Raven Flight School and other raven and random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

A Raven has a very different world view of the above pictures…..for us, thesimplistic description would be: it looks like the tops of trees, some scattered clouds, clouds and the sky – nothing to write home about.   For a Raven, it’s a giant unending playground and home of Raven Flight School.  Raven Flight School will forever be one of my cherished memories – I’ll try to give it the tribute it deserves……….

I feel fortunate that my life has been decorated by some amazing Raven stories.  I suppose anyone else that knows Ravens wouldn’t be in a panic as we enter the autumn to think that this family of Raven’s could be migrating south.  You’d already know the answer to that.  Not I, admitted city chick on a farm, I always have a life size lesson to learn in short order.  Autumn always brings change; I don’t feel ready to lose my Raven friends just yet.  Thank God as I understand it now, they may not migrate south; I wasn’t ready to lose more “family”. 

Sometimes, I’m just a little slow.  I could see that these two big black birds were larger than crows.  Because I have an original fear of birds (perhaps another blog session) and have overcome it for the most part (perhaps part 2 of the prior said blog session that could emerge), birds will forever be an anomaly.  As a result, they show up.  My mother LOVED birds.  I have learned through time to love, adore and admire birds.  This was not my first choice.  As an acquired taste, it has become a ridiculously fun hobby – I’m addicted like a convert. 

These alleged large crows late last winter were rather loud.  And, who do you call and complain about this particular type of rowdy neighbor?  I started suspecting they weren’t crows and they were so to themselves being industrious on the other side of the pasture.  They’d fly over me with this almost little rattling flute sound – that’s when I suspected late fall, early winter that they were not crows, they were in fact Ravens.

Well, bird lover or not, Ravens have been a totem for me.  Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest (and living everywhere but here until recently), I am well aware of the Raven mythology of basically jumpstarting civilization by stealing the “light”.  One could say – Ravens are EnLIGHTENING.   Ted Andrews suggests: expect magic with them around in his famous book Animal Speak.  I have a Tlingit Tribe Raven carving right above the picture window facing their (my raven friend’s nest). 

There is that oodaling sound they make that sets them apart from anything else.   If swiftness had a sound attached, the Raven wing motion would be just that – up close there is almost like a little soundtrack that embodies their flight.   Seven flying over at once is quite impressive as though someone were cutting through a swath of fabric.  These were not crows.  And because this particular family is so ‘colorful’ with personality and quibbling, who couldn’t notice? 

I noticed things like chicken wings in the horses water troughs……..partial loaves of French bread on my mounting block in the round pen…………..on occasion as I led horses across the pasture for turn out, I noticed broken eggs.  These Ravens actually would taunt my dogs, and they would fly low to get the dogs close, barking emphatically, and then the Ravens would whip up into the sky. 

With all the loudness, I assumed two things, either:  1. others were raiding the nests and that’s why I was finding shells in the pasture, or 2. there was some bizarre sexual nest take over like these Ravens were channeling a ‘70’s swinger film like “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”!  I mean this was so LOUD.  Really, what else could it be?

Admittedly, I had feelings (maybe even judgment) about the nest takeover by predators and/or the idea that this was a group of Raven swingers.   At that point, I had no idea that Ravens are lifelong partners; I just suspected that this was somehow the survival of the fittest.

I also didn’t realize how FAST a newborn is a fledgling.  Additionally – I didn’t know how long they hang on to the original family, how long they live and how family oriented they are. 

My biggest discovery was how WRONG I was on my suspicion and it was nothing more than a suspicion at that point.  As a result of minimal research, I discovered both of my ideas were just that – crazy ideas.   Baby Ravens, fledglings are huge rather quickly…….so some of the screaming and the wild nest antics were simply some fledglings thinking they needed to start out on a flying spree and some parents cawing “You’re not old enough” with the staccato cadence of a strict Raven parent.  On my end of the pasture, this all sounded like mayhem.

Flight school began whether the parents, me, the dogs, the horses or the kittens were ready for it….it was a loud daily raucous experience.  The first few weeks of flight school may be a little like living next door to a family with kids that are in a rock band or something – it is no small thing.

