Calico Shaman Talks To The Animals

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If you think animals have no feelings, don't tell Carla Persons. The Phoenixborn resident knows them better than just about anyone and she'll tell you they sure do have feelings. In fact, she talks to them! As a youngster, Carla found she could talk to her spirit teachers and friends. She also had a cat that was what she calls a higher being with whom she connected closely to. Then in high school, she began studying mysticism. It wasn't until 1987, however, that a Shamanic healer told her that
  If you think animals have no feelings, don't tell Carla Persons. The Phoenix-born resident knows them better than just about anyone and she'll tell you theysure do have feelings. In fact, she talks to them!As a youngster, Carla found she could talk to her spirit teachers and friends. Shealso had a cat that was what she calls a higher being with whom she connectedclosely to. Then in high school, she began studying mysticism.It wasn't until 1987, however, that a Shamanic healer told her that she wasparticularly oriented toward animals and should learn how to communicate withthem. She immediately contacted the Foundation For Shamanic Studies and completedher formal training in 1998.Today, the 39-year-old is a Shamanic healer and Animal Communicator. Sheoperates a successful business helping people to better understand their animals,whether it is a fluffy little kitten or a horse in your stable. And it doesn'tmatter if your beloved pet is dead or alive. Either way, she can tell you whattheir thinking, what is bothering them and how to correct the problem. But how shedoes it is fascinating. First she goes into a Shamanic trance. I use a drum and rattle, and I sing sacred songs, said Carla.She does not hear the animals speaking in our reality, but rather during the timeshe's in the trance-like state. Only once in a while does spirit manifest so strongly that I can perceivethem in three dimensions with ordinary reality senses, incarnate and temporal. Ithas happened, but it is rare. I hear the loud and clear in non-ordinary reality. Most people today are aware of Shamanic healing. It is the oldest for ofhealing, which has been practiced since the binning of humankind.What a Shaman actually does is connect with compassionate spirits and seektheir help to heal people. In Carla's case, she uses their expertise to healanimals instead. The Shaman enters a Shamanic state of consciousness through listening torhythmic percussion. He or she then journeys to the world of spirits and connectswith spirit allies for healing work. These spirits are available to help everyoneand the Shaman's role is often to reconnect clients with their helping spirits,restoring their personal power. In the case of animals, Carla said they have powerful animal spirits that canhelp them. Once the particular animal spirit has been contacted, the Shaman thenasks for diagnoses of the animal's problem. A domestic pet like a cat or dog mayhave emotional issues or physical problems that cause behavioral problems. Otheranimals, such as horses, may suffer with lameness or some other illness and needspain relief. Carla says that an animal's ailments are often both physical andspiritual, and it's important to understand the animal's point of view. When sheis first asked to help an animal, she will visit with it in non-reality and findout such things as the pet's past memories and current impressions. In that journey, I also enter the animal's body and see if there is pain orinjury. I ask my spirit to heal the hurt and learn if there is any treatment thatwould be good to pursue. Carla noted that one horse in Arizona told her he was lonely and reallywanted to be with the horses in another paddock. The horse also missed aparticular colt he was fond of. When the horse was reunited with one of the maresand her colt, the horse was happy.Other Entities When people and animals are vulnerable and dis-empowered, it is possible forentities that don't belong to enter our bodies. These misplaced entities can causepersistent sickness, soreness and other undesirable things. As a Shaman, one of mykey functions is to work with my spirits to extract these misplaced entities anddeliver them to a neutral place where they can contribute to the overall good ofthings, instead of causing harm. After an extraction, we always fill the spacewith positive healing power of some kind. Carla said her spiritual ally might sing a sacred song to an animal throughher. She captures the song on audiotape and then gives it to the animal's owner to  pay to their pet over and over again.Some animals are healed through the instruction of the spirits to give themspecific herbs, essences, diet changes, poultices, message, aromatherapy, exerciseand more. Carla admits that she is not an expert in such things, so she reliesheavily on the advice she is given, and so far, all prescriptions have provedpositive for the animal in question. In some case, the spirit ally may actuallytouch an animal to bring about a healing. In such cases where energy is used tocure an animal, Carla might use a plant, light, crystal or other powerful item andchant over the animal to bring relief.If your animal has passed over, Carla can find out if the animal has happilysettled in the spirit world and will communicate any messages that the animal mayhave for its previous owners. A loved one's death can be a most sorrowful and heart-wrenching event. Ithelps to contact the animal (or person) and learn what its new world is like, andmake sure he or she is doing okay. It is also nice to hear soothing messages fromthe loved one and to learn if he or she has plans to come back and live with youagain. If animals die suddenly, it may not go directly to the light and cross over.This can be a problem for the soul of the animal, as well as for its previousowner. Ghosts are often those lost wandering souls. Sometimes too, a soul stays herfor a while before moving on, to comfort others or just get used to the idea ofbeing dead. This is generally not a problem and the soul moves on when it's ready.As a Shamanic practitioner, one of my jobs is to journey to these lost souls. Myspirits and I help them understand they are dead, and help them move to the lightwhere they will find peace and healing. The concept of reincarnation also comes into play in Carla's work. If ananimal has had a bad experience with a particular person in a previous life, itwill likely act out in some way in this one. My spirits and I can perform healing on the past and current relationshipsto help things go better today. Another interesting aspect of her work with animals is called 'soulretrieval.' Shamans believe that when a person suffers from a physical orpsychological problem, it indicates that part of one's soul has split off andcannot contribute to the person being whole. This can show itself through suchthings as memory loss or just a feeling of incompleteness.Often people lose a part of themselves as an emergency measure, to keep themfrom remembering such things as accidents, abuse or other trauma. There are pretty predictable situations that will call for soul retrieval –loss of memory, sense of not being all there, extreme shyness, etc. In order for a person or pet to become whole again, they must retrieve theirmissing parts. In Carla's case, she contacts her animal spirit allies to find outwhat part of an animal's soul is missing and brings it back to them. She claims tohave good results in this area with horses, dogs and cats. On her site, she lists several success stories, including a Pekinese, acat named Pepper, a horse named Harley in Arizona, horses in Florida and a litterof Doberman puppies.On her site, she also offers courses and workshops for anyone interested inbecoming a Shamanic Animal healer and communicator. As well, she has Shamanicbooks, tapes and other resources available for purchase. While she currently worksout of Veneta, Oregon, she will soon be moving to Phoenix.
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