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Messages from the Animals: Introducing the Adrenal Blend

Welcome to another issue of Messages from the Animals.

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Located at the top of the kidneys, the adrenal glands belong to the endocrine system and perform a number of important functions which include reacting to stressors and producing hormones such as cortisol and aldosterone.

Location of kidneys in the body, and the adrenal glands at top of each.
Image from: http://nethealthbook.com/

It is important that we understand that the adrenals are just a part of the way we react to stress and trauma. The need for my new ADRENAL BLEND has come as a result of the number of humans and animals that I have been working with who are currently suffering from various levels of adrenal fatigue. There are many symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue, and also different stages and levels. It can be difficult to diagnose since many healthcare professionals have little training in recognising or treating adrenal fatigue; and so it is often under-diagnosed and under-treated, especially in animals.

Having suffered with severe adrenal fatigue myself, I know what it takes to find a practitioner who can recognise adrenal fatigue and then support you or your animal to find your way back from such a condition. The adrenals can roller-coaster in and out of fatigue for years. Most commonly I hear my clients say that they are, 'beyond exhausted, sleeping poorly, experiencing panic and fear, have nothing left in the tank, are completely burnt out, have hit the wall, have got nothing left to give and they just want to be left alone'. Quite often tests show no abnormalities and we are told that there is “nothing wrong.”

Although the term ‘Adrenal Fatigue’ implies that the condition only relates to the adrenal glands, this is not true. We now know that it occurs when there is a depletion and under-functioning of neurotransmitters and hormones produced not just by the adrenal glands, but also the entire HPA axis (HYPOTHALAMUS-PITUITARY-ADRENAL axis); as well as the thyroid gland, and at times the reproductive glands. While we may think that the adrenals are the organs that are in control of our response to stress and trauma, it is in fact the BRAIN that is in charge! So treating the adrenals in isolation will not be adequate to overcome or prevent adrenal fatigue.

HPA Axis - Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal - Anterior View.
Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/

The HPA axis is a loop between the parts of the brain and the adrenals. The HPA axis constantly receives messages from our external sensory organs (such as the eyes, ears, skin, nose, etc.) allowing us to respond appropriately to a situation. The hypothalamus will continue to order the production of cortisol until the negative feedback loop kicks in and tells the brain the cortisol levels are high enough. When sufficient cortisol is produced, the negative feedback loop tells the hypothalamus and the pituitary; which then tells the adrenals to stop production of cortisol. During times of stress and adrenal depletion, resources focus on cortisol production and away from other hormonal pathways.

The hypothalamus is the instigator of messages to the pituitary, thyroid and adrenals and is the master of the HPA axis. It is divided into two parts: the Sympathetic (fight/flight/freeze); and Parasympathetic (rest/digest) nervous system. When the HPA axis starts malfunctioning, it leads to the condition known as adrenal fatigue. The HPA axis can also directly affect the immune system. Alarm signals from the amygdala in the brain activate the fight/flight/freeze response in the hypothalamus. Where certain parts of the brain’s feedback loops, and the brain itself, are being disturbed or fatigued by various stressors, there may not only be adrenal fatigue, but brain fatigue as well - which can lead to confusion, memory lapses, lack of concentration and being scattered. Activity in the HPA axis is usually high in the early stages of adrenal fatigue, and low in the later stages.

During times of stress, the HPA axis and the HPT (HYPOTHALAMUS-PITUITARY-THYROID) axis operate parallel to each other. Adrenal fatigue can also be associated with some sort of thyroid dysfunction. If the adrenal glands and the HPA axis are fatigued, the hypothalamus’s ability to respond appropriately and stimulate the thyroid into making thyroid hormones can also tend to falter. The pancreas is also affected by cumulative fatigue and exhaustion which can result in a craving for sugar. There is also often a craving for salt and fatty foods. Addison’s disease is where the adrenal glands can’t produce enough cortisol, which can result in symptoms such as depression, lethargy, weight loss, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Cushing’s syndrome is a hormonal disorder resulting from the adrenal glands producing too much cortisol, which can cause damage to the body tissues if present in the blood over a long time. The number of cases of both Addison’s and Cushing’s syndrome is on the rise, especially amongst the dog population.

