I recently visited with some friends who have two charming pet rats. I’ve been thinking about them for a couple of days now, rats are delightful animals.
Rats are one of those animals with a bad reputation. Some people just have involuntary reactions, even phobias. I can relate – as much as the spiders and I have an understanding, I will still shudder and possibly shriek if I’m surprised by one… depending on how large and how fast they’re moving.
The first pet rat I ever met was decades ago when I was working at an animal hospital. The office manager had an office rat named Rat Man. He was the office mascot, and he was allowed to run over the desk during the day when the clinic was open. Generally he stayed out of sight of clients, but once in a while he’d poke his head up to say hi. The reactions to Rat Man varied, but he never took it personally.
Until I met my new rat friends this weekend, Rat Man was the luckiest, best-cared for rat I’d ever known. His life was full of interest, challenge, attention and admiration. He had a great diet and lots of love. He lived to the ripe old rat age of 4.
Usually when I see rats as pets, they’re in a pet store in overcrowded aquariums, under harsh lighting. Did you know rats are very sensitive to light and electric currents?
Sometimes I’d see a rat in somebody’s house, usually in an aquarium. One level, cedar shavings, a house to hide in, a bowl of food and a bowl of day old water. When they were young they used to be handled regularly, but now weeks would go by, sitting in a small space, nothing to do but eat and go back to sleep. These rats were always under two years of age. They never lived for long.
I’ve seen rabbits, mice and guinea pigs live out their lives in similar conditions; some species are quite tolerant of confined conditions… but that doesn’t mean they should live that way. Like orcas living out their lives in swimming pools in marine parks, space is relative – and a vital component to quality of life.
Anyway, back to rats.
Sweetie and I visited these two rats, sisters named Awe:ri and Ohna’. Aweri is white with grey patches, and the patch on her back is in the shape of a heart. Ohna is hairless, with smooth skin, huge ears and surprisingly intelligent.
And that’s me saying this. I assume animals are intelligent, but every once in a while I encounter an animal that is just so damn wise. It’s hard to describe in words, the sensation is just this gut knowing that this animal knows how it is on earth. I got the sense that Ohna knows more about life, the universe and everything and many of us people. One way I might describe it is to say Ohna is an Old Soul.
Her sister, Aweri, is like a cheerleader – enthusiastic, always positive, her mind totally in the moment and completely accepting of her reality in that instant. Aweri is inquisitive and courageous, but not that analytical.
Did you know that my relatives (other hairless rats) are bred for and live in laboratories? Sometimes their lives in the white (surrounded by bright white lights, people wearing white, surfaces that reflect light) is okay. Sometimes they have okay food and their minds are exercised. Sometimes they are taken care of and then one day they are killed so that the people can look at their brains. This is an okay life, but not a great life.
The humans in these places should know that these rats in the labs are a noble people. Rats who choose to be born into a laboratory are teachers to all of human kind. Rats in these places know great compassion to humans, and we are very proud of our relatives who help humans learn. It is not a great rat life, but we volunteer for the experience so that humans can learn.
I wish humans in the white place would learn compassion for rats. I wish they would be taught to honour the rats’ noble sacrifice. It would not take much to set this right, and the humans need to understand that this would do their souls good, to thank their lab rats and to treat them with kindness and compassion.
This way humans could learn about medicine without hurting their own souls by blocking their compassion for the living creatures of God they work with every day. Humans in the white place need to learn that laboratory rats are angels in the animal realm. We are born in labs, we sacrifice a whole rat lifetime to help human kind. We do this with full knowledge in our souls. Many of us do this many times.
Did you know that I have been a lab rat many times in past lives? I did it because I like learning in these places, and I actually really like people. Sometimes I was a white rat, and many times I was a hairless rat like I am now. Sometimes I remember a past life when I was a Siamese cat in Egypt, where I helped humans with spirituality. I am still doing the same spiritual work, just in a different church.
Please tell my mom I love her very much, and she is a princess to me. Everyone in the house looks at her with awe.
Please tell the other humans to take a moment to connect with the souls of the animals who have died for them. (Shows me humans eating chicken off of a plate.) You don’t have to feel sad for them or guilty – these emotions will only make you sick in your heart, and they will not help the animals. Just take a moment to thank the animals who have touched your life and your body (shows me leather belts and shoes.) Animals are all around humans all the time. Their bodies are everywhere and so their spirit consciousness is everywhere too. Thank your animals (the ones you eat, the ones you wear) and it will do your soul good.
Holy crow, Ohna, that was absolutely beautiful. Thank you sweetheart.
Rats, the species blamed for illness brought to humankind are actually a key species helping humanity survive and heal their diseases.
What a beautiful, perfect circle.