We did it! We had the animal communicator whom I have been reading about for so long come over last week for a session! So exciting and very very interesting!
She was expensive (don't tell Hubby
) but I was feeling like there was so much I wanted Gracie to know about etc.: big family changes such as my dad's passing, Hubby's brother's passing (mid-July, very sad end to a tragic life) and Jamie moving away for college; plans for the first time to leave Gracie by herself over-night; questions about her bad experience with the vaccinations; pooping on the rug in the entryway; nail trimming battles.
I was not disappointed in the communicator's skills and her rapport with animals. We let Gracie say what she wanted, to start with, and then covered all the topics I had in mind and then some. In a nutshell, Gracie asked to be allowed out on the deck with us; chose who she wanted to 'house sit' while we are away; agreed to try a leash since she wants to go for walks and travel with us later to see Jamie in college; understood that pooping in the entryway when her tummy or butt hurts spoils the 'feng shui' of the home, (I promised to find her a rug of her own when she needs to communicate that); agreed to try to calm herself better when I trim her nails so that she doesn't try to bite me anymore; and told us about her experience with her vaccinations ('seeing like a kaleidoscope, back pain, whole body cramps, wasn't sure she was going to make it - tell the doctor not to do that to any more cats'), and told us her front paws hurt or go numb sometimes now. She also peppered the conversation with lots of observations about each family member, as though she was very proud to be asked and was eager to show that she knew a lot. (During the whole session she sat bolt upright like an Egyptian statue with the most intense look on her face, and she did this huge-eyed s-l-o-w blink sometimes which I have never seen before.)
I was not expecting one aspect of the conversation ~ Gracie relayed messages from my dad and from Gary's brother. The communicator explained that it is a common ocurrence; her exact words were that "the veil gets very thin, and they come around, but since they know that you didn't hire me to talk to them, they talk to the animal, and the animal relays the messages." Gracie relayed a humorous remark from my dad that was spot-on, as well as some other comments that made me understand that my dad is in a good place, and so is my brother-in-law. [I have to say that this solved a huge mystery for me - do you have to believe
in a spirit realm to get there, or is it open to you whether you believe or not
? It seems that the spirit realm is the 'default setting', so to speak - I now believe that everyone goes there no matter what they believed in life.]
So far, we have made good on all of the promises we made to Gracie! She has been coming out on the deck with us (she blinks us and checks in with headbutts every few minutes); she's learned to tolerate the harness and leash in about four days; today we took her to visit grandpa at the cemetery (because she went once in the carrier and told us she wanted to get out and walk there) where she got to sit on the grass in the shade with harness but no leash for about forty-five minutes while we sat in the sun nearby; nail trimming is better ; and she hasn't pooped in the front hall since our conversation. Yea! I did buy her a tiny one-foot-by-one-foot Chinese cut pile rug of her very own
(I found a cheap one at the antique store, kind of dirty but the real thing nonetheless).
We also had a lady come over who does chiropractic treatments for animals (as well as working as a vet tech), that was a little hard since Gracie didn't want to be touched but she did get an infra-sound treatment and we will try again next week now that Gracie has met her once.
The whole experience was ground-breaking. It feels like we've taken our relationship with Gracie to another level, deeper trust and give-and-take, but she has to do some 'growing up' in order to have the experiences she wants. Same for our son, actually - since he's heading out to new adventures too. And I suppose the same applies to Hubby and to me, now that the older generation is starting to pass on - it's our turn to grow up, but at least we know that we're not alone, we've got loved ones on the other side who are watching out for us!