HPT Axis - Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid.
Image from: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/162762974003249890/

Adrenal fatigue is associated with severely depleted levels of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are extremely important chemical messengers that deliver vital messages from the brain and adrenal glands to act on various cells and tissues in the body. When working well, our neurotransmitters help us to respond appropriately to a variety of stressors. When neurotransmitter levels are too low, messages that need to be sent are either not sent or are sent too quietly so the body cannot deliver the desired response. Low levels result in increased levels of fatigue, depression, anxiety and cravings. Neurotransmitters are synthesised from the proteins we consume as they are predominantly made of amino acids, so consuming high-quality protein is important.

As well as assisting the physical areas discussed above, the ADRENAL BLEND also assists in other areas that contribute to adrenal fatigue. Traditional Chinese Medicine has said for many centuries that unresolved emotions manifest in the body as physical illness or dis-ease. In her book, The Body is the Barometer of the Soul, Annette Noontil states that the adrenals are about, 'Loyalty to self [is] required for action – fears, doubt and no belief in self stops action so you do nothing'. Louise Hay in You Can Heal Your Life states that adrenal problems are about, 'Defeatism. No longer caring for the self. Anxiety'. The LIBERATION BLEND (which was discussed in a previous newsletter you can read on my blog here) came about as a result of the need to assist animals and humans who had ENDURED being 'scapegoats' or a dumping ground or being constantly drained by others. It works on assisting the individual to recognise, take control and set boundaries so that they do not have to continue this behaviour and be driven by the beliefs that allow it to occur. Unfortunately, by the time most recognise this cycle of behaviour, they have been enduring it for years and already have some level of adrenal fatigue. The ADRENAL BLEND works well with the LIBERATION BLEND to assist in healing what may be the result of years of behaving this way. The LIBERATION BLEND is the 'NO' to what has been taking place, while the ADRENAL BLEND is the 'YES' to bringing back to the self what is possible, because we are now able to say NO! Both these blends are quite strong with over 20 flower essences in each. Such a high number of flower essences was needed in both these blends, as the level of life force needed to say NO and YES needs to be strong.

The ADRENAL BLEND was made for those who have, or are, enduring any of the following and are now suffering some level of adrenal fatigue as a result:

  • physical and emotional trauma (especially if unresolved)
  • abuse (as well as the shame and guilt that may be associated)
  • giving too much of self to others
  • being a scapegoat for others
  • being the dumping ground for others
  • constantly having energy drained by others
  • feeling like a victim who has no control
  • had a difficult time in the past and feel stuck there
  • experiencing constant fear/panic/terror (Traditional Chinese Medicine associates fear with the kidneys/adrenals)
  • severe stress in the womb
  • enduring periods of hopelessness and helplessness
  • giving to others all the time
  • not being able to say 'no'
  • not having anything left to give to self
  • exhaustion, burn out, weariness, fatigue (can be severe or ongoing over long periods)
  • constantly taking responsibility for others
  • not being able to speak up or have a voice for self
  • keeping secrets about inappropriate behaviour
  • life stress (such as work, relationships, etc.)
  • compromising one’s self for the sake of others
  • feeling unsafe
  • feeling disempowered
  • feeling constantly rundown or overwhelmed
  • chronic fatigue (often with no apparent reason)
  • in a constant state of hyper-vigilance/awareness
  • very critical and judgmental (especially of self)
  • perfectionism
  • unable to cope with stimuli such as noise, crowds, light, energy, smells
  • feeling like it’s never going to end so it just has to be endured
  • constantly being ill or not fully recovering from an illness
  • weakened immune system
  • never finding time for self
  • erratic sleep
  • being in survival as opposed to living.

The ADRENAL BLEND assists with both the physical and emotional aspects of adrenal fatigue.

If you have missed any of my previous newsletters about the Moonah Goddess Blends or are a new subscriber, you can read all about the first three combinations - BRAIN, COMPASSION and LIBERATION - here.

