It will always bring a smile of comfort to my face.
THANK YOU, my sweet boy Black Jack--my love forever!
YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE! The animals with whom we share the planet have not lost the wisdom each soul was born with! Every day they attempt to be good role models, imparting that wisdom through their actions...and now their words here. Let's listen to them and enjoy the journey of the imagination found here!!
“Life is for JOY!
The world is TO SEE!
Come along WITH ME..
and our animal travelers on this planet!!" I've always loved being this sort of a cheerleader and love to motivate, inspire and help create prosperity.
Now more tuned in, my animals want to share with us humans through me.
They've also assisted me to be an artist of a variety of fine arts some of which include pet & animal portraits, eggshell & wood carvings. I also take photographs of scenery, sunrises, flowers, travel adventures & family.
Everywhere we go we can find a unique energy, love and beauty to absorb and recreate along with a joy that becomes a lasting part of us. There are so many wisdoms that are yet to be realized ‘out there’. The world is, indeed, our larger community of family—reminding me always that we are One in spirit.
So it seems to be my mission to be of service capturing the infinite moods and teachings of this planet and its inhabitants in words, on camera and in artwork. This way perhaps those who can't or won't create these experiences for themselves have a place to come to absorb some of it.
Please also enjoy your journey within the pages of my website, www.JudysArtAdventures.com.
SESSION WITH BLACK JACK
Prep time: 15 min (included with session)
Session: 44 min.
BLACK JACK, Lhasa Apso mix, 5/25/91 (over 19 y & 2 mo), lived with me the entire time, weight 12 to 15 lbs., height about 12" at the shoulder, black body with some white markings, I keep his thinning hair short and covered for warmth and protection from the sun when he’s outside, brown eyes. His body is failing and recently he has lost use of his right rear leg almost entirely, the other is very weak.
Living arrangement: lives indoors, mostly sleeping in one of his two beds in the kitchen area I’ve enclosed for him in our home in small community subdivision.
History: I bred him for a client, his dad a Silky mix, mother a full Lhasa Apso. The intended human wasn't able to take him after all, for which I'm grateful! He was a playful puppy--loved to eat, which he still does. At some point in his puppy hood, he seemed to change from playful and outgoing to fearful. He WAS afraid of noises but now he can no longer hear — so his life has been very solitary and quiet since Katie left. He also seems to barely see only movement & shadows. He now can barely walk so I have to carry him outside and hold him while he does his ‘business’. As of today I made his area smaller, to include only his beds and dishes because otherwise he falls and hits his head on the floor until he can regain his footing. He is having trouble finding his food and there are other ways I see his body declining.
*Kat **Black Jack
*Good morning, Black Jack. This is Kat the Animal Communicator, talking with you this morning at Judy’s request. She is concerned about your body’s condition and state, and how you are doing. She sends her Love, and great appreciation for Who You Are.
*How are you today, Black Jack?
** [very quiet energy] Hello, Kat. I’m not doing as good as I used to, I must say. It’s not the same now, I don’t have the same [energy, willingness, vital force, body strength, strong connection with body]. It is not the same.
*Black Jack, your body seems to be quite worn out and tired, and I can sense from you almost a sense of despair about this. Are you okay with your body wearing down, as bodies do when they get old?
** Kat, it’s just a bit frustrating, that’s all. I am tired, very very tired, and I know my body cannot do more than it can do. Yes, it is frustrating to not be able to run freely, to move easily, to Be as I was for so very long [i.e. active, athletic, energetic]. So it has been an adjustment, I must admit. I have used this body for a very long time, and it has served me well. It is tired and worn out, that I know. And so . . . I cannot make it be what it is not capable of being. So I am accepting of this, because it is so. [He feels sad that his body is finally at the point of truly “no return”. Before, he always worked with its limitations and still found joy and fun in being in it. Now, it is just weary and so is he of trying to operate it, BUT, he has great Love, respect and appreciation for his body.]
*Okay, that makes sense, Black Jack. Are you ready to let go of your body? Are you tired enough that you can release and let go of your connection and attachment to your body? You do not need to do that on your own, you can have help from the vet [conveyed the gentle euthanasia process] and it would be a very fast way to let go, no suffering, no struggling, just easy release. Does that make sense?
** Yes, Kat, it does, and I would be very much okay with that, because I am afraid I will just end up with a [useless body] and be stuck in it, unable to do as I please.
*Okay. Judy says, “First I want you to know that I will always love the soul, spirit, essence of you possibly more than either of us can ever understand. Please know any anger, resentment or frustration you may have recently sensed is not directed at you but rather at your failing body.”
** Please tell her I do understand that. It is hard to see bodies not work as well as they have in the past. It is hard for me, and I know it is hard for her. But I thank her for her patience in allowing my body to wear out and wear down as much as possible before I let go of it, because I have really Loved being here with her [in the physical]. I have felt such Love and respect and appreciation from Judy over our time together and I have just been enjoying that [basking in it] for as long as possible. And she needed me to be here with her for a while.
*That is true, Black Jack. But now, Judy is okay with releasing you from your body, and with not having your physical presence in her life. She has made peace with that idea, with that upcoming reality, and she will be okay. She wants you to know that.
** [relief] This is very good to know, Kat. Because she had to get to that point for her Self, to see and recognize that it is okay to let go of what is not working, and live in the moment as we have taught her over the years. This way of living [i.e. hospice care for failing body] is no longer good for either of us. I am tired, and she is very very tired, and it is okay that we stop this connection at this level [i.e. the physical world]. Because we both know that I am not going to be gone, not really; just . . . shifted, Lighter, I will be gentle Light around her body and mind and heart and her way of life. [Black Jack conveys to me that he will – and already does – surround you with beautiful soft pink Light, for Love and protection and peace for your heart.]
*That’s lovely, Black Jack. I’m surprised you can do that with how tired your body is.
** Yes, but I am not my body, Kat. We all know that. What I am doing is done without my body’s assistance, this is done from [soul level/angelic level], this sending of Love energy and support.
*Okay, thank you, that makes sense.
*Judy says, “I’ll always picture you, the alert, bright eyed, young, happy, healthy playful being, the real You. It’s been so long since you were able to do any of those things or even see or hear me that one day I’ll watch the videos of you playing as a puppy and doing your special tricks so I can forget this last sad, difficult part of our lives together. I’ll remember the happy times that make me smile. This is the way you’ll be again on the other side, young and happy again. Are you ready to return to that?”
** [he “smiles” gently] This is very good, that she will remember what is pleasing and soothing to her heart, and release these [mental images] of how I am now in my body. Because I am still that young, happy, healthy being in my Self, I am not any different at that aspect of Me than I have been in the past, but I am [more mature, have grown and learned while living with Judy]. So I am most happy, Kat, that I have been able to stay here as long as I have, because it has been a very good learning experience for me on all levels.
*That’s good to hear, Black Jack. You are ready to let go, then? Either on your own soon or with assistance?
** Yes, that is true.
*Do you want the assistance from the vet?
** Yes, because it is just tiring to be in an old body that is tired and worn out. It is work to stay in it, it is work to get out of it, and I am ready to let go, but it would be a bit yet before I could get out of it on my own, and I would not like to have to do that, it would just take all of the energy I have left and I want to retain some energy for the [release; he wants to be still with some vital force in his body at time of euthanasia because otherwise he’s just barely breathing, barely there, and he doesn’t want that, especially does not want you to see him that way, struggling to get out of his body.]
*That makes sense, thank you.
*Judy asks, “Are your eyes vacant because your soul is visiting the other side already—all the time?”
** That is true, Kat. I am here sometimes, when I am aware of what I need [food, water, to go potty], but most of the time I am busy at the other energy [other level, Other Side]. There are things I need to do and have been doing, and I am free and able to move quite easily and quickly there that I cannot do here, not with my body as it is.
*What is the Other Side, as we’ll call it, like for you?
** Oh, Kat! It’s just beautiful, see? [He shows me his view of the spirit/soul world, which is soul group after soul group and some are linked to each other. He gives me the sense that all of the beings move – if they choose – literally at the speed of Light because they are Light, they are Lightbodies, and he is very free and happy at the higher plane. He does not have any limitations to movement, engagement, fun, freedom, Love, happiness, joy. No restrictions to deal with such as a physical body that is failing and cannot function as he wants it to.]
*Do you feel you have any quality of life left?
** No, Kat, this is not Who I Am any more. I am worn out, my body is tired, and it is not doing well any more. I do not want to be this way any more, it is tiring and it is boring.
*Okay, that makes sense. So would you welcome Judy’s loving assistance via the vet, to go now rather than when your poor body is completely incapacitated or you become ill—or I do…?
** Yes, this is very much okay.
*Do you have a timing on this, Black Jack?
** When Judy is ready, and she is able to trust her Self to move forward in this direction and without my [physical] presence, then I am ready. I am ready now, but she needs to be ready too. Because there is no changing the action once it occurs.
*That’s true, Black Jack. When the body dies, it is dead, it does not come back to life.
** Yes, I am okay with this. I am ready to truly release my Self from my body, and I trust she is ready to help me do that too, so that she can also rest and relax and breathe easy and feel free her Self.
*That is true, Black Jack. It has been hard for her to watch your body deteriorate and to see you not be the young, vibrant, happy self that you used to be.
** I know, and this is not good for Judy. It is time to let me go and for me to go on to what I need to do now. It is okay, Kat; let her know that. [he gives a gentle sigh, he is very much ready to move on to the next thing/next step in his evolution.]
