In his book, Guardians of Being (illustrated by “Mutts” creator Patrick McDonnell), Eckhart Tolle notes “The vital function that pets fulfill in this world hasn’t been fully recognized. They keep millions of people sane. They have become Guardians of Being.” The debt that humanity owes to “pet” animals is beyond measure. And yet they continue to suffer atrocities by people who cannot see who they are.
As we look at the world’s overpopulation of dogs and cats we may associate that with our own personal imbalances: cats represent the energies of personal power and dogs represent the energies of unconditional love, loyalty, tolerance, humbleness and forgiveness. Aren’t we all going somehow through an unexampled crisis on these areas, on both personal and global levels?
Maybe domestic animals are in our lives to help us reconnect, on a very deep level, with all these soul attributes, which many of us have disconnected from. They have chosen to be around us now, and they will continue coming until we finally pay attention to their message and start feeling that deep in our hearts.
If we contemplate for just a moment the enormous amount of violence, cruelty, neglect, abuse, mistreatment, abuse we impinge on animals on a daily basis on our planet, and truly see the way animals react to all of this, we will definitely have the greatest opportunity in our whole lives to learn the lesson of Humbleness and Forgiveness.
Even though millions of animals live their daily lives in an actual holocaust state, they CHOOSE not to react back to us, and humbly, quietly go through their “destiny”, being that turn into a “product” or the scape goats for our own anger, frustration, hatred, and emotional imbalance. What is absolutely amazing is that, if they wished, they could physically react and quickly eliminate us from the surface of Earth in just a few minutes, BUT THEY CHOOSE NOT TO.
Rescued animals, for instance, are so grateful to those who rescued, helped and/or adopted them that, in many occasions, they act as if nothing had happened to them. They demonstrate deep gratitude and contentment by licking their benefactor’s faces and waging their tails, even when enduring veterinary examination, painful procedures, and experiencing excruciating pain and discomfort. And during and after physical rehabilitation they also manifest their appreciation by joyously going for walks and playing as innocent beings.
There’s a classical picture of a Doberman licking the face of his rescuing firefighter that depicts his gratefulness and brings us to tears. Firefighter Jeff Clark helped save him from a burning home in 1999. The picture became a world-famous photo of the dog “kissing” Clark on the scene.