The captivating human-animal bond. Why are animals so good for us?

The British are famous around the world as a nation of animal lovers. That’s not to say animals aren’t loved in other countries. It’s just that the passion we have for our furry friends (or fiends in some cases!) elevates us above the norm.

Maybe it’s because our feeling doesn’t just apply to the animals we’re directly responsible for. We not only shower love and treats on the animals of our friends and families but also stop in the street and the park to pet a passing dog or two. My sister is incorrigible for this. Negotiating a trip to the shops with her becomes an exercise in deep patience as she greets and gets to know every single cat along the way and most of the dogs as well.

What is it that pulls us so deeply to make connection with animals?

My guess is that since human relationships can be so demanding and complicated, the endlessly forgiving and unconditional companionship of Dog is something to be cherished. Cats may be famous for their independence. But, as any cat lover will tell you if you are feeling sad and lonely Cat will be there, gently sending out purring vibes of concern and comfort. Well, at least mine did – maybe yours is more of the furry fiend type?

Animals do not have agendas. As long as we take care of them (and sadly even when we don’t) they are there for us; offering relief, showering us with affection and making us laugh.

As a healer, I’ve noticed that animals and their humans often share the same problems. When we are sick or in pain, they may well reflect that back to us. What we sometimes perceive as bad behaviour may be their only way of getting our attention for something deeper. We need to pay attention.

Working with animals as a healer has brought me such joy over the years. I used to regularly give energy healing to the street dogs of the village where I lived in the Canary Islands. There was a daily procession of scruffy, smelly but undeniably cute dogs that would pass by the wellbeing centre I worked at, knowing that around 10.30am, I would be outside on the bench waiting for them.

Generally speaking, animals love energy work (I’ve met a couple of cats that didn’t). They’re acutely sensitive and instinctively recognise what’s going on when you start to send healing energy. Energetic work is not just for when an animal (or a person) is sick; it’s also a relaxing experience to be enjoyed regularly that will keep your animal companion energetic, balanced and healthy.

From a spiritual perspective, animals can be our greatest teachers. With half the UK having at least one animal in the house, there can be no excuse not to learn!

 In terms of grace, unconditional love and living in the present moment, your animal companion will be the most profound mirror of the Self that you can gaze into.

Niky Magdalen

 Full version first published: Sept 30 2019

Image by Tran Mau Tri Tam from Pixabay

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