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  • soniaeasley2002
    Oct 5, 2003
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      Thank you, Jan. Your wonderful thoughts regarding animals touched my
      heart. I toolove them so much. How is it that some humans do not
      feel the same way?

      Sonia



      --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, Jan <starbirdgarden@b...> wrote:
      > For dog friends. Those who do not care for dogs, please pass.
      >
      > ....A renegade among well bred dogs is the Mongrel. I like
      Mongrels. They
      > do their own thing.... I watched one helpfully watering pots of
      flowering
      > plants at the garden centre last week....improving the scent, no
      doubt, with
      > its own unique doggy fertilizing fluid .......
      >
      > Rudolf Steiner - " Group-egos are wise, but they are still lacking
      in
      > something, they do not know what love is. Love can only be found
      connected
      > with wise individuality in man. In animals, the love is not in the
      group-ego
      > but in the individual animals. The wise organization underlying the
      whole
      > group-ego is still devoid of love. Animals have love down below on
      the
      > physical world and their wisdom up on the astral plane. Once we
      realize this
      > we will be able to unde4rstand many things" June 7 1908
      >
      > Companion animals are a way into such necessary understanding for
      many of
      > us.
      > Our two Black Scottish terriers, Mungo and Morag passed into
      the realm
      > of the Salamanders some years ago, but their aura of protective
      warmth is
      > still perceptibly woven into the family and environs.
      > Scotties have very pronounced characters and are not terribly
      amenable to
      > training. They don't see the point of it. People encountering our
      two used
      > to say that they were very nearly Individualized beings. Certainly
      one can
      > see how dogs and domestic animals generally cannot simply go back
      into a
      > group ego at death.
      > Scottish Terriers are really big barrel chested, large jawed
      dogs on
      > short legs which is why they have a deep bark and terrifying growl.
      > Terriers, as their name implies, are closely related to the element
      earth,
      > and like most dogs, and have abundant life forces.
      > Of course, not everyone loves or understands dogs. A friend,
      not a
      > great dog lover, who had not previously met Mungo and Morag, made a
      visit
      > wile I was out. Someone let him in and he sat down to wait for me.
      Mungo,
      > coming to investigate, was patted, and instantly took our friend's
      wrist
      > between his jaws in a very gentle but quite inexorable grip.
      Whenever he
      > tried to withdraw his arm, the grip was slightly but meaningfully
      increased,
      > Mungo's eyes never leaving his face. He had picked up on an unease
      with
      > dogs, and was not sure of the visitor's friend-foe status, so
      decided on a
      > holding procedure, which he maintained until I returned some time
      later.
      > Luckily, our visitor was not annoyed, and became dog friend.
      >
      > A Welsh Collie I know regards humans as sheep. (Perhaps he'll
      become a
      > politician!) His owners have a farm as well as a property in
      London, where
      > they sometimes bring the Collie. Here, he herds people. They are
      allowed
      > to come into the house, but not to leave which he regards as an
      attempt to
      > escape. He deftly rounds them up, nipping their ankles, until
      counter
      > commanded by his owner. Unsuspecting visitors have been confined to
      the sofa
      > for hours. A man I knew who loved and worked with Welsh Collies
      told me
      > that they had totally unpredictable temperaments, and were among
      the few
      > dogs who would calmly meet your gaze and then bite you.
      >
      > Most evenings, over the years I would sit beneath the Bullace
      Tree close
      > by the house, with a Scottie on either side of me. This was our
      twilight
      > reflection hour in the holiness and quiet of sweetly breathing
      earth,
      > watching the flowers and the stars begin to glow and shine as dusk
      gathered.
      > A gift that humans can bestow upon animals is Peace. Human
      prayer and
      > meditation bring them something more than they can reach for
      themselves,
      > something more than nature gives them. Animals, while awake, can
      rarely
      > rest. They have to remain alert to save their lives, or else are
      caught by
      > some scent, imperative or impulse. Mungo rarely relaxed completely
      in the
      > garden; even when he slept, an ear was always cocked. There was the
      > constant danger of a cheeky squirrel risking the fence, or a bird
      daring to
      > alight on the bird table. We won't mention cats..... But as the sky
      darkened
      > they would both sit perfectly still in the benevolent aura of the
      tree with
      > me in a sharing, contemplative silence.
      > An echoing memory of this came to me when I sat recently, now
      long
      > dogless, on that same seat, with a squirrel softly grooming itself
      at my
      > feet, while another lay full length on a branch by my shoulder,
      resting
      > quietly. We stayed thus for a long time in a deep
      companionableness, and
      > they seemed to me to be more than squirrels as I usually knew them,
      free for
      > once of the imperative to eat, store food or bicker among
      themselves.
      > The dogs, perhaps, now bring me thoughts..... Scotties do not
      retrieve
      > sticks. Any sticks that they acquire they prefer to keep. But are
      they
      > thought retrievers now? Darting between human and Angel, bringing me
      > enlivening fire? Am I chewing over concepts and ideas as they once
      chewed at
      > knotty sticks? Certainly those quiet hours are fruitful, rich and
      healing,
      > as birds sing evening prayers and calm befalls the soul of all
      garden
      > beings.
