If you can always live in the now, never complaining about the past or imagining the future;
If you can live without expectations;
If you can have unwavering patience and devotion towards your loved ones;
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;
If you have no preconceptions;
If you can never judge a person by their outward appearance, education, financial status, and so on;
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics;
—Then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!
[Photo: ‘Buddy’ by www.alexgreenshpun.com]
Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to what she calls interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals and receives messages of remarkable clarity back from the animals.
Anna can feel the scars hidden under a monkeys fur, she can understand the detailed story that is causing a birds’ trauma, she transforms a deadly snarling leopard into a relaxed content cat - the whole animal kingdom comes alive in a way never seen before - wild birds land on her shoulders, fish gather around her when she swims, and wild unfamiliar baboons lie on her body as if she is one of their own.
This is the first full length documentary film on the art of animal communication.
Click the link (or on this image) to watch the beautiful and heartwarming documentary online.
“A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own house, but you do not therefore own her, as you do not own the rain, or the trees, or the laws which pertain to them …
A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing…”
― Mary Oliver
(Photo by www.alexgreenshpun.com)
A cat, when it walks—did you ever see a cat making an aesthetic mistake. Did you ever see a badly formed cloud? Were the stars ever mis-arranged? When you watch the foam breaking on the seashore, did it ever make a bad pattern? Never. And yet we think in what we do, we make mistakes. And we’re worried about that. So there came this point in human evolution when we lost our innocence. When we lost this thing that the cats and the flowers have, and had to think about it, and had to purposely arrange and discipline and push our lives around in accordance with foresight and words and systems of symbols, accountancy, calculation and so on, and then we worry. Once you start thinking about things, you worry as to if you thought enough. Did you really take all the details into consideration? Was every fact properly reviewed? And by Jove, the more you think about it, the more you realize you really couldn’t take everything into consideration, because all the variables in every decision are incalculable, so you get anxiety. And this, though, also, is the price you pay for knowing that you know. For being able to think about thinking, being able to feel about feeling. And so you’re in this funny position.
~Alan Watts (The Nature of Consciousness)
“What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’
‘Cats don’t have names,’ it said.
‘No?’ said Coraline.
‘No,’ said the cat. ‘Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline