Is humanity’s survival dependent upon remembering, then reactivating, our purest ancestral roots? I’m not referring to cultural, religious, national, or familial allegiances – our roots go back much further than that! I am suggesting a 300,000 year old universal reunion with our original animal souls – the part of us that knows how to heal and stabilize universal social order.
Archaeologists believe more complex technology and cultures evolved only 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, when the Homo sapien emerged. It wasn’t until the human spur of evolution arrived did we, or our world, need any healing. The planet and its inhabitants were flourishing before MANkind de-stabilized the natural balances. At this evolutionary juncture, The Collective‘s (Feminine) welfare became secondary to one’s personal (Masculine) betterment. MANkind turned away from an equality-based, win-win, ‘giving and receiving’ relational cycle. He restructured interaction styles to be hierarchical (patriarchal), aligning with 2 types of imbalanced karma: debt-obligation and conflict. Their life lessons enforced win-lose outcomes because men prefer imbalanced power dynamics. These ‘doing and taking’ relationship styles also prioritized personal gain at the expense of The Collective.
To compare, animals typically operate from a rather motivationally pure core. Regularly, they resort to violence if struggling to survive, protect themselves, their families, or their procreative needs. But MANkind’s corrupt or perverted actions more regularly stem from feelings of rage, revenge, to see the wrongdoer suffer, or seek retribution for a perceived injustice. In 2020, Americans witnessed an ungovernable 30% increase in murders, and a 23% rise in suicides from 2009-2018. On a symbolic level, I believe man’s uncontrolled narcissistic and savage impulses, grounded themselves inside us. Once again, after centuries of threatening each other‘s survival, we are now threatening our own, allowing a virus to live and mutate inside our own bodies! What are we to do? As trite as it sounds “love” is, and will always be, the answer. Anyone who has ever developed a loving relationship with an animal has felt the divine healing of unconditional love – a love that’s rarely experienced with another human being. Self-worth, emotional safety, and acceptance of who we are, can become an experiential truth in these animal-bonding relationships. Animals’ relational-mentoring is also known to trigger karmic glimpses of being viscerally loved (an emotional or sensory response with no words). Their masterful role-modeling allows us to just be us while they unconditionally love even our most self-denied and self-rejected behavioral traits. Such heart-connected experiences can melt away hateful, raging, vengeful traits, replacing them with more loving, nurturing, and empathetic human characteristics. Whether through philanthropy, adoption, fostering, or rehabilitating animals in the wild, human beings can give themselves the rare opportunity to feel unconditionally loved. By spending more time in the natural world, and developing deeper relationships with animals, we can all learn to create more loving connections with others, and ultimately ourselves.
I can only wonder what our world would be like if we displaced our most inhumane behaviors, and resurrected our ‘more humane’ animal natures.
Read Janey’s article in the November 2021 issue of Sybil Magazine.