Animals as Teachers and Assistants

Spirithawk in his youth

A very wise friend of mine once said to me “Look into the eyes of unconditional love and you will find yourself.” This friend’s name was Spirithawk, a wolf dog and much honored part of my family. The animal kingdom as a whole embodies the energy of unconditional love, and as such are profound teachers to all of us as we find our way back to this pure and natural state held within our child self–our innocence.

Native Americans and other indigenous peoples have long acknowledged the messages and spiritual power of individual animals. Referred to as “totems,” ceremonies have been developed in reverence to certain animals. Wolf is seen as master teacher, bear as healer, butterfly as transition, hawk as protector, and eagle as divine connection. Other more “gentle” totems include the skunk representing respect, the hummingbird as joy, dragonfly as inner world connection, and the list goes on.

Becoming aware of animals as messengers and totems of one’s own inner essence can bring an enriching link to nature. As your awareness grows you may find that the synchronicity in which various animals come to you or pass in and out of your life may have deep significance to what is transpiring in your life at that moment.

Swallowtail butterfly on thistle

- Have you ever noticed butterflies flying around or even landing on you in a time of transformation in your life?

- A deer crossing your path can be telling you to reach within to your gentle power:

- An eagle flying nearby can be telling you that someone of the Heavenly Host is connecting with you or wishing to do so.

- A Skunk got your attention? This is a sign to respect yourself or give respect to others.

The amazing ability of animals to speak to us through action and form is one of many ways in which they help us to understand our own deepest selves. In so doing, we are then challenged to embrace them and ourselves in unconditional love or negate those feelings through fear and ignorance.

The first, and for some more dramatic challenge, is to acknowledge the deep intelligence of animals. It is not the type of intelligence that will score high on a human IQ exam, but rather the intelligence of nature; of Knowing in its raw form that all of life is interconnected and speaks to us on a multitude of levels.

There are many references for learning more about animal totems and animal communication as a whole. Two of my favorites are Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews, and Medicine Cards, The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals, by Jamie Sams, David Carson, and Angela C. Werneke.

The domestication level of an animal can often influence their connectivity with and awareness of their wild surroundings. This again is something they can teach or reflect to humans. A cat, horse, or dog that spends its life inside a house, pasture, or on a leash, tends to be much less connected with nature and aware of the environment than those who are allowed to be out interfacing with nature by exploring, eating, playing, and just being.

Likewise, a person who spends little time in nature being quiet, listening, and observing will have a much greater chance of putting himself in harm’s way than one who has learned to connect with nature and listen, even beyond the chaos of the city, to hear what his environment is communicating and make decisions accordingly.

Many animals have been able to demonstrate their innate trust and knowingness of life in emergencies and other traumatic situations. Dogs, horses and even elephants in particular have been called upon to assist and often take the lead in such situations to bring people to safety, or warn them off in the first place. In years past I learned to allow my dog (or dogs) to take the lead while out hiking so they could warn me of danger.

Ishnahnay: “Someone is coming – it’s time to leave”

There has been many a time when I have taken a different path or been led home after taking a “wrong” turn in the forest by the natural guidance system of my dogs. Other animals have also been stepping forward to assist and to warn of danger. Dolphins, elephants, birds, cats, and others have stepped in to warn humans of danger or save a human life on many occasions. A well-documented example was the December 26, 2004 tsunami in Thailand and Sumatra when all the animals went inland before the wave hit indicating to humans who were paying attention to do the same.

One of the most dramatic lessons animals teach is to pay attention to what the Earth and those around us are saying, emitting, or suggesting through their actions. All of life, including the Earth herself, emits energies or frequencies of communication and intention. When one is tuned in as consciously as most animals are, these energies can be read like a book, taking potential surprise out of most situations and instead allowing a partnership with life to be created. This tuned in state of being is augmented by animals being so masterfully in the now, or present moment.

We hear much of “being in the now” these days. This refers to emptying our heads of unnecessary clutter and not thinking of the past or future so that we can be fully in the present moment to receive the gifts or danger alerts that are waiting for us. I have often sat and watched my animal companions or wild animals in order to learn from them how to better immerse myself in the present moment. Whatever the activity, animals are always present in the moment, while at the same time completely aware of their larger environment and beyond.

