“The Black Dog”

It is like cruising through a sauna with the air so dry and hot as I travel to a home on my Jumanji, a 2004 Yamaha V-Star motorcycle, the nonprofit’s ‘Iron Pony.’  Her name is Jumanji because, well, that is a story for another time.

We pull up to a home in Phoenix, Arizona following the GPS on my iPhone to an address given by a Dog walking app.

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All I know is I am here to walk a Great Dane. When I am greeted at the door, the Great Dane sniffs me, the eyes shift, and she lunges to snap at me. What a blessing the owner is home and has her on a leash! 

You see, I have this “Black Dog” who shows up. The aggressive one. First time at an Animal Sanctuary in India. The ‘Black Dog’ was forgotten in a back corner chained, starved and ignored in a kennel. When I found him, I felt compassion for him. I sat with him, offering food and treats, and I got to pet him… briefly. He tried to bite me. I prayed with him asking for his suffering to end. He died that evening.

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The ‘Black Dog’ shows again in India at a second Animal Ashram. This time ‘Blackie’ accepted treats, and let me pet him one brief time, then bit me and a good one! An elder befriended Blackie. He got controlled outings, was loved, well-fed, healthy and being rehabilitated. I will never forget ‘Blackie’ standing on the porch gazing at me when I left the Ashram that day. It was like He was saying, “We are not done yet.”

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I return to the USA and am gifted a little Chihuahua. He had skin conditions and an attitude. The words “Anyone who is willing to take a chance with him, we are willing to take a chance on you. Good luck. He’s all yours,” as he is handed over to me.

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I remember the moment I turned to look at him and said, “OMG, you are the ‘Black Dog,’ and you are in my bed.” His name was Napoleon. Let us just say, we all have a ‘Napoleon’ or ‘Blackie.’ Remember the story of the young native who asks his Grandfather about feeling like having two wolves living inside of him? One White, One Black. The young native asks, “Which one wins?”

Well, it seems I starved mine once, turned ‘it’ over and now it is in my bed with me, literally…

I rehabilitated my Napoleon with a lot of love, understanding, reiki, meditation, spiritual mind treatments and compassion. The tools I have learned works miracles…within a two month period, Napoleon was ready for adoption. I got intimate with my own inner “Black Dog” inside me.

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So now, here I am with this Great Dane…

The owner acts all surprised; however, as we talk I realize the owner knows her Dane is aggressive but is embarrassed by it. I share my compassion and experience, and that I am willing to work with them. We set up a schedule.

I begin treatments right away…not on the Great Dane, not on the owner, but I begin delving into me again. I am the one attracting “Blackie.”. I am the aggressive Great Dane.

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As we do our two 30 minute walks each week, I notice when she begins to get aggressive, lunging and wanting to attack is when she gets unsure, frightened, or feels she needs to defend me. She would stop me frequently from walking by leaning into me, wanting reassurance that she is okay and loved…it was not long before I noticed She began emulating my confidence and enthusiasm ‘aggressively.’

I had 4 weeks with Dane. Interestingly enough She was harlequin…neither white or black…but both. Aggression itself is neither good nor bad, it is how we use it, constructively or destructively?  and where it is coming from…fear or love.

By the last week, we are trotting down the road enjoying our walking adventure, so I take off her muzzle. She is feeling free, confident, and I got the sweetest kisses ever! We were completely in love!  

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Several months later I get a Dog that has been walked before by other walkers. There is a list of warnings for the walker. “My Dog is very shy, will act like she’ll bite, please take your time.” A Dogue de Bordeaux and there is no owner. I take a deep breath, affirm MY Truth, remember Dane, get the ‘Vibration’ going we had and walk in. The Dog comes running to me! Full of kisses!  

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So, for me, instead of running away, starving, ignoring, turning over or even ‘blaming another’ for  “Blackie,” I made friends, no… I fell in love with my “Black Dog” and all ‘it’ has taught me…up until now.

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Rev MyShell Howler aka Ahowan ICrow is an Outreach RScP, OAC, and Humane Minister. President, Founder, and Spiritual Leader of Apithan Ministries, AHOWAN Traveling Spiritual Sanctuary and the Rashini Centers for Spiritual Living Study Group.

Animals and Human Children

I am volunteering at an Orphan Children’s Hostel in Varanasi, India. I hear the young girls begin to scream early in the morning before school is to begin. I go running up the stairs to see what all the ‘fuss’ is about. Several of the girls have long sticks and are poking under the lockers. One of the girls shares with me that their are kittens under the lockers. I look over at the next set of stairs to see the mother Cat looking and meowing for her kittens.

