Conversation with a Cat (That’s right, a cat. And yes – an ACTUAL conversation.)

A while ago, I did a post about a conversation I had with my dog, Dolce. We used to have a cat also. His name was Mints and we had him from the time that he was a kitten, but he passed away in his 13th year. We don’t know exactly what happened… we just kinda found him in pieces on our front lawn one afternoon (sorry about that mental image). It was just a few years ago that I began learning and practicing animal communication, so I never got a chance to practice with Mints when he was alive. I decided to have a little chat with him this weekend (and, for those of you who are wondering, you can communicate JUST as easily with a deceased animal, as you can with a living one):

"Make yourself useful and turn on the tap for me..."

“Make yourself useful and turn on the tap for me…”

Me: How did you feel about your life with us?

Mints: Living with you was all that I needed it to be – it was all that I wanted. Even more, if you ask me. I just wish that you could have arranged more time for us to be together, to spend quality time in each other’s arms and heads and hearts.

Me: What would we have done if I had?

Mints: We would have… (Shows an image of him nuzzling my face and purring. I used to push him away most of the time when he tried to cuddle with me because he’d get cat hair everywhere.)

Me: How did you feel about Dolce living with us?

Mints: Dolce was a barbarian, if you ask me. He still is. You need to control him. Ask him to stand still. It won’t hurt him.

That cat is about to snap...

That cat is about to snap…

Me: He really misses you. You were his best friend.

Mints: And he was mine. I loved him till the day I died. I just didn’t want to be subjected to his whims and desires and boisterous behaviour. (Now, that I’m reading this again as I’m typing, I’m remembering that when Dolce was still a puppy, he used to try and mount Mints.)

Me: He wants to do a session so you guys can talk and spend some time together.

Mints: I’d be open to that.

Me: Do you still visit with us sometimes?

Mints: Naturally. I’d like to be part of your time travel affairs – your time spent on the other side. (He’s talking about my holistic therapy sessions. It’s totally normal for the spirits of other animals to come and help me in my sessions with clients.)

Me: That can be arranged.

Mints: (Flicks his tail with satisfaction.)

Me: I wish I’d learned animal communication before you died…

Mints: I know. It’s hard.

Me: Were you really depressed when we first brought Dolce home? (He seemed very depressed for a couple of weeks afterward – we didn’t see much of him during that time and when we did, he usually kept his distance from us.)

Mints: I was mildly disappointed. Took the attention off me.

Mints would have made an excellent supermodel

Mints would have made an excellent supermodel

Mints: (Shows an image of my sister, snuggling with him.) Naturally. I liked her.

Me: You were so cute!

Mints: I know. (He sounds pleased with himself.) I wish I could have stayed.

Me: Tell me about how you died.

Mints: We don’t have to talk about that.

Me: I want to. I want to know! For closure…

Mints: Okay, I’ll tell you. I fell… (Shows an image of him running towards our house) So scared. (Suddenly a large dog – a wolf? a coyote? – appears in front of him.) There were so many of them. All at once, they were surrounding me. Confusion.

Me: I’m sorry you went through that. I’m most sorry that you were afraid – that you knew you were probably going to die and were afraid. I’m sorry that you suffered.

Mints: It’s okay.

Me: Why is it okay?

Mints: Because I’m here, now.

Me: Where?

Mints: Where you can see me. (Smiles.)

Me: Mints, do you think that you’ll ever return to us in physical form? (It’s common for animals to reincarnate and return to human families that they’ve loved.)

He wasn't one of those cats who climbed Christmas trees - he just liked to hide under them (from dogs, cameras, and clumsy humans).

This is one of my fave photos of him because he looks like a cat alien.

Mints: Of course I will!

Me: You will?!

Mints: Of course.

Me: When?

Mints: I don’t know. When I’m ready.

Me: Well, how will we know that it’s you?

Mints: Because I’ll tell you. Keep your eyes peeled.

Me: Is there anything that you want to share with the readers of my blog? Is there anything you want to tell them?

Mints: I would tell them to care more about pets and animals. We bruise easily. Be more spontaneous. Play like a dog or cat.

Me: Thank you, Mints.

Mints: Thank YOU.

Me: I love you.

Mints: I miss/love you, too.

Avril

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Why I Heal Animals and Then Eat Them

This weekend I signed up with the Goodlife Fitness centre in my hometown. I have a leetle extra pudge on me right now due to work-related stress and some high-fat content food addictions. I figured instead of quitting my job or cutting out the foods that make my heart sing, I’d just take some endorphin-creating aerobics classes and maybe pump some iron.