And then the visual……breathtaking and dramatic – believe it or not, I sat on the edge of your seat or the porch.  Imagine the nest is very high up in a very tall tree.  And my vantage point is from on top of a hill that is proportionate in height to view this as if I’m part of command center in flight school.  The scary part is I’m really not – so we hold our breath from branch to branch.

Mom (or Dad) takes the first graceful flight from one branch across the pasture to another branch and lands.  The branch rises up and down based on the weight and velocity of the landing, the Mom elegantly turns around and screams “okay now – you can do it”.  So Fledgling #1 jumps off and scrambles, and SCREAMS the whole time.  The wing motion is not in rhythm (like I can judge from the porch) and is a little chaotic and I want to say – “quit screaming and keep your eye on the ball/branch” but this screaming fledgling unbalanced frantic Raven makes it across to a branch about 15 feet below mom and continues screaming for the next 5 minutes. 

Because of all of the (e)motion, the branch continues to bounce which unsettles the fledgling even more.  Of course I’m about to sedate myself and we have 6 more fledglings to go.  The 6 screaming fledglings from the nest don’t seem quite convinced at this point any of this is a good idea.  So they all continue just to scream to their long lost sibling across the pasture on the bouncing branch.  I mean now, how does anyone get home?  

At long last, another screaming fledgling jumps off and it is very reminiscent of the first.  Now we have two screaming fledglings on my end of the pasture, branches a bouncing up and down.  I haven’t translated enough screaming Raven fledgling enough to know yet whether they thought that was the coolest or the dumbest thing on the planet but we all know performance nerves and fear can have the same drive through the system.   Either way it’s loud. 

 Eventually, and dramatically, they all get to my end of the pasture and back again.  This goes on for days – louder than ever.  In the early stages of Raven flight school, the usual antics stopped, they were not baiting my dogs, they were not leaving French bread in the round pen and they were not cleaning Kentucky Fried chicken legs off in my horse’s water troughs.  They were very concentrated on getting each fledgling from one end of the pasture and back again.  This could take all day.

At some point, we worked solely on Left turns.  It was remarkable.  That lasted a few days and then we worked on Right turns.  The tone of Raven screaming was more like, this is fun, you can do it – more encouraging vs. panic.   Sometimes the takeoff was rocky.  Another fascinating moment – or many moments would be when they hit an unexpected air pocket – it would rock their world and they really had to figure out their rhythm and balance as if it was cheating to hit the airstream! 

Now when I watch any bird fly, I watch for cadence, tempo, and rhythm in the same way I watch a performance horse.  I can see with in a moment of watching the wings come up and down as to whether it is a teenager or a seasoned professional.  I watch it like seeing a young hip looking teenager navigate with high heels on for their first prom.  I watch it like seeing a young acne ridden athlete try to come off as cool.  I secretly note that one day this will be spectacular flyer and am so grateful to be in on this little secret.  The secret being: not all flight for all birds is the same.

Months later as this family of 7 Ravens continues to fly, play and live together, it is amazing to me to watch them all go back to the nest daily.  They are all sophisticated; I couldn’t tell the parents from the kids at this point.  It is indeed a family.

One thing I adore about Ravens is I am clearly adopted into this family.  When I come out of my house in the morning, most days one if not many of them greet me.  They love to play games with me now like “oh you have a camera – we’ll hide in the trees for days” when normally they are showing off all day long.

One of the most amazing stories is when the kitties (who are just over a year now) first started going outside, the fledglings were still fledglings.  I was mindful as to whether or not the Ravens would be predators to my darlings.  We (the parents and I) each had a lot to protect. 

Even though a Raven is still in the songbird category and not a raptor, I knew that they preyed on small mammals if need be.  Again, unaware of how “family” oriented they were, I was and remain careful.  Even though my kitties are 1 year plus now, I have eagles, hawks, coyotes, cougars and bobcats to worry about.  I’m not thinking the bears are a threat……

I have always heard about the spectacular aerial performances of mating Ravens.  I had never witnessed it.  One day however, I heard more than usual crazy cawing.  The kittens were out and I on phone sessions with clients – it was a nice day, so I was mainly on the deck but I had stepped inside for a moment.

