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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:36 PM

 

After spending time with my mother who is back in the hospital the most amazing thing happened.

She's not doing too well at the moment and my father is staying with her in the hospital as much as possible. The stroke has been devious. My parents have a dog and a koi pond which I have been caring for. They live in what is what was once a rural area that is being overtaken by "suburbs" but still have a great deal of untouched land that the burbs have driven the wildlife to.

This evening, no less than 30 minutes ago, I went to their house to accommodate their pets and show them some affection that they are missing out on while their normal caretakers are away.

I ride a bike. A scooter this evening and while tooling up their one mile driveway I came upon a stand of deer, at least six young ones. Normally they would have all ran like the wind at the sight of me but this time they just stood and stared as in a WTF are you? attitude. I stopped my bike and we stayed like that and I just told them "this is cool." They hung around for a few moments more and walked a few yards over and started grazing again.

Wild deer are extremely instinctual as to threat and this one time I think they felt something of my moment of mourning and concern. I am an atheist but at the moment I was convinced that there is still a lot out there that we don't understand. If I believed in god I would thank him now for that moment.

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Reply After spending time with my mother who is back in the hospital the most amazing thing happened. (Original post)
Whovian Nov 2012 OP
monmouth3 Nov 2012 #1
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #2
roguevalley Nov 2012 #63
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #64
roguevalley Nov 2012 #82
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #83
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #3
elleng Nov 2012 #4
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #5
Whovian Nov 2012 #56
Voice for Peace Nov 2012 #76
Raksha Nov 2012 #61
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #62
Whovian Nov 2012 #65
malaise Nov 2012 #6
EmeraldCityGrl Nov 2012 #7
Whovian Nov 2012 #10
EmeraldCityGrl Nov 2012 #11
Whovian Nov 2012 #12
femrap Nov 2012 #17
niyad Nov 2012 #24
Care Acutely Nov 2012 #36
femrap Nov 2012 #58
Care Acutely Nov 2012 #81
crunch60 Nov 2012 #53
catbyte Nov 2012 #67
Ednahilda Nov 2012 #70
goclark Nov 2012 #46
crunch60 Nov 2012 #54
HappyMe Nov 2012 #8
murray hill farm Nov 2012 #9
Whovian Nov 2012 #14
niyad Nov 2012 #26
CrazyOrangeCat Nov 2012 #43
2naSalit Nov 2012 #51
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #52
femrap Nov 2012 #13
niyad Nov 2012 #27
femrap Nov 2012 #31
dangin Nov 2012 #15
itsrobert Nov 2012 #16
femrap Nov 2012 #21
2naSalit Nov 2012 #50
Whovian Nov 2012 #22
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #45
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Cleita Nov 2012 #25
mckara Nov 2012 #28
femrap Nov 2012 #33
mckara Nov 2012 #55
Speck Tater Nov 2012 #29
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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:39 PM

1. They may have missed seeing your parents. Wow, what an experience. Hope mother is well soon..n/t

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:41 PM

2. Everything in the universe is connected

Perhaps it was a better fit than usual

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:50 AM

63. I agree. I also wish only the best to you and your

mama. I have been there with these and done that. Don't give up hope, honey. The brain will surprise you every time. Take care and be well too.

It could also be that you attacted comfort at some level we can only guess at and the loveliest creatures of all, animals came to give it to you. They see you as kind or they would have fled. Take it as a brilliant compliment and insight into your basic soul.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #63)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:54 AM

64. I believe you meant this post for Whovian and not me .......

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #64)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:34 AM

82. drop downs make me crazy. I also wish you well too though

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #82)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:35 AM

83. well i thank you

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:41 PM

3. What a beautiful post...

I suspect that, because of the encroaching suburbs, they are used to being around people. They probably did pick up on your non-threatening behavior........they knew you weren't hunting them.

Thank you for your beautiful little story, and I hope your mom recovers...

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:42 PM

4. Thank NATURE, dear Whovian.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:43 PM

5. There are levels of connection we barely comprehend

and I do not believe in God either.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:41 PM

56. We still have a long way to go.

 

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Response to Whovian (Reply #56)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:46 AM

76. if you want to explore

there's a great deal you can find about the "animal
spirit" of the deer -- and without having to assume any
particular beliefs, but just to read about how such things
are viewed by shamans and others.

