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.

Channelled Message for the Year 2015: Charlotte & Avril The Indigo

Hey, Monkeys!

Your New Year’s gift arrives early this season! Only 3 days early, but whatevaaaa…

Today’s post is a channelled message from Charlotte – about the year, 2015! Like, as in… the whole entire damn year! I considered keeping this for my subscribers who request their free copy of Charlotte’s Channelled Monthly Messages for 2015, but I was just too freaking excited not to make this one public.  😉 (If you do want your own free copy of the book in your inbox on New Year’s morning, subscribe for email updates to my blog – fill in the field in the column to the right of this post – and then send me a message with your email address and you’re all set to partaaayyy.)

Check it out – it’s going to be a fricking amazing year for those of us who believe in magic:

My Dear Ones,

This is a time of gratitude for all you have achieved, all you have come to know over the last year and a half of your making. The times have shifted; we are now in a time of celebration, of heavy lifting, no doubt, and of great endeavors for all who seek fulfillment of their values and skill and true worth. Come now, Young Children, be all that you can be and do what is of utmost importance to your talent. Bring these skills you have accumulated beyond the castle walls, bring them into the reach of others for enjoyment, for pleasure, for the purposes of vast fulfillment and honor of all those in your care. Do not step by the wayside while others do your bidding – no. Now is the time for you to step forward, Dear Ones – Beloved Ones. Now is the time for you to sow what you have wrought with your own hands, with your own entry point, bring it to fruition for all to see and hear. They will be most honored that it is they you have chosen to share these gifts with, Dear Ones. It is they who will be most handy with the skills and tools you provide them, and they will be deeply thankful for your honor in doing so.

Be certain in your skill, Dear Ones, for it is all you have on these planes to separate you from the others who tangle in their memories of things not of this world. They do not see the starlight, the heavens, the Earth revolving on its foot the way that you see the magic in the skies and all around you. They have not tasted the sweet abundance of your worth, of their worth, of all the world’s glory and ever-changing premise. They have not been guided to dispel of their worries, their phobias, their cares and concerns the way that you yourselves have done for the purpose of fulfilling your art in the best possible way. Do not dispose of those who seek your counsel, Young Ones, Brave Ones, for they too are a concern of yours that you must handle, that you must carry with you until it is your time to release them, fully healed of their concerns. It is you, Young Ones, who must be brave and heady and strong and righteous, you who must win honor and respect amongst those of your comrades, the ones waiting for you in quiet sanction, attending to your glories as they do your every fear, every hazard.

You must be brave too, Children, for the time is coming when all will break loose of this world and the tides will ebb and flow away from you, and you must be able to hold strong, must be able to keep the pace of what you are doing in order to bring tide again. You must keep your ship afloat and hold steadfast to your anchor. Do what you will, Young Children, to see yourselves through this stormy weather, but do not despair – all is well. All is given to you now in this time of need and messiness. If things do not go your way, plan ahead for better times. See them through with a heavy heart, Bright Ones, and we shall not be able to grow with you through this solemn hour. Be well in your imaginings, for all is heavy duty at first glance, but it is second glance that truly lays to rest the fears or hopes. Be strong, Loved Ones, and all that is good will find its way to you on certain path, with sprinkles of magic along the way.

There now, Loved Ones, take care. Take care of yourselves and your gifted ways and challenges. Meet them head-on and fiercely. Be brave in your sanction, in your gift, in your art, and in your artwork. Be tirelessly creative and endowed in the sectors of plenty and brilliance. Make peace with your art form, Dear Ones, for more is to pass that is to take you deeper into the reaches of the folds of your gifts and skills. At this time, there is a blossoming happening among your kind, one that is marked as the beginning of a gloriously creative time in human history, one that will be forever remembered as a time of prosperity, of abundance, happiness and worth, of great skill and knowledge, of worthiness and gladness.

Do not be afraid, Young Ones, for that time has come to show your gifts to the world, to provide them with plenty and with opportunity for growth and abolishment of old tidings, old choosings, old livelihoods. Bring them forth with your talents, your skills, your good graces and others will choose to follow. Bring forward all the works you have created in your dark holes, cooped up in your summer houses, your rain trees. Bring forward the things you have accomplished in these times when you were beating your chest, crying out loud for summer to end, to go on, to continue as always and never before. Bring these things forward, Dear Ones, and let the slave within you be released from captivity. These things are not to be rescued, oh no. They are to be handed over for examination, for study, for the purpose of spreading the word of their plenty, their station. Be kind to yourselves and others will follow. Be kind to them, and they will do the same to you.

