Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Remember to check out Gazehound.com

I'm just posting here for those who might not have found their way to the new location of my various blogs, my own Gazehound.com website.

We've begun to run "Challenge Games" every month! Test your intuitive skills, and play along with our fun and easy games each month. Our current intuitive skills challenge game is called "Who Am I?"

Easy Links:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We're on www.gazehound.com now!

Don't Forget!

This blog is still being updated frequently, but on http://www.gazehound.com -- come on over and visit!

The new, fun feature of gazehound.com are Challenge Games ... simple and quick games to help you hone your intuitive/psychic skills. Come play!

--Gayle

Sunday, May 10, 2009

We've Moved Home

Feel free to stop in here at any time, browse the archives, enjoy old posts.

However, all new updates will now be posted to

Creature Thoughts' New Home
On Gazehound.com


I've been doing a major overhaul of the website, and am moving the various assorted blogs under one roof.

Click the link above to go right to the blog/archives pages, and click the title of any post to read that post.

Enjoy, leave comments, and have fun exploring the site.

If you encounter any problems, drop me an email and let me know.

--Gayle



Gazehound.com downtime and alternate site

Hello, all!

Gazehound.com /AnimalCommunicator-NY.com is currently undergoing a major upgrade.  The site will be offline for a short time at the main location.  However, you can still locate any information you may need at

http://www.gazehound.com/OldSite

while the upgrades are in progress.  I'm very excited about the new format and hope you all enjoy it when it's finally up and running (which should be very soon, watch for another brief update). The site will be much more interactive, and all blogs will be gathered under one roof, so there will be no more bouncing all over the web for news and information.

OTHER NEWS
There will be a small rate change for my animal communication services as of July, 2009.  Rates haven't changed since the beginning of 2006, and I'm sure I don't have to go into the "rising costs" explanation.  I'll be announcing details shortly.

Thank you all for your support over the years, and I hope to continue a long, happy relationship with you and your animal companions.

Happy Mother's Day!  (And don't forget about that week-long special on gift certificates!)

--Gayle



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-- Gayle P Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
http://www.gazehound.com
Bi-monthly newsletter: http://www.gazehound.com/pets/acnewslist.html
Archives and blog: http://gazehound.blogspot.com
Online Book Shop: http://astore.amazon.com/gazehound-20

Friday, May 08, 2009

Gift Certificate Special for Mother's Day

Gift Certificate Special
One Week Only

Looking for that last minute Mother's Day gift?  Are you a Mom who deserves to treat herself?  Or do you think your pets would like to give Mom the gift of conversation?

For one week only, beginning Friday May 8th, 2009 and ending on Friday May 15th, I'm offering gift certificates in packets of 3 for $60.  That is, in essence, getting one full session free!

To purchase, you may go to http://www.paypal.com and select to Send Money, using the address allcreatures@gazehound.com as the recipient.  In the comments field, indicate that you're opting for the "Mother's Day Special".

If you would like to purchase via check or money order, email me at allcreatures@gazehound.com and let me know, and send your check to:

Gayle Nastasi
485 Gridley Rd
Middleburgh, NY  12122

For more information on gift certificate terms and redemption, visit http://www.gazehound.com/pets and select Rates and Services from the side menu.

Other News:  Watch for a major overhaul of the Gazehound.com / AnimalCommunicator-NY.com website, which will be going live very soon!

Happy Mother's Day!





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-- Gayle P Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
http://www.gazehound.com
Bi-monthly newsletter: http://www.gazehound.com/pets/acnewslist.html
Archives and blog: http://gazehound.blogspot.com
Online Book Shop: http://astore.amazon.com/gazehound-20

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gazehound's Creature Thoughts (May 2009)

"Creature Thoughts"

GAZEHOUND'S ANIMAL COMMUNICATION NEWS

May 2009


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Keeping in touch with the animals....
and the people who love them

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Ghost Pets, The Series



With the great popularity in recent years of television shows like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and A Haunting ... okay, maybe not A Haunting, that one's way too scary ... I think Animal Planet should launch a new series called Ghost Pets. Judging by the number of stories I've heard recently about pets who continue to visit their humans after they've crossed over, I think it would be a huge hit.

We have had numerous passages in our family in the past few years, with six of our pets leaving their bodies. While the physical activity on the home-front has quieted considerably, and this is often very sad, the spirit activity has increased in kind.

Not long after Dancer passed in March of 2007, I heard her barking at the back door with her unmistakable “Hurry up, I want in NOW”. I frequently see her petite Saluki form as it walks through the house or curls up on the couch.

Pascha has been felt getting on the bed, and seen walking through the living room. I will frequently hear his insistent scratch on the back door – Pascha was always in a hurry once he decided he wanted to come inside and would jump against the door and rake his nails noisily down its surface. Often, early in the morning, I'll catch a quick glimpse of him in his favorite spot on the sofa as I enter the room.

I've seen Sachet, many times, as she strolls around the corner from the living room, into the kitchen, and disappears. She was so gleaming white in life, except for her lilac points, that there is no mistaking her even in ethereal form.

