Learning to Trust & Adapt – Lessons From A Cat

Apr. 7th 2012 9:48 AM

At this time of year which is full of renewal and new beginnings, I wanted to share this touching and inspiring story from one of my clients. Please enjoy Lyna and Gizi’s story.

Heartfelt Lessons From My Cat

About 10 months after I moved into my cottage across from the Blue Ridge Parkway; I was walking from my back door to my workshop, when this young Tortoiseshell cat came out of nowhere, jumped into my arms and started licking me all over.

Wow- how unusual! My own 4 spoiled fur kids don’t even do that.

Needless to say, Gizi became my outdoor cat. I built a mudroom off my back door so she’d have shelter, yet could come and go as she pleased.

Well almost.

You see, all my cats through the years have stayed inside so I would always know they were safe. So when Gizi came in for her evening meal, I would lock her cat door so she’d be in for the night where the raccoons, foxes and other night wanderers couldn’t harm her.

But Gizi had other plans. She stopped coming home in the evenings and I was forced to go to bed and ”trust” that she knew what she was doing.

About a week later, I was surprised to see her back in her room, asking for her evening meal.

“Gotcha tonight” I exclaimed as I bent down to lock the cat door.

Incredible—the lock was broken—had Gizi found a way to do this?

I began to realize that this little cat had come to me to teach me, not only to trust, but to let go of control.

It’s been 8 years since Gizi became a part of my life and the bond we have is amazing. She sends me pictures of where she is when she is accidentally locked up or stuck somewhere, and has even come to me in the dreamtime, when she was missing for 4 days. Gizi has been a warrior that protects her property from other animals and has left me gifts of rodents she’s killed.

Seven months ago Gizi was shot and had to have her leg amputated.

I can’t imagine living without a leg- how will she handle this?

To my surprise, she found her balance pretty quickly and as she got stronger, she not only ran around the house, but I saw her throw her toy up in the air and jump on her 3 legs to catch it!

Very entertaining!

This amazing, beautiful creature has taught me to get balance in my life and to learn to adapt to whatever life throws my way. Although no longer a warrior, Gizi is doing just that as she is enjoying her new role as Princess of the house.

My Beloved Merlin has Crossed Over to the Spiritual Realm

Dec. 22nd 2011 1:07 PM

 

Merlin, Feb. 2011

My sweet, beloved cat Merlin crossed over to the spiritual realm yesterday.

Merlin had only shown signs of being sick over the past few weeks. He was about 13. He had slowed down somewhat in the past year or so. But, all in all, he was his big, handsome, adorable self. And then two days ago, an ultrasound showed cancer in several organs. We took him home that night. Yesterday, he was very clear in communicating that he was ready to leave his body and our vet came to our home to assist him. Merlin passed easily and peacefully, with dignity, and in a ceremonial way that was honoring of him.  

Merlin was a Buddah; a Zen kitty; a Yogi master; calm, peaceful, serene. He adored being a cat; he loved being in his body and he was a skilled and avid hunter. Merlin would sometimes position his body in the most unusual cat-yoga positions and ‘meditate’. He was gentle, kind, patient and loving to everyone. On the rare occassion when someone who was not a ‘cat person’ would visit, they fell in love with Merlin. Everyone loved Merlin. He was the embodiment of grace and compassion; a true teacher in every sense of the word. I have many stories and teachings from Merlin that I will write about in the coming weeks and months to share his medicine and wisdom with you.

For today, I share some of my favorite photos of Merlin and my gratitude for the opportunity to have been blessed to live with such an enlightened being for 12 years.

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Bonnie’s Story: Finding Life Through the Process of Death

Mar. 4th 2011 1:45 PM

Precious Patches

This is Bonnie’s story, a beautiful testament of the love of an animal companion and a reflection of the personal growth that can come about from a loss  I hope you enjoy this inspiring and heartfelt story. Many thanks to Bonnie for sharing her experience with us.

“On the threshold of a dream… out of death shall come life…”(The Moody Blues).  This is the best way to describe the passing of my precious Patches, my 16 year old calico cat.  She had been failing for months, but I had promised her that she would not have to tolerate a vet, unless she chose it. I had a session with Rain on Monday evening. It was at that time I was told Patches was almost ready to go, but first I had some work that I needed to do. My guides stepped in to help, giving me suggestions of what I could do. I decided to take a couple of days off from work. What unfolded was incredible and has been life altering for me.

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Animal Communication YouTube Video

Feb. 11th 2011 12:34 PM

My YouTube video is out! An Introduction to Animal Communication. I’m very excited to share this with you. Please let me know what you think. And please “Share This” with friends and family to help spread the word about the joy of understanding our animals more deeply. It’s an honor and a privilege to do this work.

Please visit and subscribe to my new YouTube channel too!

How Cats Drink Water

Jan. 16th 2011 5:41 PM

Did you know that cats lap water at a rate of four times per second — too fast for the human eye to see anything but a blur — and its tongue moves at a speed of one meter per second?

To learn more about our amazing felines, check out this New York Times article which explains the fascination of how cats drink.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/science/12cats.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a23