By Marilyn Sickler, Missouri
How does a person who hasn’t spent much time around animals prove her belief that animals are Soul? A tender experience near a cow pasture broadened my spiritual horizons.
Years ago, my husband and I lived in the country. Our mailbox was across the road next to a big cow pasture enclosed by an old barbed-wire fence. I luxuriated in the beauty of the scenery and enjoyed the wild pasture, the trees, the grasses in the ditch, and the quiet of nature.
Living in the country was new for me. Growing up, I had never been around animals. Now, although we had thirty acres, we did not have any animals. I always knew animals were Soul, just like we are, but my experience with them was very limited.
Every day while walking up our road to get the mail, I used the time to sing HU, my love song to God. I always enjoy this nondirected prayer, and it was especially meaningful for me one perfect day. The sky was blue, the clouds were white and puffy, and I heard birds singing and insects chirping. I was filled with love and gratefulness.
As I reached the mailbox, I saw that several of the many cows were also enjoying the day and grazing near the fence in the huge field. I would always sing to them if they were nearby. Over the months of my daily walk, when I sang HU some looked up and a few walked closer. Mostly, however, they continued their happy munching and ignored me.
A Golden Moment
This particular day, being alone and at one with nature, I grabbed my mail and walked up to the fence while still singing HU out loud. A big black cow came right to the fence where I stood knee-deep in weeds and wildflowers.
I started to sing louder. Then I bravely put my hand out, reached over the old fence, and patted the black cow’s head. Not being an animal person, I found it to be a nice feeling to touch its soft and silky fur.
To my surprise a big tear slowly welled up in one of the animal’s beautiful eyes and came streaming down its face. We watched each other for a while, and those huge “cow-brown eyes” seemed to look right into me.
It was as though we were no longer cow and person, but totally Soul and Soul. It was very clear to me that this Soul had felt the love of the HU, the sound within all sounds, and was able to connect with it. I felt moved by this perfect moment.
A Spiritual Surprise
Later that day I saw the owner of the cows when I went into town. We stopped to chat, and I told him some of what had happened between his cow and me. He was an older, salt-of-the-earth sort of gentleman and had been raising beef cattle for years. I said, “I was singing to your cows, and one of them walked up to the fence and let me pet it.”
The old rancher told me he couldn’t believe it. He said, “That animal you were petting was not a cow, but a very mean, aggressive bull!” He was totally amazed that the black bull had even come close to me, much less let me pet him.
I walked away with a big smile on my face. I knew now that I’d had a confirmation. This truly had been a golden moment of Soul reaching out to Soul. My heart overflowed with gratitude for the glorious experience.
It proved to me that even a so-called mean bull could hear and relate to the sound and call of Soul.
Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!
A great and hearty experience my dear soul. May the blessings be.
A very touching story. At the level of soul there is complete understanding and love. No meanness.
Yes. And love would always perform wonders. Great experience!
Love to you, Marilyn! You were very brave and didn’t even know it.
While on vacation on Necker Island, British Virgin Islands, I sang HU to the Macaws and Cockatiels that were in a huge aviary. They had been non-stop vocalizing until I sat on the ground in front of them and sang HU—then they became perfectly quiet for the whole 20 minutes that I sang HU to them. My friends on the Island called me the “bird whisperer” after that. It wasn’t me of course, it was the sound of HU
Thank you for sharing love Marilyn. This Experience is so fantastic and arouses so much hope and warms the Heart.
Les animaux aussi percoivent la presence de l’amour divin
La puissance de l’amour et la capacité du Hu qui nous aide à reconnaître notre véritable identité.
I once camped out at an friend’s farm. I put the sleeping bag under some trees very distant from the farmhouse and animals. I played ECK tapes and fell asleep long after dark.. Woke staring just after dawn and sensed someone around. Around me wee at least 25 head of cattle – all staring at me! It was the sound, not me. I spoke to them. They left. They knew divine love.
Very touching! Yes, Animals are Soul, too, and many recognize and love the HU!
Really beautiful. Love indeed transcends all. Thank you for sharing.
Wonderful…..A clear description of Soul meeting Soul.
Wow, so beautiful and such great example of how we are all connected by love!
Remarkable story ! Thanks ! I loved reading it ! HU Love in motion.