Imagine our relationships with one another when we honor our potential to embrace life with an awareness akin to that of elephants.
Lawrence Anthony, known as the Elephant Whisperer, died in March 2012 at his rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa. A few days later, reports have it, two herds of wild elephants suddenly appeared at Mr. Anthony’s home, having “spontaneously” trekked for some 12 hours through the Zululand bush. Upon arrival, these formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years earlier as pests, remained quietly, peacefully for a couple of days before, just as suddenly and spontaneously, disappearing…returning whence they came.
That over years Mr. Anthony had rescued and rehabilitated these elephants seems the cause of this apparent gesture of profound respect. His story as a loving friend to elephants and other animals in danger is inspiring, a quick Google will confirm.
But like every other story, the deepest significance of this one is what it means to each of us in our daily life––and thus to our collective human journey of awakening. Imagine our relationships with one another when we honor our potential to embrace life with an awareness akin to that of elephants.
This will happen as we continue to salute our mind’s capacity to be a colossal Swiss Army Knife while recognizing that running our life will never be among its gifts. Only our intuition, our heart, the part of us in kinship experientially, vibrationally with all that lives––provides the attunement necessary for action rooted in kindness, compassion and understanding.
I love everything that reminds us what a grand adventure of mind and heart we must undertake to consciously realize our innate, boundless wisdom––our divinity some say. While at the moment it’s hard to deny we’re rather asleep in the evolution department, there’s a lot positive hidden amidst the horror our ignorance creates. Elephants help us imagine the beauty we’ll experience as we wake up.