I am also passionate about contributing to the community through my work, including donations to various Australian animal shelter, sanctuary and rescue organisations.
Since March 2014 I have volunteered Reiki meditation weekly at Cat Haven (a cat shelter in Shenton Park, Western Australia) offering a space of peace and relaxation to hundreds of cats in need. Cat Haven says “(Carolyn’s) calm nature has helped hundreds of cats settle into their condo’s, letting their true nature show through which in turn helps them to be adopted.”
Cat Haven is an amazing organisation doing so much for cats in Western Australia and I am forever grateful to the CEO Roz Robinson for welcoming Reiki meditation into the shelter. (If you are interested in learning more about the many ways the simple power of meditation can benefit shelter animals, please read this article I wrote in 2015).
I am also a teacher/ practitioner member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). SARA is an American non-profit organisation dedicated to getting Reiki meditation into animal shelters all over the world, and promoting the highest standards in Animal Reiki Practitioner and Teacher excellence. (There are currently members in the United States, South America, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Australia and Europe).
Advanced Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine (Australian Institute for Holistic Medicine)
Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine (Australian Institute for Holistic Medicine)
Qualified meditation teacher via comprehensive studies as both a Reiki and Animal Reiki teacher/practitioner. Reiki traditionally being a system of meditation and contemplation originating from Japan. (Frans Stiene: International House of Reiki; and Kathleen Prasad: Animal Reiki Source)
HOW THIS BUSINESS CAME INTO BEING (Its been quite the journey!)
I always dreamt of having my own business. I had no idea in which field it might be but stayed open to the possibility, trusting it would happen when the timing was right.
In the meantime I completed studies, worked in jobs including as a Travel Agent, bank teller, and Government employee; but INSIDE I knew this was NOT what I was meant to be doing!
Looking back, the first puzzle piece arrived after I went for my first Reiki treatment back in 2000. The peace and tranquillity of Reiki spoke to me so much that I soon completed Reiki I and II training. I left those courses with a knowing in my heart; that one day, when my schedule allowed, I would come back and dedicate more time to finding out what Reiki was all about.
The next clue arrived a few years later (in my early 20’s), when I fell ill with glandular fever. I was undiagnosed for 3 months (despite various trips to the GP who kept telling me I had the flu). Eventually, in tears of frustration, I pleaded for blood tests. When the results came back- the only advice I received was to rest.
So I took myself to a Naturopath who prescribed some nutritional supplements, liquid herbs and a few dietary changes and within a few weeks I had recovered!
I remember being so impressed that this young Naturopath had been able to help me and although I don’t know her name to thank her- I can say that it was this experience that inspired me, many years later, to commence studies in Naturopathic medicine.
Another puzzle piece arrived years later, and I have my mother and father in laws beautiful cat Xena to thank for it! Xena showed me how much Animals love Reiki and because of her I found my way to my Animal Reiki teacher and mentor Kathleen Prasad, and my Reiki teacher Frans Stiene.
Soon after, I started travelling to both the eastern states of Australia (Frans) and to the United States (Kathleen and Frans) to complete studies with them- including Reiki and Animal Reiki teacher training. This experience has at times been beyond words and I feel extremely blessed to have Kathleen and Frans in my life.
A fourth clue appeared after I visited the most beautiful and aptly named animal hospice and education centre BrightHaven, in California, in 2013. (One of the special organisations Kathleen teaches Animal Reiki).
This visit to BrightHaven was transformational. I was so deeply moved by the level of love, compassion, care and dedication shown to the animals at BrightHaven that firstly – I didn’t want to leave (!) and secondly, after doing so… well… I cried for 2 weeks!
These were not tears of sadness, they were tears of gratitude. There is a piece of BrightHaven in my heart that travels with me WHEREVER I go. I left with a knowing that I would return again, and did so in February 2016- however this is a story for another time. :)
I also set an intent: that ALL animal lovers MUST be made aware of the holistic options available for their animals in their later years, as practiced by BrightHaven. This was the message that resonated so loudly within me- communicated from the BrightHaven animals hearts to mine in a powerful way. (I wrote about my visit here).
The fifth and final clue came when I attended an event called ‘The Turning Point’ (TTP) run by Authentic Education (AE) and learnt about their various educational offerings, including Results Coaching. I entered TTP troubled that 50% of people who visit a Naturopath/ Natural Medicine practitioner never make it past the first consultation. That statistic is not satisfying for anyone.
I quickly identified that this course was the tool I was missing and signed up for their Results Coaching certification course immediately! I am excited to offer mindset based work to further support and empower clients in overcoming their barriers; so they can realise their goals (health related or otherwise) much more quickly and effortlessly.
PAUSE – People Animals Wellness (THE CONCEPT)
I believe that our well-being and that of our precious animals is intertwined and… if you think about it… how can it not be? The human-animal relationship is unique and profound and the amazing bond we have with our animals transcends species.
As an animal lover I know my home would feel incomplete without my cats Roger & Leilani (who have been with my husband and I for over 15 years) and I’m sure you feel the same about your own precious animals.
Sometimes it can even be difficult for us animal lovers to find the words to express just how deeply we love our animals, how much they mean to us and just how much comfort their presence brings to our lives.
We have domesticated these beautiful creatures and we are their world, we are their family, they love us so much, so it makes sense that the levels of peace and / or stress in our own lives can, through no fault of our own, subtly impact their own wellbeing and their sensitive and sweet hearts.
Our animals gently encourage us to be more kind to ourselves, to live in the moment with them instead of in our heads, and to trust and follow our hearts just like they do.
Yet our lives are busy, with steadily increasing demands and pressures and it is not uncommon to find that we have little time to nurture our self and our own needs (as opposed to the never ending needs of others).
For these reasons and many more, I have become a passionate advocate of meditation and Reiki, not just for the array of health benefits it provides but additionally, the benefits that exist when we learn how to share meditation (and holistic wellness) with the animals in our life.
The beautiful thing is, that our animals want us to be well and healthy and even more than that, they want us to be peaceful, not just in our minds, but in our hearts. To be peaceful like this is a profound experience not just for us, and not just for our own animals, but for everyone in our life – for every person and every animal we come into contact with, and beyond.
As part of my extensive training I have shared meditation with cats, dogs, horses, chickens, ducks; native wildlife; exotic animals including tigers, a bear, a hawk, an alligator, a fox, racoons and a bobcat; farmyard animals including cows, goats and donkeys; and one of my personal favourites- a gentle and adorable (but huge!) tortoise named Goliath who I met and instantly connected with at The CARE Foundation in Florida. (Where I studied with Kathleen in 2016).
To see all of these animals, no matter their history, respond positively to the gentle power of meditation is beyond breathtaking and sometimes… even mind blowing.
I feel immensely blessed to have found my way to this peaceful, compassionate profession and to be part of the worldwide Animal Reiki movement and the beautiful Reiki/ Animal Reiki community.
Thank you again for stopping by- I look forward to meeting and working with you and your animals.