When Your Animal Companion Dies
By Rev. Simeon
(In Loving Memory of
Wrinkles, Rocky, Christal, and Seth)
are Spirits, Too
Over the years, many have asked us what
happens when animals pass into the Spirit?
We could answer this question
very simply by stating that animals are spirits, as we are spirits. They
are born, they live, they die, and they come back, again and again, into
earthly bodies. In Spirit, they experience very much the same type of
growth that we humans do.
To some, this may seem
distressing. After all, humans are supposed to hold a very special place
within creation; well, indeed we do. But this does not mean that we humans
are the only living spirits in God's great Kingdom of Spirit. Animals are
spirits; plants are spirits; even the rocks and minerals of the earth have
some form of spirit life within their bodies. Catholicism and Orthodoxy both
teach that animals are spirits, but they lack souls. Personally, I do not
see how one can exist without the other. Let me make it perfectly clear:
Animals are part of God's Creation and are endowed with Spirit/Soul.
But, are animals, in fact, like us humans? The answer to this question is both YES and
NO. Most of whom we would consider to be members of the wildlife kingdoms
belong to what is known as group souls. They have not experienced what
Ancient Wisdom calls "individualization"; that is, one
spirit/soul to one body. They tend to travel as a group oversoul and
incarnate, jointly, within many different animal bodies. For instance, one
hive of bees may, in fact, be one group spirit/soul incarnated within all
of the individual bees. Anyone who has studied the behavior of honey bees
will attest to the incredible organizational skills inherent in the hive.
Furthermore, the hive acts almost as one entity. Anyone who has observed a
huge flock of birds can attest to the amazingly synchronous movements it
exhibits. When it's time to shift direction, the whole flock seems to know
and follows accordingly. The "choreography" matches the finest human dance
team. Many would attribute these observed traits to inbred instincts. For
me, that just doesn't tell the whole story.
In the Bible, when it says that God
gave us "dominion" over the earth, it means that our task is to
take care of the earth and her inhabitants. Part of that responsibility is
to help members of the "lower" kingdoms move along in their
spiritual progression. We do this by showing, through example, what it is
to love, to sacrifice, and to think and reason with logic. This influences
members of the Animal Kingdom and inspires them to be more
"human-like" in their interactions.
We all know of great men and
women whom we wish to emulate. These great people walk the earth with
wisdom, love, and charity. We observe their kindness and wisdom, and that
inspires us to want to be more like them because we see something in them
that we have not yet attained in our lives.
This causes us all to grow and
move along. This is why, from time to time, God sends us such great men, women, prophets, and
masters. Thus it is with us and animals. They share life
with us, and a little bit of us "rubs off" on them. This causes
them to grow and move along in their journeys.
At some point, these animals
will want to become even closer to us humans; they do that by planning, as
spirit, incarnations which will bring them into close human contact. They
do this primarily by becoming domesticated. These are the multitude of
which we humans receive into our care and custody.
In this respect, these animals
become even more intimate with humans and share in the "human
family" experience. This causes them to learn, even more, about love,
dedication, loyalty, responsibility, and all the other characteristically
Eventually, certain animals
will have achieved a high enough level of human-ness to make what can be
considered a quantum leap in their spiritual growth and evolution. They
separate from their group and become individualized souls. That
is, they are no longer dependent upon the group. They are totally separate
souls and spirits, just as we humans are. Each spirit incarnates into one
body. There is no sharing of experiences or of bodily forms.
At this stage in their
development, their progression is very similar to that of humans. They
incarnate, reincarnate, develop experiences (as domesticated animals), and
become more and more human-like in their character. They learn to love with
greater passion; think with greater focus; plan with greater ability; and,
generally, become more and more "human" in their overall behavior. Many
people comment on how human their animal companions seem to be. The fact of the matter
is: they are becoming more human in nature.
