Many people that I have talked with have the impression that most creatures on this planet would die trying to protect their young. Mothers and fathers would lay down their own lives to secure the lives of their children. Other animals, birds, fish; reptiles would also do the same thing. Of course we all know that in the context of humans this happens quite often and has occurred as long as written history has been around. Great stories of bravery and courage depict parents giving up their lives to save their children. Even other people putting their lives at risk to save somebody they don’t even know makes the news and stories around the world.
Of we look outside the human realm and into the other species that exist upon this planet we also see amazing stories. Dogs will attack anything that comes near their pups with mal-intent. The crow will rip and tear away at a snake that is climbing the tree in which its nest sits. Ants will swarm defending their eggs and alligators will attack the raccoon that digs I the mound to reach her eggs. The bear will charge anything that gets too close to her cubs with the intent to fight and fight hard if needs be.
We all know of these stories and some of us have witnessed many of these things first hand. Spending great amounts of time outdoors I myself have seen many parent creatures defending their young. However, would they die for them? Would they go to the extreme that many humans have to keep their young safe?
Like I said, I’ve seen many parent creatures fighting to keep their young safe, but I have seen very few go to the extreme of laying down their own lives to allow their young to live. Why do you think this is? Why do you think the bird will fight like a demon, but once it realizes that the confrontation will claim the lives of either itself or its chicks, it removes itself from harm’s way and allows its chick to perish? Why does the zebra fight the hyenas to save its young only until it realizes that the fight, if continued will claim its life?
The reason for such acts of courage and determination turning to seemingly cowardliness comes down to the natural laws of life. Even though the parent animal wants to protect their young and fight for them if necessary, they also know that without a parent to take care of the young, the young would not live anyway. It’s a hard rule, but a factual one. If the parent birds are not there to feed the chicks, the chicks will die. This is a fact. The adult birds also know this fact. If they give their lives for their chicks, they know the chicks will die anyway. So the only realistic choice for the bird is to save itself in order to one day be able to give birth to a new nest of chicks… and the species continues. This is the hard truth of life for many species in this world. It takes the ability to understand the higher workings of reality to be able to make such choices. Of course such choices are never easy to make, but without understanding the deeper levels of life and our personal placements within it, how could we possibly deal with such decisions should they arise? The animals have pure connections to self and the higher aspects of self. They don’t have the same consciousness that we do as humans. Human consciousness can muddle and confuse even the simplest of choices. This is why it is so important to know the self through and through on all levels. Self Awareness and complete awareness in our individual lives is essential to living with our full potential. Awareness is the key to being able to know deep within that when forced to make hard decisions in life, we can.
Hard decisions befall everyone from time to time, but with Awareness we can deal with them much more easily.
Ways Of The Wild Institute’s full Awareness Course is coming up this September. This three full day course delves deeply into the 9 major layers of external awareness (Wilderness Awareness) and also the deep complexities of Self Awareness. Do you want to learn how to become solidly aware on all levels in life? Do you want to acquire or simply brush up on your skills? If so then join us in the mountains of beautiful Vermont this September for our Awareness Course. We would love to see you!
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