I know this resonated for me after an encounter with two
deer that seemed so magical, personal & affected me for
days afterwards, I can still remember the feeling in those
moments.

It was about unconditional love, gentleness, and much
more.


Wishing the best for your mom (and dad) and yourself.


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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:59 PM

61. I think if you believe in the levels of connection you are a de facto "believer"

who simply chooses not to anthropomorphize or make a big deal out of it.

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Response to Raksha (Reply #61)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:37 AM

62. Book recommended

"Biocentrism". It deals with consciousness. Just started it, but I think this is something worth of research.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #62)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:57 AM

65. Sounds worth checking out.

 

I may visit amazon on this one.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:52 PM

6. Lovely

Just lovely

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:53 PM

7. I'm listening to a lecture on Mirror Neurons

It speaks of the wireless interconnectivity between all our brains. I don't see why that connectivity could not
extend to the animal kingdom. I believe your instincts are correct.

Hope your Mom is as comfortable as possible and gets stronger by the day.

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:57 PM

10. Just look at the connection between a horse and rider.

 

A dog and master, I hate to say it but even between cats and people.

Animals know more than we would like to admit.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:04 PM

11. I rode for many years.

There came a time with one mare I had for many years where I only had to think
of the cues I wanted to send. My seat, legs, hands became still and we communicated
through thought. I had forgotten about that, thanks for reminding me.

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:06 PM

12. I also rode. And "trained" many different animals from lions to Macaws.

 

There are connections that are made between the occasional human and animal.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:12 PM

17. Considering the

 

number of dimwitted people I have been surrounded by of late, I'm convinced that animals are definitely more intelligent than humans. I prefer their company than listening to some airhead yakking at me....or beside me into a cell phone.

They don't start wars; they don't ruin the environment; they provide companionship and they deserve respect.

And their beauty is just overwhelming.

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Response to femrap (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:18 PM

24. completely agree with you

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Response to femrap (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:44 PM

36. Absolutely.

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Response to Care Acutely (Reply #36)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:02 PM

58. I love your avatar. nt

 

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Response to femrap (Reply #58)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:03 PM

81. Thanks!

I'm a psych nurse, and I'm back in school for my doctorate, so it's a good fit in many ways.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:06 PM

53. They say that on every block, their is one house a feral cat will find and go to

 

knowing that it is a "safe house" with nothing to fear. Guess whose house that has been over a period of several years. I fed, trapped and found homes for several feral kitties over the years and kept four for myself. Mine have gone over the Rainbow Bridge now, but they were beautiful pets.. They knew where they would be loved.

Is there any way you could take their dog to the hospital so Mom could see him for a few minutes? Could you take her in a wheelchair outside so she could see him in a car window or maybe pet him? Sometime this really helps in the recovery process. sending healing vibes her way.

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #53)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:13 AM

67. LOL. WE had the "feral cat sucker sign" at our house until we had to move due to my husband's health

In 24 years at our house, we either took in or found homes for 45 feral cats. I have a job, but I feel that was my true calling.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:52 AM

70. Cats, yes!

In 2008, my husband had an extremely delicate spine operation. After three days in the hospital, he was sent home and, naturally, spent the first few days taking long naps. One of our cats never left his side. She had always slept near me, but had never been overly interested in him. Nonetheless, she would nap directly next to him, laying her back alongside his, until he became more mobile; then she followed him around for days. When it was clear he was getting back to normal, she returned to her usual behavior. She had always done this when I was unwell, but I attributed that to my affection for her.

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:32 PM

46. Prayers for your Mother and the family

Your concerns for the animals was so touching.

I immediately recalled how my darling Maltese was able to sense my feelings and he could also tell if I was not feeling well. One example:

I had major surgery - the doctor's orders were that I stay home for 5 weeks and recuperate. From the moment that I came home, Muffy never left my side.

Weeks later, I was sleeping and all of a sudden I woke up and realized that Muffy was walking across my stomach - I was so upset, I almost started to cry.
Then I realized, it was almost five weeks to the day ---- Muffy was telling me that I was well. The doctor agreed.

