Great Uncle Edgar and the Lady WIth the Hat.

It’s strange how things happen.

I began writing Great Uncle Edgar and the Lady With the Hat as a fundraiser for Edgar’s Mission, an animal sanctuary in Victoria, Australia.  I had no idea it would lead to a long term writing experience.

Pam Ahern (aka, The Lady With the Hat) founded Edgar’s Mission and named it after her first rescued pig, Edgar.  He was a gentle boy who died just before his 7th birthday but his legacy lives on in the amazing work being done at the animal sanctuary.

It was easy for me to resonate with the deep bond Pam had with Edgar.  Having  had my own experience with Pepe,  I knew just how deep the love between a human and another species could go.  It’s that bond that feeds the desire in many of us to reach out through writing or advocacy of some kind to share the message of compassion with others who understand that bond.   Great Uncle Edgar is really a message about how life will change for pigs  (and many other farm animals) once humans are able to connect with the sentient nature of their beings.  Adults who have become disconnected from the face on their plates often take longer, but children instinctively understand their connection with animals.

It’s the children who teach the adults in this story.  In the deepest sense it’s symbolic of the child within Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 7.29.07 pmus trying to reach through our adult conditioning and return us to a place of gentle co-existence with the fellow beings on our planet.

I would love to hear the stories of others who’ve had such relationships.

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A book to change hearts

 

Turning Points in Compassion: Personal Journeys of Animal Advocates is my book dedicated to helping make our planet a place we can all be proud of.  The book is meant to help bring about change, and perhaps even, a spiritual awakening. While the book is about the journeys of others and their turning points, my personal turning point came from that little bird a talked about in the previous post.

That little bird who flew into my life many years ago changed everything. She had been neglected and was malnourished, so I took her in and cared for her like so many other creatures before her.

Something happened though as I cared for her. Before long, we developed a bond — a bond that grew deeper and stronger over time. As I helped her back to health, she taught me many things, especially about how beautiful and intelligent she was. Before that little stray bird, I hadn’t truly thought about animals before or how they were living, breathing, thinking beings.

When the little bird passed away unexpectedly, I was devastated. It felt as if I’d lost a friend, and indeed I had. Her legacy though was an awakening in me.

It became apparent that we needed to see animals differently, to learn how both we and they can be enriched by our connection with each other, and to also become aware of the deep travesty being perpetrated on them. I began studying as much as I could and came across the World Peace Diet, which unearthed one revelation after another. My eyes were opened and my only wish is that I had understood all this much earlier in my life.

We humans have adopted a position of superiority that allows us to use and abuse animals as though it is an inherent right, rather than seeing them as co-inhabitants on this earth of ours to live with in harmony. Having been subject to the same unconsciousness as many others and unaware of the vast cruelty perpetrated by the animal industry, it was quite a revelation to learn what I did. I also realized I had been complicit in contributing to that industry every time I bought an animal product.

Every time such a product is bought, we are paying someone else to kill an innocent animal. All this opened up my awareness and consciousness and I could no longer participate in any part of it. Thus, my turning point came full circle.

Turning Points in Compassion by Gypsy Wulff