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First Published in the Santa Barbara News-Press
Many months ago, I fell in love with a painting at the Primavera Art Gallery.
It was thousands of dollars above my budget, but I snapped a photo of it anyway. The painting was of a small box shaped house that reminded me of a lighthouse. Since a young girl, I have always loved lighthouses. The idea that even in stormy weather a sailor could rely on a flashing light though the fog and the sound of mariner’s bell to alert them of home or rocky waters always calmed my restlessness. This house had its porch light on, another symbol to me of arriving home safely. Soon after I saw the painting, it started to show up in my visions during meditations. I would find myself walking up the steps into the house and then either upstairs or out the back door into mystical worlds or places to study.
One morning during my meditation, I found myself out the back door of the house. I had long thin legs. Effortlessly, I took flight. I was a white crane flying over the waves at the edge of the water. I could smell and feel the spray of the ocean and sense the wind touching every muscle and feather as I was lifted higher above the water. I flew through sunlight and puffy clouds in a world more vivid than this one, wishing it would never end. In a moment, I found myself landing in the arms of a man. I could feel his strong biceps supporting my bird body against his chest. He stroked my head and my back kindly. I pushed my head up against his cheek and wondered if this is how birds feel when they find themselves safe with a human friend. I looked down at my crane feet and they morphed into webbed ones. Was I now a white duck or a goose? My conscience rose from the depth of my heart. I did not want to trick this man into believing I was solely a bird. I flew from his arms and turned around using my will to turn me back into a woman. I felt the ocean fog around me and a white dress drape on my body. I wondered, “Do I now look like the ghost of woman from an old movie?”
Then I was aware of my breath, the blanket around me, and my chihuahua stirring to the rising sun out the bedroom window.
I went back to the gallery that day to visit the painting. It was thousands of dollars cheaper but still thousands more than I could spend. Months went by. Primavera closed. I wrote the artist telling her how much I loved her painting and made her an offer. The next day she accepted. I was thrilled. We became friendly via email both lovers of art and animals. A few days, later she writes, “I made a big mistake! I thought the painting was sent back… Much to my surprise it wasn’t. I had two pieces of the lighthouses and I thought the other one was sold. I feel really bad! I am sending you another painting of a bird at no cost. This is called “Crane Wife,” referring to one of my favorite folk tales of a Japanese wife who is a shape-shifter. The painting was hanging at the American Embassy in Kuwait for a couple of years, having been selected to be part of the Art in Embassy program.”
I was stunned. The house was a lighthouse after all. Aw, it’s gone. Did I read the email correctly? Is she gifting me a painting? Of a woman who shape-shifts into a crane? Words cannot express my sense of awe and gratitude.
The “Crane Wife” is hanging by my front door. She stands just outside a door at the water’s edge with the darkness behind her and light upon her chest. When I gaze at her, I am reminded of all that is safe and wonderful in this miraculous world.
“Crane Wife” and the painting “Before Point No Point” was painted by my new friend Treacy Ziegler. www.treacyzieglerfineart.com instagram @treacyziegler
First Published in the Santa Barbara News-Press
I had a phone session a woman named Karen. She has 7-year-old female calico cat with big golden eyes named Audrey. Karen wanted to know if there was anything Audrey wanted to say or anything she wants or needs.
Audrey starts the conversation with, “My mom has gone through a lot in the last few years. Her heart is opening up like a spring flower. You know music when it sounds like doom thunder time and then it gets relaxed? Mom, is in the relaxed stage.” Karen shared that she recently went through a bad breakup. During this time, there had been a lot of thunderstorms and flooding in her state which is where “doom thunder” came from.
Audrey went on to talk about wanting her water dish scrubbed more often, a different type of litter and to go outside at night so she could see “the amazing stars in the sky”. “I am really enjoying the new bathroom smell. It would be nice if that was in the living room.” She says. Turns out her mom recently put a new fragrant soap in the bathroom.
Audrey continued, “There is this one peachy colored facial cream that looks extraordinary on my mom.” Karen has been diligent about taking care of her skin lately. Audrey was clearly using the session to give her mom an emotional pep talk.