Part of this connectivity is seen in the animal’s normal state of being. They are ever aware of what is going on around (and in) them. No to-do lists, worrying about this or that, thinking ahead, or pining over the past while driving in rush hour traffic or hiking down a mountain trail. They listen to the heartbeat of the Earth, to the voice of nature, of Creation, that is in a constant state of motion and activity.

You may have heard the saying, “If you look into the eyes of an animal, you will truly see yourself.” This truth is two-fold in nature. First, animals hold the energy of unconditional love, and through that they reflect yourself back to you through their eyes. Second, in any moment where you are truly looking into an animal’s eyes, they are holding you fully in their presence, in the now, and asking you to do the same of them. See the teacher. Be the teacher. It is a partnership born of God.

~ Kathryn Shanti Ariel … The Nature Whisperer

Rejoicing and Finding Balance Through Inner Understanding pt1

Partly sunny day at Lincoln city Beach

Yesterday we had a glorious sunny day here on the Oregon Coast (Lincoln County) and every rejoiced and took in the radiance pouring down from the heavens.  What a blessed shift from the gray of winter and early spring.  We love the rain, of course, or we wouldn’t live here.  But the arrival of sunshine brings balance to our bodies and smiles to our faces!

I completed my celebration of the day with a walk through Spring Pond near my home. What I was delighted to discover was the party that Nature was having within this blessed area.  The plant life was sparkling and full of conversation.  The water, though mostly calm, was reflecting great love and peacefulness.  And the birds!  Goodness.  My entire walk I was being serenaded by a choir of bird songs, from osprey to wren’s, robins and ravens.   What a delightful experience.  My whole being just soaked it in.

This morning I awoke with the intention of another sunny day, but instead was greeted by gray morning skies. Feeling heaviness come over me, I sat in bed and cleared my energy, putting forth the intention of inner peace and harmony.  Yet, the inner dampness that I felt was palatable and troubling.   Gratefully, over the years I have gained a deep awareness of how to bring my whole body (physical, mental & feelings) back into balance fairly quickly and in enjoyable ways.


Being aware of my body’s physical and emotional constitution is helpful for me in these situations, as it allows me to go within and have deep conversations on how to bring my system into balance and rejoice in whatever the outer environment is displaying on a given day.  Truly we are on journeys that are created from the inside out. Don’t like what you see on the outside?  Change what you are thinking, feeling, experiencing on the inside.

Our constitutions are part of how nature expresses through our bodies.  Physical, mental and feeling (emotional) constitutions are part of how our Presence experiences and learns from our journey on Earth.  Do you know what your overall constitutions or doshas are? Read on ♥

There are many ways to understand our multibody systems regarding their constitutions.  In addtion, there are many tools that can assist us in understanding our body’s energy balance and how it interfaces with nature on an ongoing basis.

Here are three systems  that  I know and how I utilize them to create and maintain balance within me:

  • Ayurveda – in the system of Ayurveda, I am a mix of Vata and Pitta dosha types. This primarily means that cold/cool weather can make me cold in my body core, while hot weather at first warms me and then can cause a heat imbalance. Interested in learning your dosha or doshas? Here is a link for an Ayurveda body type quiz:
  • Astrologically: My sun sign is Pisces and I have a tri-water configuration in my system.  So no matter the season, you will generally find me by water.  Astrology signs are based in the four elements of water, air, fire and earth and have insights into your body’s relationship to nature,  Gaia and the cosmos.
  • Are you an empath? Understanding how you interface through your senses is also of great importance.  People primarily interface through their vision, hearing and feeling senses.  The one that plays mostly into this conversation of balance is if you are an empath or someone who takes in information and energy through your feeling body.  If you are, then being aware of the energy you are feeling as yours or “the worlds” plays a key part in creating and maintaining balance within yourself.  If you are unsure if you are an empath  Judith Orloff, MD has an empath quiz on her website:

Inner Conversation and Response

So on mornings such as today, being aware of my overall constitutions and doshas allowed me to go within my awareness and listen deeply to what my body was telling me and how to bring joy back into all levels of myself.  I was feeling damp and part of me just wanted to cry.  The dampness was my physical essence being too Vata, too much water, and the wanting to cry was at least in part my energetically taping in empathically to the collective of other people who were also wishing for more sun to warm them inside and out.

