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From a truly holistic perspective, death is a continuation of the healing process. Death, as an event, is part of a larger process of sharing love and understanding in infinite ways. The meaning of all the particulars of any event lies in our ongoing response to it. This internal aspect of any
In death, as in life, our interpretation of what is happening to us through our experience both internally and externally forms a notion of a sequence of events; like a string of pearls
Each event, each pearl along the way, elicits from us consciously, the deeper innate forces that make us who we are. The conditions around us and the conditions within us; both physically and emotionally, come together and create a meal
Understanding disease from a holistic perspective as healing episodes (periods in which the individual mind/body releases or sheds what is no longer wanted or is no longer
The understanding of symptoms of any kind is a reflection and
The root of this fear, of fear itself, lies in the source of limited vision; vision predominated by the individual ego. The ego sees itself as being something different from everything around it (a localized, predominantly non-holistic perspective) and must stay in control for its continued existence in its allotted, limited understanding. It is capable of only predominantly, logical, sequential understanding, as it arises from localized perception. The ego is designed to navigate the experience apparatus (physical body) through the material world without mishap, without colliding into other physical structures and insuring minimal physical harm.
The perspective of only looking out from the center of a physical body limits the full investigation of the metaphysical (a reality predominantly of non-localized phenomena and principles), just as the of physical light in the electro-magnetic spectrum is limited. Demanding the ego's function to gratify more encompassing truths, makes it indeed uneasy.
There is another style of functioning, a range of frequencies containing data that lies outside the range of the individual ego. Its source is the cosmic ego or cosmic mind. Awakening to this physiology in daily functioning, requires a "bowing", a surrendering of the localized ego to the flow of more delicate and more expansive knowing. The flow of such knowing is natural and in tune with different laws of nature other than the navigation of physical bodies in space. Together, all these ranges of knowing and living are contained and directed; the body is known and felt to be a physical extension of undifferentiated nonphysical energy. Actions are not only physically performed, but also cosmically directed, through a joyful ego, relieved of a heavy, misdirected burden. This balance in living leads to an inevitable redefinition of the self (Self), and hence, a more inclusive appreciation and love for life.
Without this style of cosmic functioning, a gentler, true and loving
In the ego's uncomfortable dis-ease state, without the cosmic
At the basis of this holistic understanding and more importantly, holistic functioning, the fear of disease melts, as the baggage of unwanted limitations
Animals know the blessings of rest instinctively and use rest with great wisdom.
Death, is an event, known for sure, only from the outside. It is a quantum extension of disease or healing episodes, a mixture of them both in fact, depending on the concentration of fear and love ingredients in the soup known as Self. Are we the tattered coats over-worn and no longer wanted? Or, are we the
Our pets are with us, as they are one of the many gifts of nature. They are special in that through the intimacy that develops between us, they get under our skin, eat our food, breathe our air, even think, and begin to own our thoughts and feelings. As a gift to us from nature, they are innocent reflectors of life, while maintaining their own intimate unbreakable connection to their source deep in unconditional love. For them, it is not a question or even a choice of severing this conscious link, if only for a moment.
Our pets give us
Our pets are microcosms of life itself, their living and dying in a shortened time frame of one to two decades. The joy we receive from them is in their
There are few avenues left for nature to have her input on us as humans; especially, in the concrete jungles of urban sprawl. Pets or gardens are two of the few remaining bastions of harmony from which nature can speak to us loudly enough for most of us to still hear.
Our pet's living and dying are embodiments of the noble virtues mixed with a graceful, loving flow; placed in a setting devoid of a deadline and "I told you so". This style of living for most of us is, but a far away dream of utopia or heaven. In our pet's simplicity and grace, lies the eternal secrets that stretch beyond the events interpreted as life or death and joy or suffering. Our little, and not so little friends' job, (if we need to give them one) is to remind us of these secrets that we've forgotten in the rustle of a moment of rekindled fear.
