Was almost a campaign song in 2008 but was not picked. Could this be the year?
Pet Psychic/Medium, Western MA
Was almost a campaign song in 2008 but was not picked. Could this be the year?
But our speech can be especially powerful when the meaning of the words we say matches our tone of voice.
I had considered giving a Google Hangouts workshop today but failing that here is the Keynote!
Dear Readers, Many clients have asked how they can be taught how to communicate with animals. This talk was meant for Monday May 2d at a small school in Chicopee and we only had an hour but I was out with a weird cold for the speech. I recast it though so you can read it. It's very simple and I saved a few secrets here so people will hopefully still want to contact me! The link on Dropbox is below in nearly invisible grey and will download for about 30 seconds! Thank you for your patience! Download Anicom-talk-monday-at-8-pm-7-24-16-sps-corrected
Update: Tina Bekina thinks that maybe the Burmese Vipassana prayer might be different for different people. In my Keynote I use Sharon Salzberg's interpretation: "May we be Safe, Happy, Healthy and Live at Ease. " She suggests, "Happiness and Confidence". Not sure it was in reaction to this Keynote or not. But it does resonate with the part of me that feels more alive when physically active. As with my cat:)!
Everyone, Happy Memorial Day!
I want to remind you that I'm here at
413-301-3007 or email@example.com for
requests to do 30 or 60-minute sessions with
Some of the more striking messages of positive feedback I
have received over the past several weeks(shortened with
ellipsis "..." for concerns of privacy and brevity:
From Patty R.
Hello! Zelda has been a sweet girl these last few days.
I am certain that your meeting with her has made a
difference....I am now giving her credit where credit is due.
I show gratitude every chance I get which has made a shift
in her behavior. She is listening better....
information for us.
And later also:
I agree with everything that you have said.
Recently, I have set up another bed for her in
my office.... It is quiet in this room and gives
her the opportunity to be quiet with me or
use this room if it is too loud for her in other
areas of the house....
You are a skilled pet communicator! Thank
you for spending time with us. It has made a
From Elaine H.
Hi! I just wanted to give you an update on
everyone's progress to this point.
The best news is that the inappropriate
peeing has stopped!!!!!!!!
....Overall everyone seems to be better at
playing well with others.
From Lisa L. a shelter worker who setup the
session with a very delightful and intelligent,
I think maybe skeptical client!
It’s always nice to hear good news. I wanted
to follow up with you and tell you that Ollie
has been litter-compliant for 3.5 months
now. Between your chat with Diane and her
placing litter boxes downstairs and large
male contractors finishing work … well …
one or all of them did the trick. Ollie is off all
meds, too, so this is the real deal.
Thank you ever so much for your time and I
will continue to keep you on my list if I see
another opportunity arise with the shelter
cats I help to place.
From Teriann R.
I volunteered to write this letter of
Testimonial for Zan because she has helped
me in preparing for the most difficult task of
knowing when the time is to call the vet
when my cats age 16 and 17 one year part
were ready to cross over.
Zan is supportive and resourceful,
compassionate, kind, and sincere. Keeping
an eye on things and keeping all the ducks in
order during this most difficult and heart
wrenching time. I particularly like the way
that she is an advocate for the animals
because I likewise want to do what my
animal wants most. Times like this are life’s
most difficult passages. Hope is always
needed. I believe that you will feel very
comfortable working with Zan, it will feel
like reconnecting with a lifelong friend.
Warmest Blessings too you, Rusty and Oreo, too Teriann,
and to your family.
From Branc d' H.
Blitz still drinks quite a lot for a dog but a
whole lot less than before, at least it seems
manageable now. We also have removed the
bandages from his sore spot on his rear leg
and it seems he is not nibbling on it so that is
Last for now: Copied from a written
testimonial by Jean W(This one gave me the
chills as did Oreo).
I called Zan Ottaway for help after I had to
put down my little black cat, Onyx, when she
developed a fast moving cancer that filled up
her mouth, making it impossible for her to
drink or eat. My big cat, Topaz, was
vocalizing a lot and seemed to be distressed
also. I tried talking ton Topaz, but wasn't
sure how much I was getting through. I had
a lot of questions.
