The Nature of AnimalsBy Allen and Linda Anderson
Most of us have had memorable experiences with pets who show us love in unmistakable ways. Weform spiritual connections with animals who share our homes and enrich our lives with their friendship.In the course of gathering stories from around the world and reviewing our own experiences, we've foundthat animals in nature are also "angels" or messengers who help humans accept that love is, indeed, allaround.In a previous article we wrote about an entrepreneurial squirrel who found hisway into our house and helped us realize that if only we could trust, Spirit wouldguide us through our fears to freedom. We had another spiritual connection withanimals in nature which deeply affected us.
On the day when we first thought about starting the Angel AnimalsFoundation, we'd just attended a wonderful event where Bishop Desmond Tutuhad spoken about his initiative in South Africa. He'd formed a system for bringing healing andforgiveness to those who had opposed apartheid by shedding blood or who had fought violently to retainracism as a way of life. Bishop Tutu's visit and the delivery of his message had been made possiblethrough the efforts of a local nonprofit organization.
After hearing this awesome peacemaker speak, we sat in our car outside a coffee shop and starteddiscussing an idea which had popped into our minds while listening to Bishop Tutu. We began to wonder if forming a nonprofit foundation would help us fulfill our dreams of bringing more love and peace intothis world. A nonprofit foundation might encourage people to donate their inspiring stories, skills, talents,and money to support our efforts at increasing love and respect for all life, one story at a time.This was a cold autumn day, inching soon into an even colder Minnesota winter. By then, most of the birds had flown south for the winter. As we talked about the possibility of a foundation, we noticed anamazing display of nature. Right in front of our car, a bush, barren of leaves, had filled with chirpingsparrows who should have been long gone from this frigid weather.
We immediately saw a gift from Spirit in the bouquet of sparrows who were serenading us as wediscussed starting the Angel Animals Foundation. Whatever we decided, we knew we were being shownthat we'd be loved and our needs would be met. For God watches over the sparrow. The sparrows hadserved to catch our attention and open our hearts to divine guidance. We realized that no matter whichdirection we took, we'd experience spiritual growth from the journey as well as, or maybe even morethan, from the outcomes of decisions we made that day.
Dorothy W. Weiss, a writer and motivational speaker from Orlando, Florida, wrote to us about her angel animal experience in nature when she encountered a very determined turtle. Dorothy says that oneday she was driving home when a turtle began crossing the street in front of her car. She slowed down andswerved so she wouldn't hit the little creature. After she'd gone around him, she looked into her rearviewmirror and noticed each car behind her also slowed and avoided hitting the turtle. Yet no one collided;there were no screeching brakes or road rages. Traffic resumed at a normal pace as the cars cleared theturtle's path.