Christ Consciousness and animal wisdom: Oneness with all life
Painting by Josephine Wall
Compassion, forgiveness, unconditional love, selfless service, nonjudgmental acceptance, and remembering our origin and unity with Source, is the essence of the Universal Christ, or Christ-Consciousness (also known as "Buddha nature" or other similar terms). To 'become enlightened' or 'Christ-like' simply means - Recognizing the Divine holy essence (purpose) in all living beings, seeing the face of God in all life forms; and in essence - seeing through the eyes of mercy and compassion, and moving towards Oneness with all life.
This is what the historical Jesus (Yeshua) was trying to teach humanity through demonstration in his life of Selfless Service and in his symbolic death. In fact, Jesus was the one who tried to put an end to the ritual of offering animal-sacrifices in the name of God, indicating that God is Love and that he would "offer himself as the last sacrifice for all of humanity" so that no other living thing would ever have to be. The animals have a way to teach us similar lessons by opening our heart to love and acceptance, and bringing us opportunities to come closer to one another, to nature, and thus - to God. It is about time that the animals would be recognized for their sacred role as teachers for humanity's awakening and healing!
**Christ Consciousness is not exactly the same as worshiping Jesus as a biblical-deity, the Messiah, etc'; rather it is about embodying his gentle teachings of mercy, compassion, love, and acceptance as a way of life, and demonstrating it to others around us, just as he did. Christ Consciousness then is also not about rules, rituals, or preaching; it is the new emerging paradigm on earth based on compassion towards all living beings. It speaks of choosing Love instead of fear, hurt, or separation. It speaks of recognizing the Divine holy purpose of all living things, and by that - waking up to the Universal Christ within. It is an invitation, or a formula, for peace on earth. Our peace - as individuals, a nation, or species - can only come from moving away from judgment and competition, and accepting our unity with one another and with God.
We are now at the dawn of a new world that is being born out of Divine order that is expressed as apparent chaos. The old ways of living and being are collapsing and not working any longer. In order to usher what is emerging we are encouraged to step into a new paradigm of "Heaven on earth," where we are all seen through the eyes of compassion as precious children of the same Creator, and thus are here to manifest wholeness and shine our Light upon the world.
Much like how our companion animals look at us - through the eyes of adoration and love - we too are able to see others in such a way. From there we can have a deeper appreciation of the inter-connectivity of the web of life.