Friday, November 30, 2007

WHO AM I?

Stalking is one of my favorite activities. I am an old cat, so I don't pounce like I used to. I can still spit good. I live with my kind. Don't make a lot of noise around me. I don't like loud noises. I can eat everything you can give me and more. I have lived here for a long time. I remember a time when I was close to humans. I only see the people who help keep my home clean. I used to be scared a lot, but have calmed down through the years. I guess my name has helped me blossom into Who I Am.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Is An Animal A Thing or A Being?

This news story is no longer available on the internet; however, Kinship Circle reposted it, and I felt in light of the rescues that Big Cat Rescue has been involved with lately, it is a timely consideration. What happens to us as we come into the world knowing truth and as we "mature", we lose our connection with nature and as a result, with ourselves? Out of the mouth of a babe who remembers his connection with One...

IS AN ANIMAL A THING? OR A BEING?
By JAMPA WILLIAMS and NOAH S.B. WILLIAMS
The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com/
11/12/07 -- Recently, my son Noah ran afoul of his school's curriculum when he refused to classify an animal as a "thing" during a grammar lesson.

Thing, as in "person, place or thing," a time-worn method of identifying whether something is a noun. Noah, being 7 and an animal lover, would not back down and "correct" his classification of animals, which he felt should be regarded as "beings," and he was less than fully cordial when his teacher gently insisted he change his response. Noah felt that, rather than "persons, places and things," the classification system should be "Beings, Places and Things."

As Noah's mother, it is my responsibility to instill in Noah the proper habit of cordiality and respect when disagreeing with others. I encouraged him to show greater respect for his teacher in the style of his response, but I also told him I was proud of him for speaking up on behalf of beings who cannot speak up on behalf of themselves.

Language is powerful. I am raising Noah with an abolitionist ethic. He is conscious of the vulnerability experienced by any being who is regarded as a
thing, as an "it," rather than as a sacred companion in our midst.

To be regarded as a thing is to be regarded as an object lacking liberty, protection or rights. A being regarded as a "thing" or an "it" lives or dies, thrives or suffers, according to the consent or even whims of those who hold power over him or her. Often, human beings have bestowed and continue to bestow upon other human beings the classification of "it," and the results are, and always have been, horrific and unconscionable. Treating any sentient being as a "thing" or an "it" produces results no less horrific, no less cruel.

Noah wrote this essay when I encouraged him to find a positive way to express his beliefs. He wrote from the very heart of his heart, where his
love for all beings warms his very existence...


HERE IS 2ND GRADER NOAH’S ESSAY:
Why Animals Should Not Be Called Things, By Noah S.B. Williams
Animals should not be called things because they are beings, not things.
Shame on the people who call animals things.

If I could I would give the person who first called animals things a talking-to. I would not call animals things.

Think about this. If you loved someone, would you call them a thing? I wish no one had ever called animals things.

Why would you call your pet a thing?

A rug or something is a thing, but not an animal. He or she is not a thing!
This is not funny, it's all true. I would not lie to you about this. It's not a joke.

Do not lie to me, either.

Jampa Williams is a poet, writer and activist in West Hartford. Noah S.B.
Williams is a second-grader and political activist in West Hartford.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

3 in 1

Sultan is a rather frisky Ocelot that tour groups can sometimes catch a glimpse of if they are quick to look. He definitely has an attitude and knows he is rather striking, not only in looks, but also with his paws. As I was talking to the cats today, he caught my attention, and I couldn't help but laugh as he was explaining one of his body parts to me.

Can you guess which body part he was describing as he said, "It's a comb, it's a prey-catcher, it's a bone cleaner." It took me a while, but finally I guessed it when he started grooming, followed later by wrestling a gekko and licking it and lastly, finishing off the last bit of meat from a bone that was left as a result of his hunting skills. Do you know what it is yet? It's his tongue. I must admit Sultan expanded my awareness of how limiting my thoughts were about a cat's tongue. Nature is awesome how it supplies everything anyone needs especially the animals.

Monday, November 26, 2007

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered to make a connection, you must plant something. What would you plant?"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Getting High

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest days for the sanctuary. As I arrived in the cool air this morning, Cheetaro was there to greet me. He must have known the sanctuary was expecting a lot of people because he was putting on a show. So excited to see all the activity, he couldn't decide which area would serve his needs so as not to miss anything.

He ran from one end of his Cat-A-Tat to the other. Leaping into one of his trees, he stretched out his long body, testing each branch before putting his full weight on the entire limb. He quickly jumped higher and higher until his head was touching the top of his Cat-A-Tat. Perched purr-fectly in the neck of the tree, he sat quietly with only his tail twitching from side to side.

As the people started to come for the tours, he quickened his pace, streaking across any obstacle that laid in his path. A golden streak of light caught the attention of everyone who was checking in. How magnificent Cheetaro was as he expressed his delight and anticipation of the day. His communication was clear-climbing high would provide him the best vantage point to see the overall picture unfolding. How often do we think we see the overall picture from a perspective of standing at the bottom of the tree instead of climbing to the highest branch?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Shadow Knows

I am always reminded why big cats don't make good pets when it comes to feeding time. No matter how cute and sweet they are as they lure you into complacency, when the food appears, so does the wild cat. Thanksgiving is always a nice time for the cats because of the different food they receive. Whether it be a turkey, cornish hen or some other kind of fowl, I stand in awe as they devour their fresh food. Wondering what the cats thought about this special meal, I knew immediately who to ask because as always, The Shadow Knows.

