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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The company of Animals

Today, I received a newletter from a website that i have been following for quite sometime that channels the teachings and communications of the Ascended Master Kuthumi. The article is provided at the end of this article.

As i read it, i immediately recalled my days with my cats and dogs about 10 years ago. We had lot of cats and dogs at home. There were sometimes 4-5 cats at times but dogs replaced only after one vanished or died. Cats and kitten crawled and jumped all over the home. The best one was a cat that had learnt a trick. Whenever someone came from out, it jumped over straight on the shoulders and refused to come down until it was given milk. Everyone just pampered it's ways. The pic on the right shows it on the shoulder and me taking milk for it :) Mornings were wonderful as i woke up, one slept on my chest, one besides me and one at the feet, wherever they could cuddle up and get warmth. 


All those days seems wonderful but now i have not had a pet for about 10 years now. i miss the unconditional love that you get from them but somehow a strong trauma of pain still hides in my consciousness after my dear dog Jackie died.  I had not known the pain of separation till then until one fine day my dearest dog Jackie died. He was a domestic local breed whom we had brought up since his childhood. It was only after he died that i realized his importance. i could not get over it and still have not for whenever i remember him i still get tearful.

We used to live in military quarters then since dad worked for them in civil department. My struggles with life and it's meaning had just begun then and the only company i found during those days were of Jackie. There were times when i was sad and sat alone outside home, often at night. And then something strange would happen. Whenever i was low, i noticed Jackie coming running out of nowhere and doing nothing much but nudging me a little here and there as though assuring me of his presence. Sometimes he did nothing during such moments but he came and simply curled up next to me. My attention would immediately shift towards from the ways of the world thati have never understood till now, and focus towards his presence. Those nudges and touches from him were enough to feel good. i didn't understand it immediately but it took me a while to understand that he would come out of nowhere when i felt low. i wondered how does he do that? i realized only later that he somehow understood it and would surely trace me out and come running to the location i sat anywhere outside home. 

Now Jackie was not a very well treated one. Though most us loved him, he was often beaten, especially by dad, sometimes i watched it beaten helplessly shedding a tear. But i realized something very precious about him, probably the greatest quality of a dog. You may hit it or hurt it, but the very next minute or opportunity it can wag its tail and love you like hell. The perfect example of unconditional love.

Jackie loved giving us company in everything we did including sipping tea. i realized that animals are very sensitive to our thoughts and emotions. They understand every bit of what you are going through but their ways of communication are so peculiar and different that they are either misunderstood or ignored. Dogs can sense you even if you away from their physical presence. My cats were also very good company and fun but they were more selfishly into their own world and we literally had to force their company but never with Jackie. 

He understood Malayalam (my mother tongue) very well and sometimes obeyed before i could speak. He was healthy and sound. He did wonderful things that even today me and my sisters talk about and remember. One Christmas night, as every year, we used to make the crib, and me and my sisters made a good platform in which we placed the statues of St. Joseph and Mother Mary with shepherds around the horse shed, but the manger which was to contain the little statue of baby Jesus, we left empty so that we could place him there after we returned from the midnight mass, because he was born at that hour. My dad was kind enough to place a bulb inside the small crib to illuminate our little decorations. So one night we enthusiastically returned after the midnight mass, dying to place baby Jesus into the Manger and complete the whole week's effort of making the crib and then cut the Christmas cake and celebrate Christmas. This time, we were in for a different surprise. When we returned we found few statues of shepherds and grass fallen here and there. When i approached near, we found that the inside of the crib was such a warm place because of the burning bulb, that Jackie had nicely curled himself inside the crib crushing all the statue underneath him. And he was fast asleep, probably having the best Christmas that cold night. My parents yelled and he woke up startled and just ran for his life for though he did not know what wrong he had done, he understood he was going to get something nice. He disappeared. Me and my sisters looked at each other in utter disappointment for a while and then burst laughing. We laughed and laughed at Jackie's mischief. That was the best Christmas we had and that laughter and mom and dad joined us in the laughter and that spared Jackie from dad. We were happy.

Jackie had a very precise understanding of our moods and i found him most of the time anticipating things well ahead of time. He would recognize my bike's sound from even a kilometer far and would come and wait at the door for me. He was my best friend - my brother. I shared everything with him, not in speech but i just looked at him or touched him and felt what i had to feel and i knew he understood by the ways he responded.

Then came a day when my dad's services in the Military were over and we had to move out of the quarters. My biggest worry was about Jackie because the place we were to move to was an apartment where animals were not allowed. We began packing things and everyday our topic was about Jackie. We would have to leave him back. But then who would take care of him? While we discussed worriedly Jackie used to be sitting in our presence. Soon there was only a week left and i would tearfully look at Jackie thinking deeply what would it be without him and how would he live without us. And damn it, it never at that time struck to me then that, as always, he was reading out thoughts and emotions.