When I asked Audrey if she missed her old dad she replied, “Oh, my goodness. I will tell you a thing about him. He is sort of like a tv. The conversation goes one way. Not two ways. You talk to him and sometimes you get nothing back. Even I respond better. I would go to him and be like ‘Are you in there?’. He is not an emotionally stable guy. I feel bad for him because he has some type of hiccup in his head. I don’t need to see him again. He is not mom worthy.”
Karen shared that her ex-boyfriend was not very communicative or empathic to her feelings. Time and time again, animals will tell their people through me that their significant other or their ex does not treat not them right or is not the right person for them. In these situations, it’s always a little awkward to be the animals’ translator, but it is also an honor.
When the truth is spoken so practically, a still moment follows where the client gets very quiet. I wait it out, because deep change is occurring. The people are processing their animal’s level of consciousness and the reality of what was just said. They realize that all the trauma they went through, where they thought that they we were all alone, there was actually a silent observer that witnessed, understood and cared for them the whole time. That their animal was not just there to snuggle with them but also understood the complexity of the situation and had compassion for their plight. It’s a “whoa aha” moment that excites me, because I know that animal will be looked at differently from that moment forward. This doesn’t just happen with breakups, it can happen with illness, work issues and conflict in any relationships. The animals are super aware.
When I am listening to the animals, sometimes I chuckle too loudly to myself and then have to pull it together while I translate what was said. Like when Audrey goes on to give her mom dating advice, “Mom, just be yourself and know that you have awesomeness inside of you. If you have to ask yourself, “Does this guy know I am awesome?” get rid of him before he breaks your heart. Also wear cool shoes, so when you kick him out of the house, you can think about your cool shoes rather than the disappointing guy.”
Leave it to a cat to give the best advice.
This is Lukka. She is 12 years old. Her family is expecting their first human baby. Lukka says,
“ Well I sort of feel like some people have a lot of animals and a lot of kids. Mom can handle this. I know some families that have so many animals and so many kids and I am like this is easy. It’s easy and grandma will be here to help, and everyone is stressing out over something that is going to make sense. [After telling Lukka that she is wise] Well, I’ve known you a long time and I feel like if you stress out it usually because you need a nap not because you can’t handle something. Also, can you tell my mom and dad that we could name the baby Lukka if you wanted. I don’t mind sharing my name.”
Her person writes after picking Lukka’s quote from our session: Lukka gave me a pep talk because she knows I have been stressed out about the approaching arrival of a baby! We also asked her opinion about baby names.
In honor of the month of love, I ask my animals,
“What is love?”
Ella my 5-year-old cat says, “Love is finding your purpose after you have been hurt. Love is comfortable bedding and playing every day. Love is the space within you and around you that creates amazing things in your life. Love is my life. I am love.”
Luca my 8-year-old poodle says, “Love is a wonderful feeling that allows you to be happy when there are difficult things happening. It’s like sunshine all the time. It is also what you have for yourself.”
Felix my 8-year-old chihuahua mix says, “Love is a mystery that flows through all things. It is what brings rescue animals to their people and wild animals to safety during a fire. It is a spirit rising within you.”
Easter my 5-year-old chihuahua says, “Love are cuddles and songs that people sing to you. Love is a good meal and being happy for no reason. Love is when you smell good and people like to kiss you.”
Seamora my 29-year-old blue and gold macaw says, “Love is when I share my food with the wild birds and let them bathe in the fountain before me. Love is definitely music and the sound of the wind through the trees. Love is awesome. If you think you don’t have it, you are wrong. It’s everywhere, you just have to notice it.”
Clyde my 4-year-old giant Flemish rabbit says, “Love is the energy that helps you manifest what you want. Love is being grateful. It is carrot tops and lots of friends. It’s when my mom laughs at me for being naughty instead of scolding me. It’s also when she takes the time to explain why she needs me to be good. Love is clear communication and patience. It is also enjoying a ripe banana.”
Jubilee my 8-year-old appaloosa warmblood horse says, “Love is having a best friend you can trust in all situations. If you get it wrong, they may get it right. Love is knowing yourself and being brave enough to trust others, even if someone has hurt you in the past. Love is jumping over tree limbs in the snow. Love is someone taking the time to scratch your butt with a rake even though their own back is sore.”
