"These are certainly trying times. As we emerge cautiously from a Pandemic, there is more uncertainty as Ukraine literally fights for its life. I suggest to you that animals truly are more than our companions, they can be a very vital source of peace for humans. I can't think of a better way to put this across, than to quote from - Kinship With All Life, by J. Allen Boone. Some of you may know how I came upon this book. It was quite amazing. I was in a very crammed, musty smelling bookstore in Hawaii in 2012. I needed a book to shade my eyes while I sat on the beach, or something to settle my mind to relaxing. I wasn't finding much of interest when a book fell from an upper shelf, 3 rows up, certainly out of my reach. Kinship With All Life fell into my hands. It set me on a magical track of learning how intuitive animals really are and how important they are in our lives. It was written in 1954, but it could have been written today, as you will soon see.
"As we live through these kaleidoscopic days when confusion, distrust, conflict and misery are so common everywhere, it is revealing to note that more and more people are finding reassurance and peace of mind in companionship beyond the boundaries of humanity. They are making friends not only with such conventional favorites as dogs, horses, cats and birds, but with wild animals, snakes and insects.
Men and women everywhere are being made acutely aware of the fact that something essential to life and well-being is flickering very low in the human species and threatening to go out entirely. This "something" has to do with such values as love...unselfishness...integrity...sincerity...loyalty to one's best...honesty...enthusiasm...humility...goodness...happiness...fun. Practically every animal still has these assets in abundance and is eager to share them, given opportunity and encouragement.
In this connection it is interesting to recall that people of certain ancient times appear to have been great virtuosos in the art of living , particularly skilled in the delicate science of being in right relations with everything, including animals. These people recognized the inseparable unity of Creator and creation. They were able to blend themselves wit the universal Presence, Power and Purpose that is forever moving back of all things, in all things, and through all things. Life to these ancients was an all-inclusive kinship in which nothing was meaningless, nothing unimportant, and from which nothing could be excluded. They refused to make any separating barriers between mineral and vegetable, between vegetable and man, or between man and the great Primal Cause which animates and governs all things. Every living thing was seen as a partner in a universal enterprise. Each had an individual contribution to make to the general good which it, and it alone, could supply. Everything lived for everything else, at all times and under all circumstances.
Those were days when "the whole earth was of one language and speech...and all was one grand concord." Humans, animals, snakes, birds, insects-all shared a common language. By means of this language all were able to express their thoughts and feelings freely on matters of mutual interest. Evidently this was so simple and natural a part of everyday living as not to need explaining any more than breathing. However one may regard this ancient relationship phenomena, there is evidence that at one time on earth every living thing was able to be in rational correspondence with everything else. Humans and animals moved in full accord not only with one another but with the cosmic Plan as well.
Can we "modern humans" recapture this seemingly lost universal language? Can we by means of it learn to move in genuine good fellowship not only with members of our own species but with other creatures? I believe that we can."
And so do I. Sixty-eight years later, I think there is still hope that we can live in peace with one another, and with all the animals of earth. Let them teach us how. I hope you consider letting this book fall into your hands, it may also bring you a step or two closer to peace through animals.
Barb has over 30 years of experience in teaching people with horses. Now, she brings you to a new level of understanding of your animals, through meditation, intuitive training and employing a deeper sense of empathy with your animals.