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B., my client, called me 10 minutes before she was due to arrive for our session. "Barney", her dog would not go inside the house when called and she didn't know if she could make the appointment. Though she had never done TAT, I asked if she would like to try something that might effect "Barney's" willingness to come to her. The following was all done by phone.

Step One: Put your attention on "everything that led up to my 'willfulness'" I also held the pose and then "saw" Barney lonely and anxious that he would be abandoned/forgotten.

Step Two: "That happened, its over. I feel safe and I can relax."

We also went through Steps 3 and 4. When it came to forgiveness towards anyone Barney blamed for the separation anxiety, we included the dog's mother, the person who sold the dog as a puppy, as well as B. (my client) & her husband. B. admitted that she really hasn't been around a lot lately to play with Barney or to go for walks. Also equally important was forgiveness for anyone Barney had disappointed or frustrated (which certainly included my client!). We concluded with the "I choose" statement on the behalf of Barney: "I choose to feel safe and to trust I am never alone." I told her to drink water and to call me back and let me know if she was coming. Five minutes later, B. called to say that "Barney" immediately came when she called and followed her in to the house without any problem. Amazing, simply amazing.

Fern Israel, TAT Professional and Trainer (click here for Fern's contact and practice information)


 



Sometimes people wonder if TAT “really works.” The most telling evidence for me has been the response I get with animals. They aren't skeptics, and they don't lie, (even out of hope or just to “be nice"). Their bodies and actions show the results.

The most amazing experience I ever had was in working with a wonderful dog who was near to death and also hard of hearing. He was actually going to be put down the next day.

The wife in the family was particularly tuned in to this dear 15-year-old dog and picked up his concern that "his people" were not going to be OK after he died. Throughout his life he had been the glue when the family went through hard times. It was his life’s work, so it was a job he took very seriously. My friend and her dog had come to trust me and to be good friends during the 18 months of occasional energy work (Reiki and Healing Touch for Animals) on her dog. My friend also knew of my TAT successes with other dogs and asked me to come over to do a TAT.

In this dog’s case, it worked to actually hold the pose (as Tapas modifies it for dogs) directly on him. I asked my friend to tune in with me, and she got the feeling that he was worried for the family. I held the pose, focusing on that feeling for step 1, and watched in awe as his head slowly drooped onto his paws, and his eyes shifted back a little, giving the appearance of being in a trance. He rested in that pose for 30 seconds to a minute, and then his head popped up and his eyes were open and alert. My friend and I were both amazed to see this. It almost looked as if he had awakened quickly out of a sleep. Today I have to laugh; talk about knowing when one has shifted!

Then I used the pose for each family member, softly saying, “[name of the family member] is safe and cared for both now and after I pass on.” I put my hand gently in the pose, and again his head drifted down to rest on his paws, his eyes wandered back, and he appeared to be in a trance. A minute later, up popped his head, alert with eyes wide open. This time, however, this dear guy quietly labored with his arthritic legs and hips up to a standing position and slowly wandered through the house to the room where the person we had named was working. The dog stood in the doorway, looked at the father, then wandered slowly back to where my friend and I were sitting. Quietly and with difficulty, but without complaint, he lay back down where he had been. Again I put my hand gently on him in the pose, again his head drooped, eyes slid backward, and he lay still. A minute later his head popped up. He stood up a second time, wandered through the house, and went to look at the next family member whom we had named in the statement! Again he came back and settled down between me and my friend. This happened several times! The last person named was the wife, who was sitting right there at his head. All was the same (drooping head, eyes wandering backward, look of repose; then head popped up), but this time he didn’t get to his feet; instead he sniffed my friend.

I am 100% certain that, despite being hard of hearing and near death, he knew what was going on, assessed it, realized it was true, and said, I'm ready for the next and the next.

We finished the other statements with the same process observed (drooping head, eyes wandering backward, look of repose; then head popped up), except that he did not stand up for these statements. As we finished the last statement, he seemed to be getting a little restless. His actions said, "Enough of this. Today's my last day, and I want to play!" Even with his bad legs and hips, he scuffled around the house playing chase. He had shifted from worried and agitated to happy, peaceful, and playful. The rest of his life, short as it was, he was at peace and ready to go, knowing “his people” would be safe and cared for. He had done his job faithfully to the last day.

Once you've seen something like that, if you're like me, there are no more questions about the validity of TAT, or "Is anything really happening?"

It’s an honor and a privilege to share this dear puppy-dog’s story, just as it is an honor and a privilege to use this powerful, elegant, and grace-filled TAT!

Jeanine DuBois, TAT Professional and Trainer (click here for Jeanine's contact and practice information)

 


 

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