A dear friend just shared these beautiful thoughts with me. A while ago, I had assisted their family with the transition of their aged kindred spirit who they loved so dearly. Though this may seem quite anthropomorphic to scientific ethologists, we continually see evidence of compassion between animals that sometimes defies our current scientific acknowledgement of what is possible. Their are a number of youtube video’s of dog’s remaining with their deceased companion as well as other animals or assisting an injured animal friend. When I read this, my own heart opened to memories of so many suffering animals that I have treated over the years and how many I wish I could have helped more in some way. There are no words to describe the joy in one’s heart when one sees the joy in a dog in need that you have just given a loving home to.
In my practice using complementary therapies to try to help animals where conventional medicine is not working anymore, I do end up assisting people with their animal companions death, when even the best of complementary therapies are not sufficient. As I have assisted many clients with the emotional transition of the loss of their kindred spirit, I have seen many ponder the question of if and when they might consider sharing their lives with another animal. There is no right answer to this question and the perfect time unfolds for each individual. I do love and agree with the sentiment of the thoughts below, that the love we share with another is the greatest gift that carries on beyond physical death. Sharing that love with another being that is yearning for that love is indeed the greatest memorial we can give to our deceased friend. So often I see someone who is resistant to adopting another dog or cat for various reasons, yet once one has found them, their hearts re-open with joyous abandon. This is the essence of our connections with dogs and all beings! Rejoice in the love we share with others in need, whether they be two-legged, four-legged or winged!
After a brief hiatus from blogging, I have returned questioning what the best purpose of my sharings with readers might be. There are numerous places on the web where one can view heartwarming photo’s of animals that stimulate joy in ourselves. There are wonderful websites bringing awareness to the alleviation of suffering in animals. There are more and more photographic demonstrations of the bond between many species. I feel like sharing news about animal health care that might not be readily available everywhere as well as insights into how new perspectives on the human animal bond can be of benefit to all beings.
With this focus in mind, there appears to be more and more research documenting the potentially detrimental effects of electromagnetic radiation (emr) on bee’s and actually on all beings. This article on the detrimental effects of smart meters and their collectors in California. It seems that in this day and age of prioritizing the hypothetical benefits of technology for corporate financial gain over the potential adverse health effects for all beings, the damage to the health living beings is simply considered collateral damage. The “precautionary principle” is not even considered. There are very simple ways to avoid these hazardous health effects, yet corporations do not seem to care at all. There is continued documentation of the hazardous effects of extended cell phone use as well, yet it too is ignored. As electromagnetic radiation continues to permeate our environments, we do not look at the cumulative effects on our bodies. More and more people are becoming electromagnetically sensitive. Skeptics may cynically state that it is “all in their heads” and actually some of the hazardous emr effects are indeed impacting on the brain. Animals do not lie though. If one see’s the detrimental effects on bee’s and other animals, any argument regarding nocebo effect (negative placebo effect) goes out the door.
This article in Global Research offers an excellent brief review of studies. This video lecture by prominent researchers offers an extended video explaining these effects further.
The growing amount of information should ideally prompt health authorities to acknowledge that these concerns are valid and override any corporate financial interests. I have seen anecdotal cases of where emr has had significant adverse effects on dogs including increased incidence of seizures in a dog living under high power tension wires. At the very least, perhaps this post can help make more animal lovers aware of the potential adverse health effects on their animal companions and themselves and then help spread that word and make a positive difference in this world.
As we choose to create a healthier, happier, more compassionate world, the regulation of emr radiation needs to be recognized as an important component to a healthy environment.
I am so grateful to so many readers of my blog that send me further documentation of trans-species connections. Apparently this video and news report have gone global and one wonderful reader shared it with me, as I do not watch TV. It not only is further documentation of trans-species connections, but also of trans-species maternal behavior as I have discussed on each Mother’s Day for the past two years. In addition, on you-tube next to this video are more video’s documenting trans-species maternal behavior. I feel that the further collection of video’s documenting such behavior may eventually allow skeptics or scientists who demand double blind placebo controlled trials for evidence of behaviors and consciousness in other species, to acknowledge that consciousness and more evolved behaviors do indeed exist. I believe that the more evidence that we collect, the more people will acknowledge this trans-species field exists and just by becoming more aware of it, we can actually re-create a garden of eden on this planet, where compassion for all beings is the basis for compassionate society.
