“How dare you,” said my friend, “make my cat so healthy again that he is climbing trees and jumping the fence?” When I had seen Teddy about two months earlier, the once big cat was just a shadow of himself, not looking like a tree climber or fence jumper at all. Within a very short period of time he had shed at least half of his once formidable weight to the point of being underweight and looked listless and depressed. My friend was clueless about what to do for poor Teddy, as there were no medical reasons that could be detected for his symptoms. Fortunately I happened to stop by my friend’s house, and as I started to work with Teddy it turned out that he had been very scared by some people who had worked in the home for repairs. From being traumatized and scared it was a downward journey. My friend was totally unaware of what had caused Teddy to become so skinny and depleted of his usual energy, and she finally attributed it to his age.
Teddy is not the only animal who has ended up with physical symptoms due to emotional distress. Once a woman called me because her cat was displaying a lump on her head, about the size of a peanut. When I worked with the cat and asked what was causing the lump, the cat showed me pictures of something having been rearranged in the home. Upon probing the cat’s care providers, after a lot of probing, it turned out that they had covered the spot where she used to do “her business” with other objects – after the people took care of the issue and restored the cat’s familiar place of relief, the lump disappeared within a very few days.
There are many other animals whose physical – and emotional – well-being is going downhill because of trauma, fear or emotional distress. Telltale signs can be a lack of appetite, hiding, being less playful, problem behavior, limping, whining, or not wanting to be touched. The animal’s distress can be caused by a change in the household, such as someone moving in or out, a change in routine, recent or upcoming moving, stress and tension in the home, even rearranging things in the house. Animals that have been abandoned, abused or changed owners generally carry a heavy emotional burden. Oftentimes pets take on the emotional issues of the people in the house, such as stress and fear, but also illness. All of these issues can be addressed and relieved through energy healing, such as Healing Touch for Animals.
According to Dr. Jerry Tennant, a prominent physician and researcher, all physical ailments occur because of blocked energy, which in turn can be traced back to “stuck emotions.” Healing Touch for Animals (HTA/KHM) is probably the most well known method of energy healing that is specifically geared towards animals. The method was developed by Carol Komitor, a Healing Touch (for people) practitioner and veterinarian technician. As a holistic healing method, it addresses the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of animal welfare. Its aim is to release blocked energy – this is accomplished through detecting irregularities in the energy flow and directing focused energy to problem areas. Healing Touch for Animals can be applied to all animal species, from cats and dogs to horses and fish and wildlife.
Since animals do not communicate through spoken words, often they resort to displaying physical symptoms in an effort to attract their caregivers’ attention – it is their way of asking for someone to step in who can translate their concerns into a language that the caregivers understand. A trained HTA/KHM practitioner is able to tune into an animal’s message; communicating with animals is a part of the energetic exchange that takes place during a healing session. Whether a physical ailment is an animal’s way of communicating an emotional concern or not, all physical ailments are caused or accompanied by blocked energy. Once a healthy energy flow has been reestablished, healing can be created or sped up. So while it may be a good idea to consult a veterinarian to check your animal for physical problems, it is also important to look into energy imbalances and the emotional implications of the problems of your furry, feathery, scaly or bald companions.
Annette Kahmann has performed energy healing, both for animals and people, for over twenty years. Her healing work started with some basic instructions from friends, and after hearing a voice tell her that she could make others feel better through her healing powers, she started her healing practice in earnest. Later she studied Healing Touch for Animals/Komitor Healing Method with Carol Komitor and animal communication with Gretchen Staab to complement her intuitive work. You can reach Annette on her "Contact" page here at www.thehigherway.com