I ask the Girls to stop, bend down, and I pick up one of the kittens. They scream, “Didi (sister in Hindi) what are you doing?” I say, “You believe in God, yes?” “Yes, Didi.” “You believe all Animals are God, yes?” “Yes, Didi.” “Me too, and I love my God. I do not want to hit my God with sticks. These kittens are scared, just like you and see their Mother on the stairs who loves them. She is like your MotherJi who loves you.” Then, one of them asks to touch the kitten. “Oh, it is so soft! Oh, how sweet! How can we help?” and all the girls take turns, sharing they have never touched one before. The girls then bring me a box, we catch the others, and take them to room with the mother Cat following. Then, a lesson begins on the five basic things every Animal needs to live and thrive.

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This experience awakened a dream I did not know I had. I knew I love Children, I knew I love Animals; however, I did not know I had laying dormant in me a dream to bring Orphan Children and Orphan Animals together to heal each other. Teaching Compassion with Animals I had been doing, it was part of the reason I was in India as an Animal Chaplain; however, to see Orphan Children on the streets competing for food scraps, witnessing Children being taught to be cruel to the Animals or to ignore their conditions, even witnessing the homeless Children themselves being ignored, solicited into gangs,  broke my heart open to a degree which I have never experienced before.

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I knew then where my Soul was or IS leading me.

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Many of us have heard, maybe have experienced, or we intuitively know that Animals have the ability to heal. However, let us dig into the “science.”

 

Here is a list of 20 reasons (in a simple, and fun list) for benefits with Animals, which includes better health, having a friend and playmate, a cuddling companion, building higher self-esteem, lowering blood pressure, better communication skills, just to name a few from this simple list. Take a look at the list of 20 reasons for yourself.

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Now, in the New York Times back in 1990, there are several studies showing some “unexpected psychological benefits” for Children. The Animals were significant in reaching emotionally traumatized Children, ones that are hard-to-reach, stating how the qualities which make pets beneficial to children also help in psychotherapy with building a rapport, bolstering the self-esteem of traumatized children, helping with social skills, more socially competent, feeling better about themselves, and buffering loneliness.

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”It made the children more cooperative and sharing,” said Dr. Sue Doescher, a psychologist involved in the study. ”Having a pet improves children’s role-taking skills because they have to put themselves in the pet’s position and try to feel how the pet feels. And that transfers to how other kids feel.”

 

In the article it shares a study of done with Farm Animals where 100 Children were part of an innovative treatment program. These Children were severely neglected or had experienced extreme physical or emotional abuse. The daily contact and responsibilities with the Animals gave them a sense of worth.

Dr Ross stated, “For many children whose nurturing has been faulty, taking care of an animal can interrupt the cycle of abuse repeating itself over generations. They can learn to be care-givers, even if they haven’t been well cared for themselves.”

 

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The article also shares the study done with the tending of injured Animals was shown to be extremely powerful in teaching resilience, showing the Children an even deeper compassion and the feeling that if the Animals can do it with one leg missing, I can do it too. Please see the full New York Times article here.

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In the Huffington Post, Dr. Gail Gross shares, “My very dear friend is a horse whisperer, who has helped many children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) heal. One day while having lunch together, I asked her to explain to me why animals, and horses in particular, help children with PTSD recover. She explained to me that children of abuse and domestic violence, as well as children who have physical and emotional challenges, respond to horses (and other animals) because they intuitively recognize that they can trust them.”

She goes on to share how Children can naturally feel how Animals do not judge or criticize them, they love them unconditionally. See full article here.

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Here is another source from the BlueDog.org with a clear list of benefits.

And another from School is Easy here adding Autism, helping with reading, and exercise.

The Pet Health Network shares, “This extraordinary relationship has been scientifically evaluated and a 2008 study published in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatryby Nancy Parish-Plass showed that abused or neglected children responded better to therapy if an animal was present. The therapists reported that nervous, withdrawn, or frightened children became more relaxed and engaged when a pet was present.”

The article goes on to share, “Families considering adopting a child should seriously consider adopting a pet. Dr. Deanna Linville conducted a study and followed 20 American families who adopted children from Russia or Romania. She found it interesting that all 20 families had pets, most of them rescues.”

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What do all of these benefits have in common……Compassion. The Children learn to nurture their Compassion. The Animals bring it out because they give it naturally. We want a more compassionate world, then we need to live it, give it, share it, TEACH it, and most of all demonstrate it with our Children. That is what Animals do.

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Many children, just as I did, have a natural awe and love of Animals; however, are taught to fear them, for many reasons. We as Children we are taught to ‘use’ them, whether for food, protection, clothing, entertainment, or otherwise. Basically, that some Animals are good and some Animals are bad or that we are superior to them.