Another example -- his "Pet Sitter" had two huge dogs. Muffy was not afraid of them. One of the dogs had seizures. The owner told me that she trained Muffy to quickly place his paw on her dogs paw when the dog had a seizure.

At first, it was hard to believe that " My Little Muffy" could have such a keen sense. It became routine and once again " Dr. Muffy" was fantastic.

Another time I was watching TV with Muffy and all of a sudden my head started pounding. I was trying to reach for the phone to call for my neighbor as Muffy jumped into my lap and started licking my face -- when he finally stopped, It was then that I realized, the Headache, I was under a lot of stress at the time, was gone.

I called the Dr. and he still advised me to go to the hospital.
They determine that it was STRESS.

Dr. Muffy was a sweetheart.


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Response to goclark (Reply #46)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:15 PM

54. Maltese are one of the smartest breeds of dogs .You're lucky Muffy was yours, she was

 

special indeed.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:56 PM

8. What a lovely post.

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:57 PM

9. Yugen: a Japanese word~~~~meaning...

"An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words."
I love that there is such a word.

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Response to murray hill farm (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:07 PM

14. Thank you. I never knew that. nt

 

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Response to murray hill farm (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:19 PM

26. what a wonderful word and concept--thank you for sharing it with us.

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Response to murray hill farm (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:25 PM

43. I really like that . . . n/t

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Response to CrazyOrangeCat (Reply #43)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:44 PM

51. That's a wonderful thing that there's a word for that.

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Response to murray hill farm (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:54 PM

52. Iknow that feeling, and and delighted there is a word for it.

Marvelous, thank you.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:06 PM

13. Do as I do

 

and thank Mother Nature. She is truly awesome.

Deer do the same with me. My mother lives on a state highway and the deer will insist upon crossing it. I see them heading that way so I go running out, waving my arms, yelling 'Go Back, Go Back...the humans will hit you with their cars.' The continue to stare at me like I'm some kind of entertainment.

I finally put my forefinger and thumb in my mouth and blow. That gets their attention and I get them headed back into the woods.

I wonder if deer hunters smell different from us??? Or is deer hunting so very, very easy?? I couldn't kill a deer.

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Response to femrap (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:23 PM

27. I was walking down my street one day, and one of the neighbor boys saw me, and motioned me

to be very quiet, and pointed. I saw a doe and and her two fawns strolling a little further up the street. She came to the corner, and you could SEE her stopping the fawns, and showing them how to watch for the traffic, When the street was clear, they crossed, and went to the nursery, where I assume they had lunch. It was most entertaining.

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Response to niyad (Reply #27)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:30 PM

31. My mom lives

 

on a hilly road and the deer cannot see the cars coming up the other side of the hill. So many deer and other animals are killed on her road.

At dusk, I drive so slowly because that's when they're out and about. The people behind me get angry...like I care.

But I tell everyone if they see a deer crossing the road, 9 times out of 10 there is another one following so be careful.

I just love looking at them...the beauty is just so indescribable.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:08 PM

15. I'm an atheist too.

Nature is wonderful. What xians call spirituality, we experience as art, music, nature , and human connectedness. I wish you the best through this process.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:09 PM

16. Actually they have given up

They are out of land, and they don't care anymore. The stare was, "I know you can kill us, but we are doomed anyhow, so go ahead, put us out of our misery"

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:17 PM

21. Gee, you're

 

a happy camper. Are the Lakers losing or something?

Actually I know what you mean. I wish humans would realize they are running out of land and start to respect Mother Nature. I've certainly had days where I wanted to be put out of my misery. Life can be torturous at times.

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Response to femrap (Reply #21)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:41 PM

50. First

I would like to say that I wish the best for your mom and your family, sounds like a tough row to hoe, been through it with dear friends and wouldn't wish such agony on anyone.

With regard to your wildlife experience, that's a wonderful connection to make, and see how it altered your perceptions and thought process? It was a good thing, peaceful and enlightening.

