Healed by my Animal Friends!
A Day at REINS!
In previous blogs I have discussed the healing power of animals. I cannot emphasize enough the power, wisdom and compassion of our animal companions. In light of that, I had an amazing experience recently that I wanted to share with you.
As a child and young person, despite having a good family and friends, I was often severely depressed and had paralyzing anxiety. I was extremely unhappy, to say the least. I would lock myself away in my room for hours, reading fantasy and science fiction novels while my sisters were out playing. I had good years in school, but also a number in which I was bullied, exacerbating the depression and anxiety.
Several days ago, I went out to do pro bono healing work for the horses and farm animals at one of my favorite places in the world, REINS sanctuary in Hollister, Ca. As I was offering healing to one of the new Friesians at REINS, Dani, I had to do a double take because I thought I saw myself as a little girl on her back. Then I heard her say “I would like to heal your inner child”. I thanked her and gave my permission. I felt an overwhelming sense of love and peace wash over me. I started sobbing for that little girl and had an amazing cry, after which I felt a great deal of peace. She looked at me with her soft, beautiful eyes and I thanked her.
I went out to hang out with the goats and alpacas. The goats love to have their heads scratched, but that has been the extent of my physical contact with the older goats. That day they gathered around me and one goat leaned against me the entire time, pressing her warm body against mine. Even the more skittish goats came close.
I offered healing to the Ostriches and went on to connect with the miniature horses. They love the energy and often crowd around me, but they don’t all remain with me the entire time. As I went into their paddock and sat down, they circled around me. They stood in circle, pressing their bodies against me, surrounding me. A buff-colored mare named Buffy (whom I refer to as Primabella at her request) breathed heavily and I thought I saw a tear in her eye. Feeling their love and compassion for me brought me to tears again and I sobbed deeply as I had before.
I walked away from REINS that day feeling totally released, like a huge burden had been lifted off of my shoulders. My breathing is easier and lighter and the joy of that experience is still with me.
Animals are healers. Animals are sacred, sentient beings. May all beings be happy. May all beings be at peace.