      > During the dog-days of this summer, we have shared thoughts,
      courtesy
      > of the Salamanders, on bees, insects, butterflies and the
      elementals that
      > work with and accompany them, and much, much else beside. A whole
      world of
      > thought has been woven between us all. Warmth, as well as light was
      > harvested, friendships forged or re-formed out of ancient links,
      renewed and
      > inscribed afresh in the sensitive ethers.
      > So the interaction of human and animal is also manifold,
      infinitely
      > various and full of potential for the future. To the animals we
      stand as
      > gods. Our deeds have long consequences or shadows.
      >
      >
      > Rudolf Steiner - " We know that in the course of evolution man has
      always
      > inflicted pain on the animals, that he has killed the animals. One
      who
      > learns to know the Karma of human life often finds it unjust that
      the
      > animal, which does not reincarnate, should suffer, should bear
      pain, and
      > even, in the case of the higher animals, should go through death
      with a
      > certain consciousness. Should no Karmic compensation take place
      here?
      > Naturally, the human being has to make a karmic compensation in
      Kamaloka for
      > the pain which he inflicts on animals, but I am not speaking of
      this now; I
      > am speaking of the compensation for the animals. Let us make one
      thought
      > clear: if we consider human evolution, we see how much pain man has
      strewn
      > over the animal kingdom and how many animals he has killed. What
      do these
      > pains and these deaths mean in the course of evolution?
      > Occult study shows us that every pain which is inflicted on a
      > pain-feeling being other than man, every death, is a seed for the
      future.
      > Animals, as they are willed by the progressive divine evolution,
      are not
      > destined to have incarnations like man.
      > But if a change comes into this wisdom filled world plan, if
      man
      > intervenes and does not leave the evolution of the animals to be as
      it would
      > have been without man, what happens then? Now, you see, occult
      research
      > teaches us that every pain, every death, inflicted by man on the
      animals,
      > will return and arise again, not through reincarnation, but because
      pain and
      > death have been inflicted on the animals. The pain and suffering
      call up
      > animality again. These animals on which pain has been inflicted
      will arise
      > again, though not in the same form; but that which feels pain in
      them, that
      > comes again.
      > It comes again in such a way that the sufferings of the
      animals are
      > compensated, so that to every pain a complementary feeling is
      added. These
      > pains, these sufferings, this death, these are the seed which man
      has sown;
      > they return in such a way that to every pain its contrary feeling
      is added
      > in the future. To use a concrete example: when Earth is replaced by
      > Jupiter, the animals will not appear in their present form, but
      their pains
      > and sufferings will awaken the forces for the feeling of pain.
      They will
      > live in men, and will embody themselves as parasitic animals in men.
      > Out of the sensations and feelings of these men, out of their
      pains,
      > the compensation will be created. This is the occult truth, which
      can be
      > stated objectively and unadorned even if it is not pleasant to the
      man of
      > today. Man will one day suffer this, and the animals will have, in
      a
      > certain well being, in a pleasant feeling, the compensation for
      their pains.
      > This already happens slowly and gradually in the course of present
      day life,
      > no matter how strange this seems.
      > Why are men plagued by beings which are really neither animals
      nor
      > plants, but stand between the two, by bacilli and similar
      creatures, which
      > feel a wellbeing when man suffers? They have brought this upon
      themselves
      > in earlier incarnations through inflicting pain and death on
      animals. For
      > the being, through not appearing in the same form, feels this
      across time
      > and feels the compensation for its pains in the suffering which man
      must
      > undergo." end quote from lecture 2 The Three Paths of the Soul to
      Christ
      > 1912.
      >
      > There is no need for cruelty. The very active 84 year old
      sister of my
      > best friend co founded and directs DLRM in the UK (Doctors and
      Lawyers for
      > Responsible Medicine) which seeks to prove, purely scientifically,
      that
      > vivisection is not efficacious. That it is in fact is conducive of
      disease,
      > and is chiefly a legal cover and smoke screen for the big
      pharmaceuticals.
      >
      > http://www.dlrm.org/trustees.htm
      >
      > Horse riding for the physically and mentally disabled is a growing
      > therapeutic trend. Visiting dogs and cats are used more and more
      frequently
      > in hospitals and old folks homes to aid recovery and doubtless more
      than
      > just a transfer of etheric energies is at work. A warm
      relationship between
      > animal and human being must surely facilitate the healing
      elementals
      > ability to work into the aura of the sick person, and the animals,
      being
      > spiritually enriched by human attention, do not seem to become
      drained or
      > depleted but enjoy their participation. Christ works in all healing
      > processes and I believe that His love flows in such interactions,
      to the
      > benefit of all. This seems to me the proper way way to go.
      >
      > Is what Mabel Collins, Anna Bonus Kingsford and others
      called 'The Infamy
      > of Vivisection' perhaps partly responsible for mutating viruses and
      bacteria
      > arising out of darkened science which are now so threatening to
      human well
      > being? Experimenting upon animals to improve human health and
      thereby
      > creating hostile parasites and baccili is ironic, to say the least!
      > Jan
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