by Catherine Cummings
"Fred" through Nedda Wittels
wise spirit in a canine body
about death, dying,
and the afterlife.
was a 13 year old, butterscotch colored medium large mixture of
retriever, miniature collie, and German Shepherd. On
December 8, 1997, I had an appointment with Nedda Wittels, an animal
communicator, to ask Fred if he was in need of any assistance
during the process of his transition. I was concerned, as he had
started to experience spasms and it seemed to me that he had had a tough
following are excerpts from conversations that
Nedda had with Fred in a
couple of sessions
after doing a healing for him.
Catherine said you had a tough night and wants to know if you need
wasn't a tough night. My body is just disconnecting. It is
all part of the process and I am not suffering.
Can we do anything for you?.
I am fine [Fred then sent love and goodbyes to some personal
friends of his and Catherine's.]
Fred, I'd like to ask you what you meant when you said you needed to go
into your body to decide to leave it.
It gave me a fuller understanding of where the body was and it
helped me to understand that it was the right time. It also gave
me a chance to talk with the Earth, which I hadn't done in a long
time. That conversation was important to my healing and I am
Healing is not the same as curing. It happens on
many levels at the same time and can zig zag among them, starting at one
level, then going to another, then someplace else. It is possible
to heal on the mental, spiritual, and emotional levels and not on the
physical level. This is how I am healing now. The body will
be left behind. The herbs that you [Catherine] grow work on
different levels. You don't know which level will be affected - it's
related to the life purpose of each person.
Fred, is there anything else you want to say?
Remember who you are. God is within you, and You are
Love. It is so simple. We animals are trying to show you
few days later, Fred agreed to answer a few more
Catherine: Fred, you are obviously highly evolved. What is it like for you to
be in a dog's body, without hands, and to be considered as inferior?
There is a misconception regarding the evolvement of different
forms. Hands are not a sign of spiritual development. It is
more spiritual to live in harmony with nature, not manipulating it.
We go through a
period of getting used to whatever body you have, getting used to the
digestive function, the eliminating functions, and so forth. There
is special joy in experiencing each form. They each have a unique
perspective, expressing the playfulness of the universe. Each is a
chance to learn. All share the opportunity to acknowledge the
Oneness of all beings, to know the Creator in this form.
It is easier to
remember our connection to the Creator as an animal. It is the
special opportunity of humans to forget and then rediscover it.
There are some animals that forget - maybe they had previously taken a
I'm still having trouble connecting such wisdom with one who sneaks out
of unlatched doors and chases
I've enjoyed being a dog, experiencing the energy, the vibration.
When we enter a form, we "do" that form. It was fun
playing tricks -- to sneak out, to chase cats. It was fun to tease
when interacting and teaching. Great teachers in human form use
Why did you run out into the street, which was so dangerous?
Fred: The road was sometimes cool, sometimes warm. It was a
pleasant place to be, to lie down. I'm not responsible for how
people use those machines [cars and trucks]. I wasn't looking for
What happened the morning you ran through the neighbor's yard
into the road and got hit? There was a profound lesson in it for
me, but what happened from your perspective?
Fred: I wasn't intending to be injured. I enjoyed running and
was aiming for/pulled by a beam of energy, a scent in the air.
When what we know as spirit contradicts physical form, that has its own
imperatives. It is designed to give us certain experiences and can be
more powerful than what we know.
Loss of the body is not such a
terrible thing. Often it is quick and easy. At that moment,
we leap out -- free, joyous, exhilarated, more wonderful than you an
What was going on when you had kidney failure a year ago?
Fred: It was a signal that I was going to be leaving. The
kidneys are a place of power. They contain the life force.
(The problem was treated with a flower essence and was totally
eliminated.) I had not expected to stay so long.
What has your purpose been in this life?.
Fred: I enjoy being a dog. I've been a dog many times.
This is a special time to be on Earth. It is shifting to a higher
frequency. I've wanted to be here to enjoy that and to help
others. Most of my work has been about laughter and light and play
in this family.
Why did you choose this family?
Fred: We have all known each other infinitely long and have often
been together, dancing. Different parts are played by each:
supporting, teaching, etc. Didn't you recognize me? All are
special You must learn to
live from the heart. Part of my purpose has been to teach that.
Catherine: Do you mean that humans and animals "swap"
forms? Many believe that if you did well as an animal you
"graduate" to coming back as a human.
Development is spiritual, not linear. Choice of form
depends on what is desirable to experience, and what experience is
available. Between lifetimes, we choose what we'll work on, with
whom, and in what form. Many forms are very blissful. The
human form is the most difficult as there is the greatest illusion of
We won't be
separate when I leave. The heart connection is strong. If
you focus on the heart connection, you'll be aware of it. If
distracted, you'll think the connection is gone.
