Posts Tagged ‘Compassionate Action Steps’

Validation: Tail wagging, whinnying and purrs (VIDEO)

“There is a bright shining light within each and every one us, two legged, four legged, winged and finned. If we see that inner light in the other, they will glow as a reflection in our mirror of seeing them for who they truly are.”…Dr. Schoen

In the midst of all the world events, our animal companions are an emotional retreat from the continuous media bombardment and the challenges of the day.  They validate us, touch our hearts and love us no matter how hard our day was.  Whenever I would return from a long day of helping animals, whether at the animal hospital or in a horse barn, my dogs would just run up to me wagging their tails, so happy to see me as if it was the greatest moment of their day and I was the best friend they ever had. Continue reading Validation: Tail wagging, whinnying and purrs (VIDEO)

Caring for Ourselves/ Caring for Our World: Part 1 (VIDEO)

Michael Stone of the Centre of Gravity Yoga Centre in Toronto (CentreofGravity.org) shares bountiful wisdom in this lecture that transcends yoga, buddhism and all labels and relates directly to the mission of the kindred spirits project and all animal lovers. He shares about the essence of how we can be of benefit to others in the most joyful way. Michael shares essential truths about how we can create more compassionate societies one by one. He also talks about many of the pitfalls of service such as burn out, vital exhaustion, empathy fatigue, pathological altruism, vicarious trauma, moral distress and systematic distress. I gained many insights from this lecture regarding burnout and compassion fatigue in animal lovers who volunteer or work in humane societies, animal shelters, rescue shelters as well as in animal hospitals or wherever there are animals suffering and in pain. Continue reading Caring for Ourselves/ Caring for Our World: Part 1 (VIDEO)

Knut the Polar Bear: Transforming Grief into Compassionate Action (VIDEO)

Animal Lovers throughout the world this week are expressing our collective grief for the loss of a beloved kindred spirit, Knut, the Polar Bear. It is fascinating to see the outpouring of grief and the condolence books filled with empathy for our deceased four year old white fluffy Knut. The Huffpost article has a slide show of the condolences. Beyond being an orphaned polar bear cub in a German Zoo that so many watched being raised by his caretaker. Why is so much collective mourning happening? Certainly when you watch all the youtube video’s of knut as a cub , ones’ maternal instincts can show up instantly as well as the joy of seeing another species being so lovingly cared for by us. Another video shows the beauty of Knut playing with his caretaker, illustrating how we can all love and play together,when we let go of labels. What has been touched in our deepest hearts with the loss of Knut that brought out such profound collective mourning? Continue Reading Knut the Polar Bear: Transforming Grief into Compassionate Action (VIDEO)

Horse Rescue: Rescue Them, Rescue Ourselves

The concept of horse rescue and horse sanctuaries are wonderful illustrations of the more positive aspects of a civilized society, caring for the old, retired, disabled and injured of all species. It is especially poignant after all they have been through with horse racing and other equestrian sports. Sad to say though, there appears to be a shadow side to this, as there so often is with many animal issues. This New York Times article report “Veterinarian Fired After Finding Neglected Horses” has exposed the potential for neglect and abuse of our retired companions, whether wittingly or not. A good friend and colleague Dr. Sheila Lyons wrote an extraordinary response to the article, Equine Rescue Under Fire – How to Make Things Better. Dr. Lyons has taken the high road, going beyond blame and finger pointing and perfectly summarizing what we can do and what to look out for when we retire a racehorse or any of our equine companions. Continue reading Horse Rescue: Rescue Them, Rescue Ourselves

Japan’s Earthquake: Healing Shaken Hearts

May the thoughts and prayers of all kindred spirits reading this blog go out to our brothers and sisters and their animal companions that were devastated by the unpredictable movements of Mother Nature at this time.
Kumano Kodo Ancient Pilgrimage Path
I have been in contact with my Japanese friends who instantly became kindred spirits when I was teaching and offering workshops and retreats there. Fortunately, through emails and skype I hear that they are safe and sound. There is a wonderful group in Japan called the Japanese Animal Wellness Association who bring together animal lovers throughout Japan. We all wish them and their animal companions peace, health and wellness throughout this journey.

Based on the understanding of the theory of Global Coherence and how we are all connected, I could feel the quiver “in the force” (using the Star Wars metaphor), of all the trauma at many levels. Personally, I feel those quivers, disruptions, quaking in the force more and more throughout the planet these days as we experience the quickening of the shifts of nature, environmentally, economically, politically and within each and every being. It does indeed appear that the shifts and changes are increasing in number, intensity, frequency. What can one do, so many ask. Continue reading Japan’s Earthquake: Healing Shaken Hearts

The Green Beautiful: One possibility? (VIDEO)

Dear Kindred Spirits: The purpose of this site is for animal lovers to work together to create a more compassionate, loving society, animal by animal, heart by heart, thought by thought, action by action. Over the next few months, video’s will be on the site guiding us through different exercises to help us work together to create that vision. But, what would a civilization based on loving kindness and compassion look like? How do we know what to work towards?ssiviewmterskine
I recently came across this foreign film, “The Green Beautiful” that is quite quirky, not quite fitting into a particular film genre. Perhaps I would label it “spiritual, comedy, science-fiction”. The reason I am sharing it with you on this post, is that it offers us an interesting perspective on one potentiality of what life could be like, if it was heartbased, focused on what was good for all.   Continue reading Green Beautiful: One possibility? (VIDEO)

