The Animal in Your Mirror

Jane BroccoloThe Animal in Your Mirror

by Jane Broccolo

Descend, Descend, Descend

You are made in the image of God and had better live up to it is the religious underlying mindset of our society. Whether you are a Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu, an agnostic, an atheist, or a believer that you were genetically engineered by aliens or by your own will, if you are reading this, you are on the same page as our progressive collective consciousness. We are in agreement that it’s time to be whole and feel good about ourselves for a Change.

If you look past the human in your mirror, you will recognize the spitting image of Nature no longer to be spat at, but to be lived down to: say hello to your body, your animal self. Living deep down in our bodies in our true animal essence is where spirituality is alive and well, where we reclaim our grace with Mother Earth, where we commune with all that is.

A mirror I recently found intriguing belongs to a music teacher called ‘Susan’ (fictional name for privacy sake), who has two significant other animals reflecting who she is; ‘Rocky’, the tough street fighting cat, and ‘Clarence’ – the gentle, all accepting of human foibles, Shih Tzu. They live with Susan who had an AnimalSelfEmpowerment session with me.

Much was revealed. Rocky, clearly his own master, mirrors Susan’s lower chakras―her vital life force energy centers, her personal strengths. Before the session, Susan did not identify with Rocky. He is a salt of the earth survivor. He couldn’t be as spiritual as Clarence with whom her energies were closely aligned in her upper power centers. Could he?

Clarence and Susan are healer types. They have huge hearts and over-give of themselves.  I told Susan that Clarence feels to me like he has smoker lungs. She then told me she smokes. And so, in a resonant kind of way, so does Clarence. Susan smokes because unlike Clarence, she felt she needed to protect herself from feeling the intense discomfort of those needing to flock around her. We all put up smokescreens, one kind or another and not one ultimately higher than the other, to shield ourselves from what we fear are negative energies.

Clarence doesn’t judge our pain. The frequencies of pain emanating from Susan’s students ripple to, through, and out of his body without the presence of fear to lodge them in his body. He is a shining reflection for anyone scared of taking on other people’s stuff. He, like the animal he is, doesn’t experience pain as something bad. He doesn’t resist it. He lets it go.

Letting go is one animal trait we as a species are learning to access within ourselves. Susan is grateful to have Clarence showing her how. Let your animals show you how.

Rocky gets a kick out of swatting Clarence so that someday the  Shih Tzu will ‘fall down’ into his body and stand up to the power animal in his mirror. Rocky insisted he would continue to harass Clarence until Clarence stopped pussy footing around him, and started acting like the canine he is.

Susan tells me something has changed since our talk. Rocky’s heart has softened toward Clarence, who is actually breathing easier now and challenges Rocky with a game of cat and mouse with Rocky as the mouse. And Susan feels less the need to shield herself, and more the joy of sending each puff of smoke with a prayer of peace to heaven on earth. Thanks to this wholly threesome, Change is looking good for all of us.

Jane Broccolo is an animal communicator, spirit medium, and author of the new book, Like an Animal: When Being Human is not Enough, available at The Well Red Coyote in Sedona, Chaucer’s and Paradise Found in Santa Barbara, Tecolote Books in Montecito, and on For phone sessions, or workshops in your area, contact Jane at her website:

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