Ask: Does each animal experience consciousness?
“What I've been wanting to know about is if we can say definitively whether each animal is experiencing consciousness, and does Jesus say definitively or can we say with certainty whether they suffer or do not suffer? And if each animal can experience its reference point in consciousness, does each one need to have enough lifetimes and/or humans praying for them (since it doesn’t seem they are able to pray themselves) to receive enough prayers so that their next reboot will be as a human so they can discover The Course?” – M
I am not aware of anywhere that Jesus says anything about animals in the context of consciousness. But I’m not too familiar with the Bible so there could be something in there about which I do not know.
The understanding to which I have been led (and have come to see for myself) is that the entire universe of form, including all animals and plants, is the projection of one split mind (the “Son of God” in A Course in Miracles). The split mind projects itself only onto one animal, the human animal. So only humans have the kind of consciousness that can choose between Truth and illusion. At the level of form, any animal with a system of pain receptors can experience physical pain and will, when it is extreme, suffer in that sense. But because only humans experience consciousness only humans experience psychological or emotional suffering. Remember, however, that in the human experience pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. One suffers psychologically or emotionally because of the stories they tell themselves about pain. In any case, both the pain and the suffering are only temporary illusions.
No one needs lifetimes or prayers or A Course in Miracles for the Truth to be true. The Truth goes on right now wholly untouched by anything that happens in the universe of form, which is an illusion. Truth and illusion never intersect. No part of the universe of form “goes on” to Truth. What happens in the universe of form is wholly meaningless.
In the story of time (illusion) all stories begin as an expression (effect) of the-idea-of not-Truth. In some stories a dream figure (person) becomes aware of Truth and then their story becomes an expression (effect) of the-undoing-of-the-idea-of-not-Truth. But in either case it is a meaningless effect, not a cause. It does not lead anywhere. So you do not have to worry about anyone or anything finding ACIM or any other spiritual teaching. It does not have any real effect if one does or does not find Truth. The benefits are only temporary. They only matter in the story of time, which is an illusion. And the self which does or does not experience these benefits is only an effect and falls away in the story. Only the Truth is true and eternal.
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