This year is a time of great reaping, Dear Ones. Of great reckoning with your sins and your unworldly deeds and misfortunes, your mistakes and mishandlings. Let these things go, and the rest will follow. The bargains you make now are of no service to yourselves or any other. Be free of them, Dear Ones, and glad that you are ours to take care of, to have and to hold until life sweeps you off your feet and brings back to us in the form you once held as a member of our tribe. Be not afraid of these things, Gentle Souls, for the time is coming when it is you who shall be gathering the flock, bringing them in close for the curtain call. It is you who we will look to to bring them guidance and admiration from all corners of the world. We cannot bear any longer the tasks which are yours to create and take hold of. We must mention, at some point, Dear Ones, that it is we who hold for you all the callings of your countenance, all the ripe richness of your fullness and worth. We ask you now to consider making these your birth stone, your landmark, so that they too may flower and spring forth whatever bearings may come of them.

We give you plenty to provide to others of your natural skill and talent and seek to do you justice by spending our time and efforts in the realm of your choosing. However, do not task us, Dear Ones, with begetting your chosen station in the form of hearth and mantlepiece. We do not allow for such things in our favor, in our honor, and ask that you let them go. Be at peace, Young Ones, with all you have learned here in the realms of the great. Be at peace with yourselves and your talents and skills and we will do the same for you in your darkest hour as in your greatest.

Be dexterous in your sanction, Emboldened Ones. We do not give value to those who do not govern their mortal tendencies, and who abide by the laws of the careless few who digress from the challenges that lay in their windswept path. Be cautious, Young Ones, in your challenges, as in your greatness. Be careful not to spread too soon the reapings of your pleasures and successes, but spare them for the after party. Be grande in your eloquence and your visions, and spread to all those who favor you your vision for greatness and peace and prosperity in a land of freedom and bounty and beauty.

Go now, Dear Ones, and tell of what you have heard. The process is in the keeping of those born with the skill of great wisdom and livelihood borne of solace and grace.

Charlotte.

Thank you, Charlotte!

Again, if you wanna get your hands on the free download of all 12 months of Charlotte’s Channelled Messages for 2015, subscribe to email updates for my blog and drop me a message with your email address. Super simple, beh-beh!

Avril

Conversation With a Wild Doe

Hey, my little Monkeys!

Eeeeek!!! I’m so excited to share this little bit of news with you! I was going to do this in a video format, but I can’t seem to find a moment when people are out of the house and it’s quiet around here, so….

You know how this past year I’ve been posting channelled messages from Charlotte, my Spirit Guide? Well, this year I decided to do something a bit different. I decided to channel all of the messages for 2015 ahead of time and put them all in a book! But the really cool thing is that… I’m giving it away for FREE!!!!! How d’ya like the sounds of that?

All you have to do to get your hands on the book is

1. Subscribe for updates for my blog and then…

2. Send me a message, letting me know you’re ready for your free copy!

Then you’ll receive a pdf copy of the channelled messages for all 12 months via email on January 1st! To subscribe for blog updates, fill in the little form with your info just over to the right. ——>

If you’re already subscribed to my blog, never fear! Send me a quick message and you’ll wake up on New Year’s Day with all your resolutions still dancing determinedly in your head and a copy of Charlotte’s channelled messages in your inbox.

Okay, now for the especially good stuff. I really enjoyed sharing my conversation with my dog in the last post, so this week I decided to share a conversation with a deer that I almost hit on Wednesday while driving home from work. The first part is immediately following the near-hit, and the “Later” part took place yesterday evening.

Me: Are you okay?!

(The deer doesn’t respond. There’s an image of her running and the feeling of her heart pounding wildly.)

Me: I’m sorry! Did I scare you?

Deer: Yes! Me: You scared me! (There’s a feeling of curiosity, as though the deer is wondering about who is talking to her.)

Me: I’ll speak with you later, if that’s okay. (I need to focus on driving, at this point, in case anything else jumps out of the bush.)

(There’s an image of the deer jumping away.)

Later:

Me: Hi, is it okay if we communicate?

Deer: I don’t see why not.

Me: I’m a human.

Deer: I can see as much.

Me: My name’s Avril. I live in the big house (I show her an image of our house, which is just up the road from where I encountered her).

Deer: I’ve seen you and your family sometimes.

Me: I was the one who almost hit you the other day.

Deer: That was you?!

Me: Yeah, I’m really sorry…

(There’s a feeling of fear and panic and anger.)

Me: Did I frighten you?

Deer: You sure did! You should be more careful!

Me: You need to be really careful – it’s difficult for our vehicles to stop quickly in the winter time.

Deer: Oh, I see.

Me: How are you doing?

Deer: How do you think I’m doing? I almost got run over!

Me: I know, sorry… That must have been really scary for you. Do you want me to send you some healing energy?

