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|How I "Happened to Arrive at the Great Ape Sanctuary"
I kept running into Jane Goodall’s name. She is the animal behaviorist who is known worldwide for her work with apes. Suddenly she was in TV programs, in movie theatres, people were mentioning her name in publications, and someone even asked me if I knew if she was still alive. I had to look her up in Wikipedia to find out. (Yes, she is alive.) Was I supposed to meet her? “The path of Jane” as I call it, was more than just coincidence of course. In the midst of two moves, the closing of our school in Longwood and moving my family to Deland, my husband surprised me by purchasing two tickets to an ape sanctuary. I had stacks of boxes around me, had no clue where my personal items were, let alone clothes, but I knew that this trip was a gift. So I left what seemed like over 100 boxes of our life, and excitedly went. That trip resulted in a profound change. I began communicating with a chimp that had been taught sign language. Within seconds I found myself sending mental images and associating them with hand gestures. At first this chimp was dumbfounded that I was in dialogue with her. She excitedly motioned to a nearby human caretaker. “Do you know sign?” she asked. Rather than going into specifics of what I was doing, I just nodded. Too hard to explain. Another orangutan I was communicating with had severe stomach cramps. Too painful for him to even move away from the group of visitors with cameras. I conveyed this to our guide. These messages were sent over to the founder of the sanctuary. I received an email a few days later from the director, and returned to the sanctuary. A change in my work is forever inevitable. BUT, had I held back the information from the guide because I was afraid of what people thought, I would not have the honor to engage with this magnificent species. PS, as I was leaving the sanctuary there was Jane’s photo with one of the apes on the wall!
|Return to the Ape Sanctuary|
My work is very vague to most people. They really have no clue what I really do. And actually it's not work, but rather a long committed period of study that I can share with others to better understand animals, and in particular the species I am interacting with.
On this particular visit I answered questions based on information I was receiving. Observations are very fine tuned. In other words, you must quickly be able to identify sudden changes in body movement, language, breath, eye movement, and combine that with the information you are receiving intuitively: scenes from the past, medical/physical body scans, "hearing, or feeling" information that is being transmitted in a "sixth sense" kind of way. Most importantly you must trust what you are receiving, validate it with your observations and then be brave enough to share this with a person who may or may not be open to this line of work. In this case, our visit was most productive and we were graciously received with openness and hospitality by our hostess, Sanctuary Director, Patti Ragan. With a founder who is absorbed with the caring of the future of chimps and orangutans, who has an open mind and soft heart, it is no wonder that those animal residents that live there thrive so well.
On this follow up trip, I asked long term CAT volunteer and student Tami to ride with me. We were escorted in a golf cart by Patti and visited with those animals who posed questions.
I noticed that as we would approach a housing area and would begin to talk about the incidents that occurred in the past with some of these apes, immediate reactions would occur. They were responding to my strong mental images that I was sending as a response to questions. Now you must imagine that some were abused badly, physical trauma had incurred, and some were housed improperly which created physical deformities, and some were just abused by humans either intentionally or by the lack of knowledge.
As I delivered the "story" of a past experience of a chimp that I had seen as being beaten on his back, and expressed concern about his oncoming arthritis, he took immediate flight. He knew exactly what I was talking about, and did not want any part of it. The response was faster than any other species that I have worked with. It was in fact instantaneous. A direct link between humans and apes?
As we progressed on our journey through the sanctuary this same type of response was elicited with every ape. I soon decided to just get information, engage in a mental conversation, take requests and concerns from the apes that I was in communication, and then report it to Patti. It worked out a lot better, no chimp was irritated or mentally challenged through a repeat story of a past life that was so obviously upsetting.
Thoughts have Energy
Thoughts + Words= MORE ENERGY
Lesson for us humans: animals pick up our mental images a lot faster than we think. Apes, whether it's our close genetic relationship with them or not, react faster, with a clearer response than any species I have worked with. Stay calm, they respond likewise. Words and mental images trigger a instant response.
Thoughts have energy. If you think of an image or scene, it is transferred over immediately. Words have energy, more so I believe than thoughts. When you combine thoughts + words, the energy transferred is substantially higher. Compound that with an animals' read on our body language, you have a tornado of energy spinning towards them!
|Energy for Healing
I've taken Reiki 4 times by default of various instructors that either taught for CAT or I have studied with personally before opening CAT. I have also studied other forms of energy healing as it absolutely fascinates me.
We saw a chimp with cerebral palsy named Knuckles. His challenges were motor and muscle control, a weakness on the left side, and a lazy eye that didn’t allow him to focus on things. Tami and I sat down with him and applied energy for healing. Immediately, within 5 minutes, he fell into a deep and relaxing sleep. Again, I have never seen such a rapid response with any other species that we have worked with.
Respect the Energy You are Sending
We continued our ride and met with with Mari, an orangutan and her roomate Pongo. Having had the success with Knuckles, and without asking, I immediately slipped into my "energy giving" mode. Mistake. Mari's partner had absolutely no interest to receive any energy, and once again, IMMEDIATELY walked away from me. Mari is a very unusual orangutan in that she has no arms. She lost both her arms while still an infant when her mother, in a very agitated state, damaged her limbs beyond repair. In spite of the accident, Mari is a very capable orangutan.As fast as her roomate walked away, Mari made a quick step in front of us, sat down directly in front of me and was embracing the healing energy I was sending her. She quickly relaxed and stayed a good while.
Lesson for humans: not everything you intend to do is wanted; ask before you do anything, don't take it personally if it is not accepted. This is all about respecting each other.
An Elder's Story
She is believed to be one of the elders in this community and her name is Toddy and she lives near Knuckles. When we stopped by to visit with her , she certainly a lot of information to share. She sat calmly with direct focus on me and direct intent. Her message was coming in load and clear and she spoke with deliberation. "There are many others that have come and gone. There is sadness in their passing. I have seen a lot. Community", she said. "Family. It is like family here. Yes I am quite content to retire within these walls". It was a tone that is typically delivered to someone much younger (me?), and from a senior, higher source of knowledge and experience. After visiting with Toddy for a while, at the tail end of our "conversation" when I asked her if she needed anything, she threw me off..."How bout some chewing tobacco?" Hmmm.
Are they a Match?
We were asked to visit with Casey, a female, and her partner Murray. THere was some concern over Casey's health, and a secondary question was, were they a good match? We shared our concerns with Patti over Casey's medical condition, and Tami and I both felt that we did not feel energetically that there was a good match at that time. We shot Casey some energy healing. I received an email some time later from Patti saying that Casey was improving. Yay!!
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