Fleas, Flies and Other Helpers

By Barbara Janelle M.A.

First Published Species Link, July-September, 1996

Some years ago, I noticed that flies were often at places on a horse’s body that my Therapeutic Touch scan identified as problem sites. Also, when I used Tellington TTouch, I noticed that biting insects congregated on the same places that my hands were drawn to for work.

Four years ago, I photographed the patterns of flies on many horses. I discovered that on any particular horse, the flies returned to the same places again and again. Each horse had a distinct pattern of flies on its body, and no two patterns were the same.

I started to pay more attention to patterns of insect bites on humans as well and discovered the same kind of thing happening. An injured area, whether fresh or chronic, would predictably have insect bites on or immediately around it. There was also another very noticeable pattern on humans and horses too: bites would sometimes be in a line on the body. These lines of bites were on acupressure points and meridians.

Then I began to notice the relationship between the overall health of cats and dogs (based on observation and upon the quality of energy flow through the animal’s field) and the existence of fleas on them. When the physical body is in trouble, the fleas are prevalent.

The normal response to an insect bite is to rub or scratch the place and as I know from my own training, touch is a very powerful stimulator of the body’s health mechanisms. I became more and more convinced that biting insects were activating animals’ self-healing abilities by causing them to scratch the skin, the largest organ in the body.

Listening to the Insects

As my ability to “hear” what animals, plants, insects, told me increased, I asked biting insects about the roles they play and received some fascinating answers. The lice on a chronically infested horse told me,

“We surround this being in love!

Our presence is an act of love–

We keep him bright.

We are proud that we help

another creature.”

The flies on horses showed me that they support healing both by activating internal energy flows and also by drawing blocked energy away as they lift off the skin in flight (I use a technique for reducing inflammation that involves a similar kind of movement: a hand on to draw some blocked energy into the first layer of cells in my hand, then taking the hand away and shaking the blocked energy off.) The flies do this and they show me pictures of drawing thin streamers of blocked energy off with each flight away from the problem site.

Fleas speak of their role:


We are primary workers in the health field.

We monitor and move into any furry being who needs us.

We work very hard and constantly assess

the activity of light in the being.

When the systems are healthy

fewer of us are needed

to maintain quality of life-light.

We feel it is important to check-in periodically

with each animal.

It is a good preventive measure

for an animal to have a few of us

with it at all times!

Humans do not understand this and

we are dismayed by their antagonism to us,

when we are only doing our proper work–

Helping to sustain life and health

in the earth community.

Yes, if a furry light being is too dark,

we try harder to bring more brightness.

If this is not possible,

we help the dense body to transform.

The being will choose form again as all do

in this Garden of Love.

In my home, fleas and I have an arrangement with respect to my two cats, Magic Bailey and Houdini. Fleas appear when the cats are not petted very much (either because I am away or so very busy that I do not take the time to be with them). Our arrangement is that, if I work on both cats with my hands regularly, the attention of the fleas is not needed. I find that if I abide by this, my cats do not get fleas. In the periods when I am away, I arrange for my son or my neighbour to pet them well every day.

I recommend this to cat and dog owners whose animals are plagued by fleas, along with immediately eliminating commercial pet foods. The wide range of harmful chemicals in these foods puts tremendous stress on the health of small animals, and fleas leap in to stimulate the self-healing mechanisms.

Garden Workers

I love my small backyard garden and delight in filling it with flowering plants. Years ago a friend gave me some plants from her garden and with them came snails. I used snail bait as suggested by the garden chemical companies but never made a dent on snail numbers and eventually I decided to live with them. They never really do much damage and they are very lovely with their black and white markings.

There are also some insects which regularly eat the leaves on the hollyhocks producing lacy dead leaves, but the flowers still bloom. The plants are hidden in a corner so unless I go looking for them, the damage is not visible. So I ignore them too.

The climbing roses on the fence which have been there for all the 24 years we have lived in this house, and well before that, have aphids and beautiful lady bugs. The roses are lovely.

One day last year, I asked the insects and the slugs and snails in my garden about their roles there.

“We challenge plants to be healthier.

They strive to produce more,

and they are more resistant to disease

because of our attentions.

A garden without insects is not healthy–

The plants are weak.

There is sadness in a place

where chemicals rule.

We brighten the light-web in the garden

by strengthening the energy ball

formed by all who reside there.

Notice how you feel as you walk in a garden

heavily treated with chemicals

and then in a garden that trusts

the cooperation within nature.”

More and more I recognise that nature exists and functions through cooperation. Both the experiences with biting insects and with the insects and snails in my garden lead me to believe that the symphony of nature is a complex, interwoven and cooperating unit. I rely on the information that flies and mosquitoes give me when I use Therapeutic Touch and Tellington TTouch with animals and humans. By adopting a policy of live and let live in my garden, I recognise that I too am cooperating in a healthy (birds and squirrels are not poisoned by herbicides in my garden) relationship with nature.


Recently the London TT Hospital Team worked with a young woman in ICU with pneumonia complicated by microorganisms resistant to drugs. She almost died. In our treatments, we asked the microorganisms if there was a way to cooperate to help the woman survive. The woman on a soul level, chose to live and I believe our willingness to work with rather than to fight and destroy the organisms, helped her body to recover (see “The State of Being”).

–BJ 2/99