Divine Love Healing Circle – August 14, 2011

Birds of Hope

Hi everyone,

It is time to get ready for my next Divine Love Healing Circle.  This one will be held at the Full Moon, August 14, 2011.

Here is how it works.

If you would like one or more animals included in this particular Divine Love Healing Circle, leave a comment on this blog post giving the animal’s name and breed.  On the the above date, I will conduct  a Divine Love Healing Circle, where I send Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness to the animals listed here, along with the ones who are in my care.

To be clear, I don’t send healing. I send Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness, which is like a blessing for the Highest Good.  That is because I believe it is not up to us to send healing, especially when there is no permission from the person to whom that healing is directed.  Every being has their own soul journey.  By sending Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness, all human ego is out of the way and only pure Divine energy is invoked.

Again, if you want to register your animal for this healing circle, leave a comment below on this bog post (or click the Leave a Comment link above).  Note that comments are moderated on my blog, so your comment will not appear instantly.

Note that I am doing this for free as a service to you and your animals.  Having said that, donations toward helping us take care of our Ballyoncree animals are always appreciated.

Oh, if you experience a change that you can attribute to the healing circle, please feel free to leave that as a comment as well. Also, it is worth checking back on this page once the Circle is done, as I sometimes leave comments and suggestions.  So have a look.

Warm blessings,

Billie

 

Photo credit: LifeSupercharger

Further Update on the Jeparit Ponies

This is a follow-up to my original blog post about the Jeparit ponies.

Two Rescued Jeparit Ponies

Shannon (l) and Jadae (r) and Two Rescued Jeparit Ponies. Too dangerous to be rehomed?

July 29, 2011

Sadly, all the remaining Jeparit ponies were hunted down by riders on horseback and in vehicles.  And if they had to run and run until they were exhausted and could be killed, then surely they were fit enough to be saved.

Like everyone else, I am thoroughly disgusted by the events and the way the authorities chose to act.  But we need to choose to act for peace instead of fuelling the fire with anger.

There were 147 ponies saved, and the nearly 100 killed turned up during my Divine Love Healing Circle on July 15th as soon as I thought of them.  They were angry.  I worked shamanically with them to release them fully from their earthbound state and with lots of forgiveness.  They vanished soon after, lighter and definitely free to go the spirit realm of their choice.

Later that night, a young Jeparit pony came to me as I communed with the pine trees.  She wanted to thank all of those who cared, and said that “when humans loved it made a difference.”

Because we were all so upset by this event, it made me firmly believe that the ponies made an enormous sacrifice for social change.  They have made us wake up to the terrible cruelty considered acceptable in this country, and there is no going back.  We must honour their sacrifice.

The story is not over.  The Victorian DPI of course are claiming that what they did was humane.  They say that the ponies were suffering, that they were wild and unhandled and therefore unfit for re-homing. They are not taking into account that Pony Rescue would have found loving homes for all of them, and did save 147.  Above is a picture of two “suffering wild” ponies who I’m sure were grateful to be homed and loved.   To be sure, some of the ponies needed more help than others – but isn’t THAT the humane thing to do – help, not kill?

What is needed now is social change.  This is what Andrew and I are doing with the Billie Dean International Deep Peace Organisation, whose mission it is to promote peace and protection for animals through education, the arts and compassionate action.  The Deep Peace Movement will continue to call for social change for animals until it happens.

Please use the Contact page to send Andrew a note if you are interested in becoming a member of the organisation and joining our movement for animal peace and freedom.  Together we can make a difference.

In peace,

Billie Dean

The Billie Dean International Deep Peace Organisation

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Photo credit:  © Carolyn Bischof 2011. All rights reserved.

Magical Moments with the North Kossi Brumbies

Billie Dean feeds Merlin the Rescued Brumby

Billie Dean feeds Merlin the Rescued Brumby

July 29, 2011

So many beautiful things are happening with our 14 new North Kossi brumbies.   The big blue stallion called Merlin has such a kind eye and intelligence, and we have bonded deeply already.  He has eaten out of my hands on more than one occasion.

