Find Your Why

This week I decided to video blog because I’m really digging the Periscope impromptu live video concept!

Find your why

I live streamed this on Periscope just a few minutes ago, but also decided to share it here. If you don’t know what Periscope is, it’s an app on your phone where you can connect with people who live stream short videos (you can even do it too and share your great message)! So find me on Periscope under Allie Phillips/Manifested Harmony!

In the meantime, click on the video above and learn why it’s important to find your why. The book I mention in the video is this: 

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you! She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Why we should work together

Offering Reiki to a moose in Alaska! Fabulous!
Offering Reiki to a moose in Alaska! Fabulous!

I moved my business from Alexandria, Virginia back home to Lansing, Michigan in March of this year. I have been re-introducing myself to my community and sharing how I bring together energy laws and energy healing to help people and animals live their best life in this chaotic world.

I’m different than most in the entrepreneurial healing and coaching world because I don’t just offer/teach healing and I don’t just offer coaching. Everything I do merges the two together. Through my own education, training and tribulations, I have learned that your greatest success comes from understanding and working with Universal Laws and from integrating healing into your life. So I hope you enjoy this QnA to learn more about my work and to join me in an in-person or online class!

Why should I choose Manifested Harmony when there are so many coaches and energy healers out there?

I love it that there is massive growth of people who are becoming coaches and energy healers. Goodness knows our world needs it! Let me share a few things that are unique about me.

  • The photo below is how my students and clients describe me (which is so sweet).

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  • What usually surprises people is that I’m an attorney! I am a former prosecuting attorney who teaches criminal justice professionals on recognizing how animal abuse connects to crimes against people, and how to protect animals. I am the creator of two initiatives: Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) and Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK). So having a legal brain, I need proof that energy laws and healing work and I share all of that in my classes.
Hanging out with Baxter from The Anchorman movies!
Hanging out with Baxter from The Anchorman movies!
    • I give you more than what you will expect during a class or session. That is because I’m not a one-method person. I have extensive training and experience in working with crystals (I was taught by a science teacher, so you get some cool sciencey stuff in my classes), how to safely work with essential oils (I have learned from chemists, doctors, veterinarians and from the founder of Young Living), how Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy helps the physical/emotional/mental/spiritual bodies, and how everything that we do is governed by Universal Vibrational Laws (so if you have a crappy attitude and outlook on life, there’s only so much that oils, crystals and healing can do for you). So no matter what class you take, or which session you select, I weave everything together because none of us are one dimensional, right?
    • My classes are super fun! Check out a video below from one class. I am a natural teacher and I get so excited when I can share what I know. And there is always room for questions and I make sure that everyone walks away completely understanding what I’ve taught.

  • If you are a first-timer to healing classes, I make you feel at home because I was there too! Remember, I had an attorney brain and through all of my classes I was able to work with the energy and open up my intuition. I will show how you can, too!
  • I love love love animals. In my legal work I help animals. And through Manifested Harmony my mission is to train as many people who work or volunteer with animals. I believe it is how we can make shelter pets and even veterinary clinics comfortable and safe for animals. A majority of the people who have joined Manifested Harmony either have pets or they work with animals. Not only do I help them to help the animals in their care, but I help them to help themselves.
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Volunteering at King Street Cats (Alexandria, VA).
  • I have the highest work and practice ethics (that’s the attorney in me), I always make sure that students and clients know how they can go home and help themselves, their family and their pets. My goal is for you to learn rather than keep coming to me. So I give you practical easy tips for daily living.
  • I run a socially-conscious business, so a portion of every class proceed is donated to a non-profit organization that I love and respect. Check out which organizations I have helped!
  • And lastly, you will have access to me! I’ve learned from a lot of great teachers, but after the training was complete, I did not have access to them. And with some, I only had virtual access. With me, you stay connected to me because I have several private Facebook pages where I engage with everyone! So if questions arise, I can help you … even if it’s 5 years after you take a class!

I don’t think I can afford your classes?

I price my classes to be affordable but also to help you understand what it means to invest in yourself. I bring a lot of value to my classes so that you walk away knowing that you’ve made a great investment in yourself. I set the cost for each class based on several few factors: (1) I have extensive training and experience in each vibrational technique that I teach. Each modality provides value for the others, and combined together provides a unique learning experience. (2) I have small classes (usually no more than 6 or 9 people) so that you have more time to ask questions and practice what you have learned. For my Crystal Healing, Integrated Energy Therapy and Reiki classes, you will provide/receive a session as part of your training. For my healing classes for animals, you will provide a session to at least one animal (and in some classes we go off site to work with horses or livestock). (3) For my Crystal Healing classes, you will receive crystals to take home and work with, and will engage in practical work such as creating crystal elixirs. (4) You receive detailed training workbooks that you can take home and begin working from home. This reduces how many notes you need to take so that you can focus in class. (4) I weave in other vibrational techniques that compliment your class. For instance, I will discuss how crystals or essential oils can bolster Reiki or IET treatments. And (5) all past students have rated my classes as “excellent.”

