In attempting to build right relationship with the animals we need to be aware of traps we can unwittingly fall into. While our intent may be to come from a place of right relationship, the impact of that intent may be harmful, even crippling and demeaning to the animals. This is because of the way we’ve been socialized to be human-centric.
How often have you been in a situation where you think the plant is getting enough water because that’s the amount of water Google says the plant should be getting. Or you dig your new garden in a certain location because that seems the logical place to dig. Or you go ahead and saddle your horse even though she is laying back her ears and nipping at you as you tighten the cinch….
I find it only natural that animals relay their requests and needs, desires and wants to us. When we accept this connection, we are becoming more in sync with the Circle of Life and becoming more at one with all that is around us. In other words, we are beginning to develop an animistic relationship with those whom we share this physical reality……
I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, the wheels have been turning, I’ve been down some rabbit holes trying to sort things out and see how all the puzzle pieces fit together. The enigma is all about connecting with sentient non-human beings and how to be in right relationship with the human and non-human…..
The other day a friend brought me home from an outing and we noticed a stray dog running through the backyards. The dog was wearing a collar and we tried to get the dog to come to us, but the dog just stayed what s/he considered a safe distance away from us and watched, then eventually turned and trotted away from us…..