Yesterday I received another very loud, clear, and blaring message from my sweet rabbit and soul companion, Joy, as you can see in this photo from our hike. As we were descending the mountain, our attention was drawn to the left and there in clear letters was her name deliberately written in the snow upon a rock. Incredible.
You may remember the sign from Cosmo after his transition and messages I’ve been getting from Joy since my dream of her about a week and a half or so ago where she was getting my attention to “hear” and “listen” to something coming, which could be tangible or telepathic.
Immediately following the dream, my bunny loves have been super active in showing up with messages, gifts, and their presences, but especially so, Joy has been with very tangibly seen messages and several times with her name appearing in huge letters.
Yesterday Joy’s message showed up right after I’d spent the last five minutes deeply immersed in thinking about my bunny loves and was getting teary eyed, feeling the tug at my heart strings.
Joy’s message felt fourfold.
- I felt that she was wanting me to know how much they were with me and to feel their love and “joy” in my heart to heal any sadness present.
- I felt that she was messaging me again to keep listening, being ultra observant, and to pay attention to the signs and messages she and the others would be sending me, as something is amping up right now and something big is coming. Also, to confirm for me to keep on point with my path I’m being inspired to follow right now, as it’s being supported and channeled by them to fuel my heart.
- I felt it (and the other “Joy” signs) was confirmation of what I’d come to see about Joy in her last year or so of having truly embraced and embodied her name, which when I first got her she had been concerned she couldn’t live up to and afraid of disappointing if she couldn’t be the essence of “Joy” always. She came to own that truth of her heart, as her innocence and vulnerability WAS pure Joy always.
- And a “joy” filled appreciation for what I’ll share below.
Needless to say, I was so touched by seeing her sign and have been so grateful for my bunny loves’ constant and recently very profound presence in more heightened ways than usual.
So much so, that I’m discovering myself embodying the bunny me more than ever and everything in my life is coming up bunnies, as I’ll touch a little bit on in another post.
Gaia has been there too, but she seems to make very timely, big entrances at less frequent intervals.
But for now, as we approach the end of this year and get ready to walk through a new gateway of experience, I felt so much that alongside all that I’m focused on I really wanted to anchor in some energy (it’s 3:33 pm here as I write this part) and honor the memory of my sweet ones in a way I know they would appreciate and likely have inspired.
Each year Dave and I give to organizations to help animals. Most of the time we do it around Christmas and the New Year, but sometimes it’s been at Easter (for bunnies), and sporadically donate to different events as well at any given time. For example, I’ve donated a bunch of my paintings, prints, time and services to help raise money for animals and volunteered at a rabbit shelter as well for a while.
This year it was immediately a stand-out for us where we wanted to lend our support.
Our Christmas gift went to two non-profit organizations that were connected with both Joy and Cosmo, in honor and in memory of them and all the love they had for the bunnies they left behind, and came to know over the course of their sheltered lives, when they came home with me, and to others like them that are in need and not as fortunate as they were.
Donations provide things like food, litter, supplies, toys, and help out with vet fees for neutering/spaying, health challenges, and needed surgeries.
Joy and Cosmo are “compassion ambassadors” for rabbits and spreading awareness and education to others about rabbits, and this was a way not only to do what is in my and Dave’s hearts’ “joy” to offer in way of support, but also to continue their work through me, since we are One.
No wonder I’m becoming a rabbit more and more with these power souls channeling through me.
It’s one way we can help bunnies in need, bridge the rabbit/human gap, do what’s most in our hearts, show our reverence for these two ever-giving souls, a way for me to keep them alive through me, and a way to spread a little “JOY” to others via the path and role I have in this life involving rabbits.
This year has been profoundly shifting for me, which has been in large part because of the work I’ve been doing with my rabbit companions and what has come through them.
These messages and gifts in the cycle of giving and receiving mutually, have truly been a theme pervading 2016 for me and I can’t think of a more perfect way to close it out and anchor in the new.
One of the things I promised myself for this year was to shift my schedule so that I could do more personal things that are the essence of who I am and my passions, in addition to the things I share in love and service. So that means creating more and more efficiency in my life, restructuring, and streamlining.
And one of those essence passions of mine is rabbits – likely no surprise for anyone who knows me.
So it was important to me to be around them and BOTH give and receive love, magick, nurturing, and gifts from and to them.
Of course I do already have a sweet bunny love, Joy (I adopted her from Save A Bunny in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California), who is my heart and soul, and I energetically support rabbits, but I knew the time was now to do even more.
This ended up manifesting as offering my services in volunteer work at a local rabbit rescue, which I found just minutes from my house. And from that one choice, things are starting to take form in larger ways I hadn’t imagined. And yet as always, when we take one step in action, we are then shown more and doors and opportunities then present themselves in response to the energy put in motion and our willingness to take that action.