What are your coaching classes like?

I started Manifested Harmony by offering one-on-one coaching. And while I enjoyed that method, I found that my clients thrived more when I offered group coaching classes. The energy of being in a class with like-minded people, learning together, and having the group hold each accountable for getting tasks completed resulted in significantly better outcomes for all! And the group classes are so much fun for me to teach because I do them online so that it does not matter where you live! What is really unique about my group coaching classes is that I just don’t give you all the nuances of Universal Energy Laws (such as the Law of Attraction), but I give you loads of practical information for daily living (such as how tools like essential oils, crystals, affirmations, and other techniques work alongside the energy laws). This is why my mission for Manifested Harmony is to create a place where energy laws & healing to come together! And stay tuned … I have a great online group coaching class in creation!

(Psst … If you want to learn some more fun and quirky things about me, check out this blog of 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me!)

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), Young Living oil enthusiast (Ind. Dis  #1414338), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Each day she finds her balance playing with essential oils, crystals, animals, writing, and teaching, while helping others find their path. Her passion is combing energy laws & healing techniques together to help people gain control of their lives, remove negative blocks and emotions, and to help animals live with comfort in our changing world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Layering Energy: Packing a Wallop!

Have you ever layered energy? This is one of my favorite techniques and I want to share with you how I do it! Layering energy is where you work with two or more vibrational energy techniques to achieve greater balance and wellness at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual energy layers.

I work with many different types of vibrational energies: color therapy, crystals, essential oils, Integrated Energy Therapy, Law of Attraction/Universal Laws, Reiki, sound therapy and tapping (emotional freedom technique). I have experienced and witnessed positive results with all of these methods individually. Now imagine that you layer and combine them for an even bigger wallop? Let me give you some examples:

  • Placing crystals on the chakras during Reiki sessions;
  • Adding Young Living essential oils to my fingertips and on pulse points for clients during an Integrated Energy Therapy sessions;
  • Adding colored pillows onto the chakras and placing crystals on top of the pillows;
  • Playing crystal singing bowls at the end of a healing session for added sound benefit;
  • Tapping with essential oils on fingertips or with crystals placed on the chakras;
  • Incorporating the Law of Attraction, visualization techniques, and working in harmony with Universal Laws during healing sessions or while enjoying essential oils, crystals and more.

Make sense? I have found very powerful combinations when layering energy. Energy works at the energetic level that seems mysterious to many people. And since energy takes time to unravel physical and emotional issues, some people become impatient and think it is not working. So if you can layer a combination of energy, you will surely find better results.

You may resonate with one or two methods more than others, so I encourage you to follow your heart and intuition and learn about what interests you. The more you learn, the more you will find yourself curious about other methods. This is why I teach a variety of different classes, share crystals, encourage people to join me on my essential oil adventure, and blog about a variety of topics.

No matter where your interests are, try layering what you know and let me know what you think! And if you want to learn more about layering, check out my upcoming classes!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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The Life You Want: A Weekend in DC with Oprah

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most impactful inspirational leaders of the modern age, is throwing an 8-city The Life You Want tour and this past weekend she hosted in Washington D.C. I have attended many empowerment conferences but this one was leaps and bounds above all others. Why?

Oprah is a powerful speaker who penetrates your soul and gets you thinking and moving. And she had 4 amazing speakers (Elizabeth Gilbert, Mark Nepo, Rob Bell and Iyanla Vanzant). But there were 2 additional touches that sealed it for me: (1) three “time outs” during the event to write in our convention notebook to answer some deep questions and to write out action items, and (2) being among 10,000+ like-minded souls which included a lot of dancing and grooving to old school R&B spun by DJ Kiss! The power of everyone coming together in a common purpose and raising the energy through the roof was intoxicating

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Since not everyone may have the opportunity to attend the convention (click here to check out the remaining cities), I want to share some pearls of wisdom from the speakers that are worth reading. Please take some time to read each of these and reflect on what it means to you. See how it resonates and whether it begins to stir something within you that you know deep down needs to change.