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So, my favorite benefit……compassion. And compassion leads to Peace.

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When a Child’s natural compassion is nurtured, we create more compassionate adults.

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When we create more compassionate adults, we create a more compassionate world.

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To help Apithan Ministries to build the first orphan child hostel at the LIFE Farm Animal Sanctuary in Mapoli, Maharashtra, India please visit www.ahowan.org to give your life-altering donation.

 

 

 

What I Learned This Week

I learned 365 Animal Gratitude book is more than I anticipated. So grateful for the support, guidance, and vision which has come through several of my Hosts. Great Spirit’s breath runs through us all; however, many times it will come through others. We all have our specialties, and many times it takes a team. I am grateful for the team Great Spirit has gifted me with.

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And so now, I am grateful Great Spirit is given me the next egg…..The Study Guide for this 365 Animal Gratitude book. It begins this Monday morning……and the Guidance to stay balanced through the day by naturally engaging me in Noon Deeksha and evening Yoga.

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The Bird of Paradise blooms…….and I am grateful for feeling free after a having a “bring me the clarity in a harmonious way that benefits everyone” moment last night……..and it demonstrates through me and my Hosts this morning.

 

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In the middle of it all IS the Spider of Joy (orange) weaving………Grateful for the demonstration of clarity and keeping my power….and with perfect harmony

I freed myself; I am free to express the unique me, and even though part of me has no idea where this is leading, part of me has a vision, a determination, and a knowing…..I am grateful for all the magic Spirit has for me and is guiding for what is my best yet to be.

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Wednesday, I realize how grateful I am for my ‘ingrained’ Spiritual practices.

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Grateful for the precision of Great Spirit to place a Feather in a crack of road, and have me walk by to witness.

Grateful for the Eagle while praying in for a meeting with a URI Compassion for Animals Call………followed by Hawk and Crow at the park entrance for my meditation run.

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Grateful for determination and persistence with moving forward …. I am almost ready to have the Study Guide looked at for advice!!

Thursday brings pouring rains…..for me, it is a way for Spirit to say…..rest your physical body! Ha! However, it also brings Napoleon to naturally guard me. In this guarding, it brings a wonderful, cleansing conversation between ‘us.’

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I am gifted some incredible advice which simplifies and deepens the study guide at the same time………and I get it complete, ready for review! So, when I take my evening walk, in my path as I enter, is Turtle laying Her eggs……right at the spot I typically do my voice journal. “You lay the eggs as I instinctually guide you, let Mother incubate them, all Nature to the rest.” Exactly what I needed to ‘hear,’ as I begin to hear my thoughts of ‘worthiness.’

Friday as I pray in the day……early am…..I see a shooting star, then a second….I say, “How about a third Spirit?” and I receive…..Thank you Great Spirit! Thank you!

Perfect for the intense workday reviewing, editing, and organizing the study guide; while standing in my Truth on certain things……a perfect blend of “academic” mind and  ‘mystical’ mind……then, Napoleon demonstrates it is time to play!!

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THEN….

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On my Meditation Walk….Spirit gifts me with a Core Ball! for me to use….and the Perfect Color too! I had just considered getting one….and here it is on the side of the road. Though at this time, I am not sure why Spirit had me take the Helmet; however, more will be revealed for sure.

Napoleon has started itching again….so I look up in Louise Hay’s book, “Heal Your Life” ‘Itching.’ Fits perfectly, I understand.

So, Saturday….I have my work to complete on the Study Guide, I want to push forward; however, it has been two weeks with no ‘real’ day off. I know Napoleon is demonstrating to me what it is I am really feeling though underneath the stubborn ‘Mule” in me to keep pushing……so for Napoleon, (and myself)……we do it.

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We get out! Grateful for the perfectly nice day, warming up beautifully after a perfect chilly morning to sleep in. I am so grateful how Spirit provides exactly what is in order.

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Grateful for these beautiful clear Spring Waters! You can actually see the Fish swimming at the bottom…….then I remembered I have been affirming perfectly clear waters! LOL

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I am grateful our full complete day off and for my week ending with watching “Secret Life of Pets” and “Waterhorse”

For me, Animals………the reason I be, do, what it is I be, I do.

 

What My Week Taught Me

My Week begins with teaching me, no…..actually demonstrating to me that when ‘It’ shares with me something, it will be. It may not occur in ‘my’ time; however, it will.


So, after having Lizard show up several times and when Lizard enters the house, I am in awe; however, I am not surprised. I recall working with Lizard ‘Energy’ over the years; and I am so grateful for Lizard to return.

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I am grateful for Lizard’s quiet and brief encounter with Napoleon, my ability to distract Napoleon and for Lizard listening to get to Higher Ground.

