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Are Animals Expanding Consciousness?
y Allen and Linda Anderson

     During a radio interview we did a few months ago, the host asked if listeners were learning spiritual lessons from animals. One young man called in and said that he loved his dog but didn't think she was teaching him anything spiritual. He thought he could only get spiritual insight from the one source of his religious beliefs. How could a dog ever demonstrate a spiritual principle?\

     Then the host asked the man if he thought he'd learned anything by sharing his home with this animal. The man said he was looking at the dog, resting comfortably on his couch, as she patiently waited for him to take her for a walk. He said as much as this dog loved her walks, no matter how busy he became doing graphics out of his home office, the dog never pestered him. He said that he often wished he could be as patient as she is.

     We smiled, listening to this man describe a spiritual quality--patience--while denying that an animal had anything of spiritual value to teach him. He was demonstrating something that we've seen in the hundreds of stories we've collected from around the world to share in our newsletter, book, interviews, and workshops. Repeatedly, people who are willing to put the human ego aside, tell us how animals show from their hearts--not through animal instinct, behavior or training--unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, and joy. In other words, animals demonstrate an expanded consciousness.

     Animals have been on this planet long before humans. Have animals grown spiritually to the point where they now serve as healers, teachers, and angels? Are the animal and human consciousness becoming so interconnected that these two kingdoms live in greater harmony with each other than ever?

     Is it the spiritual nature of animals that has caused the phenomenal growth in human-animal, interspecies relationships? Do humans need more of what animals have in spades--the ability to love unconditionally?

     Statistics indicate that sharing our homes with animals is the norm rather than the exception. Nine out of ten people consider their pets to be members of the family--offering them presents, birthday parties, gourmet food, and spending over $20 billion per year on them. Animals today sleep in the same beds as their humans. Fifty-three percent say they'd risk their own lives to save a pet.

     We believe that many animals, with consciousness that seems freer of mental limitations and emotional baggage, have are clear, pure conduits for Spirit. Indeed, they are "angels"--messengers who let us know that we're loved and miracles are possible. As spiritual beings they demonstrate virtues that humans have often forgotten. Animals offer some of the most enduring and endearing examples of gratitude--a quality that serves as a spiritual vitamin for expanding consciousness.

A Grateful Kitten

     We had an example of an animal's expanded consciousness with Cuddles, a kitten with whom we share our home. She sparked the fire of gratitude in our hearts.

     Cuddles has taken a fancy to the edges of our sofas. She flies into the living room and immediately stretches herself out for a good scratch, leaving the fabric in tatters. We've read articles about how to change this behavior, but nothing seemed to work. Finally, an organization sent us a booklet that contained a photo of a tall scratching post made of gnarly yarn. A cone-shaped structure, it perched firmly on a stand that didn't wobble. The article mentioned that this type of scratching post would save our furniture. To get a cat to use the post, the author suggested rubbing catnip on the yarn. Then the article suggested that the human should get down on all fours and scratch the post to show the cat how to use it. This sounded like a weird thing to do, but we were feeling desperate to save our sofas and were willing to try it.

     While shopping at the pet supply store, we found a post that looked similar to the photo we'd seen. We brought the post home, smeared catnip on it, and called the kitten into the living room. Then we hunkered down on the floor and tried to entice her to follow our lead. Cuddles watched us for a few minutes. Tentatively, she began to scratch the other side of the post. The sound, touch of the twine, and smell of catnip combined to transport her into some kind of kitty ecstasy. Overcome with happiness, Cuddles scratched, stretched, rolled, and purred.

     Then Cuddles did something we'll never forget. She stopped this intensely pleasurable experience for a moment, looked into Linda's eyes, and with great emotion, the kitten communicated her gratitude for the new scratching post. As loudly as if she'd said, the words, Cuddles communicated, "Thank you." Then she returned to her joyful pursuit.

     Later that day, Allen found Cuddles alone with her new friend--the gnarly post. The kitten sprawled out on the floor in front of it. She pressed her cheek against the platform and spread her little arms around the post to hug it with all her might.


     It brought tears to our eyes to see such a heartfelt display. This demonstration inspired us to sit down and begin talking about the many things we appreciate in our animal family of spiritual teachers. Cuddles had evoked the spiritual quality of gratitude with such intensity that we had to reflect on the abundance and love all around us.

     Is an animal in your home or backyard helping you remember to be grateful for the blessings in your own life?

How to Express Gratitude, Animal-Style

     On another radio interview, the host gave us another example of an animal's expanded consciousness. He told us how his dog reminded him daily to be grateful. He said that when he puts the dog's bowl in front of him, piled high with food, the dog never lunges into it immediately. Instead, he always stands in front of the bowl, looks up at the man, and with his eyes expresses such thankfulness that it almost moves the man to tears. The host believes that this is the dog's way of saying grace before meals, offering a blessing for the food he's about to receive.

     Animals remind us that we're not separated from each other but connected a thread of divine love. A woman from Switzerland wrote to us about how expressing her gratitude for the animals and earth showed her the true meaning of love.

     Kathia said that she was participating in a workshop held in the San Bernadino desert. The residence where she was staying had a hot tub outdoors at floor level. One night Kathia couldn't sleep so she got up in the hours before dawn and decided to soak in the hot tub.

     She closed her eyes and let the warm water lull her into a meditative state. Kathia began to contemplate on a question that she'd wondered about for a long time. Inwardly, she asked God to show her what love is. She asked, "What is love?"

     Kathia said that she seemed to drift away into a world where wild animals roamed peacefully, living together in harmony. It was such a wonderful daydream that Kathia felt a rush of gratitude as she lingered there. Suddenly though, her quiet moment was interrupted by the sense that something was licking her hand. She looked up and met the gaze of a pair of deep, sparkling eyes looking into hers. A coyote had silently appeared and brought the answer to her question.

     "This is love," Kathia whispered, as she appreciated such a beautiful example of her spiritual connection with all life.

     Could you ask the same question Kathia did? When you're out in nature or relaxing at home, sit quietly, close your eyes, and reflect on the question: What is love? Fill yourself with gratitude for the blessings that are all around you. Be alert to the subtle yet profound ways your question may be answered.


     A spiritual virtue that leads to respect for life, for the earth, for each other. We can learn it from the expanded consciousness of animals.



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