excerpts from the book
Behaving As If the God in All Life Mattered
by Machaelle Small Wright
The animal kingdom functions as a full partner with nature by serving both the planet and mankind as one of the buffers.
…animals absorb, and to a limiting degree transmute, human projections and imbalances on an emotional level. Our lives would be much harsher, more difficult physically, were it not for the animal kingdom functioning as a sheath around us and working with us on unconscious levels. The wild animals take in the imbalanced energy of massive group actions such as war, famine, poverty, and mass death. The animals who are more in touch with individual humans take care of the emotionally imbalanced environment around the human.
We are just beginning to learn what it is to express our emotions in a fully grounded manner – that is, how to responsibly and effectively act in an emotional situation. If we simply let off steam and don’t take responsibility to act on or change the situation in question, we do nothing more than discharge energy in its raw form. If an animal is part of the environment (companion), it will respond to this raw energy, thus becoming the buffer between us and the energy. It will then ground the energy by moving it through its body via action. Dogs and cats, for example, will absorb the raw emotional energy that is released in an argument and then act on it by coming to the people involved and insisting on attention – kind, caring attention – something the people arguing needed to do themselves. Other times, a companion animal will respond to what it’s absorbing by simply reflecting the emotion in its behavior – withdrawing inside itself, showing hurt and distrust, getting manic, whining, jumping around. None of these reactions is in response to something that’s happened to the animal directly but rather to the emotionally imbalanced energy that’s flying around the room.
We need to be mindful of this service that animals unconsciously perform for us.
If an animal takes on too much, its system will stress, and with enough stress, it will die.