If any of this resonates for you or your animal, and you feel that I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to read more about my services here, or you can get in touch directly here. Additionally, visit this page to learn more about attending one of my upcoming workshops.

Warm wishes to you all,

Kerrie Searle
Animal Communicator

Messages from the Animals: How our Animals want to use Flower Essences

Welcome to another issue of Messages from the Animals.

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As an Animal Communicator, it is my responsibility to listen to the animals and be their voice. When Ian White first asked me to teach the Animal Wellbeing & Australian Bush Flower Essences Workshop in Australia and overseas, I wondered what topics would be important for this workshop; but I didn’t have to wonder for too long, as it was the animals who chose what was needed! As I began to write the content of the workshop, it became apparent that the animals were very clear about what they wanted the workshop to cover.

It is the same when I am teaching the workshops: I listen to the animals who constantly remind me of what needs to be spoken about. Sometimes I wonder why I’m about to say something, but then there is always confirmation via the response from a number of participants in the workshop showing that it needed to be said. The same can be said when I am consulting. I am often guided by the animal to say things, not always knowing why, or concerned that it may be too personal; but each and every time it has been exactly what was needed in the moment. I never cease to be amazed and in awe of the wisdom of the animal kingdom! I see this time and time again when I say what they have guided me to say, only to have their human react the way they do, and confirm that they needed to hear what was said.

And so this wisdom has also become apparent when it comes to how to use flower essences with our animals. Time and time again, in the ‘strongest’ possible tone, I am told by the animals that they do not read books and so don’t care what is written in them! They do not adhere to the rules and regulations of humans when it comes to using flower essences. What they care about is what they need on an individual basis, which is most times very different to what humans think they need. They are not concerned with what other animals or humans may need, but only in what they need and when they need it. If I start to refer to the standard dose of 7 drops twice a day, I am quickly (and forcefully) reminded that this dosage is not applicable to them as they have their own needs, including how they would like to use the flower essences. They may not want 7 drops twice a day, but one drop more frequently may feel right. They may want several doses in one day, and then stop for a period of time before starting again. It is not possible to ‘overdose’ on flower essences, as the animal or human will only draw on the amount of vibrational energy that they need from the flower essences.

Working with Jack and Shadow, the rabbit

When making specific blends of flower essences for animals, I am sometimes asked by the animal to include a particular flower essence that makes no sense to me. If I question the request, I am usually told to ‘stop being human’ and over-analysing and put it in! I always trust this message, and inevitably some time later the reason for the inclusion will become known to me. As humans, we at times think we are superior to our animals; but I am shown on a regular basis that this is not the case. Time and time again, I see an animal come into a family, or ask for a flower essence blend that is needed for themselves; but which in turn is also needed for someone in the family and ultimately brings the healing that is needed.

As you may now be aware, I have been making a number of Moonah Goddess Blends. When I decide which flower essences to include, I am guided by my inner knowing; the flowers; and the animals. As a result, most of the blends I have put together contain ten or more flower essences with the Liberation Blend (which I wrote about previously) having 20 flower essences in it! The flowers keep evolving, and so it is important to be open, listen, and feel what is right when working with them. If you are choosing which flower essences to use with your animals (or yourself), then let go of a particular number of essences within a combination being too much. If you get the feeling to add a flower essence, then do so. Trust your inner knowing, and the messages that you receive from the flowers and your animals.

It is the same for using more than one blend of flower essences at once. Through listening to the flowers and the animals, I have seen that is ok to use more than one blend at a time. Information we receive from books, workshops and other places is a great general guide, but the best source of information is the flowers, the animals and our own inner knowing. I know through my own needs and those of my dogs, Daisy and Ralph, that we may on any given day use two or three different blends. The key here is to be clear in your intent when using the flower essences. It is important that we take the time to ‘talk’ to the flowers, and convey what we want and need from them when using a blend. When I’m using the Brain Blend with Ralph, I am asking the flowers very clearly to help calm and rewire his brain. When I use the Compassion Blend, I am asking the flowers to place a filter around myself, or my animals, so that energies are not absorbed and taken on. I regularly use these two blends in one day with both Daisy and Ralph. Depending on what I am going through in a day, I can also be carrying several blends on me at the one time.