After a short delay in moving to their new paddock (it required a further fencing fix), the horses explored it quietly.  A young colt we’ve called Star jumped the newly fixed fence with ease more than once to get to the grass on the other side.  But he jumped back in again with just as much ease when we asked him to.  He now understands “fence”, and also “feeding time”, and hasn’t bothered to jump it again.

Wild horses are very different to domestic horses.  They are a wild animal.  Someone asked me if I would be gentling them.  I said no, they would be gentling me, as they are already gentle.

Merline, one of the North Kossie brumbies at Ballyoncree

Merlin, one of the North Kossie brumbies at Ballyoncree

And they are – gentle and sensitive.  So we take our time and build trust with them.  We don’t bother rushing in and try to worm them or “handle them”.  We don’t do join up, as, contrary to popular belief, I don’t think it works with all wild horses.  It certainly didn’t work with our Finn, a brumby stallion we took in six years ago because he was frightened of becoming “dog meat” .  So we have developed our own approach by not being predators, and allowing them to come to us when they are ready.  It’s about building trust and confidence.

You can imagine my delight when young Star today nickered when he saw me.  I was carrying a bale of hay, but even so, it was a heart-warming moment.  I felt completely accepted by the herd as I wandered amongst them, either shovelling manure or spreading out hay , the dogs at my side and the sun shining.  Another colt, Sun, who reminds me of my own beloved horse Sollie, has started following me around and we too have had some lovely moments and magical exchanges.

The brumby herd are still being fed five bales of hay a day (and our thanks to everyone who has donated to support this).  Some meadow, some grassy lucerne.  They have had silver colloid, Himalayan salt  and Rescue Remedy in their drinking trough, have devoured a huge mineral lick, and discovered the open stable.  They have transformed from a group of bedraggled, frightened ponies to horses with shine on their coats and in their eyes.

They are recovering from their ordeal of capture and transport, and have gone from huddling together like footballers in a scrum to lying down in the sun, knowing they are completely safe.  They have stared in astonishment at the cows next door, and watched in amazement as the baby goats climb all over our Troopy.  Coming from the silent wild, they tell me we are “very noisy”.

On closer inspection, we have found two young colts so far, mothers with foals, mothers in foal, and a couple of orphans.  They are all so young that it makes me shudder to think of them being rounded up and stuck in an abattoir, cruelly slaughtered with the intelligence of knowing they are being killed – dying in fear.

I am so grateful they are here and we were able to save so many.

More horses are being trapped right now and if you can please help the effort, we and they would be incredibly grateful.   Please call Kim Hollingsworth on 0421 717 216 if you are interested in taking in a couple of brumbies of your own.  And if you want to help our effort (we’d really appreciate it!), you can make a donation or sponsor a pony.

In peace,

Billie Dean

Ballyoncree Brumby Rescue

Photo credit: © Andrew Einspruch. All rights reserved.

Light a Candle for Peace

July 29, 2011

This weekend is a New Moon, and not only will I be doing a Divine Love Healing Circle for all our beloved animal companions, but I would also like to invite you to join me in lighting a candle for peace and protection for animals on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

This weekend has a lot of astrology giving our prayers and dreams for a better world some much needed oomph, and it is important we ask for what we want and not put energy into what we don’t want.

There has been so much anger and upset around, especially at the treatment of animals being slaughtered for meat, and the callous slaughter of the Jeparit ponies, and now an innocent and healthy family dog threatened by the “authorities” who are only thinking in black and white about the Hendra virus.

There could be alternative treatments which stop this virus, and the first thing I would be trying is a Raindrop Technique with Young Living medicinal grade essential oils.  I would also be using homeopathy, and asking homeopaths to make up a nosode for this virus.  There could be other modalities as well. Killing a symptomless dog based on a positive test result strikes me as simply wrong.

It doesn’t have to end in the killing of family members “just in case”.   That is just fear and causes endless grief and suffering.  We would be imprisoned if we did that to a human, and animals deserve equal rights to life and freedom.