Pree, however, seems to be the most active visitor. For months after Pree passed away, Sachet would open her mouth to meow and Pree's scratchy voice would come out of it. I still see and sense her frequently, and often have to stop whatever I'm doing because I think I hear her unique call in another room. Our two Starlings, when they mimic a kitty, usually sound exactly like Pree – even though she passed away before they came to live with us.

The most amazing event occurred shortly after she died, when my husband got up in the middle of the night and, on coming back to bed, stopped to pet her where she stood on the counter by the sink.
When it finally registered to his sleepy mind that she had been gone for several days, she vanished.

And little Mavvy, our ten year old bunny who passed away just last month, often startles me as I enter the area where her cage still sits, and see her for just a split second, hopping playfully about as she always did when waiting for her breakfast.

In addition to the sounds and sightings, objects are moved from place to place without human intervention (or disappear all together for days on end), doors open and close, things fall over with no obvious cause, and the other animals will sometimes appear to be staring at something that (to my senses) simply isn't there.

I've had some folks say that it would be disconcerting to have continual spirit activity around them. I find it comforting. I miss my animal friends who have passed so deeply, that to believe that they are still visiting, watching over me, and enjoying the reactions they receive from this new form of interaction with their family, makes me smile. Whenever a door swings open without cause, or I hear that little gravelly voice of Pree behind me, I stop what I'm doing, and say hello.

Many friends have also told me about sightings and sounds of their beloved pets in spirit. The phenomenon is either increasing, or the Universe is simply bringing more and more people my way who wish to share these visitations with me. Do you have a spirit story you'd like to share?

To do so, please visit the archives blog of this newsletter at http://gazehound.blogspot.com and leave a comment (you may be asked to enter your google account address or Open/Windows Live ID to post, but the site is completely secure and it is a simple process). I would love to hear from you.

Oh, and if this concept should suddenly appear on Animal Planet, let me know, quick! I'll need to claim “dibs”!


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FYI NOTES and NEWS

Don't Forget....

... that gift certificates do have an expiration date. If you've given them as gifts, or have them tucked safely away at home, check those dates and be sure to redeem them before they expire. I'll continue to post this reminder in each issue of “Creature Thoughts”.


Gift certificates are always available at a special discounted price. Visit http://www.gazehound.com, click Enter and then look for the Rates and Services page for details.

Website Features

The Book Shop

The Animal Communication Book Shop can be accessed as an external link from the Gazehound.com front page and the main Animal Communication page. On the "Introduction" page (reached by the button of that name in the side menu), the shop itself is built right into an inset at the bottom of the page. I hope you find this a convenient way to research and review books on animal communication, as well as a number of other topics such as positive training, natural pet care, and "good for the human soul" sections.

New Section Added: Just for Fun

In honor of the topic of this newsletter issue, I've added a section to the online bookstore. Click on Just for Fun, to browse a few titles that deal with animal ghostly encounters!


For a more serious discussion of the topic of animals on the other side of the veil:

Penelope Smith's newest book is Animals in Spirit: Our faithful companions' transition to the afterlife. (You may even find a chapter in there by someone you know).

Kim Sheridan, PhD, has written a lovely book on the topic: Animals and the Afterlife: True Stories of Our Best Friends' Journey Beyond Death.

On Site

Don't forget that you can always keep up with changes and info on rates, policies, and "other fun stuff" on my website: http://www.gazehound.com, and that you can find archives of this newsletter and other articles on my Creature Thoughts Blog: http://gazehound.blogspot.com.

Keep an eye on gazehound.com ... it will be going through some major changes fairly soon. I say "fairly" as I'm still working on the learning curve, but it's getting there! I'm quite excited about the new concept, and hope my visitors will enjoy it, as well. It will be much more dynamic and interactive, and, I hope, enjoyable to my visitors!

NEW! Additional Web Address! I often have to spell things out -- slowly, including things like "z, as in zebra" -- when I give my website address over the phone. Therefore, I've taken out a second domain name: AnimalCommunicator-NY.com. Visiting that address will automatically redirect visitors to the regular website, and hopefully, it will be easier for people to write down and share.

Off Site

Stop by and visit my new blog at http://dragondreamz.wordpress.com, where I share some slightly off the beaten path "ramblings and rumblings".


E-News List

It has become more important than ever, that all of my clients are subscribed to my e-news list. Thus, whenever anyone inquires about information, or sets up an appointment, they will receive both an invitation to the list and a separate note from me letting them know they've been invited. I strongly encourage all my clients to stay in touch, by remaining subscribed to this list. And please feel free to forward this newsletter issue to any friends, family, and acquaintances whom you feel might be interested in joining us.


