When Animals Know You Are a Steward

In answering a recent comment, it occurred to me that the relationship between Stewards and animals needs explaining.  Our human purpose on this planet is to be its Stewards, basically to care for the Earth itself and all the life upon it.  More specifically, our purpose is NOT to exploit and destroy our Earth, our resources, or the animals and plants that share this planet with us.  We are caretakers, not a raiding scourge.

Over millennia, many of us humans, descendants of the original Stewards, have lost our way, forgotten who we are and why we are here.  Enter the animals.  They know and have always known about the Stewards, and even when we lost our way, they did not.  They have always remembered and the animals have always tried to tell us.  Animals seek out Stewards — they recognize Stewardship in us even when we don’t.  When a person realizes — remembers or accepts — that he or she is a Steward, it is like a beacon light that animals recognize.  Not only do our family pets and animal partners bond more closely and communicate more fully, but all animals try to attract our attention.  They want to be heard and we need to hear them.

If you are a Steward, reading Johnny Outlander may well resonate with you.  You may realize or remember your purpose.  And the animals — all animals — will begin to communicate more clearly.  Animals are far wiser than most give them credit for, and have a great deal to say to us.  Our job is to listen.

3 Replies to “When Animals Know You Are a Steward”

  1. Thank you so much for the description of what a Steward truly is. I hadn’t realized that myself. Now…I understand why I have always connected with animals my whole life. I just did’t know! I had the most wonderful moment with a family of deer in our old home. We had a beautiful yard that all kinds of critters frequented. This one particular day, I was inside in the kitchen when I saw the doe come with her two fawns. The fawns pretty much grew up in our yard. They must have been about 6 months old at the time. Then I saw a beautiful old buck come in. It was easy to see the doe was giving him instructions because he came to get a drink from the bird feeder while the doe positioned him to face me. There she was with her two babies and her mate. what a beautiful site. She looked up at me and seemed to smile. I’ll never forget that day and how special that connection was. Thank you for making it so clear. Blessings to you!

    1. It’s amazing, isn’t it, especially when wild animals go out of their way to communicate with us? And they do! One of my own favorite examples was during this last California drought. We had set up a small fountain in our gazebo and I quickly noticed that I had to constantly replenish the water — birds, squirrels, cats and raccoons were all helping themselves. One day I was in the gazebo having coffee with some friends and a hummingbird quite skittishly approached the fountain and had a drink. Then she flew to six inches in front of my face, hovered several seconds just saying thank you for providing water. I remember saying “You’re welcome” out loud. Then she bobbed up and down and flew off. I found myself staring into the eyes of my astonished friends. I rather sheepishly explained that the hummingbird was just thanking me for the water fountain, but they just blinked, wide-eyed, and didn’t know what to say. Such animal encounters really happen, and when one becomes aware one is a Steward, they happen even more frequently.

      1. What a beautiful story. I can’t wait to be outdoors more. I’m limited right now but I do get the occasional visitor to my store. I was on my porch when a beautiful clear wing dragon fly landed. I asked if he would be kind enough to allow me to go get my camera and takes it’s picture. He patiently waited. I took a few pictures and visited a bit after, thanking it for allowing me to spend a little time with him. When I looked at the photos…he was smiling at me. I was thrilled! And blessed! Critters are such a joy!!!

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