I have the amazing good fortune to live in a wildlife rich location where there are often more wild animals than people depending on the season. I have learned that there is a way of looking at most animals that expresses to them that you mean them no harm. I have found that it works with deer, elk, cats, weasels, coyotes, some dogs, even eagles. I call it the non-aggressive stance and it shows the animal that you mean them no harm. If you have other intentions, they will know it and flee (at least that's what I have seen inmost cases when encounters include other people). If you try this: look calmly at the animal, tilt you head to one side and blink slowly. They see that you are not likely to be a predator as those blink quickly and have an aggressive posture in most cases. I have tried this with numerous species over many years and it works in almost every case regardless of the animals I encounter. And many animals will remember particular people over time too. Maybe the deer have seen you before as they can see very long distances and can also see you through a window, like when you're in a house, even when they are several yards away.

It is a wonderful feeling whenever I have such an experience. I wish more people could have these, it might help them become more aware of the beauty of nature and try to be more cautious about its destruction.


Thanks for sharing that, a spiritually charged moment whether you subscribe to an organized religion or not.

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:17 PM

22. I don't want to believe that at all.

 

The fight or flee instinct seems to live in all mammals.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #22)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:32 PM

45. I had a face-to-face with a mountain lion, recently.

Out in the vineyard.

We just watched one another for a while. The lion did that sway thing they often do.

I believe the lion has watched me on many occasions. We also pick up any roadkill deer we come upon and leave the carcasses on an old crushpad in the vineyard.

I just stood there and slowly moved my head to her sway.

She finally just padded off.

I stayed there for maybe an hour, just soaking in the beauty of the moment.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:12 PM

18. well you don't have to believe in God to feel a connection

to another sentient being. Looking into an animal's eyes is a profound experience. In the last few days of my daughter's cat's life I swear I could see pain and longing for the pain to be over in his eyes. We have wild deer that roam through our neighborhood. It is pretty cool when they lock eyes on you and assess whether you're a threat or not. They stand perfectly still and just stare at you. When they realize you're not a threat they relax. Sometimes they move on and sometimes they just go back to eating the shrubs in the yard.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:15 PM

19. I'm a heathen but I would consider that a religious experience, too

 

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:16 PM

20. BEAUTIFUL, a very positive sign. I hope it signals a good turning

point for your mother. All the best to her and your family.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:17 PM

23. thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment with all of us--our thoughts and good wishes

for your mother, your father and you.

I am blessed to have seen many deer in what is a very urban environment here--the deer seem to have acclimated very well. Whenever I see them, I stop, and they always look at me for a few minutes, and then very casually stroll away, knowing I won't bother them.

Mother Nature is wonderful.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:19 PM

25. I love deer. We have them around here too.

I once lived in a place where some of them were tame enough that you could feed them carrots and apples. They really are sweet even though they can destroy your roses. They always make me feel good when they are around. There's something so fairy like about them.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:25 PM

28. My Friend, Read The Masks of God Series by Joseph Campbell,

The Philosophies of India by Heinrich Zimmer and watch Joseph Campbell's DVD, Sukhavati. Being an atheist only means you do not believe in orthodox interpretations of the Scriptures, which actually misread the traditional metaphors of seeking a Spiritual understanding of universal consciousness. When you fully understand the following, you will be at the point where Spiritual Rapture and Earthly Experience meet: The Wisdom of Beyond the Shore, or beyond Duality:
Gnostic Christianity and Mahayana Buddhism: Two Cultures and One Vision
Om Mani Padme Hum ~ the Jewel of Illumination resides in the Lotus of the world. The Illumination means you are letting go of Ego. Gone, gone, gone to Beyond the Shore, Landed on Beyond the Shore, Illumination, Hallelujah! PrajŮaparamita: the Wisdom of Beyond the Shore.
One will find himself at the Point where Earthly Experience and Spiritual Rapture meet. Thatís the Wisdom of Beyond the Shore: Beyond Pairs of Opposites. One who is trying to get away from Life to Nirvana is still caught in Pairs of Opposites, but when you get there, you realize: This is It: Right Now!
Gospel of Thomas, 113 - His disciples said to him, "When will the Kingdom come?"
Jesus: "It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's Kingdom is spread out upon the Earth, and men do not see it."
God is within You and would not exist without You.