Free Help For Our Animal Friends at NELR

Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary and New York Wildlife Rescue (an IRS 501(c)(3) charity) accept Paypal donations through their website at http://www.redmaplefarm.net. I've dedicated much time and love in the past several years toward helping to build a safe place for our wild friends in need, and our livestock rescues, and am extending the offer to all of you to aid in their care as well. And now, we have a totally painless (and free) way for anyone to support the animals at NYWRC/NELR. If you sign up to shop online through iGive.com, at no cost to you, every purchase you make through the iGive gateway will earn a donation for the animals.

To sign up to shop through iGive for NYWRC:

http://www.igive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

And even if you don't sign up (but why would anyone not sign up since it's free and painless?), you can still earn money with each internet search you do simply by logging in to the iGive search engine rather than Google or whichever other search engine you normally use:

http://www.isearchigive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

I set the above link as my homepage in my browser to remind me to search through iGive and earn pennies for the animals each time I search. iGive's usual one cent per search is doubled through the month of December, too, so get using it now while we can earn the big bucks!



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Gayle Nastasi (of Gazehound's Animal Communication) is a professional animal communication consultant and writer, who hopes her connection to the animal world can serve as a way to help her fellow humans enrich their relationships with their animal companions. By better knowing our non-human friends, we ensure a kinder future for our world and we learn what it means to be a unique and essential part of all that is. Permission is given to forward this article to anyone you feel might enjoy it, as long as it is understood that copyrights are held by Gayle Nastasi, and the author's name, and links to her website(s) are left intact. If this publication has been forwarded to you and you would like to subscribe to Gazehound's free monthly e-newsletter, “Creature Thoughts”, just visit the newsletter link below.

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Gayle Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
http://www.gazehound.com/pets

Free monthly e-newsletter & emergency list:
http://www.gazehound.com/pets/acnewslist.html

Creature Thoughts Blog:
http://gazehound.blogspot.com

Online Book Shop:
http://astore.amazon.com/gazehound-20

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Gazehound's Creature Thoughts (April 2009)

"Creature Thoughts"

GAZEHOUND'S ANIMAL COMMUNICATION NEWS

April 2009


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Keeping in touch with the animals....
and the people who love them

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Hard Times and Innocent Souls


The economic situation has hit many of us below the money belt, big time. Our animal friends are falling victim to the recession as well. As people lose their homes, or can't feed their families, the animals who have been a part of their lives can sometimes find themselves in dire straits.

I sent the news list a note, not long ago, about the formidable llama rescue that our Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary has undertaken. Thanks to the donations of our supporters, including many of you, the llamas are doing well, have been vetted, the males gelded, and it looks like they are going to be just fine. I hope you'll enjoy this slideshow of the llamas on YouTube.

NELR had no sooner recovered from that situation, however, when something even more serious arose. Over seventy sheep and several dairy cows, including a calf, were in desperate need. Due to one of those “when bad things happened to good people” situations, the animals have been neglected for a while, and some of them are in pretty rough condition. Half of them have been transported to NELR as I'm writing this article, and today, the rest will be moved as well. To say that this rescue happened in the nick of time would be an understatement. I ask all who are inclined to do so to send healing and encouraging thoughts toward these innocent victims, for they can surely use your support.

Over and over, reports are filtering in of animals in difficult conditions because of the economic crisis. People who were always borderline-fine with the care of their beasts are suddenly finding themselves unable to properly feed, vet and house them. As in the situation with the llamas, some people are even losing their homes, and the animals have nowhere to go. Rescue centers are flooded with calls (once these sheep and cattle are tended to, there are several more llamas already waiting in the wings for NELR) and many sanctuaries are already overwhelmed.
These good-hearted Samaritans do their best, but each facility can only hold so many animals, and if it goes too far over capacity, risks becoming a rescue situation itself.

There are many ways we animal lovers can help. We can volunteer our time and elbow grease at our local shelter or farm sanctuary. If we have the knowledge and resources to properly care for an animal or two, we can fill out an adoption application. We can dig into our piggy banks and, if there is something to spare after the bills are paid, toss something into the collection bucket for the rescue of our choice. And, of course, those of us who are so inclined, can pray, send healing energy, and reach out for the rescued animals with thoughts of safety and comfort.

But I think the most important thing of all that we can do to help, is to reach out to the rescue workers, who are tired, overwhelmed, and feeling like they're being dragged in a dozen different directions, and say “thank you”. These dedicated souls work day and night for the animals and often go long stretches without hearing how very appreciated they are. It's astounding how far a few simple words of encouragement can go toward renewing the energy and drive needed to continue their work.

Oh, they hear it from the animals all the time, and see it in the eyes of every soul they save ... or as they gently help the ones they can't save through the veil. But it's nice to hear it in human-speak once in a while, too.

If you would like to help out with Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary's latest endeavor, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Visit http://www.redmaplefarm.net , where you will find a PayPal link at the bottom of each page, and further information on donations linked to the front page of the site


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FYI NOTES and NEWS

Don't Forget....

... that gift certificates do have an expiration date. If you've given them as gifts, or have them tucked safely away at home, check those dates and be sure to redeem them before they expire. I'll try to post a reminder in each issue of “Creature Thoughts”.

