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Our Pets As Spiritual Teachers?

Spirituality — how do you define it? I see it as a way of living that requires a search for who we really are, the meaning of our lives, and honors our connection to a higher power and all that is. Humans are not the only ones with a spiritual nature. Nature has a spiritual nature. Every indigenous culture understands that there is a consciousness and spiritual connection that flows through animals and the earth, just as it does with humans.

Many of us don’t think of our pets as being part of our spiritual path, but I believe they are. They are of a divine essence, and they are also a reflection of who we are. If we want to learn more about ourselves, we need only observe our pets. They will show us the joy we can bring to life and the unconditional love all humans are instinctively capable of. They can also exhibit our weaknesses, so that we may gain clarity and overcome them. If you see an issue with your pet, look in the mirror. Not with judgment and shame, but with gratitude for the awareness and opportunity to heal.

This is one of the most amazing ways animals are of service to humans. I’m not speaking of domination, or an entitlement that we have with animals. Being of service to us is instinctive to them and part of their consciousness. And isn’t that the highest spiritual state a human can aspire to? When one is completely of service to another, he is living a truly spiritual life. People must awaken to this state. Animals are born there. Jesus wasn’t born in a manger because there was no room at the inn. There was no room at the inn because Jesus had to be born in a manger — humble yet sacred surroundings.

In honor of the spiritual side of animals, I’d like to share a fun video with you. Yes, it’s about dogs, but the message is true of all our animal companions. Enjoy!

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.


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7:58PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

11:26AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

thank you

12:51AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

Animals and pets can teach us a lot if we just observe and realize how extraordinary they are.

12:45PM PST on Jan 2, 2011


4:07PM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Wonderful! Thank you.

5:58AM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

No wonder but article is good)

1:35PM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

Waht a great post--no wonder I'm an animal lover. My cat stayed with me and by my side when I was recently sick.

3:39PM PDT on Aug 8, 2010


2:59PM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

That video was so cute, it brought a tear to my eyes and I had a bit of a sniffle. In typical form, my little cattle dog came bounding in from the yard and snuggled in to comfort me, wagging her tail of course.

12:09AM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

wow,this is deep.i like this article,thx

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