Tuning into Nature
Allen and Linda Anderson
wild in nature or living as family members, each animal has a unique,
individual awareness that largely goes unnoticed in our human-centric
world. When people connect with animals on a spiritual level, they
can feel the true joy of viewing animals as equal souls on the
journey of life.
the past decade we’ve heard from many animal lovers worldwide
about their life-changing spiritual experiences with animals. Often
the stories defy logic even as they touch the heart. Janette Warren
of Kirkland, Washington wrote about one such occurrence for Angel
Animals Book of Inspiration published by New World Library in 2003.
Janette had the insight to observe the synchronicity of all life and
was blessed with the miracle of possibility.
Falcon’s Return by Janette Warren
friend gave me Deepak Chopra’s book The Return of Merlin, to
stir my imagination and create hope for new possibilities within me.
Merlin the magician had trained himself, with extraordinary
discipline, to create the life he wanted for himself. He developed
the ability to transform himself into anything he chose — a
stone, a tree — or disappear into the ether at will. The form
Merlin most often used was that of a falcon. To me, this feat of
becoming a falcon showed the degree to which anything is possible if
the desire is strong enough.
nearing the end of Chopra’s book, and its powerful images were
fresh in my consciousness. As I drove home from the grocery store, I
was astonished to see a falcon sitting on a city sidewalk. I sensed
that the falcon had been sent to deliver a spiritual message I sorely
needed at this time in my life, but I didn’t know what it could
be. I wanted to get out of the car and investigate, but I had heavy
schedule and needed to get the groceries home.
putting my groceries away, curiosity overcame me. So I drove slowly
back down the same street where I’d seen the falcon, looking
everywhere for the bird. Suddenly I heard a thump on my car. It
sounded as if something had hit the window. I didn’t see
anything on the ground, so I kept on driving. Then a woman jogger
across the street slowed down her pace and gave me a huge smile.
came to a stoplight. In my rearview mirror, I noticed some commotion
in the car behind me. A woman got out of the car and ran up to my
window. With a big grin on her face, she asked, “Do you have a
child who knows that some surprise will be in store, I said, “No-o-o”
in a long, drawn-out, questioning tone. She then told me that I’d
had a falcon riding on the roof of my car for some time. He had just
flown away as she approached me.
I pulled over, got out of my car, and sat on a porch step near the
area where the falcon had flown away. I waited for ten minutes, but
the bird never returned.
deeply, I left all possibilities open for the exact meaning of this
experience. but the image of Merlin’s falcon, followed by a
visit from a living falcon, had shown me that anything is possible.
you missed signs that life is opening up for you in unexpected ways?
Are animal messengers being sent to remind you of possibilities?
WITH YOUR PET
of the love and communication experience between people and animals
can also involve making a conscious connection together with the
Divine. One of the most loving experiences we’ve had with our
pets is when they join us for our morning contemplation, prayer, and
journal-writing time. During this sacred space, in which we start our
day by centering ourselves in divine love, we like to sing an ancient
name for God known as HU (pronounced like the word hue). We sing HU,
as a love song to the Creator, for ten minutes, followed by quiet
HU is a form of non-directed prayer in which we listen to Spirit for
answers and insights. (Depending on a person’s spiritual
tradition and beliefs, they can sing holy names that comfort and
uplift them, such as Jesus, God, OM, or Allah.) While we sing HU, our
hearts fill with peace, love, and understanding. Evidently this is an
age-old spiritual practice that works for our animals too.
various times Linda has sung HU to animals in nature as well as ones
confined in zoos. She had a delightful experience watching a lonely
elephant close his eyes, sway his trunk, and dance to the rhythm of
her chanting. Another time, she closed her eyes and silently sang HU
to a gorilla in a glassed-in zoo cage while standing next to a line
of school children. When she opened her eyes, the gorilla had come
over to the glass and pressed his lips against it. One of the little
children commented, “That gorilla is trying to kiss you!”
Animals always feel the love.
we sing HU, our rescued cocker spaniel Leaf jumps up on the chair
with Allen in his big blue recliner or with Linda in her brown
recliner. He settles in on either of our laps and usually falls
asleep. When Leaf doesn’t claim the territory, Cuddles, our
little black-and-white kitty, curls up on a lap, closes her eyes, and
purrs along with the sweet, melodious sound.
and Linda Anderson are authors of a series of books about the
spiritual connection between people and animals. They have designed a
writing course to help others learn from their fifteen years of
publication. Visit www.allenandlindaanderson.com
to check out Woof, Meow, Write, Publish: Writing about and Animals
for Love and Money. Subscribe to the Andersons’ free, online
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