I wish to start with a couple of verses from the poem, Haunted Houses, by the American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).


All houses wherein men have lived and died,

Are haunted houses. Through the open doors

The harmless phantoms on their errands glide

With feet that make no noise upon the floors.


We meet them at the doorway, on the stair,

Along the passages they come and go,

Impalpable impressions on the air,

A sense of something moving to and fro.


So from the world of spirits there descends

A bridge of light, connecting it with this,

O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,

Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.


Does this poem not also describe the tales of ghostly visitations of our animal friends, as discussed in a previous talk?  And if the ghosts of animals truly exist, then surely these ‘Phantoms’ reside in another realm – if only for a time.

Today we shall explore the concept that animals, once they have ended their journey on the earth plane, shall enter into a place of tranquility.  I do not necessarily exclude other life-forms found within Nature, to be able to enter this same place of tranquility, the Afterlife.

The event which we style death, allows the animal’s Spirit to enter into a world collectively known as The Afterlife. You may choose to call the world wherein their spirits reside Heaven, Utopia, the Summerlands, the Otherworld or similar term.

The idea for this talk came about given they I often hear folk make comments like, “I’m glad mosquitoes won’t be in heaven” or “It’s great to know that all the animals will live in peace for there shaln’t be nasty insects  or animals there such as cockroaches or lions and suchlike.” Or that dreaded fiend, the Crocodile.

Such sentiments are to be understood given that we all find certain animals repugnant but these sentiments are not helped when New Age authors inform their readers that—

Mosquitoes are not divine creatures, they are astral entities. People send out thoughts all the time. In low frequency times, when humans were intensely irritated they projected their anger and frustration powerfully into the ethers. This eventually became a thought form, which materialized into matter and the mosquito was born. Like all dark forces, mosquitoes continue to serve us by rousing our irritation or by being attracted to us when we are annoyed.

And furthermore that—

Flies are also astral entities, created by the buzzing, angry thought forms of humans. They are the downside of a human’s power to co-create with the Divine. Once Atlantis fell, the world started opening up and people traveled. The ecological issues that had been developed in pure Atlantis were no longer followed. Waste became a problem and with it flies spread and proliferated. (Diana Cooper, DISCOVER ATLANTIS, 2007)

None of these beings are “Astral Entities” or “Dark Forces,” they are a part of Nature.  Such teachings, to my mind, are disrespectful, and need to be challenged for they do not take into account the goodness of these insects, either individually or collectively. If ALL LIFE is truly interconnected, then surely Mosquitoes, Flies and Crocodiles, too, exist in Heaven.

Last year we had the opportunity to learn about Animal Ghosts. If such tales that we heard at that time are even partially true, then it seems logical to explore the issue of whether or not animals exist in The Afterlife.

Sadly, a lot of people will give their utmost respect to animals and then turn around and deny them a place – and I emphasize here the words—A PLACE WHERE THE ANIMALS SHARE IN THE WORLD OF THE AFTERLIFE ALONG WITH OTHER ANIMALS AND PEOPLE.

For example, the mystic Emmanual Swedenborg, (1688-1772) whilst recognizing that animals have many spiritual truths to teach us, taught that they have no place in heaven as individual beings.

He informs his followers that:

“… the spiritual nature of animals is not the same as ours. We have an inmost nature that animals do not, a nature into which the Divine flows and which it raises toward itself, in this way uniting us to Itself. So we, unlike animals, can think about God and about divine matters of heaven and the church. We can love God because of these matters and by engaging with them; and so be united to him; and anything that can be united to the Divine cannot be destroyed. Anything that cannot be united to the Divine, though, does disintegrate.” (Heaven and Hell #435)

So it is our love, as humans, that unites us to God – not so the animals, they seemingly cannot love God and therefore cannot be united to God. However, I’d argue that animals, indeed everything in Creation, is imbued with the same Spirit and thus All Life can be united back to God or Deity. Who knows the heart of another? More importantly, God’s love is not bound up by our love for our God but emanates independently from our own thoughts and emotions.

