The Owl’s Corner #2, Sept. 2011 – The Hunt

September 25, 2011 by  
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Hunting is still a way of life for many humans. Is there a way to hunt for our food and still honor the animals?

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Emily asks:

I'm interested in hunting this year and I want to get a turkey and a deer. I have the book Animal Voices and I looked at it a bunch, but I guess my question is this:

If I ask the animal if I can use his/her body,
how will I know what the answer is?

I'm also looking into a sort of Native American way of honoring their spirit and body before and after the hunt.

I guess, to answer my own question, would be for me to just honor the animal and trust my intuition.

I've never hunted before but I would like to experience it.

I'm wondering if you had any thoughts or ideas about the process of respecting/honoring the animal.

Thanks!
Em

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4 Responses to “The Owl’s Corner #2, Sept. 2011 – The Hunt”
  1. Evergreen says:

    I believe Deva of Deer spoke about this very well. The animals are not the only ones who we need to listen to. Everytime we eat we have hunted something e it an animal, a plant or our water. Life on this earth is a balance of the hunt and the give-away. It is when we upset this balance (ie: hunting as sport) that we endanger ourselves and all our relations.
    It is more than just participating in a ‘sacred hunt’. It is about living our lives in appreciation for all our relations and holding balance by taking only what is needed and offering our service back to what we have taken.

    It is no different for farmed animals. I often wonder if those who speak against raising animals for food ever thought about what would happen if we did not. Many species would become extinct. Would we have any real need for cows?

    It is also important that we honor our farm animals. Give them a good life while they are here, with respect and not with abuse. Give them a swift death without pain and not waste their giveaway.

    Evergreen

  2. Nedda says:

    Dear Emily,

    One of my clients read your question and emailed me to share the following information that I think may be part of what you are seeking. She wrote:

    “Have you ever heard of Dr. Randall Eaton, PhD? Or Sacred Hunts? Dr. Eaton is an animal communicator and has a wonderful perspective on hunting. I’ve been listening to him on Blog Talk Radio with Maia Kincaid. He is a great proponent of hunting and he may have won me over. Not that I am inclined to start hunting but that I see its purpose when done with pure intention.”

    I suggest you check out his website, http://www.RandallEaton.com, as you might find some of the information you are seeking on his website.

    Namaste,
    Nedda

  3. Nedda says:

    My Dear Ones,

    This question is eliciting many strong reactions from people. While I do not feel a need to justify the posting of this question and topic, I do want to share with you why I felt it important to post this particular question.

    It is my personal belief that one of the ways we learn is by asking questions and considering various points of view. The Owl’s Corner is designed specifically to promote that process. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for me, as the Site Moderator, to only choose questions that are not controversial or only choose questions on topics with which I am personally comfortable.

    This question, is, for some people, a controversial subject. In addition, it seems to make some people uncomfortable. That’s OK. If we only want to know about topics that makes us comfortable, we limit our potential as human beings — in my opinion.

    Furthermore, this particular question, in my estimation, was asked from a place of openness to learn and from an open heart. That certainly makes it a valuable question for the one who asked it. Since it clearly is a heart-centered question for Emily, I felt it appropriate to support her in her journey.

    As we grow spiritually, learning to “stay out of judgment” is part of the process of being Heart Centered. I am personally devoted to my own spiritual growth, so I am learning not to judge others.

    If you read this Owl’s Corner question and find yourself feeling and speaking and writing from a place of judgment, you can choose to work on that — or not — your choice. But if you do choose to release judgment of others and other ways of living from your life, you will be moving yourself higher vibrationally.

    Finally, I recall something Billie Dean said during her talk at the ACF this last June – that when humanity is able to lift itself vibrationally to where we only need to stand in the sun and absorb it’s rays to produce nourishment for our bodies, then even the animals will no longer need to be carnivores.

    Until then, please remember that plants have consciousness – sentience and sapience – and feel pain, too. And that the way to keep our bodies healthy right now varies greatly depending on our INDIVIDUAL levels of consciousness and where we are on our spiritual path. We must each do what our personal discernment guides us to do for food and in all of life.

    Namaste,
    Nedda

  4. spiritweave says:

    Dear Emily ~

    Animal Voices is one of my very favorite books. You might also be interested in The Tracker by Tom Brown, whose vantage point is a bit different yet still filled with reverence. Much judgment exists on the subject of hunting today. Since I have no personal experience to draw upon, I thought it best to go straight to the source and ask the animals. Curiously, the Deva of Deer requested that I speak with the Deva of Turkeys first. The reason for this became clear as the messages unfolded.

    Deva of Turkeys
    How we feel about being hunted by humans depends on how it is done. We do not offer a blanket objection. It is our honor to give of ourselves when the gift is reciprocal. We ask that our Oneness be recognized. When the hunter embarks on this journey, offer a prayer of reverence for all life. The religion, if any, does not matter. What matters is that it be done in whatever manner is most heartfelt and sacred for you. Ask for one of our kind to cross your path in readiness of merging with you in this way. By all means, be efficient and appreciative throughout the process. When done with love and honor, this practice is part of the natural dance of life – and we gladly participate. When you come to consume our flesh, again recognize our blessing to you.

    Deva of Deer
    We are less accepting than are the turkeys. With our species, the process too often is long, arduous, and fraught with fear. We do not appreciate being taken as your trophies. This motivation is far too prevalent amongst humans. Also, since our physical size is more comparable to your own, we are approached more competitively. The human hunter’s energy contains much fear. Whether you admit it or not, you recognize that we have the capacity to inflict injury upon you. Be truthful. How afraid are you of a turkey, by comparison? Where there exists fear, there cannot simultaneously exist genuine appreciation. This makes it difficult for you to truly honor the deer whose life you take. We also question the present-day need of our species to nourish yours; our bodily remains too often go to waste in your hands, unlike in times of the past. There is much healing that needs to take place between our species. Nevertheless, we know that we will continue to be hunted, and we are grateful for the desire of those of you who wish to approach this matter with increased honor. The method we suggest may seem a radical deviation from your expectations. We request that you walk in the hoof prints of the individual of our species with whom you will engage so intimately. This will help to connect the energy of the human with that of the deer – thereby improving the readiness of both. There need be no chase. However, we do ask for the sharing of direct eye contact. This will allow us to see ourselves in one another, thereby dissipating the fear and beginning the healing.

    Namaste,
    Barbara Ellis
    http://www.interspecies-inspirations.com