Animals and the Afterlife
Everything you want to know about animals and the afterlife. Explore the death process of your animals and how they connect with those who have crossed over.
Over the years, many clients have asked me what happens when their animals pass into the Spirit.
This is a very simply question animals are spirits, as you are spirits. They are born, they live, they die, and they come back, again, into earthly bodies. In Spirit, they experience very much the same type of growth that you humans.
After all, humans are supposed to hold a very special place within creation; well, indeed you do. But this does not mean that you are the only living spirits. Animals are spirits; plants are spirits; even the rocks and minerals of the earth have some form of spirit life within their bodies.
So are animals the same as me and you? The answer to this question is both yes and no. Most of whom you would consider to be members of the wildlife kingdoms belong to what is known as group souls.
They have not experienced what Ancient Wisdom calls individualization; that is, one spirit or soul to one body.
They tend to travel as a group over soul and incarnate, jointly, within many different animal bodies. For instance, one hive of bees may, in fact, be one group spirit or soul incarnated within all of the individual bees.
You all know of great men and women whom we wish to emulate. These great people walk the earth with wisdom, love, and charity you observe their kindness and wisdom, and that inspires you to want to be more like them, because you see something in them that you have not yet attained in your lives.
This causes you all to grow and move along. This is why great men, women, prophets, and masters, from time to time. Thus it is with you and animals.
They share life with you, and a little bit of you rubs off on them. This causes them to grow and move along in their journey.
At some point, your animals will want to become even closer to you; they do that by planning, as spirit, incarnations which will bring them into close human contact. They do this primarily by becoming domesticated. These are the multitude of pets which you receive into your care and custody.
In this respect, animals become even more intimate with humans and share in the "human family" experience. This causes them to learn, even more, about love, dedication, loyalty, responsibility, and all the other characteristically human traits.
Eventually, certain animals will have achieved a high enough level of humaness to make what can be considered a quantum leap in their spiritual growth and evolution.
They separate from their group and become individualized spirits and souls. That is, they are no longer dependent upon the group. They are totally separate souls and spirits, just as you are. Each spirit incarnates into one body. There is no sharing of experiences or of bodily forms.
At this stage in their development, their progression is very similar to that of humans. They incarnate, reincarnate, develop experiences (as domesticated animals), and become more and more human-like in their character. They learn to love with greater passion; think with greater focus; plan, with greater ability; and, generally, become more and more human in their overall behavior. Many people comment on how human their pets seem to be.
The fact of the matter is: they are becoming more human in nature.