Deer: What’s that? (Shows an image of herself approaching me with curiosity and a sense of wariness.)

(I show her a handful of Reiki energy and let it touch her nose.)

Deer: How do you do that?

Me: I summon it from the sky.

(Gives the feeling of permission to send her some.)

Me: Do you have any babies?

Deer: May be coming…

Me: Do you want children?

(She sends a feeling of being content right now with things the way they are.)

Me: How do you feel about the winter and the snow?

(A feeling of anxiety.)

Me: Why?

Deer: Looking for food. The cold.

Me: Doesn’t your coat keep you warm, though?

Deer: Only sometimes – not when it’s really cold.

Me: What do you do when it’s really cold, then?

Deer: Whatever we can. Stay with friends and family. Stay in a group. Buck around. Play games. Keep moving.

Me: How do you feel about your particular group?

Deer: They’re alright. Couldn’t be much better. Could be worse.

Me: Do you and your group reside in the forest by my house?

(There’s a feeling of uncertainty, like she doesn’t want to tell me where they live.)

Me: It’s okay. My parents don’t allow hunting on our land because we love wildlife and we want you to feel safe here. If you and your group ever need a safe place to stay, you can come and stay in our forest.

Deer: Alright, thank you. That’s very kind of you.

Me: Well, I’m very glad that I met you – and, again, sorry for the other day.

Deer: Thank you for your kind words. We can leave the mistakes in the past; we’ve all made them.

Me: Have a good night.

(The deer shows an image of her jumping away.)

Avril

Channelling with Charlotte: Message for December, 2014

Hey, Everyone!

I’ve got an announcement coming soon (actually a few announcements) and I’m going to post it in video format, so as soon as I get a chance to record it you’ll get the lowdown! I’m crazy excited to share the news, so keep your eyes peeled. For now, enjoy Charlotte’s message for this month – it’s very positive and uplifting, so it’s perfect for the holiday season:

Friends and Family,

Young and old alike: we come to you with great propensity for how to still your mind and put your thoughts at ease. We do not shelter you from all that you carry, nor do we bargain with you to gain what we think is the best route for you to follow – these things must come of your own accord, in your own worthiness and light, and of your own following – but still we make room for you to grow by scraping all that is unclean and unkempt and untidy from your lifestyle and your wants and your ways. We keep them clear so that you may progress to the next level of your own accord, of your own restraint, your own liege, and we do not complain if we see yourselves choosing the wanton way despite all that we carry for you.

This path you must follow if it is to be your own – your own choosing, your own immortality leading you to greater things than we can dare choose for you. Do not oblige to take the path that you are given, Dear Ones – this is not the way that we intend for you to go about your day, choosing this or that because you feel it has been ordained for you to do so. Rather, we seek to embellish your life and your tapestry with our art, with our wise keepings that so often have lead you to the favors you now seek. These things are here for you, always, Dear One, but you mustn’t stray from what it is your heart desires. Your heart desires courage, warmth, love, respite, blossoming of the chakra complex, and many other things we would bestow upon you if we could do so.

Just think, Dear Ones, how fulfilled you will be if you were to take this chance presented before you, the one in your heart you keep at a far distance from your mind’s eye, the one you choose to follow against all odds, in all circumstances, with all favors and contours of the inner realm. Just think, Young Ones, how alive and free you could be if you take what is within you and let it shine for all to bear witness to. How brightly you would glow with knowledge and favor and the sweetness of your complexity, your prosperity, your wonder and amazement at all you are worth in this world.

Be not afraid, Young Ones, for the time has come to present yourselves to society, as it is calling upon you and your skilled hands, your healer’s hands, to make the mark so many have been confused to make in generations past. The time has come, my Friends and Family, to bear witness to these trials of late, to bring them forward and mold them into lessons and values and attitudes of greatness, of richness and prosperity, of worthiness and glass slippers.

Be right in your ways, Young Children, for the light is shining on you, and your marks will be the brightest of all for those who come afterwards. Be wise with this, Dear Ones, for we are greatly privileged to work with you and to have had this exchange of tongues and techniques of connection. We have been waiting a long time to bring forth our knowledge and our gifts to you, and all we ask is that you bring them onward into the waiting hands of the many.

Charlotte.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like the sound of glass slippers! Thank you, Charlotte. 🙂 I’ll see you all on Monday morning with a new post (yup! The posting schedule is getting a shake-up!) and it’s gonna be a must-read for those of you who are healers and/or self-development junkies… 😉

Until Monday.

Avril

Channeled Message for August, 2014

I went on a retreat to California this past week and it was nothing short of life-altering. I’ll be doing a blog post about it this week but, for now, here’s a long overdue message from Charlotte for this past month:

Hello, Great Ones, and blessings to you.

