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Saturday, 31 December 2016
Touching Animal Souls: Out with the old. Thank you 2016, and goodnight!!...: 2016 my dear year! Cannot say I will miss you. However, the lessons I learned in your passage will remain etched in my soul where they...
2016 my dear year!
Cannot say I will miss you. However, the lessons I learned in your passage will remain etched in my soul where they were sometimes harshly engraved. I would love to personify you and blame you. And yet, you have even taken the blame out of me. So I feel left swaying in your aftermath.
So many people have left the planet. Some by choice. Animals have passed on and new animals have joined the family. Family changes have been enormous with all sorts of 'shake up's' along the way. Work has remained a questioning challenge. Interactions in general have been awakening - not always comfortable.
So - good bye. And just for the hell of it - good riddance...
But that is not true. In real truth - thank you.
There have been some good moments. Some great glasses of wine, swims in the sea, long runs and walks, time with so many beautiful creatures, painting classes, long chats with strangers, and friends, moments, moments, moments. When the being became more important. When feeling the air or water on my skin was apparent.
A great guru said to me that human beings are the newest species on the planet, and that nature and the animals are here to care for us. With this thought in mind, when an animal leaves this plane, they do so in peace, and our attachment is something we have to look at. The attachment is nothing to do with the soul who has graduated. The greatest lesson it seems is always going to revolve around projection. Being able to see our perspective so that we can honour those around us without tarnishing them with our story.
So - my ode for the parting of 2016 - to people and animals and the very air I breathe.
To all I have tarnished - I humbly apologise
To all I have honoured - I gratefully rejoice
To all I have harmed - I hurt along with you
To all I have cherished - you are part of my heart
To all who have left - you have taken a piece of me
To all I have mourned - I relinquish my hold
Forgiveness is here
Love is all there is
May 2017 be the year of being. Truly being, even in the doing.
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Funny story. Driving into Durban city on a really busy Saturday - I reached the first set of robots. Seeing pedestrians and cars deluxe ahead. The traffic light turned red as I approached. And at the same time, a traffic officer stood to reinforce the stop cue. I smiled. Only in South Africa... We need double stop cues. Because, granted, there is not much respect for road rules. Not necessarily a good thing... But it did get me thinking about rules.
This is my worst rule. No dogs allowed. Makes my hackles rise whenever I see it. When I heard from my Catholic nun teacher that dogs don't go to heaven my questioning of the entire spirit system began. quite sure I don't want to spend eternity without these guys. Feel the same way about beaches and other spaces where my dogs and animals are not welcome. I fully believe that if we allowed it, and focussed instead on responsible relationships with the animals in our world, our world would be a better place. A gentler more respectful planet that we share with creatures and nature, rather than a space we think we are in charge of. A place where it appears we are becoming more and more separated from the whole.
Onto animal training and rules. Human beings love rules. This is a problem when we are working with sentient beings.
How do we enforce a way of being. Relationship is not about doing. So, yes, the theory of animal training is great. Reinforce a behaviour using positive reinforcements. Neutral responses for what you don't want. Touch dolphins on the belly. Smack puppies on the nose. Use this bit in the horses mouth for dressage... and the more we make these rules, the more we forget that the being is before us. Communicating very clearly. That dolphin is very ticklish in comparison to this one, but I just think he is ADD. The puppy keeps biting me when I try smack his nose. Maybe age old wisdom and punishment is not right for him. The horse keeps lifting his head. Yeah. You hurting his mouth...
Sentient beings. Motivation 101. To be safe. Us and them. Respect. Care. Noting their experience.
When we take time to look at each animal individually. Look at their experience, as far as possible, from their point of view. Then we begin to live in relationship. We begin to sense ourselves as part of something bigger. Not as the fixers, or saviours. We can then put down guilt and start to have fun. We can hear logic, but stop seeing the word as rules and limitations. That's when miraculous things begin to happen.
And life is fun.