When Carol Molder's 14-year-old miniature schnauzer got sick, she knew exactly what to do. During the last two weeks of his life, she spent about 30 minutes a day channeling spiritual energy into his body. When he finally died of congestive heart failure, he was sleeping, and Molder believes he felt no pain.
Molder was practicing attunement, a method of healing that channels pure energy from a higher power. While most attunements are typically performed on humans, Molder prefers to assist dogs and cats. She began Animal Attunement about a year and a half ago after being certified in a training course in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Animals take on our stresses, and they act as a buffer between us and the world," Molder says. "We have to keep them balanced so they don't get overly stressed and manifest the same diseases that people do."
Her patients range from animals overwhelmed with living in a multi-animal household to those with more serious illnesses such as feline leukemia and HIV. Molder believes that she can bring balance and harmony to sick or distressed animals by channeling energy through her hands, which are generally hovered a few inches away from the animal. In order to remain a channel for spiritual energy, Molder practices a lifestyle of nonjudgment.
Attunement and similar energy-healing practices such as reiki, a Japanese stress-reduction and pain-relief technique, are becoming increasingly common as a form of holistic and alternative medicine.
As for Molder's decision to work with animals, she says, "They have the same bodily functions that we do, like the endocrine system, the skeletal system, and the digestive system. I've just modified the attunement modalities to work with their systems to bring balance and healing. It creates a bridge between them and their people."
If someone brings in a stressed-out cat for treatment, Molder begins by talking with the pet owner to get a feel for why the cat is feeling out-of-sorts. She then balances the owner's cervicals in the neck area. In order to balance the pet's energy, she must first balance the owner's.
Next, Molder gets to know the cat by petting it and allowing it to get comfortable with her. Once the animal is calm, she works on the cat's cervicals and the top of its head. She then moves down the animal's body with her hands as she focuses on channeling energy.
"The energy is going to go wherever it needs to go because energy follows intent," says Molder.
"If my intent is on healing this animal, I have to channel that through the spirit to find the intent in my hands. While I'm doing this, the [pet owner] needs to focus their love onto the animal."
The healing can take about 50 minutes. Molder's services are mobile since some animals, especially cats, can become nervous when taken outside the home. She can also do long-distance healing for animals who are located outside of the city, although she says she's still working on perfecting this technique.
Molder doesn't claim to be a miracle healer, and she makes it clear that successful attunements can only be achieved in conjunction with regular veterinary care.
And not all animals can be helped with one attunement. Depending on the nature of the problem, it can take several visits before results are noticed.
"The younger the animal, the harder it is for them to hold the energy. An older animal can hold it for longer," says Molder. "And it also depends on what's wrong with them. If it's something chronic, it would take more time." •
To contact Carol Molder, call 283-6694. For more information on attunement, go to www.heartattune.com or www.attunementpractitioners.org.