Do Animals Have Souls?

My own answer to that is a resounding “yes”.  I have worked with animals for over 30 years, and I can say that they do.


Animals are certainly self aware.  They exhibit compassion.  They are sentient. They reason. And their spirits live on after death.

Self awareness means the ability to distinguish yourself from others and the environment. Animals certainly exhibit this trait.  They can determine how others will react to them, how they feel about them and how they see them.  Just notice a dog’s reactions when they interact with people who are afraid of them or don’t like dogs.


I have seen outstanding examples of the compassion exhibited by animals.  So many mother animals take in and raise babies of other species.  Service dogs give solace to those in nursing homes or soldiers with PTSD.  Orcas (Killer Whales) don’t usually kill those crazy humans who love to teach them to do silly tricks.  Military dogs give their lives for their handlers.  And so on….


They are sentient in that they sense and feel things intensely.  Often you can see their feelings prominently displayed on their faces.  If you are at all intuitive, you can sense how they feel, and if you are an animal psychic you can actually feel their feelings and hear their thoughts.


I have also noticed with my own dogs that they can reason.  I had a little chihuahua once who was very adept at getting what she wanted.  When her brother was playing with a toy that she wanted, she would get another toy, loudly squeaking it to get his attention.  When he came to see the decoy toy, she would fly over to the toy she wanted while he was distracted. I have also seen videos of Ravens working out complex problems to get a reward.  There are examples all over the animal kingdom.


And finally, I know that animals have souls or spirit because I have seen it.  My deceased pets have come to me often in the dream world.  I have seen their spirits leave their bodies, while they come to say goodbye.  And I have literally seen the spirits of deceased animals in my lifetime.  Sometimes they look exactly as they did when alive, and sometimes just a flash of light.


So yes, I believe that animals have souls. They should be treated as sentient, living and loving beings as we treat humans.  There really isn’t all that much difference between us.


Reiki for Pets

Reiki is a very simple method of energy healing.  It’s not necessary to have a complicated procedure for giving Reiki to your pets. By pets I mean dogs, cats, fish, birds and reptiles. Animals are generally very receptive to energy healing, and Reiki is a very simple method of energy healing.  Reiki energy goes where it needs to go, regardless of what you are doing.

Simply place your hand over your pet as shown in the image and let the Reiki flow!  If you know where your pet is hurting, place your hand on the spot, or you can place your hand just a little above the area if it’s too sore for touch.

You can give Reiki during your loving interactions with your pets.  Hold the dog or cat in your lap and just let the Reiki flow out of your hands.  When your pet begins to lose interest, or when you feel the Reiki stop flowing, you are done.  This could be 10 minutes or an hour.  Reiki is basically an intuitive process, so pay attention to how your pet is acting and how the flow of Reiki is moving through your hands.

For larger dogs, sit on the floor with them.  Give Reiki to their heads, then their neck and chest and intervals down the torso until you reach the rump. This will cover just about everything.  If there is a particular area of injury or disease concentrate on it after doing the rest of the body.  Treat with Reiki as long as the pet will sit.

Make your Reiki time with your pet a loving time, by petting and whispering loving words to them. Your pet will come to seek you out for Reiki if it’s an optimum experience for them.  I have known many pets who come up to the Reiki practitioner asking for healing energy.  Animals are well aware of the benefits of Reiki and they have no “monkey mind” to doubt it.

A few animals will not sit for a Reiki treatment. This may happen if the pet is not yours and is shy. I’ve had this happen with clients’ cats a few times. You can treat these animals with distance healing from another area of the room. This is also true for birds and reptiles if they are not comfortable with handling.

To give Reiki to fish or reptiles that cannot be handled, simply place your hands on the glass walls of the tank and let the Reiki flow. I once had a little Betta fish named Fred who was looking like he might pass.  I placed my hands on his bowl and let the Reiki flow.  He actually swam over to where my hand was.  It was pretty obvious that he felt the energy.  He lived for another year after that.

I have had animals actually show me where they are hurting by pointing to the spot with their noses. Animals are very open and receptive to Reiki and keenly aware of what you are doing.

To give a basic treatment to your pet, it’s necessary to at least be attuned to Reiki I. A Reiki I attunement will enable you to render hands on healing, in other words your hands must touch the pet, or be no more than an inch from its body.  The Reiki II attunement enable you to send distance healing.

If you would like more information about taking a Reiki Class, please contact me.  Reiki I is available online.


Of all my services, Astro-Coaching is my favorite. By studying my client’s astrological chart, I can ascertain their life’s purpose, what they came here to do, what has blocked them and what cheers them on. There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing a client having an “aha” moment, and moving forward when once they were stuck.