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I’ve heard several times to set up and waterproof my recent gift, the tent, in my meditations. I hear it will rain, and yet the sun is shining. I move forth how I am guided. The tent gets complete. I am gifted an opportunity to serve and surprisingly raise cash.

Then, as the rains pour in, I am guided onto the computer, into a location and find some missing stories I had written!! Giving me the opportunity to do my “normal Sunday journaling.” It really does all get done…..and effortlessly when I listen to my Breath and follow the Natural Flow.

It is like being a playful Puppy with wings jumping through and as the Clouds…..I am grateful for the reminder.

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Monday is chilly; so Napoleon and I are grateful for the extra snugly wugly all day while I work on edits for the next book. So, for someone who dislikes cold; I can admit, the cuddles is a good benefit of cold.

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The first proof of the first book arrives!! I am grateful, excited, and yet…..there is more edits to do, for sure.

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With this and some other interesting news I receive; I could feel how my Energy is beginning to fall. I step outside to begin playing peek-a-boo with Lizard. The fogginess clears, my thoughts shift, and though not crystal clear, I can see the good in it all at the same time…..Spirit has some magic coming and I get the opportunity to grow some by letting this flow through me…….And Hawk screeches flying through.

I gift myself into surrendering to the editing process….with Faith of where it is leading. If I listen to my some of my thoughts, it would be easy for me to just stop. Instead, I keep surrendering to what the energy is leading me to ‘do.’

 

Wednesday…..oversleep but have an inceredible snuggle with Napoleon….it is all about the book edits and wow! As I am reading the pages…..I gotta keep grounding.

Like Lizard…….”Keep your head risen and follow your Guidance.”

Thursday it is all about the Book edits…….Wow! There is nothing like reading and editing 365 prayer meditations!! AND I still got to take Napoleon for a ride to the park! Then finish the day yoga… Awesome! Thank you Great Spirit!

The Sun attempts to hide, as I receive some more news which, once again, plummets me initially.

 

I pull up my Journal to write some thoughts and am met with a message………

Napoleon joins me as I treat myself to a Salt Bath………

and as I let it all go……I feel this focused determination flood me….and the Dragon above me begins spinning.

Friday I am naturally led into a fasting………and I am grateful for the focused, determined, two days of 365 Animal Gratitude book editing through these pages.

Balanced with hourly breaks of admiring the next Lily’s growth and the smiling Gladiolas………

and admiring the playful spouts between Napoleon and the Dogs.

and on Napoleon and I’s last walk for the week…..Saturday night…..The DragonFly whom had played with me numerous times over the past few weeks reminding me to dance and reflect the Light…..gifts Itself to me.

What My Week Taught Me

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I am so grateful for my mornings….how much I really appreciate my quiet time, my MayaHara Self-Love meditation….and I deserve it. It is so worth getting up between 4-5 am to enjoy it…the absolute quiet and filling all my senses up….and sharing that with the world. Then, the gift of taking Napoleon out to explore explore with me during my empowering Sunrise Walk/Run.

“Focus on what you want, instead of on releasing, instead of on letting go…focus only on that which truly matters” is. what came out of my mouth……..so grateful for the conversation with a Soul Sister……where through our conversation it came through, “sometimes it is strand by strand, a minute by minute, re-directing of the mind….however, it is a practice so worth it. It is a weaving of our web, and we are all doing it. It is amusing, in its own way, when you realize this. We are all in our own areas, in our own ways, playing our own parts, and interlocking webs.

And the added beauty for me, is the Animals keep appearing for me at those most perfect moments…..”Spin mindfully, Weave prayerfully.” Spider come directly to my little corner.

 

…..I am grateful to witness Napoleon engaged in it! LOL

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And on Monday, after an Amazing MayaHara, where the ‘concept’- “The world is what you believe it is” had me ‘sensing’ this on a conceptual level I could write a book, and yes, with the Animals. I get accept more abundance…..another item from my anonymous gifter……a tent!

It seems Spirit is gearing me for an upcoming adventure! I accept please; and knowing the ASC Teaching Module is complete just in time.

On Tuesday, I am grateful for the Owl hooting loudly by me as I claimed the Stillness as my own, which was the moment I completed my gratitude prayer post…..and the moment when the last entry for the 365 Animal Gratitude book!

As I take this out into my day, the Crows ask to be gifted to….and the Bear reminds me to keep my feet on the ground…..and keep following the footsteps.

I am grateful to learn I am going to be Great Aunt as I go into Noon Deeksha….I am prompted to send prayerful energy to all the Children coming into our world….send them, affirm for them what we want them for them….

