Even in a short time, we can make a difference in the life of an animal — and they can make a difference in ours . . .
Joanne lives in PA and has woods near her house. One night in May, very late, Joanne was woken up by the sound of an animal crying pitifully. Her husband didn’t hear the crying and Joanne later checked with her neighbors and they hadn’t heard the crying either — but Joanne heard it. She went outside to look, but didn’t see anything and reluctantly went to bed.
At 5 AM, Joanne woke up and could still hear the crying. She went into the woods, where she frequently walks, so see if she could find the animal.
Near a creek which had recently overflowed, she found a tiny fawn. As soon as the fawn saw Joanne, she came right over to her. Joanne felt a heart connection with the beautiful fawn the instant she saw her. The trust that the fawn showed in coming to her melted Joanne’s heart. Joanne carried the fawn home and spent the next hour or so with her. Joanne took the fawn, who Joanne had been calling Bambina, to the local wildlife rescue.
The rescue staff said Bambina was only 1 1/2 to 2 weeks old. Joanne knew the staff at the rescue would do the best they could to help Bambina — but she was so tiny and so young. Sadly, Bambina died 5 days later.
Joanne contacted me a few months later. She said she needed to know why she and Bambina shared this experience.
We talked to Bambina in Spirit. Bambina was so grateful that Joanne found her that morning. She had been so frightened and lost and was grateful for the kindness and love she felt from Joanne, even for the short time she was with Joanne. Bambina said she could “see” that Joanne had a kind and loving heart and would help her, which is why she walked over to her right away.
Joanne wanted to know what happened to Bambina’s mother. Joanne had looked for Bambina’s mother, but couldn’t find any trace of her. Even though it was not hunting season, Bambina showed me her mother dead on the ground with a arrow through her chest. My feeling was that this was an accident — target practice gone wrong. Bambina, hidden near by, was panicked and didn’t know what to do. She showed me running and trying to hide, panicked and afraid. She couldn’t tell me how far she’d gone, but to Bambina, it seemed like a long way. My feeling was that she’d been on her own for 24 hours or so.
We asked why Bambina didn’t survive. Speaking from the perspective of a soul in Spirit (being able to see “The Big Picture”), Bambina said that her body was too weak and she was too young to survive. My feeling was that she had some kind of an infection, possibly respiratory, and that her body was too weak to fend it off.
The shortness of Bambina’s life was understandably upsetting to Joanne. She wanted to know if there was some kind of lesson or reason for it. Bambina said that her short life was definitely challenging — but held important lessons for her soul . . . That even though people could be cruel (by killing her mother) they could also be kind and loving — as Joanne was. Bambina said that Joanne’s loving kindness made all the difference to her.
Bambina said that she did not want Joanne to be sad. She said that she would now be a Guide for Joanne — that she would walk with her in the woods. Joanne said that she walked in the woods all the time and would be honored to have Bambina walk with her. Bambina said that, although Joanne had always felt a connection to plants and animals, it was time for Joanne to connect to the animals and plants in the woods in a different way. She said that the nature beings would have messages for Joanne, so she needed to listen and allow herself to receive them. Joanne said she was grateful for the messages and understanding to come and that she would allow herself to receive them.
Bambina asked me to let Joanne know that she was in the part of the Spirit world that I think of as the Recovery Place, so her Spirit could recover from the challenges of her time on Earth. Animals generally don’t appear to me there as the age they were when they crossed over — and the fawn was no exception. She appeared to me as a full grown doe — beautiful and full of gentle energy. The fawn said that this is the way she wants Joanne to visualize her — the way she will be when she walks in the woods with Joanne.
Finally, the fawn said that the lesson of this experience for Joanne was this: that it’s not the amount of time that you have to give love and kindness that matters — it’s that you give it. Joanne said that she understood and that she would look forward to walking in the woods with the fawn — who was now a doe.
P.S.: After we talked to Bambina, Joanne emailed to let me know she’d been out running errands that same day and drove past a beautiful, full grown doe standing on the side of the road. The doe looked calmly, right at Joanne, then turned and ran away. Joanne knew this was a message from Bambina — “See, this is what I look like now!” Joanne said she will continue to look for messages in nature and will continue to connect with her beautiful new Guide in deer form.
” I didn’t understand why the fawn and I shared this experience together. But I knew it was meaningful. That’s why I talked to Sky. I needed her insight. It was a very powerful and emotional experience for me, and I feel a bond that I can’t explain with ‘my’ fawn. I feel like it was a special gift, and I am grateful. ” — Joanne S., PA
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