Kerrie working with Jack and Dora the chicken

Which leads me to explain the different ways of using flower essences. The most widely used method is giving the drops orally, but again we need to listen to the individual needs of the animal (or human). I often see in my work animals that are particularly sensitive, and so we need to adjust how the flower essences are administered. For some, taking drops orally is too much. If this is the case, then the drops can be placed on the fur/skin of the animal; placed in their water or food; placed on their jacket, rug, harness, or bedding; or in any area that they frequent. Placing the Insight Cards near the animal is another way that the animal can receive the healing benefits of the flower essences. Each day, on a number of occasions, I spray my working space with a blend that calms and clears the space while I am consulting. Shortly after the spray lands on Daisy and Ralph’s bed, they both roll around in the droplets from the spray. Adding flower essences to creams such as Arnica, for example, is another way of using them. You can also add pure essential oils to a cream or spray containing flower essences (of course, ensuring they are safe for use with you or your animal). Flower essences are not negated by food or strong flavours, and so can be used alongside or in combination with many other things.

I am very sensitive and so don’t take the drops orally. Given that flower essences are a vibrational energy, it is not necessary to take the drops orally for them to work. Nor is it necessary to increase the number of drops according to the volume of liquid they are being placed in. Whether you are adding flower essences to a bowl, a bath or a dam it is the same; adding more drops doesn’t make the essences more powerful, as they are a vibrational energy. I hold the bottles of the particular blend and sometimes I carry several blends on me all day in my pockets or bra. I also sleep with blends at night. I use 2.5ml bottles that have a stopper in them (pictured below, left).

2.5ml amber bottles (above left), with standard 30ml amber bottle (above right).

I find that as I ‘draw’ on the vibrational energy of the flower blend, over time it does become ‘drained’ of energy and so I empty the small bottle, and then refill it with more of the blend. The same can be done for your animals. If they are particularly sensitive, then putting a bottle in their bedding or in the room where they frequent may be strong enough. If you want to give flower essences to wild animals, then you can place drops in the area they may walk through or use meditation to send the healing energy of the flowers to the animal.

Again, your intent is most important when using any of the flower essences. Be clear about what you are asking or wanting from the flower essences. I remember working with a human client who had recognised a physical patterning on her husband’s side of the family. When we discussed the use of Boab, she wanted to know how to administer it to the whole family when visiting the dying family member in hospital. Through listening to the Boab, it was clear that by carrying a bottle with her into the hospital room - and being very clear on what she was asking the Boab to do - its energy could do its work without having to be physically administered to each individual.

Given that animals are not concerned about what is written in a book, it is important to treat the animal on an individual basis. What works for one animal in your family may not work for another. There are times when an animal may be so sensitive that they may want their ‘own’ bottle of flower essences, even though they may be using the same blend as another animal or human in their family.

Through all my years of working with animals, and using flower essences, I have found that it is incredibly important to listen to the needs of the animal. When wondering about the dose to give to your animal, be guided by them. If you give a dose in the morning, and find yourself again thinking about the drops several times during the day, then your animal is telling you that they need a dose at those times. I often find that when an animal first starts to use a new blend of flower essences, they will want more than the ‘usual’ doses to begin with, and may then taper off. They may stop for a period of time, and then you may start to think about that blend again. This is your animal indicating that they want to start using it again.

I have heard from a number of people that the flower essences ‘no longer work’ for them. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to communicate your intent to the flowers. Equally important is the way you prepare and administer the essences. You need to be fully present for your animals and the essences, which requires that you are fully present for yourself. If you are talking on the phone, watching TV or have the computer running when preparing your blends, or when giving them to your animal, then you are not present and your intent is not clear. What you do alongside administering the flower essences is also an important factor. I often work with humans who need to alter and change things in their lives that have been impacting not only on themselves, but their animals. If you don’t change, then you can’t expect the flower essences to work if you aren’t doing your part! The more I have taken the time to listen to and trust the flower essences, the more powerful they have become. The blends that I have made - guided by my inner knowing, the animals, and the flower essences - are powerful blends that are getting amazing results.

