A Treasured Life
Some of my most memorable experiences have been in helping an animal to transition to death .
Yesterday, my fiance and I were doing a 100 mile bike ride. It was a beautiful day. Ten miles into the ride, we saw something small wriggling in the road. It was a baby rabbit. We weren’t sure if he had been hit by a car as he had no marks on him. But he had fallen into a puddle and was soaking wet and cold.
David held him and gave him healing as I put the bikes to the side of the road. Then, I gave him healing too. He was such a tiny little scrap.
David could feel him warming up and said that he thought he would be okay. But I knew. There’s a feeling, a feeling that cannot be described, as the life force leaves an animal.
After about ten minutes, I asked David to give me the rabbit and I would put him deep into the hedgerow. As I laid him down, I felt his life force leave him
His tiny little hold on life had gone.
We felt gifted to have shared his last moments, knowing that he felt love and caring that had nothing to do with him being a rabbit and us being human.
Other riders cycled past us, unaware of the amazing moment the three of us shared. The experience touched us both and we were quiet for many miles.
It is so easy, at times like that, to wonder what life is all about. What is the point of such a young life being cut short? Of course, we can never know that in this lifetime. But, to me, what matters most is the kindness and compassion that we show to every life-form. Each little creature marks its own unique blueprint on the world. They are all important. Animals bring so much into our world, they soften the edges of human fixation on what is or isn’t real. To me, in that compassionate moment, that was as real as it gets.
Never be afraid to help an animal transition to the other side. As a healer, it is the most treasured thing that we can do for them, to take away their last moments of fear and replace them with love and kindness, thus preparing them for however long their journey is to the next realm.