The rainbow bridge is a theory that has received a lot of acceptance. When Patsy died, the vet clinic sent me a card about that she was at the rainbow bridge. This actually amazed me. When it comes to religion, I am always stunned at what is accepted across all faiths and what is taken exception to. I am not totally sure completely of what the rainbow bridge is. What the poem that goes with it says is that the dogs and cats go to the edge of heaven and they wait for us and then we all cross over together.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

In my experience, I have not found this belief to be accurate. Unlike humans, dogs and cats are available to talk to after death immediately, and like the human spirits I work with, the animal energy is one of two places: here, still on earth without their body or in a place of amazing bliss that for lack of a better word, I call heaven. However what happens when we die is also affected by our beliefs, and it seems that since animals are tied to their humans by purpose, love and also beliefs, that if their human REALLY believes in the Rainbow Bridge, they will it into being.

I do not condone this. If an animal is allowed to go onto heaven, they can come back, reincarnated in a new body. When a pet is in heaven (or whatever you want to call that incredible enthusiastic place) they can be with you at the speed of thought. Along with that, they are out of pain and incredibly happy

The few clients that I would say the “rainbow bridge” theory is consistent with what I actually found were people that BELIEVED in the Rainbow Bridge. That belief system created a reality in which their animal patiently sits at heaven’s gate awaiting their human master. This is much akin to your dog waiting at the door for you to go for a walk. That is fine for a few minutes, but do you really want to keep your pet waiting for years? Since they are waiting for you to enter HEAVEN you are keeping them from the amazing glory and energy that awaits them in heaven. You are also keeping them frozen in time, although you are still moving forward. They cannot reincarnate and come back to you. Yes, that can happen. I talk about that elsewhere in the book.

I had this discussion with a client named Ellen. Ellen worked at a pet store, and had lost a husband and a son to the other side. When her dogs passed, she savored the idea that they were all still together here on THIS SIDE, and that they would reach the entrance to heaven and cross TOGETHER. One of the reasons this was happening with Ellen is that she was in deep chronic grief. Our loved ones are always connected with us, no matter what the condition is of their physical bodies. However when we are in grief, we are less exposed to that connection. The guides compare it to being engulfed in a fog: the landmark you seek may be merely a short distance away, but when you are in a deep fog you literally cannot see your hand when held in front of your face. When the fog/grief lifts, the bonds reappear.

I had to convince Ellen that if she allowed her dogs to cross, they would be able to come back in new bodies and support her again. Until then, they would be in touch with the incredible dynamic love energy available in heaven, and thru them, she would experience it too. When Ellen granted me permission to send her dogs to heaven, she took the first steps to healing and being in present time. In present time is where all creation lies, and also love.

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