I had never had a cat before. In fact, up until a few months prior to getting her I was terrified of them. I was totally a dog person. Luckily I had a lot of friends who were cat people and they helped me to understand their behavior. I became fascinated with them as they are very energetically sensitive beings, which I obviously can relate. When Seena came to live with me I was at a time in my life where I was awakening and doing a lot of healing. I was learning how to cope with anxiety and fear without the medication I became addicted to but every once in a while the fear would come and I wouldn't be able to stop it. I'll never forget the first time Seena stopped me from having a panic attack. In fact, it was only a few days after I brought her home. I was sitting on the couch when the fear came hard and fast. I began to panic even more when I realized that I had no "drugs" to help. I started to sink further and further. Next thing I knew I felt four paws walking over my belly (she must have climbed up the couch!) and she settled directly over my heart! She placed her paws on my neck and began to knead while she licked my neck. This later was called her neck-licking treatment which she did almost every night and morning thereafter for 13 years. Then she began to purr and the energy and feeling of her purr penetrated into my heart. I became incredibly present. There was just me and her and this AMAZING vibration that I had never experienced before. I was in bliss. As soon as I realized that my panic attack had actually stopped Seena walked away. I could have sworn I heard her say "OK, you're good." Once I put her on the floor she started playing and doing normal kitten stuff.
COSMIC CRYSTAL CONNECTION
Seena was with me when I started my studies with healing energy. While she was never a fan of Reiki (too sensitive to energy), she had a HUGE love of crystals! I could literally cover her in crystals and she would just lay there all blissed out. Every time I came home with a new crystal I would reach into my bag and would say to her "Do you want to see what I got?" Her eyes would get so big and she would prance over to me. (see above slideshow of Seena with her crystal collections) Seena would approach the crystal gently and slowly and would place her nose or paw on it as if to feel the vibrations. Despite her extreme sensitivity to energy one of her favorite crystals surprisingly is Moldavite! Seena would head-butt and rub all over my head when I would put a large chunk of it on my third eye then she would lay on my chest with her face close to mine. She would lay very still, her eyes would close half way and her head would begin to slowly drop. Apparently she is a cosmic kitty as well! Seena would also lay down in the middle of any crystal grid that I would make. Seena's crystal journey started with the following incident. I had just learned how to make a distance healing grid using crystals so I set my intentions and built the grid while Seena watched. I charged the grid with healing energy then Seena jumped up and sat in the middle of the grid. I was suddenly irritated and I went to grab her. As soon as I picked her up I knew I was in trouble. The energy took a 180 turn then I heard all the crystals yell "Put her back! We invited her up here!" I tried to put her back but she was upset and ran off. Then I heard a crystal say "Now you need to take this apart and let her pick which ones she wants." I wasn't about to ignore them. I took apart the grid that I spent over an hour creating and lined them up in between us. Seena approached in her gentle reverent way and started to go down the line. Seena would stretch out her paw and touch the ones that she wanted. About halfway down the line she had already chosen three when I heard the message "She'll pick seven." Guess what? She picked seven which then became her first personal crystal grid. From that point on I understood her special connection with the stones of mother earth so I made sure that she had FULL access to any crystals and/or crystal grids. I had to watch my step when walking into my room.
DEATH-HER LAST TEACHING
I let Seena pass away naturally at home per her request when she became sick with heart failure. Watching her go through her death process was both insanely heartbreaking and incredibly awe-inspiring. She took her medicine for a few weeks then decided to not only stop her meds but stopped eating altogether. My initial reaction was very much human. I mean, she has been with me for 14 years. She was a HUGE part of my life. I begged her to stay, I tried to force her to take her meds. I did what most people probably would do. Then something clicked and I remembered "I'm a shaman! What am I doing?" I remembered where she is going. At that point I was able to put my grief aside so that I could help honor her request by making home a comfortable place. I cleaned my room top to bottom, sage smudged, prayed and put on her favorite music. (She was a huge fan of music! Pink Floyd and Dead Can Dance were her favorites! She also became extremely fond of Solfeggio frequencies especially towards the end.) Seena felt the difference immediately and came out to cuddle with me. Seena spent the last few weeks of her life popping into my Reiki and shamanic healing sessions. It wasn't unusual for a client of mine to report they saw a vision of a black and white cat. I watched her say goodbye to all the crystals (see slideshow). I watched her eat a bundle of dried flowers and herbs that sat on my alter untouched for over a year. A woman who came to my Women's Warrior Power Circle gifted me that bundle of herbs. It was incredibly symbolic for me on multiple levels - ask me about it sometime! I would watch her drift in and out of this realm. She was journeying! Sometimes she would stare intently at a point in the room. I knew that she had a visitor because I could feel them! The night she died I got a sudden urge to start writing her story. I frantically went onto my website and then my mom called me into her room. She excitedly said "Look at Seena!" and pointed to the floor. I looked and Seena was flat on her side. Her eyes were wide open and glassy. What struck me was the beautiful smile that was on her face! My mom and I looked at each other smiling. She said "She's smiling!" and I said "She's dead" at the exact same time. It wasn't until after I picked her up that she looked dead and gross. What a powerful experience. So, while it was difficult to lose her and sometimes torturous to watch her process it was also one of the most beautiful experiences we have been through together. Even in death she continued to teach me. I will forever be grateful that she came into my life. She's my little healer. I miss her.
My name is Melissa Ameika and I am a Reiki Master Teacher, Shaman & Metaphysical Counselor living in the desert southwest.