If you could live all your days on this planet without hurting anyone, and doing so didn’t hurt you, wouldn’t you want to do that?
I am not talking to everyone here. I know there are plenty of people on this plane who enjoy violence, power and domination. They live in fear and suffering, and their way of life is to inflict fear and suffering onto others. They are unable to hear what I just asked without making fun. I bless their journeys, but they are not my audience.
I also know there are plenty of people on this plane who are entrenched in their ways and not open to exploring new possibilities and perspectives. They live in the safety of tradition and familiar patterns of behavior. They are unable to hear what I just asked without rationalizing and justifying the status quo. They may also make me wrong for my ideas or feel that I am making them wrong. I bless their journeys, but they too are not my audience.
My desire is to talk to those of us who are approaching consciousness levels that honestly seek to express as Love and Peace, and are open to looking at how we can better do that. Here and now.
This is David Hawkins Scale of Consciousness as presented in the book Power vs Force.
We are all at different levels and most of us express at different levels in varying aspects of our lives. The spiritual path is about integration and climbing this scale. The masters are at the top.
Almost all of us are blind to the many ways we participate in harming other beings. Many of us don't care and don't want to know. But some of us - if we only knew - would sincerely make an effort to change our ways and cause less harm. We might even be grateful for new knowledge and the opportunity to awaken. These are the people I am seeking.
Is that possibly you? If it is, keep reading.
To you who are lovers of Life and seekers of Peace, ask yourself:
I believe at the soul level that you would answer yes to all of those questions. And I believe in you. I believe that at your deepest level, you don’t want to be violent, and you don’t want to harm another. You want to boldly walk through life living as closely in alignment with your values of Love and Peace as you are able. Know that you are strong enough to do so.
Those of you who have ears to hear - I am speaking to you, so that you may know, and so that you may begin to make choices in your everyday lives that do the most good and the least harm.
Think of it this way. If you happened upon a baby chick struggling on the sidewalk, you would likely pick her up and do what you could to help her. Just know that there are billions more who need your mercy. All it takes is for you to stop being a part of the gruesome machine that turns their bodies into food.
You have the power to change your thinking and create an integrated life that not just speaks about Love and Peace but also lives it. With a strong mind rooted in the Infinite, any habit can be changed, even our everyday habits of what we eat and wear. I know these can be very difficult habits to change, because our culture and family traditions are rooted in using animals for our own purposes. You grew up eating cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and bacon. Every day you consume milk and cheese and wear leather. All of that is everywhere! And the dark reality of the lives and deaths of these animals, whose bodies you eat and wear, is kept completely hidden, so it all seems okay.
But as you awaken, you may find yourself no longer wanting to participate. At first you may not even be able to conceive of an alternate way to live. But millions of people have taken these steps and can show you the way. The most important thing to remember is, in Truth, you can make any change, because nothing limits you!
Do all you can to do no harm. Be Love. Be Peace. Listen to your soul. Take steps today to let the animals live without harm. They have done nothing to harm us. Let them live with Love and Peace. Let them experience their soul’s natural expression. Let them know the best of humanity.
“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will be as one.” John Lennon
© carol saunders 2016
Thank you for listening. If you are moved to learn more about the lives of animals we use for food and clothing, here are some resources that might help you:
If you want to look into lifestyles that do not use animals, here are some resources that might help you:
Rev. Carol Saunders
I am an ordained minister, speaker, writer and lover of all life. In 2010 I founded a spiritual community in Deerfield, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and have recently transitioned it to a weekly interactive gathering and podcast called The Spiritual Forum. Being a voice for the animals and a light for the spiritually-inclined who are willing to seriously examine the self and begin to awaken, are what Spirit has called me to be. I am here to support anyone who wants to move toward living in closer alignment with their deeply held spiritual values. Our world needs more Love, Peace and Kindness. We can make that happen. But we won't be able to until we transform some of the violent and unkind ways of living we inherited from our culture. Be Love. Be Peace. Be Kind. Today.