The issue that I am seeing these past few weeks is an ancient one, which has come up for healing and release.  It is the old and bitter war of one mindset against another.  It is the killing of witches and their familiars. It is persecution of the indigenous, of the shaman, the druid, the priestess, the pagan, the midwives, the wisdom keepers, the wise women and men, the old ways and old religion, and ultimately the ancient Divine Feminine, suppressed in all of us to make it easy for the “authority” to dominate and rule – and enslave and slaughter.  It is bringing up that fear of not being able to protect the  innocent in the face of “authority”.

It is time for that tide to change.  We are now in an age of Enlightenment, and it is time for courage. We need to have courage to speak up and be counted.  It is time to say, “No, this is not acceptable.” It is time for social change.

After I published my blog entry about the Jeparit ponies I was called a “bleeding heart”  and  “fruitcake” by some – names which didn’t bother me at all because not only have I been called these names for three decades, but I am proud to be a bleeding heart.  I really am.  A bleeding heart is someone who cares, has empathy and has compassion.  Surely these are positive traits, something to foster in any community?  And I have stood up  and spoken up for Mother Earth and the animals and for their peace and protection for decades and and I will continue so long as there is still a need for social change.  And if a “fruitcake” means being an ultra-sensitive with vision, then it is time for more fruitcakes to stand up and lead the way out of the mess the mundane non-fruitcakes have put us in.

People who call others names say more about themselves than they do about me.  What concerns me more is the attitude that abounds in our society that an animal life is worth anything less than a humans.  That it is okay to shoot and kill them.  What sort of world are we creating for our children?  What sort of example are we setting?

I don’t want that kind of world anymore – the intolerance, the fighting, the bloodshed, the animal suffering.

What the “authorities” fail to realise, is that when animals suffer we suffer.  The killing of the Jeparit ponies touched and scarred us deeply, even as tens of thousands of horses are slaughtered horribly every year in our country.   It struck a nerve. And to make it worse,  the killing party included youths.  The Jeparit ponies were run down to exhaustion and shot in a most inhumane manner and if that is what is called humane by the “authorities”, then our society is indeed an ailing one.  But then we have known that for a long, long time.

If we fight against animal cruelty, according to metaphysical law, we will get more of it, because thoughts are things.  And what you focus on expands.

It is time for forgiveness.  It is time to let go.  It is time to grieve.  And it is time to act positively.

So let’s start by lighting a candle for peace this Saturday, Sunday and Monday too if you  want.  Let’s remember that 147 Jeparit ponies were saved.  Let’s use this moment in time for positive social change – peace and protection for all animals, in a kind, gentle world of harmony between the species.

And on a personal note as well, think about your own life, and what would bring more happiness, joy and peace to you – and set your intention for that as well – because when humans are at peace it effects the world around them.

In peace,

Billie Dean

The Billie Dean International Deep Peace Organisation and Deep Peace Movement.

www.billiedean.com

Copyright ©  Billie Dean, 2011.  Please share this article in its entirety with author’s name. 

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Divine Love Healing Circle – July 30, 2011

Hi everyone,

Horse Love

It is time to get ready for my next Divine Love Healing Circle.  This one will be held at the New Moon, July 30, 2011.

Here is how it works.

If you would like one or more animals included in this particular Divine Love Healing Circle, leave a comment on this blog post giving the animal’s name and breed.  On the the above date, I will conduct  a Divine Love Healing Circle, where I send Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness to the animals listed here, along with the ones who are in my care.

To be clear, I don’t send healing. I send Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness, which is like a blessing for the Highest Good.  That is because I believe it is not up to us to send healing, especially when there is no permission from the person to whom that healing is directed.  Every being has their own soul journey.  By sending Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness, all human ego is out of the way and only pure Divine energy is invoked.

Again, if you want to register your animal for this healing circle, leave a comment below on this bog post (or click the Leave a Comment link above).  Note that comments are moderated on my blog, so your comment will not appear instantly.

Note that I am doing this for free as a service to you and your animals.  Having said that, donations toward helping us take care of our Ballyoncree animals are always appreciated.