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Response to mckara (Reply #28)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:35 PM

33. Just

 

where do I find Mother's Kingdom? You have no idea how sick I am of hearing about father this and father that. Organized religions....all of them.... have lost me.

I believe in Mother Nature. I love her and respect her. She will have the final word here on Earth.

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Response to femrap (Reply #33)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:39 PM

55. Find Sukhavati, the DVD, and Your Quest Will Be on the Correct Path

All religions of the Bronze Age come from Eastern beliefs that the Universe exists in the Womb of the Goddess and all deities are within Her bounds! Most philosophies are Nature worshippers. "What else do you have to believe in, a figment of your imagination that you place up in the clouds?"

I gave the following item to my mother for her 85th birthday present:

http://www.sanandaspiritualcenter.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.details&ProductID=120400

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:25 PM

29. I had just installed a new radio in my pickup truck and

 

I put on some Mozart and leaned back to enjoy the new sound system. It was dusk on a warm summer afternoon, so it didn't strike me as odd that I felt a puff of warm air on my cheek through the open window. Then I opened my eyes and there was a deer with its head just in the window and its nose about 3 inches from my cheek. We looked at each other for a few seconds, and then she ambled away to go munch on the blackberries at the edge of the driveway.

That was 15 or 16 years ago and I will NEVER forget that experience.

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #29)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:33 PM

32. Amazing.

 

I got to bond with a lion once. Best I can come up with in response. But to have a strange animal like that, from the wild come up and say hello is the ultimate.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #32)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:47 PM

59. I guess that deer like Mozart too. :) nt

 

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:28 PM

30. I'll thank God for you.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:40 PM

34. Wow. Wonderful. This is one of those moments that will always stay

with you. Sending love and positive thoughts your way for you, your mother, your father and pets well being.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:43 PM

35. This is called

the Collective UnConscious as first posited by Carl Jung.

I have never believed the Republicans are part
of the Collective UnConscious.

Or as the saying goes, "Do they tour?"

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:50 PM

37. Many years ago I was visiting some friends, an

older couple, the age of my parents. The second day into a four day visit the man, I'll call him Jim, had a heart attack. Annette, his wife, took him to the hospital and spent almost every minute of the next few days with him. Understandably. I was sort of stuck at their place, with no way to leave.

They had a dog. I no longer recall what kind, but it was big, easily the size of a Lab, and maybe that's what it was. I, of course, took care of the dog. He kept on looking at me, clearly unhappy that his real humans weren't there, but also clearly willing to accept me as his new human, if that's what was going on.

In the end Jim recovered, the dog got his own humans back, and all was well.

I am often very moved by the behavior of the other creatures we share this planet with.

While your story, and several others here are about "wild" animals, it is clear that we somehow share a consciousness of some kind with so many mammals.

Anyone who has had a stray cat or dog move in really gets this. That happened to me about six years ago. I already had two cats, and one that had probably been abandoned, maybe just gone astray, decided we were her last best hope. She left me after only three years, but I am so glad I took her in.

We share this planet with every other living creature.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:56 PM

38. These pretty babies were hanging out in our yard:



Just sitting and watching them is a religious experience for me.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:56 PM

39. One gets very few moments like that in this life.

Cherish it.

Best wishes for your mother.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:04 PM

40. I have had some profound experiences with animals.

the most recent was when I was working at a customer's home and was sitting at the dining room table making out the bill and talking to the customers when a cat jumped up right in front of me on the table and walked on the paperwork and wanted to be petted...no surprise to me but the owners mouth dropped wide open....they said she was a scaredy cat and would go hid and would not come out as long as there was a stranger around...
I had lost my cat that I had had for twenty years just a few months before that....and I swear that cat came out to comfort me.
I think there is more than just the senses we have and some of them are stronger in creatures...and perhaps there is a lot more to the web of life than we understand.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:12 PM

41. My deity is the "divine whatchamacallit," and I say that with all reverence.

God/dess, Mother Nature, The Universe . . . I do believe there is something. What it is, I dunno, but it seems like you got a very profound glimpse of it.

Thanks for sharing the moment. I hope for better days for you and your parents.

A for you from a fellow Whovian.