Remember, too, that the extended expiration date of gift certificates purchased during the 2007 Holiday Special ended on January 31st, 2009.


Website Features

The Book Shop

The Animal Communication Book Shop can be accessed as an external link from the Gazehound.com front page and the main Animal Communication page, and on the "Introduction" page (reached by the button of that name in the side menu), the shop itself is built right into an inset at the bottom of the page. I hope you find this a convenient way to research and review books on animal communication, as well as a number of other topics such as positive training, natural pet care, and "good for the human soul" sections.

New Books Added: The Natural Pet Care section of the bookstore has a few new titles for your enjoyment.

Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals In Your Life (by Elizabeth Fulton )-- "Whether you're a newcomer to the field of energy medicine, an experienced practitioner or an animal lover committed to learning everything you can about your companion's health, Animal Reiki will open your eyes to a new level of healing and well-being. From dogs and cats to horses and birds, this book is everything you need to understand and appreciate the power of Reiki to heal and deepen the bond with the animals in your life."

Hands-On Healing For Pets: The Animal Lover's Essential Guide to Using Healing Energy (By Margrit Coates) -- "This book can teach you how to make a real difference in your pet’s happiness and well–being through hands–on energy healing. Energy healing is a non–invasive, complementary, yet very effective therapy that can be used to improve your pet’s health and behavior."

Bach Flower Remedies for Animals (by Helen Graham) -- "Correcting the behavior problem often saves an animal's life as effectively as surgery or other medical procedures, and greatly reduces the suffering of all concerned. It does not require expensive behavior therapy or extensive behavior modification on the part of the owner. It can be brought about in many cases quite simply and inexpensively through the use of flower essences."

On Site

Don't forget that you can always keep up with changes and info on rates, policies, and "other fun stuff" on my website: http://www.gazehound.com, and that you can find archives of this newsletter and other articles on my Creature Thoughts Blog: http://gazehound.blogspot.com.


E-News List

It has become more important than ever, that all of my clients are subscribed to my e-news list. Thus, whenever anyone inquires about information, or sets up an appointment, they will receive both an invitation to the list and a separate note from me letting them know they've been invited. I strongly encourage all my clients to stay in touch, by remaining subscribed to this list. And please feel free to forward this newsletter issue to any friends, family, and acquaintances whom you feel might be interested in joining us.


Free Help For Our Animal Friends at NELR

Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary and New York Wildlife Rescue (an IRS 501(c)(3) charity) accept Paypal donations through their website at http://www.redmaplefarm.net. I've dedicated much time and love in the past several years toward helping to build a safe place for our wild friends in need, and our livestock rescues, and am extending the offer to all of you to aid in their care as well. And now, we have a totally painless (and free) way for anyone to support the animals at NYWRC/NELR. If you sign up to shop online through iGive.com, at no cost to you, every purchase you make through the iGive gateway will earn a donation for the animals.

To sign up to shop through iGive for NYWRC:

http://www.igive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

And even if you don't sign up (but why would anyone not sign up since it's free and painless?), you can still earn money with each internet search you do simply by logging in to the iGive search engine rather than Google or whichever other search engine you normally use:

http://www.isearchigive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

I set the above link as my homepage in my browser to remind me to search through iGive and earn pennies for the animals each time I search. iGive's usual one cent per search is doubled through the month of December, too, so get using it now while we can earn the big bucks!



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Gayle Nastasi (of Gazehound's Animal Communication) is a professional animal communication consultant and writer, who hopes her connection to the animal world can serve as a way to help her fellow humans enrich their relationships with their animal companions. By better knowing our non-human friends, we ensure a kinder future for our world and we learn what it means to be a unique and essential part of all that is. Permission is given to forward this article to anyone you feel might enjoy it, as long as it is understood that copyrights are held by Gayle Nastasi, and the author's name, and links to her website(s) are left intact. If this publication has been forwarded to you and you would like to subscribe to Gazehound's free monthly e-newsletter, “Creature Thoughts”, just visit the newsletter link below.

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Gayle Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
http://www.gazehound.com/pets

Free monthly e-newsletter & emergency list:
http://www.gazehound.com/pets/acnewslist.html

Creature Thoughts Blog:
http://gazehound.blogspot.com

Online Book Shop:
http://astore.amazon.com/gazehound-20

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thank You!

I just wanted to post a quick Thank You to all of the kind people who have stopped by the Northeast Llama Rescue site and donated to help the llamas.  We still have a long way to go to cover expenses, but thanks to the kindness of friends, we are getting there.

The llamas are doing very well.  If you visit again, you'll see that we've added a slideshow of photos of this lovely group.

--Gayle




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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Extra note from Gayle: 19 Llamas can use some help....

Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary, Inc, retrieved nineteen llamas this weekend from a farm which was undergoing foreclosure. There are seven intact males in this group who need to be gelded, and others with some obvious needs, and the veterinary costs alone are going to be astronomical. Please consider visiting: http://redmaplefarm.net  NELR's website has a PayPal link at the bottom of the site which you can use to send a donation if you would like to help. Every little bit counts! There is also a link on the welcome page that will take you to more information about the rescue, and the Sanctuary hopes to be posting first-hand updates and photos to our website and blog very soon.   Think Good Thoughts!  --Gayle--   

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-- Gayle P Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
http://www.gazehound.com
Bi-monthly newsletter: http://www.gazehound.com/pets/acnewslist.html
Archives and blog: http://gazehound.blogspot.com
Online Book Shop: http://astore.amazon.com/gazehound-20


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Monday, March 16, 2009

Join me on myLot

myLot is an interesting social community site that actually pays a few cents when you post.  As long as you're going to use chatboards in your free time, why not get paid for it?

Pay me a visit:

myLot User Profile

--Gayle--


Friday, February 27, 2009

Gazehound's Creature Thoughts: March 2009

"Creature Thoughts"

GAZEHOUND'S ANIMAL COMMUNICATION NEWS

March 2009


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Keeping in touch with the animals....
and the people who love them

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Focus

Although my newsletter articles are not usually “how-to” suggestions, as I sit here this month trying to rattle the muse into talking, I keep coming back to the word “focus”.

Focus” can be a stumbling block when trying to connect with our animals.

When we are unfocused, when our minds are chaotic, it becomes difficult to communicate telepathically. When we're reading a book at night, and grow too tired to stay clear-headed, we read the same paragraph a half-dozen times and still don't know what it said. It's very much the same when we practice our animal communication skills while battling scattered thoughts.

Not only does proper focus move our thoughts in the right direction, it helps our animal friend to know how important he is at that very moment, and every moment of our lives. When we are talking to someone else's animal, it shows respect, and that we consider her thoughts and feelings to be of great value.

We all have occasional trouble keeping our thoughts from wandering. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought I'd share what some of my favorite authors have to say on the subject: animal communicators and others. Not only is it helpful to practice staying focused when in the presence of the animals, we must strive to become more deeply connected with our inner selves and the universe around us. The more connected we are to all that is, the greater our ability to truly reach the individuals with whom we share creation.

Penelope Smith, who originated the most popular workshop format for teaching animal communication, suggests: “The first step in overcoming this habit [of allowing distractions to interfere with our connection] is to find a time when you and an animal friend can be together in a peaceful environment. Sit comfortably within a few feet of each other, or whatever distance is agreeable to the animal. Don't try to grasp for attention or do anything that might be distracting. Just look at the animal quietly. Let all distractions, thoughts, or images of other things melt away, and focus softly on the animal. Continue to do this until you feel very relaxed and calm, with a relatively clear mind.”
[Penelope Smith, Animal Talk, page 54.]

Many teachers from all walks suggest various forms of meditation to help us to clear our thoughts, gain a greater sense of connection, and stay focused.

It is said that we humans generate about forty thousand thoughts a day. That's a lot of thinking and self-talk. Imagine your mind as a telephone (pre-voice-mail, that is!). Most of the time our lines are busy – in order for anyone to get through, we have to hang up, decrease the number of thoughts we process, and become receptive and ready to listen. We need to open the line to receive others' communications. A number of relaxation and centering techniques can help us do this, including yoga, tai chi, and meditation. Of these, meditation is the easiest, for it requires no special training. I encourage people in my workshops to meditate every day.”
[Carol Gurney,
The Language of Animals: 7 Steps to Communicating with Animals, p. 13]

One way to master your mind is to learn to quiet your mind. Without exception, every teacher in this book uses meditation as a daily practice. [...] Meditation quiets your mind, helps you control your thoughts, and revitalizes your body. The great news is that you don't have to set aside hours to meditate. Just three to ten minutes a day to begin with, can be incredibly powerful for gaining control over your thoughts.
[Rhonda Byrne,
The Secret, page 23]

Mike Dooley, one of the teachers in The Secret, and the founder of TUT.com (Totally Unique Thoughts), also recommends only meditating for five minutes a day. He suggests in his audio-seminar, Infinite Possibilities, that by limiting yourself to short periods of concentrated visualization, it accomplishes the task without giving you spare time to allow your mind to wander.

Another great technique for practicing focus is journaling. I have used various forms of journaling for many years, and always finds that it helps greatly. If done faithfully, writing in a daily journal can even be thought of as a form of meditation.

It may be useful for you to think of the morning pages as meditation. It may not be the practice of meditation you are accustomed to. You may, in fact, not be accustomed to meditating at all. The pages may not seem spiritual or even meditative [...] but they are a valid form of meditation that gives us insight and helps us to effect change in our lives.”
[Julia Cameron,
The Artist's Way, page 13]

The author goes on to say that there are many ways of meditating, and that through meditation we acquire and acknowledge our connection to an inner power source, to insight, and begin to feel our creative identities. Journaling is another path to the same goal, and can lead to a more focused way of connecting with all life.

