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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: 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