The scope of how we use flower essences is really only limited by our ability to trust in ourselves, which in turn gives us a greater capacity to listen to our animals and the flowers. As the flower essences continue to evolve and change, it is important that we give them the respect that they are worthy of, and take the time to listen to and learn from them. By being more present, we have access to more of ourselves. Which means we have more of ourselves available to listen and receive the messages; not only from the flowers, but from our animals. There’s endless wisdom available if we’re prepared to take the time to be available to receive it!

Many of you have been asking about more of the Moonah Goddess Blends and so as promised, the next emailed Messages from the Animals will be about some more of the blends (if you are not already subscribed to my email newsletter, you can do so for free here). In the meantime, you can read all about the first three of these blends here.

In the meantime, if I can support you and your animal, please read more about my services here, or you can get in touch directly here. Additionally, visit this page to learn more about attending one of my upcoming workshops.

Warm wishes to you all,

Kerrie Searle
Animal Communicator

Messages from the Animals – Brain, Compassion and Liberation Blends

Welcome to another issue of Messages from the Animals.

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For some time now, I have been working closely with the animals, as well as the flower essences, to make a number of blends that I have called the MOONAH GODDESS BLENDS (there are 11 in total!). Many of you have already been using some of the blends, so I thought it timely that I explain in some detail how the blends came about and what they are used for (and the animals have been nagging me to do so!). I have been seeing not only great results in animals, but also in the humans who have chosen to use them as well.

These blends are quite unique. Through listening not only to the animals but the flowers as well, some of the blends contain 12 and 13 flower essences - with one of the blends containing 20 flower essences! Animals are not interested in what a book says but rather what they need. I also found this when listening for many hours to the traumatised parts of myself; reminding me it is important to listen to the needs of an individual rather than treating them according to what the literature may say. I have spent many hours making my own Mother Tinctures, with one of my favourites being that of the indigenous Moonah Tree (which is contained in a number of the blends - see photo below). Each time I make a new blend, my work seems to attract the beings who are in need of that particular blend!

Moonah Tree Mother Tincture

The first blend I made is called the BRAIN BLEND. As many of you know I have two rescue dogs, Daisy and Ralph. All animals are sensitive to energy but just as we see in humans, there are also those animals who are even more sensitive than usual to energy. That’s Daisy and Ralph. Whilst Daisy is timid and will react to energy that she doesn’t like by barking a little bit, Ralph is very much the fear-based aggressive being. He was removed from his mum at 3 days old and shut in a laundry by himself. He not only missed out on the nurturing from his mum, but he lacked all social skills and simply could not cope with some every day occurrences without going into a major panic-meltdown.

I was sitting watching Ralph have one of his panic-meltdowns last year and as I tuned into what he was feeling he showed me what was happening to his brain. He was ‘watching’ himself have the meltdown and as much as he wanted to, he was unable to stop the behaviour. What I also picked up was the speed at which this behaviour took over. It was like a switch was flicked and he was lost in the behaviour and couldn’t do anything to stop it. As I sat watching, I realised that due to the trauma I had had in my life that my brain did exactly the same thing! Before I had a chance to use the logical part of my brain to assess whether I needed to go into panic, the panic had already taken over and flooded my body. I would then panic about the panic which I also picked up in Ralph. I realised that it was the amygdala part of my brain that was the ‘switch’ that drove the panic and the behaviour. It is the amygdala that is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ (or at times ‘freeze’) behaviour. I could see in Ralph and myself that the amygdala in each of us was in overdrive, and that our brain was wired to automatically go into panic - even when there was no logical reason for it to do so.

