The Gentle Giant–A Guest Post

Post contributed by Jennifer Halldorson, MSW, RSW, Reiki Master

dog pixabyThis past spring, I came upon an animal Reiki course with Angie Webster and it was, for me, an incredible gift.  As a Reiki practitioner, I really loved the way I was able to integrate the practice of Reiki with the sharing of Angie’s wisdom, but most of all I loved the way it brought me back to reflect upon a gentle giant that came into my life eighteen years ago.

Eighteen years ago, I was 24 years old; I had just graduated from university and gotten my first job, which brought me out of the city to the countryside to begin a career. I found myself in an unfamiliar community and, looking back, I can say that I had no idea what was in store for me!  I had no idea that a journey of self-discovery was also awaiting me.  I don’t think I really knew then that I was on a healing journey home to my heart of hearts. I do know that the moment I met Tovin was the moment that left an imprint so vivid I hope to never forget because that was the moment I woke up to the remembrance of the “feeling” of my inner being.

Tovin fell into my world like a gentle feather floating on the breeze.  When I met him, his large brown eyes were filled with something my heart felt and knew on a level I could not explain. At the time, I had no idea that what I was feeling and attributing solely to him, was also within me… It was a beautiful opening; I had no idea I was coming home to my heart…this seat of my soul, this place of presence where I dwelled with such ease as a child.

I had lived in an urban area for many years while attending university and, being in the country now, I was excited about the opportunity of having a dog in my life. I began to ask around and let people know that I was looking for a dog to care for.  It was not long before I received word that there was a dog in the community that needed a home, however, I was also informed that I should not get my hopes up. He was, and had been, quite wild and mistreated for many years.

I learned that Tovin was flown out of the community by an educator who did not have the heart to leave him behind.  The educator and his family had taken a shine to him even though he was not very social. It was difficult for them to witness his suffering; they left food and water for him as often as they could.  Tovin had, as far as anyone could tell, lived on his own for about 6 years and endured his fair share of suffering.  I remember being astounded at his capacity for survival, 6 years is a long time to be without a feeling of “home.” After flying Tovin out of the community, the family did their best to re-socialize Tovin. However, it was not working out and came to what I imagine was a very difficult decision–they were going to have to let him go.

I went to meet Tovin, and as I approached him I saw and felt his beauty, his life, his heart, his love. He glowed….the light that surrounded him was incredible, beautiful, and so familiar….I asked him in my heart if he would like to come home with me, he rolled over and showed me his belly. I said, “Thank you. I love you,” and we began our friendship that lasted 9 beautiful years.

It has been an incredible gift to reflect on the relationship we had, and I am filled with so much gratitude for our meeting, as I know it was the beginning of realigning with the beauty of presence that also dwells within me. Indeed, Tovin and I had come together, and I greeted him from a place within that, for whatever reason, I had not been since I was a child. The astounded thought and feeling I had had at his capacity that he had not felt at home for six years, began to melt and expand as I realized I had not dwelt within my “home” for even longer.

It is not easy to explain that becoming a Reiki Master and completing the animal reiki course has given me such a precious gift.  I know now that when I met Tovin, I came home, diving deep within. There began an 18-year journey to uncover, learn, evolve, and grow many of the paths that this art of presence can bestow for myself and the world…the gift of Reiki and the reflective journey within the Animal Reiki Course being a beautiful one.

In love and life and deep thanks,

Jennifer and Tovin

 

Jen Halldorson (2) Jennifer currently works as a spiritual health specialist in the Canadian Health Care System, she is an avid student of life and spends as much time as possible cultivating artful presence in daily living. One of her greatest joys has been studying and practicing as a Reiki Master and loves to share its infinite gifts for the highest good of all willing hearts; human, animal, and nature alike. More recently Jennifer’s own healing path unfolded a love and passion of writing, and in particular; writing poetry; she loves to align with her inner being enter the flow of loving life consciousness through her heart of hearts and breathe the vibration of the poetic works free. Jennifer awoke to her healing journey eighteen years ago and has learned to incorporate different spiritual practices throughout the day to maintain balance while in service to others. Jennifer has found her true purpose in consciously choosing to be a light of loving awareness unto herself for the expansion and highest expression of love for all as this is the greatest gift she can give to herself and in turn offer the world.

Rely On Your Own Instincts More Than Tools

How Do You Use Your Tools?

I received an interesting question this morning about pendulums. This person was concerned that her use of pendulums was leading her to negative things. That the pendulum was, or could, tell her to do things that were harmful. This is an incorrect view of what a pendulum does, and since I occasionally see this distortion, I would like to clarify.

Pendulums are simple energy reading tools. Pendulums are not channeling devices. They do not connect you will beings or entities. It is also not correct to say we are “asking the pendulum” because the pendulum itself is not actually telling us anything of its own. Instead, the pendulum is a tool for detecting information that is present. It reads electromagnetic information. That simple. So, much like a medical device that can detect electromagnetic energy, or devices that help us to locate water beneath the surface of the earth with ultrasonic waves, pendulums do this in a very simplified way.

Now, pendulums can only give us information in response to a yes/no question. They have no language to tell us anything specific, but they can swing in one direction or the opposite. When you ask a simple yes/no question, the pendulum detects your energy, including energy you may not be aware of (such as the subconscious mind), as well as the energy immediately involved with what you are asking about. So, if you ask “is this vitamin supportive to my body right now?” the pendulum will detect your energy, the energy of the vitamin, and how the two energies resonate or work with each other at that moment. The ‘yes’ or ‘no’ you receive will be based solely on that.

Because of this, it is important to remember that we are the ones that are in control of our pendulums. We choose our questions, so our questions need to be in the form of yes/no or we will likely get no information at all, or information that is very confusing. Choose your questions with care and be direct and precise. Pendulums can’t tell us what to do or give us life advice. It is best to completely avoid asking questions that begin with “should I.”

We have to remember the limitations of our tools. We wouldn’t expect our microwaves to drive us to the store, right? We wouldn’t expect an ultrasound machine to tell us what decisions we should make about our lives, only to give us information. And we shouldn’t expect our pendulums to tell us everything about ourselves and our lives, nor should we rely on them to make decisions for us.

Pendulums can’t see the future. And we really need to remember that the future is not fixed. It is always fluctuating, with every new decision, thought, and emotional state that each being experiences. Each of us plays a part in the unfolding of the future, minute by minute. For that reason, it is pointless to use a pendulum to ask what will happen in the future. Instead, make decisions that you know to feel right for you, then move ahead from there.

Your pendulum has no power over you. No tool does unless you give that power over. Please don’t rely on tools of any sort, while ignoring your own ability to see what’s in your own heart. Listen to your body, your inner voice. No tool or device can decide how you live or what choices you make. Just like you wouldn’t turn to your microwave to help you make life decisions. Be cautious of reliance on tools, cards, devices, crystals, or anything else to guide you or tell you what is right for you.

My hope for you is that you will come to use your pendulum less and less as you come to trust your gut more and more. My goal has never been to teach my readers and students to use any tool so that you replace your own natural instincts with the tool. That is a miserable state of affairs. In the modern world, humans already rely more and more on tools and less and less on our own bodies and gut instincts.

To truly know ourselves, to tune in and remember who we are and how we can be, we must renew our connection with our inner voice. Tools can help us remember that voice is there, and they can help us trust what it is saying. They can even help us to demonstrate what is nebulous in a concrete way. But we should not replace our instincts with a reliance on tools, or we will be at peril of losing our connection with instinct altogether while it atrophies even further.

In Peace, Love & Joy,
Angie Webster
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