“I have met many Zen Masters, and all of them are cats.” Eckhart Tolle
“If the Louvre were burning and I could save one thing, it would be the caretakers cat.” Alberto Giacometti
Linda Bender is a deep spirit and caring person. She’s also a doctor of veterinarian medicine and a profound animal communicator and healer.
Her book, Animal Wisdom, is a touching plea for all living things to rediscover their abilities to communicate with each other. And it’s an often heart-breaking but joyous journey into the spiritual and emotional bonds between us and our animal companions.
The examples she gives of animal wisdom, love and commitment, are almost incredible.
The uncanny ability, for example, of pets to find their ways home across hundreds or thousands of miles is not due so much to a superior sense of smell. But rather, to the depth of their emotional connection to their homes and us, their human companions.
Their frequent abilities to know exactly when their humans have left for work, or are on their way home is easy to dismiss as some “sixth sense.”
And that may be true. But we have come to see that these remarkable accomplishments are more accurately a reflection of the deep feelings we humans and animals have for each other.
The richness and depth of Bender’s feelings and beliefs can leave one shaken.
Like her rage at careless drivers who thoughtlessly run over playful squirrels.
Or the human greed that causes traders to pack dozens of stunning beautiful hyacinth macaws into a suitcase to sell, left to suffocate to death.
Or the thoughtless cruelty of poachers who kill gracious and loving elephants for their tusks.
But she is exquisitely tender and helpful, especially when she guides us through the heartbreaking process of our final goodbye with our pets, a process we all dread, and for which we need all the reassurance we can get.
But Linda Bender is not on a radical mission to change the world.
Or if she is, she’s not a crusader.
She prefers to “change” the world by encouraging us to try connecting with animals in our common language, one she says is wordless and abstract.
A language she says we once possessed, but have forgotten.
Bender asks us to consider using wordless communication with our animal companions.
Animals apparently think in pictures and feelings, so it’s possible to send and receive messages and feelings from our animal companions without using words.She says to be able to do this we must quiet the chatter in our minds, which tends to stress animals out. She asks us then to be open-hearted and be very much in the present.Yes, she believes we can communicate telepathically .
For example, reassuring your animal that you’ll be back from your trip in a week won’t work.
Rather, sending them periodic images of yourself, picture-based postcards, coming through the door and “joyfully reuniting with them and resuming your familiar routine together,” does work.
She asks us to send comfort to those animals who need our love, especially animals who’ve been abused, need to be put to sleep or who are raised for slaughter.
Some may argue that with so much human pain and misery, why concentrate so much on animals?
Bender believes that the measure of our ability to help all living things, especially people in need, is determined BY the respect and reverence we show to nature, and certainly to our animal friends.
Treasure life, then is her message.
As it was Albert Schweitzer’s.
Getting in touch with your animal’s wisdom is one way to revere life and share in the preciousness of being.
Do read the book. It will enrich your life,open your heart and provide you with tangible ways to connect deeply with your animal companions.
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