Living Lightly in the Body: Life with Chickens

This year, 2019, marks my 10-year anniversary of having chickens in my animal family. I wanted to have chickens for many, many years…when I moved to the southwest, I finally lived in an area where I could have them. I began with a small flock of 4 bantam chickens, one of whom, Daphne, is still with me, holding the current record for my oldest hen.


I am now living in my 4th home where I’ve had my chickens (yes, I’ve moved them every time I’ve moved), and I continue to find such delight and joy in sharing my life with them.


Life is Love: The St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga Whales

Photo Credit: Beluga Whales, Copyright GREMM

I am honored to be one of the writers whose work is included in Dark Matter, Women Witnessing Journal, Issue 8, April, 2019:  What Does it Mean, to Heal? Part III, edited by Lise Weil.

Dark Matter publishes writing and artwork created in response to an age of massive species loss and ecological collapse. The journal is a home for dreams, visions, and communications with the nonhuman world, especially those that seek to heal our broken relationship to the earth.

In this issue, I write about my time with the endangered population of beluga whales who live in the St. Lawrence Estuary and Saguenay Fjord, Quebec, Canada. In this article, I share the wisdom, teaching, and experience offered by the belugas for our species and the Earth in this time of great change and loss, responding to the question of the journal for this issue: What Does It Mean, to Heal?


How My Afghan Hounds and I Celebrate Spring

It’s finally spring! My animal family and I are loving the warmer weather and longer days, and being able to spend more time outside in the yard together. Here in Santa Fe, my dogs and I enjoy our nightly ritual of sitting in the backyard and watching the sunset.

Northern New Mexico is famous for its skies — think Georgia O’Keefe — and my exclamation almost every day as we watch the sunset create magic in the sky and over the Sangre de Cristo mountains is, “The light! The light!”

My Afghans, sighthounds that they are, love to watch, seeing far into the distance, and keeping their eyes on any dogs, people, horses, or wildlife passing in the arroyo. When this happens, they are “off to the races” — flying around the yard at full Afghan speed… another gorgeous sight to see.

As Tashi said when she was young, “I want to run and run and run and run!” And run they do… like the wind!

Of course, the Afghans feel that the patio furniture is theirs… and I don’t argue with them. Here are Tashi and Surya sporting their best New Mexico “It’s so dry our hair stands on end” looks.

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Living with these two “returnees” — Tashi and Surya are reincarnations of my former Afghan hounds, Tara and Rajah — is a daily experience of joy and surprise. So many of their former personality traits have continued in their current incarnations… including the very particular way they sit on furniture together, looking like bookends, and the way that Tashi arranges herself on her favorite “throne.”

I’ll be sharing more about the topic of animal reincarnation in the next months… stay tuned!

Also, many of you have requested an Animal Communication session with me. I have opened up a limited number of slots. Check out my schedule and book a session online HERE.

My animal family and I wish you a beautiful week, filled with love and connection!

With much love,

Resources for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

empath-survival-guideAs a teacher of interspecies communication, I find that many empathic and highly sensitive people are drawn to my classes and training programs, and we often talk about these characteristics and the particular ways they impact our lives in our class meetings and online conversations.

I’ve written about the blessings and challenges of being both an empath and a highly sensitive person, and some of the tools that I’ve found helpful in learning to live in a world that I am often overwhelmed and baffled by. (See Tools for Empaths Part 1  and Tools for Empaths Part 2).


Teachings from the Atlantic Humpback Whales

atlantic-humpback-whalesIn late January, I had the great privilege and joy of returning to the Silver Bank, a protected sanctuary for wild marine mammals 90 miles offshore of the Dominican Republic. Each winter, thousands of Atlantic humpback whales make the migration to these waters to mate, calve, and raise their young. It is one of the only places in the world where it’s possible to swim with these wise, gentle, beautiful beings.


The Spirit in All Things

For many people, opening to interspecies telepathic communication begins with a desire to better understand the non-human animals who share our lives, our homes, and our world.

We learn about and begin to practice telepathic animal communication, and a surprising thing happens: we begin to open up to telepathic and intuitive communication and communion with all life…plants, trees, rocks, non-physical beings such as nature spirits, devas, angels, spirit guides, beings who reside in other dimensions and worlds…the possibilities are limitless.

But what about things that we typically think of as “objects” or “things”? It may surprise you to learn that these, too, have consciousness, spirit, a life force or intelligence that can be felt, sensed, and communicated with. We know through quantum physics that there is intelligence, consciousness, and awareness in and through everything…that the entire manifest world is made of the fire of creativity and life.


Fear of Spiders

I received a wonderful email this week from a woman who was a student in my Deepening Animal Communication Retreat in Arizona in 2014.

In the retreat (as well as in the Deepening Animal Communication Online class), we work with an animal or other being who we are unfamiliar with, afraid of, repulsed by, or dislike. This exercise, along with the practice of becoming one with or merging with an animal, allows us to see, feel, experience the world through another being’s perspective, and often opens people to new worlds of wisdom and understanding.


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.

Ask Nancy: How Do We Work with Instinctive Behaviors in Animals?

In the Ask Nancy posts, I answer frequently asked questions about interspecies communication and animal Reiki + energy healing.

Today’s question comes from Sofia, one of my animal communication students, in response to a post about animal communication and working with behavioral conflicts, challenges, and issues:


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