Through the process of focusing your attention and following your thoughts, certain changes invariably occur. Disciplined practice makes you more spontaneous, more inventive, more self-respecting. Your mind becomes calmer, but at the same time, more alert. Your capacity to empathize with others grows and with it your ability to love and forgive.”
[Linda Trichter Metcalf, Ph.D, and Tobin Simon, Ph.D.,
Writing The Mind Alive (The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice), page 129]

Certainly, becoming calmer and more alert, with a greater capacity for love, is a key component to becoming a better interspecies communicator.

Although it is not always easy to keep our mind focused enough to clearly share thoughts and emotions with our animal friends, it is possible to improve with practice. Don't be afraid to try, even if you feel that you are not focused enough. Our non-human brethren are patient, and always willing to help us learn and grow. With their love and acceptance, and with the tools at our disposal, we will overcome those off-kilter moments and move ahead, growing more and more connected with all life around us.


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FYI NOTES and NEWS

Don't Forget....

... that gift certificates do have an expiration date. If you've given them as gifts, or have them tucked safely away at home, check those dates and be sure to redeem them before they expire. I'll try to post a reminder in each issue of “Creature Thoughts”.

Remember, too, that the extended expiration date of gift certificates purchased during the 2007 Holiday Special ended on January 31st, 2009.


Website Features

The Book Shop

The Animal Communication Book Shop can be accessed as an external link from the Gazehound.com front page and the main Animal Communication page. On the "Introduction" page (reached by the button of that name in the side menu), the shop itself is built right into an inset at the bottom. I hope you find this a convenient way to research and review books on animal communication, as well as a number of other topics such as positive training, natural pet care, and "good for the human soul" sections.

New Books Added: The Positive Training section of the bookstore has a few new titles for your enjoyment.

Click and Connect by Teah Andrews puts a lovely emphasis on the relationship you can build with your dog as you train, with a focus on clicker-training.

When Pigs Fly by Jane Killion is a fun look at training with dogs who are declared “difficult to train”, a reputation held by certain breeds (my own Salukis included).

Fighting Dominance in a Dog Whispering World by Jean Donaldson and Ian Dunbar is a DVD that takes a look at the old “dominance theory” of dog behavior and how modern research indicates that it's archaic and obsolete ... not to mention potentially harmful to our dogs and the humans who love them.

Rover, Get Off Her Leg by Darlene Arden is a light-hearted (but very helpful) approach to training with a focus on problem behaviors.


Important Updates

Little Changes Here and There:

Visitors to the website may note that there are quite a few minor changes as I've been striving to catch the details of the site up to date. Feel free to email me if you find anything that doesn't work for you when you visit.

Don't forget that you can always keep up with changes and info on rates, policies, and "other fun stuff" on my website: http://www.gazehound.com, and that you can find archives of this newsletter and other articles on my Creature Thoughts Blog: http://gazehound.blogspot.com.

E-News List:

It has become more important than ever, due to recent circumstances, that all of my clients are subscribed to my e-news list. Thus, whenever anyone inquires about information, or sets up an appointment, they will receive both an invitation to the list and a separate note from me letting them know they've been invited. I strongly encourage all my clients to stay in touch, by remaining subscribed to this list. And please feel free to forward this newsletter issue to any friends, family, and acquaintances whom you feel might be interested in joining us.


Want To Help Our Wild Friends?

Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary and New York Wildlife Rescue (an IRS 501(c)(3) charity) accept Paypal donations through their website at http://www.redmaplefarm.net. If you sign up to shop online through iGive.com, at no cost to you, every purchase you make through the iGive gateway will earn a donation for the animals.

To sign up to shop through iGive for NYWRC:

http://www.igive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

And even if you don't sign up (but why would anyone not sign up since it's free and painless?), you can still earn money with each internet search simply by logging in to the iGive search engine:

http://www.isearchigive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

I set the above link as my homepage in my browser to remind me to search through iGive and earn pennies for the animals each time. iGive's usual one cent per search is currently doubled, too, so get using it now while we can earn the big bucks!


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Gayle Nastasi (of Gazehound's Animal Communication) is a professional animal communication consultant and writer, who hopes her connection to the animal world can serve as a way to help her fellow humans enrich their relationships with their animal companions. By better knowing our non-human friends, we ensure a kinder future for our world and we learn what it means to be a unique and essential part of all that is. Permission is given to forward this issue to anyone you feel might enjoy it, as long as it is understood that copyrights are held by Gayle Nastasi, and the author's name, and links to her website(s) are left intact. If this publication has been forwarded to you and you would like to subscribe to Gazehound's free monthly e-newsletter, “Creature Thoughts”, just visit the newsletter link below.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gazehound's Animal Communication News: January Extra 2009

*GAZEHOUND'S ANIMAL COMMUNICATION NEWS
*January Extra 2009



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Keeping in touch with the animals....
and the people who love them
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Animal Teachers ... Higher Beings?


