Our spiritual teachers come in all shapes and sizes. They are not all Ascended
Masters. Many have never been to college and some, in fact, are not even
human! Consider for a moment that a teacher may be wearing a fur coat or
adorned in feathers or even scales! Some walk on all fours, while others soar
in the sky or swim in the seas. Our society looks at animals in many different
ways. We see animals as servants, companions, and even as food sources or
trophies to be displayed on a wall. Rarely are animals seen for the great
teachers that they are.
Humans consider themselves to be the most intelligent beings on this planet.
Most wouldn’t even consider the possibility that an animal could have wisdom
to teach them. When we can put our egos aside, we can see the wonderful gifts
that our animal friends have to offer. The Native Americans have known this
Anyone who has ever had a pet can tell you of the pure, unconditional love
that an animal has for its human companion. That is the first and greatest
teachings of the animals — unconditional love. They have no judgments about
us. They accept us exactly as we are. They do not care if we are black or
white, short or tall, thin or fat, they just love us. Like children, animals
are innocent and trusting. They give of themselves completely, and do so with
Joy is the second teaching. Anyone who has ever come home from work and has
been greeted by their dog can attest to this. They are so happy to see us! Not
only is their tail wagging, but their whole body! Closely related to joy is
the lesson of playfulness. Dogs are not stuck in the drudgery of day-to-day
living. They just want to have fun, fun and more fun! A game of fetch or
tug-a-war, or a walk in the park or a ride in the car are all top choices. We
should all put this lesson into practice and play more!
The next lesson that animals can teach us is how to stay in the NOW moment.
Animals are fully present in the here and now. They don’t worry about the
future or dwell in the past. They are happy and content just to BE.
Animals can also teach us about balance and harmony with nature. They do not
try to conquer their environment and certainly do not destroy or pollute it
for their own personal gains. Animals know that they are One with all
creation. They live within the natural flow of their world.
Not only are animals teachers, they are also healers. It has been proven
scientifically that watching fish will help to lower blood pressure and
instill peaceful feelings. Seniors with pets live longer, more productive
lives, thanks to the animals’ love and companionship. Even a visit to a
nursing home from a therapy pet can brighten an elderly person’s day. While
they are in the company of an animal. they are able to smile and laugh and
remember their own pet connections.
Dolphins, horses, dogs and cats have also been instrumental in helping
children to heal. Autistic children, who have withdrawn into themselves,
greatly improve when they are in the presence of an animal. They naturally
respond and open up to the unconditional love that the creature has to offer
them. Children with reading challenges read effortlessly when they read to a
dog. They know that the animal will not judge or criticize them, thus they
feel safe and at ease. Also, let us not forget the animals trained to assist
the disabled, allowing them to lead fuller, more productive lives.
Our animals should always be treated with love and respect. Like us, they also
have a divine spark, or soul. It is time that the members of the animal
kingdom be honored for the great teachers that they are. Thank you, Duke,
Blitz, Meowser and Fluffy.
Until next time, Namasté
Tumeria, a native of
Alpha Centauri, currently lives in New Hampshire. Her earthly mission is to
empower mankind and to help awaken humanity to its divinity. Tumeria is
available for Akashic Record Readings, property clearing, spiritual advising
and Reiki healings. You may contact her at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o The Star
Visit The Alpha
Centauri Connection Web site at http://Alpha-c-connection.tripod.com, and also
Tumeria’s discussion group at http://groups.yahoo. com/group/AC_connection/.