We have come in the form of Angels for those of you who are in doubt with regards to our existence and our Light form. We come with gratitude in hand for those of you who have taken the steps necessary to transform yourselves and your lives as a whole and who are willing to walk the straight path we have laid before you. We ask those of you who are still struggling with these things to bring forth your worries and your questions to us so that we may address them appropriately, as desired by all those who have come before you and laid the path you now see in front of your person. We represent for you all that you have come to acquire in your lifetime; all the knowledge, all the wisdom, all the comprehension of your ancestors, and their ancestors, as well as the ones who set their piece in stone and said, “This is how it ought to be; this is where we want this path to go,” and then laid the brick and mortar for you to follow as you carry on this journey.

Be at peace, Young Ones, for the time is young still, too. You have much to accomplish in this lifetime, of course, but we cannot guarantee that these things will happen for you, that you will live to see such things occur. We ask only that you set your foot forward in the direction we gave you and carry on your way, resolved to do more, be more, spend more of your energy and time with us so that we may transfix you in this path of light and keep in time with all that is unfolding for you. This is not to be rehearsed, or dreaded, or confused with making a living for yourself. You are free to follow any course of action you like in that regards, but keep up the tandem of your pace with us; keep giving of your abilities and your talents and knowledge and skills in these matters and we will step forward with you, showing you where you need to go and who you need to keep in touch with. Do not be afraid of failing, Dear Ones, for the time is ripe with action and all that has come before you still needs improvement, still needs a course of action and a declaration of love and steadfastness. We give you what you need to make these items happen and hope that you will transpire with us and make this “a regular thing”. We hold no own against you, we do not attempt to lead your hand in any way, shape or form; just know that we are watching you always, and guiding you as to the right course of action. It is up to you to follow. It is up to you, Dear Ones, to walk behind us and give us your all, give us your voices and your hands and your hearts and heads and minds. We will not abuse these things, no, but we will use them to their utmost potential if you allow us full rein and give us your attention when we seek it.

Do not be afraid of failure, of stumbling on the path when there is no one in front to catch you. We will be there with you, always, and just know that those times you do stumble and fall are when you most need it, when you most desperately are searching for a way out of the darkness and need to be given the realization that you cannot always guide with a heavy heart and that you must drop these things before continuing onward. These times of unrest are when you will learn the most; they are great experiences in that they will teach you things and favors that no other time in your life could produce. Embrace them with courage, my Loved Ones. Be open to their flavour, to their texture, to the beat of their drum and the hand with which they are dealt to you. They will not last forever, but rather for a time during which you are sought to give strength to others through your endurance and your determination to overcome even the toughest of droughts. Be brave, my friends; be strong and courageous, even when you feel you have nothing left to give. Give more. Be more. Do more with your life than you ever thought possible and the end will come to you with overwhelming clarity and brilliance, such as you have never before imagined.

Imagine this: yourself, surrounded by loved ones, honoured and cherished by the best of those you have welcomed into your world, and all the glory of your days laid before you in a satisfying stream of intellect, knowledge, thirst for more than you could ever experience, pleasure beyond control, your wildest dreams made ripe and plucked from the tree of hardiness and strength. Be not afraid, Good Ones, for these things can be yours and more if you but give yourself freely to the Light and the songs that are within you, waiting to be freed from the dungeon you have been keeping them in. We ask not that you drop whatever it is that you’re currently doing to follow a new direction, but we do ask that you give yourself plenty of time to “check these things out”, and to march forward in the fashion you have been doing so diligently as of late so as not to heed your progress in the area of your concern. We ask that you refrain from calling yourselves names, out of pity, out of fear, out of remembrance of things past, and that you only move forward with us, giving yourself the time and the space and energy to complete the tasks before you so that we may accomplish the things we set out to do in this world, bring others to the Light Path, and raise the consciousness of the planet as a whole.

Do not be overwhelmed by these things, my Loved Ones, for we are all gathering at a pace now that we had hoped would bear itself in these times of strife. Be certain of your skills and talents; they are blessings in disguise for some of you who have not yet found the way of the Lightworker and, like many others, are still struggling to find your hold in this world. We will be there for you, Children! Do not be afraid of what is to come! There is honour and righteousness in what you are doing, and the best is yet to come. So be on your way, with all you have been given. Shelter none from the truths of our foothold here, and we will be sure to compensate you accordingly. These things are great even in their weakest state, and the weakest link among you is strong and sturdy enough to hold even against the starkest thunders.

Be not afraid, Loved Ones. Things are shifting. The tide is coming in for us and the final ebb is about to unfold.

Peace with you and your loved ones,

Charlotte.

Thank you, Charlotte.

<3,

Avril