*I will do that, Black Jack.
*Judy says, “The impact you’ve had on my life is immeasurable, dear Black Jack, inspiring me, teaching me, showing me what unconditional love is, what constant patience and tolerance are—making me a much better, stronger person. You have given me the wisdom and courage to go on to a joyful new life, so if you’re staying for me in any way you need to know it’s time for you to go on to your next life, too. Please don’t be fearful in any way, either for yourself or for me. I believe you know better than I that your angels and guides have prepared you and will be with you for the journey. Thank you for choosing me and being my ‘main man’, that one steady presence in my life, as long as you have to be sure our time together is finished—what a selfless fella! It’s time for us both to move on now my precious boy.”
** I have been most pleased and honored, Kat, to be here with Judy for all this time. It has been a very good life, and I do not regret staying this long, for it is in this staying that she will find the true ability to engage in and enjoy her own freedom as well. Had I gone earlier, she would have had some questions and wonderings that she would not have known how to [address, adjust to, understand]. But now, it is okay.
** It has been an honor to be here with Judy for so long, and to be her dear friend and companion. I am very much in awe of Judy, of her strength, her beauty, her sense of Self, her way of being, and that she is here to help others, as we who are aware of our Selves are. She does Good Work, and I have been honored to help her stay strong in her Self as she does that.
*How have you done that specifically, Black Jack?
** By sending her Love and conveying the feelings of trust and inspiration to her when she needed them. Because I have trust in her, and living with Judy has been an inspiration. So I could send her what she needed, just by transmitting the energy of those feelings [vibrations]. She has been very good about receiving and working with that energy when needed. I will still do this for her if she needs it, but she has come very far as a Human, Kat, and she does not need my assistance in the way or to the degree she used to. So it is okay now for me to go, finally.
*Okay, that makes sense. I know Judy is most appreciative of all you have done for her over the years, Black Jack, and she sends you her Love.
*Judy says, “I promise to look and listen for you when your soul is finally free from your feeble body, so visit often and never doubt I’ll see you on the other side hopefully after as long and happy a life as I trust you feel you’ve had!”
** [he gives a gentle “smile”] It has been a most wonderful life, Kat! I am most happy with all that things and the experiences we shared together. She has been most caring and Loving towards me and I know she has been frustrated at times lately and very sad, but that is okay, I understand why that is and it does not upset me, so let her know that, please. I understand that it is not about Who I Am, but about my body. Just ask her to remember my body gave me many many good years with her, and so she should please send it Love and admiration as well, because it deserves her Love and support and reverence as much as she feels that for me, for Black Jack, for Who I Am [as the soul you know as Black Jack].
*I will ask her to do that, Black Jack, no worries.
*Is there any more you want or need from Judy in any regard?
** No, she has done so very much for me and it is truly okay, and time, to say “go in peace” for each of us to the other, for it is in peace that I will leave her, and I hope it is in peace that she can release me from my body and know that of course I will still be with her, just in a slightly different way.
** I would like her to do what she feels is right and proper and blessed in the way she helps me release.
*So if she wants to do a ceremonial type or prayer type setting/process before, at and after the time of your physical death, you would be okay with that?
** Yes, very much okay, Kat. It needs to feel for her to be more than just a “boop, that’s it, he’s gone” situation. Ask her to do as she pleases and what feels right and respectful about how to help me out of this very tired body. And I ask that she again please send Love and appreciation to my body because it is the reason I am and have been her [companion] all these years.
*I will do that.
*Is there anything more you need or want Judy to know?
** [gentle sigh] Tell her to always live from the Heart, for that is what is most important in life, in her work, in her way of Being. Live from the Heart, and live in Joy. Joy is the reason for being in bodies, Kat. It’s not about struggle and hard work and turmoil and discordance, although those things do happen from time to time. But the reason for being here, for any of us, is to live in Joy. Ask Judy to always see the Joy in life, not to look for or react to or get stuck in anything that is of lesser vibration than that energy.
** This is important, because the Joy will help her continue to do her Good Work and will take her to a new level with that work, which is what she is wanting. So it is very much possible, and I just want her to know that it will be as easy as seeking Joy in all things. Living true to her Self, not by anyone else’s standards or beliefs. Live with Joy, live in Joy, and always be Love. That is what I want her to remember of me.
*Thank you, Black Jack, I will let her know.
*Okay, so if she decides tomorrow is the right day to help you out of your body with the vet’s assistance, are you okay with that?
** Yes, that is certainly okay. The timing just needs to feel right to her, that is all. So that her heart is ready for the last beat of mine.
*Black Jack, is there anything else you would like to ask or to add before we close today?