During the the initial interview process – where they ask what your fitness goals are, etc. – the guy asked what my diet is like. “Oh, I eat really well, actually,” I told him. “I’m on the Paleo diet.” Of course, like so many men who claim to be health enthusiasts, he questioned this choice (and sorry to be sexist, but it always seems to be men who hold something against the Paleo lifestyle). This guy went on to inform me that if I was experiencing fatigue throughout the day, it could be attributed to lack of carbs in my diet.

This always makes me want to laugh when I hear it.

If anything, my energy levels have sky-rocketed since going Paleo. Not only is it easier for me to get out of bed in the mornings, I practically bounce out from under the covers and right into my pre-selected oufit for the day. My energy levels are even more stable from morning to evening. No more swinging from a caffeine-induced buzz to total and utter exhaustion and then back up again via a sugar high. Yes, life is sweet, now that I’ve expelled the sweets, dairy, grains and other processed foods from my diet.

And maybe that comes as a surprise to you.

“Shouldn’t someone who works so closely with animals and who has conversations with them and heals them and OBVIOUSLY adores them as much as you do, Avril…. um… not eat them? Like, shouldn’t you be vegetarian or something?”

Well, no. That’s not really the way it works.

Yes, I do love animals and yes, I speak with them the same way that I speak with humans and, really, I believe that animals are every bit as important as humans are (as much as we like to believe that we’re the most significant beings on this planet – or even in this universe).

HOWEVER. My body needs what it needs.

Due to some skin issues, I’ve been on numerous diets throughout the past several years. One of these was a vegan diet (thanks mostly to my decision to watch the videos of animal torture and abuse on Meat.org one fine afternoon). Unfortunately, in the three years that I was vegan, my skin issues never cleared up. They did improve, but not even close to the point where I felt confident going out into public without makeup on – or even at all, some days.

Thankfully, I finally got an intuitive nudge a couple years ago to try going Paleo. And after deciding to become a practitioner for animals, as well as discovering everything I now know about the meat and dairy industries, this was NOT an easy choice. But I made it knowing that my body would never ask me to do something immoral or evil.

Through other holistic practitioners, I learned that there are farms in my area that are small and family-owned businesses, where you can go and visit the animals they raise and see what sorts of conditions they live in. And trust me, it’s nothing like factory farming. These are animals that are raised in grassy paddocks, with plenty of room and easily accessible shelters. Calfs that are playing with each other, and that eagerly come over to any human they see standing by the gate. Chickens and roosters that have the run of the entire property. (Watch out for poop! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…)

Does all this sound barbaric? Farmers who lovingly raise healthy, happy livestock only to slaughter them for food? And their customers, who love animals but would rather retain meat in their diet then try vegetarianism?

Well, I have news for those of you who may be leaning over that side of the feeling fence. There’s nothing barbaric about wanting each and every creature on this planet to have a blissful existence while they’re here – regardless as to how they leave this planet or when. If you knew that your life would only last x number of years, would you want people who were responsible for caring for you to make those years happy and fulfilling? Or would you be okay with being whipped, beaten, neglected, etc? My guess is that you would choose happiness and as little pain as possible.

And there’s nothing barbaric about consuming meat. Yes, animals are our friends. Yes, it’s our responsibility to care for them. But being a good caretaker of Earth and its creatures simply means that we use our natural resources responsibly and with kindness and future generations in mind. You can be a friend to animals and still participate in the food chain. Trying to switch the links around is not going to do you or your body any favours.

After going strict Paleo for a month, my skin was FUCKING. GLOWING. It was clear, it was smooth and my Rosacea was even easing up. My skin hadn’t looked that good since I was in high school and my doctor initially put me on the birth control pill. On top of that, my energy levels dramatically increased, and (sorry if you’re a dude and you’re reading this), my monthly menstrual cramps completely disappeared! I’d finally found the 100% natural remedy for a number of health concerns. And it all had to do with a tweaking of my diet.

All of this was a sign that this diet was something my body had been needing. It wasn’t just a matter of my taste buds having certain insatiable cravings. It was an actual need that my body was trying to express through various symptoms. Symptoms that I had been ignoring due to guilt and feeling as though I had to follow the rules and boundaries that other animal-lovers had set for me.

NEVER let anyone tell you what is best for your body. I don’t care if that person is a nutritionist, or a fitness expert, or a doctor. Our bodies are each so different – the only way that you will truly be able to discover what works for you is if you try out all kinds of crazy shit first. Try every diet you can until you find one that just completely clicks. Some people absolutely thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet. Others wilt. Some peeps need nuts, but others are deathly allergic to them.