Nature gives to all and uses the same principles for all, no matter the species….all children. It gives Its best and matches to the thought it is making it from…..so I get to choose my best.

Then, Spirit laughs!! LOL the MayaHara med is a no go on YouTube….Spirit wants only the best, and done right. It is time to learn about copyright permissions….then the GoPro malfunctions on day long recording…..I know Spirit has Its reasons….I let it go, it was a good practice!!

Pink Full Moon Ceremony…The Community Animal Blessing Pipe Bundle ‘officially’ decides to become a “Love” Pipe….giving It’s last Ceremony this night with the last of the Tobacco……a perfect 5 Directional all inclusive Ceremony, complete with a Fire.

The Fire began with the East Door and encircling around completely on Its own. The Owl Log pushed into the Center from the West and the Phoenix rose….we are so embracing at the door of ending our silence and embracing real love on a collective level, I feel it.

I am grateful for a different kind of “workday”……. I spend with my Loves. The Community Pipe asked to be fully cleansed as if never smoked, petsitting, and learning about hem glue and banding….one can be,find, and do a solution when you listen to those inner breath promptings.

The morning was …….. magical! So grateful to witness the Pink Full Moon greeting the Sun rising with Hawk. So Blessed and I learned I really would like to manifest a digital, USB rechargable Voice Recorder or mini-cam so I can record the thoughts which pass as these experiences are happening.

As I am facilitating the Lotus Sutra meditation in front yard, Pileated WoodPecker makes a pass, later Hummingbird makes a presence during Noon Deeksha. Above, I listen to Spirit and take Napoleon on a ride. What I learn is Spirit is guiding me to practice riding this gravel route everyday and practice…..Hmmm. Plus, I find a really sweet shaded area I’ll call a little sanctuary with some special Grasshoppers.

On Friday, I learn how grateful I am for the connection of feeling the Whelk grounded on the Ocean bottom while I am talking with a dear Soul Sister and hearing what She shares with me. I feel where the debris is still; and, it is I who stirs it up.

I heard Spirit, loud, clear, when I asked my Sister, “What do you want?” “I want to live!” and louder, “Live, I want to live!”

I want to Live! I choose LIFE. I have heard this numerous times from different Sisters lately….my question is, “What does it mean to YOU to live?” We all have a different “Life.”

I want to leave a Legacy for the Animals, for Children to enjoy…for them to enjoy together.

I share with Spirit, I want to support my Host; however, I want to live my life and be me, and ‘me’ is not necessarily spending my day off at a Market.

Spirit answers in a loving, supportive, gentle way which benefits everyone.

So, I am grateful for a day of serving my Host without having to stay at Festival. I got to visit, and it was extremely sweet; however, I got to cross the threshold of edits and submitted the first book of the module!!

 

 

What My Week Taught Me

Sunday I was reminded there is a balance between serving others and taking care of yourself


Monday I was reminded in praying for others, serving in my own way, I am also taking care of myself….it works both ways, we are all one. I have been diligent in my prayers of abundance for myself and others. Another care package arrives and an intention for receiving a gifted Drum I had made several months ago is within it.

I am grateful to know others have received theirs as well. It is a principle of Nature and always delivers in perfect time and conditions.

I am grateful for an awesomely focused workday with the “365 Animal Gratitude” book almost complete!

And I have to say the Thunderstorm that evening was magnificent…..and as I witness Napoleon, I am grateful He is allowing me to compassionately sooth him.

I feel like this Angel in the sky on Wednesday after my night with Napoleon peacefully surrendering to the storm and being given the blessed opportunity to sit mindfully listening to another Soul for several hours processing through some deep and most intimate thoughts…..there was a gleam of admiration and gratitude as the conversation naturally came to its own end.

For myself, I recognize there is a beautiful balance of taking responsibility and being responsible. I am grateful I utilize my awareness to zoom into to a space where we are all connected as One, it is neither good or evil, It just is. ‘It’ is the Presence which spoke the dichotomy into existence. I ask to use ‘It’ wisely, for ‘It’ to use me, guide me, naturally. I feel grateful to experience it.

I am grateful for the laugh as this message pops up on my Werdsmith screen! as I was contemplating the Books and teaching module…….it is funny how the perfect messages which one need to hear come in a diverse variety of ways.

As I walk by this pond, I get a visual of how I am thinking and feeling as if I am breaching through my feeling stagnation from being ‘planted’ for a while……and knowing it; and feeling as if I have come to a place of peace, within the peace.  This from someone who has been on the the surface of my pond.

I am grateful to ‘see’ how my thoughts had been sidetracking me to ‘make plans’ and the appreciation I have of knowing what may be coming; however, detaching enough to stay open and flexible, and be with what is happening in the moment.