I believe that everything about the person is contained in the chart.  We might not yet be able to read all of it, but astrology has come a long way in the last 50 years.  Your soul’s purpose, love style, ability to manifest prosperity, family of origin, emotions, will, restrictions, lessons and karma are all contained in the chart. The astrological chart is a map of the soul and it’s in place at birth.

My sessions are results oriented. That means that we focus, together, on prioritizing your goals, setting definable goals and breaking them down into increments so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.  You will never feel alone, but rather you will feel supported.  I am with you throughout the process.  You may send email and texts throughout along with personal meetings.  There is no charge for texting and email.

Issues that benefit from Astro-Coaching sessions are:

  • Career issues such as wanting to make a change in career, get out of a back work situation, start a business or find a rewarding career
  • Navigation of the spiritual path.  Many people find they feel like they have a purpose in life, but are unable to find it.  Astro-Coaching can zero in on the purpose in one session. It is non-judgmental and all paths are honored.
  • Coming through the crises that affect our lives…divorce, broken relationships, family relationships, business relationships and friendships.
  • Making decisions when at a crossroad in life. Often these crossroads appear at the great Astrological life passages, the Saturn Return at 28-30 and 58-60; the Uranus opposition at age 38-40 and the Chiron Return at 48-50 (these dates are approximate).

It’s very detailed and thorough and quick, relatively speaking.  I have even had psychologists refer patients to me for an astrological coaching session when they hit a roadblock.

In the first session, we go over the chart, identify blocks and issues that hold the client back and map out a process to overcome them and achieve the goals we set together. And make no mistake, it’s a mutual process.  The coach is a partner on the journey.  It’s the client who is truly the expert on his or her own life.  The coach just helps the client to discover their expertise.

Coaching is 100% confidential and non-judgmental.  It is not therapy, but rather a partnership and a person to hold the client accountable.

Within three coaching sessions, most people notice a big difference in their clarity, goal achievement and perception.  Here is a recent client’s assessment of their coaching sessions:

My experience with Georgia as a Life Coach has been impressive and genuinely eye opening for myself.  The worksheet and homework for the initial session really gave me insight into what was holding me back in life.  The coaching she gave me actually began working immediately to change my life to thriving from surviving.  When I went over the strides I had made from the first session to the second session I could see this was working!  I will be forever grateful for her continued support and these coaching sessions.

You can book a session through my website, or call 858-705-0288,


Crystal Healing for Pets

Crystals are very beneficial to the holistic healer because they amplify and hold healing energy. There are several ways to use crystals with animals.  The biggest warning I can give is to be sure that THE ANIMAL CANNOT EAT THE CRYSTAL!  Dogs, cats, birds and horses tend to eat things that aren’t good for them so the crystal must be big enough to not fit in the mouth.

One way to use crystals is to put one in or on the pet’s cage.  I’ve done this often with birds.  In fact, my birds always had a crystal above or under their cages.  To make the crystal more effective, hold it in your hands and allow Reiki to flow into it.  When the Reiki energy stops flowing, you are done.  If you know the Reiki Symbols, you can say or draw them with your finger over the crystal. Crystals should be charged every other day.

For dogs and cats, put a crystal under their beds.  A good choice would be a Rose Quartz, which is calming. If you pet is ill, Citrine is a good choice to energize them. If you are crate training your dog, put the crystal on top of the crate.

If you are working on the pet with Reiki and it’s laying down, you can put a crystal over the area that needs healing while you give the pet Reiki.

A very effective method of using crystals with animals is to make an elixir.  Take a glass (no plastic or metal) jar and fill with clean filtered or spring water.  Place the crystal inside the jar, give it Reiki with your hands as described above and put out in the light of the Sun (for strength and energy) or the Moon (for peace and calming) for a couple of hours.  Keep the jar in your fridge and take a dropperful of the crystalized water and add to your pet’s water dish.  Stick to your basic Quartz crystals when making elixirs.  Make sure the crystals come from reliable sources and are not contaminated with other materials.  Cleanse all crystals before using them by soaking in sea salted water overnight.

For fish and reptiles that can’t be handled, put Reiki in a smooth crystal and drop into their tank.  This will create a great healing environment. You can also put a few drops of your elixir into their bowls.

This is a very basic description of the use of crystal healing for animals.  There is a chapter in my book, Reiki, Crystals and Chakras that describes crystal healing in depth, with a special chapter for animal healing.  In there you will find a list of recommendations for crystals and stones to use to aid your pet’s healing process.

I also offer classes on Reiki, crystals and Animal Healing.

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Animal Spirits

Many, many years ago, when I got married, my then husband bought me a 7 week old Toy Poodle as a wedding gift.  Little did I know that Sebastian, as I named him, would be the start of a life long career for me in the pet industry.  I became a breeder, exhibitor, groomer, trainer, and seller and champion of fine dog food food.  I only recently retired.

