Dec 082013
 

Photo by: meddygarnetIf you’re living a truly conscious life, then you naturally have great respect for animals.

And you probably also feel great pain at how they are often treated by humans.

Sometimes it’s even disheartening that so little progress is made so slowly.

But there’s good news.

As part of the human race, the more we contribute to raising human consciousness — with respect to animals but also in general — the treatment of animals by humans is bound to improve as well.

This is because raising consciousness is a way to work more closely with cause rather than with effect, or symptoms.

Raising Awareness

Right now, the way animals are treated is abysmal and this article won’t detail the atrocities. If you aren’t aware of them, but would like to be, the film EARTHLINGS is an excellent place to start. It’s about practices that are typical yet — with good reason — are always hidden from view. But be forewarned, it’s a moving film which may literally traumatize you, like it did me. (You can check out some reviews here. They are compelling.)

Another source of excellent information is the PETA website (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). If you yourself are ever interested in living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, they have lots of helpful information, free kits to help you make changes, lots of recipes, and leads to really great resources.

Veganism, and Cruelty-Free Living

If you do look into going vegan, you’ll find out that it’s not always just about diet (i.e. not eating animals and/or animal products).

It’s more about a “cruelty-free” way of life.

A cruelty-free lifestyle involves not eating or using any type of animal product, especially when the animals were mistreated during processing.

Many of us don’t think about it but this means not supporting industries that promote the fancy leather car seats (or furniture), leather shoes or jackets, animal hide accessories, down clothing or bedding, fancy or beautiful feathers, fur, boar bristles, wool products (including lanolin), and even silk. Some vegans even shy away from using honey unless it’s from a natural and organic source.

Humane Options

It’s startling how many of our household products, from toiletries to cleaning supplies, are tested on animals. Even some of the companies that claim not to test on animals sometimes contract out to a third party who does. Most of these testing practices are cruel. And of course, some of our medicines/drugs (such as Premarin) are derived from animals who are treated horrifically.

There are often times when animals, insects, etc. encroach on us and we have to draw the line somewhere. Again, there are many humane options available now, and thankfully most are available to all of us via the internet.

It may take more time to research and use these methods, but a conscious, kind person will make the effort.

As you read these stories you will see that whenever I was properly humble and willing to let something besides a human be my instructor, these various four-legged, six-legged, and no-legged fellows shared priceless wisdom with me. They taught me that perfect understanding and perfect co-operation between the human and all other forms of life is unfailing whenever the human really does his required part.

~ Foreword to Kinship with All Life, by J. Allen Boone, 1954

So there are many ways we can all play an active role in our own lives to honor animals as sentient beings.

Doing so not only benefits them but it benefits us as well.

A conscious person always benefits from living in integrity, and conscious integrity allows for nothing short of respect for all sentient beings. (Including our fellow humans, by the way!)

And if you get nothing else from this post, get this:

As part of the human race,
raising your own consciousness will necessarily
help raise the consciousness of human-kind in general,
with countless positive side-effects.

And it’s a most rewarding type of activism!

How You Can Make a Difference

Consider adding just one additional practice to your lifestyle that is respectful of animals or will help raise human consciousness with regard to them.

And really, it’s not always even about “adding” a practice as it is merely “substituting”.

And note that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing! This is an important thing to remember. So many don’t do anything because they know they are not willing or able to “give it all up”. But that’s not necessary! Perhaps you could be vegetarian one day per week. Or be vegetarian instead of vegan.

Anything at all that you are willing to do is a step forward.

Here are some ideas (most from this article) and resources:

In closing, I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes about these magnificent beings (also quoted in the film EARTHLINGS):

We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. … We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

~ Henry Beston

Thank-you in advance, from all Earthlings!

Patti


Great Holiday Gift Idea!

If you’re an animal-lover, and have friends or family who are animal-lovers, consider this:

Animal-Kind International (AKI) is an excellent non-profit, where 100% of your donation goes to their cause; NOT to overhead, NOT to promotion, but directly toward animal welfare.

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If you make a donation in your gift recipient’s name, AKI will send them a holiday card letting them know and showing the animal you/they helped! Isn’t this a great gift? I think so! (You can see their latest newsletter for more details about this. And don’t you just love Squiffy?)

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On their site, they show many of the individual animals they are in the process of helping. You can make a general donation or sponsor a particular animal.

Guapa, before and after

Guapa, before and after, courtesy Animal-Kind International

They do such good work, I hope you’ll take a moment to check them out.

And even if this gift-giving idea doesn’t ring your chimes, keep them in mind when you feel it in your heart to make a donation to help animals.   (Subscribe to their newsletter, follow them on Facebook, and/or read their wonderful blog written by Karen, AKI’s founder!)

Thank-you! And Happy Holidays to you and “yours”!

Nov 122013
 

RenardLoveHasForgottenNoOneI’m a big fan of Gary Renard, and I did like his newest book, Love Has Forgotten No One.

However, I was expecting something “new” over and above what was in his last two books (The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality) and I don’t think it delivered on that.