I begin having these extremely grateful moments in many areas, like being able to live in this environment, do my ‘normal’ thing with meditations, recording them, everyday, and it brings me even more excitement about what I am feeling futuristically.

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It was during one of these moments, Hawk appears. Another one, Crow, flew into the Tree near me. Followed by an occurrence of me hollering out, “bring it on”…..the Geese konk and 2 White Swallowtail Hawk-like Birds fly a dance above me…..in a quick passing.

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Thursday Morning…..as I am feeling the Wanderer Spirit within me, wandering around this blessed yard, feeling myself being in love, sharing MayaHara and abundance of places and animal ceremony with a relaxed yet authoritative sharing……I am seduced by this Mask. She wants me to work with Her, clean Her up and decorate Her.

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As I witness Napoleon, I see the mirror of Napoleon’s fleas and hot spots……what I allow to irritate me, and it is too synchronistic with those moments where I allow my mind to obsess on something that just ‘gets me heated.’

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I am grateful for my next “Ah-ha” …… a complete and total “Ah-f-cking-ha.” It seems ‘odd’ to have this ‘ahha’ again, after all ‘I am me;’ however, this time, on a chilly cold morning, when I embraced into a just warmed-up relaxed meditation run……… and let the cold go, in came a, “enjoy the f-cking joy of just being and living me everyday. Feel it and f-cking allow it…..do the work and be.” There is just no explaining the feeling; however, with the Crows, the Hawk, the peeping-up morning sunshine and all the Animal tracks…..it was a memorialized morning in my my mind.20170406_164602136_iOS

I learn Friday I will be hosting my breathing meditation, followed by noon Deeksha and YogaChi…..and record them, no matter what happens, stay recording them. And Napoleon welcomes the first participant.

The week ends with enjoying my day off….though I spend it in much contemplation of bringing all together that which I love about me, what I have affirmed for my life, and for others and how I love my life and living it daily. Here and now.

I get blessed with time alone to get to know my new drum and as I am doing so, I notice how just about everything in my possession now is recently created new…..better, yet the same..simpler, streamline, sturdy, and mindfully.

I love my support, my Host through my hosts, how the Crows caw out to me at the most magical moments……. and most of all, I am grateful to dance my day, in my own way to my own music, come what may.

Kindness to All Animals

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Traveling down the streets of India, one can see the numerous Animals. Even today there are many being used by the Human Animal to perform a variety of tasks; and quite frankly, this is true around the world. One of these tasks in India is using the Bulls, Horses, and even Donkeys to pull carts loaded with supplies. As an Animal Chaplain, ordained by the Emerson Theological Institute, I have had the honored privilege of traveling through India to facilitate Animal Blessing Ceremonies at numerous Animal Ashrams (Rescues/Sanctuaries).

During these travels, I have witnessed many Animal Activists/Advocates/Rescuers/Lovers  who get angry at, condemn, want arrested, or otherwise, the Human who is working some of these Animals. This is understandably so, as I admit, I have been one of them, we all have. We want, think and many times speak about….yelling at these humans, throwing stones, calling police, or any other variety of angry violence. Myself, I have noticed the angry thoughts, and I asked God, “There must be a solution that works for everyone, please show me. What is happening with all this anger and violence is just creating more anger, resistance and violence. I see how we perpetuate the destructive behaviors. We continue to create more by the very act of choosing to help the Animals.”

Then, one day, I am traveling with another Animal Organization’s Leader, Mr Lorenzo Standen of the LIFE Farm Animal Sanctuary, and we are at the Cattle feed shop. A thin Bull walks up pulling a cart with Its Owner. I point out the Bull and ask, “There needs to be a solution here. This Bull is so thin, And being made to work.” The Leader gets out, and I continue to contemplate prayerfully about a solution that provides dignity and purpose for everyone.

When Mr. Lorenzo returns, he states, “See the Bulls horns, he is an old Bull and that is part of his thinness. The man loves his Bull and is here at the feed store to feed his Bull, he is his livelihood. The Man must work for his family too.  I am grateful he is not out on the street as a beggar. He has pride to be a working man. Our organization just asked him if he is willing to surrender the Bull to us to come live in retirement at our Sanctuary and we will give him a younger, healthier Bull that is ready to work. If he is ever in need of feed, or medical care for the Bull, we will provide. However, if we go to check on Him and he is not in good condition, then we will take him back. The Man was grateful, and happy we understood him, and signed the papers. We will meet him here tomorrow for the exchange.”