Kindred Hearts: Global Coherence

Kindred Hearts: Global Coherence

It seems appropriate that for February, 2011, we dedicate the Kindred Spirits Project to focusing on connecting with our animal companions through our heart connections. There actually is quite a bit of evidence documenting that human hearts radiate an electromagnetic field that is measureable. Much of this research and documentation is presented by a cutting edge website and group called the Global Coherence Initiative (www.globalcoherenceinitiative. com). One of their members, Dr. Rollin McCraty has proposed three major hypotheses that synthesize the relationship between human beings and earth’s electromagnetic fields as well as the solar energetic fields. His hypotheses are:
Hypothesis No. 1: All living things are interconnected and we communicate with each other via biological, and electromagnetic fields.
Hypothesis No. 2: Not only are humans affected by planetary energetic fields, but conversely the earth’s energetic systems are also influenced by collective human emotions and consciousness. Much of the planetary field environment is made up of the collective consciousness of the inhabitants.
Hypothesis No. 3: Large numbers of people intentionally creating heart-coherent states of care, love, compassion and appreciation can generate a coherent standing wave that will help offset the current planetary wave of stress, discord and incoherence.
We will discuss each of these individually in future blog posts.
Based on my studies in these fields, his hypotheses and my nearly 33 years as a veterinarian interacting daily with all creatures great and small, I am proposing a theory that I call the “Trans-species Field Theory”. After years of experiencing various energetic effects in numerous horse barns, animal hospitals, animal shelters and wherever human and nonhuman animals interact, I had always felt a certain energetic interaction between all of us. I could not put my finger on it so to speak, and there did not seem to be adequate science available to explain what I was feeling, nor appropriate language to explain the feelings. After studying the latest in quantum physics, electromagnetic fields, unified field theory and neuroscience, I feel like there is sufficient documentation to propose this theory now.
If they can now measure the electromagnetic fields emitted by human hearts, I thought, a horse’s heart is so much larger, what sort of field does that emit? What about dog and cat heart field emissions? What about other animals? I then pondered how do all these fields interact when we are in intimate contact with them. I was wondering what effect our heart fields have on their heart fields and vice versa. I suddenly had these images of all these fields interacting and impacting on each other, whether it was in a barn or an animal hospital. Then I pondered, how that might impact on the general feeling of the place. Then I remembered being in different barns or different hospitals and how the feelings of each one varied from quite hectic, sometimes chaotic to others that were quite harmonious. Could these trans-species field interactions be impacting on those feelings? If so, how could one improve the feelings in one in order to make it more harmonious, more peaceful? ……

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Welcome to the Kindred Spirits Project!

Welcome to The Kindred Spirits Project.  The Kindred Spirits Project encompasses my vision to assist animal lovers throughout the world to gather together and  unite in order to nurture, transform, concentrate and focus  the unconditional  love that they share with their animal companions into compassionate action to help improve the quality of life, happiness and health of all beings.

Are you an animal lover who wishes that they could do more to  make  a difference in the world?  Throughout my thirty three years of pioneering Holistic, Integrative Veterinary Medicine, I continuously hear animal lovers who state that they wish they could do more to make a difference in the world.  This blogsite has been created as a vehicle to support animal lovers throughout the world to come together with our intentions and compassionate energies to help create a happier, healthier, more loving society and earth!  This is a co-creative journey. By contributing, participating, spreading the word, we can change this world, thought by thought, intention by intention, action by action.  The result for you is that you will realize that you are an integral part of a solution.  By being a part of the kindred spirits project, you will reap great benefits in many ways that will begin to unfold in your heart and mindstream, moment by moment in your daily life.  As demonstrated in functional mri’s, by being of benefit to others, you become happier and more peaceful.  Join in and help us create a new, more compassionate society filled with loving kindness for all!  Again, welcome and thank you for joining us!

Through the  integration of the latest advances in quantum physics, neuroscience, mind/body medicine, consciousness studies, animal behavior and studies in the human animal bond, I have developed new theories, approaches and techniques that could possibly help transform our society into a more compassionate, happier, healthier society focusing on every place where we connect and interact with animals, our kindred spirits.  If I am correct,  every animal hospital, animal shelter, horse barn, animal sanctuary as well as each and every animal loving household can be a focal point for expanding compassionate action throughout the world.   This endeavor is a co-creative journey, whereby, all animal lovers throughout the world, can review my theories, practice the simple, yet profound  techniques that will be available for free on this website, integrate them into their interactions with their kindred spirits and report back with evaluations on their animal companions  as well as their own and others responses.  There will be questionnaires and surveys that you can fill out/ answer.  These will then be collected, collated and shared on the website.  I believe that we have the ability as individual animal lovers to gather together and  assist in the transformation of society into a more compassionate, happier healthier world, animal by animal, person by person. As the world seems to be bouncing back and forth from crisis to crisis, focusing on fear rather than love, it can be too easy to fall into hopelessness and despair.  The Kindred Spirit Project is an opportunity to offer another reality, another approach, re-igniting with unconditional love, passion and  compassion  each and every kindred spirit, each heart and each soul.  Love can be even more contagious than fear.

This is a warm, loving invitation to you, all animal lovers to say Yes to a new vision for the 21st century.  This is an invitation to help create a more loving, compassionate society.  It will require assistance from animal lovers from all walks of life, with many different skills, knowledge and abilities.  It will take great skillful means to create this new reality.  Based on my discussions with animal lovers throughout the world, I believe it is totally possible and that this new reality, Shambala, a new Garden of Eden, can become a reality beyond our wildest dreams.  So many of my clients, friends, readers of my books have asked me how they can take their love of their animal companions and help the world.  Their questions have led  me to create this project.  Please join us in this noble adventure to re-create the Garden of Eden, Shambala!