Upon meeting people for the first time and finding out what I do the response is usually, “Can you tell me what my animal is thinking” Or they begin to talk about their animals behavior while whipping out their phone to show me pictures wanting me to tell them what is wrong with said animal or why their animal is acting the way they are. Unless of course the animal is present, then it’s whats he/she thinking/ what’s wrong right NOW?!!?
Yes it is true I am able to connect with animals. I can do it in person or through a picture. Sometimes I can do it with just a name. It’s also true that at times I can hear animals as I pass them on the walking paths, in the streets, in the woods, parked cars or while they are sitting near me but what most people don’t want to hear is this. “I’d be happy to give you my card where you can call me to set up an appointment. ” Sometimes they take my card and sometimes they don’t but here are the reasons why I prefer NOT to do it right here, right now, on the spot.
1.) The messages I receive don’t always come through super clear – they are a mixture of words and pictures and feelings that I must put together like a puzzle. Sometimes this takes time to do and having the pressure of someone waiting can interfere with that.
2.) I want to hold sacred space where I can ask the animals permission and have a quiet conversation with trust and empathy. I want to share in the beautiful energy that we create together and learn while listening. I want the animal to feel safe and loved. These things can not happen “on the spot”.
My third reason and probably the one I had the hardest time setting boundaries for is this. Just as a doctor, nurse, teacher, stockbroker, chiropractor, hairdresser, medium or any other profession, yes I said profession, I do not like to just hand out my “services”.
This is my time, my energy, my passion and my life. I have trained for this, continue to train and put hours in daily to stay grounded and connected to better serve the animal kingdom. My time and my gifts are worthy of compensation. I need to receive as well as give or I will not stay balanced. Honor me, my boundaries and my gifts and in return I will do the same for you.
Now if I OFFER – then that’s a completely different scenario. And many times I do as animals nudge me to connect with their loved ones either living or passed to share their messages whatever they may be. In that regard I am honored they chose me and happy to help.
Kelly McCarthy is a passionate universal reiki teacher, intuitive practitioner and insightful sacred speaker located in Litchfield County, CT. Though not a published author yet, once in awhile she feels called to write about something that speaks to her.