When I came out, my kitties had run to the deck like they hit home base.  I watched as not many feet away, there was an aerial demonstration by 4 of the Ravens as they shooed off a hawk in a demonstrative and dramatic way.  I realized we are one big family across the pasture.  The horses are in the middle, the dogs are fun to tease, I am their friend and they too protect the cats.  That’s when I fell in love.  

So the idea of migration was starting to really hit me.  I know they would come back to this nest, but, I’m really hooked on them now.  I want to see their fledglings and their fledgling’s fledglings’ and so on and so on like a Clairol commercial.  

One last little image here, I thought they knew my car but I had a moment that proved me right.  It is approximately three miles of paved and unpaved roads to get to my place.  When the Ravens were about 3 months old, I was half way to town and I had a 7 Raven salute escort all the way to town. 

I learned two things that day:  1. they do know my car and the bonus is – they had fun doing that. 2. the French bread probably did come from the grocery store!

 Everyone should be adopted by a family of Ravens – and get to watch flight school!! 

Blessings, Joan

Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker & Founder of Communication with all Life University

www.joanranquet.com

Lukas the world’s smartest horse and other not so random books in Joan’s book club!

Karen and Lukas playing

I am starting a little book club of my favorite books. Primarily these will be animal/healing books – we’ll see how this goes!!  We will start with “Playing with Lukas” since Karen Murdock – the writer, owner and trainer of Lukas (the world’s smartest horse) will be on my radio show next week – April 7th

Meanwhile, you can watch many videos and just read my little review below:

YouTube – 2009 Part 4 of 7 Lukas THE WORLD’S SMARTEST HORSE, Blind Fold / Squeeze/ Catching/ Hoops.  

I just finished reading: “Playing with Lukas”, Karen Murdock’s wonderful journey with Lukas – the world’s smartest horse.  Like many of us that have gone down this path of working with animals and helping to teach their kindness, intelligence and value, we didn’t always have the easiest time with people.  Karen’s beginnings are in sharp contrast to the outcome.  Her life now is surrounded by peace and love – the love and support of her family with her biggest fan, teacher and student – Lukas.   The devotion and connection of the animals was a true commitment from the start as she illustrates in her story.

This book is not just for horse lovers.  Karen has a very simple way of using soft sounds, ease, consistency, voice and intention to connect with your animals and create a joyful training process.  Do not be fooled by the simplicity of the training method, she is able to accomplish very technical and intricate things with her partner Lukas.

This is an especially important book for anyone that has a “challenge” animal – one that the rest of the world would toss away for various reasons and yet you see the divine intelligence and love – these techniques could literally save your animal friend’s life! Lukas has earned his title ~ the world’s smartest horse and imagine, he got the title  just from playing with a human! Now there’s a life lesson for us humans.

Karen is going on to work more with mainstream science to make sure that the extreme intelligence of the horse is documented – it’s very exciting for all of us that know how brilliant animals are.  Her book can be found at Lulu (www.lulu.com) as an e-book or a print version and will soon be released at Amazon.  For more information on them:  www.playingwithlukas.com.

Blessings,  

Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker, Founder of Communication with all Life University

www.joanranquet.com

Host of Pet Talk Live at 4:00 pm pst on www.contacttalkradio.com

To hear past shows go to: www.feedburner.joanranquet.com – you can listen to last week’s Dr. Steven Farmer and the week before the graduates from the University and much, much more!  Kitten readings by famous human psychics/astrologers/angel practitioners and of course Rescue of the week! 

Don’t forget – next weekend: Beginning and Advanced Animal Communication workshop in Carnation, Wa – www.joanranquet.com/events.

 

Denver, a love story and other Random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Denver, I have missed you.

What a great trip.  It started out with the Misha May Foundation benefit on Thursday night and some familiar faces but many faces that I didn’t know – all eager to learn the basics of Animal Communication. We made some money for that organization.

