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Animals as Spiritual Companions by Eden Koljord

This Christmas Day evening, what an honor to reflect upon my friend, Mr. Stormy, and the numerous Divine blessings that accompanied his transition back into Spirit.  On December 20, 2013, I arrived at the Horse Protection League (HPL) ranch at Golden, CO and was greeted by Miss Emie (HPL Barn Manager).  I found great comfort in her warm embrace.  As I entered Stormy’s paddock, he greeted me along with his human friend, Esther.  I noticed he was holding his head low to the ground seeking a comfortable position.  While talking with Esther, I asked if she would welcome an Affirmative Prayer.  Before I began, the rabbits and squirrels encouraged me to feel the peace around us and bask in the soft glow of our surroundings.  Dr. Wayne Dyer has described this peaceful, soft glow as Godlight.  As I closed my eyes and settled into the beauty and stillness of that Divine moment, I felt at One with everything.  Dr. Patty Luckenbach, D.D. (Doctorate in Divinity) has taught me about the Principle of Oneness.  Each of us (including animals) is an incarnation of the One Spirit.  All life is inseparably One.  There is a Divine Wholeness, a total interconnectedness.  All of us are One with each other, and One with all Life. 

As I began the Affirmative Prayer, the gift of the present moment enabled Divine Right Action to flow forth.  As my words were spoken, I saw several Spiritual Beings among us.  As an ambassador for the International Animal Ministry, coordinated by Dr. Patty Luckenbach, we have discussed my Divine gift to see these beautiful beings so full of Divine grace.  When I finished the Affirmative Prayer, I opened my eyes and saw Stormy looking at me with his head held high.  Respecting the bond between Esther and Stormy, I was guided to sit in the ranch house and send Reiki energy. The Universal-Consciousness called Rei guides the life energy called Ki in the practice known as Reiki.  With my eyes closed, I could feel the presence of our animal friends from the Nature Kingdom and feel the energy of the horses in “Lenny’s Crew” move toward Stormy’s paddock.  At that time, I was guided to return to be with him.  When I opened my eyes, there was a large flock of Mourning Doves in his paddock.  To the collective conscious (humans), these beautiful birds represent a message of life, hope, renewal, and peace.  And, in this flock, one lone White Dove was present, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Christian iconography.  For Christians, the Holy Spirit represents “the Spirit of Jesus” (Acts 16:7) and the “Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:11).

When I returned to Stormy’s paddock, I began to feel very unsteady – as though I was going to faint.  Indeed, “Lenny’s Crew” had gathered next to him, and Miss Pearl (a member of the crew) suggested I place my right hand on her left shoulder.  As I listened to her wisdom and breathed deep into my Hara (Center of Balance), I felt like a tree with a deep tap root enabling it to weather any storm.  As I stood next to Pearl, I observed veterinarian Dr. Long take a deep breath by his truck, slowly release it, and calmly walk towards Stormy’s paddock.  I regarded it as a profound moment to witness.  After years of dedicated service, I was moved by his continued expression of humbleness to aid a soul back into Spirit. 

As Stormy was led towards a lovely grassy area on the West side of the ranch house, Pearl mentioned it was time for me to follow behind.  I counted 14 Mourning Doves sitting upon an electrical wire near us.  In Numerology, the number 14 can be reduced further by adding 1+4=5.  I have been taught the number 5 symbolizes protection.  As the lone White Dove sat among them, representing the presence of the Great Spirit, I knew that all was well.  At the soul level, Stormy and I looked deeply at one another, and I heard him say, “Goodbye.”  I felt that word spread throughout my Heart Chakra.  At that Divine moment, we were truly One with each other.  Nothing else existed except the two of us.  Stormy’s gaze shifted and his expression became blank.  In that Divine moment, I felt myself as him looking from his perspective at his body standing below him.  All of this took place prior to Dr. Long’s injection. 

After Dr. Long’s departure, I was guided to return to the ranch house and send additional Reiki energy.  Afterwards, I took a walk past Stormy’s paddock and did not feel his presence.  As I made my way past the boarded horses, offering a hello to everyone along the way, I felt a great deal of peace.  Mr. Lenny informed me that everything was ok and assured me the other horses understood as well.  As I greeted each of the HPL horses at the front of the property, I spent some extra time with Miss Patches.  While gently stroking her neck, I mentioned Stormy’s name.  I was very humbled by the recognition of his name as she gazed at me.  I told her that I was sorry about her friend.  I felt an understanding from her about a much Bigger Picture connected to his transition.  One of my favorite photos from the 2014 HPL calendar showcases Patches and Stormy side-by-side in the pasture.  It reminds me of a quiet evening among friends as the sun slowly dips behind the mountains.

When I returned home from the HPL ranch, I was both physically and emotionally drained.  That morning at approximately 1 a.m., I had eased myself into bed after a two-week trip to California and Oregon.  Fatigue and Stormy’s transition were taking their toll, and I opted for a rejuvenating nap.  As the tears streamed down my face thinking about Stormy, I closed my eyes and saw two lovely Spiritual Beings.  I knew that all was well.  Later that evening, as I brushed my teeth, more tears streamed down my face.  While in bed, I closed my eyes and began to feel the presence of Stormy very strongly.  I knew that all was well.  During the Christmas Eve service at Mile Hi Church, I was moved to tears again!  During a moment of prayer, I thanked Higher Consciousness for assisting Stormy with a smooth and safe transition back into Spirit.  I felt the peace which passes all understanding.

As an Animal Communication Specialist and Animal Reiki Teacher, I am blessed to have many clients.  Prior to Mr. Stormy’s transition, one of them stopped at the HPL ranch to visit me on my volunteer day.  We took a short walk to visit with a few horses.  At Stormy’s paddock, she stopped and stared.  She explained that she knew him, and it was hard for her to see him at HPL.  Her commitment to her horse has been an inspiration to me.  It was difficult for her to understand why a human companion would willingly place a horse at HPL.  I told her that I completely understood her viewpoint.  As I mentioned the incredible commitment, compassion, and love extended unto Stormy and all of the resident horses at HPL, I sensed a deeper level of understanding from her and myself about the true gift of HPL.  Mr. Stormy was showered with love – the greatest gift we can give to ourselves, one another, and our beloved animal companions no matter how great or small. 

For more information about Eden Koljord visit www.edenhealing.com.  For more information about the Horse Protection League (HPL) visit www.cohpl.org.

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