FIRST SPIRITUAL TEMPLE
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When Your Animal Companion Dies
Animals are Spirits, Too
Over the years, many have asked us what happens when animals pass into the Spirit?
We could answer this question very simply by stating that animals are spirits, as we are spirits. They are born, they live, they die, and they come back, again and again, into earthly bodies. In Spirit, they experience very much the same type of growth that we humans do.
To some, this may seem distressing. After all, humans are supposed to hold a special place within Creation; well, indeed we do. But this does not mean that we humans are the only living spirits in God’s great Kingdom of Spirit. Animals are spirits; plants are spirits; even the rocks and minerals of the earth have some form of spirit life within their bodies. Catholicism and Orthodoxy both teach that animals are spirits, but they lack souls. Personally, I do not see how one can exist without the other. Let me make it perfectly clear: Animals are part of God’s Creation and are endowed with Spirit/Soul.
In the Bible, when it says that God gave us “dominion” over the earth, it means that our task is to take care of the earth and her inhabitants. Part of that responsibility is to help members of the “lower” kingdoms move along in their spiritual progression. We do this by showing, through example, what it is to love, to sacrifice, and to think and reason with logic. This influences members of the Animal Kingdom and inspires them to be more “human-like” in their interactions.
We all know of great men and women whom we wish to emulate. These great people walk the earth with wisdom, love, and charity. We observe their kindness and wisdom, and that inspires us to want to be more like them because we see something in them that we have not yet attained in our lives.
At some point, these animals will want to become even closer to us humans; they do that by planning, as Spirit, incarnations which will bring them into close human contact. They do this primarily by becoming domesticated. These are the multitude of animal companions which we humans receive into our care and custody.
In this respect, these animals become even more intimate with humans and share in the “human family” experience. This causes them to learn, even more, about love, dedication, loyalty, responsibility, and all the other characteristically human traits.
Eventually, certain animals will have achieved a high enough level of humanness to make what can be considered a quantum leap in their spiritual growth and evolution. They separate from their group and become individualized souls. That is, they are no longer dependent upon the group. They are totally separate souls and spirits, just as we humans are. Each spirit incarnates into one body. There is no sharing of experiences or of bodily forms.
At this stage in their development, their progression is similar to that of humans. They incarnate, reincarnate, develop experiences (as domesticated animals), and become more and more human-like in their character. They learn to love with greater passion; think with greater focus; plan with greater ability; and, generally, become more and more “human” in their overall behavior. Many people comment on how human their animal companions seem to be. The fact of the matter is: they are becoming more human in nature.
I would be remiss if I did not mention something which I truly believe. Animals are here, also, to teach us something! Let us not underestimate the many lessons which our beloved animal companions, as well as those in the “wild”, can teach us. Nature abounds with lessons for all of us, and we are ALL part of the learning/teaching experience. God does not create any thing or any one without Divine Plan and Intent. There is nothing unintentional or accidental in God’s Plan. Can we say the same about our individual and collective plans? Only the individual can answer that for himself or herself.
Animals Do Communicate Through Mediums
When animals communicate through mediums, their “message” comes forward in much the same way. The medium just knows what the animal wishes to communicate to his or her earthly loved one. Other than that, mediumistic communication from animals is much the same as it is from humans.
Animals and Humans
Ancient Wisdom teaches us that this step in consciousness takes place at great spiritual turning points, where we ALL make some remarkable transition or “step up” in our spirituality. At times such as these, many animals, those ready and willing to take the next logical step in their progress, will incarnate as humans. But they tend to do so together. We all progress through the Kingdoms. Some day, we humans will make another leap in our consciousness and incarnate, not as members of the Human Kingdom, but as members of the Spiritual Kingdom. At the same time, many of our beloved animal companions will make a similar transition into the Human Kingdom.
The next question which some might ask is this: are these “new” human spirits of a lower order than other people. Not necessarily. What brings an animal to the point of being able to take that great step in his or her spiritual evolution is the fact that he or she has become driven less by animal instinct and more by human kindness, love, forgiveness, and response. Therefore, we must not assume that when such spirits do incarnate into human form, they will be savage. To do so would be judgmental on our part.
Finally, can a human spirit reincarnate back into an animal body? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Some cultures teach that this does happen, primarily for purposes of punishment. This is called “transmigration of the soul” and is counter to all aspects of the Spirit. Spiritual evolution is ever onward and upward. Certainly, some may sidestep things, but to consider that a human goes back into an animal body is false.
Thus it is with our beloved animal companions. They come into our lives and give us such joy and companionship. They are spirit/soul and deserve to be loved and respected as such. They look to us for spiritual guidance and nourishment. In many ways, their love is totally unconditional.
Truly, they are children of God and brothers and sisters of the Spirit. Please check out these websites.
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