I wanted to write about my experiences using your techniques with our local wildlife. I had been living on the Oregon coast for the last eight years when Life decided it was time for me to move on, kicking and screaming. The only job I could find was (horror!) in California, so my family and I relocated here last February. I actually ended up in a gloriously beautiful rural area in the foothills of the Sierras, doing a job I love. The house we found to rent (in an area of 'no rentals') was a real piece of manifestation by the nature spirits (whom I implored before leaving). A beautiful house, just the right size, for the right price, on 3½ acres of stunning wild beauty on the side of a canyon with a waterfall crashing through. The property included a chicken yard with five lovely hens, which is where the interesting part comes in.

In August began the saga I refer to as 'The Case of the Escalating Carnivores.' One day my husband surprised a silver fox jumping out of the chicken yard. The following day, it apparently returned and took one of our hens. Two days later, we saw a large bobcat leaving with another of our hens. Two more days and another hen was gone, the fence was pushed in, and tracks of a large mountain lion were all over (we later saw it down in the canyon). The next night, a bear pushed the fence down again, knocked over the chicken food and deposited two large piles of poop before leaving. Now this was really starting to creep me out. When we first moved in, I had done energy balancing for the property and looked forward to working in happy balance with the devas and nature spirits (the previous tenant was a slash and burn, shoot 'em up' kind of guy). For the first time in my life, I was actually a little scared to walk in my yard (a few months previously, a woman jogger was killed and eaten by a mountain lion just a few miles away). I was also seriously concerned about my 3½-year-old twin boys, who would be snack-size for the mountain lion and who considered it a game to try and run away from me outside. I was scared, I was angry at nature, and I was confused. That's when I called your question line. The person I spoke to was very helpful and outlined a troubleshooting process.

The evening I planned to do the troubleshooting process, I put the boys to bed (my husband worked swing shift), tiptoed down the hall, thought about what I was going to do, and then the electricity went off; at the same moment, coyotes began to howl outside the house. Now I was seriously frightened. Nevertheless, I lit some candles and proceeded. First, I did a troubleshooting for general balancing of the property. This included Battle Energy Release and some flower essences. Then I did a troubleshooting for inappropriate animal visits. I did this species by species, and I was amazed to feel an instant clear connection to each one. I had drawn a map of our property, and went over with each type of animal the areas I would like them to stay (as you might imagine, the map for the fox was a little different from that of the mountain lion). All the animals seemed quite happy to work with me, but the mountain lion seemed a little harassed and under pressure from dwindling habitat. Actually, the bear at first was not particularly willing to play; the energy felt resentful and sullen. Finally, it agreed to play along if I opened a nature sanctuary on the land, which I did. Then I sent flower essences to all the animals on the property (they needed lots of them).

The most amazing thing, though, was the change in my attitude. I had begun by feeling threatened, uneasy, out of balance and saddened. I felt as if the Big Bad Wolf was prowling outside the door (actually, wolf was about the only one not there). By the end of the process, I felt at ease, completely safe and filled with wonder and gratitude to have each animal's energy on this land. Two days later, however, another bear pulled down the fence but didn't do any other damage (although our remaining chickens were out of the coop). That night I opened another coning and got the sense that this was a different bear, pushed onto our land by a nearby forest fire (which had caused the power outage). I went over the ground rules, and she seemed willing to participate; in fact, she seemed quite bemused and amused that a human would ask her if she needed anything!

All was well for about three weeks, when yet another bear pulled down the fence. At this coning, I felt it was again a different animal that had not been present for my previous work. Hunting season had just started, and all the animal populations were shifting. I again connected and got the same initially grumpy-then-bemused reaction. All was once again quiet for a week, until a raccoon reached through the wire and grabbed our last hen as she lay snoozing. It left some gruesome remains, and I had to struggle not to fall back into anger and outrage. I talked with nature and got the feeling that these hens were part of the previous owner's energy and chose to leave. I was told that things were still in balance.

A Fresh Start
I ordered some day-old chicks through the mail and asked to be sent animals that wanted to work with me — they are now 1½ months old and have been out in the chicken yard for two weeks without incident. Interestingly, we had built an additional chicken coop for them, and they refused to go into the old chicken coop at all, preferring to crowd three-deep into their specially made coop. They are 20 quite delightful birds that come when I call (our old chickens were suspicious and aggressive). I'm looking forward to learning from them. We have raised the height of the fence and added a strand of electric wire, just to reduce temptation.

I feel we had all that animal energy come in because the land was changing its energy to one much more receptive to wildlife. Perhaps the hens did choose to leave; in any case, I felt I learned a great deal and feel even closer to the land. Perhaps there could have been a way to work with the nature spirits so that I didn't have to go through the ground rules for every new individual that showed up.

I tried to walk the fine line between impressing my boys with the seriousness of the wildlife outside without scaring them to death. I think I succeeded. Oddly, they had nightmares about the fox but nothing else. I think they are pleased to have such creatures in their backyard, too.

In the last week, I've been present twice when a small bird has crashed into one of our windows. Both times, they appeared seriously injured and in shock: eyes blinking spasmodically, panting, lying on their side with wings at odd angles. The first one I picked up and did Reiki on (a form of energy healing). She was able to sit up straight but still looked critical. Then I thought to open a Nature Healing Coning. Within seconds after doing so, the bird closed its bill, straightened its bent wing, closed its eyes and fell into a deep sleep for about five to ten minutes. It then woke with a start, looked at me and flew off, right as rain. The same thing happened with the second bird. I have worked with injured birds extensively in the past and have no doubt that these birds would have died — or recovered much more slowly — without this energy process. What a thrill it is to be able to hold them and look into their eyes and offer this to them!

On another front: Last year we adopted a young dog, Maisey, from the animal shelter. She had been very abused in her previous home and had a lot of 'emotional baggage.' We had the hardest time convincing her she was supposed to do her business outside. Apparently she had been beaten for going in the wrong place. We spent many evenings hunched in freezing rain, staring at each other for half an hour. Then we'd go inside, and she'd slink behind the sofa and pee. Finally, I decided to try a calibration process.* From that moment on, she never soiled in the house again and seemed to know exactly what was expected. A few months ago she began to develop a lick granuloma on her leg. (This is a non-healing sore from obsessive licking.) I took her to the vet, who prescribed a steroid spray and bandaging the leg for up to two months. The vet said in obsessive-type dogs (part-Border Collie) this is very difficult to ever clear up. Maisey thought very little of the medicine or the bandages. After a week or so, I decided to try a calibration process again. Within three days she was no longer licking, and the wound healed in less than a week. No recurrence.

I recently have the strong feeling I am pressing into a ring-pass-not experience. I have been led to read books that are triggering very strong memories and showing new directions. My latest assignment is to re-read Dancing, which I read a couple of years ago. I thought, "Well, I already know what this has to say, but I'll read it again anyway." Well, let me tell you, I'm only 50 pages into it, but there are at least two dozen things I swear were not in there the first time I read it. I look forward to a wild ride. Thanks again, Machaelle, for blazing that trail.

— E.W.R., California

* Editor's Note: When using the calibration process with animals, do it within the Nature Healing Coning for Animals.