Mango

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — A timid knock sounded on my hotel door the night before I was to return home from a family wedding. I opened it and there stood Cece, a sweet little eleven-year-old with both hands outstretched, holding a large mango. “Here,” she said shyly. “This is for Teton Totem.” It was a beautiful mango. A large, round, beautifully-shaped, unblemished mango, perfectly ripe. I had spoken to her earlier in the day about our animals---our bears in particular---and I said how Teton was a mango kind of bear. She was enchanted and asked a lot of questions. At lunch, there was an island in the center of the kitchen piled with fresh fruit. I watched, fascinated, as she...

Hand-drawn sketches of grizzly bears

Things are moving fast this summer at Earthfire. We have finally broken ground on the new cougar enclosure even as we work to raise the additional funds needed to complete it. But the building season is short here in the high northern mountains, so start, we did. Spectacular wildlife artist Anne London is coming for a 9-day residency in a few days. Zoopharmacognosy (botanical and earth essences for healing animals) pioneer Caroline Ingraham is coming next week to offer her healing to our animals as her partner films the results. We are also preparing for emmy-award winning filmmaker Michael Stillwater to come in September to work on a film about the “voices of the animals.” All of this...

Bottles of various sizes filled with colorful oils, with herbs and mortar and pestle in the background

What would a conference be like if it was founded on a vision handed down from an unearthly source? The Animal Energy meeting I attended earlier this month can offer a bit of an answer. In 2011, Marie Holliday, founder of the conference, was conducting a training on the Emotional Freedom Technique, a well-researched method of releasing trauma in humans. As she was teaching a procedure called Personal Peace, she writes, “A very loud and very clear, deep male voice spoke as I was talking about this---right above my head: 'You will never have World Peace until you take our Animals with you.' It was like a call to action, no choice, a command.” “From that second on, my life was...

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