Sebastian lived for 14 years.  My heart broke when I had to put him to sleep.  There were many memorable Poodles for me over the years — Spicey, Dodie, Trek, Buddy, and more.

Over the years, Spicey and Sebastian have come to me regularly in dreams.  I always wake up feeling so blessed to have been able to spend time with them.  Usually they are running around, playing, and I’m worrying about them getting out and getting lost, just like I did when they were alive.

Once, I was sitting on the couch watching TV. I saw the tail of a cat pass in front of me. Since the cat wasn’t allowed out of my son’s room (due to allergies), I said, “Come and get the cat!”.  He answered, “She’s in here.”  I looked again, and saw the back of a calico cat passing through the wall.  Don’t know who she is, probably a former resident of the house!

I once dreamed about another dog I loved, a large white mixed breed.  I’ve never dreamed about her before. Her name was Ubee, and she probably passed away in the 90s.  She stayed with my ex-husband after the divorce, so I never really saw her again. DIvorce is terrible all around, but losing animals hurts as much as anything else.  She was a very beautiful, kind and loving dog.In my dream, she was sitting next to my bed, and was somewhat transparent.  I exclaimed, “Ubee!” and went to pet her but she walked off and then disappeared.

I have heard it said that these visits are real.  I really don’t know; my feeling is that they are.  It is so nice to know that they live on, just in another form.

Reiki for Pets

Throughout my 25 years as a Reiki practitioner, I have had occasion to treat many animals.  Here are the stories that stand out in my mind….

Kitty was a Devon Rex cat and about 9 months old at the time of her illness.  She became unable to eat and vomited a lot.  I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with an obstruction in her intestine. The vet operated and removed it (it was some stuffing from my children’s toy) but she developed peritonitis, which is usually fatal.  I received a call from the vet in the evening telling me Kitty was dying and getting cold. My sons were very upset, so I called all my friends and told them to send her Reiki.  I sat up all night sending Reiki to her.  In the morning, the vet called and said Kitty was up and growling at them (she hated the vet) and they had no explanation for her improved condition!  I didn’t tell them about Reiki then because it was a “fluffy New Age” type of thing that no one took seriously then. Today is it very mainstream.  The PS to the story is that Kitty lived to be 21!

Mindy was a German Shepherd Dog who lived with a client of mine.  I used to go to her house to facilitate a monthly Reiki Circle and every time I was there, Mindy would sit in the middle of the circle.  My client asked me to give the dog a Reiki attunement, which I did.  A few months later, the owner called to tell me Mindy had passed.  What was really surprising was that Mindy had cancer all through her body, but until the last two days of her life she ran, played and ate like normal.  It seemed that Reiki gave her a quality of life she probably would not have had.

A new client called me a couple of years ago because she had experienced Reiki for the first time when she was in the hospital for surgery.  She wanted me to come to her house to give Reiki to her beloved cat, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The cat wasn’t eating and was failing.  I gave the cat several treatments and also attuned the owner so that she could give the cat Reiki herself.  The cat rallied and lived two more happy and healthy years!

Animals love Reiki and it’s quite effective for them.  Often, they will show you where their pain is by indicating it with their noses.  Many seek it out once they have experienced it.

If you would like to learn Reiki and Reiki for Animals, send me an email for information on courses I teach.  You can become a very effective Animal Healer pretty easily.  It’s not hard!

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I’m starting a new monthly meetup, “Satsang With Ravenhawk”.  This is something very dear to me as I get to share some of my deepest spiritual practices with interested people.  Hopefully, together, we can learn and grow into our full potential as human beings.

Many years ago, I became enchanted with chant and Bhakti Yoga as my primary spiritual practice.  At first, I just loved the music and communal chanting.  Over time, I found myself changing, drastically.  I became calm and peaceful.  My heart opened. I was better equipped to navigate the challenges in life.

And that’s exactly what the practice is designed to do. I really didn’t know that at the time, I discovered that after the fact.

The practice involves the use of Mantra. According to Wikipedia,

(a “mantra” (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/ (Sanskrit: मन्त्र);[2]) is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.[3][4] Mantra meditation helps to induce an altered state of consciousness).

So it’s a form of meditation based on sacred sounds.

I am looking forward to our first meeting where I will share more of my experiences and the knowledge I have gained over the years.  I am also excited to hear of the participant’s experiences.  We all learn and grow from sharing our spiritual truths.  Understanding and integrating them into our lives is key to growing as human beings.  Sharing them keeps us focused on our paths.  And that’s the definition of “Satsang”.

Looking forward!

The event will be Monday, February 12 @ 5:30 PM at Myztic Isle, 8036 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA.  You can register here: