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Paws, Prayers 'n People

"Tending to the Spirits of Animals One Human At a Time."

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Posted on 26 September, 2014 at 21:36 Comments comments (38)


Wrapped in a woolen World War II blanket for warmth on this chilly autumn morning, I felt so blessed to be 
sitting on Cindy's patio gazing out into the woods dappled in sunlight, listening to the birds, and watching a scampering squirrel gathering goodies for the months ahead --

A fawn was taking a solo walk searching for nibbles in the safety of her speckled oasis as I sank deeper into the contentment of my coziness and renewed appreciation of gentleness and balance.


Posted on 17 April, 2012 at 2:24 Comments comments (4)
Hello Everyone!

No.  I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!  I have been preparing for the trip of a lifetime. 

This afternoon I leave for Phoenix and tomorrow evening I will officially become an Ordained Animal Chaplain.

Graduation services take place on Thursday evening, and somewhere during all of this you might find me floating on air.....or in the air flying east and west:) 

It's going to be a whirlwind trip but a trip that has been looked forward to with great preparation and anticipation.

Hopefully, we will have pictures, but I know I will have stories to share.  

Love and Light, Barbra

Changes, Changes, Changes

Posted on 16 February, 2012 at 20:22 Comments comments (5)
Hello Everyone!

Posting has become a non-event lately due to major events leaving both mind and spirit adapting to continuous change.  

I owe so many so much, both new friends and those who have traveled by my side over the past decades.  

One wise sage once said, "Nothing is permanent, not even a permanent," and the older I get, the more these words ring true.   

 I do want to let you know, though, I am currently in the middle of a move, will soon be missing someone very dear who has been one of my biggest supporters on this journey I am traveling.  And am very busy finishing up my Animal Chaplain Studies aiming for an April Ordination.

So, please bear with me as I am just getting started, and am finding myself, if only for a few more days, "62 with lots to do."

Stay Tuned.

Love and Light,

Barbra Richards 


Posted on 24 December, 2011 at 17:05 Comments comments (2)
Kismet says, "Happy Holidays Everyone!!" 

My Animal Companion, Kismet
Watch the video below
and learn how just one voice can help one
 animal.  Then look below for a Holiday Message.
My Animal Companion, SmudgyNow,  from Kismet  and Smudgy's house to your house here are  some thoughts on what I felt during My Naming Ceremony for the Premarin Foals viewed in the video, Day Four, in my previous blog. 

I hope this warms your heart as much as it
 warmed mine.  

I sensed a weariness from the handlers as 
they had just put in a 12-hour day for which most of it I had the privilege of observing. 

There was also skepticism sensed and questioning looks as the ceremony started, but Janet Kraft’s beautiful opening piece  played on her harp provided a centering space for everyone present and it drew me closer to my connection with Spirit. 

The first amazing part was when my mind wandered into the spectator’s reactions, I found I actually had the presence of mind to pull back into my Center and focus on speaking to the horses.

That's when the magic began!  

After the third Foal was officially named, I noticed a more accepting reaction from the spectators and by the fifth Foal, chills were spreading across my body.  To my surprise,  before I even reached out to everyone for a repeat of a name, their voices were strong and forthcoming and they were sitting in front of me with smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes.  

The eighth and last horse was my favorite as I had gone out to Ray of Light Farm again after our visit and Bonnie told me the foals had arrived but not to get too close. 

So, up the hill I went and saw them all huddled together eating and drinking.  

Believe it or not, a white Foal poked its head out of the barn and proceeded to come right up to me at the fence, not blinking, steady stare all the way. 

It reminded me of my first encounter of the white horse I shared with you previously.  I had my daughter standing next to me and she couldn't believe it either.  

When I went up to this white horse in the ceremony, I said, "Charm.  This is Charm."

She again came right up close and I leaned in and looked into her eyes.  I saw and felt her Spirit and mine become One.  

There was a vague, non-distracting mind picture of Anna Twinney from Reach Out to Horses running up in front of me kneeling on the ground and snapping pictures, but what once would have been a complete focus breaker became an invitation of, yes, if you can capture this moment, please do.  

Frank Weller from Equine Animal Rescue Sanctuary was capturing everything on video and was grinning from ear to ear when I walked back to the spectators to share my next step of talking to the horses as a group. Again, to my surprise, I was greeted with an unexpected burst of applause.  

I turned then to address the Foals for the last time.  I could tell they were genuinely affected as they stood peacefully and attentively as Janet played her harp and sang her last beautiful melody.  

As I slowly walked through the center of their stalls, I thought I died and went to Heaven.  The energy in that barn was palpable. 
There you have it, my first Naming Ceremony, a memory I will forever cherish.

It’s rather ironic. I gave myself to the Foals and they in turn have given me back my voice. 

Be safe in your travels and stay warm. 

