©1998 Judy Aizuss, M.S.
Addressing issues of past trauma as it is held in your pet's energy field is
an excellent way to utilize vibrational essences. Even if an animal has an
inherently sensitive nature, it is usually some kind of trauma - emotional
and/or physical - which disrupts the energy field enough to cause
hypersensitivity-related behavior problems. Old traumas can remain
indefinitely in an animal's energy field, negatively impacting the animal's
present emotional states and behaviors. The "trauma essences" can effectively
remove this negativity from the animal's energy field, thereby freeing the
animal to respond appropriately to its environment.
Traumas that can be effectively addressed by essences include premature
separation from the mother, being lost or abandoned, attack from other
animals, prior neglect, accidental injuries -- both old and recent, prior
homelessness or institutionalization, history of prior physical abuse and/or
Most of the trauma remedies I use come from Alaska. It is important to note
that although Bach's Rescue Remedy is very effective for immediate shock and
trauma (as is Flower Essence Society's "Arnica" and Living Essence's
"Cowkicks"), the Alaskan essences excel when it comes to eliminating the
negative after-effects of old trauma. The essences I use include the
Cotton Grass - for shock and trauma due to accident or injury. The trauma
can be recent or old, with the animal unable to progress and heal from the
pain and injury.
White Fireweed - for shock and trauma from emotional abuse; holding onto
Northern Ladies Slipper - pain and trauma held very deeply in the body;
feeling unsupported by life. Signs that an animal may need this essence are
(l) if you know that the animal has been through extensive, prolonged trauma,
and (2) no matter how much loving attention you give the animal, it never
seems to be enough.
Tundra Twayblade - deep pain and anguish resulting from past abuse; blocking
the healing power of love from reaching those areas of the body that are most
in need of it in an effort to avoid feeling the pain that is stored there.
Pets needing this essence may appear to be indifferent to, or even avoid
your loving ministrations.
River Beauty - I have found this essence to be most valuable as a "post-
trauma" remedy. While the other essences seem to take an animal through the
trauma experience and thus bring it to completion, River Beauty seems to
help an animal rebuild and strengthen afterwards.
Generally, I have found that only one of these remedies is needed for an
animal, plus the River Beauty afterwards. In my experience, animals respond
to the trauma remedies pretty quickly, usually within three days.
Occasionally, an animal may have a very brief intensification of symptoms,
(see "Healing Crisis") such as increased sensitivity/fear, which should then
resolve within a day. If, after a couple of days the animal still isn't more
"solid", even with the addition of River Beauty, consider the following
1) Again, have your veterinarian eliminate the possibility of disease or
2) Be sure you have addressed the environmental stressors, including training
issues, which could be exacerbating your pet's negative response.
3) Treatment of past trauma and hypersensitivity is often part of a larger
picture of emotional imbalance. Your pet may well have additional underlying
issues, such as lack of confidence, which would respond to other remedies.
Continue to research the possibilities, both in books and through your
intuition. Or consult a professional essence practitioner, or an animal
communicator for help.
4) Consider the possibility that the animal is undergoing a healing crisis
(see right), and consult a practitioner.
After administering a trauma essence, you may notice a beneficial effect very
quickly - within hours or days. However, with some of the deeper-acting
essences, such as Tundra Twayblade, animals may undergo a healing crisis.
In a healing crisis, the animal re-experiences part of the old trauma in the
process of releasing it. The crisis can manifest as emotional/behavioral
responses - for example, the horse may temporarily appear more fearful, less
confident, etc. Much more rarely, the crisis can also manifest in temporary
symptoms. For example, I was recently called to work with a Lipizzan
gelding for symptoms of extreme anxiety and fear. One of the essences this
horse tested for was Tundra Twayblade. Shortly after taking this essence, the
horse had two attacks of colic, which was extremely unusual for this horse.
His diet had not changed, and the veterinarian could determine no physical
source for the colic. However, within a couple of days, the colic had not
only cleared, but so did the emotional symptoms. The horse could now be
trailered without getting worked into a lather, as he had before. He was
happier, more confident, and could deal with new things much more calmly.
Physical symptoms as pronounced as colic are not usual, but can be
disconcerting when they do occur. Because of this, I would recommend
consulting or working with an essence practitioner if you feel that a trauma
essence is needed for your animal. Also, don't hesitate to consult your vet
if unusual physical symptoms occur - especially if the symptoms don't clear
within a day or two. Steve Johnson, the creator of the Alaskan essences and a
long-time specialist in essence work with animals, feels strongly (as I do)
that an animal would not test for or respond to an essence which would
ultimately be destructive to the animal's health. However, the animal may
need close monitoring for some follow-up essences to completely resolve the
In conclusion, I have seen some wonderful results by using the trauma essences
with animals. There are times, I believe, when a behavior or emotional
problem simply can't be changed without the clearing of an old trauma.
However, these essences do need to be used with greater care, awareness, and
expertise than other vibrational essences. Take the time to educate yourself,
or seek the support and guidance of an experienced practitioner.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JUDY AIZUSS, M.S., is a Flower Essence Practitioner in Marin County,
California, where she specializes in animal behavior problems. She is also a
certified Meisterfeld Dog Trainer, and a licensed psychotherapist. Judy is
available for in-person or phone consults. She can be reached at
(415) 459-2383, or via email. Visit her website here.
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