In the book, The Afterlife, by Prajnananda (2017) we are told how the Paramatma is manifested in the reflection of Purusha (as the masculine) and Prakriti (as the feminine).  Purusha is the life-force of every being from the microorganisms to the largest, from insects and moths, from birds and animals to human beings.  Prakriti is to found residing in the constellations and stars.  On earth She permeates the hills and valleys onwards to the mountains and rivers. She is found in the seas and oceans and in the groves and forests, in the plants and trees.  Prajnananda goes on to say that:  “Each Being has the same life-force within for without this life-force of the Paramatma THE BEING IS A DEAD BEING.”

Turning to the teachings of American Psychic and Healer, Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), I came across this insightful teaching:

“In the material world, where we find expressions of the physical and of the spiritual, we find Mind. Yet what is known as the Group Mind—or that of the plant kingdom, the mineral kingdom and the animal kingdom…returns (as is destined) to the Creative Force which is its author, its maker. MAN—the free will agent…makes his Destiny as to whether his Mind…is one with or in opposition to the Creative Forces.” (Reading 262-80)

A commentator, Jennie E. Taylor, shares her thoughts concerning this reading:-

“This concept of a Group Mind sounded to me like what we call animal instinct. I did not feel that this meant animals could not also be individuals, but rather I was reminded that animals are full of innocence. As this reading seems to indicate, that’s because animals are always in accord with the Creative Forces. Whereas humans—with free will—can act in “destructive” ways that are against the Creative Forces, this reading seemed to be saying that animals cannot act in the same manner.” [1]

The reason I have mentioned Prajnananda and Cayce is because it is necessary to establish if animals have the capacity or the opportunity to exist after death else this whole talk is futile. If animals cannot exist once they die then why talk about animals and the afterlife. Again I must lament the fact that for some reason – nearly all religions, faiths, cults and sects teach that man is different to the animals and is somehow more worthy of a place in the afterlife.

When I was a little boy, I always felt that all life, once it died, that it’s Spirit or something that I really couldn’t name – a spark that somehow magically seemed to disappear – such would still LIVE, as it were, in another world. Of course, as a child, I did not have the words to describe what this all meant, but I certainly felt it deep within my heart. As a child, I always believed not only in a Presence (a God that I really could not describe), but also my belief was that God never would make anything that was deemed useless or less than others in relation to it.   The ant was as important as the bird outside my bedroom window or the dog that roamed our home at night; protecting us from the bad things getting in.

To be truthful, I think my connection with non-humans has always been extremely deep and far exceeds that of my connection with people.    This bothers some folk but for me I see it as a Gift from above – a gift bestowed by the Lord and Lady. Maybe even as a child I was destined to follow the Pagan Path or at least the Path of an animal lover whose life path is imbued with a deep connection to ALL LIFE FORMS, be these the mineral, plant, animal or celestial manifestations. I can not look into the face or the eyes of any creature and turn away for I perceive a Spark of the Divine in everything around me – though I do admit that I have a hard time seeing the Divine in a maggot!

Are my thoughts only vain or naive concepts that I hold onto given my views as a five year old child? Maybe so, for my feelings way back then took into account the Inner life of inanimate toys such as teddy bears, soft toys, G.I. Joe and such like. One time, when I was just five years old, my father threw a little toy tiger that I had (one stuffed with sawdust) into a fire outside and this really upset me for I truly felt the pain of my toy tiger and a great sense of loss.  Telling this story may sound weird but the feelings and the beliefs that I had are still with me today. Even today I see this Spark of the Divine in rocks and rivers and in mountains such as that of Arunachala.