This past April I was asked to participate in a panel discussion on the integration of creativity and compassion into daily life at the Conference on Creativity and Compassion at Western Connecticut State University. This is part of a program that is being developed at the University, culminating in a visit by the Dalai Lama to Western Connecticut State University in October. They are developing a program on compassion and peace. They are working together with a local Buddhist Monastery, DNKL (dnkl.org). I shared how throughout my entire career I have subconsciously integrated creativity and compassion into my veterinary journey pioneering new innovative approaches to integrative animal health care. The conference committee filmed the entire conference and have just made it available on youtube. You can watch the panel 5 which I am on and if that interests you, you can connect to the entire conference from there. I would be interested in your own thoughts on creativity and compassion and how you have integrated them into your own lives. This conference will be collated into a book that will be available in October for the Dalai Lama’s visit. I believe it will include a forward by the Dalai Lama. I have contributed a chapter describing how I have integrated them into my veterinary career.
A friend of mine collected a series of animal friendship video’s and sent them to me recently to share with all my kindred spirits! So delightful to see so many friendships that transcend species, limited belief systems, biases, labels etc. Our programmed beliefs and patterns can limit our perceptions of reality so much that we can miss the interconnected oneness of all beings. These heart warming, joyous video’s assist in awakening our inner joy, our awareness of our oneness and what fun life can actually be!
My invitation to all of you today is perhaps try to see each being that you interact with today, beyond labels, and just someone to connect with with joy, offering them simple thoughts of loving kindness recognizing that we truly are all one.
Throughout my life, I envisioned sharing lives with animals with a much more compassionate perspective than what sometimes happens in the “real” world. This heartwarming equine training video with a Czech horse trainer exemplifies what is possible when we interact with loving kindness and compassion for all beings, connecting through the silence, the “oneness” that is within all of us. When working on my Master’s degree in Animal Behavior, I was committed to only conduct studies that would not harm animals and that could provide potential improvement in their lives. Throughout my veterinary career, I always focused on more human training methods for all animals, horses, dogs, cats etc. I also gravitated to clients that were focused on more humane training and treatment of animals. I am pleased to see that more and more video’s are showing “horse whisperer’s, horse trainers and others who are interacting with horses in more humane ways and working together with their natural behavior patterns. I am interested to hear from anyone working with horses what you think of this video. Is there a way one can incorporate more of these approaches into your own work. Perhaps it can stimulate us to explore new ways of interacting with horses with more fun, love and compassion.
Watching this video, I sensed that I could feel what I call the “Trans-species Field” interaction between them all. I believe that there are other levels of interspecies connection and communication that transcends what we understand and I feel that this is a beautiful demonstration and documentation of these fields of communication.
Recently I attended a showing of the documentary “Buck”, with the director Cindy Sheehan. It was touching to see how Buck transformed old childhood wounds and emotional trauma into a positive force in his life and has helped so many people and horses through that. There are some touching moments in the movie, showing the deleterious effects on horses, when people’s emotional trauma impacts on their treatment of horses. This is the exact same with all animals, horses, dogs, cats etc. Our emotional trauma impacts significantly on the well being of our animal friends. It is a unique opportunity for us to heal and transform our childhood wounds and trauma so that we do not impact on our kindred spirits in a destructive manner. So often, if one is observant and aware, we can see how our old destructive patterns can be mirrored back to us by our animal companions as well as humans.
As so much is happening in the world these days, it is more essential than ever that we heal our old wounds so that we can be of benefit to all other beings and assist in the creation of a more compassionate society. May all of us heal our old wounds and destructive patterns and have more fun with our animal friends and enjoy creating a world filled with loving kindness!
The life of Lawrence Anthony is a testimony to a depth of trans-species communication, respect and love that goes beyond our minds limited perceptions of what is possible.
The blog post on delightmaker asks the right questions as stated here “So, how after Anthony’s death, did the reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away in distant parts of the park — know? “A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.” The blog, delightmaker also states ““If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.””
