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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 – 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