I felt guilty as I asked Shadow how he was enjoying his meal. "I want this everyday," he replied. I smiled and said, "You are already big enough, Shadow. If you eat like this everyday, we'll have to expand your Cat-A-Tat." Shadow continued to eat as he said, "To keep my body strong, I need whole food. Whole food is good food." As Shadow spoke this truth, my mind went back to when I was a child, and my grandmother always grew our vegetables. She would make homemade biscuits with all the fixings. Through the years, as time has accelerated, we have forgotten that whole food is good food. What we tend to consume these days has been processed, and there is very little nourishment. As a result, our health has suffered.

"Yes, whole food is good food, Shadow." Maybe Thanksgiving should be called Thanks-Living as the animals remind us to enjoy health, we have to be whole and that includes good food. Another revelation from a cat we can count on because The Shadow Knows. From all the big cats and volunteers from Big Cat Rescue, Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

TJ's Inner Warrior

Have you ever felt trapped and didn't know what to do? TJ, one of the new tiger rescues at the sanctuary, felt the same way. He was trapped and caged for years, but the spark within never went out. Did you know you also have this inner spark? It may be underdeveloped for several reasons. Don't focus on the reason. Focus on how to realize it and help it to awaken. TJ wants to serve as a role model to help your inner warrior awaken.

If you feel the fiery essence within has barely been a spark, TJ asks, "Do you desire this sleeping ally to wake up?" If so, it is very simple. TJ says close your eyes and visualize him on a daily basis. He is going to serve as your role model that embodies the qualities of strength, courage, vitality and confidence. Know these same qualities are within you. Confirm you have the ability to handle this energy in a responsible way and trust as you act to use it. "Quantumplate" TJ's strength to stand up for himself. See him as a spiritual Being who persevered in horrific conditions and who doesn't hesitate to demonstrate what he likes and doesn't like.

By working with TJ as a role model, you will be remembering these same qualities that are within. All you have to do is act as though you remember and before long, when you need to stand up for yourself, you will. When you have a dream, you will know you have the courage and fortitude to see it realized. The next time you are scared, this inner fire will assist you in moving forward. When you feel like stoking the fire, feel TJ in your heart as he guides your inner warrior.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

WHO AM I?

You can hear me growl when there is a big man near by. I am quick to jump and defend my home. Sometimes I get fussy with my mate and let her know I am the one who is in charge. I am gaining weight and like the water view I have. Some people say I have a big head, but it's just the way I am. I like to lay in my pool and relax as I wait for a duck to wander by in hopes of having an extra meal. I am grateful for my new life. I will keep an eye on everything around as you guess Who I Am.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

WHAT IF?

The cats ask, "WHAT IF........You were aware and remembered connection is not created through proximity which is often used as a substitute for connection. What other substitutions do you use for connection?"

Monday, November 12, 2007

Stellar Dreamtime

If you had no words to convey who you are to someone, how would you do it? Long before we developed verbal communication, every living creature received information through "quiet knowings." Jade is sharing insights into why stars form in the shape of animals and how this information can help us.

Jade invites you to join her in a dark area where the stars can be seen at night. As we look up at the night sky with Jade, the "Star Power" connects us with our ancestral roots, something that has no words. The star Beings communicate information to us by means of shapes and symbols. It is their alignment that creates the communication that is received at our cellular or DNA level and is processed by our heart. This is the "quiet knowing" that comes from observing the formations.

Science has proven sacred geometry conveys information just like the star formations. This is
heart language. The animals in the sky can help us remember this universal language if we listen in stillness. Jade knows there is power in stillness and in the stars. Dream tonight about Jade and thank her for the memories found in the star power.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Many Paths to Oneness

Even though the opposite of light is dark, Bagheera, a beautiful black Leopard, acknowledges the truth that both are required for wholeness. She has suffered much pain in her life, yet moves forward on a path that is not always understood. She is seldom seen at the sanctuary except by a few of the qualified volunteers to help take care of her and yet, she remembers her connection with others that makes it difficult to see any separation.

If you have been told you were different all your life, Bagheera has an inspiring thought she wants you to know. As you close your eyes, feel yourself blend with the space that surrounds you. Bagheera asks you let go of any feeling of separation. Consider in what ways you have been told you are different. As you see the difference, see the oneness. We all have one heart, one brain, share the same planet, experience the same emotions at various times in our lives, and have an intelligence that resides within us. Paradoxically, seeing the differences and oneness at the same time is an important step in becoming aware of the value each living creature has in the Divine plan.

Respecting the many paths we choose to travel dissolves the illusion there is only one path to Oneness. We affirm how interconnected we are and come from a position of compassion, a path becoming more traveled as Bagheera inspires us towards wholeness. Send a quiet "Namaste" to Bagheera. She knows this means "that which is sacred in me honors that which is sacred in you."