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Cate Cavanagh, Author and Metaphysician and Occult Consultant for the Media and Individuals

THE NEWSLETTER, Vol.1, Issue 6, Copyright 10/4/06



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HAPPY SAMHAIN! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

URGENT NEWSFLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What started out to be a seasonal newsletter filled with Halloween and Samhain spirit, must now begin with an upsetting NEWSFLASH! Our very own columnist, Theresa Chaze ,was arrested without charges, imprisoned, wrongfully abused (including physically)and denied her basic rights in Traverse City, Michigan. She was charged with felony concealed weapons for possessing in her handbag, two miniature athames (one and two inches in size). I myself often bring my athame with me when I travel as well.

Sadly, this brings home the falsehood that all are entitled to freedom of religion. Theresa is a Wiccan Witch and carries these, along with her crystals daily. You may contact Theresa to offer your support to her directly through her website which you can do directly from her picture.

In these times, did any of us truly think it would come to this? Check witchvox.com frequently for Theresa's personal accounting of her ordeal.

During this season, and all the time, if you are a Wicca /Witch and carry miniature items with you, I am suggesting that you carry with you miniatures of all things we use on our altars: a small stone, a candle, a small chalice or shot glass and incense especially if you carry an athame on your person.

For suscribers who do not know and who live in other countries, Theresa, the other columnists and I all live in the United States. As far as that goes, Theresa and I are afraid. Very afraid. She is to be offically arraigned on November 2, 2006. Let us all pray these rediculous charges are dropped.

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Whether your are a Pagan observing the day as Samhain or an adult who never grew up that celebrates the fun of Halloween, you will enjoy this issue.

Please visit my sister site, catecavanagh.net , for more articles and information!

Announcement: My newest book, HER GODMOTHER, is available in pdf! Formatting and cover work was done by VALKYRIE PUBLISHING. Book and ordering information is below.

In this issue:

Award winning writer and cooking show host Kim Robinson has given us some simple and fun recipes for creepy eating and, as usual our contributing columnists have wonderful things to share.

QUANTUM EXERCISE: Who are you? A QUANTUM EXERCISE that examines the shadow self.

Mother Myriam Maytorena gives us insight into Living A Passionate Life

Dorothy Thompson, The Soulamate Queen Replies!

Author and publisher Theresa Chaze offers to us insight into the power of fear and what it often takes to overcome it!

FOR WRITERS: At the bottom of the newsletter is the press release for Theresa's new publishing enterprise, VALKYRIE PUBLISHING. Don't wait for formatting problems from your POD publisher! Have a professional copy on hand for proposals, submissions and reviews!

There is also the columnist website list. Please visit them and see the wonderful work they have to offer.

As always, there is the QUANTUM PRAYER LIST. Please take a moment and pray for those on this list.

Samhain (or Halloween) is considered the New Year by many Pagans and considered to be a time when communications with our beloved dead is possible. I have listed my personal Samhain memorial newsletter and encourage you to make your own list of those you loved. It is good for the soul to remember....

Many of us do not suffer the loss of people. We lose beloved animal companions and family. I have my memorial to the beloved animal dead in our lives.

I have written a special article this month entitled "When People Are Mean" for, as we all know, there are mean people about in the world and sometimes they target us!

There are books now available that embrace magic and make for enchanted reading. The Writersville Gang has put together a FREE ebook of scary stories just for you! Some of the contributors you already know. Others are other denizens of the hometown we affectionately call "Writersville".

The holidays will soon be upon us. Why not consider the gift of great books at great prices? Times are hard for many so there are also FREE BOOKS you can take and burn. Gifts are about thoughtfulness, not money! Downloadable books can be burned on cd and Theresa Chaze has a cd option for her books which you will find below. Although inexpensive, good books last forever! Books that are free can be found on my sister site, catecavanagh.net. Click the link at the top of this page. Other wonderful books are posted here in this newsletter and still others can be found by browsing the author website links also posted in the newsletter.

Have a safe and fun filled Halloween.

For information on my QUANTUM online seminars, please go to ABOUT THOSE CLASSES listed above. For information on my workshops and lectures please email me directly at: catecavanagh@gmail.com

If you are interested in my spiritual services, please go to my PSYCHIC page also listed above.

