Jump down one rabbit hole, and a mysterious thing happens. More rabbit holes appear, begging you to leap further into them. Two years of this, and I will assure you, firsthand, that my spare time involves a lot of jumping and leaping.
I’m reminded of the isomer poems of William Blake, The Tiger and The Lamb. How prophetic was Blake in his knowing of The Lamb not wanting to be awakened Sheeple and the Tiger burning in its knowledge. It poses the question of whether it’s better to live with the wool over our eyes, in ignorant bliss, or fully awake and aware to truths in spite of miseries that this enlightenment brings. Aside from Lambs and Tigers, what higher spirit animal can we call upon for change?
I’ve wandered in a complete 180, from Little Lamb to Wolf. My appetite for freedom of conformity calls me to a higher consciousness–the silence of snow falling, primitive as a winter wilderness. I’ve lost trust in our educational system, political system, healthcare system–and all systems far removed from nature, pushing metal and pollution against its spirit and tainting its essence. I am deeply rooted in my own intuition and instincts. I am aware of my own power removed from societal constraints, and I know of my ability to call a pack, to lead with strength, howling against societal evils. I am not easily domesticated. I cannot be captured. I will pick the woods over a technological wasteland. I would rather run free than own a city penthouse. I favor silence to the rat race. Success, to me, is making a difference, not making a living.
Sheep follow, the Tiger knows, and the Wolf leads. I’ve journeyed with all these animals in my awakening. Briefly, I was an elephant, in fact, faced with a long journey. I was hunted, trying to hide, alone in my plight.
I was a monkey, too, in a laboratory, alongside other monkeys, part of a massive scientific experiment. We were all being tortured by white-coated humans in authority, poking and prodding us, documenting their results.
I was a cow, repeatedly slaughtered, coming back for a few days to experience horrific conditions and my murder. Again and again and again I was a cow stuck in a life and death loop, existing but not living, stuck, unable to transcend.
When we awaken, our souls can see similarities in the souls of all living things. Our connections remind us that we are spiritual beings currently having a human experience. It’s humbling to consider how far our souls have traveled prior to landing in our current form.