I had a huge epiphany about one hour before co-hosting Listening to Animal Voices with Susan Eirich of Earthfire Institute. It was a moment of intense emotion, a combination of awe, gratitude, and a little bit of nerves. I suddenly realized that I was about to host an event that was a culmination of all the guidance I had received from the animals—what all my training and dedication was for—to hold space in a sacred way so that the voices of the animals I had heard for so many years could be heard by others.
And they were. Together Susan and I wove stories of the spiritual evolution of several animal teachers, finishing with Windwalker’s story and the healing guidance he offered attendees of the A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild 2011.
It was the perfect segue into the shamanic journey to meet an animal that had a personal message. A journey that was created with Windwalker’s guidance, and one where he also made an appearance.
The animals that gathered to greet the participants were so happy that we had shown up to meet them; and that joy was echoed in the physical world. The wolves at Earthfire Institute sang to us as we journeyed back from the great meeting with the animals. Despite it being a group telecall you can clearly hear them on the recording.
And the celebration and acknowledgement did not end there. After concluding the seminar and taking off my headset my cats staged a happy dance of their own. Totally quiet during the call, suddenly my 10 year-old cat Sand and 15 year-old half bobcat Cougar began racing through the house, howling at the top of their lungs, flinging cat nip toys wildly everywhere, and chasing each other in and out of their box fort. It was the most intense expression of joyous celebration I have ever witnessed, and they slept for hours after the bash.
And that awareness was shared by the animal elders that one participant spends time with in her work at the zoo.
“Just wanted to tell you that today, for the 1st time since I’m at our zoo, our old lady leopard Fitty (she’s 16) stared into my eyes . . . so I told her I knew what she was saying, I knew she would be ‘free’ soon. I told her I understand and that I loved her. she followed me with her eyes . . . normally she ignores me…like most people. And then I went to visit our 40 yr old spider monkeys. Grandpa, the oldest one in captivity in the US, who normally is just sitting . . . jumped down and was trying to kiss me through the glass . . . hands to hands we were . . . and he was rocking back and forth . . . so very happy for a few minutes . . . it was an amazing day!
“I’d like to think something has woken in me that reached out to them. I’d also like to think the journey I experienced during Listening to Animal Voices has opened me more. I still fe el very happy and definitely more connected to them!
“After Listening to Animal Voices I had to share my experience and impressions with my friends, some animal lovers, some not so much. I knew I had seen and felt something extraordinary. Having believed for a long time that the animals have voices that most of us just can’t or won’t hear, I felt it was my duty to share, to inspire others to listen themselves.
“My impression from the animal I met during the journey was to do exactly that. To let everyone know the animals are speaking and asking for help to remain on this planet with us; to help them in any way possible. My path it seems is to share my journey with others so that they may ‘see’ and know it too. I just retook the journey and once again Windwalker was there, and the Cape buffalo came forward and told me ‘Tell All,’ and so I shall.”
—Natasha Zapata, NY
But the storytelling and the celebration have not ended. Thanks to modern technology paired with shamanism the experiences continue with Listening to Animal Voices Audio Seminar and Journey.
The recording is offered in two half-hour sections so that you can easily listen to the shamanic journey again for future messages from the animals.
SECTION 1: Introduction, Stories by Rose and Susan, Intro to Journey
SECTION 2: Shamanic journey to meet your Animal Teacher, Animal Messages, Summary
Recording is available in two formats (supplied with your order confirmation): MP3 digital download for any of your devices that support digital audio and links to listen online.
We are all connected, and what affects one affects all.
The Animal Teachers are reaching out to us.
Join us to hear their message and let them know we are listening.
Click here to purchase Listening to Animal Voices Audio Seminar and Journey, and afterward I’d love to hear your stories.
Here’s one another participant shared:
“I want to thank you so much for the journey last night. I could feel the emotion from all the animals waiting for my arrival and I burst into tears from their joy that I was coming.”Once I arrived there were so many animals in the circle that I could not distinguish what types they were—they were packed in tight like they all wanted to be there—but I did see a giraffe and even whales clearly.
“I was approached by a beaver who told me it was time for me to build. That I already had a foundation and now it was time to build on it and I had the skill to do it and knew what to do. I just kept hearing the word build. I was asked to sing, which struck me as odd because I definitely cannot sing. But the request seemed insistent and I was told to love. I know this indicates that I am to use my voice more strongly for the animals and communicate more strongly the message of love to them and for them. Though I have always loved them and supported their cause, it was time to step up even more.
“Again, I was struck with tears at how happy they were that I had come and that I wanted to talk with them and that I wanted to help them.
“Many thanks to you ladies for putting together this call. A very beautiful, healing, call to action.”
—Lisa McNany, PA
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