In spirit,

Cate

Whether your are a Pagan observing the day as Samhain or an adult who never grew up that celebrates the fun of Halloween, you will enjoy this issue.

Please visit my sister site, catecavanagh.net , for more articles and information!

Announcement: My newest book, HER GODMOTHER, is available in pdf! Formatting and cover work was done by VALKYRIE PUBLISHING. Book and ordering information is below.

In this issue:

THE QUANTUM EXERCISE

Award winning writer and cooking show host Kim Robinson has given us some simple and fun recipes for creepy eating and, as usual our contributing columnists have wonderful things to share.

Who are you? A QUANTUM EXERCISE that examines the shadow self.

Mother Myriam Maytorena gives us insight into Living A Passionate Life

Dorothy Thompson, The Soulamate Queen Replies!

Author and publisher Theresa Chaze offers to us insight into the power of fear and what it often takes to overcome it!

FOR WRITERS: At the bottom of the newsletter is the press release for Theresa's new publishing enterprise, VALKYRIE PUBLISHING. Don't wait for formatting problems from your POD publisher! Have a professional copy on hand for proposals, submissions and reviews!

There is also the columnist website list. Please visit them and see the wonderful work they have to offer.

As always, there is the QUANTUM PRAYER LIST. Please take a moment and pray for those on this list.

Samhain (or Halloween) is considered the New Year by many Pagans and considered to be a time when communications with our beloved dead is possible. I have listed my personal Samhain memorial newsletter and encourage you to make your own list of those you loved. It is good for the soul to remember....

Many of us do not suffer the loss of people. We lose beloved animal companions and family. I have my memorial to the beloved animal dead in our lives.

There are books now available that embrace magic and make for enchanted reading. The Writersville Gang has put together an ebook of scary stories just for you! Some of the contributors you already know. Others are other denizens of the hometown we affectionately call "Writersville".

I have written a special article this month entitled "When People Are Mean" for, as we all know, there are mean people about in the world and sometimes they target us!

The holidays will soon be upon us. Why not consider the gift of great books at great prices? Times are hard for many so there are also FREE BOOKS you can take and burn. Gifts are about thoughtfulness, not money! Downloadable books can be burned on cd and Theresa Chaze has a cd option for her books which you will find below. Although inexpensive, good books last forever! Please look below and you will find the fine collection of authors and their books.

Have a safe and fun filled Halloween.

In spirit,

Cate

QUANTUM EXERCISE

Are you feeling powerless, victimized by life and your circumstances? Perhaps you are living an existence in duality and the fates are allowing you wade in confusion.

Who is the real you? Who is the "you" you are living?

I often deal with this issue which many Shamans call "the shadow self". Neither of these selves within me are bad at all but, they are often in opposition to each other.

I offer here the examples of my two selves for you to think about. Think about the different "yous" you have had to develop to survive or even get by in whatever travails are assaulting you in your life. There are times my alter shadow self is a wolf or wild big cat, depending on the totems that answer my calls for assistance but basically, below you will see the two aspects of who I am. I will now pose the question: Who are YOU?

BY NOW YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I LOOK LIKE
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TEACHER, SHAMAN, WITCH

THE INNER ME....
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QUANTUM PRAYER LIST

Kathleen Gray Pain back, hips with possible bone spurs. Extreme exhaustion. Thus far there no answers for the exhaustion. She is also having unexplained teeth pain.

