Yesterday, I had an urge to take a detour and go to the park overlooking the ocean by my house. I wanted to sit there for a few minutes to sing before going home to get ready for a meeting with a friend.
As I was singing at the far corner of the park, right by the cliff’s edge, a dog came by and said hello. I met her owner and the owner’s friend, who had a dog named Ra. During our conversation, I found out that Ra was abused and neglected by his previous owners since he was a puppy. His nails were so long and unmaintained, he had to turn his feet to walk. He had mange on ¾ of his body. He was depressed because the previous owners “just threw food at him” but didn’t interact with him. After 10 years of being “the family dog”, the previous owners asked someone they knew to take the dog to the pound to be put to sleep. They didn’t want him anymore.
The guy they asked couldn’t do it. He didn’t have the heart. So he called the lady I met. She was determined to save the dog and found him a new owner in her friend, who I met with her that day.
For the past two years, Ra’s current owner has been nurturing and loving him back to health. He is now looking like a very strong dog. He said that he named the dog Ra, like the Sun God, because Ra had brought so much sunshine into his life.
I also found out that Ra is actually very sick. He is losing weight. He has not been able to eat for days. When he did nibble, he ended up throwing it up the following day, undigested.
His current owner shared with me that this is probably Ra’s “last day at the park”. His owner thinks he has cancer and will probably be put to sleep tomorrow (today). I asked the owner if I could work on Ra and give him some healing energy work. He said that Ra already received Reiki earlier today from his friend who was with him but, “of course”. I put my hands on Ra for a little while as I sat next to him. Whenever I let go, he would come closer. At one point, Ra decided to lie down. At first, his breathing was labored but soon settled down and his breath became even and relaxed. He laid there for probably 30-45 minutes. When he had enough, he got up. At that time, the owner loaded him in the car and we said our goodbyes. As I walked away, I looked back and Ra was looking back at me, head turned, eyes wide with the whites showing, mouth open, tongue hanging out, happy-dog style. A face and a moment in time I will never forget.
This is why we need to listen to our inner voice. We don’t know where our Presence is needed and for what reason. The funny thing is, I’m thinking I helped this dog feel better, even just for an hour, hopefully more. In reality, Ra did more for me. He opened my heart, invited healing energy to flow through me, gave me the opportunity to feel unconditional Love for a being I have never met. Ra also made me feel joy, peace, harmony, purpose, gratitude, appreciation and reverence.
I woke up earlier that morning feeling sadness in my heart. I danced, I sang and it was after I met him and worked with him, that I realized my sadness was completely gone. It did return later with tears as I remembered his happy face looking back at me knowing that others will not be able to experience his Spirit on this plane for too much longer. I felt blessed that our paths crossed before he left us.
Life is about a series of moments of energy exchanges – between humans, humans and nature, humans and animals, animals and nature, etc. The quality of energy exchanges you participate in becomes the quality of your Life. Be aware. In as many exchanges as possible, share your highest and best Self. As importantly, cultivate your capacity to receive what Life has to offer.
Listen to your inner voice. It is your inner compass, meant to lead you to be, do and have everything you need to live a purposeful life.
Can you imagine if I decided to ignore that voice in my head? That unforgettable meeting and exchange would have never happened and we both would have missed out on something beautiful. Life.