An Orca Mother Grieves: Tahlequah and her Calf

Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

I was deep in the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence River of northern Quebec, on retreat with some of my beloved cetacean friends, when the news came: an orca whale mother, Tahlequah, also known as J35, a member of the critically endangered southern resident orca population of the Pacific Northwest, had given birth to a female calf…who lived for only 30 minutes. The calf was emaciated, and didn’t have enough blubber to stay afloat.


Meet Lily and Lulu

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love, love, love my chickens. 🙂 For the past 9 years, I have been blessed to have chicken friends in my family, and they are often teachers in my animal communication classes.

I love the journey of discovery that people who haven’t known chickens make when they begin to recognize chickens’ intelligence, wisdom, awareness, sensitivity, individuality, and amazing capacity for joy, love, and fun.

Whale Wisdom

In a few days, I’ll be traveling to Baja California Sur, Mexico, with Anne and a group of 10 women for our Journey to Baja: Pilgrimage of the Heart. As this is the last time we’ll be facilitating this trip, at least in this format, it’s a bittersweet time as I prepare both physically and spiritually for our journey.

In our previous Baja pilgrimages, we’ve received so many deep and profound blessings from the land, the water, and all of the beautiful inhabitants, human and non-human, who partner with us. You can read more about some of our experiences here:


Is it Authentic Telepathic Communication or My Own Thoughts?

One of the most common questions that I receive about interspecies telepathic communication is:

How can I tell the difference between my own thoughts and direct communication from an animal?

One of the biggest challenges that we as humans face in reclaiming our natural ability to communicate telepathically is differentiating authentic telepathic communication (especially when it comes from non-human beings) from the thoughts, ideas, and projections of our human intellectual, thinking minds.


Solstice Blessings

December 20-21 marks the time of the Solstice–the shortest or longest day of the year, depending on which hemisphere you’re in. Here in the high desert of New Mexico, our short, sunny days are punctuated by long, cold nights. Snow caps the mountains at the higher elevations, and the dogs and I are enjoying winter hikes in the stately ponderosa pine forests.

I find this time of year in the northern hemisphere to be one of deep contemplation, stillness, and quiet. In my reflections this year, I’m filled with immense gratitude for all of the gifts of my life, for the precious beauty of our Earth and all she holds, and also a sense of deep grief about the tremendous suffering and pain in our world. Suffering is a part of life, as many spiritual traditions remind us, and if we can hold our own suffering, we can also hold and be present to the suffering of others.


How Reiki and Animal Communication Can Work Together

I love Reiki. It’s a tool I use daily for myself, my animal and human friends and family, and with my animal and human clients. It’s a basic part of my “toolkit”, and I can’t imagine living without it.

One of the things I love most about teaching both Reiki and interspecies communication is how they work together and support each other.

In my years of teaching both animal communication and Reiki, I’ve noticed that people who have Reiki training are able to use it to enhance their interspecies communication abilities, and that often it “turbo charges” people’s ability to send and receive telepathic and intuitive information clearly.


New Professional Animal Communication Practitioners

Certified Animal Communication Practitioner BadgeA couple of years ago, I reached a crisis point in my interspecies communication practice. After over a decade in the field, I came close to calling it quits.

This work is my heart, my life. Most days, I barely consider it work…it is my inspiration, my way of being, the deepest calling of my heart and soul, and the essence of my daily life with the animals and other non-human beings who share my home and my world.


The Hawk’s Eye: How to Speak Chicken

The Hawk’s Eye posts are an occasional sampling of what I’m reading, listening to, exploring, and learning…book and media reviews and recommendations and occasionally curated online content.

People are often surprised to hear that my chickens are frequent teachers in my animal communication classes. Our human-centric ideas and biases often lead people to wonder, “What could a chicken possibly have to teach?”


Prayer of Gratitude: All My Relations

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US. I love having a holiday that is dedicated to gratitude…to giving thanks for all of the blessings of our lives. I try to remember to practice gratitude as a way of walking and being in the world in my daily life…and yet, it’s also wonderful to pause for an entire day to give thanks.

There is a beautiful saying and prayer that comes from the language and tradition of the Lakota People: Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ. It translates as All Are Related, or All My Relations. It’s a wonderful reminder of our interconnectedness here on Mother Earth, and of the spirit within all beings.


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