I had a visit from the horsing community last night whilst preparing my dinner. Fortunately it was an energetically house call, as the small dimensions of my kitchen would have made any food preparation amongst an herd of horses very difficult.
The timing of this equine visit aligned with recent media exposure of the treatment of hundreds of racehorses in Australia. For those unaware of the coverage, video footage has been shared publicly showing many horses, who have left the racing industry, being beaten and killed in Eastern Australia. The ABC documentary has left many people reacting and questioning, not only the industry but also those servicing the abattoirs.
Within the racing industry, laws have been broken. Where this is occurring, racehorses are not legally allowed to be sent to slaughter. There is supposed to be a system ensuring their care and safety in retirement. Within the abattoirs, everything that is occurring is legal, but many people are questioning the morality of these deaths. So what makes this so different to other animals being sent to slaughter?
Recent conversations with other horses and my dear friend, Catherine Louise Birmingham, have shown how horses are bringing a more raised awareness to humanity through the close relationship they share with humans. Millions of humans are connecting with their fears and emotions through the assistance and guidance of horses. Horses are, literally, working their way into our lives on so many levels: work, sport, social events, healing and companionship.
“People are associating with us. They see our strength, our beauty, our vitality and gracefulness. They expect more for us.”
Do we care more for these animals than others only because they have given to us? They financially, emotionally and culturally contribute to our society. Do these factors increase our care factor and compassion for this species over others?
Horses have served and helped humans for generations. They have quietly helped us evolve, physically and energetically, through understanding and guidance. Shifts in perspective and deeper understanding are occurring, leaving an expired association in our relationship with horses that serves humanity no more. We no longer need that level of servitude with animals. We are entering a stage in our relationship where we will live as equal beings together. It is time for humans to allow horses, and other species to go into retirement. Their duties are done, it is now up to us to activate and action the knowledge they have shared, and are continuing to share.
My equine visitors shared how the qualities we admire in them, beauty, grace, speed and strength are not respected anymore. We need to go back to that and connect with them again.
When different species live alongside each other, their life experience together is more intimate. Through observation and events, they learn to understand and respect each other more clearly. They witness each other’s emotions. They see and feel each other’s pain, sadness, happiness, love and passion. All that we experience, they do too.
When a species becomes part of an industry, a system manufacturing them specifically for human use and consumption, their financial value supersedes any emotional consideration from their manufacturer, distributor, retailer or anyone involved in the supply chain. Those working in the industries disconnect from any trace of empathy. They go into survival mode along with the animal they are processing.
These horses are acting as a vital link between humans and slaughtered animals. They are bringing the connection of what really happens in an abattoir to many people and creating emotional triggers to encourage change.
Why someone reacts can only be answered by that person, but why are so many people reacting to this documentary?
Horses are sharing how they are being a bridge between domesticated and farmed animals. “Our environment crosses these boundaries, our lives cross these boundaries”. Humans care for and bond with horses. Their strength, beauty and companionship is recognised. Many humans associate with horses on an individual level. We relate to them as beings differently to other industry-based species which is why the emotional attachment is stronger than with other species. Because we see and feel their emotions through this bond, we also see and feel their pain and upset when they are mistreated and killed. This may be why so many people have reacted very strongly to the footage in the ABC documentary.
We are taught form a very young age to disconnect, emotionally, from many farmed animals. Our experiences with these animals are limited or filtered to minimise emotional bonding.
Many of us are taught that meat is a staple food source. That we need it, as an human, to survive. It is no surprise then, if we find ourselves connecting with our food source and questioning that relationship, we create a fear that our survival is under threat, so we emotionally disconnect again. It becomes a cycle which continues generation through generation until we learn to stop and consider our belief systems, ceasing the process of disconnection.
These horses are here as our emotional conscience, reconnecting us to that emotional link we cut when we become disconnected.