My own understanding, compassion, and appreciation grew tremendously in that moment for the entire situation. The way it was resolved so peacefully, with dignity for all the Animals. As well as the way God answered this prayer. The Animals are providing a “need” for the Human, whatever that need might be. Violence and anger does not solve any problem, even if it is a violent situation. However, an understanding of what is taking place, and providing a solution for the problem that works for all the Animals (including the Human) is providing true kindness. If we look at the Human who is doing the job with the Animal as evil, then we are creating more “evil” with ourselves, and it does not matter what the Animal situation is.

Too often, we condemn a situation, and surmise before we take time to understand what is happening at all angles. I hear this many times in Animal situations. Take time to understand what the “situation” is, what the need is that has created the problem, and address it, for a solution that heals everyone. Kindness to Animals means being kind to ALL Animals, including the Human….as many times, this is where the problem began.

Rev Ahowan ICrow, RScP, OAC

Condoning Animal Suffering

“I love Animals”

“I rescue Animals”

“I do not want Animals to suffer”

Yep, we all have heard it…we all have said it……Animal Rescuers, Animal Lovers, Animal Activists….

However, HOW does one even begin to REALLY end the suffering, to really make a difference.

I have been “guilty” of just speaking these words myself…..even for all the 30 years I rescued and operated an Animal Rescue organization.


Yes, I WAS making a difference in the Animals I was rescuing first hand; and I know many of you are too! We have all heard the story of the Starfish and the little boy…..”I may not save them all, but it makes a difference to this one.”

Even with all that I was doing however, I could still FEEL and see the suffering taking place. I was even a vegetarian; however, I still blindlessly partook of cheese, eggs, and products made with Animals, all coming from the suffering of Animals.

I even went to the place of attempting to change laws in the State of Ohio that I was living in…..however, I realized quickly, that only created more resistance, with the human race itself. It only creates more conflict.

The realization that until someone decides that they themselves no longer want to suffer, there is nothing anyone else can do……They are ingesting, wearing,  and creating the suffering, themselves.


Then, it came to me, the understanding that until “we” as a human Animal realize that in order to save our planet, our earth, our real home as humans; only then will the human race be ready to change what is happening…..and we are reaching this point quickly.

Until then, there is a way for the Animal Activist/Rescuer  THEMSELVES to really change how they approach and heal the Animals…..it is a Universal approach, and I will share that more in another blog; however, I will share the one main point of that blog, “what is happening with the Animals….is happening inside of ourselves.”

I have been to Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Costa Rica, South Africa and been with many from other countries. It holds true throughout the world.

We Love the Animals….and many even see the Animals as having Souls, or are a part of the Divine/God. I even “They are my Divine, I must take care of them.”

Yet, WE ALL STILL partake of the suffering…..

I have even shared with many when they purchase milk, drink the milk, they are “stating” that the Cow and her Calf’s suffering is okay…..they drink that milk and bring that suffering INSIDE their own body.


These same people will go out and save a Cow, try to save the Calf, condemn those mistreat them, but  yet still go PAY for the milk, and in that very process, CREATE….the suffering.

These very animal rescuers and activists purchase Chicken eggs from factory farms, purchase yogurt, curd, or chai…..or any other numerous products that have been created from the “raping” and suffering of the Cow, the raping of the Bulls for the semen, the Chickens locked in cages, or hung from their legs, and the list goes on……

Now, we all have hypocritical behaviors, I have done it all myself in the past; however, once you realize that what you pay for, creates a demand for the very thing that you are choosing to rescue, it really has you second guessing your own behaviors and how you yourself are contributing to the cycle.

If every animal activist/rescuer just said “no” and stopped, even when in the company of other people…….and for my Indian friends…..that includes Chai with milk!!…..using the opportunity to compassionately share and educate, without condemning the actions of those you are with, (remember, you have been there yourself!) that, in itself would begin a huge wave of honoring the real Sacred Mother.


Can you imagine how many Cows, Bulls, and Calves would be released of their suffering if we, as humans, chose to allow them to nurture their young, just as we do?  Then, how about the Chickens, the Pigs, The Lambs…..The Dogs?? If WE did not buy them, from those suffering conditions, there would be no demand for it.

I got to partake of milk from a truly happy Cow, it was unlike ANY milk I have ever tasted in all my years. I got to MEET this Cow, and I got to meet her Calf. Both were fat, happy, joyous….and even the Bull who “hung out” with them was fat, happy, and carefree……so I am NOT saying that we cannot partake of the Animals….It is HOW we partake, and WHERE it truly comes from…..honoring the Animal in Its natural environment.
I am currently living on a farm where the Chickens are running free, and they lay the eggs because they WANT to….they are the best eggs…..most of us have no idea. There truly is a HUGE difference.


With both the Milk and Eggs from honored happy Animals….One can even FEEL this difference of how your body processes it.