The Law of Attraction.  Autumn of 2006 heard many people asking, "Have you seen The Secret yet"?   I had, in fact, been exploring these concepts for years, as time after time they would fall in my path to be picked up and examined, and incorporated in various ways into my life.  The Secret, however, quickly became the introduction for many people into the ideas of The Law of Attraction (as they and many others have titled the concepts), and I do think of it as a very good beginning for a path of exploration that can bring people to some fascinating and beneficial discoveries.

I actually first discovered The Secret through a back door: the TUT.com website of Mike Dooley
, one of the teachers interviewed by Rhonda Byrne for the film/book.  "Totally Unique Thoughts", Dooley's daily Notes from the Universe, and the idea that "Thoughts Become Things" can be explored via links from the gazehound.com website, if you're interested.  The movie and book also introduced me to a number of other teachers, whose work I've looked into with interest, incorporating bits of wisdom along the way.  As one step leads to the next, the teachers continue to gather, and there always seems to be more depth and detail waiting to be explored.

Mike Dooley, on his website and in his audio courses, mentions Jane Roberts and the Seth books as part of his inspiration, and I've heard them recommended by others as well.  Seth, a channeled being from a different dimension (to put it in very basic terms) is similar to the Abraham teachings as brought forth by Esther Hicks, which are popular with so many explorers today.  One thing that did catch my eye, and it was at this point that I became somewhat disenchanted with Seth (etc.), is a suggestion I've heard repeated by a number of the teachers whose works I've explored over the years.

That is: that non-human animals are by default on a lower spiritual plane than those of us who have chosen to live in human bodies.

As an animal communicator, I've certainly not found this to be the universal truth, at least as I have been able to interpret my own experiences.  In fact, some of the most poignant wisdom that has fallen across my path has been relayed to me through contact with my animal friends.  It's my own observation that animals are as marvelously varied in their spiritual paths as human beings are, and that it may be a mistake to always assume that just because a spirit has chosen a non-human animal form, that being is on a lower level of evolution.

I believe (and of course my beliefs are my own and not in any way to be imposed upon another) that each of us choses what form will best help our own development, and best touch the lives of those others with whom we've opted to travel.  Just for one example: one of the wisest souls who has blessed me with his company was my Saluki, Yoda ... and am ever grateful for his companionship and the wisdom he shared.  Had Yoda been a human being, I do not believe he would have touched my life so influentially, nor been able to as effectively help the many other people (and animals) who felt that they were better for having known him.  Does this mean that Yoda was a higher being?  Although I can't say for a certainty, of course, my heart has always felt that he was an advanced teacher.

Have you known animal teachers whom you felt were beings of advanced spiritual development?  Or do you feel, as many of the teachers of recent day believe, that animal souls have, by default, not yet reached the level that human beings have?

I invite you to join me in discussing the topic on my Facebook page:

Gazehound's Animal Communication on Facebook

Quite a number of you have already joined me as "fans and friends", thank you!  I invite anyone else who'd like to join us to "come on aboard".  I'll be opening a new discussion topic, and will paste a copy of this article as the first post.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject.  There is one rule, however, and that is "Respect".  Remember always that each person's opinion is valued, even if it may disagree with our own, and please approach the discussion with courtesy for the variety of our thoughts.


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FYI NOTES and NEWS

Dont Forget....

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that gift certificates do have an expiration date.  If you've given them as gifts, or have them tucked safely away at home, check those dates  and be sure to redeem them before they expire.

Remember, too, that I've extended the expiration date of gift certificates purchased during the 2007 Holiday Special until January 31st, 2009.  The date is fast approaching, so you may wish to make sure your gift certificates are used while still valid.



Website Features

BOOKSTORE ONLINE!
I receive so many requests for book suggestions, for which I normally send people to my website's "Introduction" page and recommended reading list, that I've decided to take it a step further and make it easier for people to get more information, read reviews, and shop right from my site if they wish.  I've added an Animal Communication Book Shop to the website.  It can be accessed as an external link from the Gazehound.com front page and the main Animal Communication page, and on the "Introduction" page (reached by the button of that name in the side menu), the shop itself is built right into an inset at the bottom of the page.  I hope you find this a convenient way to research and review books on animal communication, as well as a number of other topics such as positive training, natural pet care, and "good for the human soul" sections.

New Section and Books Added:  I hope you'll enjoy the new section on wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation, which includes both care guides and field guides and a lovely book called Healers of the Wild -- a testimony to the power of love.  In the Positive Training section, be sure to page through to Victoria Stillwell's It's Me or the Dog.  My long stay in the hospital introduced me to her show on Animal Planet, and I find her positive approach and bright presentation to be delightful and inspiring.



Important Policy Update:
Well, this is not actually a change, simply a more strict enforcement of a policy already in place.  Due to several recent situations, I will from now on be strictly enforcing my policy of not offering follow-ups until the account is up to date on payments, unless the client already has a history of being reliable and faithful to their word.  This will encompass all aspects of my services.

In addition, for an indefinite period of time, I will not be accepting missing animal cases from new clients.  Existing clients may call me for a lost pet, and those will be taken on a selective case by case basis. 