Oh, if you experience a change that you can attribute to the healing circle, please feel free to leave that as a comment as well. Also, it is worth checking back on this page once the Circle is done, as I sometimes leave comments and suggestions.  So have a look.

Warm blessings,

Billie

 

Photo credit: tetu

Kossie Brumbies Arrive at Ballyoncree

July 15, 2011

Kossie Brumby Mares on arrival at Ballyoncree

Kossie Brumby Mares on arrival at Ballyoncree

Suddenly, late last Wednesday night, we got the call from NSW Parks and Wildlife that our brumbies had walked into the traps. 15 of them, including three pregnant mares. They wanted to deliver them on Saturday, and I had to leave on Sunday with Tamsin for her writing course in Sydney. It felt like really bad timing. High winds had blown trees down across fences, the yards needed re securing and we had no meadow hay – yet.

I couldn’t sense the stallion I had been communing with down in North Kossi, and my sense of the herd that was trapped was that they were waiting for my decision. They had gone inward.   It was very curious. They didn’t feel like the family who had asked to come to me. And that put me in a huge dilemma. If they weren’t mine, then what about the promise I made to the stallion who had contacted me? If I took these horses, I wouldn’t be able to support the ones who had contacted me as well. And as a shaman, it is vital to me that I keep my promises.

It turned out they just didn’t want to pressure me. Or maybe it was another shamanic initiation of the animal kind. I nearly waited for the next lot. But I didn’t because on one level I knew these were the ones I was supposed to take. One of the ways I can tell is because I cry when I have made the wrong decision.  Or when something is wrong.  Or when there is impending death.   That is my heart intelligence speaking. I cried and so I quickly said “yes” to the horses, and we hired some help to get the place ready on Friday.  Kim Hollingsworth, who had been liaising with Parks and Wildlife for the rehoming of these brumbies, turned up with grass hay an hour before the horses arrived , and all deadlines were met.

In animal rescue, like many other areas of life, it usually happens that it isn’t the best timing, but you jump and step up, because you have to.  Some of this family would have ended up dead if I hadn’t jumped and as soon as I found that out – no question. They all breathed a collective sigh of relief and I felt I had passed some kind of test. Phew.

Learning to listen to your heart intelligence is something everyone needs to do now. If you are called in any way to help any animal, that is your heart intelligence. So don’t listen to your head or anyone else around you. Listen to your heart and enjoy a meaningful relationship with an Other, that will enrich your world beyond compare. Or perhaps, like my call to help the Jeparit ponies, it will lead to a new direction in your life.

And so the truck full of horses arrived.

The stallion, a beautiful intelligent big blue boy, came out of the truck first, backwards. Our ancient wooden ramp collapsed under his weight. And he didn’t bat an eyelid. He knew he was coming here. He wandered calmly unhurt around the yard while Andrew and I held a positive space to counter the concerned talk of them “breaking their legs” as they came out of the truck directly into the yards.   The stallion nickered, and out the others all came – one colt and lots of mares and foals – 13 of them.  One after the other.  All safe. They got out of the truck as if they were born to it. It was an incredible moment.

And so it was with relief and great happiness we celebrated their arrival in their new forever home. There was 14, not 15. And I found myself mourning the phantom horse, as we had mentally and emotionally stretched to take 15, instead of a family herd of about seven, which is what I had been expecting.

The stallion came to me in my dreamtime and told me his name was Merlin. He knows where he is and I am sure we will have a good journey together. He is gorgeous.

All of the horses are settling in quickly. They are so incredibly gentle and sweet. They told me they were used to silence and we were very noisy. They are now used to the dogs. They are so relaxed that they lie down. They are gorgeous and intelligent and we are so in love with them and I am grateful that 14 (probably 17 with foals) are safe from any kind of human abuse and cruelty and will run safe and free at Ballyoncree.

I would like to publicly applaud Parks and Wildlife and also Kim Hollingsworth for their work in rehoming the brumbies , instead of culling them.  This is the sort of world we want.  One of compassion and kindness to all species.