And, if you’re a meat/fish-eating animal-lover like me, don’t ever let anyone make you feel guilty about giving your body the nourishment it needs for you to function at a ten. The world deserves you at your best.

Avril

*P.S.* For those of you who are interested, the two farms that I purchase animal products from are Thatcher Farms and Blue Haven Farms in Rockwood, Ontario (Canada). Both are regular vendors at the Guelph Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Just a Typical Conversation with My Dog

Hey, Monkeys!

I have a special treat for you this week 😉 I thought it would be sort of cool to give you a taste of what it’s like to speak with an animal. This weekend I had some one-on-one time with my dog and got his permission to share his a’s to my q’s with the human world. (“Really!?!? You would tell them you can talk to me?!!”)

*Before we get into it, I just want to clarify that I’m not an Animal Communicator/ Animal Psychic. I do use animal communication in my sessions, but I don’t do full sessions where I’m just communicating with an animal. My sessions are what some of us in the holistic community like to refer to as ‘blended sessions’ – they include a variety of holistic energy therapy modalities (Reiki, Body Scans, Crystal Therapy, Animal Communication, etc.). The reason I decided to go this route is that it offers the best possible chance of helping a human get to the core of their animal companion’s issues. You can’t always determine why a cat is spraying all over the house, or why a horse is behaving aggressively, or why a dog tears up the floors and walls simply by talking to them. Sometimes you can… but sometimes you need to have other tools in your kit.*

The following is my conversation with my dog, Dolce.

I'll have to ask him next time if he likes having his picture taken...

I’ll have to ask him next time if he likes having his picture taken…

Me: What do you think of all the decorations Mom and Taryn put up?

Dolce: They’re nice – they make the place sparkly.

Me: Why do you try to take the icicles? (Dolce likes to steal the sparkly plastic icicle decorations off the Christmas tree when we’re not looking.)

Dolce: I don’t know… I like them.

Me: What about eating them satisfies you?

Dolce: The way they snap like twigs. I like the crunch.

Me: Was it you who twisted the table cloth on the small table in the living room the other day? Did you try pulling it down?

Dolce: It wasn’t me.

Me: No…?

Dolce: No, I didn’t do it. (I can tell that he’s telling the truth.)

Me: Do you get really bored around here?

Dolce: Not usually – just when you guys are away.

Me: How are your hind legs feeling? (He’s been getting sudden, sharp pains shooting through his legs every so often for the past couple of months.)

Dolce: They’re pretty good.

Me: Are they still hurting you?

Dolce: Seems to have gone away, now.

Me: Why do you lick your paws so much, lately?

Dolce: Because they’re so itchy! I can’t stand it!

Me: Do you like the special water I give you? (Every once in a while, I give him some crystal elixir water along with his regular water dish.)

Dolce: Sometimes I do; sometimes I don’t. (This makes senses – he doesn’t always drink it, but other times he licks the bowl dry.)

Me: Do you prefer the company of big dogs or little dogs? (Dolce shows me an image of a big dog – a Golden Retriever. To him, this would be a big dog, because Dolce is a 15 lbs Shi-Poo.)

Me: Why?

Dolce: Because they’re stronger than me.

Me: Why is that good? (Dolce shows an image of the big dog standing in front of him, protecting him.)

Me: Do you ever wish you had a girlfriend?

Dolce: Maaaayyybbeeeee…..

Me: What would she be like?

Dolce: Small and curious and fun to be around…

Me: What else?

Dolce: I don’t know – that’s a trouble question.

Me: Why?

Dolce: Because I don’t know what I want. I haven’t met enough dogs my own age to know what I like.

Me: What have you liked about the dogs you have met?

Dolce: Shy, curious, playful/ play back (he means that when he is feeling playful, they play with him – there’s one dog in the neighbourhood who doesn’t “play back”), let me follow them around/ let me onto their territory…

Me: What have you liked about the cats you’ve met?

Dolce: The cats? Cats are a whole different breed!

Me: I know, but still… what have you liked about them?

Dolce: Cats let me onto their territory in a way that dogs never will.

Me: What else?

Dolce: They can climb trees all the way to the top! They’re really mischievous and agile.

Me: Is there anything you want humans to know?

Dolce: Show me some respect. Dogs can handle anything. We’re good people. If you’re good to us, we’ll be good to you.

Me: Is there anything you want me to know?

Dolce: (He puts his face really close to mine and whispers) Feed me more often. The good stuff. (We feed him the amount of raw food recommended by our veterinarian. I think he’s asking for more treats here because we’ve been cutting back on those lately, in an effort to get him to lose weight.)

Me: Anything else?

Dolce: I love you, Sister.

Me: Awww! I love you, too!

