I’ve been pondering reincarnation . . . I often talk to clients whose pets are dying. I also hear from many who are missing a deceased pet. In other words, it keeps coming up. (Get it? Reincarnation? Keeps coming up? Of course you do! You’re very bright.)
Sometimes people wonder if their beloved might come back to them. To these people I recommend visualizing that pet, then letting them know that you’d love to have them back. After that I say, “now all you gotta do is be open, and pay attention.” Simplistic? Yeah. Is it really an answer?
Yes and no. How much of an answer do you want?
Online I notice an animal communicator who claims you can look at a pet and determine all of its incarnations, past and present, into perpetuity. She identifies the time of incarnation, the breed, color and so on. While this is fascinating, and I believe her (I don’t sound like I do, do I?), I wonder what to make of it all.
I’m the kind of character who needs some mystery. I love the magic of going into the Humane Society and seeing who speaks to me. Last year, one after another, I brought home two cats that didn’t make any sense. The first one elderly, ill and misshapen and the second, completely unwilling. They both turned out to be exactly what we needed.
I’m not the person I was when Chester and Maggie came into our lives almost 20 years ago. In my mind, we did our work together and maybe those lessons are over. Besides, if I’d set out to bring them back and re-create an experience, I’ve have missed out on Skittles, the Ambassador of Love and Gem, the Worst Cat in Probably the Entire World.
I love that we inherited those damn hermit crabs. Jerry and Mimi are kooky and hilarious and I’m crazy about them. Did I want them? Nope. But they’re doing something for me that I never expected. It has something to do with being lighter in the world.
Then I think about the importance of having an experience, watching it end, and taking the time to digest it. I think some folks–not all–are in such a hurry to clone their experience, did they see what they had in the first place? I mean really see it, the way you do when a much-loved person passes? Chester and Maggie left me with big, obvious messages that weren’t clear until they had passed. If I’d gotten right on the phone and arranged for their return, I doubt I’d have integrated what they taught me.
I don’t know if I’m going about this pet reincarnation thing the right way for my clients. But I do know that my method encourages people to be in the present and tend to what’s on their plates right now.