Artist with Animals

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“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown 

Our animals are always seen for who they are.  We may not like their expression sometimes, but they’re authentic!  In the name of being as “on purpose” as the animals are, I’d like to share some insight along my path to being fully “on purpose.”

People all over the world are answering the collective call to put our true purpose into action.  In doing so, we not only help ourselves, but our animals and our Earth home also benefit. Here goes nothing on my venture to be at 100%!

I’m the only daughter of two artists.

My mother paints sacred landscapes as an artist of land, water and Earth.  My father is an artist with people, business, land and wildlife photography.

Could I be an “artist with animals?”

My tag line is “Holistic animal care husbandry education and consultation.” Is that the most comprehensive use of my abilities?  Definitely not!  It represents one aspect.

Here are the “juicy bits” that got me here.

My forever prayer has been:  “To help people and animals for their Highest Good as well as my own.” My heart’s desire has been to be of service in whatever way the Creator sees fit.

Letting go of that exact definition and trusting that I’d be guided along the way has been the only way through this rabbit hole.  I’ve spent a lot of time searching for breadcrumbs in the maze. I’ve replaced a lot of batteries in my headlight and my night vision has gotten to be pretty good!

Over the last couple of years, I have asked myself if I am living my TOTAL purpose.  Plagued with an uncomfortable “No!” felt awful.  Unhappy with offering singular aspects of holistic animal care education left me feeling unsatisfied.  I took the deep dive inside and discovered my truth.

Distance energy work for the human-animal pair.  There.  I said it.   

That’s my other half!  It’s the part of me and my work that’s been dying to break out of the closet!  I’ve kept it locked up and well-contained until my innards showed me their great disharmony and drained my energy.

I’ve suppressed that niggling pain for too long.  The constant degree of conflict made me physically ill more than a few times in the last two years.  Should I put it out there?  Should I not?  A mental tug of war made from a rope knotted with “shoulds”  wore me out.  I was exhausted.  All the time.

Fear of being seen held me back.

As a result of my own soul-stirring conflict, I’m inspired to share my process.  I’m not the only one in this boat.  Our animals push us to be at our best.   How can we ask them to bounce back to health if we are not working on healing ourselves?

Marianne Williamson said, “You playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so others won’t feel insecure around you. As you let your own light shine, you indirectly give others permission to do the same.”

Knowing that I can help people, animals, and the world in a deeper way and choosing to not do so because of my own discomfort in how to present my own magic left me with a gaping wound of clarity.

To stop the bleeding, I called in a courage transfusion from super-hero, Brené Brown.  “What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?”

Working on my inner landscape, turning up stones and pulling out thorny bushes left me in a different state of mind. Working in a “parts and pieces” mode to figure out management issues solved my clients’ problems.  Boring!  I didn’t empower them to make further changes in the grand scheme-as much as I thought I was.

The WHOLE picture includes: human, animal, land, food, energetics and the bond.

“Fixing” one piece of this network of variables isn’t what my work is about.  Feeling drained and in a constant state of conflict was not fun. Helping others to see the whole and how everything is connected makes me feel that I am doing my best work.

Often times that work is done energetically with the client. We work together with their land, their animals, and themselves. I engage them in the process and invite them to work with me and with their beloved animal.

 Could I replace being afraid with being brave? 

Putting my WHOLE self out there to the world to help the collective spider web of inhabitants and environment is my intention.  Could I do more and still be safe but find some of that feel-good stretch? Absolutely!

The idea of marketing my most nurtured and coddled gift to the world for the last ten years is being birthed RIGHT NOW.

The timing is perfect. I’ve polished this skill set for the last ten years with countless animals and people.  It’s ready to debut. My intention is no longer limited to only helping an animal and a person at a time.  It is also benefit the greater net of Creation.  Energy flows where attention goes.

I’m braiding my gifts, knowledge and abilities into a service offering.  

What if I took the risk and told you that the part of my work that gives me the most joy and sense of purpose is something that isn’t nested on my website?

It’s not on my cards, brochures or anywhere!  Why not?  Artists are a funny type.  They go deep into the womb of creativity and work on themselves. They clean up the stuff that’s held them back.  They take the time to buff tarnished treasures within the deepest recesses of their heart.  Somewhere within, they know that their art will be stronger and more beautiful if they work on the conduit from which their inspiration flows.

It’s time to take a chance!

I am an “animal artist.”  Trying to figure out a way to deliver this news has kept me in metaphorical labor for the last two years.  I was trying to control every aspect of its delivery and make it perfect and painless. Ludicrous!  Flooded with debate and fear, I felt waterlogged and unable to take the next step .

When a baby’s ready to come OUT, it doesn’t stop and ask if it’s a good time!   Our world is calling all of us to do our soul’s work, without fear of the risk of failure.

Here goes: I facilitate healing for animals, the people who love them, and the land that supports them.  

For ten years, I’ve quietly served human-animal pairs via long distance or in-person energy work with the intention of assisting them to restoring their vitality. It’s officially a full-fledged offering, fueled by your word of mouth referrals.

There are messages and opportunities within each session. I share all of those insights with you.

There are huge opportunities for growth when working this way.  The understanding alone causes incredible peace and clarity to wash over people who are struggling with their animals.  Part animal communicator, part healer, part intuitive and part experience drives me forward to offer customized sessions.

I provide the voice for those who are struggling to be heard. 

Seeing the truth of situations between people and animals is something that comes naturally for me.  Relieving the owner’s stress creates a sort of freedom for the animal to restore their own energetic systems. That’s when they do their best healing.

As an artist with animals, I create the space for well-being between people, animals and the Earth. 

With the permission of the person and invitation from the animal, I use my gifts to facilitate long-distance or in-person energetic healing. I involve the client, the land, and the animal.  I use my tools and skills to sense where there’s balance and where there’s a need for change. Making sure everyone has clarity and confidence in the animal’s ability to be whole is the most vital aspect of my work as an artist.

 Let me know your thoughts and needs.  I’m here to help. You can reach me by emailing:     

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  1. WOW! This is so well written and such clear and valuable information about what you do. Congratulations!! It is inspiring too as I struggle to birth my own Way. much love and happiness for your “birth”.

    • Thank you so much, Kate! I understand the struggles of “birth!” If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. I very much appreciate your support for so long!

  2. Lizzy is a miracle worker. Her intuitive healing connection has proved a life saver many times with my herd. When the vets, chiros, massage therapists acupuncturists etc. have all been stumped, Lizzy has tuned in to my animals and turned the situation around to the amazement of us all. So glad you have finally ‘come out of the closet’ Lizzy and will be available to share your art with the world! Love and blessings, Liz Mitten Ryan, author, animal communicator, facilitator of Equinisity Retreats.
    P.S. BTW Tesoro, my steer is walking so much better now!

    • Oh Liz! This is generous! Your animals do the work and they respond the way they do because you are their person and they live on incredible land FULL of great energy! Creating the vibration for healing and allowing the animal to do their work is what it’s all about! None of that can happen without an owner who gives their animals “permission’ to be in perfect health. Thank you for your kind words and long-term support 🙂 YAY TESORO!

  3. What a beautiful and challenging journey!

  4. Love your words and courage! “Energy flows where attention goes” = my new mantra ♡♡♡
    Thank you Lizzy!

  5. greta zimmerman says:

    Lizzy! So beautiful and well-captured! You are also a WORD-artist…There’s a full book in there waiting to come out.
    Also absolutely love the way you balanced narrative with photographs…perfect balance. Much love to you as you serve, and serve with such an open heart.
    “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown Great quote–I’m a big fan…will go with you ANYtime you want to hear Brene speak!

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