Volume 3, Issue 2


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Welcome to the fall 2009 issue of The Animal Talker. I’m gearing up for my fall teaching schedule and I’m pleased to add my new Reiki Review Class and my Animal Communication Practice Group. The Reiki Review Class is a place to ask your questions about Reiki and to participate in a Reiki Share with other Reiki practitioners. This Review is open to everyone who is Reiki attuned. The Animal Communication Practice Group gives you the opportunity to build your animal communication skills and confidence by practicing with a variety of animals. This class is open to my students only or with my prior approval. I look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces in one or more of my classes.

We continue to be in difficult economic times and I’m very grateful that my clients have continued to use my services and to refer their friends and family to me. Still, I know it can be a challenge to make ends meet. Please know that I’m always willing to work with you to find a way to make my services possible for you and your animals. Just contact me directly and we’ll figure something out.

As we enter into our rainy season in the Pacific Northwest, or around our home what I affectionately refer to as mud wrestling season for the dogs, I wish you and your animal family members many hours of warm, snuggling purrs and joyous wagging tails.

Polly

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This Month

Farm Friends
Client Profile: Tucker
Dual Sessions
Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss
Upcoming Classes in 2009

Farm Friends


Jubilee Farm

This summer I’ve had the pleasure of spending many hours at a magical place: Jubilee Farm, an organic produce farm in Carnation, Washington. I go once a week to work on the farm in exchange for the most exquisite locally grown, ripe and chemically-free fruits and vegetables.

Aside from the acres of fruits and vegetables, there is also a herd of cows on the farm. Their main job is to provide manure to make into compost for the plants. When the owners of the farm first met me, they asked if I would speak with the herd to see how they were doing. Though I’ve spoken with cows, goats, pigs and other farm animals before, it is always such a treat whenever I have the opportunity to do it because usually I spend most of my time working with dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and horses.


Dream Girl

Initially I was speaking only with Dream Girl, the leader of the herd, as a way to take the pulse of the herd as a whole. It was quite an interesting conversation. I learned about some of the health concerns and fears of the herd, though overall they were a happy group.

The second time I went to speak with the cows I felt drawn to touching them as a way to more deeply connect with the energy of the herd as a unit. However, these aren’t small puppies we are talking about; they are huge beings with large hooves. Individually they could do damage to my comparatively fragile human body. As a herd, it wouldn’t take a lot of jostling and shoving for them to pose an even more serious threat.

The herd was contained by a hot wire (an electrified barrier of white nylon tape). As I approached the cows most of them turned in my direction, curious to see if I had come to move them to another pasture or to bring them something to eat, and I figured I could use their curiosity to my advantage. I turned off the electricity to the hot wire and slowly reached over to gently touch one of the cows on the head. Reflexively it startled and jumped away, pushing the entire herd away from me.

Since this approached hadn’t worked, I sat down just outside the ring of current-free tape and began offering Reiki to the herd. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Reiki is a form of healing energy work that can be done either with physical contact or at a distance. Using Reiki helps to clear blocks in the natural flow of energy that exists in everything around us (human, animal, plant) which in turn has many beneficial effects. In this case, I mostly wanted to offer Reiki as a way to allow the cows to feel safe with me nearby so they might permit me to get closer to them.

As I sat on the ground, arms outstretched slightly in the direction of the herd, one little cow came over to me. This cow (really more of a calf) was the most adorable black and white creature, with pools for eyes and eyelashes that went on forever. She timidly came closer to me, step by impossibly slow step, in a dance of fascination and at the same time guarding herself from me, this odd person who was sitting only a few feet from her. The other cows watched as this brave little bovine finally came all the way up to me and began licking my hands and shoes. In what felt like slow motion I gingerly rose to my feet, continuing all the while offering Reiki to this not-so-little girl. Then in one split second she dropped all of her guarding and pressed her head into my hands. She allowed me to move my hands all over her head, neck, shoulders and back. For a moment we were just in a bubble, transfixed on each other as I offered Reiki and did some gentle massage strokes across her neck and back.

Just then I noticed the distinct feeling of eyes upon me. I looked up from my new little friend to see a line of cows reaching out, with their necks straining in my direction. One by one they came up to me and allowed me to offer them Reiki, having witnessed my interaction with the young cow and now deeming me relatively safe. I spent about a half of an hour touching and offering Reiki to any cow who came to me. In doing so, I began to feel not only the energy of each individual cow, but also the energy of the herd. It was calm, peaceful and cohesive. It was beautiful.

The whole time this was going on Dream Girl kept me in her sight. When I was done, she told me that she found me useful to her herd. I took that as a compliment, though I think she meant it simply as a fact.

I felt elated as I left the herd. It was not only the herd that had received healing. They had clearly offered back something in exchange: The gift of letting me into their energy for a precious brief period of time. Thank you, my cow friends, for this delightful experience.

If you have a question you would like to see addressed in an article, please send it to Polly Klein at paws@tonglenhealingarts.com.



Tucker

Client Profile: Tucker

This story comes from a Megan, a client who brought her dog Tucker to me.

I had previously worked with Polly in her animal communicator capacity (and was very impressed with what I learned), when our dog, Tucker, developed some odd limps. Tucker is a small 16 pound Boston Terrier. First, his left front leg gave him problems, then it got better quickly with anti-inflammatory meds from the vet. A few weeks later, he started limping on the other front leg. I figured it must be a musculoskeletal problem because when he played fetch certain kinds of movements seemed to make the limp worse.

I knew Polly did CranioSacral work on animals, so I asked her to take a look at Tucker to see if she could help reduce his limp. During this session, Polly slowly worked over Tucker’s body. He’s a pretty anxious dog, but he soon relaxed and even looked a little sleepy. Polly explained the abnormal twist she could feel in Tucker’s back, although I could see nothing extraordinary.

On the way home I took Tucker for a short walk and even though the limp was still there, it was different, as if his body was working through a healing process. By the next day the limp was almost gone, and the day after that the limp was gone—yes, just gone. I was astounded.

I discovered that the way Tucker rushed up to his ball while playing fetch could still trigger the ghost of a limp again, so I started throwing the ball just a short distance. Tucker has been limp-free now for more than a month and I can throw his ball quite a distance without the limp reappearing. He has had two other treatments from Polly to keep the adjustment strong. I am so grateful to Polly for her sensitive and skilled work that healed our Tucker.

If you would like to see your animal profiled here, just e-mail a picture to paws@tonglenhealingarts.com. We will profile at least one client in each newsletter.


Dual Sessions

Many of you who have seen me in person at my office with your animals know that in addition to animal communication I also offer animal Reiki and CranioSacral sessions. I’m now pleased to announce an additional service: Dual Sessions.

Though my main passion is working with animals, I also am trained to use Reiki and CranioSacral therapy with people and I schedule sessions in my office. The most interesting part of this work to me is when I offer dual Reiki and CranioSacral sessions with person and animal. I generally start with the person on the table, and then at the end of their session while the person is resting I work with their animal along side of them. When we are intricately connected with our animals we often we share many of the same issues. Working with both the animal and their person at the same time can be a powerful experience.

One of my clients, Tim, writes about his experience with his dog Duncan:

“Duncan is a large dog, a Golden Retriever-Black Lab-Newfoundland mix. He is my companion, my partner, my friend. We had seen Polly before for animal communication so she was at the top of our list as a resource and care provider when Duncan started showing signs of lameness around age eight and a half.

Along with other veterinary care we started CranioSacral/Reiki sessions with Polly. Seeing and feeling the energy flow increase and the revitalization of his spirit I asked if she had any human clients. The answer was yes, and from then on the appointments have been dual sessions.

The sessions are very healing and grounding for us. Whether Polly is focusing on an acute discomfort (hip, knee, back; mine or his) or our whole bodies, her touch promotes an overall sense of well-being and balance. Polly’s work and energy leaves Duncan and me very peaceful and with a deepening of our already close relationship to each other. With each new visit the benefits of her sessions have been cumulative. Duncan is now nearing 11 and is able to enjoy an increasingly active lifestyle.”

If you have questions about this service or would like to set up a session for you or your animal please contact me at paws@tonglenhealingarts.com.


Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss

When we share our lives with companion animals, sooner or later we all face the end of their lives. This new book Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss is a wonderful asset to help you prepare for your time of loss and to support you when you grieve. It also includes one of my stories, Buddha in a Cat Suit.

Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss is now available by mail from Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals or at the office.


Upcoming Classes for 2009

Reiki Classes

Reiki Level I

Sunday, October 25, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
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Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location - Northwest School of Animal Massage, Redmond, WA
Continuing Education Credits available for this class!
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Reiki Level II

Saturday, November 14, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
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Reiki Level III

Sunday, October 11, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
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Reiki Review

Saturday, November 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, Issaquah, WA
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Animal Communication Classes

Introduction to Animal Communication Workshop
Saturday, September 26, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts, Issaquah, WA
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Introduction to Animal Communication Workshop
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location - Northwest School of Animal Massage, Redmond, WA
Continuing Education Credits available for this class!
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Animal Communication Practice Group
Saturday, October 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Location - Tonglen Healing Arts, Issaquah, WA
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© Polly Klein 2009. Polly Klein, owner of Tonglen Healing Arts for Animals, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master and Certified Animal CranioSacral Therapist. You can contact her online at www.tonglenhealingarts.com.