Fred, I want to ask you about pain. You were with me when
Kim told about her dog Jake who loved to romp and play and chase
sticks. Then one day, he couldn't walk due to terrible pain.
They discovered that his hip had completely disintegrated! This
did not happen overnight. And you have not seemed too concerned
about the pain in your hips. Can you tell me something about
this? Do you transcend pain?
[Fred hesitated while trying to find the right words to explain
this.] Sometimes, you have an injury, but are not aware of the
pain. Your awareness is elsewhere. When you become aware of
it, you feel it. It has to do with how you focus. Also,
tolerances [for pain] are different.
My spirit doesn't
suffer except when it fails to remember its connection to Source.
My body is strong. There were imperfections, but I didn't focus on
them. I concentrated on the joy of life, so they didn't impede me.
The moment when
the spirit makes its departure is one of great bliss, light, and
love. It is overwhelmingly beautiful. It is the opportunity
to shed limited thinking. Many of us know this and so are OK with
Would you please speak about negativity. I don't understand
how it works as energy and what we need to do about handling it.
I was drained by my efforts to work with the negativity that you
were releasing. I took on more than I could handle. [Nedda:
He wants to be sure you understand that you did not harm
energy. There are different types and rates of vibration.
From the highest perspective, we are all equal, but the experience of
negative thoughts and feelings are not as pleasant. We make the
transition to recognize energy. We can assign it to be whatever we
like. Creative thought is powerful. When you recognize this,
you know you can change it by transforming your thinking. It is
easier for helpers to do this - guides, masters, nature spirits or
humans. Combining with others helps. All have the power to
choose the meaning of energy. It is easier to do with finer
energy. This is more available now; the amount is being boosted
now for us. It is a matter of catching it [negative thoughts or
actions] at the moment of awareness and asking for help to shift
There is no such
thing as "good" or "bad". These concepts
belong to the world of dualities.
What about when people abuse others ... kill ... torture ...
Beings who participate in this choose to have this
experience. One shouldn't ignore the unpleasantness of it.
They have made the choice. We don't need to condone it. If
one lives a life in reverence in all moments, [if one] sees sacredness
in everything, one is less likely to choose such unpleasantness.
Many choose to have suffering to get back to reverence for God.
One could choose to experience bliss.
Do you know what you will do after you leave your body, Fred?
I will not be in physical form again immediately, or maybe
ever. There will be a period of evaluation. Some is taking
place now. There will be a fuller connection when I shed the body
and complete the process.
I will be working
with others who depart Earth if they can't be here during the time of
transition. I will help them reconnect, remember the Source.
Hundreds of thousands of beings are surrounding the Earth with Love to
Fred, as you know, I've been learning to connect with Nature
Spirits and Devas in order to work with them. Do you have any
guidance for me as far as my part in helping?
As you work on yourself and shift and remember, you will come
into contact with others and affect others' energies. If you can
remain rooted in your knowing and be with others who know, you all can
heal the Earth. This healing will spread as others experience
you. It is important for animals to be among people to assist you
with our energy.
You are a beacon
of Light, a tower sending out Light. [Nedda saw a picture of
me standing like a lighthouse with people around me outdoors and I am
teaching.] It is important to remember your work with
plants. The vibration of that energy is so important -- to plants,
to the Earth. Let others know you are a teacher. Your
knowledge is not just about plants. You are starting to know the
Earth, Nature, and all are connected. We all are One. When
you speak, Light is pouring out, not just Sound.
Well, if I am to be a teacher, I will certainly be sharing what
you have told us today.
Good. Bring a picture of me when you speak to remind you.
Do you know anything about my guide, Brown Otter?
Yes. Her vibration is at a frequency the most like
yours. Ask for other guides to adjust your vibration rate so that
you can communicate more easily with them. The Devas and Nature
Spirits are part of it, but there are more beings in many dimensions
working to assist you. Yes, ask MAP [Masters Medical Assistance
Program] to work on vibrations, and yes, flower essences will help.
Fred, thank you so much for all of this. Is it OK with you
if I talk to others about your chart and share with them what you have
Yes. It has been a great opportunity to share all this
concretely. I have been sending it to you telepathically, but now
I know you've got it. I feel that my work is more complete.
Catherine: Fred left
his body on the afternoon of December 15 with the help of our
veterinarian. That evening, a huge moon shown down and embraced us
as we buried his body. "God
bless you, Freddy boy. You were a good dog." said our
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