“Arise from sleep, old cat,
And with great yawns and stretchings-
Amble out for love.”
“A small bird flew into my house and, because of the open look of sliding glass doors, crashed into it, stunning himself badly. I gave him spring water with Pear and in fifteen minutes he was on the wing again. An other almost identical circumstance occurred with another bird of a much larger species. The bird was in severe shock. After several drops of Pear, he came to consciousness again and regained his balance. After twenty minutes, he was airborne.” –MLB, La Honda, CA
“My fourteen-year-old cat, Jasmine, had been traumatized and ripped up by a dog. I think it made her nasty. She’s absolutely sweet when she drinks her water with Grape added to it, and started going outside for the first time in two years. The Grape keeps her loving.”
-SR, Santa Clara, CA
“In May, my Arabian mare birthed her new foal in a pasture in the dark on a cold and windy evening. I was awakened by her frantic neighing. Her new son, trying out his wobbly legs, had rolled under the fence and into the adjacent pasture. Instantly I had them both on Pear to calm them, and calm them it did.” -RR, Reno, Nevada
“My six-year-old cat, Rusty, was abandoned as a kitten and doesn’t know how to handle love. He also has a nervous skin condition. With Lettuce in his water, he drinks twice as much, and after only three or four days, is much more calm and less needy.”
-LC, Richmond, VA
RABBITS TO ROADRUNNERS
How readily animals have crept into our language. We “chicken out,” “horse around,” or “pig out” and then act catty or sheepish until someone “gets our goat.” Cartoons and caricatures have long drawn on the humor of attributing human qualities to animals and vice versa. We might remember the hippos in tutus, the super hero Mighty Mouse, or the numerous talking pigs, rabbits and roadrunners who inundated the cinematic screens of our childhood.
The animal kingdom, so intricately linked to the plant kingdom, holds a special place in this world. From predators to friends, animals are a part of our lives. We see them in zoos, on leashes, in captivity and in the wilds. Animals, like flowers and people, are living blossoms possessed of life force with their own special secrets to share with us. A young East Indian woman saint, Bahina, said of her pet cow that she could “understand every action of the calf as a child understands the language of its pet. If you have love enough to understand, you can interpret every movement of the animals.”15 Here Bahina echoes the universal truth expressed by George Washington Carver that anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. And what treasures we can learn from our animal friends!
Pets-domesticated animals who are our companions-open our hearts and expand our consciousness. Much like one direct experience with a flower essence can open the entire essence world for us, so too a deep connection with even one animal allows us to access the spirit of their kingdom. One of the dearest times of my life was spent as a back-to-the-land goat herder. To this day, I remain grateful to the goats who befriended me several decades ago. They have enriched my life, my appreciation for nature and my ability to love, immeasurably. Like a direct hot line to nature’s simple rhythms, the melodic act of milking put me in touch with the pulse of the animal kingdom.
Interestingly, it was not until Jane Goodall’s pioneering work with chimpanzees in the early sixties that the scientific world acknowledged what pet owners have known all along-that animals experience a wide range of feelings. These include joy, hope, grief and-as observed in bears sitting on their haunches meditatively lost in a sunset panorama-an appreciation of beauty. The joy of performing dolphins who ad lib on their own acts; the grievous weeping of a circus elephant after being punished for not responding; the goose who gestures and articulates victory, uncertainty, tension and alertness: who are we to call animals dumb? Their wisdom is an intuition born of instinct, a sort of intact umbilical cord to Mother Nature.
It is this wealth of an emotional repertoire that allows animals to respond so beautifully to their “flower friends” in essence form. Granted, consultation as we know it is not possible with animals. But those who are sensitive know that animals communicate with us constantly through their sounds, gestures, postures and actions. Like children, animals whom we have domesticated are dependent on us for their psycho-physical well-being. Flower essence interpretations in the children’s chapter may be applied to them as well. And as with children and parents, pets and their owners may either need to share the same essences or be on essence programs at the same time. Let’s not underestimate the instinctual intuition of our animal friends, who sense our nervousness and our joy alike, oftentimes before we ourselves do. One woman recently called for essences for her six-year-old dog who had been bitten by a rattlesnake a year ago. Rascal had been suffering from grand mal seizures ever since. We talked about a program for him and Pear, immediately, for her!
The death of a beloved pet is a subject in itself. Flower essences can assist both the animal and the family, who must go through their grieving and adjust to life without their dear companion. Bonnie, teary-eyed, shared this story only a few days ago:
“Yesterday, our nine-year-old cat had to be put to sleep. Calicos are known for being the wildest of the cat family. Our kitty had apparently climbed up on the roof, fallen and broken her back. The vet called in tears to say he had just put her to sleep moments before our teenage daughter arrived. Kitty had gone into uncontrollable spasms and seizures. Needless to say, we were badly shaken. My whole family, plus the cat up until her passing, have been on Pear. I can’t tell you how much it has helped. It allowed us to stay centered and deal with this trauma in a peaceful way.” (Note: after the immediate shock of a pet’s death clears, Grape is an excellent follow-up essence.)
Follow the directions of four Stock drops daily in a cup of water and sixteen drops to a water tub for horses and large animals. In emergency situations, you can apply the essence topically on the coat, fur, feathers or scales. It’s not necessary to force the drops into their mouths and it may be difficult to isolate their water supply from their food dish. Not to worry. Since animals respond to essences even more rapidly than children, dropping the essences into their water bowl works fine. You might also spray their coats and bedding-four Stock drops to a misting bottle-or gently rub essences on bruised or sprained areas.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Animals who spend time around humans begin to develop personalities. Many cartoons have played off the theme of how much dog owners resemble their dogs-sometimes psychologically, sometimes in fact, physically. Much like children, pets mirror their masters’ strengths and weaknesses. A standoffish owner, for instance, can foster an aloof animal; a demonstrative one is reflected in an overly-affectionate or clingy pet. For this reason, you might treat the owner along with the pet! I have talked with many a vet who has traced his patients’ problems directly back to their owners.
In addition to individual differences, the various species express a variety of mass consciousness characteristics. Cats share a certain aloofness, which British comedic writer P. G. Wodehouse attributes to their not having gotten over being deified in ancient Egypt. Dogs, as a rule, have earned the title of ”man’s best friend.” Cows are ruminatively slow and goats are endlessly capricious. It is helpful to take into account these species similarities when administering flower essences to animals. With animals as well as humans, we want to nurture their existing strengths and not try to make them over into something they were never instinctively wired to be. Remember, flower essences will enhance an animal’s innate personality; they will not manipulate or control it.
With a little sensitivity, we can detect when a cat needs Coconut, to adjust to the arrival of new cats in the household or Grape, when the older hamster bullies the younger one. Grape is also helpful for the pet who whines from loneliness-although whining from being a bit spoiled indicates Peach! Pear is very popular for accidents or injuries, as well as for transporting animals from one location to another in a vehicle that is foreign to them, or for pets who simply don’t travel well. Tomato works wonderfully for the cat who has been moved to a new home, an experience that can be severely disorienting for her. To determine the essence needs of animals, you might try the pendulum, kinesiology or simply “listening” with your heart. So too, our every kindness-through gentle words, a loving touch and the sensitive use of flower essences-hastens them on their journey toward greater freedom.