Then, on to the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo……and that was great.  I had a lecture each day and a book signing.  Again, more and more familiar faces.  People showed up that I had been to their house, to their barn; they had taken a class before – all showing up to learn more.  It was all a great reminder of how much I loved my clients, their animals and the other practitioners I worked and played well with in Denver. 

There was one day that I left the Horse Expo at around 3:00 to go to the Metaphysical Fair. The way the light was hitting the Rockies with the fresh snow is truly the most breathtaking view of those mountains I have ever seen.

The last night I was in town, I taught at the Shining Lotus and it benefited the Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital – an amazing operation that helps with surgeries for animals if the people can’t afford it as well as helping with spay and neuters for the shelters.

I had a couple of days of meeting client’s animals in person (that I have only communicated with on the phone up until now) as well as some new folks.   I got to talk to a cat in a high rise and I also got to watch that particular Border Collie mix, Foster do laundry. He very proudly and smugly pulled things out of the dryer.  I have a Border Collie mix that would love to learn something necessary like that!  There may be some new training techniques in order.  I couldn’t wait to get home for a variety of reasons, that being one of them.

The last day was a wonderful setting up in the Rockies, walking through sunny snow fields to get to the horses I was talking to and then on down to the familiar barn I’ve talked to so many horses at before – some new and old clients. I nearly drove off the road a million times just taking in the view on my way back down the mountain.

Along the way up the windy roads to Evergreen I remember picking out a little bundle that 8 years later is the most amazing dog I’ve ever known, my own Olivia.

I was reminded of how much I love the beauty there, the people and the lifestyle.  It was so welcoming and is calling me back within the next 6 – 8 weeks – and I can’t wait to go back!! I also have great friends and wonderful memories of those friends.

One woman in the audience at the Horse Expo told me she met me at a book signing two years ago and that I’m not blogging enough – so here you go!!

Denver, I’ve missed you – but I’ll be back. Soon. 

Pet Talk Live, 4:00 pm PST  www.contacttalkradio.com

Founder of Communication with all Life University, Author, Speaker, Animal Communicator

For more info: www.joanranquet.com.

Your dog wants a treat. Now! Animal communicator to hold seminar in Missoula

Your dog wants a treat. Now! Animal communicator to hold seminar in Florence.  Some say Florence, some say Missoula – I don’t know where it is that I’m teaching this weekend – but I do know we have an awesome group!! There is still room for a couple more.  And I do know my ticket says Missoula ~ I’m really looking forward to this workshop. 

Kate is part of Communication with all Life University and she has put together this class.  Some of the people that are coming – have worked with me before in either my Bozeman Mt. classes or when I used to come up and teach at Traumhof (before I lived here) or perhaps even Walla Walla. And some will be fresh. Always fun!

If you didn’t see my post yesterday about the new year – I want to remind you to scroll down for the “What’s in a name contest….” details below.  And if you’re not on my mailing list – please join as I will be updating there as well. Go to: www.joanranquet.com. The contest could win you a weekend class in either Seattle or Orlando – so please send me your story.  I’m already getting submissions and it hasn’t even gone out in my newsletter!

In Transit, literally and the film – as always, other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Isabella said goodnight to 2009 a while ago!

Happy New Year!  It is a time of opportunity, fun and amazing transformation.  Last year feels like it had all the awkward growing pains for what is going to set sail this new decade. 

I have had my own personal transformation. . . in the last 8 weeks, I lost my 90 year old father.  He was such an inspiration to many and while I know that he is with my mom and many other great animal companions, relatives and friends, it is still fresh and painful.  I so hear the pain in my clients voice as they call either about an animal that they recently lost or about to lose.

For some reason the holidays accentuate that, whether it is that we love memories around this type of year so the loss feels greater than say a random day in June or the mere fact that it is literally the darkest time of the year.  No matter as to the origin of the pain, the pain is there and deserves attention – being brought to the light.

I’m also writing because on the otherside of the holidays, here in the new year, I don’t remember a time I felt more hopeful.  There are so many exciting things in the wings that I will slowly reveal as they come to fruition. 