My volunteer work has started out as weekly helping to clean, feed, and spend time with all of the bunnies at The Bunny Bunch here in Fountain Valley and I have so enjoyed this and truly have such a smile on my face the entire time I am working (not feeling like it is work), as I talk with the bunnies that run around and nibble at my feet, as I tidy up their pens.
They all have unique personalities and of course there are those that I immediately create an extra special bond with, but they are all so, so very precious and beautiful little souls with a ton to give, teach, and infuse your life with.
A few have been adopted out since I’ve been helping out here, which is wonderful, but they will soon be replaced with more rabbits in need, as there are far too many to count of them.
One of these souls that has touched my heart is this white beauty, Sophia. She was my first draw and of course it didn’t surprise me to learn that she was a lab rabbit before coming here to The Bunny Bunch, indicating my sense of her special needs. This saddens me, but when I am with her all I do is give her love and gentle nurturing to bring peace and healing to her heart.
What also saddens me to know is that most people don’t adopt white rabbits with red eyes, as Sophia is, which is just incredibly disheartening to me that there are these stereotypical judgments or ideas about them. Sophia has been at The Bunny Bunch for over a year awaiting a new home.
In my heart I’ve adopted her, carrying her image around on my cell phone wall paper to send her love and energy every time I use my phone.
Another precious one is this little guy, Arthur – a Dwarf bunny. He is incredibly gentle and sweet. I think that speaks through even in his photo.
All of these lovelies, except the giant Flemish rabbits, are available for adoption at The Bunny Bunch. The Flemish are very gentle and sweet, which makes them wonderful teachers, adding valuable contribution to the classes taught at The Bunny Bunch.
The Bunny Bunch is a non-profit, no-kill rescue and education organization run entirely by volunteers with two locations in Southern California – Montclair (the main adoption/education center) and Fountain Valley.
It was established in 1984 by Caroline Charland to rescue rabbits in need that would otherwise be euthanized. They also help chincillas and guinea pigs. They have a classroom where they educate the public on rabbits and proper rabbit care and health and they hold a lot of events you can find at their website.
Unfortunately, I have discovered that my allergies to hay and urine mixed hay are making it not possible to work in the capacity that I am. At home with one bunny it isn’t an issue other than a quick one or two sneeze now and then that subsides immediately upon finishing clean up. However, working several hours of handling and breathing in the large concentrations of hay, has proven to be a challenge.
At first I was not going to worry about it because it was worth it to me to help out these little ones, even though my nose was running and I was sneezing nonstop. But the last time I was there, it continued and when I got home, I had a coughing fit the rest of the afternoon/evening, coughing up stuff.
So, it became apparent that wasn’t wise to continue.
But, as I shared, one thing leads to another and there are reasons things unfold that will help point you in the direction you are most meant for.
I had already been starting to discuss other possibilities with Caroline about areas I could help in. I feel that this is leading me to where my skills and gifts are best utilized, which may end up in a teaching role, helping with events, or even training to become an Adoption Manager.
I don’t know where I’ll land, but the journey is proving to be a rich process and I look forward to seeing what aligns when Caroline and I speak next.
And, because of my stepping into this part of my path more, through another synchronous chain of events (all happening at the same time), I was led to connect with Lejla Hadzimuratovic, the head of another large rabbit organization here in Los Angeles – Bunny World Foundation – that is opening more possibilities and connections.
In fact, tomorrow, I will be going to meet and bring home a sweet, special needs bunny that I will be fostering. If all goes well with integrating him into the household and connecting with the other fur babies, he may just find himself a forever home here and in my heart as well.
I will share that journey as it unfolds, as well as where this path leads.
In the meantime, if looking for a rabbit companion, please consider adopting a rabbit from your local shelter or rabbit rescue and receiving education on proper rabbit care. Rabbits are the third most euthanized animals. They are most often used in animal testing labs, are killed for fur, for meat, etc., and in general, most people simply don’t understand them or how to care for them.
If you’d like to help out, you could also become a foster mom, dad, or family to one of the rabbits in need. Look into your local rescues for more information.
Rabbits aren’t the only animals in need of this kind of support, but they may be the most misunderstood, in my opinion, of animal companions.
They make wonderful animal companions and can be litter box trained. There is no need or call to ever house your rabbit in a cage. You wouldn’t do it to your cat or dog, so why would you to your rabbit?
A large pen or protected hutch can be an option, yet they need time each day to exercise outside of the pen in a safe area or bunny-proofed room or space. They can also be free in your home, just as your other animals, with the proper rabbit proofing precautions. They should never be left alone with young children, other animals, or irresponsible individuals.
Don’t get a rabbit because they are cute and a cute idea for your children as an Easter gift. These rabbits usually find themselves in shelters when their “novelty” runs out.
Feeling eternally grateful for the gifts these magickal beings infuse my life and our Earth with, and sending love out to all souls in animal bodies ❤