Friday, September 21, 2007

Guardians of BEING

The world is rapidly changing, so much so that our minds are overwhelmed by all the information we are absorbing and the lack of time to process and integrate it. Stress has become a lifestyle as we try to keep up with and make sense of the shifting consciousness. Technology is encouraging alienation in our world. Even relationships that were here today are gone tomorrow, except one...the one we share with our animal companions.

For some people, the relationship we enjoy with our animal companion is the only relationship we have with another being. There are various reasons for this; however, one of the main motivations is we realize we are not being judged or criticized and are safe. We are accepted for who we are. When we limit our relationships, we find ourselves separate and disconnected not only from the world, but also from our innermost core.

This has serious repercussions because it allows a belief system to manifest as a reality that keeps us blind to what we have lost. In addition, behind this veil of fear and negative emotions, the ego takes charge and reacts from a position of limitation and self-serving interests. There is no love, only fear of not having enough of whatever we are wanting.

Albert Einstein clearly articulated this reality step by step and a solution to manifest a different reality when he said, "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

The animals are assisting us in breaking free of this delusion by keeping us in touch with our BEING, a place that is beyond mind and ego, our innermost core. When we make that heart connection with our animal companion, they are showing us that we have lost our connection with the whole or ONE only in our minds. When we realize we never lost that connection through unconditional love, we will be able to develop and embrace deep relationships with other beings.

As our consciousness continues to evolve, we will open ourselves up through our hearts with compassion and accept each other and ourselves for who we are. We will know every being is an expression of the Divine. We will have moved beyond judging and finding fault with each other and ourselves. Until then, the animals are filling a critical function in the collective consciousness of humanity as they are caretakers of hearts, Guardians of BEING.