All Beings Are Equal.
I'm talking about all sentient beings. You, me, octopus, plants, frost on the plants, ground, sky, and so on, we're all in this together.
That’s a BIG mind shift and perspective change for us humans to make. Actually, when you start delving into it, it can feel as if your brain is breaking. I know, I’ve been there and it still happens to me on a regular basis.
The brain breaking, that’s a good thing, albeit not a cozy, comfortable thing.
We and the beyond-human beings share a common reality. We transverse the same planet, we all physically exist on Mother Earth. We share life, senses, feelings, the need to care for ourselves and our families, in whatever form of expression that takes.
We even share the planet with forest fires, floods, tsunamis, technology, machinery etc. Yes, they are sentient beings too, though the majority of us in ‘civilized’ society would not call them that.
Granted, the sentient beings I mentioned don’t experience this reality the same way a human does, but that doesn't negate the reality of *their* experience.
This is the practice of animism, a practice and awareness that goes beyond only the human perspective and experience.
In other words, the 'human' card doesn't trump the octopus card, the fire card or any other card.
Because we're all in this together.
I don’t know about you, but when I consider we have a shared, daily, physical reality with those beyond-human beings, it sure makes it easier to be in relationship-with them, instead of claiming power-over them.
We’re In This Together,