Sometimes i hugged him and spoke to him how much i love him and how much i will be missing him. Sometimes when i would look at him being so happy with us, suddenly the though of separation would make me sad, while he would be playing around and i would think "he is so happy and what will he be like after we leave?"

But then something strange happened. We noticed that Jackie was having difficulty in eating food and in the next two days he had a swollen neck. We thought that it would be alright because previously also he had a swollen neck due to some infection. But this time it just increased and he could not take any food and just in 2-3 days he had taken a very bad shape. We all got very busy through the packing as next day we were leaving. The night i heard him cry outside and i couldn't sleep for the next morning was our last day in that house. The morning, when i opened the door, Jackie was lying dead.

i did not know what i was doing but i got a big plastic sheet. All were inside and my mom was looking at what i was doing. i did not show any sign of pain because i did not want her or anyone in the house to break down. i bravely pulled Jackie into the huge plastic sheet and wrapped him in it and carried him out of the house. i then dug a hole in the ground with a pick-axe but as i lowered him into the earth i just could not hold it any more. i wept out loudly and wailed as my mother watched me. She also cried. i had lost my friend forever, the only one who understood me and was with me. We had forgotten that he understood our pains and he read through our thoughts, for he died exactly a day before we had to leave. Everything happened within a week or so and was over.

Till now, he was taken for granted but now i realized what he was to me. Soon i started recollecting all the days with him and understood how much we had taken him for granted and how much he understood and took care of all of us with gave his unconditional love at all times day and night, anytime we needed him.

After that i understood his value and shed tears for years. Later i learnt that animal souls are great guides and friends even in the spirit world. If you read more about shamans (which Babaji mentions at times) you will know how they commune with the animal world.  A few years later i cherished watching the Disney movie "Brother Bear" for it brought back so many memories of Jackie. Here is a a clip of the same movie; watch it if you can, i'm sure you will enjoy. For a while i thought am i silly to put down articles like this, but then was assured that only people interested in the animal kingdom and who loves animals would be reading till here :) others would have already left :D. So, if you like being kiddish and enjoying being one with all kingdoms, you'd love this video too.. watch the movie if you get an opportunity.. :)



So, as i began, all that prompted me to write this article was the newsletter from a website of an ascended Master, the article which is pasted below. The article today gave me a clear idea of how Jackie could have been instrumental in taking some of our negative karma!

Here is the article:

Do Animals Reincarnate?

I Kuthumi greet you once more. I come in request to answer the question "Do animals have multiple lives as humans do?" This is an interesting question and will be of interest to many. First I must tell you that all animals contain a consciousness.Some species contain a more developed consciousness than others. Yet all behavior patterns stem from DNA and consciousness. Man has often thought of the elemental, plant, mineral and animal kingdoms as lower than himself. Yet all are part of creation and all contain consciousness.
All forms of life in God's eyes are precious.
The answer to the question asked is yes, they do. The most familiar example I can give you is the dog, often known as your faithful companion. The soul of a dog evolves with each life time of experience. As the dog evolves in each lifetime, it usually forms a close bond with a human being, often more than one. As the dog cannot speak your language, it will communicate through energy and facial expressions.

Please remember I use the dog as a example. You often feel a dogs energy. One who is evolved will provide a peaceful energy as you rub your hand through it's fur. Older people often receive great healing on an energetic level from an animal, they feel calm, peaceful in an evolved animal's presence. Those who are unwell will often heal more quickly with the intermittent presence of a dog.

The dog has a very faithful nature to those whom it considers it's family. Many times the dog will energetically take negative energy from your energy field. Of course if there is a lot of negative energy the dog can and will become ill, and sometimes even cross due to the great amount of negative energy it has "taken" from you. Many animals work on an energetic level, particularly the domestic dog and cat.

Those animals who remain in their native state, what you would term wild animals, do evolve, yet at a slower rate. Their consciousness is not as developed, so their focus is on survival and caring for their young. Now the subject of incarnation. Let me continue with the example of the dog.

The more evolved the consciousness of the animal, the more they are able to communicate their feelings.

By this I mean of course the feelings of the emotional body. Feelings of love, grief, happiness, questioning - "why, why are you going away," for example. Also feelings of great sadness. All of this the dog is able to communicate to you through your physical eyes and your own intuitive field of energy. So when a close relationship between a dog and a human is close, a bond is formed. This is similar to what you would experience with another human. You refer to these as "soul mates." So you can have a dog, cat or horse as a soul mate also. Remember please that this occurs only in a close relationship with an animal of evolved consciousness.

