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!