Professional Diploma in Animal Healing South Africa 2012
Dreams Do Come True – Written by Ursula, 2013 HAO graduate
Last week the Animal Healing Organisation led by Elizabeth Whiter presented the first module of their Animal Healing Diploma in South Africa at a beautiful tranquil small holding owned by Janice Barry the heart behind Hay House Publishing in this country.
What a week! I was there, lucky me, and I can tell you there was no messing around. We hit the ground running on Day-1 and by the end of the day we were healing animals. This is a hands-on practical course that requires non-stop focus, and I think I can say for all that strangely we did not even want to stop for a moment, spurred on by the strong frequency of love in the group, time just flew past. The meditations, grounding and healing activities had us all buzzing strongly all day and supported us so much that even Janice’s many dogs and cats stayed close to the group to benefit from the loveliness of it.
Many in the group had met Elizabeth last October when she came out to South Africa for a book tour and one day workshop where she was presenting information from her book The Animal Healer; the story of her journey into animal healing and as I read it (like many others throughout the world) I read my own story and every word spoke to me and I realised that we were connected to each other and with our animal friends and their guardians and we have a role to play, and the path opened. I’ve never felt so excited and so completely aware that I AM now on my path, our path together.
Each day started with a meditation and grounding exercise. It was the grounding that really touched me and brought me so strongly into the present, giving me the ability to be able to focus on the healing and allow it to happen. I personally healed over 15 animals during the 6 days; beautiful domestic rats (who I’ve always had a fear of) so filled with huge personalities and love for their guardians, a protective and grieving Retriever who’s best friend had passed on, a beautiful timid Labrador, the fearful animals at the Animals in Distress rescue centre, and my personal favourite Zing-a-Ling the most beautiful white cat who had spent the better part of his life in an apartment with one lady who had died, and like many white cats had to have an operation to remove his ears due to skin cancer. When we met him he was hiding in a room upstairs avoiding the pride of cats and pack of dogs downstairs at Janice’s and trying to find his way into the family hierarchy.
By the time we left we all felt confident in assessing, treating, healing, grounding, meditating (include Zing-a-Ling who was wondering around down stairs, perhaps he too will be a healer one day). That reminds me of another aspect of this phenomenal experience and that is the importance of healing the healer, this may mean offering support to those wonderful people who work in rescue centres all over the world or the Vets and Carers we meet but it also means looking after ourselves and the coming together as a group to learn and grow and create a space in which we can heal others, ourselves and the animals that we love has inspired me so much I find it hard to find the right words. All I can say is thank you to Elizabeth, Brian, Janice, Catherine, Helena and all my new sisters who made this dream come true – the journey ahead is the life I always imagined. Ursula
WITH ELIZABETH WHITER IN SOUTH AFRICA 2014.
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