** Just that it is truly an honor and most special that I am with her for all this time, and I thank her for her good care and support and Love as we experienced this [deterioration] process together. It has been a learning experience for her, and it has been a life experience for me. She will be able to help others as time goes on to understand and recognize when to hang on and when to let go. It has not been for nothing, this process we have undertaken together. I hope she finds peace in her heart quickly, and can move forward with being all of Who She Is again, with no worries and plenty of Love and support and good wishes and happy thoughts and things to do and, most of all, JOY. [he sends this tremendous wave of Love and Joy energy to you, Judy. It’s just beautiful and all-encompassing. It reminds me of fluffy clouds or misting gently floating and swirling around you, encircling you, infusing your aura/energy field with the purity of Love and Joy energy. The colors are light pink, peach, fern green, white, all swirling together, and being very balanced and helpful to you over time and as you adjust to the lack of his physical presence. He sends you this energy on a regular basis in the past, now and he will continue to do so in the future.]
*Thank you, Black Jack. I will let her know this.
*You are such a lovely being, Black Jack. I can feel how tired you are and that you are ready to “go Home” again. I wish you all the very best as you make this transition and release from your Black Jack body.
*Please know you are thought of with Love, respect, and admiration, Black Jack, by so many. You have been an inspiration to so many humans and we greatly appreciate that you are Who You Are and that we have had the chance to “meet” you through Judy over the years. Know that you are Loved and supported in all ways, and I wish you a very peaceful Journey as you release from here and go to the “Other Side”.
*Take good care, Black Jack. Blessings to you.
** Thank you, Kat, for all of that. I am honored to be cared about by so many, and I thank them too for their Love and support over time. And blessings to you, Kat. Thank you.
*You’re very welcome, sweet Black Jack.
NOTES: Judy, there is not a particular time/day that Black Jack would like to be released. He wants you to choose the day and time that energetically and intuitively feels appropriate to you. For example, if you are into numerology,
So go with what feels best to you and for Black Jack. Trust your Self and him to know what is appropriate. You can’t go wrong with any of those days, or any day really. It has to just be a day you feel is correct for both of you.
*SUGGESTION: Bach’s Walnut for assisting with the transition, it is known as the “link breaking remedy”. It will not cause him to release; rather, it will make the release as easy as possible.
*Please note that I am not a veterinarian. The information provided herein is not to be construed as veterinary or medical advice. It is offered simply for your consideration. Consult with your veterinarian and trust your intuition as to what feels appropriate for Black Jack.
*Thank you for asking me to talk with Black Jack, Judy. Please let me know if you have any questions about the session.
*Many blessings and hugs to you and Black Jack, and a sweet kiss to him as well,
Kathleen A. Berard
Animal Communicator, Bach Flower/Wild Earth Animal Essences Practitioner and Holistic Animal Care Consultant, Intuitive/Spiritual Guidance for People
KATALYST FOR ANIMAL WHOLENESS, INC.
It’s my privilege to get to share with you before it's published another awesome example from our animal family—this one about an exceptional companion named
The Simple Gift
By Tena L. Cook
It was my 33rd birthday. I awoke and thought, momentarily, about all the wonderful birthday mornings I’d had as a child – a present lovingly placed on my bedside table overnight. Then the dark reality settled in – my Mom was dead. This was the second birthday I had experienced without her.
We shared an especially close relationship and since I’m an only child, half of my world had been torn away. I felt like I was standing on the lip of a gaping black canyon with out her love and understanding, alone with only memories of our years together. My existence was cold and empty without her, and there were times when I wanted to die too, to leave, to be with her and once again feel her smiles and hugs. My only source of unconditional love was gone and I felt it keenly.
I got my body out of bed and walked into the living room, lay down on the couch and pulled a blanket over me. I didn’t have enough energy to turn on the television and I didn’t want the noise. I wanted to cry in silence. My husband got up and let our two-year-old husky-chow mix,
She came over to me and stopped. Her eyes searched my face for clues as to why I was crying. This friend in warm, brown fur must have sensed that something was very wrong in my world. In a simple, but sweeping gesture she placed her highly valued treat on the couch next to my face and then sat down nearby, looking at me. It was unbelievable – an animal giving food away! I had been raised around animals all my life and taught to never get near a dog while they were eating.
She had given me the only thing in the world she had to give. It was indeed a most profound birthday present. I was overwhelmed and tears of joy quickly replaced tears of sadness. She had never done that before nor has she repeated it in the 12 years we’ve had together since, but at that specific moment she knew instinctively the kindness I needed.
It was a time when I doubted my senses, so I’m glad there was a witness of this experience. I wish everyone could live to feel the value of a companion so capable of unconditional love. She crossed over a spiritual boundary to comfort me in my grief that cold winter morning and I will always remember this simple gift.
Tena L. Cook, email@example.com