animal companions
grace our lives with unconditional love, loyalty, generosity, wisdom and compassion.
They seek to learn from us in return.
By sharing essences with them,
you can enhance their life journey and increase your awareness of the reasons you are together.
In so doing, you deepen the sacred bond between you and strengthen the interspecies bridge for us all.

Like humans, other animals are embodied spiritual beings with emotional lives. We all feel joy and pain, courage and fear, pride and inadequacy, love and grief. We all experience happiness and know when we are loved. We all feel satisfaction when we are able to live our lives in safety and contentment when we can live in accordance with what is important to us.

Companion animals develop particularly complex emotional responses and share many life stresses with their human friends and families. Challenges such as traumatic experiences, inadequate time in nature, crowded living conditions, learning new things, social anxieties, loss of purpose, loneliness and grief are universal experiences shared by all of us.

There are many amazing stories about heroic animals who protect or rescue humans from harm. No less heroic yet much more common and subtle, are the daily efforts many companion animals make to help their beloved human guardians with their own challenges. While they may not understand specifics of human stresses such as money and career worries, animals are highly aware of our feelings and often seek to help us with them. They may play or entertain us when our moods are low, and comfort us with their snuggling, licking and purring nurturance. Other animals may absorb and mirror our anxieties, fears, and uncertainties in their efforts to understand and assist us, reflecting our feelings back to us and showing us where our attention needs to be when we are unsure or unaware. These are all ultimate expressions of our animals' unconditional love for us.

Unlike humans, however, animals cannot rationalize and address intellectually the root causes for their own emotional difficulties or for those they absorb from us. Animals live very much in the Now, feeling their emotions fully as they occur. Difficult feelings which are not fully processed in the moment and released from their energy systems can eventually develop into emotional disharmonies which can become deeply embedded as time passes and subsequent feelings surface and accumulate. If left untended, such emotional backlog may develop into undesirable behavioral patterns triggered by similar subsequent events, or lead to patterns of anxiety, depression or even illness that persists despite having their basic life needs recognized and met and having a comfortable life with people who love them deeply.

Animals and Essences

Animals are blessed with an innate attunement to the many dimensions of the natural world. They are inherently attuned to the energies and consciousness of the plant kingdom, feel the vibrations of rocks and other minerals, are attracted to pristine environments, and are deeply aware of Mother Earth and climactic changes in their environments. Wild animals often seek out herbs and other healing plants which can soothe their physical imbalances. Domestic animals can often be found cozied up to trees, shrubs, flowers and stones which offer them particularly beneficial energetic qualities. Animals confined to the indoors will seek out house plants and crystals, and they often experience a longing for walking on the ground, flying through the fresh air, and receiving nature's balancing and uplifting vibrations. Even animals who have never experienced the outdoors in their lifetime have intrinsic awareness and deep memories of the natural world, and miss it greatly in some buried instinctual part of themselves.

Animals also have a natural ability to rise to the highest vibrations offered and almost always quite willingly release their emotional and energetic imbalances when presented with an opportunity to do so. They don't cling to their wounds, need to analyze in order to heal, or lack faith in their capacity to heal like many humans do. They do not experience skepticism when it comes to essences; on the contrary, they are quick to recognize their vibrational qualities and will generally seek them out when offered. Most animals respond very quickly to essences and truly love receiving them.


Vibrational essences can often peacefully dissolve and release embedded trauma and negative mental-emotional patterns held in animals' energy systems, thereby restoring a state of inner equilibrium. They are profoundly effective for all living souls, whether wild or domestic, footed, pawed, feathered, finned or scaled--even insects and plants! When essences are appropriately chosen, animals are quick to recognize their harmonizing qualities and welcome their assistance. The radiant wellbeing which follows exemplifies true mind-body-spirit harmony.

Offering essences to our animal friends is also a wonderful way to deepen and celebrate our relationships with them. And when animals are serving their human friends as guides, teachers, helpers, or teamworkers, sharing essences with them can shed great light of awareness, enhance personal growth, and foster better mutual understanding and cooperation.

Essences are very useful for animals recovering from trauma, adjusting to new living circumstances, or undergoing training programs. Essences are also a remarkably effective and benign tool for use when rescuing injured wild or abused animals, as well as feral cat colonies. For these populations, essences can greatly ease fears and aggression and ease handling. Please see our Animal Shelters/Rescue page for further information.

Custom essence work is generally preferable, most beneficial and efficient. However, when individualized attention isn't possible or necessary, readymade essence combinations can be very helpful. For a summary of Shining Spirits ready-to-use preformulated combinations, please see our Prepared Formulas page.

Easy and Safe to Use

Vibrational essences are easy to use even with animals who resist other forms of intervention. It is a rare animal who does not at least accept and respond to, if not enthusiastically embrace essences. Grumpy, shy, elderly and ill household animals, careworn service animals, retired racing and show animals, and others who resist medications or handling almost always love to take their essences and frequently dose themselves from their water bowls. A short period of use often dissolves their negativity or reticence, allowing the animal to come forth and enjoy their life and their family with renewed interest, equanimity, humor, enthusiasm and vitality.

Giving essences to animals is simple, noninvasive and nonthreatening. They can be given orally in their water bowl, topically, or environmentally. Because they don't interact or interfere with other healing substances or modalities, essences are a wonderful adjunct for animals undergoing medical care. There is always a pleasant way to offer essences, even during hospice and transition stages.

Just a Reminder

Nothing can replace the love, respect and personal attention we all need to be healthy and happy.

Our companion animals deserve the best possible care we can provide. Their wellbeing is in our hands.


Shining Spirits services are intended to promote emotional healing and body-mind-spirit wholeness.
Information provided herein and services offered are not intended to and should not be used to replace appropriate medical assessment, attention or care.
Responsible medical and veterinary advice should always be sought and heeded.