Non human interactions
as a spiritual being
Do you notice odd behavior sometimes, in a favorite pet? There have been stories on stories told about animals that wake their owners when a fire has started. I saw a medical documentary the other day talking about how animals can smell cancer. If they are so attuned to their human companions on a physical level, is it so hard to imagine that they might also have spiritual awareness of what is going on with us?
Animals are among the most giving of God's creations. In the Native way, it is known that Great Spirit often
sends messages of awareness, guidance, and adjustment through the appearance and actions of Creature
Beings in our lives. If you ignore the Winged Ones (birds), Creepy Crawlies (Snakes), Four-legged Beings,
Insects, etc., you fail to utilize a most powerful spiritual tool.
If you learn to pay attention to the Creature Beings that cross your path, you will receive much. What were
you thinking of, when the Crow cawed outside the window? What action were you planning when the Ant
bit your foot? The message will be associated with what is close at hand in your mind, in your life. Learn to
recognize your animal helpers, your Totems, and their way of communicating with you.
Dogs, in particular,
are incredibly generous in their willingness to take on physical illness, and even death, for their human
friends. When a pet passes, it often takes human imbalance with it. The cause of death will tell you
the medicine: if heart-related, the human may have been spared a heart attack; if cancer, bitterness and
resentment most likely absorbed; if violent, suppressed anger was probably released, or a destructive act
These are not the only possible medicine meanings for the situations described above -- just some I
have personally known. Meditation and consciously connecting with Power Animals will teach you not only how to walk
with more personal balance but also how to strengthen your connection to innate intuition, creativity and spiritual
strength in you daily life.
Whatever the nature, there will always be healing and medicine involved whenever a dear creature being
leaves your life. Honor the passing of animal friends with thanksgiving and ceremony. Violent behavior,
particularly in dogs, is almost always related to personal conflict between people in the animal's
environment, or emotional imbalance within someone close to the animal.
If formerly friendly canines
suddenly erupt in a fight, moments after you have had an angry confrontation, be aware that it is definitely
event-connected and that a loyal dog will take it all the way to death. When a beloved Four-legged, Winged
One, or other Creature Being dies, rest assured some burden has been lifted from the person closest to it. It is
wise to take the time to honor that gift and sacrifices, and to see the correlation in one’s life.