For the Love of Animals
Unfolding the Deeper Connection
by Tammy Billups
Seabiscuit is one of my favorite horse stories. It is a perfect example of showing the depth and grace of the animal-human connection.
Anyone who has opened their heart to an animal already knows the bond goes beyond what is said and done between each other. There is an unspoken connection….a knowing between the two of you. I call this knowing soul talk. It’s when the souls are talking versus our mouths.
Over the years I have come to realize through my work with people and animals that the soul connection we have with them shows up in a multitude of ways. Many times they are trying to communicate with us but the message goes under the radar or undercover. This is because our awareness or consciousness level isn’t quite up to speed yet on interpreting these ingenious forms of communication.
There is a fabulous scene in the movie Seabiscuit in which the trainer, Tom Smith, is desperately trying to find a jockey who can handle the feisty horse. To Tom’s left, he sees 2-3 handlers unsuccessfully trying to control Seabiscuit…then to his right he sees jockey Red Pollard fighting several guys at the same time– taking them all on with gusto.
Tom gets the sense these two souls just might be made of the same cloth. And, he’s right. The pair go on to have a very deep connection and from my perspective, a sacred soul contract to help each other heal. They were both abandoned when they were young and neither had healed their wounds. They both had an abundance of unresolved anger and pain from feeling unloved early in their life. Through love and compassion and their soul talk, they were able to heal each other.
This is indeed one of the potential scenarios to understand why a particular animal is in our life. At a soul level we are attracted to those who are wired the same way…and have similar wounds to heal. Making a conscious intention with the animals in your life to feel the soul link will help you begin to identify their messages more quickly.
They mirror us in many ways. Sometimes it’s our personalities and at others it is our unconscious wounds that need to be healed. Animals are very sensitive and are natural healers. Their souls can be very large and not have great boundaries. This is why they can respond to the slightest sound or change next door, or across the street.
So, of course they easily sense the feelings and moods of the people around them as well. It might seem obvious that when we show up at the barn or home and aren’t in a grounded, calm space that the animals will pick up on that. But they are so highly intuitive they will also let you know when you’re pushing down your emotions. You might think you’re all calm on the outside, but animals are in tune to your energy at deeper levels. And if they seem jumpy or out of sorts for no reason they are gifting you with a little soul talk to raise your awareness around something going on within you.
The behaviors, ailments and actions of your animal companions are tools to assist you to not only better understand them, but to also help you heal, feel and love at deeper levels. We are and always will be connected through Soul Talk.
Tammy Billups is a Certified Energy Healer for Animals, Certified Interface Therapist for People from The Center For Integrative Therapy, Speaker, and Founder of Sundance Healing Center. Since 2001, Tammy has worked with people and their animal companions to facilitate non-invasive, holistic, transformational healings to help her clients achieve physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
She is fascinated by the relationship between people and the animals in their life; and by working globally with both species via educational workshops and thousands of sessions has made amazing discoveries about the divine connection between people and animals.
Alternative Healing for People and Animals
“The best Westie-Cairn mix ever”…Her friend Pam Hamilton
“I love this picture of Lily the Canine Tantrika… Love Star Wolf”
Written on Wednesday, April 8th after I made the decsion:
It is with great sadness that I announce that Miss Lily, my 15-year old Westie~Cairn girl-dog will be leaving me and us tomorrow at 2:15 pm at Isis Cove in a private ceremony with Gary and I and Anne McQuinn and Isis Cove community members that would like to participate. You can visualize us down by the pond near the bench. I found a wonderful holistic vet less than a week ago who has been the perfect angel to guide us through this.
Lily has been struggling for the past three weeks with multiple issues, and it is clear that now is her time to fly free with the angels.
We have had 15 amazing years together as beloveds and best friends. Lily has many friends around the country who remember her healing energy in priestess circles, in therapy sessions and Shamanic Breathwork sessions (she always played the teddy bear waiting at the door to come in at the end to give kisses and comfort). I was told once that she was a gift from the heavens just for me, and I know that is true.
Please hold space for us if you so desire, and send out a prayer for Lily’s safe passage into doggie liberation.
Blue sky with that haze softening the light
Cool breezes touch a circle of friends
Gathered to stand witness to the
Completion of life.
Fond remembrances, deep grief
Letting go, never easy
Even in the fullness of time
Wishes to continue forever.
Tears mixed with soft smiles
It is time—doctor gently doing difficult work
Release from pain, suffer no more
Live on in memories.
In the end Miss Lily showed us how to live
To show up authentically, to love unconditionally,
To be devoted to your calling
Simple and powerful, yet so hard for us.
Jackson Fire Eagle
Written on Friday, April 10th, 2009:
Lily’s Full-Moon in Libra service yesterday at Isis Cove…..Community member Lesley took the pictures for us.
Rocking my girl before everyone shows up
Daddy Gary holding Lil for the last time
Ruby saying good-bye. Her dog Tess left in a similar ceremony last fall, so we both lose our composure.