The consciousness of animals has his has its own purposes and intents. Animals are slaughters under the most cruel circumstances for human consumption for then they are treated simply as food stuff.
It seldom occurred to anyone that certain forms of animal consciousness came in physical form by choice, that certain species are prized by man and protected or that the consciousness of such animal had anything at all to do with such an overall arrangement.
Man is more part of nature that he realize it and in the greater realm of activity he cannot take any actions with which the rest of nature does not agree for its own reasons.
Animals can communicate with man and man can communicate with other species with all species. Such communication has always gone on. Man cannot afford to become aware of such communication at this point simply because our entire culture is based upon the idea of the animal natural subordinate position.
The men that slaughter animals cannot afford to treat those animals as possessors of living consciousness.
There is beneath it all an important unity. A sense of communion as one portion of earth’s living consciousness dies to insure the continued life of all nature.
The natural sacrament however turns into something else entirely when the gift is so misunderstood and when the donor is treated so poorly.
Many animals enjoy work and purpose. They enjoy working with man. Horses enjoyed the contribution they made to man’s world. They understood their riders far more that the riders understood them.
Many dogs enjoy being family protection. There are deep emotional bonds between men and many species of animals.
There is emotional response. Dolphins for example respond emotionally to man’s world. The animals of an farm are emotionally aware of the overall psychological content of the farmer’s life and that of each member of his family.
Consciousness is filled with content. The farmer’s animals understand that in a certain fashion he is a midwife responsible for some of their births. Food comes from his hands.
The animals understand on their own that life on any terms that are physical ends with death that the physical properties must be returned to the earth from which they came.
Animals do not blame human beings for anything.
We have forgotten as society how much we learned from animals. We learned a good deal of medicine from watching the animal behavior. We learned what plants to avoid and which to cultivate. We learned how to rid of lice by going into the water. We learned social behavior by watching animals.
At one time we could identify ourselves with animals and they with us.
Domesticated animals have their own reasons for choosing such a state. Cats for example in nature explore one kind of nature. In wilderness will be far fewer cats. They might choose to eat minces.
The household cat is exploring a different kind of nature in which he has a certain relationship to human consciousness, a reality that changes the reality of his particular kind of consciousness.
The household cats understand their relationship with the human reality. They enjoy contributing to your life as much as any wild animal enjoys being a part of its group.
There is no such thing as a cat consciousness or a bird consciousness. There are instead simply consciousnesses that choose to take certain focuses. Then there is no prepackaged predestined particular consciousness that is meant to be human either.
from A Seth Book Dream Evolution and Value Fulfillment by Jane Roberts and Robert F Butts