The Species Agreement
It is truly my belief that we are all spiritual beings having physical experiences on the earth-plane. This includes our animal brethren. Our higher selves are wise with support and guidance, connected not only to our own bodily forms, but to one another, to the earth, to the heavens, to the starlight. I believe that all life is connected.
It is through that connection—to the higher self, and again back down to the physical mind of the creature—that animal communicators do their work. So, some will ask, if that is the case, why is my own focus so strongly geared toward training, behavior modification, veterinary diagnostics, and other very earthly tools? Why don’t I just talk to the animal who is having behavioral issues and reason with them spiritually? Why do I so strongly stress that telepathic communication is only one tool, and the physical tools are just as (and often more) important?
My goal is to help, and I use the approach that I believe will give the pet owner the most help in the least amount of time, and with the most permanent results. While it’s true that our pets are spiritual beings on the higher plane, the part that interacts with this plane is the physical part.
When a spirit chooses to incarnate, it picks the species of choice for a reason. Whether we walk the earth as humans, or dogs, cats, birds, or insects, for some reason (which we must assume is a very good one), our spirits have chosen that form.
Once the form is chosen, we have entered into an agreement with that species. By inhabiting that body, we have taken on all of its blessings, and all of its challenges. Those blessings and challenges include everything which makes that species unique, including instincts, genetic behavior patterns, and physical attributes and problems.
As I discuss in my book, Through Their Eyes, so many of the “problems” we have with our animal companions are not problems for the pet. They are only problems because this being who has taken on the life of its chosen species is being asked to conform to a human household. The fact that the majority of domestic animals do that so very well is pretty amazing, when you think about it.
By asking a cat to always use a litter box, for example, we are actually asking her to set aside the survival instincts she has agreed, on the higher plane, to follow, and keep all of her leavings in one place. In the wild, that would mean a predator could more easily track her down, find her den, kill her kittens, or turn her into lunch. Yet, despite the fact that cat litter box problems are the #1 pet behavioral issue (that includes both cats and dogs), most cats are actually pretty darned understanding about our quirky human preference along those lines.
Likewise, a dog who suddenly becomes afraid of strangers or strange situations at around five to eight months is actually following the normal pattern of canine behavior. It is around that age that wild canids will start to become more independent, relying less on parents and pack dynamics, and will need to be much more careful in the world at large. Dangers abound, and fleeing from a strange stimulus could keep that adolescent pup alive. It actually takes quite a bit of puppy socialization to override that response, as we ask our dogs to set aside their instincts and become happy members of our human social circle.
The dog, cat, horse, or other pet whose higher self has chosen that particular species does so with the necessary agreement to follow the rules of that species. In a natural setting, they wouldn’t live very long without that contract in place.
Since their physical form is driven by instinct and inherent behavior patterns, in order to help the animals conform to our odd little human requirements, it’s very important that we work with them in a physical way. Being able to talk to them can be very helpful, as we endeavor to make them understand why we’re doing what we do. Without the tools of training, modification of the environment, and the assistance of veterinarians to rule out health issues, success will be limited and often temporary. At times, even doing the physical work ourselves won’t be quite enough to overcome the issue, and it will be necessary to find a hands-on trainer to work with.
Our pets are complicated beings, and living with them happily can be a complicated experience. When faced with a problem, if we can set aside the tendency to look at it in a human way (our dog or cat is not dissing us, getting even, trying to dominate us, or being a delinquent—she’s just being a dog or cat), and understand it from their point of view, we can get to a solution more quickly. Such multifaceted creatures usually require a multifaceted approach. Since their bodies are living in our homes, and within our loving reach, working with those bodies first in a physical sense, and using spiritual communication as an additional tool, is often the best and fastest way to success.
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