Dog People and Cat People
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1M ago
By Linda Wilken, Oregon I’d been a cat person from the get-go. I just came into this life totally relating to and loving cats. It wasn’t that I didn’t like dogs; it was just that I felt deeply and totally comfortable in the world of cats. By contrast, dogs—while likable—just seemed to have come from a completely different planet. Then I had an awakening. At the end of a long workday, I was in the transportation area of an airport, waiting for my ride to a hotel. A van slowed in front of me, passing slowly to park at the curb a couple of car lengths away. It wasn’t my ride but caught my attent ..read more
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A Little Bird Answers My Question
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2M ago
By Elyce E. Singleton, New Jersey I was driving to work and spied a little bird on the dividing line between lanes. Concerned for its safety, I quickly doubled back to the spot. When I turned around, I saw a man shooing the bird to the side of the road where there were no cars around. As I got out of my car, I asked the man, “Where did you come from?” He replied that he’d pulled over for the bird. The bird was now on someone’s front lawn and out of danger from passing cars. I asked the man if he thought it was injured. I told him I’d take it to The Raptor Trust—a sanctuary for injured and orp ..read more
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The Miracle of a Cat Named Kimba
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3M ago
By Deborah Paris, Western Australia When Jason and I got married, I had five cats—all from rescue homes, and all pure white. Unfortunately my husband had allergies, which meant that certain rooms were out of bounds for my furry friends. The years passed, and my little companions eventually reached old age. One by one, they moved on to the higher worlds, until only Kimba was left. This gave him special privileges, such as being allowed in the lounge. When Kimba turned nineteen, my husband was in his second year of chemotherapy. I would often hear Jason talking to Kimba. The cat sat at his feet ..read more
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A Dog Brings Divine Love to a Woman in Need
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by Harold Klemp
4M ago
By Sri Harold Klemp A certain woman was considered to be very strong by her friends. She was the person that others went to when they had trouble in their lives. But one morning she woke up feeling depressed, lonely, forgotten, and unloved. Seventeen years ago on this date her father had died, and she had kept her sorrow to herself all these years. She felt terrible, but she went to work. Her boss was a very understanding person. “On a day like this, sometimes it’s better just to forget work,” he advised. “Go to some special place or talk with a special person.” And the woman had someone in m ..read more
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Rescuing Rosie, the Adventurous Cockatiel
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5M ago
By Sibylle Saunders, Vermont My husband, Tom, and I went hiking on a beautiful Vermont fall day. We went to a nearby pond, where we heard a number of birds. From across the pond came one bird sound we didn’t recognize. The bird got closer and closer. Was it a cardinal? A warbler? Suddenly the bird flew over us to a tree, and we saw a flash of color. We then realized it was a cockatiel. Someone’s pet must have gotten loose. It called to us, and we started calling back. Tom pulled out peanuts and raisins from his backpack. As a farm boy he had learned to lie down to attract wandering heifers, r ..read more
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Sharing Shade with a Rattlesnake
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by Gai Lawson
6M ago
Gai Lawson, British Columbia, Canada As a student of Eckankar, I have an understanding of how the Mahanta, my spiritual guide, often shelters me under his umbrella of divine love and offers me respite from the sometimes frantic world around me. This divine love supported me when we relocated last year. We moved across the country to a semiarid region. Our neighborhood is in a grasslands area with sagebrush and other small shrubs but no big trees. We can see the forest far off in the distance, higher up on the mountains across the wide river valley. The sun really heats up the hillsides where ..read more
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Pets Are Vehicles for Love
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by Harold Klemp
7M ago
By Sri Harold Klemp People who are new to Eckankar are sometimes surprised when they hear us refer to cats and dogs as Soul. In ECK, we do regard our pets as Soul. Why? Because they are. They’re a creation of God—just as surely as we are. When a cat translates, or dies, something leaves just as surely as when a human being dies. When a baby takes its first breath of life, something comes in. This happens just as surely as in a kitten. Human vanity likes to say, “God made us and put a Soul in us,” as if you can possess Soul. But in Eckankar, we say, “We are Soul.” We are Soul, and through succ ..read more
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How Do You Teach a Canada Goose to Fly?
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8M ago
By Patrick Dongvillo, Oregon I was driving home on a stormy night, when my headlights suddenly outlined a solitary goose standing in the farm’s driveway. This goose shouldn’t be here. It’s supposed to be in the barn, I thought. With the safety of the farm, domestic geese never really learn to fly; they just become fat and happy. So this lone goose would likely be a sitting duck for some hungry coyote. But I was in my warm, dry car, wearing my good clothes. Outside it was wet, cold, and windy. Even though my inner guidance said, “Just do it,” my mind was trying to convince me the goose could t ..read more
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A Cat Teaches that Love is Eternal
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9M ago
By Jamie Obakponovwe, Minnesota While settling into the rhythm of a new job and home, my husband and I adopted two kittens who were sisters, Wilma and Luisa. Instantly they brightened our lives and gave us constant, unconditional love—each in her own special way. While Wilma lived in motion, Luisa was the quiet, gentle observer. She sat straight and tall—often under a lampshade—and embodied stillness and contentment. Luisa unexpectedly passed away. We were heartbroken. She was there one day and gone the next. In the weeks that followed I felt a blanket of sadness I could not shake. I though ..read more
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A Greyhound Named Tinkerbell Becomes a Magnet for Love
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9M ago
By Stephanie Clay, England, United Kingdom Some time ago I was walking my neighbor’s dog, a smart greyhound named Tinkerbell; Tink for short. My neighbor had cancer, and dog walks were not something she could do. Out in the woods Tink was startled by a loud firework. She headed off quickly—after all, she is a greyhound! I looked for her for a long time in the chilly woods. Then, as night fell, I sadly walked back to my neighbor’s house. I’d done all I could but felt afraid for Tink and terrible that I had let down my neighbor by losing her dog. Silently I sang HU, a sacred name for God, and a ..read more
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