Herb -- Diabetes
Lycorenna -- Pains in her breasts and kidneys. Also fibroids
"Rex"Jordan crossed over this month after a valiant battle with cancer. Please pray for wife, Sheri--that she find comfort and the strength to work through her grief.
Please continue to pray for "Tina" who lost all of her children in a horrible car crash on Thanksgiving. She is suffering from grief and dangeous depression.
Please continue prayers for Mr. Homer "Doc" Childers.(Cancer)Pray for his wife, Reita. This is not helping her blood pressure and she is suffering from understandable depression.
David Dreyfus--cancer of the prostate
Pat Kneffler and family members: Andy Baechel, Mariah Baechel, and Mariah's brother...John
Christine Hertling- a "spot" was found on her kidneys and is being tested further.
Gerard Amoia- 13 y.o.: developed kidney stones and is undergoing further testing.
Gerard's mom, Christine: that she remain cancer free after her THIRD bout some years back.
Rita Mattersdorfer- shadows found on her breasts (mother of Christine above).
Hazel Little who sleeps alot...Her daughter Lea believes she is crossing the veil in her sleep to be with her husband who passed into the Summerland 10 years. Also prayers for Hazel's daugther, Shelley Little.
Colin Robinson- that he remain cancer free.
Sheilah Whaley and Voncile Howard--both in Iraq. Quantum Columnist, Kim Robinson is caring for their child.
Emma Longo- pain in hip and back
Michael Scotto- recovery from intestinal surgery
Mary D'Orazio- Blood disorder
Pete Romano- nervousness, stomach problems
Mary Romano- Blood disorder
Mabel Evans- diabetic- double amputee- kidney
Betty Semplicino- doing better fro mini strokes -new medic
Pray for our military and their families.
Susan Pollick-Cancer of the thyroid which was removed.

Please pray for world peace!

Please pray for the hungry, ill, suffering, elderly and others who are unable for themselves. Please pray for the mentally ill and prisoners!

Please pray for our Earth and the environment!

YOUR QUANTUM PRAYERS AT WORK!

THIS EBOOK OF SHORTS IS FREE! CLICK THE COVER!
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COMPLIMENTS OF THE WRITERSVILLE GANG

PART TWO OF AWAKENING THE DRAGON
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BY THERESA CHAZE

BY PAGAN AUTHOR, WITCH AND COLLUMNIST
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TERESA CHAZE

Enjoy magic beyond Halloween! Theresa Chaze's books will keep you in suspense and bring you into the world of real magic! Each separately is $5.00. But, why wait for part two? Buy both at the same time for $8.00!

When you get a chance, you MUST read Therea's e-zine, Messages From The Universe. Here is the link: http://www.geocities.com/tirgana/Messgesoctober2006.pdf (you will have to copy and paste).

If you like it, and I know you will, just go to theresachaze.com and request your name be added to her mailing list. (You will have to copy and paste)

HER GODMOTHER
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BY CATE CAVANAGH

Finally! My newest book, HER GODMOTHER, is available in pdf! Thanks to the professional services of VALKYRIE PUBLISHING, it can be purchased for only five dollars! ($5.00)

HER GODMOTHER By Cate Cavanagh

Allie's family is breaking up! Her father is an alcoholic whom her mother decides to leave. While her mother plans a new life and relocation for them both, Allie stays with her godmother, Brigid, who lives in rural upstate New York. Brigid is warm and interesting and....

During this visit Brigid teaches Allie about wildlife and respect for all living things and Allie begins to heal.

Allie discovers the wonder of the wildlife and adding to the fun mix of delightful events is Jasper, the squirrel that taps on Brigid's window for peanuts and Sally, the huge, fat bellied black cat who is really a familiar that chose Brigid many years ago. Full of clutzy adventure is Jupiter the non-magical and mischievous huge mutt, the family of skunks that live under the house and Elizabeth-Patrice and Bob who are the bats that live under Brigid's roof.

Allie is having a wonderful time until one night when awakened by a thunderstorm, she peeks out of her window to see her godmother dancing on the lawn in the rain.

HER GODMOTHER is a book for everyone. Read it and remember when you were a child and saw the world in shades of MAJICK!


Continue the magic!

Click here for a sample!

QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY, THE SCIENCE OF CHANGE
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BY CATE CAVANAGH

Perceptions create never ending cycles of familiar but painful and self defeating re-enactments. QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY begins with guiding you, the reader, toward this realization by offering true stories of people who chose their reality contrary to medical diagnoses of paralysis. These are stories that define reality as a matter of will. As you read these stories, as well as those of my own spiritual journey, you will experience a "mind shift" away from the very perceptions that perpetuate useless re-enactments that leave one locked in a sorrowful existence.
This shifting of perceptions begins to occur when it becomes evident that self championship is one primary factor in overcoming obstacles, even paralysis. Faith is another tool essential to knowing that the re-creation of reality is more than a possibility. As you continue reading, you will find other facets of change that will make creating better realities a truth.
As an eclectic Witch, Shaman, healer and metaphysician of thirty years, I experienced the reality of nontraditional belief systems. After studying numerous systems I concluded that energy was the primary, underlying correlating common factor.
QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY offers the answer to the questions: How do Shamans do what they do? Why do spells work? How does spiritual healing nurture recovery?Do spirits really exist.
QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY explores the mystery of miracles, nontraditional belief systems and the dynamics of personal championship as some of many precursors to accepting a knowingness that one is entitled to a life without sorrow, grief or poverty. It is part personal essay with stories of courageous people who did not accept "can't". But, it is more than this. These inner changes are only the preliminary steps to personal power and recreating one's reality. There were always "those people" who could cast spells, heal and, like famous Aborigine trackers, traverse time to locate people by following them in the past! There was no term or specific school of thought that could explain it all. Finally, a new science emerged: quantum physics and, as I began to analyze the mind fantastic, I discovered this "new" science explained all things mysterious. The disciplines heretofore unexplainable are no longer mysteries. Quantum physics is the explanation for all things mysterious and unbelievable that makes possible any dream we have. QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY also explains the existence of spirits, astral travel, time travel and the creation of preferred realities over unhappy ones by utilizing the science of quantum physics and directing the effects of generating energy from the body and mind toward a new reality.
Although QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY offers insight into perceptions it also challenges one's beliefs and throws down the gauntlet to dispel preconditioned responses in favor of useful and creative ones. This book also offers self evaluatory models, sections for re-writing one's self definition and the task of modeling an individual program for recreating one's reality. Toward the end of the book, you will find yourself in the midst of new, healthy and proactive thought with specific meditation exercises which will enable you to harness the power within the quantum field.
QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY forays into the ground breaking discipline of traveling back in time to heal wounds dating back as far as childhood, healing the inner child and replacing it with an empowered adult.
Because quantum physics is the scientific basis with which I explain how things mystical, magical and life altering occur, I call this school of thought and my book QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY, The Science of Magic.

This ebook is available for only $5.00! Buy both this and HER GODMOTHER only $8.00

To purchase both books for eight dollars, click the buy now buttom below!

SPANNING GENERATIONS OF HOPE AND FAMILY HISTORY...
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BY KIM ROBINSON

ROMANCING THE SOUL
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BY SOULMATE QUEEN DOROTHY THOMPSON

JANET ELAINE SMITH HAS TOO MANY BOOKS TO LIST
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CLICK ON HER PICTURE AND BROWSE



YOU MUST VISIT VISIT HER SITE
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THE RUE IN THE GUMBO IS HER AWARD WINNING BOOK!

EERIE EATINGS, by Kim Robinson

Bloody feet
Take five chicken Breasts and pound them into the shape of feet. Pound into a shape of a foot. Make and sure you make right and left feet. Cut wedges out to look like toes. Place ovals of red, yellow or orange bell peppers or pimentos on the "toes" to look like polished nails. Sprinkle with a little seasoning salt and Broil for twenty minutes on low broil. Arrange on platters two next to one another. Squeeze out a line of ketchup to look like blood.

Creepy Brew!
Put dry ice around the punch bowl and watch the fog rise!

QS FOUNDER, COLUMNIST AND AUTHOR
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CATE CAVANAGH

When People Are Mean

by Cate Cavanagh

We cannot understand it, much less fathom what makes people be mean. I am not talking about the person that life has trounced about mercilessly and, as a result, is left feeling defeated, angry and hopeless. I believe we can all understand and have empathy for people that go through the travails of life until their stamina is gone and with it, the ability to smile.

What we cannot fathom is when someone, especially one we have known for many years, suddenly turns on us and none of us is immune. We go on our way, doing the best we can and work toward being good, compassionate and helpful people and then, for some reason, find ourselves targeted for no reason other than the whim of a mean person.