I could go on to leather, and other products; however, that is for another time also….

Love yourself and the Animals enough to not pay for and put that suffering in your body, not to mention all the hormones and chemicals…..and when you are with others, say, “With all due respect; I appreciate your offer, thank you, however, I choose to not partake.”

If they ask, “why not?” You can say, “Because I love Animals, and until we change how we treat them, I will not condone by partaking.”

Being Like Whale

“Affirmations are a way for the Human Animal to claim their Goodness, and feel It within their beingness.”  ICrow

“We cannot say that one thought is creative while another is not. We must say that all thought is creative, according to the nature, impulse, emotion or conviction behind the thought.” Ernest Holmes

 

When we speak with our voice, we are using vibrations. It is much like taking a pebble and dropping it into a pool of water. The Water creates a ripple goes out, then eventually ripples back toward us. The more we throw a pebble into the water, the more ripples that go out, and the more these ripples come back to us.

If we are standing in communion the Water, we can feel the ripples go out and come back to us. If, however, at the same time we throw a pebble into the Water, we move our body, the ripple becomes more of a Wave. If we throw our whole body into the Water, the more of a wave It creates, and the stronger the wave coming back to us.

The Water is the Creative Field, the Stone if our affirmation and movement of the Water is the emotional vibrations we feel when we think and speak our affirmation. As one can tell, the vibrations add to the waving action that will come back to us. This is how we need to speak our Truth of what it is we want to experience.

If, when we speak an affirmation of goodness and we are not feeling the goodness, then what is the vibration being sent out? It is much like tossing a stone into the water but not moving the body, or jumping in with it. The vibration is not very strong, it will ripple, but very weakly and it takes long time to come back us.

However, if we speak an affirmation of being joyous, and we feel that joy, then the vibration sent out is that of a stone and a moving body. The result becomes much stronger, and the ripple becomes a joyous wave that comes back much stronger.

Just imagine a Whale when it breeches the Ocean surface creates a huge wave that goes out. It uses Its entire body with full vitality. The stronger the breech, the stronger the wave. Be like a Whale and breech through your Consciousness to create the Wave of Life you want to come back to you.

This is how we speak our affirmations. We can choose to commune with Water, leap our entire body as the affirmation, and send tidal waves out of what we want to come back to us. Be the Whale, breeching through your Ocean with your entire body, and let the Ocean of Life bring you a Tsunami. Remember, the Ocean of Life can only bring you what you put in.

Affirmation:

I speak my Goodness with my entire body vibrating at the Wave I wish to return to me.

MyShell #ICrow

Creating Dogs, Kittens and Deers

“That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves.”  The Gospel of Thomas

 

“There is the manner in which Nature creates-It contemplates. As a result of Its contemplation, It lets fall the seed of its thought into the Universal Subjective which being Law, produces the object thought about.”  Ernest Holmes

In the realm of Nature we live in, there are many Laws which govern us. For some, this can be overwhelming, so they choose to just live as if they are victims of these Laws. Many of us have for years, thought to ourselves.”This is just the way it is,”

It is true, it is the way it is; however, we were not created to be victims, we were created to be co-creators. All the Laws work equally no matter who we are.

We have the Law of Arithmetic, we use this Law either in a good creative way, or we can misuse it, it can be destructive. Have you ever “misused” it and found your checkbook a mess? We have a Law of Gravity, we use it every day and yet, if we misuse it, it can be destructive. The Law of electricity when used correctly is useful and if we misuse it, it is destructive. You get the idea.

There is a Law of cause and effect. Just like all Laws of Nature, we can use this Law to be a victim or a creator. It is our choice of Freewill we have been given. However, when we notice our lives are not where we want them to be, we can take a look at how we are using this Law. What are we giving the Universe to bring back to us. What are the primary thoughts, beliefs and feelings we are “dropping as seeds.”

 

Using an analogy of the Animals, let us say a Dog is pregnant and the seeds inside of her are growing. She has been nurturing them, feeding them, watering them, and allowing them to grow inside of her. She is ready to give birth. Will she give birth to a litter of Cats? No. Similarly, a pregnant Cat is not going to give birth to a Deer. What is placed in the Law is what is birthed

So, if you are walking around your life worrying or fearing something, what do you expect the Universe to bring to you? It is like impregnating a Dog and expecting to get Kittens.You are placing seeds of what you fear into the womb.

Our thoughts are the seeds of our life, If you do not like what you are harvesting, let us try using different thoughts, and send some different seeds into the womb, into the soil, into the Universe. It is a Law, we are using it everyday, we can choose to be creative, or destructive.

Affirmation

I choose to use the Creative Process wisely with thoughts of positive growth

MyShell #ICrow