A WORLD OF SOULS
Everything alive has a soul. There aren’t different souls for animals, trees, grass, birds, bugs, fish, people or any other life on the planet. There are just souls who come here to live a physical life and they can come as any form of life. There have been millions of other creatures living here on this Earth since life was able to exist on our planet, millenniums before people came to be and each one of those living creatures had a soul.
Every living thing is much more alike than they are different. We all have things in common like the need for food and water, having relationships, reproducing, facing physical and emotional traumas, being threatened by natural disasters and diseases and struggling to survive in an ever changing world. All living things experience emotions such as loss, happiness, fear, anger, love, amazement and all of the other mixtures of feelings that come with being truly alive. The ability to love and protect our children is the same whether we are human beings, animals, birds, fish or any other life form that reproduces.
Every once in a while there’s a huge Dire wolf that comes to be with me. She usually shows up when I’m frightened or distressed and I really need her. One time a trusted spirit told me that the wolf is a past life mother of mine, which means that in a past life way back in time I was also a Dire wolf. My mother wolf has a strong presence and I can feel her loving and protective energy all around me. I’ve been told this wolf has been in my life protecting me since the day I was born. Even though I’m a human being now she recognizes me because she knows my soul no matter what living form it takes. This warm and magnificent wolf has proven to me that a parent’s love for their offspring can sometimes know no bounds.
At one time I was a hawk. I remember the sensation of flying and when I was a child I had recurring dreams that I could fly. When I saw the wings in my dreams they were the wings of a hawk. My wife is always amazed that whenever we go driving a hawk will fly close by or over the car. Once the spirit of a hawk flew next to my driver’s side window keeping up with me. When I looked at it I was astonished that only the front of the hawk was visible. The rest of her was streaked and smoky looking as if she were in between this world and the next.
Rose and I were living in the beautiful State of Vermont where we found ourselves surrounded by mountains, the smell of maple syrup being made, leaves transforming to an artist’s pallet of gold, red, orange, purple and brown, and sounds of rushing water from fresh mountain streams. One day I was just out in nature and heard the name of a village. It was a small, ocean front village in Maine where roads wound their way down from the hillside leading people to the sailing and fishing boats that were tied up to the docks which reached out into the small inlet. For a few days I continued to hear a voice repeating the name of the village and each day it got stronger and stronger. Rose and I pulled out a road map and discussed taking the journey to the village. We talked about how far it was, how long it would take to get there, and above all, the mystery of why I was being called there in the first place. It was a long beautiful drive down roads lined with tall majestic pine trees and farmer’s markets selling wild Maine blueberries and colorful hand woven baskets. As we drove closer to the coast we could feel the ocean ahead and smell the salt in the air. The winds blowing through the open car windows reminded me of a tall sailing ship on the ocean destined for uncharted shores.
Finally we reached the village and saw people mulling around stopping here and there to stare out into the open waters, going in and out of small nautical themed shops, and sitting outside café coffee shops sipping on warm expressos and eating sweet Danishes. Though the coffee and Danish seemed tempting after such a long drive, we felt ourselves compelled to walk down to the docks and out onto the pier. I somehow knew exactly which pier to choose and where on the pier to stop and look out over the water. We were there only moments when we could feel the presence of something very large coming from the ocean and moving towards us. Neither of us felt threatened by it even though we could see a wake in the water as it came nearer and nearer. We both felt a very loving, caring energy and wondered what kind of creature it could be. Finally, it came to me. It was a whale. I wasn’t sure how I knew, I just did. When I told Rose it was a whale she said, “It feels like it’s here for you. We stayed with the spirit whale for the rest of the day until it started to get dark and then we reluctantly headed back home. Since then I have seen this whale over and over again any time I am near water such as oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. When I asked one of the other spirts we talk to about the whale she said that it was my father in a past life and he comes to help and protect me. We now live just 15 minutes from a very large lake and whenever we pass this lake we stop for a while to see my whale father.
There is a constant stream of life between this place called Earth and the other side. This is one of the reasons people get the feeling that they have been some other human or animal in a past life.
All I’ve learned about souls and the healing journey each one of us takes throughout time has humbled me for the rest of my existence. I know in my heart that I am not more important than a tree, animal, fish, bird, insect, or any other form of life. Many different American Indian tribes believe that we are all connected to one another and to all living things. We can all learn from this wisdom and from the wisdom in our own souls and hearts.
Here are some quotes that I’ve collected that I relate to:
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”. --- William Shakespeare
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” --- Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation
“I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such beings as crawl on the Earth.” --- Mahtma Gandhi
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. --- Chief Seattle, Duwamish
“Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of flowers, and the mystery of life.” --- R. Search
“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” --- Cree Proverb
“A frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.” --- American Indian Proverb
“Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.” --- Albert Einstein