Oprah’s advice:

  • There is no life without a spiritual life. Any discord that you feel in your life is in direct proportion to your spiritual location.
  • When things are “off” or when you experience failure, life is pushing you in another direction. Listen to the push.
  • Life speaks in whispers. You can only hear them if you quiet yourself … everyday.
  • If you ever wonder why you are here having a human experience, it is because you were called to be here … to be here now. Don’t waste it.
  • Be present to see the ordinary moments in life as creating an extra-ordinary life.
  • Mine your own energy field, and stay out of others. Your field is where your power is; we have no power in other’s territory.

Mark Nepo’s advice:

  • Author of The Book of Awakening.
  • The longest journey you will make in life is from your head to your heart.
  • Don’t waste this rare life. Ask what you need to know. Say what you need to say. Do what you need to do. Be who you need to be.
  • We have to build our inner world (through reflection) or gravity of the outer world will crush us.
  • Wherever you are that isn’t comfortable, use it as information to launch you forward. Because when you feel misery, you are in the wrong spot and need to change direction.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice:

  • Author of Eat. Pray. Love.
  • Transformation is not supposed to be easy, or everyone would do it everyday.
  • Any movement can bring injury, so we do not move until we are pushed. But movement is growth.
  • At some point, we will all embark on a Quest (The Hero’s Journey) which is found within every culture, but never does the Quest involve a woman … it’s time to change that.
  • We receive a calling.
    • We embark on an adventure – there’s no going back
    • We encounter a road of trials and meet a trickster, wise elders, friends disguised as enemies, enemies disguised as friends
    • We live through a dark night of the soul
    • We call upon divine assistance to help us
    • We receive powers and talents to help us grow
    • We battle what we most fear
    • And we face the fear and win
  • When you have limitations/obligations in life that pre-empt a Quest (young children, caring for elder parents, financial restrictions), simply make a promise to do what you need to do at some point and then plan for it.

Rob Bell’s advice:

  • Author of What we talk about when we talk about God
  • We are not simply living a spiritual life, we are a spiritual life.
  • No matter what is going on, life is miraculous. Think of all that it takes, that we do not think about (such as breathing and cell regeneration) to keep us alive everyday.  That’s a miracle.
  • When you are grounded and present, everything in spiritual no matter how mundane.
  • The life you want is first embracing the life you have.
  • Unapologetically live your life, not the life that others want for you.

Iyanla Vanzant’s advice:

  • Author of a new book on Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything
  • The life you want is on the other side of painful labor. When life says push, you need to push! It’s not pretty at the time, but afterwards it’s glorious.
  • If you made it through the past, you passed so let it go.
  • If you don’t have silence, you cannot hear your life. And then you’re on your own and that’s why people feel loneliness among the chaos.
  • Your eyes adjust to the level of deficiency in your life, so you do not recognize it as a deficiency. But when you get quiet, you become aware of the deficiencies.

It is impossible for me to convey in words the power and inspiration received during this weekend with Oprah and her team. What I want to convey is that when an opportunity comes along to attend an event like Oprah’s The Life You Want or another empowerment conference, please put all excuses aside and GO! It will be an investment in yourself that never goes away.

I know that I am going through a massive shift right now and I know that no matter what happens during the labor, I always have and always will end up in a better place. Most people do not believe that, but I want to change that. So whether it’s attending an empowerment conference, reading books, or going through my past blogs where this has been a common theme … just take one step away from something that isn’t right and towards something that is. Just one step at a time is all you need and the light of your true life will begin to shine.

It’s time to turn up the volume on your life. (Psst, stay tuned for a program that I’m planning to launch in January 2015 to help you.)

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Vibrational Energy 101

The Law of Attraction … The Secret … Energy Healing … Reiki … Crystals … Maybe you have heard these concepts being discussed by friends, saw a post on social media, or caught a glimpse of an article but really do not know what’s the fuss all about! Well let me tell you … it’s worth fussing about!