So my first realization was that I required more fire energy in my being.  My response was to put my attention on colors and foods in the rays of fire: yellow, orange, red. 

warming foods
  • Yellow – is both a fire and joy color and associated with liver health. I reached for a lemon, heated up some water and blessed myself with a simple liver detox while taking the color of yellow into my being, feeling the sun’s energy through my inner eye and heart connection to the fire element.
  • The next thing that came to mind was having a dose of the echinacea and goldenseal tincture I had on hand. Goldenseal is a wonderful drying herb which I have become friends with over the months of living in the damp environment of the Oregon coast. J
  • Smoothie with warm ingredients: When we think of creating smoothies they tend to be yin in nature.  I love having smoothies in the morning to provide my body with a solid nutrition base for the day.  Today, since I require more heat I added ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric to the mix of blueberries, banana, apple, kiwi, and almond based kefir.

Ginger, cinnamon and turmeric are all warm foods, while the other ingredients gave me a bit of the rainbow regarding nutrition.  Upon drinking this elixir, all levels of my body immediately felt better.

  • Next, I energetically stepped out of the consciousness of sadness around the grayness, choosing to do some Earthing while I did so. What is Earthing?

This followed by a bit of yoga and some basic exercises and I am now smiling through and through!  So while the gray is currently the predominant color of the sky, the sun is shining within me.  So now, I’m off for a walk at the ocean. 

Blessings to your day and remember that we create our world from the inside out, and through the beautiful bodies that our Spirit is expressing here on Earth, we are very, very much a part of Nature.  For all of Life here on Earth is Spirit in form.

~ Kathryn Shanti Ariel, The Nature Whisperer and founder of Earthwise Institute

Earthing photo - bare feet on the ground

Decree Calling for Freedom of Elements and Elementals

The Request

The restoration of our ability to be in conscious communication with nature also involves the restoration of our conscious communication with the higher realms of Creation, those which are often referred to as the Company or Host of Heaven.  Nature is in constant communication with God and the Company of Heaven, and yet it is we humans that have a great ability to see the imbalances of the world and create clarion calls to Mother/Father/God for assistance to all of Life. 

Being aware of the voices of nature, allows us to be advocates and stewards of life on a multi-dimensional level.  Do you hear the voices of nature asking for help?  Do you know how to respond?  Here is an example of how I allow myself to actively do so.  Listening from the heart and with a quiet mind is key to this process.

While journaling today the great challenges of heavy metals in Earth's (Gaia's) environment, their use in foods, vaccinations, and sprays came clearly into my awareness.  As they did, so did my understanding that the elements which are the building blocks of form in the 3D were often being used for destructive purposes against their Will. 

As the vision of this came into my mind, I heard myself ask the Company of Heaven without thinking "What if anything can be done at this time to free the metal elements; all elements, that are being used to poison humanity and the nature kingdoms? Does a decree or other call exist for this purpose?"

Almost immediately I heard, "We will create one and let you know.  Meanwhile, use the Resurrection calls that you have now."  Upon receiving this message I sat and breathed while inwardly scanning the decrees I use on a regular basis.  as I did so, the following new decree came in from the Company of Heaven:

I AM my I AM Presence and I AM one with the I AM Presence of all of humanity and the Company of Heaven.

Transmute, transmute by God's White Fire all misuse of elements and Elementals, cause, core, affect, record and memory, NOW !

They are Beings of Cause alone, that Cause is Love the sacred tone.

Restore, restore ALL elements NOW to Divine Right form, Divine Right Action and Divine Harmony! Divine Freedom to all! (3x) Fully sustained throughout eternity by Divine Grace. So Be It! Amen!

◊ If you feel called to participate in joining with us in invocing this decree on behalf of the elements, Elementals and Mother Nature of which our bodies, all form is a part, please do so as often as you feel is purposeful.  We are also grateful to you for sharing this call with others as doing so will increase the field of energy for the blessings of all concerned.  

May all be blessed, and May the Bells of Freedom Ring now and throughout eternity!

All Mighty I AM, All Mighty I AM.  All Mighty I AM that I AM!