Zan was very kind and understanding and I
am certain she was, in fact, in contact with
both cats, the one who passed over and the
one still with us. She explained what
happened and why to Topaz in a very clear
manner, and asked her how she felt about
my getting another cat. Topaz said it would
be all right, but not now!
Onyx came through as the loving sweet
animal she always ways, saying she loves
me and wants me to be happy. And she will
see me again when I pass "in years and
years." I cried most of the time Zan was
communicating with Onyx, but at least some
of the tears were of relief.
Both Topaz and I feel much better now and
we thank Zan for expediting the healing.
I love working with the people who present
me with their some of their more puzzling
It feels like a warm and deep connection between us.
Thanks again, all brave people and animals
who come in to speak and share photos! A
photo is not absolutely necessary
but they can help me focus while we sit
together in a meditative state.
PS: On Mondays and Thursdays
(May 15-June 15 of 2016) between 10 pm and 10:15 pm
my Pets and Spirits ad was broadcast on
Boston's Super Soul Radio at http://wunr.com
among other ads! I love how smoothly the DJ presented
our work as he did reference http://dakinhumane.org
where I send all of these payments, too.
Usually my husband and I study twice a week with Sara Rose Page who runs Yoga Sanctuary.
We almost always used to start with a big deep breath in the lungs for me to move it form the singer's belly all the way up to the lungs(Yoga Sanctuary teachers in Thorne's Marketplace on Main St. Northampton MA are great singers as well and Rose plays the singing bowl masterfully). Once I was alone with Sara and we did this and she said, "Yes, Prana, the breath, the full breath." (I am compressing this and meant to write this months ago). "But you know also the Sanksrit word, 'porna'? It means the fullness of a thing unto itself." Not the philosophically workmanlike, "sufficient unto itself" or something ontological(or is it?), but just fullness and enough-ness.
I leave it to others who ask why many people don't feel like they're "enough" or porna in the first place!
Jesse Vega is a young teacher with a long mane of hair pulled back and beautiful blue eyes. Wise and well-educated in the Burmese Buddhist scriptures, Saturday December 19th the shortest day of the year, he led an all-day sit-walk and dharma talk retreat with a break for lunch. It was an awesome quiet circle.
Super-spacious opening for me. In a guided meditation, Jesse asked us to
"Feel the space around your left knee."
There is so much space around every part of our bodies if we just allow and explore it! Altered state.
B) Two Themes(compressed from memory):
1) Q: What if my practice is boring?
A: Well, we're so drawn-in now by(the tethering of ourselves to family & work calls & email combined with texts) always being able to be entertained the moment we lose interest in what's around us....that we have to ask ourselves(as I understood this), and be curious. Let's focus.
"What is the nature of my relationship to neutral experience?"
I can explore and inhabit it and invariably it shifts.
2) Q: Am I supposed to laser-focus or am I supposed to be mindfully aware(with the intent of "loving awareness" as Ram Dass calls it. Jesse is in the Burmese tradition of Metta and The Brahmahivaras and Ram Dass learned from Neem Karoli Baba-whom Steve Jobs later visited!- Both are Vipassana)?"
A: "In every Buddhist religion, all sects address in some proportion, the balance of zen-like focus and also the intention to love, have open awareness of all sounds, visuals, visions, with compassionate non-judgment."
This was news to me as I had been in an argument with another Animal Communicator over which was better(Yikes!) but it turns out that this is a huge age-old debate(and even within Zen there are the Rinzai(sudden awakening) and Soto(sit and sit and sit) schools and I liked The First Zen Institute(now closed) of New York because it was a mix of the 2).
C) Enticement to Practice. Sensory manipulation and deprivation, Jesse admitted, do bring the siddhis or super-normal powers, but as Ram Dass(Richard Alpert) has said, ~"the powers are interesting but they are not the essence. The essence is love." Jesse Vega believes that if one becomes too powerful, as in the case of Burmese guru Dipa Ma, it was just so awesome that she had a very difficult time separating out the fact that our powers do not accrete to our Ego-mind/body but happen through us.
