The horse's perspective on slaughter

A reader writes: “I am struggling with the issue of the Horse slaughter plants. I have horses and have seen many that have been abandoned and neglected. Sometimes I find it difficult to know what to do. There are just not enough places for all of the horses. Do the horses have any thoughts on what happens to them after they pass? What about thoughts of when is their time to pass if they are elderly or ill?”

The horses reply:

“Death is merely a transition. For the most part we do not fear it. We are aware that it is a phase of life. Because we are aware of past life experiences, we know that there will be another opportunity so there is an aspect of excited anticipation about what the next life will be. That is not to say that we do not find some death experiences abhorrent. But whatever, the experience soon passes and becomes a distant memory.”

“None of us wants to have a painful lingering death. And we are grateful to our caring guardians who are able to make the sacrifice and let us go when the time comes. This is a gift beyond measure, one that imprints you upon our soul for eternity.”

“We see that many of you are deeply troubled by the issue of slaughter. It is not our favorite subject either. The thing you must understand about slaughter is that the trauma is what occurs before the actual deed. There is so much fear and confusion, which is multiplied many times over as groups of us are gathered together to take that last lonely trp. Once we get to the point of the actual slaughter, our spirits are already slipping out of our bodies so that we are released from the torment. At that moment, all our cares dissolve and there is only peace and tranquility. We transition from this world to the next where we are greeted and welcomed into the awaiting herd. There is an abundance of fresh air, food, and clean, cool water. In the midst of this any former trauma instantly fades.”

“Actually we would encourage to you to find ways to treat each other better. There is too much violence and hatred among the peoples of the world. If you could learn to treat each other better then you would also treat our kind better.”

Red wing Blackbirds return

They  returned today, same place, same song. I was busy and not paying much attention so they all flew to the pasture and into my line of vision, alighted briefly, then in a flurry of wings and chatter they flitted off to another tree. Now they had my attention. It seems they have more to say:

“We wanted to be sure you really understood our message. There are too many dark clouds gathering over our world. We need humans to wake up to the possibility of averting catastrophe. You have it in your power. Look for the silver-lined clouds and stop gaping at the dark ones. Find the positive moments in your days and focus upon them and they will expand until they become so numerous that they blot out the dark clouds entirely. Do not give in to morosity and hopelessness. If you do then you will take us all down with you. Stop! Wake up before it is too late! We beseech you to snap out of it and stop this speeding freight train of doom and gloom. Bring back the sail boats and sunshine. With just a little effort our world could experience a phenomenal rebirth. We are counting on you. Do not let us down. But hurry, time is growing short.”

Ok, the birds have spoken. The rest is up to us…

Red wing blackbirds insisting upon being heard

This week I had a visit from a flock of red wing blackbirds. They nearly filled the top of a large tree. Depending upon your perspective, their singing could either be described as a cacophony or a symphony. I’m leaning towards symphony. It was obvious they had something very important to share so I obliged them and opened the channel to listen.

Red Wing Blackbird
Red Wing Blackbird

“We are harbingers of change. Change is in the air. There are dark days ahead, but like us, they will contain  bits of brightness. These days do not have to last a long time, but they will if you do not turn from your current path. Too much focus on evil intentions and swindles. Too much focus on who did what to whom. Get over it and move on. You cannot heal yourselves by dwelling on the negative. You cannot step out into the light by nursing your wounds.”

“Cast aside the dark thoughts, the insecurities the jealousy, even rage and choose a brighter path. You have so much potential. Much has been given to you. Far too often you squander your gifts. Now is the time to see and appreciate all that you have been given. Allow the positive aspects of your life to expand until they fill it completely. As the positive lightness expands, so too will the mood of you and those around you. Allow the light to eradicate the dark and fill your hearts with hope and love.  Rise up and choose a better way. You were never meant to live in the dark. You were never meant to wallow in self pity. That is a total waste of your promise. Dig deep and unearth your strength and wisdom. Now is the time for decisive action. To delay is to risk being swallowed up in oblivion.”

“We realize it is difficult for you to trust and step out of the darkness but it really is the only choice. The alternative is unthinkable. You like to think of yourselves as the superior species, time to start acting like it. You are capable of accomplishing many wondrous things when you open yourselves to the light and hope. Do what you must to heal your hearts and soothe your fears. Pick yourselves up and get moving. We are counting on you.”

It's all in the perspective: A young gypsy drum stallion comes of age

Yesterday I had an interspecies telepathic communication with a trio of horses, two geldings and a gypsy drum stallion. Their owner was disturbed because the young stallion had begun driving the older gelding away, isolating him. This herd lives a very natural lifestyle and, until recently, were unusually harmonious. In fact, their owner takes great pride in how well the herd interacts, so the young stallion’s actions offended her sensibilities.

First I communicated with the young stallion to find out why. According to him, the older gelding was not respecting his leadership and until he did would have to be driven out. He was not angry, just very matter of fact. In his mind this was the natural order of things and it was the gelding’s choice. He felt he was being firm and fair.

Second I communicated with the older gelding. He was angry that the “little piss ant” was being such a tyrant. He much preferred the ways of the original herd leader, another gelding. But he was also quick to state that he was getting plenty of food and water so not to worry. It was just the fellowship of the herd he was missing.

Finally, I spoke with the other gelding who has been herd leader for quite some time. His perspective was totally a surprise. He stated that the young stallion was preparing to take over as herd leader and needed to gain experience. The gelding would have to deal with having a new leader and respect his rules. However, he also wanted his owner to know that, if necessary, he would intervene to prevent injury.

When next I spoke with the owner, she was recounting recent herd antics and mentioned the stallion grabbing the gelding by the withers. She was pleased to see there was no injury, but still unhappy with the behavior. I was delighted as this confirmed what the stallion communicated to me and clearly demonstrated his intent to be firm and fair.

So we come back to perspective. The owner sees a problem that needs to be fixed. The stallion and old herd leader believe everything is fine and as it should be. They are confident that given time the gelding will acquiesce and honor the new leader. The gelding is miffed but it seems his real problem is dealing with change. Remember none of the herd has been injured during this time. Pretty remarkable and certainly preferable to the wild where the gelding would have been driven out entirely and left to fend for himself.

As I reflected upon this communication, I was once more in awe of the original herd leader. Every time I have communicated with him I have been impressed by his kindness and wisdom. To hear his very practical thoughts on preparing for the day when he would pass the leadership torch was awe inspiring.

Contrast his perspective with many humans who deal with transfer of leadership by acts of violence and war. We could learn a lot by listening to benevolent leaders such as this.