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Connecting with an Animal Friend Who Has Passed Over

Connecting with an animal friend who has passed over
My SoulCollage(r) card I made after Dawn took me through a meditation

I’ve had some beautiful experiences over the years of not only connecting with an animal friend while they were alive, but after they have physically left this world also.

Each a gift in a profound way. Each a way in which I could heal on another level.

I truly believe animals are the mirrors to our souls, often reflecting what is going on in our own lives, trying to help us learn and understand, and deepen our compassion.

One thing because of my work and having written a few books, I often hear from others and their struggle to move through the loss of an animal friend. They want to know how to move through many feelings and often how to let go of guilt.

I’ve thought about how I could possibly help for quite some time now and I’m really excited to announce an online course I’ve co-created with a dear friend of mine, who is an animal communicator, and author of many books, Dawn Baumann Brunke.

Barbara and Dawn with Gidget
Barbara and Dawn with Gidget

The name of our online workshop is Connecting with An Animal Friend Who Has Passed Over through SoulCollage(r) and Animal Communication

We will help guide you through meditation, an understanding of the basics of animal communication and a creative and delightful process of SoulCollage® as a way in which you can honor and pay tribute to a special animal friend who has passed over.

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Space is limited as we wish to provide an intimate and personal setting to support you in the workshop.

You can learn more and register for this workshop which starts in September by visiting this link.

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Red Moon Passage and Animal Medicine

Red Moon Passage and Animal Medicine
Photo credit: http://wordsofraven.blogspot.com/2010/10/when-moon-turned-red.html

Recently I came across a book by Bonnie J. Horrigan, published in 1997, called Red Moon Passage.  As someone who is a newborn of my post menopausal years, I was struck by the title and that it is about “The Power and Wisdom of Menopause.”

You may be wondering what this has to do with animal medicine, but hang tight as I will share that with you shortly.

Red Moon Passage is a term that the author came up with as a way to look at this time in a woman’s life “as a spiritual journey to a new way of being and celebrating menopause as a spiritual journey of transformation.”

red moonI love this because it is exactly how I am trying to embrace this transition I’m now in. It’s not to say it does not bring with it challenges, because I’m experiencing a few of those, too.

But as Frankie, my paralyzed dachshund taught me so many years ago, I want to always find ways in which to focus on the positive.

And there are many to this red moon passage time such as feeling freer to live from the inner light of who I really am and not getting caught up in what others may think of me and my choices.

While I’m not always positive about when a hot flash comes, I do remind myself to view it as the old self leaving and a more empowered self emerging.  And you know what? Most often, I really do like this new self that I’m witnessing in the reflection of my mirror.

Which brings me to animal medicine…

A friend suggested a homeopathic medicine called Lachesis Mutus by Boiron to help with the hot flashes. I was quite excited to give it a try because I want to move through this time as naturally as possible.

I went ahead and ordered the product. Afterwards, I came to find out it is made from the venom of the South American bushmaster’s snake. I researched further and read the venom is so dilute that only almost undetectable amounts of the poison remain.

But I couldn’t get over the fact it was snake venom. I thought I might die if I took the little white pellets which they instruct to put under your tongue when you feel a hot flash coming on. Which is silly because they couldn’t sell it if it did that!

But this led me to read more about snake medicine in Dr. Farmer’s Animal Spirit Guides book and to also consult author Dawn Brunke’s Animal Wisdom Tarot cards.

What did I need to learn from Snake?  I wondered. But more so, was I open to it?

As I consulted the two resources these are the passages that resonated with me:

From Animal Spirit Guides by Dr. Steven Farmer:

“You’re going through a major life or developmental transition, one so powerful that it requires you to shed a lot of attachments, especially to your old identity.”

“You’ve gone through a series of initiations, including death and rebirth experiences and as a result have gained compassion, wisdom, and a powerful capacity for healing.”

“You’ve gained a deeper interest in ancient and indigenous cultures and spiritual practices and feel quite at home with these.”

From The Animal Wisdom Tarot Cards by Dawn Brunke:

This is a card (Snake) of enthusiasm, adventure, excitement and adventure. Fueled with inner heat, we sense a challenge—and are ready.

As guardian of sacred places, Snake helps us to explore the far-reaches of our soul and learn to be fully alive.

Be bold, daring; let your inner light shine.

I appreciated how Snake reminded me of what was, what is, and what is yet to come…and to be open to all of it.

Animal Wisdom Tarot CardsI was still a little apprehensive about taking the tiny white pellets, though I was feeling a bit more confident. After a discussion with my friend a few days later, I finally found the courage to give it a try.

And guess what? They work for me… And I’m here to tell you about it!

And oh! how I’ve grown in expanding my awareness and embracing even more how animals can show us the parts of ourselves we are sometimes afraid to look at.

But when we do, how our world can open in even more magical ways helping us to heal and move forward.

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Interview with Dawn Baumann Brunke, Author of “Dreaming with Polar Bears – Spirit Journeys with Animal Guides”


Dear friends – I have something very special for you today!

Instead of a peek inside my journal entry, I share a peek inside the dreaming journal of author, Dawn Baumann Brunke.

I had the honor and priviledge of interviewing her about her newest book, Dreaming with Polar Bears. For many years she kept a journal of her amazing dreams she had with Polar Bear.

So grab yourself a cup of tea or beverage of choice, kick back and relax, and sink into the wisdom of Polar Bear – and be prepared to get swept away to a beautiful place.

**Dawn has graciously agreed to give a copy of her book to one lucky winner!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below. Winner will be chosen at random on Monday, Dec. 15th. Please make sure I have a way to contact you via email. Open to US residents only.**

Click here to listen to interview

Learn more about Dawn and all of her books on her website Animal Voices. Her books can also be purchased on Amazon.com or from your favorite bookstore.

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