The Kingdom of Animals
We share our natural world with an incredible diversity of the most beautiful and exotic animals and other wildlife. In the natural community every member knows it is very important, naturally attractive, loved, and included. Nature thrives and grows through life-supportive relationships. Humans are no more or less important than the teeny ant. Everything and everyone is necessary and valued.
Throughout our existence, animals have also been there as our companions, protectors, and workmates. Some studies suggest that the relationship we have had with animals has actually contributed to our evolution on earth.
Animals have consistently demonstrated incredible loyalty and dedication whether it was working on farms, as a means of transportation, or in battles and rescue missions. Pets have showered us with love, patience, and loyalty, and given comfort during illness and trauma - all without judgment. And sadly on many occasions animals have been abused and taken advantage of in return. However, this article will not focus on what humans have done, but the incredible healing ability of our beloved pets.
Animals live in the moment and operate from unconditional love. They don´t judge or criticize. Pets contribute to our health on so many levels. Having a dog means more exercise and time spent outdoors, which supports weight loss, reduces the risk of heart disease, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and generally enhances feelings of joy and happiness.
The healing power of animals is nothing new. For over 300 hundred years, studies have shown that just petting our dogs can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. More recent research has seen the connection between interacting with animals and the release of the hormone, oxytocin. This hormone helps the body to heal, and experience feelings of self-esteem, optimism, and trust. Oxytocin is also known as the love hormone and generally makes us feel good.
Pets help us to cope during times of difficulty or hardship. Simply stroking a dog or cat can reduce stress, stimulate the immune, relieve headaches, and ease cramps and muscle aches. Babies who live with pets in the home have much lower chances of developing allergies and asthma, and small children experience less ear infections and colds. Nowadays, animals are are going into hospitals to assist those recovering from serious illnesses. The presence of a dog, cat or rabbit can calm, distract, and uplift the spirits of patients. Burn victims can improve more quickly after stroking animals that have lots of fur. The vibration from the deep purring of cats contributes to, the mending of broken bones, injuries to tendons, muscles and ligaments, and reducing inflammation.
Animals give great comfort to people who experience loneliness, depression, and isolation. Pets help some to overcome addictions and to move on to a more healthy and happy life. Dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, and horses fulfil our need for love, security, companionship, and comfort. They are an amazing support to those who are dealing and coping with grief. Animals fill our homes with love and satisfy our innate desire to nurture, take care of, and love another being.
Many times, animals are what humans aspire to be, loving, loyal, and trusting. Animals are unconditional love in action.
The ability to communicate effectively with other individual’s plays a critical role in the lives of all animals. Animals have secret lives, thoughts, feelings and wisdom. They know things we do not know and see things we cannot see. Being able to communicate with animals enhances our mutual understanding, knowledge, and deepens our connection. Animals take in experiences, sensations, environments, and teachings from their families that they don’t forget easily. They are exceptional beings and communicate via their senses. For us to understand them we need an open heart and mind.
In order to connect more successfully with our pets, and animals in general, we have to slow our energy way down, calm the mind, slow down our movements, and speak clearly. Dogs and cats react to clear instructions. They need to feel harmony and consistency especially dogs. If not it makes them frazzled. When we get out of our own way, remain present and in the moment, and open up our hearts, then we can allow the energy of animals to come through. If we are thinking in the past or future, or feel too emotional, we will lose the connection. We can use any mindful/slowing down exercises to help us communicate more effectively with our pets.
It is also important to be grounded. Walking in nature and slow, steady breathing helps. Sitting with our feet firmly on the ground or walking barefoot also brings our energy low in the body. Horses actually feel movement from miles away through their feet/hooves. That is why they were tied up around the Indian camps because they would start to become restless is someone was approaching. Horses can tell who is coming into the barn just by the way that person walks. Spending time around horses, naturally increases our ability to be grounded and ‘in the body’. Horses feel part of the herd even if they are all in separate stables.
We communicate with all animals through the senses, the heart, and our feelings and we will sever that connection if we are thinking too much or if our energy is caught up in the mind. When our energy is low enough, we can call our dog or cat in to ask questions. The answers will come with a feeling or sensation. It is amazing what you can discover and how your pets will begin to react differently when you connect on this level. It does take practice but can be done at home or out in nature.
It is important to understand that we share our world with so many amazing beings, to give thanks, and to remember that ALL are important. One of the greatest ways you can give back to the Kingdom of Animals is to stop eating meat xxx
We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfume flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle; these are our brothers. All things are connected like the blood which unites one's family. Chief Seattle