From my limited, exploratory perspective, this is one further documentation of my “Trans-species Field Theory (c) and my thoughts on the potential of a “love particle” (c) that may be formed from the instant when the energy of love turns into a potential form of matter of love through the thoughts and emotions of that connection. The research and concepts at Heartmath may also be appreciated as truly being “trans-species” as is seen in this example of elephants recognizing the death of a beloved human and traveling so far to connect at that moment. The levels of interspecies communication and their potential implicatons are only being glimpsed from our limited three dimensional perspective. We need to witness and experience these connections to become aware of their existence. The potential of where that can lead all living beings is unlimited. If we create a space of inner silence, quiet within our hearts and allow a spacious emptiness of love and compassion to arise out of that to connect with all beings, perhaps there can be a global shift back to a living garden of eden here and now.
Do animals have concepts of other? other species? I pondered this question after reading this story of cooperation between humpback and gray whales in defending a baby whale from Orca whales who attacked it. This article offers excellent documentation of this cooperation. It also proposes which parts of a mammalian nervous system are designed for this level of cooperation. It is wonderful to see continued documentation of behaviors in other species that we oddly consider limited to humans due to our species centric egoic perspective of life. Perhaps if we begin with a perspective that we are essentially the same, rather than essentially different, we might behave differently to other species and not destroy them and all our shared habitat. Again perhaps we should begin with asking the right questions or begin with a unified field theory, that we are truly all one.
On Mother’s Day, it is sad to see one species killing the baby of another for food. Yet, it is also beautiful to see other species trying to help the mother protect her young. On Mother’s Day, perhaps we can view each other as being mother to all beings, to our environment and to all of nature and perhaps we can create a world where we care for and love all of nature as our child. May all beings assist in protecting our precious children from harm whether from other beings, or from harmful ecocidal practices, from control issues that are not in the best interest of all beings and from the lack of truth. Happy Mother’s Day to Mother Earth as well!
Cancer has quickly become one of the top causes of death in our companion animals. It is well accepted now that the primary cause of many diseases is inflammation, from heart disease, to allergies, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease to cancer. Over the decades of pioneering holistic integrative veterinary care, I have witnessed a tremendous increase in the incidence of cancer. I believe it is naive to believe that it is just because we have better diagnostics. Certainly there is a genetic predisposition for certain types of cancer in certain dog breeds, yet, a large percentage is secondary to all the toxic environmental exposures stimulating a chronic inflammation as well as the build up of toxins in the body. There is a great deal of debate as to what role overvaccination, poor quality pet foods, chronic exposure to pesticides, herbicides etc. have on the body often then manifesting as cancer. Personally, I am of the belief there is a tipping point of a toxic overload that then can result in the development of cancer. This article on the use of baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, as a possible treatment for cancer stimulated the writing of this post.
Throughout my career I have been studying, searching and evaluating various natural, nontoxic therapies for cancer. I have found that a combination of appropriate dietary management, nutraceuticals, chinese herbal formula’s, medicinal mushrooms and vitamins can cause a significant improvement in cancer, sometimes leading to complete remission or at least improving the quality and length of an animal’s life. Recently I came across this interesting article on the use of baking soda in the treatment of Cancer. The study is actually being conducted at the University of Arizona Medical School. I have been aware of this treatment approach, but have not used it extensively in animals. After reviewing the article, I find that there is indeed some merit in exploring the use of sodium bicarbonate, baking soda in the treatment of cancer in animals. I will be exploring this approach more and discuss possible studies in animals. I will keep you posted.
As with many conditions, the ideal is prevention rather than treatment. The more we can optimize an animals nutrition and minimize exposure to toxins, the better the odds that one will not develop cancer. Unfortunately with the increased exposure to more and more toxins, pesticides, poor quality food, and the so called “elephant in the living room”, the exposure to the increased radiation from the Fukushima diseaster, we will have to deal with cancer in animals as well as humans more frequently. I will continue my commitment to explore natural, nontoxic approaches to help all of us live longer, happier, healthier lives.
This heart wrenching video of Canine Loyalty of one dog standing by his dead companion who was hit by a car is another illustration of emotions and caring in dogs that goes so beyond what one had previously thought possible in their hearts and minds. One can only wonder what this dog, grace, is thinking and feeling at this moment.
As I continue being a bit “time-challenged” seeing my beloved patients, I just wish to share this with you and continue building our video study documenting the heart and mind of our kindred spirits.
What are your thoughts and feelings when you watch this video on Canine Loyalty?