So for me it has been a bittersweet two weeks. The safe arrival of horses to a safe house, and the horrible murder of others who were not safe. The world will become a better place for animals, when we take the compassionate action needed to make it so.  And keep focusing on the dream we want, as if it is already.

The world is now a place of Deep Peace for ALL Species. It is so.

 . . . . . .

Text and Photos © Billie Dean, 2011   (Permission to reuse photo applies.  Contact the photographer on www.billiedean.com)

Update on the Jeparit Ponies

Update: As of 11:40 am local time, only three horses remain alive. But please still act.

Update: We understand that some of the horses were chased until they were exhausted and shot at. There were unprofessional youths involved in the shootings. The ponies died in fear.

The Jeparit ponies came into my Divine Love Healing Circle last night and their souls were released shamanically. Their own anger transmuted and they were truly free. Later, while communing with Grandfather Tree, a little one came and walked beside me in spirit. We did the midnight rounds of our ponies and brumbies together. She said to say, “Thank you to all those with heart.”

When humans love, it makes a difference.

. . . . .

July 15, 2011

I write this update on the Jeparit ponies with a heavy heart and a call for urgent action.

Tao, one of the Jeparit ponies who have been killed

Tao, one of the Jeparit ponies who have been killed

This is a picture of Tao, a soft, gentle man with more courage and dignity than any human I have ever met. He told me he wanted his family saved. He told me he knew he would “go down with the ship”. I offered to buy him and have him here for life.   I did my best to save his life and have sent his photo to the ABC , the Minister for Agriculture and also the DPI.   He was murdered in the last two days of DPI  shooting. I will spare you the pictures of his dead body, and that of the pregnant mare shot in the head. Of the mare and foal standing bleakly and frightened. There was nothing wrong with these ponies. They were innocent victims and I don’t understand how any vet could authorise a mass murder like this. But the Victorian DPI vets did.

What is particularly sad is that these ponies could have had homes. People wanted them. Pony Rescue saved 80 of them. I haven’t given up on some more lives saved today. I light a candle for those murdered so cruelly and will be doing ceremony for them tonight.

Further Pony Rescue had bought and had vet certificates for more ponies which the DPI killed anyway.  When they tried to get the horses,  Pony Rescue were ushered away.   The DPI even brought police in.  A frightening TV cop show type of situation.  And one that I’m not sure is legal.  And indeed an animal lawyer has been contacted.  But too late for the ponies who could have had a second chance at life.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks liasing with Pony Rescue and Friends in Victoria (link goes to their Facebook profile where photos are — see the album), trying to help save the lives of the Jeparit ponies.  I want to thank you so much for your efforts from around the world, showing what a fantastic animal-caring community you are. Your contributions helped Pony Rescue enormously and ponies were able to be rescued, fed, wormed and cared for.

In the last week, I have been patronised, yelled at and hung up on by those in charge of the Jeparit pony massacre. I have never met such a wall of resistance, where you are passed from person to person, no one answers their phones or emails and you feel like a voice in the wilderness, begging for compassion in a world which has turned its back on such noble notions.

Sadly, despite an enormous effort writing emails, making calls to the Department of Primary Industry, to the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, to all kinds of press (here’s a story someone else managed to get placed) and other animal welfare agencies, these ponies have been subjected to the worst kind of abuse, being shot in paddocks and yards in front of each other.

This is what the DPI consider to be “humane” to “alleviate the suffering” of the ponies, who Pony Rescue was rehoming. They refused to work with Pony Rescue, who as you can imagine, were very emotionally involved in the lives of these ponies, wanting the best outcome for them. I still don’t understand why the DPI had to muscle their way in, guns blazing, when a kinder more gentle option was clearly available. This draconian mindset completely baffles me.

It has been a very very painful time, trying to save them, and getting nowhere.

To be an animal sensitive in this kind of environment takes a lot of strength, and hats off to my student Carolyn Bischoff, the Pony Rescue girls Tania  Decker and Jodi Hutson , and  all theother on the ground supporters, because it is always a challenge to watch animals be killed just because some authority says they have to. The girls have been run off their feet and Tania is currently in hospital with MS.   It didnt stop her working around the clock.  They have done their best and we are all feeling that horrible feeling when our best is not good enough. Eighty horses is a fantastic effort. With more time and support, they could have got them all.

