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  • Apricot is a wolf who somehow survived distemper in her brain but a few years later began to display neurological symptoms. Her eyes were unfocused, her neck arched at a strange and uncomfortable angle, and her weaving walk was uncoordinated. The vet told us that prednisone might help but that there was no real treatment. Prednisone did help a little, but we really didn’t want to keep Apricot on a steroid that might shorten her life. I asked Jill, an energy healer whose specialty was damaged nervous systems in humans, if she would like to try healing a wolf, and she consented.

    Apricot is a shy wolf, not used to other people, so we didn’t know how she would take to being touched by a stranger. Jill wanted to do the work in a comfortable setting and suggested that we take Apricot to our yurt. Apricot had never been there, which added another element of uncertainty to the healing we had arranged for her. We walked her into a new setting to meet a new person for a new experience. Jean and I reassured Apricot as Jill put her hands on her. In a few minutes, Apricot lay down and went into a deep trance while Jill worked on her neck and head. For forty-five minutes, she lay there taking in energy. When Apricot came out of the trance, she looked around, apparently dazed, then got up and walked around a bit before coming back to ask for more. The next day there was a brightness in her eyes and a bounce in her step, though the symptoms persisted. The second time we gave her the energy healing, we tried it on a massage table. After a couple of minutes of adjustment, Apricot went into a trance again, and when Jill was finished, Apricot continued to lay there for a long time, breathing deeply. The third time, Apricot pulled us over to the massage table. Over time, all symptoms disappeared. For the last two years, Apricot has been symptom free. She is now fourteen, and last summer, in an expression of pure joie de vivre, she leapt from the top of our 15-foot waterfall into the pond.

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