Hudson my almost 4-year-old white German Shepard says, “Love is traveling through the universe to find someone you love deeply. Love is being grateful for what is around you. Love is much more than you think it is. It’s what all things wonderful are created from. I also want to say love is chasing deer and squirrels, but my mom won’t like that one…. Mom said it may be the speed and sense of direct focus I like. Ohh… love is morning snuggles in bed. Those are the best.”
This is my late cat Makia. When she was 15 she said,
“Love is when you care about yourself first thing in the morning. If you love yourself it is easier to love others. Love is caring about your space and the foods you eat. Love is watching a butterfly fly to a flower.”
note: The first year of Makia’s life we lived in the path of the Monarchs migration. Daily we saw hundreds of butterflies. Even at 21 years old, Makia talked about attracting butterflies. She now manifests herself as a white butterfly in my front yard to let me know she is still around. When I first adopted her I was deep in the study of healing. I named her Makia after the 3rd Huna Principle of Life . “Energy Flows Where Attention Goes.”
Makia was an embodiment of that principle her whole life.
The 7 fundamental principles of Huna are:
IKE – The world is what you think it is
KALA – There are no limits, everything is possible
MAKIA – Energy flows where attention goes
MANAWA – Now is the moment of power
ALOHA – To love is to be happy with
MANA – All power comes from within
PONO – Effectiveness is the measure of truth
Maia my wolf dog in heaven says,
“Love is a stream of consciousness. If you connect into that stream and anchor yourself to it you will always be protected. Love is following what is true. Love is being honest about what you can or can not do and love is believing in yourself to accomplish what others may think is impossible. When you love an animal or person fully it helps them reside in the stream of love. Heaven has many different dimensions. Love runs through all of them. The highest dimension is pure love. I reside there.”
This is Chili Pepper. She is 13 years old.
Her brother passed away.
She says in June about getting another dog,
“Tell my mom I am excited now for getting another dog. Can we go to the beach?”
And Chili says in August when they find 3 year old Belle Pepper,
“I think this dog will love us. I feel she is sad where she is and she will have a better life with us. I feel that.”
Her person writes: Laura is the BEST! I always feel so good after our sessions.
This is Max. He is 6 years old.
His person (mom) just broke up with her fiancee.
This is what Max has to say about it,
“I am going to tell you something that I never would say until now. I hate that guy. I hate that guy.
I am not going to say it again, because I dont want to have hate in my heart.
What I am going to say is mom, move on. Get comfortable sheets so you can sleep well. Look up towards the sun. Mom you are so beautiful. There are a lot of men that would love you.”
Hudson just said, “Mom how much happiness is in every family!”
I told him as much happiness as they choose to have.
Hudson 6.5 month old German Shepherd reincarnation of my beloved Stormy (late 16 year old Aussie with a tail)!
I am %100 percent convinced Hudson is Stormy. He recognizes all his old friends, has been perfect from the beginning, lies in the same places, walks and plays the same way and is just the same old pure love!
I have been posting all the silly things Hudson says because I have been enjoying the pure goofy innocence Stormy has in a puppy again.
Though I want to share other things Hudson has said that are sooo Stormy. Here are a few,
“Mom, I just remembered something. I’m love. I think I love myself. Yes. I love myself.”
“Wait! What happened? Did you just close all the windows and turn on cold air blowing? Did you make that happen? I know where you turned it on! Mom, teach me! Please teach me how!”
“I think I came back beautiful so that I can remind people to be in awe and then from that place people can search for the beauty inside of themselves.”
“It is so nice to be able to play without my body hurting. I remember when it was time for me to die. It was sad for you. But now I’m back so you can be happy again.”
“I don’t get really excited to see you when you come home like Luca and Felix do because I traveled with the Angels to other universes and found you again. So I know I will always see you again. Being apart for a moment is no big deal.”
“Everybody should love themselves.”
This is Melissa. She is 7 years old.
