The Spirit Energy of the Animals We Eat
A lot has been said about the virtues of vegetarianism, but for those of us who aren't ready yet to give up our steaks, our burgers, our Korean barbeques, the question is: how does eating meat affect our bodies, our minds and most importantly, our spirits?
What It Says About You:
Beef and Veal
The meat of cows is widely eaten around the world, although in some countries (India, Nepal) cows are sacred and their slaughter is against the law. Cow/Bull's spirit energy stands for
- Mother Goddess and fertility. Many pre-Christian religions chose cows as a symbol of the Great Goddess and motherhood. For example, Hathor, one of the most ancient goddesses in the world, is commonly depicted as a cow goddess with horns.
- wealth. In India cows symbolize abundance and fullness of life. Krishna's given name "Govinda" means "protector of the cows".
- alertness to danger. Cows are sensitive and intelligent animals. Other than their size and horns, they don't have great protective features like sharp teeth or a hard shell, so danger is something they're very familiar with. Being able to sense danger is one of their strong qualities.
- holding your ground. These animals are rather known for their stubbornness. In a positive aspect it manifests as stability, sturdiness, determination and ability to hold your ground.
- love, kindness, compassion. Cows also symbolize nourishment through sacrifice. Look into the deep soulful eyes of a cow to know how gentle these animals are. It's really a shame that we eat them.
What It Says About You:
Lamb refers to the meat from sheep. It's popular in many countries, especially in the cuisines of the Mediterranean. Sheep spirit represents
- innocence. Remember in "Silence of the Lambs" Clarice tries to save the lambs from slaughter by freeing them, but they wouldn't run? Innocence is characterized by child-like qualities of purity and vulnerability.
- renewal. If the Cow is associated with Hathor, the Sheep is associated with the Celtic goddess Brigit. Brigit is the goddess of spring, rebirth and purification.
- conformity. In cultural terms, the sheep represent the weak and the gullible, hence words like "sheepish" or "sheeple", referring to the herd mentality of following the crowd, the majority, the trends.
- self-acceptance. The sheep also symbolize the need to accept oneself and one's limitations, and the need to take better care of oneself. We all neglect our needs sometimes, so it's important to renew our commitment to spiritual growth.
- peace. Lambs are very peaceful, docile animals, except during a mating period or when the offspring is threatened.
What It Says About You:
Pork is pig's meat. Although pork is forbidden by a number of religions groups, it is the most commonly eaten meat, accounting for over 36% of the world's meat consumption. The characteristics of the pig are
- intelligence. Pigs are one of the smartest animals in the world. An adult pig is as smart as a 3-year old human child, and according to a PBS documentary The Joy of Pigs, they are "smarter than any other domestic animal".
- resourcefulness. Pigs are very adaptable, tenacious animals. In one form or another, pigs exist in every part of the world.
- cleanliness. Contrary to a popular belief, pigs are very clean animals. They only roll in mud to cool down because they don't have the sweat glands. So when someone says: "I'm sweating like a pig," clearly, they know nothing about pigs.
- achievement. When something is extremely unlikely to happen, they say: "When pigs fly". The pig symbolizes high achievement that no one saw coming, something almost miraculous, yet real.
- having fun. Pigs really know how to relax and just enjoy the moment. They prefer sensual delights to almost anything in the world. The pig symbolizes pure pleasure-seeking mentality and an easy-going nature.
What It Says About You:
Poultry refers to the meat of domesticated birds such as chickens, turkeys, ducks etc. It is the second most popular meat (after pork), accounting for 33% of the world meat consumption. These birds' spirit energy is associated with
- curiosity. The Chicken will peck-peck-peck away until it gets to that coveted seed of truth.
- knowledge and learning. The Chicken represents the ability to collect knowledge, and to spread it. It possesses openness to new ideas, strong mental powers and a unique personal perspective.
- family and community. Birds typically live in flocks so there aren't that many "loner" birds, especially among domesticated birds.
- forgiveness. Ducks let go of the past easily. They can have a confrontation with another duck, and forget about it in a few minutes. As a water bird, duck also represents deep emotions.
- fertility and sexuality. Chicken is a "yin" feminine energy associated with life, nourishment, growth, and reproduction.
- courage. A rooster energy is quite different from a chicken/hen's. Roosters are a "yang" energy known for being bold, proud, competitive, and even pugilistic. That's why we may call someone "cocky" when we mean "confident", and why we say: "Don't be chicken" when we want to encourage someone to be brave.
- having a voice. Rooster is also known for its distinctive loud crowing that says: "Good morning, world! I'm ready to meet you." Rooster represents strong communication skills and having the power of persuasion.
We should probably all be veterin...I mean, vegetarians.
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This is all good BUT
One important thing to remember is that the energy of meat is not the same everywhere. The way an animal is treated and how it's killed has a tremendous effect on the subsequent meat product.
Given the conditions at the animal farms in America and most other countries, and their overall negative impact on the land and the environment, I am surprised that more people are not outraged. Most of American meat is of very poor quality, both chemically and energetically. Finding the meat from humanely raised healthy livestock remains a challenge, even if you only buy organic grass-fed meat.
The Western way of life is built upon the destruction of nature in the name of progress. In that sense, we can learn a lot from the Native Americans - their sense of kinship with nature, respect for all living creatures and belief in a Great Spirit that pervades everything. Animals were hunted only for food, and people gave thanks to the animal's spirit for making a sacrifice.
Nobody wants to be reminded of the fact that the meat they're about to eat was alive at some point, but it's important to say a silent prayer to thank the animal spirit whose flesh you are consuming. It can be something simple, like: "I am thankful for your life and the nourishment you provide for my family and I. May you be at peace, always. Amen."
© 2014 Lana Zakinov
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