Now if my thoughts are empty and wishful, then I am in good company for many cultures throughout the world have held similar views and emotions of the same nature. For example, the Ancient Egyptians would embalm animals so that their Soul or Ka, could journey safely into the otherworld. According to Egyptologist, E.A. Wallis-Budge [2]:

“…the Egyptians were not only renowned for their devotion to religious observances, they were famous as much for the variety as for the number of their gods. Animals, birds, fishes, and reptiles were worshipped by them in all ages, but in addition to these they adored the great powers of nature as well as a large number of beings with which they peopled the heavens, the air, the earth, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the water.” (1904)

We could argue that the Egyptians “peopled the heavens, the air, the earth,” and so forth, with other beings because they knew no better and were a superstitious lot.   For the worship of —

“… the crocodile, ibis, dog-headed ape, and fish of various kinds as venerated in Egypt is true enough; they were not, however, venerated in dynastic times as animals, but as the abodes of gods.” [3]

This is reiterated in the book, Reincarnation: A Study of Forgotten Truth, by F. W. Walker (1901) page 66, where we read how:

“… the gods frequently inhabited the bodies of animals, and therefore they worshiped animals as incarnations of special divinities. The sacred bodies of these godly visitants were also embalmed as a mark of respect to their particular class of deities. For they placed certain gods in certain animals, the Egyptian Horus choosing the hawk, Thoth the ibis, Hatmehit the fish, Bast the cat, Bacchus the goat, Shu the colt, Apis  the ox, Sobek the crocodile etc.” (Slightly edited)

Yet behind their viewing animals as “the abodes of gods,” to my mind it does indicate a veneration of sorts for surely animals would not be viewed thus if such animals were, in the first instance, lesser than the gods themselves.  And if not lesser, then why not concur that these beings (crocodiles, ibises, fish, etc.) did at one time harbor a Spirit or Soul that was worthy of continuing to survive in the Otherworld.

I believe that we are all born with an innate sense of there being Something higher than ourselves (The Divine, the Creator, God, the One Divine Creative Principle) and a sense of deep servitude to this Something.  But as we grow and are exposed to intellectualizing our ‘Inner Promptings of Spirit’, we lose the innate connection with this Something and we move away from our connection with the Community of Nature.  The “abodes of gods” became a figment of the imagination, the animals mere automatons, lacking Spirit or Soul.

Sadly, Animism, which teaches that the Spirit of the Divine resides in everything from rocks to trees to birds and animals, died that we might be free from the gods yet in becoming free, we have imprisoned the Spirit of the animals, seeing only our own as free and worthy.  The Spirit Guide, White Eagle, speaks of these things when he tells how: ‘Even the minerals are alive with God. Each wayside stone is vibrating with a light and life it share with every plant that grows…metal, stones, wood…pulsating with…Divine Life.’4

A lot of us gathered here have had experiences involving animals that have taught us something that we might need to learn.   These experiences show to me that animals do indeed have the capacity to teach us and are worthy of a future life once they leave the earth plane.

My Possum friend, who I have spoken of before, taught me a lot about trust (that she would not bite me), friendship (she came to the realization that she could be friends with me), sharing what I had (as we sat together to share a biscuit), discipline (learning to feed her the things that were good for her) and mutual respect.    There were no doubt other lessons that I learnt or at least was meant to learn.  Surely her life is worthy of entering the Afterlife, if not, why so? Or do I simply imprison her Spirit?  I think not! I am certain that every one of us has a similar tale to share or an experience that they may like to keep to themselves.  Throughout the world there are many tales of animals existing in the Afterlife – in folklore, myth and fable, religious teachings and in the stories of everyday visitations of animals (usually beloved pets) from the other-side.  I feel it not too far-fetched to argue that behind these numerous writings is to be found an element of what I might style “Reality” or “Truth.” The Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist, Carl Jung (1875-1961) might view such tales as Universal Archetypes.

In the Introduction to the book, Power of Archetypes, (2017) by Marie D. Jones, is to be found the following explanation of an archetype:

“… An archetype is an idea or original pattern/model from which all things of the same type are representations or copies…from which all similar persons, objects, ideas, concepts, and themes are derived, copied, modeled and emulated.   In Jungian psychology, an archetype is an inherent idea or mode of thought derived from the experience of the species/race and present in the individual and collective unconscious.”

Given this explanation, one may ask, What is the basis of these tales of the Afterlife and its animal inhabitants?   If none (and I emphasize the word, none) of these stories or events as recorded contain no truth or at least harboured a degree of truth, then none of us gathered here today most likely has an Afterlife – we only have the life that we live now.