She says about her person who rescued her,
“I need to tell my mom that what I love about her the most is her pretty smile. She has such a great smile. Her eyes are pretty too. When she found me I thought this is the women that is going to love me. I knew cause she had this way when she knelt down with me that saw my soul. its like she just knew my pain with out me telling her. I think that she had someone that loved her and then disappeared once too. I think so.”
This is Delilah. She is six years old.
She shares about her person, “My mom sometimes would cry, but I feel like her tears have settled. She has found a spark inside of her that can ignite other sparks. I think what we now need to do is write a poem and put it on the wall. In big letters.”
I have a wonderful client that hires me to speak to all types of people and beings on the other side. We speak to her ancestors, Vincent VanGogh, Marilyn Monroe… and often we speak to Angels. I consider myself extremely fortunate that my telepathic abilities allows me to converse with such a wide range of beings here on earth as well as on the other side. I find myself mostly posting what the animals say but there are such jewels of wisdom in my other readings as well.
The message below comes from a conversation with an Angel during one of my sessions with my client mentioned.
JS- A Message From An Angel On Resentment
The Angel says, “I fly through the universe changing the energy of spaces. I use spaces around me to manifest a good working environment for my peers and for humans on earth. I love working with people and I love working with people who have a great deal of pain inside of them. I love working with every soul that is broken or destroyed.
I want to say that when you walk away from people who have harmed you feel free to send them love light and good wishes.
I know many people feel they need to curse the people who have harmed them. You can curse (speak ill of) them in the dark but when you do make sure you curse (speak ill of) them into a spiritual dump bag so it does not reach them and hurt them.
If you must, say all the hateful things you want into this spiritual dump bag and then I and my helpers will get rid of it for you. (The spiritual dump bag reminded me of a throw up bag you find on an airplane or holding a baggie up to your mouth but tightly so that nothing leaks into the surrounding air.)
Your ill thoughts do not need to go to the person that has harmed you. You spewing hate at them is not going to help them in any way. It will not help them wake up and realize their faults.
If clear positive communication is not open, only sending them love from a distance and wishing them well will help them realize how they have hurt you. If you dont feel like sending them love it is OK. But do not send them negativity.
If you have cursed them by spewing hateful things you regret, gather up your meanness from the heart center of the one you have hurt and put them in the dump bag.
Ask the angels to heal their pain. Though some pain darts can not be undone.
Be patient. If you have said hurtful things you have regret be patient, be kind to yourself and know that all parties are suffering.
There is a great amount of healing in my heart that emanates out into the universe. Forgive yourself and forgive others. Forgive yourself for the hateful things you have said. Let it all go and move on to the next dimension of consciousness.
There you will find your answers and learn how to control your anger finding peace and more positive communication.
When situations are festering give it time and allow the angels’ energies to heal hurt wounds with yourself and others.”
Often times the messages that I receive during readings come at the most perfect timing in my life. They help me along my path.
I have learned in my relationships with people that we are all on different levels of consciousness and awareness. I will have judgement about someone and then I realize that they are just acting out their shadow side and they are not capable of seeing my perspective or of behaving differently.
Sometimes I look at the past and I think about arguments that I had or judgements that I had towards people about certain situations and I see a different perceptive. I realize I had been judging through my shadow side and my limited views. I was not capable of seeing the situation differently. It wasn’t until I lived and grew that I could see the others point of view. I have often wanted to reach out and apologize for past situations.
Knowing this process helps me when dealing with people who hurt me in the present.
Lately I have also been thinking about the stories or the judgements I hold towards people from long ago. People do change and grow. I have to catch myself not to gossip or tell old stories and judgements because those people or animals may no longer be the same. Today they may make different choices. We all deserve to be looked at with openness.
This is Little Cat. She is 9 years old.
She says, “When you start to see me for who I am, you start to realize that I am the prettiest cat my mom has ever owned.”
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This is Leonard. He is 6 years old.
He says to his person, “I love it when you have nicknames for me and when you call my name when you first come home.”
Talulah is 3 years old.
She says, “I am excited to talk to my mom (person) cause I have a lot to tell her about herself. Like I find that she is my best friend because she is very aware of other people’s feelings and she is also very good at being good to herself. I like that about her.”