♥ Namaste. ♥

Water's Heart Response

The Consciousness of Water responding to my song of divine love and harmony

Earthwise Institute’s Mission & GoFundMe Campaign

Earthwise Institute - Support Our ProgramsEarthwise Institute is the the nonprofit umbrella associated with The Nature Whisperer.  We have recently acquired our state level nonprofit for Oregon and are continuing with our federal nonprofit acquisition process.

As part of our program development we require a new digital camera and laptop as our previous ones have seized to function.  If you follow The Nature Whisperer or Earthwise Institute, you will know that photography and photo journaling are at the center of our programs and educational sharing.  This makes having a new camera critical for our continued development.


Here is Earthwise Institute’s Mission statement:

The Mission of Earthwise Institute is to assist the awakening humanity to the awareness of the interconnectiveness of all Life, providing them educational, healing and communication tools for co-creating global harmony and joy through advocacy and applied wisdom.

Our primary programs include:
* Earth Stewardship
* Conscious Communication with Nature
* Holistic Living
* Gaia’s Medicinal Garden

We have two books in the works to support the program creation
* Conscious Communication with Nature
* A Walk in the Forest with Ishnahnay

This May and June I am being offered time in Mount Shasta to focus on our books and overall program development. Having a camera to capture my/our communications with Nature is deeply important as it is that consciousness that is at the center of our message.

I am grateful to all those who have already contributed and to those who choose to do so now. Blessings and thank you for donating and sharing with others. 


~ Kathryn Shanti Ariel, The Nature Whisperer and  CEO of Earthwise Institute

Spiritual Advocacy – Decrees for Humanity and Gaia

Basic Resurrection Decrees

This first decree calls in the immaculate concept of all the Life forms that are a part of Earth/Gaia's family.  Sustained victoriously is calling in the mighty power of Victory and commands that this essence be sustained ongoing with the assistance of Divine Grace.  Divine Grace is receiving forgiveness and assistance beyond what humanity has earned by their actions. ♥



I AM the Resurrection and the Life of the Immaculate Concept of humanity, Mother Earth and all of her kingdoms, the Powers of Nature and the Forces of the Elements, the Elements themselves, now made manifest and sustained Victoriously by Divine Grace. (3x) And So It Is!

This second decree calls aligns you with your I AM Presence and your 5th dimensional body elemental and then calls in the greatest assistance from the Company of Heaven (Heavenly Host) possible in accordance with Cosmic Law.  This assures that what is done is fully in alignment with Divine Right Action and the Divine Plan.

(Everyone - all forms - have a body elemental that is unique unto them overlighting and assisting the maintenace of the Earth body that you are living on Earth through.)



I AM my I AM Presence and I AM one with my Body Elemental. Together we invoke the maximum assistance from the Company of Heaven that Cosmic Law will allow for the transmutation of all discordant energies back into Love and Divine Right Action.  So Be It!

Consciousness of Water – Harmony Song Heart Response


♥ I invite you to take a journey with me into the consciousness of water, and that of the elements that make up all form on Earth.  Doing so is the golden pathway of co-creating Heaven on Earth. ♥

… Winter was ending and spring was just beginning to whisper her presence in our ears the day that this miracle was gifted to me, and through me, to you. My wolfdog companion Ishnahnay and friends were walking the snow covered shore of Castle Lake in Mount Shasta, embracing the amazing beauty that we always found there.

When I am in nature, I am often inspired to sing what comes from my heart as a blessing of gratitude to the nature spirits.  This day was one of those magical days. What came from me was a gratitude song of the beauty before us and the harmony in which we were choosing to embrace our nature family. 

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Through Their Song and Wisdom

Wolves, wolfdogs, whales and dolphins are all template carriers for Earth and humanity.  Through their song and wisdom of extended family, harmony, and deep awareness of what can be our reality when we place our attention on it, these Beings teach us.  Become the watcher.  Become the listener.  Be the joy and playfulness of the Divine and yet be responsible to the effect you have on everything through your thoughts and actions.

Wolfdog Ishnahnay listening

These are words that nature speaks to me, to us over and over again. 

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Hearing the Voices of Nature

Hearing the voice of nature …. It is in the listening and the hearing our true communication is destined to be received; whether between two humans or between humans and other species. Now in this time of forming heaven and earth into physical manifestation, many new templates are being called for formation. Templates of divine healing, divine technology, and communication are three of the many.

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