I think extraordinary phenomena do happen at first more easily in pairs and groups, because of the agreed-upon intention to show up and practice, but also from the love and human warmth.
D) Holism: On Not Rejecting the darkness of Winter and Night(again compressed):
Christmas is a time where we band together against the cold and we put up lights. It's awesome(!) but we must also remember All that we have to learn from the darkness.
There are many good teachers, facilitators, volunteers and practitioners at Insight Meditation of Pioneer Valley, sits on Monday at 5:30p- and Wednesday at 7:00 p is 1/2 hour sit plus dharma talk + IPV has lots of 1-2 day weekends.
A few Sundays ago I visited with Jessica Riel who owns these 5 rabbits.
I couldn't tell at first but the two in the back are big, too. She has made a lovely start toward building a Rabbit Rescue. I'm also writing to say that she has finished her certificate in Animal Massage and her new business, Chloe Paws in Easthampton MA is open for business! Gift certificates available. I almost brought her a book to show, Bunny Buddhism: Hopping Along The Path To Enlightenment, by Krista Lester. It's so wise & funny a writer's steady journey out of depression has now become a valuable tome! Nevertheless it's a quick and easy read- about like a cartoon compilation! In any case, I hesitated to bring Bunny Buddhism because the book had been a gift from my mother but it turned out that Jessica already had BB on an end-table:)! Very level-headed, and a professional-level bunny organizer, Reil is among other things, living proof that Mindfulness is spreading throughout the US in many towns! Love.
A year ago in October some of us gathered in Lily Dale for informal classes. And we had a great time! It was beautiful fall weather and we mostly wore our coats for walks and through the Labyrinth. The wind comes chilly off Lake Erie and the last morning when I woke up, it was rainy and dark- about 40 degrees but it felt really cold! An old Victorian house. Kind of Granny Chic.
So the lyrics go:
Coldest at Lily Dale/Partly due to the wetness/Partly due to a love that's strong/ People are warm and the heating all wrong! Lily Dale./Summer it is a lovely place. Birds are singing at dawn./Forty in Autumn, rainy and dark/grabbing the coffee dressed in my down.
It was nice being around! I don't take the weather personally./We were having a blast but not clown around/Even though(!) there was no sound: There were cats and people around./ And we walked The Labyrinth underground and the New Age store in town.
Happy Winter Solstice! Song: "The Reasons Why":
Why do people surrender animals to shelters? First of all we need to do more spay and neutering so we don't end up with too many to feed and house and for various reasons, people sometimes really do need to surrender cats and dogs and it's very sad, for instance if you have to move somewhere that doesn't allow pets. To surrender instead of abandoning an animal is much more humane.
Buttons hiding. Not sure why but they changed from metal to plastic litter pans and I haven't seen this kind of hiding, as much at DakinHumane.org lately. From the end of 2012. He looked like Twitter's @HenrileChatNoir
Two One-Eyed Cats who Recently Got Adopted due to the hard work and dedication of the staff:
1) Angus and 2) Muffin:
View this photo of Muffin.
Lyrics to "Reasons Why"
My people were out driving threw me out of the car!/Oo, the reasons why./Took me to the park and 'though I didn't go far! Oh, the reasons why./On every cage there is a reason./I'm lucky I didn't die./ When they moved our household and they didn't take me./Oh, the Reasons Why.
Once my owner died her folks abandoned me!/Oo, the reasons why./Had suspicious fires and were homeless like me! Oh, the reasons why./On every cage there is a reason./I'm lucky I didn't die./After ten good years they are allergic to me./Oh, I want to cry. Oh, I want to to cry!/Oh, the Reasons Why.
I don't know how I got in this cage but I know the reasons why!/I'm glad I have another chance./It's not like I'm going to die!/It's not like I'm gonna die!
Someone who has a nice chatty home, a sofa and a cozy fire./A woman who's there lots and very kind and a man who just won't tire!
I'm a companion, I'm a great friend and I'll love you 'til I die./Love you, love you,/Sit right above you on your shoulders, /The Reasons Why!
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Booby-Cat at Georgetown DC's Crumbs & Whisker's rescue Café when another charismatic cat stole his thunder!