E-News List:
It has become more important than ever, due to recent circumstances, that all of my clients are subscribed to my e-news list.  Thus, whenever anyone inquires about information, or sets up an appointment, they will receive both an invitation to the list and a separate note from me letting them know they've been invited.  I strongly encourage all my clients to stay in touch, by remaining subscribed to this list.  And please feel free to forward this newsletter issue to any friends, family, and acquaintances whom you feel might be interested in joining us.

Don't forget that you can always keep up with changes and info on rates, policies, and "other fun stuff" on my website:  www.gazehound.com, and that you can find archives of this newsletter and other articles on my Creature Thoughts Blog: gazehound.blogspot.com.  


Want To Help Our Wild Friends?
Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary and New York Wildlife Rescue (an IRS 501(c)(3) charity)  accept Paypal donations through their website at http://www.redmaplefarm.net.  I've dedicated much time and love in the past several years toward helping to build a safe place for our wild friends in need, and our livestock rescues, and am extending the offer to all of you to aid in their care as well.   And now, we have a totally painless (and free) way for anyone to support the animals at NYWRC/NELR.  If you sign up to shop online through iGive.com, at no cost to you, every purchase you make through the iGive gateway will earn a donation for the animals. 

To sign up to shop through iGive for NYWRC:

http://www.igive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

And even if you don't sign up (but why would anyone not sign up since it's free and painless?), you can still earn money with each internet search you do simply by logging in to the iGive search engine rather than Google or whichever other search engine you normally use:

http://www.isearchigive.com/NYWildlifeRescueCenter

I set the above link as my homepage in my browser to remind me to search through iGive and earn pennies for the animals each time I search.  iGive's usual one cent per search is doubled through the month of December, too, so get using it now while we can earn the big bucks!



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Gayle Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
   http://www.gazehound.com/pets
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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Gayle away Monday; farewell Sachet



Hello, Friends,

As many of you know, my dear little Sachet, 18 1/2 year old lilac point Siamese, has been struggling with kidney disease. I wish to thank those who have offered support, comfort, and advice as Sachet and I have dealt with her illness. I am sad to report that Sachet passed into spirit this morning ... but comforted that her passing was gentle, quiet, and she was in no discomfort or pain. She just fell asleep.

I will be taking tomorrow off just to give myself a chance to honor my emotions, but as Sachet has always been so supportive and enthusiastic about my connection with our many animal friends, I intend to return to scheduling appointments on Tuesday (1/6/09). I just wanted to let everyone know, and again, thank you all for your thoughts of comfort and support.

Fondly,
--Gayle




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Animal Communication Consultant
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Friday, January 02, 2009

Wishing you Love in 2009





Dear friends,

I wish you all good things as we enter this new year, looking forward to good, better and best for all of you.

I'm reading a very interesting trilogy right now, by Don Miguel Ruiz. The Four Agreements: Toltec Wisdom Collection. In these books, SeƱor Ruiz voices a concept that I have heard in the past from other teachers, that in truth there are actually only two emotions: love and fear. All other emotions are based on, and subsets of, these two.

Therefore, in 2009, I wish you all Love. May each situation you face be judged in light of whether love or fear is predominant in your hearts, and may you always be able to shift your emotions into the track of love. By doing this, we walk forth in 2009 creating, together, a better world for all.

Gift Certificates:
The holiday gift certificate special has ended. Of course, gift certificates are always available at the
regular session rate of $30/half hour session. There is, however, a special rate for anyone who orders three or more at one time. Ordering 3 or more gift certificates will reduce the cost per session to the "old" individual session rate of $25/session. Therefore one Gift Certificate will be $30, two will be $60, but three will be available for $75, with increments of $25 per certificate over three. Gift certificates are non-returnable, and they are valid for one full year from the purchase date. Once payment is received, your gift certificates will be sent via email as a PDF attachment (Acrobat Reader required to open and print) unless otherwise requested, so be sure I have a correct e-dress for you. Email me at allcreatures@gazehound.com for more information or to order.

Remember to keep track of your expiration dates. In light of the fact that I was among the missing for over a month, I have extended the expiration date from the 2007 holiday special gift certificates to the 31st of January, 2009. If you haven't yet redeemed your 2007 certificates, therefore, you still have a chance to do so.

Something new for '09 -- Facebook:
I've created a presence on the Facebook social network. If you would like to join me there, please click here to visit the page, and select to become a "Fan". In addition to links to the blog/e-news archives, there is a discussion forum, and places where Fans can upload photos and videos if they wish. I look forward to this new venue for keeping in touch with my animal friends and the humans who love them.

Gratitude:
In closing, I want to express my heart-felt thanks for all of your good wishes in the past year. There certainly have been some unique challenges in my life, as in many of your own, and your support has been a true treasure. May we use the experiences of the past as tools toward a brighter future, and always remember that it is Love that empowers us to grow.

Fondly,
--Gayle


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-- Gayle P Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
http://www.gazehound.com
Bi-monthly newsletter: http://www.gazehound.com/pets/acnewslist.html
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