I have experienced this in my life. I have experienced this during my professional (none writing)career where for some reason that I just couldn't figure out, people targeted me. I know I am not alone in this experience and we all accept, more or less, that things like this just happen sometimes.

But "sometimes", as infrequently as it may be, can be hurtful especially when someone is targeted with the purpose of destroying a long, honorable and credible career. Some subscribers here may be unaware of what I am going to share. Others, who are members in the writing community, will have heard the rumblings of the ugliness that is circulating around the web.

I have known Janet Elaine Smith for years. As a mentor, she has helped many (including myself) learn about publishing, the web and marketing tools to advance our work. She continues to run, with her husband Ivan, Mission Soccoro. This Social and human service organization is manned only by Janet and Ivan and, although I know she would not want me to share this, is funded by them. They help the truly needy and elderly get heat in the winter, food, toys for children for the holidays and so much more.

Janet is a successful writer of over 16 books and is widely heard on internetvoicesradio.com where she continues to share her knowledge of the writng industry freely. She also has an international podcast in Spanish.

The thousands of writers that Janet has helped and that know her agree with me when I say (and please pardon the cliche) Janet broke the mold when she was born.

In recent months she has been maligned and targeted in online groups and on the web with no justification or truth. I will not say where these vicious lies are coming from for the people responsible deserve no promotion.

People part ways during careers and one would think they would be wished well. I am publicly condemning the falsehoods, lies and libel that have been circulated to wrongly hurt Janet professionally and as a person.

Janet had no idea I was going to be writing this in her defense but I felt obligated to do so because what does one do when people are mean?

Once again Janet has become the pinnacle of dignity we should all strive to emulate. She has not, as many of us might have been tempted to do, played quid pro quo. She has not fed the frenzy these people have unsuccessfully attempted to create. These people have been told in groups to back off and I have personally told them to shut up.

Many may wonder how I, as a spiritual person, could say such a thing. Remember we each have a life path. My path is that of a warrior and if I see a wrong, I call it. This is how I keep my inner truth and spirit power. But, this still all begs the question: how does one handle people who are mean? With the grace and honor that Janet Elaine Smith has shown us all.

MOTHER MYRIAM MAYTORENA
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AUTHOR, INTUITIVE COUNSELOR, PSYCHIC

The Passionate Life
by Mother Myriam Maytorena
Never underestimate the power of passion.--
Eve Sawyer

Are you living a passionate life? Or, are you following the crowd and allowing life to happen to you? It takes a great deal of courage to decide that you are in charge of how your life evolves whether in love and relationships or in career and work. If you feel that your passions in the various areas of your life seems to have grown quiet and you are languishing rather than growing, it is time to take charge again.

We all have times of quietness in our lives but this is not the road to joy and exhilaration that we crave for living a life of bliss. Joseph Campbell wrote that man does not need to find a meaning to life but he must create it. How we create this meaning is to become passionately involved in everything that we do. Whether doing a job or task or how we engage others in friendship or love. Love only has meaning when driven by a passion to express and feel love to the fullest. Work only has meaning when driven by a passion to express our best.

As you work to awaken the passion in your life you will discover greater joy and greater understanding that you are more powerful than you ever believed. This does not mean that you have to strive for fame or material greatness but that you must express your being by being fully engaged in that which gives you pleasure. You may have a passion for gardening or for decorating your home. You may have a passion for cooking and serving others. You may have a passion for music. Passion is more than sensual expression of love of another although this is a good thing. Passion is to find sensuality and expression in actions that bring you joy.

Many times when we have been hurt we withdraw into self and feel a sense of a lowering of self-esteem and thus a reluctance to go forward in life with passion. Take a risk today and rediscover the joy that comes from living a life that is passion filled.

Myriam Maytorena
http://manifestreality.com
http://asknow.com

SYNDICATED COLUMNIST, AUTHOR, ANTHOLOGIST
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THE SOULMATE QUEEN, DOROTHY THOMPSON!

Dorothy Says
by Dorothy Thompson, The Soulmate Queen

Q: I understand that when soulmates meet very often one may pick up on the connection whilst the other dosn't or goes into denial. I've heard that the energy connection can be put into the spiritual reverse so the other mate gets more interactive. How would you encourage this spiritual reverse of the energies?

