What has spirituality to do with animals and God?
Most people mean well, unless they once were hurt ánd
are not aware of how their pain effects their behavior.
People who are or long to be conscious to a high degree
of the correct dealing with their experiences in life,
strive for happiness for themselves as well as others
and banishment of both theirs and other people's suffering.
This a truly spiritual attitude to life.
Some people are capable of actually feeling the pain
that is brought upon animals in factory farming or other
situations where animals suffer from the behavior of
man, others do not feel a thing. Yet this says nothing
about the quality of their consciousness. All people
can know and feel, by their knowledge and experience,
what an animal goes through during a life within factory
farming. They ought to be aware at all times which consequences
for animals come with their lifestyle and ought to take
God being presented as a bogey, is an illusion.
In this short article, which is inspired by the five books of Neale Donald Walsch (first one: Conversations with God: an uncommon dialogue), the relation between man and animal is made via the soul. To us it is not religion that matters, what matters to us is that people follow their conscience in respect of animals.
Walsch presents an image of God whereby he has thrown overboard all kinds of implausible aspects of religion (devil, punishment, judgment, hell etc.) as being ten illusions. In book five, Walsch writes about the illusion that:
These illusions, not refuted but propagated by the
various world religions, divide man from God. It is
not attractive to be introduced to a God described in
It is up to man himself and herself to decide if by making their choices they sufficiently take the animals into consideration. Man should also ask himself whether eating meat suits the connection he has with animals.
|Whether or not people do believe in God,
it is important that they realize that the fundamental
message of religion and our laws are put into words in
the adage of the French Revolution: liberty, equality
and brotherhood (compassion). The World Council of Churches
issued a report ("The Liberation of Life") on
the companionship with animals that says "life in
all its manifestations cries out for liberation, for freedom".
More and more people feel that animals belong within the
human moral circle.
In order to emphasize this opinion we summarize here below what Walsch writes about the soul of man and animals.
The text below is in a terse style. Those of you who want a more comprehensive explanation of the terms, are referred to elsewhere on the internet or to the books of Walsch.
Concerning issues that matter to animals, according to Walsch it is important that people are friendly to animals and subsequently act in animal-friendly ways. The soul, like a kind of collective awareness (God's in-formation), records these experiences of men and women.
The soul characterizes
the essence of life, is immortal and includes your mortal
body and consciousness. God's soul embraces the universe.
All human and animal souls are connected to each other
through God, unlimited and part of God. God is freedom
and love (does not judge) and without limitations in
space and time.
God created souls to be and experience Itself. A soul needs life in order to evolve. Souls look for (physical and spiritual) experiences. Through the evolution from animal to human and from human to human, souls look for ever increasing (awareness)experiences, in which process going through the perfect oneness with God ('Nirvana') is the highest experience. In that feeling of unity in diversity, man experiences his alliance with all living creatures.
Souls do not only comprise one body but more bodies simultaneously, in the past, present and the future. Intuition connects the human spirit with the higher spheres and resides in the soul. The intellect analyses and remembers, the body undergoes and feels, the soul observes and knows.