The animals we live with as family become deeply devoted to us. They know us way more intimately than we realize. They feel our feelings, see our thoughts, and love us so deeply they’ll do whatever they can in their own capacity to help us in our lives. Their unconditional love is very real, almost hard to conceive of, as we humans struggle much more with being unconditionally loving with one another.
Just as with our human family, it is very easy to unconsciously project our own issues onto our animals. They’re the ones sharing our homes and lives with us, and if we’re not careful, we can slip into projection very easily without even realizing it. We become entangled with each other, just like people, and can forget where we end and they begin. As you can imagine, this can really mess up our communication with the animals! It is absolutely vital to tend our own inner gardens consciously and get really clear on what belongs to us, before trying to connect telepathically and energetically with our animals. The more inner work we do as animal lovers, the more aware and clear we are in all our relationships, human and animal.
Animals will often take on illnesses, physical or emotional, for the people they love. They do this in service to us, to help lighten our own load and to be a mirror to us, so we can see what is going on, and what we’ve been afraid to see. This is no small deal with pets- I’ve seen animals take on their person’s cancer and transition as a result of that. They do it in love and service. I wanted to write this blog today to let people know we have a say in all this. It is within our power to say to our animals: thank you for taking this upon yourself to show me what I could not see before- I see this now and am choosing to take full 100% responsibility for it- thank you for your loving service, but you do not need to take this on for me anymore- I take it back to myself.
This is not about guilt, but rather about being more aware of the depths of our animals’ love and service to us, and how we can consciously respond to that, creating an even deeper and richer relationship with ourselves and these beautiful souls we share our love and lives with.