is manifesting in their lives. For those interested in this topic there is much information available. The work of Ted Andrews is well known for those wanting to explore this area.
However, the main focus of this article is related to our domesticated animals, in particular our dear animal companions that we love in a way that comes from deep within the soul. For many people, a mere look into the eyes of their beloved animal can stir deep emotions. Often there is the feeling that they want to speak to us. Their soulful eyes can cause one to wonder what wisdom lies within, and indeed there is more truth to that than some might think.
There is an innocence about them, akin to that of a baby or a young child, that can elicit our urge to nurture and to be caretakers. Yet perhaps the most magnetic appeal of these sentient beings is their capacity for unconditional love. On our worst days, when we might be grouchy, irritable, impatient and perhaps even screaming, they are there for us. It is their capacity for unconditional love that is the gift they bring to the world. It does not matter to them whether we are rich or poor, or live in a mansion or our car. They do not judge us as the world often does.
Their exuberance and delight in the little things of life can teach us those same qualities. In watching them run and play, sleep in the sun, and delight in the smells of nature we are reminded of being present to the simple joys of life. Perhaps, behind those eyes of innocence and wisdom, we might hear their message to us: love unconditionally, slow down and enjoy the moments, forgive and forget, and for gosh sake, don’t forget to play!!