Our pets do not suffer as we do, they greet the new situation of temporary restriction with ease and love rekindled; this lends itself to quick adjustment. When we extend our discomfort onto them, and see them as ourselves in situations that we greatly fear; then, we can only see ugly disease, devoid of love, all around us. Overwhelmed, we actively become our deepest fears. This is what elicits terror in the soul; for in doing this, we have made ourselves powerless, frozen, and helpless in our deeper (and most of the time, latent)
The basis of suffering and overwhelming pain is the interpretation that we place on the temporary restriction. But, this restriction is necessary, as during this healing episode, rest is required. Attention must be drawn inwards for improved rewiring and enhanced structural integrity. We are more than physical bodies, we are extensions of non-physical energy. There is nothing stronger than entertaining death, or the thought of death, will help us,
Lucky, a three-year-old Black Lab broke his leg, below the shoulder and the front leg had to be removed. After four days of lying around, he returned to running and playing with his usual gusto, though having been slowed down a bit by only having three legs. He had adjusted to the new conditions of life, as happy as before. Should this have happened to a human, this same smooth adjustment is oftentimes unreachable or at best attainable only after years of soul searching and deep introspection. The obstacles to speedy, full recovery are thoughts and feelings like; "I'll never win a race again...
It is natural law that physical disease will follow this kind of thinking and feeling of lack and self-unworthiness, as there is a continuum between the different levels of life, from gross to subtle and beyond. In the absence of conscious unconditional love, disease will express itself in a myriad of forms as long as the underlying bed of discontent continues. Lucky doesn't waste his time on his own perception of lack, for in the natural flow of things; this understanding serves no purpose; and thus, is not supported from the perspective of universal flow.
Our pets mirror us through the reflection of love. This picture is not like that of a simple mirror that hangs in the dressing room and simply reverses left and right. This new image is a reflection that passes through a mirror with crystals of unconditional love on the back, warming the light with the glow of freedom and security as it passes through. These crystals are our pet's conscious knowing of its place in the universe, combined with the joy of having a family and master all wrapped into one. This makes their living, their role in life clear, simple, and extremely fulfilling, all they do in their unconditional joy is innocently
With death, there's loss,
Death of a close one deprives us of their company and the future joys it brings. Locked into a vision that the future cannot serve us as well as the past, we can sink into the abyss of our own sense of lack and helplessness. Without a new dream, the climb out is
If we want to be close to our recently departed pet, it is very important that we lift ourselves out of this abyss of disease, laden with self-pity, devoid of any love of life. Upon our pet's release from the body, the vibrational frequency is changed to one of great lightness, and unmistakable love, mixed with freedom.
Oftentimes, during the euthanasia process, there is a moment of release and peace, and if the owner is in an emotional space sensitive to this eternal process of returning home; then, great joy and relief is experienced. If we can resonate in this manner, after the loved one has departed; then, our loved one can come close to us, if only for a second to again reassure us that all is well.
As soon after death or even before, whenever we can muster it, think of your pet when he or she was
Sometimes, our pets linger in pre-death waiting longer than is necessary because it is important to them that their master(s)
Letting your pet go must happen beyond words and beyond superficial emotions. For them to feel right about leaving, they must know for sure, from some sign from you, that you will be well, to whatever extent, without them. They wish to know with certainty, that through your relationship with them, you have gained some increased sensitivity in the nature of your own being, for it is theirs as well. Our pets are in tune with the deepest of our knowing, a mixture of projected feelings, pictures, and intentions. They barely hear our words that don't ring true, but sense to their core, our core feelings, and reflect them back in love. This is done, whether they are playful in health or restful in the physical weakness of great transformation.
Death can be viewed as the release of an imprisoned spirit from lodging, no longer nurturing. This escape
Times of death can be very trying if the attachments to conditions of life are strong, where conditions are felt to be stronger than love itself. If
How we deal with death through this entire process sows the seeds of how the next generation and how our loved ones deal with the eternal notion of death. You want your children to be at your funeral, don't you? You don't want to be at theirs. Showing them your wisdom and love knowing at this time of great change and sensitivity, will bring great benefits of ease to the family's life, beyond your conscious knowing
How you project your thoughts and emotions during these challenging times will set the stage for the next generations' actions and understandings of the family bond. This bond congeals greatly in our response to the extremes of what life has to offer. These times, in the break of routine living and obvious universal change, offer an ideal setting that deepens the personal bonds among the family on many levels of life simultaneously. Seeing each member as a timeless force of beauty and light will help bring words of comfort and love to the mouth and heart and help begin the process afresh of greater love for all.
May this time of immense transition for you and yours,
Be blessed with the peace and grace of love unbounded,
Unfettered by the sadness of weaknesses.
And heartfelt pangs of lesser understandings
No longer useful.
May the old, now retired friends of yesterday's smallness
Be put to rest with thankfulness
Only to give rise to new life's wonderments
Up until now,
In sleeping love.