Now if only one story of an animal existing post mortem ever proves true, then that one story adds proof to the existence of an Afterlife itself and the reality of an immortal component housed within the physical confines of an animal. Such should change our thinking concerning the Inner Life of animals and our treatment to boot.

For myself, I think it foolish and a tad boastful to believe that animals have no inner Spirit or Soul that continues to exist once they have left the earth-plane.  Or, in the words of one Sidney H. Beard, Editor of the Herald of the Golden Age: “let us at least prove our ‘higher nature’ by something more convincing than mere talk, or the thoughtless repetition of ancestral beliefs concerning our celestial origin, which may possibly be born of racial conceit.” (July 1913)  I really like how he puts this.

There are numerous books written about animals and the Afterlife; some are possibly just a collection of subjective experiences by a grieving human who finds it difficult to move on after their beloved pet has died and their imaginations come to the fore to give them inner peace. However, not all of these tales can be so easily dismissed.  As one example, when it comes to hauntings by animal ghosts, such have often been witnessed or experienced by many people – and often over time and by people who have never crossed paths. Elliott O’Donnell’s Animal Ghosts (1913) is replete with such tales.

As I believe I said before, if animal ghosts exist, then they surely must reside somewhere, at least for a time.  If we all have a part of us that reincarnates – then surely animals have the same part (let us call it the Soul) and this must surely reside in the state we are taught that we reside in when between our own incarnations. Naturally I am not suggesting that all the Souls of mosquitoes, flies, dogs, cats, crocodiles, elephants etc., reside for evermore in a place I call the Afterlife.   What I am trying to say is that if each living thing has a Soul, then that individual Soul shall live on as we humans believe that we ourselves do, until their next incarnation.

One of the problems which I have found that tends to hamper people from believing the various stories of animal ghosts or animals continuing to exist in the Afterlife is that many folk view the human race is the apex of Creation and ergo worthy of special consideration.   It seems the entire animal creation—which scientists estimate to be around 8.7 million species —is somehow ‘less’ in their eyes and that animals have no inner Spirit and therefore they cannot enter into Heaven.  One author in a book concerning the Spirit World, is so bold as to state categorically that—‘earthly animals have no existence beyond this life.’5

Irish author Elliott O’Donnell expresses so beautifully what he perceives as the purpose of a heaven for animals, found in the introduction to his 1913 book, ANIMAL GHOSTS:

“… Take, for example, the case of the horse. Harming no one, and without thought of reward, it toils for man all its life, and when too old to work it is put to death without even the compensation of a well-earned rest. But if compensation be God’s law,—as I, for one, believe it to be—and also the purpose of a hereafter, then surely the Creator, whose chief claim to our respect and veneration lies in the fact that He is just and merciful, will take good care that the horse—the gentle, patient, never-complaining horse—that it is well compensated—compensated in a golden hereafter.     Consider again, the case of another of our four-footed friends—the dog; the faithful, affectionate, obedient and forgiving dog, the dog who is so often called upon to stand all sorts of rough treatment, and is shot or poisoned, if, provoked beyond endurance, he at last rounds on his persecutors, and bites. And the cat—the timid, peaceful cat who is mauled, and all but pulled in two by cruel children, and beaten to a jelly when in sheer agony and fright it scratches. Reflect again, on the cow and the sheep, fed only to supply our wants; shouted at and kicked, if, when nearly scared out of their senses, they wander off the track… And yet, you say, these innocent, unoffending—and, I say, martyred—animals are to have no future, no compensation. Monstrous! Absurd! It is an effrontery to common sense, to philosophy—anything, everything. It is a damned lie, damned bigotry, damned nonsense. The whole animal world will live again; and it will be man—spoilt, presumptuous, degenerate man—who will not participate in another life, unless he very much improves…”


Even in the Islamic tradition, there are ten animals admitted to the Moslem’s paradise or Jannah. These are:

1. The dog Kratim, which accompanied the Seven Sleepers.

2. Balaam’s ass, which spoke with the voice of a man to reprove the disobedient prophet.  The donkey of ‘Uzayr (whom Allah The Almighty caused to die for one hundred years). When ‘Uzayr was revived, he found his donkey next to him as it was.