A: The first thing you need to look into is why it is that one soul mate feels the spiritual connection, but the other doesn't. That is your key. I feel that when the love isn't reciprocated, the one who is backing off is the one who has not come to terms with him or herself. In other words, there is still some baggage that the other is not letting go of which is preventing them from opening up their heart and feeling this soul mate energy. I feel that they do feel it, but for one reason or another, and because they still have some karma within themselves to work out, they put up a block. In most cases, they are putting up that block because of past hurts, although there are zillions of other reasons such as maybe they need space to find out who they are before they begin another relationship.

To reverse the energy connection would be to find a way to knock down that block, of course. I really don't believe we have that power to do so because we are not that person and we have not gone through the same experiences they have that caused the block. Sure, we can be sympathetic and try all we can to help that person see it our way, but it's not going to happen until it's time for it to happen.

I have found that timing plays a huge part in whether soul mates are meant to be together at a particular time in history. I also feel that our life's paths were already mapped out before we were born, so it wouldn't be following either one's life path to MAKE it happen and would, basically, screw up the scheme of things.

There was an interesting story I read about a man who believed he could turn a woman he had never met into his soul mate. He made the news and everything. Promoted the heck out of it.

The story goes he found the woman with whom he planned on doing this on an airplane. She balked at first, but then relented. Leaving her family and the life she once knew behind, she joined him and they began their relationship. It bombed eventually and she flew back to her homeland citing the relationship was more like an experiment, which it basically was, and didn't feel natural.

I found the man's email address and emailed him, telling him that soul mates cannot be "made," and instead had to be born into it.

He didn't take kindly to it and I suppose he was embarrassed the whole thing bombed.

In essence, I don't believe that you can reverse the soul mate energies. If the timing isn't right at this particular time, perhaps it will be right further down the road. You just can't force the soul mate relationship. Let it happen on its own accord. It stands a better chance at succeeding.

Hope this helps! ;o)

If you have a soul mate question and would like my assistance, you are welcome to fill out the online form at my website, The Soul Mate Queen, at www.soulmatequeen.com. This is a FREE feature. Please state on your form if you do not want your question and my answer made public on this blog. Future questions and answers will appear on this blog unless you have stated otherwise.

SOUL MATE TIP OF THE DAY:

Remember that all soul mates play important parts in your lives and that no one particular soul mate is more important than the other for they all are meant to come into your life to help you reach your higher self. ;o)

Visit Dorothy Thompson, Relationship Expert & Author

www.dorothythompson.net

www.soulmatequeen.com



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THERESA CHAZE, VALKYRIE PUBLISHING

Here is a wonderful article on the power of fear!

By the Scruff of the Neck

By Theresa Chaze

Soon after the new neighbors moved in a black cat appeared on my door step. At the time she was less than a year old and one of many the woman across the street was responsible for. None of her cats were altered and she took no care in preventing litters. The household was in chaos most of the time and the police were frequently called to break up fights between her and her live-in boyfriend. Her children and her cats wandered around the neighborhood unsupervised. Abby, as I came to call her, was sweet and cuddly. It wasn't long before she was spending more time on my porch than across the street. At the time I already had four cats and I didn't feel financially comfortable adopting another. In addition, the situation across the street was so volatile, I didn't know what the woman would do if I did adopt her.

Michigan winters are not known for being mild and that winter was partially cold. I would come home at night to find her curled up on my front porch even though it was below zero. I built her a shelter and continued to provide food for her. That winter Pooky, my eldest died at the age of 19. The next May, Abby bore two kittens under my back porch. By the time I had found them their eyes were open and they were just becoming mobile. However, Abby's milk had begun to dry up, because she wasn't getting enough nutrition to care for them. Immediately I made sure she got more food and fenced in a corner of my basement so I could have a safe place to put them all. The next day I brought all three inside. The kittens were named Sissy and Sinbad. They were identical I color coded them with collars. My three weren't exactly pleased, more so because Abby's maternal instinct made her uncharacteristically aggressive. Whenever my others approached the fence, she would puff up and charge it. She frightened Thor so badly he refused to go downstairs and I had to bring one of the litter boxes upstairs for him.