Further, just as humans decide prior to incarnation to play a part in each others lives in the coming incarnation, so can animals with a human. The animal may not look the same as in it's previous life. The fur may be a different color for example. It may be a different breed of dog. Yet they meet and the bond between dog and human is strengthened. Both are aware of a strong feeling of "knowing" the other. This is on the soul level, which is consciously felt as a "knowing." Both have chosen this.

This is a higher level of consciousness for the dog. The dog incarnates through choice. At this level the life path is also known before incarnating. Life situations and circumstances will place the dog and human together at the correct time in both lives. The soul growth and purpose will flow as it is meant to.

Any karma owed is also experienced and we would hope, healed. So you see there are similar soul growth experiences for both human and dog.

Often an animal will reincarnate in one humans lifetime. You may recognize previous behavior patterns of a dog you thought had left you (died).

Yet the dog remembers on all planes, just as humans remember when they cross over. Just as you carry a soul imprint, including certain character traits, so does a dog. A cat is also capable of this. I tell you as I watch this one, Lynette, conducting a reading, I see pet animals coming forward to acknowledge the person along with loved ones crossed over. When they cross they all reside on the same plane you see.

Perhaps this is a timely reminder for mankind to respect all life forms. All play a part in the consciousness evolution of man and the planet. As you prepare to enter a year of Unity, of stepping forward in respect of one another, I ask you remember the many kingdoms who also share the planet- the elemental, plant, mineral and animal. I ask you develop a new awareness for these. It is not all about you - the human. No it is not. You must now begin to awaken your consciousness to sharing - with all. For all is part of God's great creation.

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Since this article was for animal lovers, i thought i'd share some more funny pics that i found while searching for Jackie's pic.

This is the pic of a cat that one day just walked into our house and did whatever she liked very royally as though she knew us very well. She never caused any trouble or did any mischief but was very comfortable with all of us. She had one blue eye. Of all the days were had stayed in that house, she only visited twice but enjoyed herself. She priviledged herself in doing WHATEVER she wanted in our home, including nibbling my hand :) My expressions would tell you how much i am enjoying it.. lol




very very naughty yet very adorable..

She loved being pampered.

 She slept for hours in the bedroom royally enjoying every bit of that sleep.Usually cats wake up when disturbed, but this one was more like a lazy human :D


Caspy
An old pic of our neighbor's dog "Caspy" who lived on the second floor but would come to her front locked door and scratch as i walked upstairs and her owners would open the door to see me passing by. I would then acknowledge her love and brushing through her fur. She would know i have come even when i was yet on the ground floor.



 another friendly cat at a friend's place


This dog ran to hide behind the Tulsi plant when she saw us approaching and he thought noone could see him  just because he he thought he couldn't see us.....lolll


This one played hide and seek and thought she had disappeared as i was taking my bike out, but then saw her peeking on and often to check on me :)

Looks ferocious but actually thats the way cats cry out when they suddenly see you and they flick their tails high up like a flag post when they express love.. This one was just in the process of doing the same :D

oh man.. look at the royal treatment he gets... our old neighbor's dog Jackie who was named after my dog after he died and this one was just a pup then. The neighbors say he is Jackie himself because he demonstrates every quality of dear Jackie.

Jerry.. the one at my uncle's place in Kerala. It had a unique way of sitting :D

nothing great about this one.. it's a dog i dont know that i spotted in Kerala, but it somehow seemed to be very sad.. now dont laugh, i really mean it :)

this one was trying to communicate a lot whom i had met during a marriage of a friend in Goa.. i still remember it's mouth and mustache were fluterring as though trying to express a mixture of love, fear and helplessness..



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5 comments:

  1. WOWWWWWWWWW !!!!!!!!!!!!ANIMLS SPCIALLY DOGS R SOURCE OF PURE ENRGY BT NOW FORCED TO THINK SAME BOUT CTS TOO !!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Reading bout Jackie,its really difficult to hold back tears.My own dalmation.. rather starved himself... than take Dal roti.He d throw tantrums..shouting for non veg...But d day people frm animal home came to take him,as my fmly had decided so..he bcame so docile n started taking Dal rice, dal sabje..everything veggei...n doesnt complain at all!!! He is just 2 yrs old.

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  3. Kamlaji...very touched by your pet.. naughty is he.. they understand so much and are so much in union with humans, even with evolved consciousness but the only thing that keeps them apart from us is the form :)

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  4. It was really a very good insight into the unconditional love given out by animals....Thanks .... Namah Shivay.....

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  5. I even had a 12yrs old German Spitz,which died a natural death due to old age.I was with him d whole night fearing d worst...but he breathed his last only after having everyone n each one frm d fmly near him in d early morning.

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