For me – it is also a time of tranformation in my career. In the worst economy, I started Communication with all Life University and in March – I have my first graduating class.  I’m blogging – I don’t even text regularly, yet I love this.  Lots of other things are transforming before my eyes that are so positive, so amazing……the reason I’m writing this is I know it is for you as well.  Sometimes we just can’t see it.

I found a video from my past – I used to be an actress for those that don’t know my history or haven’t read my book, “Communication with all Life”.  I’m actually posting it because talk about a transformation!!  The video below is just a fun reminder of the world I came from – acting!! I loved acting, I loved the whole world of it. I educated myself in the best possible situations, I knew all the right people and yet………well the video is great – it was my dream to act and yet I followed another big passion – animals and I don’t look back (except to view various productions I was in):

Dailymotion – In transit, par Cédric Klapisch – une vidéo Cinéma.

Then this life of being an Animal Communicator totally took over my life!! I’m happy to say that this is definitely the work I’m supposed to be doing. I have been busy since about the day I said I’d do it…..unlike life in my acting world. I will say I was always getting some sort of play, little film, etc. I always joked with my Dad that I finally got a steady job when I became a pet psychic.  

Clearly I didn’t love the acting world enough to endure the actor’s lifestyle. Or there was a better divine plan for me.  Either way – this work, this life has brought us together even if just through these words on a screen.  My wish for you is that you follow your dream and find your divine plan!

Now my work and my lifestyle are congruant. I love that. On the days that I’m home doing phone sessions, I’m here with my own animals. If I go away from my home to talk to an animal – funny how that works, I’m with animals!

I know I’m very lucky and I want to take this time to thank all of my clients and students and even readers who are what make this life possible.

I have  a few more things to add:

1. January 3rd http://www.blogtalkradio.com/positively-incorrect – 5:00 pm PST. CALL IN! Scott Cluthe Radio Show please call in!!  

2. I’m teaching a weekend workshop in Missoula Mt. January 8-10th for details go to: www.joanranquet.com/events or contact Kate Templeman @ (406) 273-3151 or e-mail her @ keltonfarm@gmail.com.

3.  I have a big contest that is below – “What’s in a name…..” if you have a story as to how you chose a name – or the name chose your animal companion – let us know.  Me, and my University students will be picking out the winners and the contest winner details are here:

Each person that enters gets a free Animal Education Teleseminar of your choice ($20.00 value). The first place winner gets a free weekend Animal Communication Seminar in either Orlando in Feb. or Seattle in April ($350.00 value- travel expenses not included). Second place winner gets 10 Animal Education Teleseminar calls ($200 value).  Third place winner gets either an Animal Communication Workshop Teleseminar  with me OR 5 Animal Education Teleseminar calls hosted by me with amazing guests – or download of previous amazing calls (valued at $100.00).  The contest winners will be announced January 25th.  May the best name win! Enter your pet’s name and how or why they got their name and send to joanranquet@joanranquet.com

Remember to always check my schedule for when I could be in YOUR town teaching an Animal Communication mini class www.joanranquet.com/events.

Enjoy, Joan

Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker and founder of Communication with all life University (animal communication certification program).  www.joanranquet.com, www.dynamitemarketing.com/joanranquet

Find me on www.facebook.com/joanranquet , www.twitter.com/joanranquet  and even www.youtube.com/joanranquetwww.communicationwithalllifeu.ning.com

BONUS CALL #1 SCOT HANSEN – Communication with all Life University

BONUS CALL #1 SCOT HANSEN – Communication with all Life University

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I’m getting ready to launch the Communication with all Life University Animal Education Series starting with Josie Ravenwing and then Jane Savoie. So my awesome call above with Scot Hansen (www.horsethink.com)  is one of the many samples of my bonus calls – found on www.communicationwithalllifeu.ning.com. Josie’s website is: http://www.healingjourneys.net/ and Jane Savoie’s site is: http://www.dressagementor.com/.  Oh the fun we will have…………do you want to be a better Animal Communicator at home? As a profession? Are you a pet lover wanting to make things better? Animal Practitioner? or are you searching for your life calling with animals? No matter how you look at it – Animal Education Series will have the three E’s Enlightentment, Education and Entertainment with animals!!!!!  We can find your voice in the Animal Kingdom – sign up now  @ www.12academy.com.