As the kittens grew and became more independent, Abby relaxed and returned to her cuddly self. Eventually they were allowed the full run of the house. Sissy was always the more adventurous one. She made her place upstairs and won over Thor in a matter of days. Sinbad was more shy and reserved preferring to stay downstairs with Abby.

Abby, however, had many issues. Sudden movements and loud noises frightened her, which made me believe she had been abused. The sounds of big trucks sent her into hysterics. But her major problem was being afraid of losing her home. She didn't understand why she suddenly was abandoned.

Eventually she made her way upstairs but Thor had a long memory and held a grudge. The two of them would frequently squabble, but they were evenly matched. As long as Abby didn't back down and run, Thor would hiss but wouldn't do anything. The balance of power changed when Abby went to the vet to be spayed.

The car ride and the over night vet visit revived all her old issues. The fear of losing her home became so great that she no longer fought back. Thor started teasing and chasing her until she no longer came upstairs. Instead she would hide under the downstairs sofa or in the back corner under the stairs. She would only come out to use the litter box and to eat. When she did come out she would slink around the lower level, doing her best not to be noticed.

I gave her a few weeks to reestablish her sense of security. After a month, she wasn't getting any better and her fear was spreading to Sinbad. I decided to intervene by forcibly bringing her upstairs. I set up my office with food and a litter box. When I was home the door would remain open; however, when I left the house I closed the door to prevent any unsupervised encounters between them.

It worked for a while. Slowly Abby started exploring the upstairs on her own. She was always searching for Thor. When she would see him, she would run to the safety of the office or back downstairs. It was a continuing cycle. She would run; Thor would chase her. Several times he bit her in the tail. Once so badly, I considered taking her to the vet. After which, she refused to come back upstairs.

I changed my tactic. Instead of putting food and water downstairs for Abby, I fed Thor behind the closed door of my bedroom and chased Abby upstairs. After a couple of weeks, Abby started coming up on her own but always ran back downstairs when I let Thor out. She'd run and he would chase her. Whenever possible, I would intervene, but they are much quicker than I am.

Eventually, the two started establishing a peace between them. But it only happened because Abby started standing up to him again. Instead of running she would curl up and hiss back. Thor did nothing to her. Once she realized he was using her own fear against her, she stopped running. She hit him in the head a couple of times and he started leaving her alone. The more time she spent upstairs, the less attention Thor gave her. It took over a year of running through the alphabet of new plans, yelling and forcing Abby out from under the stairs, but today all eight of my fur-kids are now eating peacefully in the kitchen. Abby sleeps on the living room couch--or wherever else she wishes. Large trucks still make her nervous, but just long enough for her look out the window to see where they are. She has regained her sense of home and trust. Quick movements and strangers make her wary, but she is also working through that.

How often do each of us give into our fears, only to find that when we turn and stand up to them, they are never as big and bad as we thought? Abby ran and hid. Her fears took all her time and energy. Using a combination of love, cajoling, bribery and physical force I pushed Abby to work through her fears. When I grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and required her to go upstairs it might have seemed cruel, especially when Thor bit her in the tail. However by forcing her to face her fears, she was able to over come them. By hiding under the stairs, she found a temporary sense of sanctuary, but it was false security. By running she gave her fears and Thor more power over her. By standing up and facing them she took back control over her life.

The Goddess does the same to all of us. She puts us in situations where we must face our challenges head on. When we attempt to hide from them she is quite capable of grabbing us by the scruff of the neck and dragging us back to face the lesson. No matter how much energy we waste running and hiding, she will always find us and require us to face our fears.

As I did my best to help Abby heal, so will the Goddess give support and send help-mates, but it up to the individual to do the hard work. No one else can do it for us. Others can be supportive and offer options, yet it is our choice to accept the blessings or to continue to hide under the stairs. We can either spend the energy healing or waste it hiding. By ignoring the lessons, we can not make them go away. They may have a different face or be in a different place, but they will always reappear to confront you when you least expect it. Yet by facing them, you empower yourself and conquer that which you fear the most.

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