There is always a sacred agreement happening between the hunter and the hunted on a soul level.
No matter as how cruel or nasty we humans like to see the natural eating rituals of tigers, wolves, cats or hawks, for example, these moments are always happening in the name of love. Our limited way to see these moments is just another example of how arrogant we are as humans, judging the ways others live on this planet solely with our eyes and way too rational minds, not with our hearts. If we, for once, took the effort and looked and listened to these hunters, truly with open hearts, we would see and hear and understand that it is just love and respect and gratitude taking place in every hunt that ever happens out there, in the nature, or even in our barn yards.
Nature is far more wiser than we are.
We humans surely talk about love all the time and we like to think that we know what (unconditional) love is, but hardly do.
Eating for nourishment of one’s body is an act of love, too.
Animals do eat with gratitude and sometimes even sing to their prey, or bless their food, because then their prey/food nourishes their cells much better.
Do humans love and bless their food?
Not so often…
Humans like to name their precious food with negative words like junk food.
(I have talked about the vibes we put into our food (=our bodies) for example in Intuition Deck.)
Is there any feeling of honoring the food – or your cells & body – in that?
If you think that you eat ”junk”, then junk is what you become, a proper nourishment of the body, on a spiritual level or on the physical level, never takes place. In addition, if you think the food you eat, makes you fat, then it does make you fat.
Simple as that. Our cells have ears. Our cells live out of love, not (self) hatred or junk thoughts.
Every thought we make is a call that the whole universe is able to hear according to the law of attraction. Thoughts, and intentions behind them, are the key to a better life and to a better, healthier body as well. Animals never waste their thoughts on nonsense like we do… animals never make themselves sick with their own thoughts either.
(Humans are masters in creating thought worms that eat the light out of their energy bodies and eventually manifest as illnesses, or fat – or whatever… In the world of energies you become what you think, because your cells hear you and react to you and do what you ask them to do: this is also the basic idea of any energy healing method as well. Cells need light & love in order to be healthy – animals know that and their intentions are always based on love.)
Where animals eat with love, humans take everything for granted. We think that other living beings on this planet are here to serve us, or to entertain us. Especially when we kill them… Animals never complain about being our food, but they do complain about the ways we treat them in the killing process. There is no love, no respect and definitely no gratitude. They would love to serve us, but they also ask for respect for the sacrifices they are willing to make. They are loving, living, thinking creatures, with much higher consciousness than we humans have. We have a long way to go until we are on the same level with them, what it comes to listening to our hearts, unconditional love and unconditional respect for life.
Maybe we have a thing or two to learn from predators or their preys themselves.
In this chapter, Nedda Wittels, another animal communicator, speaks with Echo, her horse (Echo has been hunted in previous lives) and with one of her cats, Sunshine, about eating and hunting.
Nedda asks: Doesn’t the prey animal feel fear and anger toward the predator?
Echo the horse answers:
Fear, certainly, but not anger. Fear is the self-preservation mechanism of the physical form. It makes the body defend itself. However, if the life is requested by the predator for purposes of survival and if the predator shows respect and honors they prey, the offering of one’s body for food of another is a great gift.
Nedda: What form does the honoring take among the animals?
Echo: The predator asks something like this:
Noble being, I am hungry and seek sustenance.
Will you offer yourself to honor me in this way?
They will reply to the effect,
Noble one, I do offer myself to you with blessings.
May you grow strong through the nourishment of my body.
Nedda: At what point in the hunt does this conversation take place?
It takes place when the prey is first sighted or during the chase, or even after capture, although usually at the point of capture, the agreement has already been made.
Nedda: Sunshine, you hunt for a living at the stable where Echo lives. I’ve seen you take down birds, rabbits, and moles. Does Echo’s description of the exchange between predator and prey match your experience as a hunter?
Sunshine answers: Yes, Sometimes I sing a song of honor. I have different song for each species. Because I never know who is available when I set out to hunt, I wait until I have sighted my prey. Then I sing. Then I attack.
Nedda: Would you sing one of your songs of honor?
Sunshine: Here’s my song for hunting rabbits, who I do love to eat.
Rabbit, noble Rabbit,
Who hops with power and speed,
Honor this hungry Cat with your Tasty nourishment.
I thank you for sustaining me through another day.
I send you blessings, love, and light, to you and your family,
That we may all share the Earth together for all of time.
Nedda: That is certainly a beautiful song. Do the rabbits sing back to you?
Sometimes. Some reply more simply.
Sunshine also answers to a question about cats “playing” with their catch.
We do not “play” with it. We do like to show off our catch, and sometimes we toss it about for that purpose. Other times we’re practicing our skills. When one depends upon hunting for life, it is important to maintain a clear eye, a steady claw, and a strong pounce.
Echo the horse talks also about humans in this same chapter.
Very few humans honor animals and plants at the time they are taken. Many more humans assume that life is here to serve them, but that is not automatically the case. We are here to share the Earth with each other. Plants and animals are both expressions of intelligence and spirit. If humans would ask the animals to make the sacrifice of their bodies, the animals surely would. To take without asking is stealing, and the energy of the food is less nourishing and may even be harmful to the one who is eating it.
Do animals honor the plants they eat?
Oh, yes. Even though you see us horses diving into our grain buckets or eating grass and hay voraciously, we do indeed say prayers for the food we eat.
Here’s one my mother taught me.
Spirit of grasses, legumes, shrubs, and vines,
Your sweetness and juices are like fine wines.
I thank you for granting me health and good times,
May your summer be long and lush.
Spirit of grasses, legumes, shrubs, and vines,
I sing to your beauty and bounty divine.
I give thanks and respect for your offering to me,
And bless you with love and light endlessly.
(See also quote from Maia Kincaid’s book which was published earlier in this blog.)
Is there a great lesson here for humanity about not loving our food, or what?
We like to think that we are “civilized” creatures and other beings are not.
And as beings which are practically civilized out of our inner guidance, throw away tons of food every day.
This is one of the most precious pieces of animal wisdom I have seen.
Not many of us are ready – or willing – to see it…
There is a time and place for everything in life, and when we are ready, the teacher(s) appears.
My teachers appeared the moment I began to explore the world of animal (& plant) wisdom.
And it is a wisdom that resonates with my heart like no other wisdom.
Have a good day – and a good dinner!
Eat, prey, love.