Did you know that you give off vibrational energy (a vibe) every moment of every day? It’s really important for you to know what your vibe is so that you’re not unintentionally throwing around vibrational junk. Because your vibes impact others, and other people’s vibes impact you! So here are 10 things that you need to know about vibrational energy to help you stay balanced and well:

1. Everything is made of vibrational energy (yes, everything!). You, your cat, your co-workers, your computer, absolutely everything! Think of it as a wave of invisible energy that streams every moment of the day and matches up with similar energy.
2. The Principle of Resonance says that when a larger vibration is present, similar vibrations will synchronize to it. So a lower vibration will sync to the higher. And the Principle of Entrainment tells us that a higher energy will dominant a lower energy of the similar frequency. And this higher vibration can be positive or negative. So if you encounter someone who is very negative (and they are strong and vocal about it), their vibration may take over and you begin to feel negative. Likewise if you encounter someone who is very happy (and exuding it), their vibration will raise your vibration.
3. Thoughts are measurable forms of energy, biochemical impulses, waves of energy. Everything you think, believe, say, do sends out energy. The easiest way to know what your vibrational energy is, is to simply look around you. Your current “reality” is from your vibration.
4. The Law of Attraction is the most powerful law in the universe …it measures your beliefs, thoughts, feelings, words and actions and then brings you like-vibrational things/people/situations. When you focus your energy and attention on something, it sends a message to the Universe that you want it (whether it’s good or bad). So if you’re worried and obsessed about lack of money, lack of health, lack of love, the Universe measures your vibe as focusing on lack and gives you more of it! The Universe responds by giving you more of what you most focus on.
5. Our body has a magnetic energy field of various layers (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and more). When disruptive (negative) imbalanced energy enters the energy field, it will manifest as a physical ailment after penetrating all of the layers. With healing therapies, these imbalances can be detected and moved out of the energy field before entering the physical body (for both people and pets).
6. Energy healing techniques work on the body and energy field to promote relaxation. Because a relaxed body can repair itself!
7. Fun fact: A cat’s purr is vibrationally healing! This is why some cats stay by our side when we are feeling unwell.
8. Crystals are more than pretty stones, they actually have scientific support! Crystals are pure vibrating healing energy from the Earth. Because of the fixed, orderly structure of crystals, our bodies can sync to the vibration of the crystal (because the crystal is a stronger vibration). And when we can vibrate along with the Earth’s vibrational frequency (7.82 Hz), we feel our healthiest! (This is why earthing/grounding, walking on beach or barefoot in the woods, leaves us feeling fantastic).

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9. When you have an energy healing session (from a qualified practitioner), the pure vibrational energy will provide unparalleled physical and emotional relaxation. When you are relaxed, you are balanced; and when you are balanced, you are well. Everyday life, however, can throw off that balance which is why energy healing on a consistent basis is as important as consistent exercise, healthy eating and sleeping!

10. You can learn in-depth information on the Law of Attraction and energy healing techniques by checking out my classes! My online Vibrational Healing class is a great introduction into all of these methods to show how energy laws & healing come together to help you live your best life!

Now that you know a little bit about energy, make sure that what you send out vibrationally is good stuff!

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Vibrationally yours,

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About Allie Phillips:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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Meet, Greet & Heal!

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Over the past several years, I’ve really enjoyed connecting with all of you through social media and the internet. It’s amazing to discuss topics of healing and wellness with people just around the corner or on the other side of the world! Love love love that!!!

But I also love love love to connect in person with people (and their companion animals). There’s a lot going on with Manifested Harmony over the next several months. So check out these opportunities for us to connect if you live in the greater Washington D.C. area!

Events

  • August 17 = Join me and other Energy Emissaries for a visit to a Buddhist Temple in Poolesville, MD where we will relax amongst a room full of crystals and visit the outdoor healing gardens (weather permitting). Email me if you want to car pool or meet us there at 10:00am.
  • August 31 = I will be at Pro Feed pet store in Alexandria (Belle View plaza) from 11am – 1pm. I’m there to answer questions about energy therapy for pets and give some advice if your pet is struggling with a physical or behavioral issue. Bring your pet by and I’ll give a complimentary mini-healing session!
  • September 28 & 29 – I will gather with other Energy Emissaries at the Hay House I Can Do It Conference at National Harbor. Please email me to let me know if you will be there and we’ll schedule a meet up for everyone.
  • Sunday, October 6th – I will have a booth at Pathway’s Natural Living Expo. I’ll be offering mini-healing and coaching sessions, will have the BioMat for you to enjoy, will have elixirs and other goodies for you to sample, and will have a lot of information available to help you live your best life! This is a great event with so many fantastic vendors. 
  • October 26 = I will be at Pro Feed pet store in Alexandria (Belle View plaza) from 11am – 1pm. I’m there to answer questions about energy therapy for pets and give some advice if your pet is struggling with a physical or behavioral issue. Bring your pet by and I’ll give a complimentary mini-healing session!

Classes

There’s so many ways for us to connect over the coming months and I would love to see you at one of the meet -n- greets or to join in on one of the classes. And if you’re a healing client or student, you will be invited to join in on my monthly Harmony Circle events where we gather together and have great discussions, group meditations or energy shares!