I would be remiss if I did not
mention something which I truly believe. Animals are here, also, to teach us
something! Let us not underestimate the many lessons which our beloved
animal companions, as well as those in the "wild", can teach us. Nature
abounds with lessons for all of us, and we are ALL part of the
learning/teaching experience. God does not create any thing or any one
without Divine Plan and Intent. There is nothing unintentional or accidental
in God's Plan. Can we say the same about our individual and collective
plans? Only the individual can answer that for himself or herself.
Do Communicate Through Mediums
animal loved ones are spirits, just as all life is spirit. When they pass away,
through death, they will endeavor to link with us and, if the opportunity
lends itself, to communicate. Over the years, I have had many animals
communicate through my mediumship in order to let their human loved ones
know they are OK. They have given evidence of their survival by showing
themselves, as they were while on earth, and conveying many of their
character traits. And believe me: for some, communication from an animal
loved one can be
just as moving as communication from a human loved one; sometimes, even more
so! Why is that? Well, I can only base this on my own experiences as a
medium. Human communicators often come with "baggage". Animals simply come!
Their communications are often more pure and less complicated. They bring
with them the same degree of love (albeit a different form of love) that
humans do. It's really quite amazing to experience.
Animals do not communicate in
exactly the same way human spirits do. They appear -- through clairvoyance
-- just as humans do, but their communication tends to be more
"thought-form" oriented. If you consider this, it makes perfect
sense. Animals have not developed speech, yet they do communicate with us,
through telepathic transmission of thought forms and desires. When my dog
wants a treat or wishes to go out, he sits and stares at me intently. You
can see he is focusing his thoughts and thinking
so very strongly what he desires to communicate to me. At times, you can
almost see the thoughts jumping from his head to my mind. And, if after a
while, I just don't get the thought, he comes up to me and barks; his way
of verbalizing those thoughts.
When animals communicate
through mediums, their "message" comes forward in much the same
way. The medium just knows what the animal wishes to communicate to his or
her earthly loved one. Other than that, mediumistic communication from
animals is very much as it is from humans.
Animals and Humans
often have I heard someone say: "I just know my pet is going to come
back as a human next time." Does this really happen? Again, the answer
is YES and NO. Certainly, an animal spirit will eventually become so
human-like that he or she will take the next logical step in progression:
reincarnate into a human bodily form. But, this does not happen as
frequently as many would have us think.
Ancient Wisdom teaches us that
this step in consciousness takes place at great spiritual turning points,
where we ALL make some remarkable transition or "step up" in our
spirituality. At times such as these, many animals, those ready and
willing to take the next logical step in their progress, will incarnate as
humans. But they tend to do so together. We all progress through the
Kingdoms. Some day, we humans will make another leap in our consciousness
and incarnate, not as members of the Human Kingdom, but as members of the
Spiritual Kingdom. At the same time, many of our beloved animal companions
will make a similar transition into the Human Kingdom.
The next question which some
might ask is this: are these "new" human spirits of a lower order
than other people. Not necessarily. What brings an animal to the point of
being able to take that great step in his or her spiritual evolution is the
fact that he or she has become driven less by animal instinct and more by
human kindness, love, forgiveness, and response. Therefore, we must not assume that when
such spirits do incarnate into human form, they will be savage. To do so
would be very judgmental on our part.
Finally, can a human spirit
reincarnate back into an animal body? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Some cultures teach
that this does happen, primarily for purposes of punishment. This is called
"transmigration of the soul" and is counter to all
aspects of the Spirit. Spiritual evolution is ever onward and upward.
Certainly, some may sidestep things, but to consider that a human goes back
into an animal body is totally false.
Thus it is with our beloved
animal companions. They come into our lives and give us such joy and companionship. They
are spirit/soul and deserve to be loved and respected as such. They look to us
for spiritual guidance and nourishment. In many ways, their love is totally
Truly, they, too, are children
of God and brothers and sisters of the Spirit. Please check out these web
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
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