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By Jim Walsh
cocker spaniel barks excitedly, telling Elizabeth Severino that a visitor is at
But the yips and yaps may be just
one way the dog speaks to Severino, a Cherry Hill woman who says she shares a
telepathic bond with the animal kingdom.
fact, Severino makes a living as a "psychic communicator and healer" for pets
In the past few years, Severino
says, she's conversed with more than 1,000 animals -- typically absorbing the
mental images they send out.
"I've done dogs,
cats, horses, llamas, goats, sheep, iguanas, fish, chinchillas, rabbits and one
bird, " she said. "I've done plants, too."
Severino says she can identify an animal's likes and dislikes, while also helping
to resolve a pet's problems.
If you're surprised
by this, imagine how the animals feel.
first, says Severino, "They all were wondering, 'Who the heck is this?' I must
have been asked (by animals) 400, 500 times, 'What are you doing in human form?'
Oddly, Severino doesn't seem odd. Sitting
in a living room that's fragrant with incense, she's earnest but easygoing, spiritual
"I know this is going to sound
bizarre," she says during a talk that touches on energy fields, miracles and the
reincarnation of cats. "But there are a lot of people who do believe."
Severino believes. After an inner voice emerged to help her heal from a serious
injury in 1989, she left a lucrative career in computers for an uncertain future
in the spirit world.
It wasn't a smooth transition.
Severino had to overcome a financial crunch and widespread skepticism. "Just about
everyone else thought I'd gone crazy," she observes.
Now, a clientele of pet owners pays Severino $35 for a phone consultation and
$100 an hour for a personal visit.
had her first inter-species chat while walking with her dog, Tanaka. They met
some neighbors, out with their dog, in search of a lost kitten.
"My neighbor's dog had an energy exchange with Tanaka and Tanaka had an energy
exchange with me," says Severino. Acting on an image sent by Tanaka, Severino
suggested the neighbors check in their bathroom vanity -- where, she says, they
found the kitten.
She didn't mention the tip
came from their dog via her dog. But, she recalls, "I was looking at Tanaka, thinking,
'Well, this is interesting.' "
regards 6-year old Tanaka as a teacher, is preparing a book on animal communication.
She'll discuss the subject Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books & Music on
Route 73 in Marlton.
Severino's also immersed
herself in other alternative-health practices, such as Reiki, a hands-on healing
art developed by a Japanese monk. And from an earlier existence, the Vassar College
graduate has a bachelor's degree and an MBA.
"Ah, man, the ironies of life," she says. "I have so many credentials and so many
degrees. But what I've learned about this work is you can't think. You have to
with permission. Original article printed Monday, August 11, 1997
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