3. Solomon’s ant, of which he said “Go to the ant, thou sluggard.”

4. Jonah’s whale.

5. The ram caught in the thicket, and offered in sacrifice in lieu of Isaac.

6. The calf of Abraham which was slaughtered for his angel guests.

7. The camel of Saleh who was hamstrung by those who denied the truth.

8. The cuckoo of Belkis.

9. The ox of Moses.

10. Mahomet’s mare, called Borak. An animal with wings, that is bigger than a donkey and smaller than a mule) and upon which the Prophet rode on the night of Al-Israa’ (Ascension)

Let the Christian who believes that animals have no future-life recall the words from the Old Testament which poses the question:

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” (Eccl. 3:21) implying that both people and animals possess a Spirit.  In a preceding verse, the writer informs his audience that “For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts…as the one die, so dieth the other; yea, they all have one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.  All go unto one place, and all turn to dust again.” (vv.19-20)

To those who believe that animals have no place in the Afterlife, I can only reply, How truly sad if true.   If the Creation of animals is something that adds to the beauty of our earth, not only visually but ecologically so, (the ecology is what creates the larger tapestry) then I could think of nothing as grim as an Afterlife devoid of animals and really would not wish to be there but I’d rather be where the animals are, to paraphrase American actor, Will Rogers (1879-1935)

I wish to share the sentiments of a writer of old, E.M. Beeby, as I admire his way of expressing this concept further:

“… How strange to me is the desire for…the absence of animals from the spirit world!   We little realize how much of the beauty of our earth is due to its animal population, still less, perhaps, how much we gain spiritually by the presence and love of animals.  How inexpressibly dull the earth would be without animals; and if [in] this earth, then, as we hope to retain our individuality, [then in] the next world equally so…” (LIGHT Psychical Journal, August 1904)

On the other hand, we hear many folk advance the argument that as animals were indeed created for our benefit—an argument often employed by the churches—then their lives are for one lifetime only; not for a future time.  When I meet such folk I point out that, according to the words of their own Holy Scripture – the inerrant Word of God – animals were created prior to Adam and were once on friendly terms with him for ‘Adam gave names to them.’ (Gen.2:19-20).  A Christadelphian man that I met many years ago believed that this proved that animals were not always afraid of mankind but that it was the Fall in the Garden of Eden which caused the division that we now see between humans and animals, as manifested after the Noachic flood.    Of course, many argue that humans were given dominion over the animals – though if correct, then we have a far greater responsibility to the Creatures created out of God’s imagination than is presently being undertaken.

From an esoteric perspective, let us reflect upon the insightful words of Alice A. Bailey (1880-1949) who informs us that:

“… A grub or worm working out its little life in a mass of decaying substance is as much a spiritual manifestation as an initiate working out his destiny in a mass of rapidly changing human forms.  It is all manifested Deity; it is all divine expression and all a form of sensitive awareness and of response to environment, and therefore a form of conscious expression.” 6

 In the 1882 Oahspe Bible we read how…”the beasts of the field and the birds and fowls of the air, and for many animals that are companions to man, made I a place in heaven, where their spirits should survive for a season.” [The Book of Judgment v.8]

Another aspect that I believe adds weight to the argument that animals have a Spirit or Soul which continues on is that of animal communication.    For why are animals able to communicate with “Whisperers” if their life is simply a one-off event and one that is basically that of servitude to mankind? Why give an animal its own individual thoughts (to commune with the “Whisperer”) if they are here purely for our benefit? Or is it only to benefit us humans? Let us remember the role of the Power Animals who come from other planes not of this earth, to teach us lessons about how to live in harmony with the earth and each other. Many of these communications come from animals that have already ‘passed over’ and their messages are a lot about the need for mankind to get its act together.    These messages are generally brought to our attention via Channeling or, for many of us, they may come via our dreams or meditations or our intuition.

