Recently, there has been a huge upswell of compassion and outrage over the death of Cecil, an African lion shot by a trophy hunter.
This provides a beautiful opportunity for shifting our collective views around empowerment and victimhood.
Cecil, while an ‘animal’ in this incarnation, is a spiritual being as enormous as any other. As a collective we ALL have a role to play, and Cecil was every bit as much an agent as the hunter.
On a soul level, there is no difference between man and ‘beast’ or between hunter and hunted. We live, we breathe, we contribute to collective consciousness and evolution. Cecil is a powerhouse, and the evidence is in the aftermath of the events surrounding his death.
If we remove agency from Cecil, labelling him a passive victim of a heartless, ruthless human, we disempower him and the magnificence of his life and death.
We remove from him the capacity to stimulate a groundswell of compassionate energy that creates shifts in our collective thought processes and policy making.
We remove from him the potential to help us to grow.
We miss the act of Love that he and the hunter have given us.
If we instead see him as an agent, a powerful being whose last great gifts lie in the moments surrounding his death, we celebrate and honour his soul’s contributions. In death, he opened up a vast amount of compassion and indignation at the way we as humans have misused and mistreated our Earth-mates.
Cecil’s death caused people all over the world to question the act of trophy hunting and its effects on the whole.
It opened up opportunities for big businesses to get involved, as airlines stepped in and refused to transport hunting trophies.
Can we extend that compassion to the hunter? In his search for perceived power, he felt the need to use a man-made weapon to dominate and destroy another being. Cecil, in his divine wisdom, gave his life to show us the distortions inherent in that thinking. His choice to die at that moment and in that way, when the collective was ready to embrace this shift, illustrates the power in the experience.
One of our greatest teachers is The Earth herself. She is a sentient, vital and powerful being. It is important to recognise that the damage humans have wreaked on the planet would not be possible without her complicity. Do we honestly believe we have so much power over such an immense being that we can destroy her without her awareness?
There is nothing we as a collective do that has not already been agreed upon. Each aspect of the creative and destructive cycle is a piece of a divinely orchestrated dance which shifts us towards unconditional love. There are no mistakes, coincidences or victims!
By acknowledging and accepting the duality of our experience, we move ever closer to Oneness. By perpetuating the construct of victimhood, we continue to separate ourselves form one another and stay tied to distorted understandings of power that include domination and oppression.
Power (empowerment) is an internal force, driven by choice and the inherent understanding of Oneness (before we incarnate into this dimension and the experience of duality). The Earth, Cecil, and ALL beings have their role to play in this dance. Do not be mistaken in thinking that humankind has dominion over the world.
Acts of terror, war, natural disasters, murder, and other forms of aggressive dominance serve a purpose: to shift us towards other ways of treating one another, and ourselves. To open up the compassion in us that leads to true, lasting change. No more band-aid solutions or vengeance dressed up as protection.
The forces of the Divine Feminine have been rising and creating huge ripples through the collective consciousness over the past several years, and a rebalancing is underway.
As the Feminine rises, the Masculine steps up to meet her. Not the immature, distorted masculine that seeks to control, destroy and subjugate, but a more mature, empowered version that wants to build beauty and magnificence alongside its Divine Complement.
There are no victims. We are all of the same essence – Love.