EARTHFIRE STORIES

Animal Spirit And Energy
March 23, 2017

The Bears are Awake!!!!!

They emerge slowly, tentatively– is it time yet? A damp nose. Sleepy little brown eyes. Fuzzy ears. One front leg reaches out of the den entrance. Followed by another....

We had a particularly powerful workshop last October with Rose De Dan of Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing. According to Rose and other shamans who look at life from an alternative frame, Windwalker the cougar, near the end of his days, had hung onto life to be here through the last retreat of the year.  People had flown in from around the country to see him one last time. Rose made him the focus of the workshop with ceremonies honoring him and his courage and beauty of spirit. Paralyzed in his hind legs, he lay regally and greeted each participant with warmth and dignity, purring his way through the entire visit. People in turn helped him into his wheelchair, groomed him, lay with him in...

We are moving towards treating animals with compassion. Not fast enough, but in the right direction. In the last e-newsletter I wrote about a conference at the University of Cambridge held in July on the nature of human and animal consciousness where neuroscientists from different fields were moved to make a formal declaration, based on their findings, that animals, birds and other creatures such as octopuses have the neurological underpinnings necessary for consciousness. I had said this is a big deal. A friend wrote back asking “You mean we are still trying to prove this? Will people who don’t already realize this ever have enough proof? I find it amazing that animal...

We received an urgent call – could we take in a sweet fox who had been someone’s pet and now was abandoned? He had been living alone in a locked cabin with food being thrown in sporadically, and the situation was no longer tenable. The exterminator was scheduled for the next day so he needed a home immediately. Many considerations. . .  we had no room – but it was life or death. We could try to put him in with our foxes Feather and Lightfoot and hope they got along. We would have to get permits as he was in Wyoming and he would be coming across state lines. Could we get them quickly enough? The laws had recently changed in Idaho and everyone in all the relevant offices were still...

Stardance is a wolf, black, with yellow piercing eyes. She is the epitome of our mental picture of an evil wolf. In actual fact she is a charming clown. When you approach, she flops on her back, paws waving, belly up for the scratching. Should you want her to go somewhere or stop something at your request she resists by flopping again, going completely limp so whatever part of her you try to touch eludes your grasp. She delights and excels in this. The only recourse is to pick her up wholesale and fling her, limp, tongue lolling in good humor, across your shoulders to carry her back to wherever you want her to go — or out of whatever mischief you have found her in. It is impossible...

Cucumber was wilted. It was different this time. After her two near-death experiences during which she worked her way into becoming a House Wolf, she thrived on her special status. When her status became threatened because another sick animal required special care and occupied our tiny living room, she learned how to manipulate us through pretend near-death experiences. But now she is older –going on her 14th year, and the wilting felt different. As if she were defeated. The cause of the problem was two-fold. First Firefly, a tiny little black fox-rescue from a fur farm ousted her because she needed intensive care, but we could at least move her out each day so Cucumber could come...

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