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Over the years, I’ve seen and felt consistent messages flow from the animals I’ve loved and the thousands of animals I’ve been honored to work with that, when embraced by their humans as truth, have made a positive, life-changing difference in both of their lives. If your animal could write you a love letter, I think it would look something like this:
To My Beloved Person,
My heart is full of gratitude to you for creating a safe place for me to live, love, heal, and enjoy life. Thank you for being open to healing together. If you find yourself stuck in fear because of an issue that you perceive I’m going through or an emotion that you assume I must be feeling, pull back your energy and release your fears in healthy ways. Then you will have clarity about what matters most to us both.
During stressful times, I understand that you are doing the best you can, so please, release any guilt that you are hanging onto regarding decisions on my behalf. I forgive you for any perceived mistakes. Let’s move forward and not look back at unpleasant times. Focusing on the past keeps us both stuck.
Speak your truth to me. I can handle it. When you’re leaving the house for whatever reason, believe that I will be fine, as that helps me release my own fears. Send me love when you’re not with me. I will feel it, and it helps me to feel more peaceful and safe when you are not physically with me.
Please honor any grieving process I may be going through and give me the space and timing to heal as I choose. Feel free to grieve with me and know that releasing my pain during difficult times is a natural thing that I need to do. I know it hurts you to see me hurting but know that I’ll be okay, just as you will.
Love yourself as much as I love you. Look in the mirror and see what I see: a beautiful, kind, loving, caring person filled with light and love. It has and always will be easy for me to see that you are a spark of the Divine. When I see you being kinder to yourself, I have accomplished one of my goals, and that helps my soul to evolve.
What you feed me matters. A lot. Please give me higher-vibrational food to help me better take care of my sacred temple and help me not to confuse food with love. Also feed me positive, loving thoughts grounded with a knowing that everything is always unfolding just as it should be.
I need daily movement to release my emotions and feel better. It helps me to ground with Mother Earth, and it revitalizes my body, mind, and soul. It also clears toxins and energy I might have absorbed from others.
My soul is evolving, and being with you is important for my growth. I know you think you chose me, but I always knew you were the one for me. The heavens orchestrated every detail to ensure that we’d be together, however short our time might be. Together we can be a bridge from heaven to earth and bring more light to this world.
I am not the reason you feel more love; you were simply ready to begin opening your heart, and God sent me to you.
I cannot love you enough to heal your pain. That is yours to bear, heal, and release on your own. However, know that I will always support you by loving you, no matter what you may be going through, and I will hold space for you to find the strength and courage you need to begin removing the cloaks of your pain so you may feel better. I will be your number one cheerleader.
When it is my time to go, know that I will help you with any big decisions you have to make on my behalf. I trust you completely to accurately read my wishes. I do not fear death, as I know I will always be around you, just in a different way.
Be a role model for love. When you are able to quiet your inner critic and begin to shift how you treat yourself, you allow more love to enter your heart. And when you allow more love in, you have more love to give. And that is why we are both here.
With great respect, love, and gratitude,
Your Animal Companion
©2016, 2018 by Tammy Billups. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Bear & Co.,
a division of Inner Traditions Intl. https://innertraditions.com
Soul Healing with Our Animal Companions: The Hidden Keys to a Deeper Animal-Human Connection
by Tammy Billups.
The animals we attract in our lives reflect us in many ways. Our connections with them run deeply, down to the soul level. Just like us, they are also on a journey to evolve their soul through their relationships and experiences, and each has deeply spiritual messages for us and intentions for our personal growth. In this book, Tammy Billups invites you to explore and deepen this profound relationship, showing how you can co-evolve along with your animal companions, experience unconditional love, and, ultimately, enact healing for both animal and caregiver.
Tammy Billups is a Certified Interface Therapist, Author, Speaker, and pioneer on the emotional and energetic connection between animals and people. She founded the animal ministry at the Southeast’s largest Unity Spiritual Community in 2004 and currently facilitates its monthly Praying Paws Animal Service. She also serves on the editorial board of the Conscious Life Journal, pens a column called Animals as Guides, and donates weekly sessions to animal rescue centers. Tammy has had numerous appearances on TV, radio, and podcasts –including CNN’s The Daily Share, Primetime Live ABC, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also an ordained Inter-Faith Minister. For more information, visit www.TammyBillups.com