I had to tell Tamsin that Tao had been killed. After we had opened our hearts to letting him in – him and any other who would have found sanctuary here. It wasn’t easy. Sadly she learned long ago that people in authority are often wrong. And I teach her, as I teach my students, that we have to know what the right thing to do is by our hearts. Walk our own path, with our own code of ethics. It wasn’t so long ago that our society once believed that women did not have souls. And today it still doesn’t believe that animals do. Animals are still under “dominion” and are enslaved and subject to atrocities.

One of the many letters I wrote to the DPI challenged them on their choice of “humane” action. What kind of world are we creating when the solution is only found in violence?

Why couldn’t they work with Pony Rescue? They could see the girls had done a mammoth job with these innocent little ponies.  The girls could have been supported , not hindered.  Could that have been so hard???

The lucky ponies, by the way, who have gone to new homes are quickly regaining their strength and settling in, enjoying the love and care they are receiving. So DPI excuses of “they are too wild to be rehabilitated” are just ridiculous. And too thin is also a poor excuse. Hands up how many of us have rehabilitated  thin horses. I don’t understand this mindset. I do know that I want to change it.

If you would like to protest this situation, and help try to save the rest of the ponies, please contact Peter Walsh, Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Security (link goes to his contact page, where you can find email addresses and phone numbers).

Or you can speak to the Department of Primary Industry in Victoria (link goes to their contact page). The Departmental Secretary is Richard Bolt, and the woman in charge of the decision appears to be Deb Morrison (those are both email links).

Or to the press. Please ring all the press you can today.  Go to the Pony Rescue page on facebook above and send them photos.  Make them feel.  The public has to know that these horses had the potential for a second chance.   They woudl have had homes.  they had people who cared.  Make a noise for the ponies who suffered under our so called animal welfare. And maybe we can still save the remainder and let them have love in their life.

I rang the RSPCA by the way.  I was told  this situation was completely under the DPI jurisdiction and the RSPCA could do nothing.  Where is the law that protects animals?

If this sort of behaviour angers you and frustrates you and makes you feel helpless. Then channel it into action. Please call and email any press you can and protest against the murder of these frightened ponies who coud have been given a second chance at life in loving homes.   Question their action.

When I spoke to Simon Price of the Department of Agriculture (03 99385954)  I was assured that this would be done humanely.  That to allay community fears, the RSPCA vets would be on side and absolutely ponies who could be re-homed, would be,   I begged him to talk to his people and make sure they did that.

They didnt.

Thank you for your compassionate action.

Billie Dean

www.billiedean.com

Divine Love Healing Circle – July 15, 2011

Divine Love Healing Circle

Hi everyone,

It is time to get ready for my next Divine Love Healing Circle.  This one will be held on the Full Moon, July 15, 2011.

Here is how it works.

If you would like one or more animals included in this particular Divine Love Healing Circle, leave a comment on this blog post giving the animal’s name and breed.  On the the above date, I will conduct  a Divine Love Healing Circle, where I send Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness to the animals listed here, along with the ones who are in my care.

To be clear, I don’t send healing. I send Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness, which is like a blessing for the Highest Good.  That is because I believe it is not up to us to send healing, especially when there is no permission from the person to whom that healing is directed.  Every being has their own soul journey.  By sending Divine Love and Deep Forgiveness, all human ego is out of the way and only pure Divine energy is invoked.

Again, if you want to register your animal for this healing circle, leave a comment below on this bog post (or click the Leave a Comment link above).  Note that comments are moderated on my blog, so your comment will not appear instantly.

Note that I am doing this for free as a service to you and your animals.  Having said that, donations toward helping us take care of our Ballyoncree animals are always appreciated.

Oh, if you experience a change that you can attribute to the healing circle, please feel free to leave that as a comment as well.

Warm blessings,

Billie

 

Photo credit: Simczuk

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