As a result of this, I made the BRAIN BLEND. From listening to my own brain, as well as listening to the animals and the flower essences, I made a blend that calms the amygdala as well as helping to undo the old pattern of behaviour and allowing a new one to be formed. I use it myself, and also use it with Ralph and Daisy. As you can imagine in beings who have deeply ingrained trauma and patterns of behaviour, it will take time for this process to take place. We are asking the brain to change itself and this is not an overnight process. It requires patience and also requires the human companions of the animals being treated to work with the animal by helping to set new boundaries and, if need be, distractions when the behaviour occurs. Each time the human helps to challenge and interrupt the patterning of the brain of their animal, it reinforces the work that the BRAIN BLEND is doing. A reminder, too, that flower essences work at the level that each individual can cope with and when we are asking for such a deep change, it is important to go gently.

When people come to me and explain that I am the last resort for their animal - due to nothing else having helped the out-of-control behaviour - and that their animal may have to be otherwise euthanised, this is the blend that is used for that animal. It does not work like animal Prozac or Valium where there is a ‘doping’ type of feeling only to see the behaviour return when the medication is stopped. Instead, the flower essences gently heal and you will notice subtle changes over time.

One of the things that I experience, and that I see in many of the animals and humans I work with, is a level of sensitivity that, at times, makes life incredibly difficult. Many humans describe themselves as being empaths who absorb and take on all the energies that they are exposed to. Animals are like this all the time. They have no ‘filter’ and so are unable to lessen the impact of the energies they are exposed to. I know for myself that some days leaving the house had been impossible. I would often see this in my work with the animals, as well as hear the same thing from their humans. I could also see the same thing with Daisy and Ralph. As a result of this, I made the COMPASSION BLEND. It puts a ‘filter’ in place so that the feeling goes from having the intensity of empathy to the ‘filtered’ feeling of compassion. It doesn’t stop the feeling, but lessens the intensity so that one still feels compassion, but is not overwhelmed by the intensity of being an empath and feeling like they can’t cope. I find that I carry the COMPASSION BLEND on my person all the time when I am out of my home and often use it at the same time as the BRAIN BLEND. The two work together very well.

The most recent blend that I completed just a few days ago is the LIBERATION BLEND. This took many months of intense times and listening to animals and humans describe what it feels like to have energy ‘dumped’ on them. It is the feeling of being invaded by another’s energy and often being the ‘scapegoat’ for other’s energies. We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Everybody dumps on everybody’, and in many circumstances this is done at an unconscious level, with little awareness in the being themselves of what they are doing. The term scapegoat comes from the times when a goat was used to ‘absorb’ all the sins of the community and was then killed over the altar or thrown from a cliff into the desert.

Through listening to my clients (both animal and human), I have found that scapegoats are often beings who are highly intuitive, highly intelligent, have strong personalities and are also high-functioning.

Being a scapegoat is the process in which the mechanisms of projection or displacement are utilised in focussing feelings of aggression, hostility, frustration etc., upon another individual - the amount of blame being unwarranted.

I have watched Ralph ‘dump’ on Daisy when the energy he feels is too much for him and he can’t hold it. There have been occasions when he has done this with strong aggression. I, too, have been the scapegoat throughout my life and it takes a huge toll. Any being who has been dumped on for any length of time will be drained, exhausted and feel like they have nothing left to give. Some humans who have spoken to me have said that they realised that they continued to be the scapegoat, as the alternative was being rejected or ignored by those who they were the scapegoat for.

Animals (and children) who live in homes where things are not flowing harmoniously will be constantly having energy dumped on them. Arguments or even energies that are strong will be absorbed by the animal. Remember that for an energy to be strong it doesn’t need to be negative - it just needs to be strong. We’ve all met that being who is ‘super friendly’ but whose energy feels too much. There are also those beings who are quiet, nice and gentle, but who are also dumping their stuff. They often feel quite needy in their energy. I know when I have been processing intense feelings of my own, I am aware of what is happening in Daisy and Ralph, and make it a priority to take responsibility for my own stuff. Even doing this, Daisy and Ralph are STILL exposed to what I am feeling. They, too, are also exposed to the energies that come through when I am consulting on a daily basis.

