We had the good fortune of connecting with Sigrira Perret-Gentil Savitski and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sigrira, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for your children?
As a parent the most important thing I’ve done (and continue to do) in terms of impact on my children is to openly share what I learn daily directly from animals while working toward eroding the species hierarchy. As an animal communicator I help people to better understand their interspecies family members. This includes being open to seeing any situation from the animal companion’s perspective. It is about giving the animals an opportunity to express themselves in the same language their humans use. Animal companions already communicate with us constantly, through their hearts, their eyes, their expressions. They understand us so much better than we do them. They can “read” our energy and our emotions and are always doing their best to love and comfort us as much as we allow. They also are here to teach us what unconditional love feels like. Misunderstandings occur due to lack of communication, because most humans are not yet as skilled at communicating energetically as animals are. When animals can “be heard” it becomes clear that there are always reasons for how they feel and act. I am an interspecies parent to two felines, Merlin and Gracie Belle. I see and love them fully as my own, precious beyond compare. My first two cat kids are in spirit, but I’m still their mom too. I chose to embrace motherhood in this manner and I have never perceived a hierarchy of species. We have a resposibility to animals that we welcome into our families. A responsibility to adapt to them as much as they are expected to fit into our human lifestyles and expectations. There are a lot of outdated concepts still circulating about humans needing to exercise control over animals and their behavior. I prefer thinking of it as a partnership, a co-creation. While we obviously would still put safety first, like asking cats not to be near a stovetop, there is no reason to arbitrarily designate areas such as couches that are off limits to some family members but not to others.   Each person whose relationship with their animal companion is enriched through deeper understanding becomes an ambassador or sorts for all animals, once we open that door it remains so. That understanding shines forth – through actions – leading by example – as well as by sharing it. Our hearts always knew this – that animals are beautiful souls – I think of my kids as gifts from the stars – many of us just have been taught to ignore our heart wisdom. Animal family members are helping us to reconnect with our own hearts as well as with theirs.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I communicate with animals (both living and in spirit) and I offer reiki energy healing exclusively for animals. What sets me apart is that I do not perceive or acknowledge a species hierarchy. This allows me to connect fully as an equal with the animals I work with and they are more open to me because they can feel that. Animals are more sensitive to energy and emotion than most humans. Animals understand us much better than we understand them and want to help us access our sensitivity too. So my sessions enable the human companions to learn what the animals are experiencing from their perspective, to “walk in their paws” so to speak. (or hooves, feet, fins.) I do my sessions remotely with a photo. I also work as a medium with animals who are in spirit and I connect with the animals’ spirit guides. This adds another dimension because it may lead to a deeper understanding of why the person’s and animal’s souls chose to be together in this life. I have learned that on spiritual/energetic levels animals are here to be our teachers. We are so fortunate to have them in our lives. In the beginning it was a challenge to fully share this deep feeling of complete equality I have always felt with animals. Much of humanity never questions the “species hierarchy.” It used to make me feel like a bit of a freak because I was so very different from everyone else. After I began connecting regularly with animals, through reiki and communication- I realized it is my greatest strength and it is what allows me to serve as a bridge between the species. And I’m very proud to help interspecies families understand each other on a much deeper level and believe this will also infuse their feelings about all animals, not only companions. The love we share with our family members who are animals truly is a gift and it transcends species.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My friend visiting from out of town and I would have delicious vegan donuts for breakfast at Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur & walk around Ponce City Market and shop at Modern Mystic. For evening activities we would see what events are available on the calendar at the Center for Love and Light, Seed to Star Collective and Full Circle Studio. Depending on the evening our options might be a channeling by Jamie Butler at the Center for Love and Light or a guided meditation with Leah Tioxon at Seed to Star or a Full Moon Gathering at Jenn Streck’s Full Circle Studio. Dinners would be vegan of course and we would take advantage of some of Atlanta’s tastiest options such as Herban Fix, Cafe Sunflower, Soul Vegetarian, Ammazza Pizza’s vegan menu (Vegan Picante pizza is my all time favorite, ) & Viva La Vegan (they have an amazing vegan shrimp po boy.) I’m sure one evening we would want to enjoy dinner on the couch and a long chat – so we would order chinese food take-out from Harmony Vegetarian or malaysian food from Mamak Vegan Kitchen. Daytime options if the weather is pretty and not too hot – Arabia Mountain is an amazing place to visit and do a bit of gentle hiking. I love how it looks like another world. It’s a great place to take photos too. I also enjoy walking around Little Five Points and have been visiting that neighborhood since I was in college. Sevananda Natural Foods Market is a good spot to grab a quick vegan lunch. Depending on the season, Atlanta’s festivals are wonderful, such as Indie Craft Experience and all the local neighborhood festivals.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Jamie Butler- The Eveyday Medium Atlanta based medium and author Jamie Butler helped me to understand and expand my abilities and always supported and encouraged me from the beginning, I studied Reiki with her and she’s also a wonderful interspecies mom (to cats and humans.) https://jamiebutlermedium.com/

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Image Credits
Charlotte Watts (Sigrira by fig tree) Hilary Kelley (logo design & painting) Ingrid Nuss (portrait with puppy)
Steven Savitski (photo with cow)