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get the message if you know how to deliver it
By Marlyn Margulis
got around in the animal kingdom that Liz Severino was giving a seminar on interspecies
communication over at the Voorhees Community Center.
dozen dogs, from Greyhounds to Labrador mixes, turned out on a recent Saturday
with their humans in tow.
The canines rested
on small rugs or paced the floor while their owners sat in a circle. After each
woman introduced herself and her pet, Severino explained the purpose of the 7-1/4
can resolve behavior problems, accelerate healing of injuries and help you to
create more alive, happy creatures," said Severino, who operates The Healing
Connection out of her Cherry Hill home. "You will be able to create an enriched
relationship with your pet. You and they will be totally altered from today's
A portion of each $135 seminar
registration fee would be donated to the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees.
This was the first Interspecies Communication seminar
given by this modern-day Dr. Doolittle, who claims she is able to eke out pets'
problems. Severino earned her B.A. at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., received
her M.B.A. from IBM, and was formerly a Fortune 500 executive/entrepreneur. Severino
told the women in the group that they would experience happier, healthier animals
"Your animal will know if any
program you and your veterinarian are using is working," she explained. "Animals
have told me, 'This really isn't working, but I like the attention.'"
"I always had an affinity to animals. I buried
my psychic abilities and kept discounting them. In the last ten years, I've become
more open to handling these abilities."
explained that she was seriously injured in a boating accident in 1989. Two years
later after employing her abilities and working closely with her doctor, she was
healed and discovered that she could help heal others.
think my accident was a wake-up call from the Creator to acknowledge my healing
abilities," noted this energy therapist/author/teacher/lecturer.
was interrupted by Spike, a german Shepherd mix who began barking at the other
dogs. Spike was accompanied by Eileen Stukas of Atco, a volunteer at the Animal
Orphanage in Voorhees.
Stukas followed Severino's
suggestion and sent the dog mental messages to be quiet. But, Spike continued
barking, so Stukas took him outside for a walk. A short time later, Severino put
the dog in the center of the group. She used her hands to trace circles on the
dog's body, and for making long sweeps and strokes. In about 10 minutes, Spike
began licking Severino's face. Then he lay down while she massaged him. As Severino
worked with Spike, she suggested each pet owner massage her dog.
was given up by a family and taken to a shelter," said Severino, who had
received mental images about the animal. "Spike was abused. He isn't sure
how to behave, and he doesn't have boundaries."
a break, Nancy Kennedy of Bricktown told a visitor she had brought her dog, Tara,
to the seminar because she had remembered how Severino has helped her with a problem
"My horse, who's 20 years old, has
thrown me at times," Kennedy said. "When he has thrown me, I had a concussion
and a scalp laceration. Liz massaged my horse to balance his energy. In a few
minutes, the horse seemed to trust her. He stood very still as Liz worked with
him. He doesn't want to throw me anymore. The horse needed me to stop visualizing
"I'm here (at the seminar)
because I want to communicate with my dog. I'd like to get clear pictures from
Severino led a visualization exercise
during which everyone concentrated on a simple command for one dog in the group
to follow. She also talked about coping with grief over the loss of a pet and
accepting the animal's transition from life to the peacefulness of death.
The pet owners were schooled in methods for using
positive thoughts to create a physical and psychological sense of well-being in
their animals. Severino explained that "positive thoughts can also help an
animal to help heal itself or to accept what is happening to it."
the session ended, the animals seemed to be comfortable with each other. Several
were snoring. Their owners were ready to return home and practice interspecies
with permission. Original article was printed Thursday 25, 1996.
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