I saw a post, this morning, about whether we have lost our way with Love and discussed if this is possible to lose. It got me thinking about how we never really lose, but merely forget how to Love or have never been given a chance to Love. The level of Love we share can vary, but felt by all our encounters. Whether in our daily mundane lives or during special events where like-minded people attend.
At the level of the Heart, our friendships do not stop with humans. We can also develop friendships with animals. Often times we get pets and we begin to learn the patterns of each other, knowing when something is in or out of sync. This next story, shared by my friend Larry, demonstrates a man’s level of love extending well beyond the human world….
On March 7, 2012, Lawrence Anthony died (A.K.A. The Elephant Whisperer).
He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons and many elephants.
Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs.
Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend.
A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African House.
Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence’s passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way: Walking slowly – for days – Making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.
So, how after Anthony’s death, did the reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away in distant parts of the park — know?
“A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”
“If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving.
This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”
Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years!
But yet they knew where they were going.
The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who’d saved their lives – so much respect that they stayed for 2 days and 2 nights without eating anything. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back.
As human’s, we have the opportunity to connect at level’s of the heart and in doing so we connect to source energy. A level of knowing. When someone is down, you unknowingly will call to cheer them up at precisely the right moment. When something is array, someone will arrive right on time to aid in the matters. At the level of the heart, we find ourselves having more and more Syncrosensational moments.
Stepping into the Canvas at the Level of the Heart. In doing so, we arrive when needed, those who are needed do the same and all things return to…All is Good. Looking beyond labels and judgments, we instinctively walk with eyes of compassion and a Heart of Joy, wherever we may go…