In the numerous writings of Spiritualism come many incidents of animals visiting humans or we read about those who have been privileged to enter the Afterlife and who have come back to tell us of their journeys. For people  interested, you may wish to read A SOUL’S JOURNEY by Peter Richelieu (orig. published in Durban, South Africa as From the Turret, 1958) or RETURN FROM TOMORROW by George C Ritchie, who died in 1943 and allegedly visited the Astral Plane. Or Raymond Moody, who coined the term Neath Death Experience in his 1975 book, LIFE AFTER LIFE, again well-worth the reading of. Or Betty Eadie’s EMBRACED BY THE LIGHT — This last title is especially recommended for those who are of a Christian persuasion.

 Please note that these books do not necessarily refer to animals in the Afterlife but give one a good insight into what the next world is, or may be like.

How often have we read about people who have come back and shared with us how an animal friend that had died years before, was waiting to meet them as the person (or should I say their spirit or astral body) neared a Portal giving ingress into the world of the Afterlife. The meditation, which you may know as The Rainbow Bridge, paints for us a vivid picture of such an event.

The testimony of one spirit, as recorded in LIGHT Psychical Journal for August 1904 is worth sharing here:

“… I have animals around me here; I see both those I knew on earth, and others, some of whom have been here hundreds of years—thousands of years it perhaps may be.  I do not assert that they will persist eternally, I do not know; but they are here, as real, as individualized as when on earth, and with their faculties more highly developed…”


And in the book, Spiritualism which is a record of discourses with a Spirit that was held in 1853 by John W.Edmonds (1799-1874), we are told concerning the Spirit world that:

“… Here there was a clump of trees, entwining their tangled arms together over the deep shade that rested below, and there a single tree or two, beneath whose shelter animals were seen, giving life at once and repose to the scene. And, in fine, as the light of the morning increased, it opened to my view a lovely landscape, gently undulating and diversified by land and water, and field and forest. Many animals were seen moving about, or reposing quietly, playing wildly, or grazing or slumbering.    Birds in great numbers, and with every variety of song and plumage, were flying across the scene in all directions, some just skimming the surface of the water, and others soaring aloft, up, up, until their melody seemed mingled with the distance…” (John W.Edmonds, Spiritualism, 1898 ed.p. 163-164.)

Now for some tales about animals in or from the Afterlife and the experiences of people who once shared their lives with these “angels in disguise,’ to paraphrase a Minister writing in 1874.

One lady, Bianca Unorna, writes:

“… I was once sitting in social conversation with several ladies, when all at once I exclaimed, ‘Oh, here is such a nice dog!—a big black dog, with a curly coat—a retriever—do any of you know him?”  One of the ladies, the hostess, at once said, ‘We once had a dog like that, but it is a great many years ago.  Do you think you could give us his name, madame?’  Like a flash the name was given and I said, ‘It was Rover!’ and to my surprise I found it was correct.  Within the last few weeks, a client from London was accompanied by the spirit form of a small lap dog, which leaped and frolicked around her, and evinced all the usual signs of canine joy at finding himself once more in her company, at being recognized…” (LIGHT Psychical Journal of May 1904)

You could say that ‘Rover’ is a common name but this medium had just met the spirit dog and the chances of getting the name right are pretty slim and if stumbled upon, still most impressive. The Spirit dog must have come from to her from some other place—the Afterlife, perhaps.

In a small booklet titled, HEAVEN OPENED: or Messages for the Bereaved from Our Little Ones in Glory (1870) wherein the author, a Medium, refers to her dealings with a cousin who had died from an undisclosed illness in 1865 at the young age of 16. She sent her medium-auntie the following description of the Afterlife:

“… Therefore I awoke in the beautiful gardens of the Spirit Land, where all the happy spirits suited to my capabilities were thronging around me. I lay where I was brought by the spirit, on the couch of flowery essence, yielding forth refreshing and supporting perfume, and my ear was aroused to spirit life by thrilling songs of welcome and of love! Oh! I did not wish for earth!   I forgot it all for some long time (in your earth measurement). I was revelling in joy!  Surrounded by all beauty-all music! Even my favourite animals in life were there, to delight me.  The most beautiful horse, with a bright shining star over his eyes, was at my side, and I mounted it to explore the surrounding gardens. I was not absolutely conscious that I had passed the gates of death. I had not thought of dying!”