As the farm turns and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

009As summer winds down and the rain comes in, fall is just around the corner. The tempature has dropped so much I wonder if I should be pulling horse blankets out and finding jackets for the dogs!!

I had to wear more clothes on my hike today! I’m thinking it’s a great thing I’ll be teaching in warmer climates this winter ~

The kittens were wild this morning, when momma kitty (Francesca) took a break, a couple of kittens tried to nurse off Olivia (dog on right). Both Isabella (dog on left) and Olivia are competing to be surrogate mom of the year for the kitties. Oh it’s a dog’s life here as the Farm turns.

Next week back to the regular animal communication sessions, life as usual. But Labor Day weekend is a great time to get little animal projects done!!

EFT and other random thoughts of an animal communicator

EFT Introduction

This is a great healing technique for animals also. I have used EFT on animals for helping animals that have either an emotional challenge, behavioral challenges and healing crisis’.

Once you watch this imagine you have the opportunity to use this for your animals. I love seeing the changes with animals. As the surrogate (you would obviously tap on behalf of your animal).

A client called me because her horse was going after ponies in the warm up ring at a horse show. She said she needed me to come talk to the horse and help her. I told her of course I could do this on the phone, but I ended up rearranging things and getting to the horse show. I’m glad I did as I wouldn’t have believed the extent to which Shakespeare (the horse) would go after the ponies – endangering everyone in the ring.

So we went to a private place and I got quiet and asked Shakespear why he didn’t like ponies. We discovered he had been picked on as a young horse, so we tapped on not liking ponies. Well not only did he do well at the horse show and was clearly less hostile, he then moved to a new barn 2 months later and there were ponies there!!

EFT also helps for the human after a riding accident and helps with aggressive dogs. You name it – it could be tapped on! I even mention it in my book “Communication with all Life”.

Cheers, Joan

www.joanranquet.com

Lots of Animal Communication and other random thoughts……..

What a day. I had to either split myself in two, teleport myself, admit to a parallel universe or send students to an event that I couldn’t attend. I chose the latter. So I was at the Mill Creek Festival speaking and teaching Animal Communication and I sent two of my Communication with All Life University students to the Chihuahua Festival to talk to 300-400 Chihuahuas.

I had fun, I got to connect with every pet rescue whether it was a dog rescue, cat rescue, horse rescue, a pet business, pet services, dog trainers, holistic vets……people got to meet me – the local pet psychic or animal communicator. My students got a glimpse of my world – a day in the life of an Animal Communicator. I think they were stunned.

When you are studying Animal Communication, you set up a safe zone…..suddenly; there they were with literally hundreds of darling distractions, plus the people and whatever events were going on (i.e. agility, cute tail contests, etc.) So I’m very proud of how well my students performed while also taking in the fact that it ain’t all glamorous!!!!

For me, I got to watch the Dock Diving at the Mill Creek Festival. Quite entertaining. I wanted to come home and get my dogs and take them back there. As a matter of fact, it was so warm out, I was prepared to dock dive without dogs or winning any sort of award on my way out.

And as for my event, it was hot, it was short, but I taught some committed people. I love teaching…..the people did great for all of the distractions of a big event. The people did so well right off the bat that we got to talk to many animals even if for just one question. It was great fun.

So here I am, I am here. I love days like today where Animal Communication is so in demand…..where education on Animal communication is in demand. And truthfully, the more I can connect up with the pet rescues, the dog rescues, the cat rescues, the horse rescues, all of the animal rescues, we can create education that results in forever homes. It’s all about education.

Of course, I send people to my 10 Easy Steps to Better Communication with your Pet on my website: http://www.joanranquet.com. And truly, some of the best advise I have to admit is in my book “Communication with All Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator”……..but for my students today, nothing can replace that experience. Thankfully, I can offer plenty of that because I haven’t mastered bi-tri or multiple relocation yet.