Opening New Doors of Perception
Recently I watched the Pet Psychic on television. I’ve never seen this program before. The woman who communicates with animals had some fascinating things to say about them, and reiterated how accepting and loving of us they all are, including snakes!
As I got ready for bed, there was a program on the radio with Jean Houston, renowned mythic investigator and workshop leader. Lo and behold, her talk was about animals and the position they hold in life. It isn’t one of being inferior to us, but of being from a different tribe.
Houston said that indigenous people always refer to the Animal Nation, the Plant Nation, etc. In essence, they see each of the groups within life as part of the same system, each coming with unique gifts.
As we alter our view to incorporate a more inclusive vision, we have important things to teach and learn from one another. This takes us out of an exploitive mentality, and opens amazing possibilities. For those of you who have had close relationship with your animal or plant friends, you know what this means.
It may be time to open a new door of perception to the rest of creation and see where it might lead us!
From Seasons of the Soul print edition, Spring 2003