A reader asked Ben if animals have souls 02/04/2013
BEN: Any one who knows animals knows they are conscious. And they have emotions and intelligence. Their intelligence isn't the same as ours but it is real
nonetheless and it serves them and it often serves us. Some people say that
animals don't have souls because they do not have God-consciousness. All
that means is that they are not aware of God as something separate from
themselves. That is not a mistake.
Recently the US Army re-classified dogs that are used in military service from
"equipment" to "personnel." If the US army can make that distinction I suspect
it must be more than obvious to the consciousnesses serving in four legged
Q. As a consciousness, can we have an
animal experience in future (or past)
BEN: Yes. Some people say you can; some say you can't. Dolores Cannon says
everything has consciousness and she has treated people who remember previous lives as animals, plants, rocks, air--everything. The problem is we are
speaking in categories that don't really exist. People remember past lives and
lives between lives as well as their physical brains and bodies will allow. But
it's still like translating from a foreign language or trying to tell a dream that doesn't make sense now but it did when you were dreaming it.
Souls are not discrete individual units. One soul can incarnate in more than one body and more than one soul can occupy a single body either simultaneously or in succession during a single human lifetime. You could choose to incarnate as an animal. Especially if that animal can change someone's life or save someone's life. It might give you an opportunity to spend some time with someone you had to leave before you were ready.
I think many of the dogs that are selected for police or military work intentionally choose to come back as dogs so they can be with their fellow soldiers without having to commit to another entire human life time in that time and place.
Usually people who choose to be animals during a particular life time will
not choose to be just an animal. You might choose to be a blind person on
one side of the world and a guide dog somewhere else. Or you might need a
vacation life so you will choose to be a pampered poodle for a few years.
Or you might take off and be a wild animal like a lion or a gazelle.
Being a wild beast allows you to experience life at the level of feelings
and instincts without needing to bother about words and the kind of
thinking words relate to. Being physically incarnated is about having
experiences. Sometimes being an animal can help to balance a life that is too unrelentingly intellectual or too far removed from nature.