In a recent discussion, animals came up and I thought it worth touching on a few points.
DNA tells us that animals are built of the same stuff as we are. We also share a lot of the same DNA blueprint. Similarly, animals have souls, chakras, feel pain & emotions, have thoughts, and have many of the features we attribute to humans. Yet most animals live in the flow of life. Humans are distinct because we have the gift of perception of free will plus the higher intellect. This gives us the opportunity to understand and change the world but also to suffer and cause suffering.
Just as in humans, there is a range of what’s inside looking out.
– Many animals are simply that – the soul of an animal on its journey through experiences.
– Sometimes, more evolved beings will take an animal form to resolve something, like having a life of service or devotion.
– Nature structures species of beings, physical and subtle, in hierarchies. Humans have lost their “royalty” but most species have not. Usually the top of a hierarchy lives on a more subtle and powerful level. Rarely, you may experience a leader of a species in form. They would be an exemplar.
– Other assorted beings may take an animal form just to be in the physical arena for a time.
Modern western culture tends to treat animals as chattel but they deserve better. Some faiths see humans as the Shepard’s of the earth. On that front, we’re a failure. We’re missing the “leg” of Daya, compassion.
Earlier, I saw research done with animal communicators on animals raised for food. They found that such animals see themselves in a service role. Some species like chickens have always been food animals to nature. It’s their dharma.
But this isn’t permission to mistreat them. They don’t serve us because we deserve it. We’re not meeting our side of the deal if we’re not treating them with gratitude and respect.
Many pets are in service roles, helping us process stress. They deserve care and attention and a balanced life so they can fulfill their role.
Animals can have a remarkable perspective on the world. Our old black lab cross was always friendly and enthusiastic. Always happy to see us after a long day at work. It was good for everyone to go for a walk. It still is. 🙂