National Flag, one of the horses featured in the ABC documentary, shared with me how he felt let down by those he considered family. They were his herd. He loved to run and understood that as his purpose. He didn’t see this coming for him. This gentle Soul explained in detail how some animals don’t enter a lifetime with the specific purpose of raising humanity’s conscience. Some come to share lessons on a more personal level, others join what National Flag described as ‘a cause’. The best way I can describe what he shared is like an human signing up for a cause that motivates them into action. National Flag saw an opportunity to join others in this expose so he ‘signed up’. He continued to patiently share how animals are sometimes recruited during a particular lifetime by other animals for a cause. Like National Flag, they may not have necessarily entered that lifetime for that purpose but choose to sign up when approached, asked or advised of a cause by another animal. These are brave, selfless beings who are seeing the ‘bigger picture.’ They are helping us to help ourselves so that we can then help others. These lessons are coming in waves with each species, or lesson, being its own wave. National Flag showed this particular cause looking like one of the many images of horses bonded with the sea, creating a large wave.
He said they will keep coming with an unfaltering energy, like a rugby scrum. Because they are coming with, and from, a place of pure love, they will not tire. Each cause will bring a change, a shift in perspective and understanding. They need to come. Humans will struggle because of the instilled belief systems which have developed through many generations which now require adjusting.
The wise sage, Lee, wanted to share with me how horses are helping to open our hearts, which we have closed from the hurt experienced through these shifts and events. He shared that we have desensitised ourselves and will never heal if we carry on this way. It is up to us to use that pain created during our connection to these animals, bring it up to the surface and ‘fix’ it. Burying it deep inside will infect us. We will fester and die, as individuals and a species. Lee shared how we have, as a species, learnt how to bury whatever hurts us and it is now rotting us at our core. He confirmed what National Flag and the other horses had shared by saying that those who are bringing this to the surface are here to help humanity. The humans involved will be feared, so many people will react by trying to stop them but it is not them we are fearing, only what they are making us feel and experience. Lee asks us to take our focus off the catalyst and direct it into ourselves. An analogy Lee has shared with me and others, previously, showed fear as a splinter. The longer we leave it unattended, the deeper we allow it to bury itself within us and the more infected we become. Our body ceases to function fully while it fights the foreign object inside us. Fear is that foreign object. Those who are helping dig that splinter out create an uncomfortable experience for us while retrieving it but that pain is temporary. Once removed, we begin to heal and function fully when our body has nothing to fight against.
We are being shown more detailed imagery of animal cruelty, abuse and killings to enable and empower us into action. By getting angry, upset and frustrated, we are being triggered into questioning our belief system. Through understanding what has caused an emotion, we can begin to process and release it from within, rather than focus our emotions to external situations and people.
Interestingly, the horses shared how we must not treat those working in the industries to our anger and pain. A very challenging perspective for many, the horses shared how those working within these industries have disconnected so that they can ‘bring this to life’. National Flag confirmed this by saying that he doesn’t blame them. He shared how “they are bringing this lesson to the many”. All these horses, and many other species, want these systems to be exposed. They asked us “Don’t stop it”. What is happening will, otherwise, go underground.
The horses want to keep the momentum going to keep it alive and therefore, through change, keep them alive.
My visitors asked that we keep exposing what we are given. People’s minds will understand when they are ready and that is when change will happen.
“Seeing is believing”.
What we are shown forms our belief patterns. We have been shown what the animal industries want us to believe so by witnessing what is actually happening, belief systems adjust to bring a new level of understanding and compassion for these animals.
The ABC documentary is connecting us with, and highlighting so much. We are being shown to question our beliefs on consumption, speciesism, food sources, excess, greed, treatment and expectation.
We are being shown that money is not security. Wealth does not guarantee anything in life, including life itself.
We are being asked to consider how one being can treat another that way, regardless of species.
We are, again, being asked to assess our life choices and impact on all that is around us. The higher our demands for the products these industries, or any industry, create, they more the industries grow. It’s a simple solution of choosing to cease buying into it and only utilise what we need for our purpose and existence. Without demand, the supply will cease.
I remember being asked over thirty years ago “What is the point of you not eating meat?” The questioner then stated “One person won’t make a difference”. I responded by explaining how I understood it at the time: that of course it won’t make a difference if everyone thought that way but with each individual that chooses not to eat meat, it begins to add up and make a difference. As the animals continue to remind us, it has to start with ourselves, as individuals. Thankfully, others felt the same as me and change has occurred. Things will always stay the same if we choose to believe statements like the one shared with me.
The perspective that everyone can make a difference is very powerful and, once everyone understands and knows the power they have is within themselves, change will be fast.