Dolce: Awww! (He giggles.)

Avril

Practitioners Who Rock off my Slipper Socks!: Roxana Roshon

Since about 12 years of age I’ve been battling some minor health demons, specifically (as embarrassing as it is to be specific about this), acne. I tried the conventional route – literally, I gave it a good go for 10 years or so – but the results from any medication or topical lotion that my doctor and dermatologist prescribed only gave temporary results. My skin would eventually retaliate with the relentless determination of a well-sunned tomato vine. Something in my approach to health needed to change, and the holistic route was quietly beckoning. When my appearance reached the point where I was canceling plans with friends a few hours in advance, experiencing gut-clenching anxiety over going in to work, and constantly piling on makeup for the slightest possibility that my photo might be taken, I finally decided to enlist some alternative help in determining the root cause of my skin’s baffling behaviour.

My skin is looking better and better thanks to my healing team!

My skin is looking better and better thanks to my healing team!

Today my skin is the clearest it’s been since first-year at Ryerson University, and it all began with a Naturopathic appointment. I’ve had the delight of working with many different practitioners over the course of my journey to wellness and even when establishing my own holistic therapy services for animals. Way back in 2013 you were promised posts about some of these holistic practitioners. Well, today marks the (beginning of) fulfillment of that promise, and we’re starting this series with the most recent addition to my healing super squad: Roxana Roshon.

Roxana Roshon: Naturotherapist

Usually, when I begin working with a new practitioner, it’s because I need to – because I’ve either been advised to do so, or it just feels like it’s the next step in my healing process. With Roxana, it was more out of curiosity that I booked our first appointment, but it only took one session for me to realize how invaluable her talents and skills are.

During that first session, I complained to Roxana about my insatiable appetite for fatty foods. (Even when it comes to almond butter, which is crazily nutritious, five tablespoons a day is enough to make my bum jiggle.) Roxana used BOS, a couple of crystals, some oracle cards, affirmations and even a bit of rattle-shaking to balance me out, and it was one of the most fun energy work appointments I’ve ever had! I went home feeling light and optimistic (totally normal for any energy session). But it wasn’t until I was at home, trying to decide what to make for dinner, that it hit me that popcorn swimming in butter or olive oil was no longer on the list of “Most-Desired”. The cravings for fat didn’t completely disappear that night, but they were so greatly diminished that ignoring them was a piece of cake. Or a head of lettuce. A stem of cauliflower, if you will. And the next day? The. Cravings. Were. Gone. After just one session!

The lovely and always laughing, Roxana Roshon, as captured by J. Tofflemire.

The lovely and always laughing, Roxana Roshon, as captured by J. Tofflemire.

Since then, I’ve had several sessions with Roxana, some in-person and some via distance, and they’ve all provided the same kind of relief as that first appointment. One time, we worked on a cough and sore throat that had been plaguing me for about two weeks and, again, after just one session my symptoms began to steadily improve until a few days later when they dissolved altogether. Most recently, Roxana helped me get to the bottom of my tendency to overeat (I’ve always been thin, but every once in a while I go through a period where I basically live with my head inside a cookie jar). She did some balancing with energy work and also alerted me to the fact that I was very wealthy in a past life (!) and used excessive weight to flaunt it (!!!). After this last session, it’s become easy for me to say no to food that I don’t actually want/need. Food that is healthy and that tickles my digestive system with glee has actually become so much more desirable than comfort or junk food, and determining appropriate portion sizes and sticking to them has been – no joke – effortless.

It’s already obvious, even with the few sessions we’ve had together, that Roxana is one of those rare practitioners of energy therapy who is able to quickly and efficiently get to the roots of physical issues and then clear them. And all whilst addressing the emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of each issue. Her sessions are always exciting, thought-provoking, and enlightening. On top of all that, she just has such a nice voice.

If you’ve tried energy work for things like stress, anxiety, anger, fear and pessimism, it’s time to take it a step further and use it to help combat addictions and allergies, lose some weight, and boost your immune system. And Roxana Roshon would be a great person to start exploring those possibilities with. Absolutely anyone would benefit from having Roxana as a regular on their healthcare team, and I cannot more highly recommend her and her services.

Visit www.RoxanaRoshon.com for more information on this amazing lady and/or to schedule an appointment.

(These posts about other practitioners are a short summary of my experiences with them and my opinions about them and the work that they do. For more information about their experience, training, techniques, and modalities, visit their web sites or contact them via the information provided at the end of each post. Also, I do not collect payment in exchange for posting about practitioners – and if there happens to be such a case where I do collect payment, I’ll be totally honest and mention it in the post.)

<3,

Avril