The LIBERATION BLEND has 20 flower essences (yes 20!) and addresses all the issues that come with being a scapegoat: the reasons why one can become a scapegoat; what it feels like to be one (both physically and emotionally); as well as the boundaries that may have been lacking in allowing such energy to be dumped on oneself. It helps one to set stronger, clearer boundaries and enables one to say ‘no’ to the energy. It restores the lack of self-esteem that is eroded by being ‘dumped on’, as well as helping one to find the strength within to be true to themselves and break the link of co-dependency that feeds this behaviour. Beings who have been scapegoats will often withdraw and isolate themselves, and may also be a bit 'prickly' - even though they crave intimacy and companionship - and so this blend also addresses this. It also helps one to feel safe to say ‘no’ to things that feel wrong and are wrong. This blend will also help where a being rejects or abandons themselves in order to be a scapegoat for another - for fear of being rejected by them, as well as protecting oneself from being the dumping ground. It gives one the strength to find another way of being in the world, as well as breaking the negative patterning that has taken control.

I have also been asked by some people for a list of the flower essences in these blends. To make these blends takes me many months and also takes me to places of intense deep trauma. In some instances, the trauma is as old as I am, so in essence some of the blends are 55 years in the making! It does not feel right to just give this energy or information away. I am more than happy to make any of these blends and post them to you. Thank you for your understanding around this.

These are just three of the blends that I have made. The animals made it very clear that these needed to be discussed first, so here they are and in future Messages from the Animals I will discuss some of the others (to receive this newsletter via email, please sign up for free here).

I am also in the process of setting up webinars and will also be hosting my own workshops this year, so you will be notified of all of these in my email newsletters.

Remember, if I can support you and your animal, please read more about my services here, or you can get in touch directly here. Additionally, read more about attending one of my upcoming workshops here.

Warm wishes to you all,

Kerrie Searle
Animal Communicator

Messages from the Animals – Dying and Death

Welcome to the first post on my Messages from the Animals Blog!

The animals have been urging me for some time to pass messages on from them - so here we finally are. These blog articles come from past newsletters, and if you would like to subscribe to receive my free newsletters directly please sign up here.

Time and time again, the animals remind me that they don’t tell us what we want to know but they tell us what we need to know. So there was no gently easing into my first issue of Messages from the Animals, as the first message is about dying and death. A big part of my work as an Animal Communicator is working through this process with animals and their humans. As some of you may know, this is one of the topics in the Animal Wellbeing and Australian Bush Flower Essences Workshops that I teach in Australia and overseas. Dying and death are not topics that humans like to talk about, but animals are very open and want us to be available to speak about this process with them. Most of you have had animals as part of your family or worked with them in some capacity, so you may have had some experience with an animal going through the dying process. Some of you may have never had to go through such an experience as yet.

I recently had the privilege to be present when an 18 year old was going through the dying process with her rat, Ester. She showed the wisdom and maturity of someone much older as she sat with Ester in her arms. She came to me with Ester and wanted to know if there was anything that Ester needed as she moved closer to death. Ester was clear - all she needed was to be held and for her human to stay fully present with her until she died. As we sat together, I watched this 18-year-old grieve but remain calm and totally present for Ester. She held Ester in her hands in her heart space and spoke of the deep connection they had and how much she loved her. Ester described this as bliss and stated that she was happy with exactly how things were. Ester had no other requests and was allowed to be just as she needed to be, with her human supporting her. After about an hour, Ester told me that I was no longer needed and I left shortly after. About an hour later, I received a text letting me know that Ester had died peacefully in the arms of her human. This is something that all our animals ask of us – to stay with them and be fully present, whether this be at home or as the case may sometimes be, at the vet.