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Response to Still Blue in PDX (Reply #41)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:33 PM

47. Well put

I cherish those very special experiences I've had in my life.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:37 PM

48. AIM acivist Russell Means used the term "Great Mystery" when speaking to Congress

I used use the "the Force" or "Tao" I found Means' term more descriptive. The subject comes up whenever I use the pronoun "it" instead of "he" or "she" while describing god.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:23 PM

42. I have experienced something very similar.

The connectivity must surely be as real as it seems. Some of us grow more in tune with Nature as we live this life.

(Others raid corporations and jet off to a Club Med.)

Thanks for sharing the story. I hope your mother improves; I have been there.

(Jealous about the lion!)

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:28 PM

44. A firm believer with few, if any, answers

"There are more things in heaven and earth..."

I simply accept-- with not a little wonder.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:41 PM

49. What a beautiful moment. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:51 PM

57. Hope your mother gets better.

And yeah, I agree. Animals are sometimes more human-like, emotion-wise, than we may realize.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:53 PM

60. Thank God anyway, even if you're an atheist.

It can't hurt.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:07 AM

66. your Mother will love when you share this with her, powerfull medicine for your family

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:16 AM

68. I'm sending my thoughts your way, Whovian. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom

Please know that I'm thinking of you and your family.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:03 AM

71. My husband told me this story

He too is an atheist. He was bringing flowers to his mother's grave site and cleaning it up. He said he was feeling fairly sad when a blue bird landed on the fence very close to the grave and started singing. After a few minutes it stopped, looked at him for a moment and flew away. He said in an odd way it was comforting. We exist in a great web of life and sometimes we feel its vibrations.

Good thoughts for your mother, family and yourself. Be well.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #71)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:36 AM

72. Thanks Sarge43

 

I have a feeling this sort of thing happens often.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #72)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:05 PM

79. I'm sure it does and it is a moment to ponder and cherish. n/t

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:45 AM

73. I live in a similar neighborhood

The deer here have lost their fear of humans. They feed in our lawns and gardens. If I'm out and about at nightime or early evening or the eraly morning, they will just look at me. My guess is that there are about 20 deer in our neighborhood, and they seem to know there's a no-hunting ordinance. They seem fairly adept at avoiding cars, but don't really sweat the humans, because they can bound away at any moment at a speed no human could match, especially through the bushes and brambles.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:27 AM

74. Deer have become habituated to humans

n/t

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:45 AM

75. Once, my wife and I went to an overlook near our

California home to watch the sun set over the ocean. We walked out to the edge of a cliff and sat down to wait. We had a nice bottle of wine with us.

As the sun neared the horizon, we were joined by a whole community of ground squirrels that had its burrows nearby, and by a doe and two fawns. All were looking out at the setting sun. Some of the squirrels were just a foot or two from us, and the deer were watching just 20 feet or so away.

It is a memory that I hold dear.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:15 PM

78. I have had so many different experiences like yours. Both my mother and father are past away.

This may sound a little too spiritual but I feel there is a connection that we can only recognize if we are open to understand it. It's like Joseph Campbell describes in his books as an individual who has an epiphany. I once had an experience that shook me but gave me a peaceful feeling. My best friend died in a cave in. He was smothered by mud in a big gouge in the earth we played in and called "little canyon". I was driving home late one night and was passing the spot of the cave in when I almost fell asleep at the wheel. All of a sudden someone walked out in front of my car and I slammed on my brakes. The person faded away as they walked across the road and seemed to smile at me as they faded. The shape was like a fog. It could have been a hallucination because I was sleepy or it could have been my best friend keeping me from crashing. It gives me a feeling of peace when I think about that even today.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #78)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:13 PM

80. These are WUNNNNNderful stories! Very uplifting! I think we all need it at the moment.

We've been through a year that's been rather battering in many ways. I'm still exhausted from the campaign, and I'm grateful for the results, and a lot more. This is going to be a quiet, contemplative, and reaffirming holiday week for my family and me. Daughter's back home from her life in the Pacific Northwest. I need to get off the merry-go-round for awhile. Anecdotes like the ones in this thread are SO INCREDIBLY sustaining, healing, faith-restoring, and emotionally nourishing.

As they said in that old commercial - "Thanks! I needed that!"

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