Another spirit that came through was a young boy called Ernest who talked about:

“… Very lovely trees, and fields, birds, and flowers, and pretty horses and dogs, and all that is very pretty…”

This same medium writes:

“… I saw the message given to Miss T—last evening by her sweet little niece, about the pet canary [awaiting its human companion]. I know this will be pleasant to know, upon the subject of the mystery of spirit-life in the animals of earth, The dear little spirit knew very well, and expressed it very well…”

The loves of pet animals or things become incorporated with the life of the atmosphere surrounding each individual.

Coming into more modern times, we have many books describing the Afterlife and the animals who reside in it.  Alas, these books generally report on those animals that most people do not have an issue with – dogs and cats (usually beloved pets). A list of books is available for those who wish to learn more.

However, I can only quote from one. It Is an interesting little book written by Spiritualist Harold Sharp, called Animals in the Spirit World, (publ.1966) who relates an interesting tour into the Astral Plane. He explains:

“… I remember a walk with Brother Peter in the ‘Out of Body’ state when we met a group of little children singing and playing as they romped along the road.  An Alsatian was with them, big, powerful, yet with those children he was as gentle as a lamb.  When it was on earth a boy was teasing it and it snapped at him, tearing his jacket, no doubt meaning to teach him a lesson.  But the law decided that the dog was a menace and must be shot.  It was surely the boy who should have been punished—the woman to whom it belonged wept and pleaded, but to no avail.  If she could but see it now, she would stop grieving.  Of course, she misses it.  Of course, she realizes that [an] injustice was dealt out instead of justice, but it is so happy with children and they with it, where injustice and ignorance cannot reign.  One day she will be with it again.   When I think of that journey I can almost hear the dog’s joyous barking, so impressed was it upon my memory…” (p.50)

 “Where injustice and ignorance cannot reign.” What a grand thought.    And, “Where injustice and ignorance cannot reign,” one should expect to find other animals of which Harold Sharp makes a brief reference to, as he explains how:

Further afield, I found lions and tigers, foxes, elephants, monkeys and meditative camels, and tropical birds of beautiful colour. Indeed, every living creature you could think of. (p.44)

For those who scoff at the belief of animals—be they friend or perceived foe—being welcomed into the Afterlife; the Otherworld, I feel sad yet my hopes are raised when I think of how many things are yet to be discovered, unveiled or —and this is my own personal saving grace—we return to those teachings of old (animism. Paganism, panpsychism) and reconnect with the Spirit of our Ancestors and embrace what they not only perceived with the eye or ear, yet too with the deepest part of their heart or Soul.

A writer of times past and of who I can supply no further details, one A.C. Vernon Harcourt, reflects that:

“… If the time could arrive when all was known, when there could not be a new investigation of experiment, our keenest pleasure would be at an end.  We may, therefore, feel happy in the thought of how much is still unknown…”

To sum up, I believe that by accepting that the Soul of an animal—whatever its manifestation—continues to exist in the Afterlife, such should go a long way to our accepting each one of these beings as equally deserving of our respect and, I trust, shall increase our desire to protect it from harm, by that animal an ant, silverfish, earwig, cockroach, spider, snake, shark, rat, skunk or, indeed, my beloved crocodile. That is my dream and the main motivation for giving this talk today. So Mote It Be. – Heathclyff St.James-Deville



[1] https://www.edgarcayce.org/about-us/blog/blog-posts/for-the-love-of-animals-part-1/  Accessed June 1, 2019

[2] E.A. Wallis-Budge, God of the Egyptians (1904) p.4

3 God of the Egyptians. p.2

4 Spiritual Unfoldment Volume 2, (1981 ed. P.93)

5 Crowell, The Spirit World (1879) p.117

6 Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Psychology Vol.1 (1936)


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