In some cases, animals will die on their own but then there are times when we are required to assist them to die with euthanasia. To take the life of another being is one of the biggest decisions we will ever make. Whilst some of you may be hesitant at the thought of euthanasia, it does afford an animal who is suffering, or who is just ready to go, the dignity and respect they deserve and the right to die when they want. There is always the worry of taking a life too early and taking away valuable time, or leaving it too long and allowing the animal to suffer. Given that animals do not know time as we do, knowing when the time is 'right' is a big part of my work. Animals know exactly when they are ready to go and if they are not ready one day, they may be ready the next. Just last year I received a call from one of my clients, and we had been working with his dog who had cancer. My client called me at about 11am saying that his partner was insisting that their dog be euthanised immediately, but he felt that their dog was not wanting this. As I tuned into their dog, he was very clear that he was not ready to go but that it would be very soon - and indicated that it would probably be the same day. At 11pm that very same day I received a text from the same client letting me know that their dog had just died peacefully in his arms. His partner argued with him about 12 hours making no difference, when in fact to an animal it makes all the difference. It allowed their dog to die of his own accord, at the time he was ready.

The duration of the dying process can vary enormously and the time that it takes is not dependent on an animal being of a particular species. I have worked with animals where the transition from start to finish was quite short, and then there have been the animals who have taken years for the process to finish. When I work with animals and their humans, the animal will indicate that the dying process has begun. They will also indicate when the time of their death will be. As they move through to death, there will be days when they are very still and may stop eating and it may appear that they are ready to go. Then they may resume eating and playing again and this sometimes confuses their human. I describe this process as a bit like being on a roller coaster. Animals are very clever and on the day that the life force is leaving the body, they may be very still and not eat. But then there are still days when they are able to eat and play. Over time there is more of the life force leaving the body, and the time that they are very still increases to the point of being ready to go.

If you are required to euthanise your animal, then they ask that this be done at home. Most vets make home visits and it costs only slightly more than having it done at the vet. Animals are not afraid of dying but there can be some anxiety around the actual process of euthanasia. Part of my work is preparing the animal and their human for this process by clearly describing and showing what will take place. Most vets are trained to administer a pre-med sedative via injection, but the animals ask that this be decided on a case-to-case basis. Very few of my animals have required the pre-med injection as they had been well prepared with Australian Bush Flower Essences and were calm and relaxed enough not to need it. This may not always be possible, especially in the case of a badly injured animal, and you will be able to make this decision in the moment if you are fully present.

One way to make the process a calm and peaceful one is to prepare your home and members of your family. For example, you may choose to light candles, use crystals, have music and use Australian Bush Flower Essences or Aromatherapy to prepare your home. You and your children may also choose to write words or poems and read them to the animal. I am often asked whether or not to allow other animals or children to be in the room. Animals will make their own choice and may stay or leave the room, but it is important not to force them either way. The same with children - it can be a beautiful learning experience and if they are well prepared, then ask them if they want to stay or allow them to leave if they wish.

It is important for humans not to suppress their emotions. The animals want us to know that they are very comfortable with us expressing our emotions at such a time and so the vet you choose to come to your home is important. Most times, an animal will indicate their preference when I am working with them and you will find that when the timing of an animal’s passing is listened to, honoured and respected, that the whole process falls into place, including the most appropriate vet being available at the time. The vet must be someone who has compassion and understanding for what you and your family are feeling and can support you. Don’t let a vet (or anyone) tell you what you should do after your animal has passed. It is important for some people to spend time with their animal, especially if they choose to have their animal cremated. Part of your grieving process will be spending as much time as you and your family need with the body of your animal, so don’t be pushed into handing your animal’s body over before you are ready to do so.

Many clients will ask their animals whether they wish to be cremated or buried. Animals are wise beings and they know that they are not their physical body and therefore have no attachment to them as we humans do. As a result, the animals want us to understand that whether we choose to cremate or bury them, it is what supports us through our grieving process that matters. So for some of you, burying your animal in a special place that you can visit will feel right for you; while for others, spreading or keeping the ashes of your animals may be what you need to do.

I hope that you found this informative and if I can support you and your animal through the dying process please read more about my services here, or you can get in touch directly here. Additionally, visit this page to learn more about attending one of my upcoming workshops.

Warm wishes to you all,

Kerrie Searle
Animal Communicator