And if you don’t live in the area, I haven’t forgotten about you! I have a great online class called You are your thoughts: A better life through conscious manifestingThis is a self-guided class that contains 5 modules (webinar, resources and practical steps to take). And there are more online classes coming in 2014!

I hope to connect with you either in-person or online soon!

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About Allie:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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12 Days of Healing

Usually when we enter the summer months, life gets a little slower, a little sweeter, and a little more relaxed as we get outdoors, stretch our weary limbs and soak up the sun. But recently, it seems like energy has been speeding up and people have been a bit stressed out or “off”. It could be Venus retrograde (May 15-June 27) where we receive lessons that have us evaluate the people, relationships and things in our life; another solar eclipse (May 20); or the quickly approaching December 21st Mayan calendar date (which now some people are disputing whether the calendar really does end). We’re experiencing a lot of cosmic and energetic shake ups and it may explain why we feel so disjointed.

I want to share a wonderful online opportunity for those of you who are seeking information about healing or just want to take a short time out each day to feel good. HibiscusMoonCrystalAcademyis offering a free 12-day Energy Healers Conference.

The conference began on Memorial Day and when you register you can go back and view the first 2 webinars and download the materials. There are a variety of fantastic topics and each video is short (about 20 minutes). So no matter how busy your life is, you will feel better if you can find time each day to squeeze in a little learning about healing and living your best life.

Please let me know if you are enjoying the conference and which topics resonate with you.

 

What Pets Teach Us

Last Friday (February 24th), I said goodbye to my Sammy Jammy. He was at 14 years old and had been declining from kidney failure for the past few years. Sammy came into my life on March 2, 2000 from an animal control shelter in Michigan. We truly chose each other. I gave him a loving home filled with everything he wished for; he was my heart and forever will be. He passed one week shy of our 12th anniversary. I will still honor him on our anniversary.

Sammy was my talker who always greeted me with a “monroe” or “mwow”, and he always wanted to burrow into my lap. When he was happy, his nose dripped and he cooed like a dove; and when we cuddled, he would bury his head into me. As his inevitable death was nearing the past 6 months, I spent a lot of quality time sitting with him, reading, meditating, and watching movies (he particularly liked Harry Potter movies). Despite the demands of my work and many projects, I put much on hold in order to be with Sammy and I’m grateful that I did. I did not expect him to live to Christmas, but he seemed determined to hang on.

Although I am coping with his loss (as are his cat siblings Oscar and Lucy), I am taking comfort in the countless lessons that I learned from Sammy. Pets teach us so much if we simply take the time to listen and learn. Pets teach us kindness, compassion, generosity, and love. I truly believe that Sammy held on longer than expected because he had lessons to teach me (and he needed to make sure those lessons stayed with me).

What were those lessons?

• Be a human being, not a human doing. I tend to work too much, especially work to help animals. When Sammy started declining last October, he taught me to stop working at dinnertime. No matter what was left to be done, it could wait for the next day. So each evening, Sammy and I (and his siblings) spent time together. That is one lesson that I know he wanted me to understand and I will continue in honor of Sammy.

• Be present; recognize and appreciate all that is around you rather than going through life at a fast pace. Animals live in the present; they do not get wrapped in what happened in the past (which cannot be changed) or what may come in the future (which may not materialize). When you live in the present, you can marvel in miracles and messages that unfold around you.

• Be quiet and still. This helps you to hear your inner voice and the guidance it will provide. Slowing down will help you recalibrate to a healthy vibrational energy so that you feel better. Slowing down helps you to match your energy to your pets (who are always emitting nonjudgmental and unconditional loving vibrations).

• Be joyful, and do not worry. Pets don’t worry and they are always happy to see their family. They live with the understanding that each day is a gift, for you never know what will happen the next day.

• Speak your truth. Sammy was a Siamese who conversed with a beautiful voice. He never hesitated to tell me what he wanted, which was usually “sit down so that I can lay in your lap.” When you speak your truth, you are authentic. And being authentic is important to living your best life.

• Sunshine is healthy. Sammy always found a space on the couch where the sun would radiate upon him. Sunshine is a vital life force for the planet and all beings. Enjoy the sun each day that it is present.

• Share your heart with those who will cherish it, whether human or animal.

The lessons that Sammy taught me are countless and have left pawprints on my heart. I hope that I will do him proud by practicing what he taught me for the rest of my life. I share his teachings with you because they are important for all human beings to slow down, be present and enjoy this life we have been given. You taught me well Sammy. Rest in Peace my little angel.