Toward the end of this book, it’s said that this is the completion of a trilogy (the books I mentioned above being parts one and two). And I only just now noticed that on the inside flap it does describe it as “the final installment of his trilogy”. I didn’t realize that when I decided to read it, and I think if I had, my expectations would have been better set.

As part of a trilogy and a continuation of the other two, it was fine … even good.

I don’t think you would have to read the others first, but my favorite was The Disappearance of the Universe and I think it does set the stage for the others.

This one is interesting but it didn’t add a lot more to my understanding or experience of the main ideas.

Radical

When I first read The Disappearance of the Universe, it blew me away. Not only because two ascended masters appear to Gary in form, but also because what they claim to be true is so astounding.

Over the years since then, I’ve come around to that way of thinking, so Love Has Forgotten No One was not quite as radical to me.

Still, it’s pretty wild, and an excellent reinforcement of a way of life that you won’t find in the mainstream media.

There are a lot of great statements that I’m sure I’ll come back to, and I’m glad I read it and have it to refer to.

In particular, if you find yourself struggling with forgiveness, this trilogy is not to be missed.

A Course in Miracles

As you may know, the entire trilogy is a discourse on A Course in Miracles (ACIM). It’s an unconventional way to frame it and Gary’s books really helped me make sense of it in a new and expansive way.

I’ve never made it all the way through ACIM myself, but this has gotten me enthused all over again, and ready to get back into it.

You will probably find yourself wanting to do the course as well, or if you already have, you may look at it with new eyes.

How Our Universe Works

There are also a few chapters that detour a bit from the main theme and explain some fascinating ideas about how things work. I didn’t find them especially useful in a practical sense but they were definitely interesting and I enjoyed reading them.

Recommended

So in the end, I do recommend this book.

If you decide to read it, I suggest you suspend any disbelief and go with it. You’ll get a lot more out of it that way, and if you actually apply what’s suggested, your experience of life will open up in new and miraculous ways!

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes, yet rest assured this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Patti

Mar 052013
 

Are you ready to expand your mind?

Are you willing to let go of your most cherished beliefs?

If not, then
read no further!

This post might threaten your sense of knowing how life works.

In my last few articles, I wrote about letting go of preconceived ideas, and letting go of beliefs.

Depending on your background and where you are now, that may be easy or it may be challenging.

In either case, I want to share some of the books I’ve read (and love) that can help with that, and that I know you’ll enjoy.

And they will open your mind to the possibilities!

Books for the Brave

Here are some books that present some truly radical models to play with.

It’s certainly not all of them, but it’s a good start.

1. The Field by Lynne McTaggart

Lynne is a lay person who writes understandably about a variety of scientific principles and findings. This book is engrossing and focuses on the area of the zero-point field (which is relevant to my process during a Holographic Emergence™ session).

2. Busting Loose From the Money Game by Robert Scheinfeld

Besides being fascinating and fun to read, this book will turn your idea of how things work inside-out. It’s especially relevant to how we work with abundance and prosperity, but is easily applied to any area of life. Find out if you’re playing the wrong game, and how to play the real one.

3 & 4. Both of the Gary Renard books, in the order written:

The Disappearance of the Universe

Your Immortal Reality

Gary is a master and teacher of A Course in Miracles. These books both present a different perspective on it than is more popularly available, one that’s in line with the two previous books. They are both fun to read and are chock-full of ideas and information that will make you consider things in a much more expansive way.

5. Any of the Carlos Casteneda books

Need I say more? I have a few favorites but it’s been so long since I read them that I forget which ones they are. Regardless, I don’t think you can go wrong.

6. Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani

See my review of Dying to be Me for lots more about why I recommend this book.

7. The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton

This book is about epi-genetics and puts a new spin on what we think is set in stone, er, DNA. My takeaway is that our DNA functions more as a set of antennae picking up information from “the field” (see first book) than a set of pre-defined patterns, and is much more malleable than we’ve been taught.

8. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor

Another book that will keep you fascinated all the way through. The author is a brain scientist who experienced a stroke and writes about her experiences during and after. You’ll get a new way of considering what your brain does to create what you experience as your perceptions, and you’ll understand that there’s a much more expanded reality than we’re typically conscious of.

9. Matrix Energetics by Dr. Richard Bartlett

Every time I read this, it’s as if I’m reading a new book. There are layers and layers of concepts in here, not only about Matrix Energetics as conceived of by the author, but also some of its possible underlying principles.

10. The Physics of Miracles by Dr. Richard Bartlett

More about the principles behind Matrix Energetics, and also (like the previous book, Matrix Energetics) an inspiring example in Dr. Bartlett of how having an open, expanded mind actually opens you to much more possibility than you could ever imagine.

If you’ve read any of these, my readers and I would love to hear your impressions! Or even if you go off and read one or more of them now, do come back and add to the discussion. We’ll be here! ;-)

And if you want to know more about Emergence, sign up for my newsletter and as a free gift you’ll get the Emergence Primer plus a Tune-Up Session audio you can use over and over.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Patti