AN ETHOLOGICAL THERAPEUTICAL APPROACH WITH FLOWER ESSENCES
Ethology is a recently acquired zooscientific discipline, founded by Konrad Lozenz, in contrast with Darwin’s theories, and avoiding classification and dissection. Unlike other animal sciences, it studies the animals’ fascinating behavior with human beings and environment, and it attempts to develop an inter-.species (humans- animals) communication for a better interaction with the many creatures populating our planet.
In order to understand better the origins of an animal’s physical or behavioral pathology, it is useful, but I would add necessary, to take into account the ethological peculiarities of each species.
In analyzing the origin of the animal’s uneasiness, it is important to know the natural demands of a particular species, the essential differences among races within the same species, and the place the animal occupies in the archetypical ecosystem, as incarnation of nature’s project. We must take into account the present objective life conditions, and the possible compromise that the animal has to accept in a domestic situation, away from its natural environment.
We’re far too often led to misunderstand or under-evaluate this basic concept, by the Christian-Judaic anthropocentric tradition, or by the social context in which we operate.
The human life form is only part of a vast earthly community, but our Ptolemaic conceit leads us to decree our perception of life itself as the only rightful one, and to judge through this limited, imaginary standard, right from wrong, smart from stupid, sick from sound.
So many times we use this standard with ethnic groups different from ours, never wanting to understand their history, land, social inter-actions, religion, language; we are not able to understand another human being, let alone an animal!
We must open to different interpretations to get to the solution of the puzzle: our business-end evaluation typical of predators, leads us to ignore what is crucial for the decoding of a wordless message.
Decoding the behavior of the animal we want to cure is very useful to single out the uneasiness: this decoding is important in order to avoid the projection of personal interpretations of the symptoms resulting from the gap between what the animal is experimenting, and what it basically needs. In other words, it is what Dr. Bach called the disconnection between the Spiritual Self (whose project is that of experiencing that special life condition for its evolution) and the Self (often living experiences strongly contrasting with the project). The major problem we encounter with animals are their very owners, imposing non-adequate living rules, venting their psychological uneasiness on the animals, emotionally choking them, or simply transmitting their tension onto them. If human beings are the only ones capable of “freeing and healing themselves” from choices, schemes and conditions which do not meet our needs, animals represent the extra tile we need to complete the puzzle. And this aspect is fundamental when choosing the appropriate flower remedy, because few healers will be lucky enough to treat totally free animals, with clearly detectable needs, and not major mental derangements, unless there is a human intervention.
In any case, human environments create most unbalancings, and healers will have to select what the animal actually feels from what the owner reports, not because it may be false, but as it could be a personal interpretation. We often love deeply but in the wrong way, never giving our animals what they really need…
Thus, it is especially important to understand, and make others understand, that in order to be able to perceive how horses, dogs, or cats see the world, we don’t have to decode their language, but acknowledge the dignity of their thoughts and feelings. We must begin to observe them with open minds and hearts, without the conceit that leads us to measure other forms of life according to our limited human logic.
Exactly like we would do with a foreign People, all we have to know about the animal is its natural environment, origin, history, the way it has developed through the ages, the reason for its physical appearance, nutritional habits, social hierarchy, and interaction with the environment and other living beings. Nature tends to save energy, so nothing is accidental! Every detail, physical shape, attitude, have intrinsic reason that give clarifying information to us as healers or as fellow travelers, a much more important role! In applying these simple general behavior principles, we can get the best results in breeding and training them, but also offer a state of wellbeing to those animals that live in close contact with human beings, far from their natural environment.
When we try to encourage natural behavior we obtain a better human-animal interaction, and prevent the growth of real behavioral pathologies that may take root in the physical body as illnesses, if ignored.
We must learn to observe with humble curiosity the reactions that all the evolved creatures share, such as fear, love, hunger, sex, and so on: they develop in different ways from one species to another, and often from one person to another. Hence the huge contribution ethology has often given to the human social field.
In this phase so cosmically hard on communication and welcoming of what is different from us, learning to have ethically correct relationships with the animals is not only a good lesson for our lives, but also a necessary target for the very evolution of human beings. We have the duty to make the first step to establish the ancient alliance in our planet again, by virtue of the top position we occupy, not in Darwin’s evolution theories, but as for our state of consciousness