Love and Light,  
Barbra Richards, Paws, Prayers ‘n People

Premarin Foals Naming Ceremony

Posted on 16 December, 2011 at 23:10 Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone.  Here are a couple of snippets from the Naming Ceremony.

Watch the video.  Watch the loving and dedicated trainers
who came from all over the world under the auspices of Anna Twinney of Reach Out to Horses and Frank Weller from Equine Animal Rescue Sanctuary.

Watch to the end and you will see myself and hear Janet Kraft's beautiful music as we present our Naming Ceremony to the Foals.

Will be posting a personal accounting of my experience in a couple of days.  Stay tuned!

Love and Light,
Barbra Richards,
Paws, Prayers 'n People

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Premarin Foals Naming Ceremony

Posted on 30 November, 2011 at 23:06 Comments comments (1)
Hello Everyone!   

All I have to say is:  Tomorrow evening at 6:30 all are welcome to join me for our first Naming Ceremony for these beautiful babies at the Ray of Light Farm.  I will be officiating and Rev. Janet Lee Kraft will be offering her tranquil harp music for all of us to enjoy. 

The Ray of Light Farm is Located at:  232 Town Street (Rt 82),  East Haddam, CT.  Phone: 860-873-1895

They are located just up the street from the Gillette Castle State Park.

My Path to Animal Chaplaincy

Posted on 22 September, 2011 at 20:22 Comments comments (0)
Animal Communication is Very Real
Can you see the connection?
On a picture perfect Autumn day last October, I made the unexpected acquaintance of  a beautiful white horse and a Croatian healer named Braco. 
 Energy soaring, my friend and I stopped along a stone wall to visit some horses that were hanging out nearby.  
As I was preparing to leave,  I glanced over my shoulder and caught the eyes of a horse on the far end of the pasture. 
For some reason, we both stopped in our tracks.  He had been grazing  with a friend.
In total amazement and never breaking eye contact, we both approached the stone wall.  And, no!  This isn't a romance novel!   
He rested his head on the wall in front of me, and this may sound insane, but the energy was palpable.  All I could think of was:  What is happening here?
Welcome to my journey.  It has been completely amazing so far.  So much to share that's already happened and new things on the horizon.  
Please bear with me as I attempt to put things in order....and catch up on my homework. 
The Spirit of a Special Horse
Love and Light,
Barbra, Paws, Prayers 'n' People

Tenth Anniversary of September 11th, 2001

Posted on 10 September, 2011 at 20:55 Comments comments (2)
"We look forward to the time when the Power of Love
 will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace".  William Ewart Gladstone
We Commemorate Today, the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, by honoring everyone we've lost, survivors and their families, our brave responders, both two-legged and four, and all of us in America and  everywhere who share their loss and hope for a more loving world.
"When the World Stopped Turning".....
We ask that you take a moment, connect with your purest sense of Spirit, and discover inspirational ways you can spread healing, love and peace throughout your environment and our world. 
Love and Light,

Hurricane Irene

Posted on 3 September, 2011 at 23:07 Comments comments (2)
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Front Yard Clean-Up

Hurricane Irene hit last week leaving her mark just about everywhere in New England including our wooded State of Connecticut.  Loss of power and flooding brought neighbors and friends closer together. And as of this writing, there are still those soldiering through without many familiar creature comforts we all take for granted.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
For myself, one of the fortunate ones, I experienced no flooding and my power was out for only 24 hours.  This slow-motion passage of time created “space” to contemplate.
So, I slid my two pets, Kismet, my Maine Coon, and Smudgy, my Shih Tzu, over on the window seat (see pix on my home page), lit a candle or two, and inwardly began a review and renewal of my life's current path, Animal Chaplaincy.
The candle holders were the type that covered the flames so there would be no singed, fluffy tails nor toasted, pushed-in noses.
NEWSFLASH!   Prior to the storm hitting, the State of CT gave instructions on how to prepare animal companions and where to take them if you had to evacuate your home.       “Way To Go CT!!!”
This is a sure example of how even disasters such as Katrina do have embedded within them "some" positive lessons for change.  (Part of my life's review and renewal.)
Has Hurricane Irene shifted anyone else's perceptions at all?
Love & Light, Barbra

Happy Saturday

Posted on 20 August, 2011 at 12:26 Comments comments (2)
Paws, Prayers and Wings
Still  riding high on the energy of my newly publicized site!!  Thank you all who have wished me well, both on and off site.   And, please, don't be shy.  Feel free to comment, suggest or question... Whatever!
Am thinking of  picking a day to post new material .. but it won't be today as am off to a belated graduation party.  Carol, you know who you are!  
The car is packed with  salad, brownies, and, of course, a brand new banner for Paws, Prayers 'n People.   I am just so excited about all of this!  Can you tell??
Will be working on posting some of my encounters along my path towards Animal Chaplaincy thus far that I hope you will enjoy.
Right now, however, am off to celebrate a college graduation.  
Come back soon, Dear People.  And comment, comment, comment:)  
 Love & Light,  Barbra