These insights have come through my own direct experiencing [i.e. interacting with animals myself and with animals and their humans] and via others’ insights, guidance, and pointers that have provided invaluable deepening of my own awareness and understanding. Thank you to both those animals and humans alike!
If you have not yet had the opportunity to work with me, by way of introduction I’d like to share that my work with animals and their humans is a calling. Every calling I have experienced over the past couple decades has had a common thread: awareness as it relates to energy and embodiment of energy.
Awareness and energy share something in common, they are both orientations which lend themselves to experiencing directly. They are both readily available to each and every one of us. Thus I don’t have “the” expert advantage, I have my own perspective that I have gained via consistent attention to my own direct experience.
Although energy and awareness are integral to our lives in how we perceive, see, and experience, we can easily be unconscious of their role, impact, and constancy in different facets of our existence.
So what does this have to do with our companion animals? Any kind of stress or difficulty in a relationship with our animals or ourselves can be directly mediated through awareness of perceptions and a conscious shift in our own energy.
Would you like to explore more about the Relational Conversation with me?
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PART ONE :: The Setting for a Mutually Empowering Relational Conversation
- being willing to drop concepts of right and wrong regarding both yourself and your animal
- noticing the nature of your relating from moment to moment, situation to situation
- being willing to witness ‘what is’ in the moment like either a scientist or a child might
- recognizing the myriad ways of relating and that you have numerous choices along that continuum
- start looking at distinct situations and engage with one situation at a time
- be curious about what kind of descriptions/interpretations of that situation you are currently using
- begin to notice what the body language of your animal looks like and also notice your own body
- The non-human animal brain meets life instinctually, as living fluid responsiveness in the now.
- The human brain tracks mostly via linear time, organizing reality into something we call past, present, future.
- Animals will join us in the energy of what we are perceiving to be The Reality of that moment.
In other words, due to the nature of their brains, animals relate to you directly as energy and instinctual awareness. Instinctual awareness works in the now, it changes within millisecond to millisecond. Therefore, one of the foundations of shifting how our animals are relating is by changing our own present energy state.
Ways that we can do that are:
- be attentive to your breathing, notice holding in the body, notice where you can relax more fully
- find a new way to be in your body: open the chest, feel your feet on the ground, open your gaze
- stop organizing yourself around thoughts of the situation and engage in directly seeing what is
- convey or hold the kind of feeling you would like to have in that situation for you and your animal
- Consistency and leadership go hand in hand ~ both are essential for establishing new patterns.
- If you are not yet ready to be consistent (guidance + follow through), stay with the above steps/suggestions.
- Consistent energy, whatever kind of energy it is, will offer its own kind of leadership.
When our energy is in some way erratic or unstable, the animal brain will resort to primal ways of relating (flight, fight, avoidance, or submission) or to the patterns that it has become conditioned by and to (fear/anxiety, excitability, fixation, aggression).
- Begin noticing how your animal reacts to situations when your energy is inconsistent or unstable.
- When your animal’s energy does shift, notice what else may have shifted along with that.
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