From a very tender age I never had a doubt in my mind that I would see my pets that had passed away, again in the future. My dogs, cats, exotic pet skunks, exotic pet raccoons, rodents, ferrets, parrots, birds, reptiles, amphibians, even my alligator.
Having that unequivocal faith has saved me from much pain and suffering. Not just the loss of my beloved pets but also the day my son passed away caused by a horrible accident. Having that undisputable devotion got me through that awful day and every single day since.
It wasn’t just my religious upbringing that gave me that crystal belief but also Near-Death experiences (NDEs), I first learned of such experiences through a Death and Dying course I took many years ago. Ever since taking that course the subject has intrigued me so I try to stay up on the latest research.
I think the proof is in the pudding because of detailed research of Near Death Experiences (NDEs). My interests sparked by scientific exploration into the field of life after death. The subject is no longer taboo, as the subject has become mainstream science, as more scientists, physicians, clergy, psychologists, and other professionals are researching and become expert in the field. Over 8 million Americans alone have experienced NDEs many greeted by loved ones including previous pets.
God gave a divine spark which gives life to all living things; including animals. Many religions in the world accept this as truth. We can call this divine spark the Holy Spirit, spiritual essence; a life force in all humans and animals. I have often wondered if this life force includes plant life. Is this life force the soul?
I think an excellent example of my view of life, the afterlife, life force, and how all life force (spiritual essence, divine spark) is tied together by this single life force was seen in the movie Avatar.
As I research the sacred books of many religions, to name a few Qur'an, the Vedas, Kabbalah, Torah, the Holy Bible touch on the subject of the afterlife, and animals having souls. Even ancient African texts, from which many religions grew, gave reference to animals and souls.
References from sacred books
Genesis 6:17 (King James Version)
“And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.”
Holy Bible Genesis 6:17 (New International Version)
“I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.”
The Book of Revelations is full of descriptions of Heaven, including animals. Interestingly enough, it was the animals that were able to open the seals of the scroll held by the One on the throne.
Qur'an Sura 6 - Al-Anaam (MAKKA): Verse 38
“There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.”
Buddhism, though not a religion, is not based on a single holy book. The Tripitaka, one part of the Dhamma as told by Buddha references that all creatures (including animals) have a soul.
Kabbalah and the Torah teach that animals have a soul as well as free will.
We can turn to science. If a person believes in evolution, we all came from animals. Therefore, animals have souls. Humans have viewed animals as inferior, as service animals, as slaves, or worst as food. To be contained in deplorable conditions, to suffer only to be slaughtered.
Non-believers of near death experiences have been quickly converted after experiencing an NDE. Or another person who began as a skeptic, spent years witnessing people who passed on and also experienced NDEs, then became a devote believer. This person was Dr Elisabeth Kübler-Ross who dedicated her life to dying people. Many of these people experienced NDEs and described their occurrences to Ross. These people included children and adults and many people witness their pets in the afterlife during their NDE.
There is no doubt in my mind I will share my life with my beloved pets and exotic pets again when it is time for me to give up my physical body.
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