After my mother died, I was very distressed. One day, our favorite cat disappeared, and I was worried about him. That night, I dreamed about my mother. She was sitting on a park bench with a book in her lap, and my cat twirling his tail around her legs. She said that everything was fine. She said that the concept of death was misunderstood by our culture. She explained that when one dies, we go to a “school” of sorts and that now she was working on the earthly equivalent of a doctorate.
She seemed animated and joyful as she explained how interesting and rewarding her work was. Mom pointed to the book in her lap and said that she would give me the book when I woke up and it would explain “everything about death.”
I protested, saying that this was only a dream and there was no way she could “give” me a book from there. She smiled serene and said, “don’t worry, you’ll get it”.
Then she petted the cat and I got the feeling that he was really there with her and would not be found here on earth again. That morning I woke up and immediately looked around my bed for the book. Chiding myself that it had only been a dream, I got up and forgot about it.
Later that day, I was in the grocery store and somehow found myself in the magazine section (I rarely buy supermarket magazines). And there I was drawn to a paperback, “What Dreams May Come” [link]. As soon as I read the jacket, I knew it was sent by my mom.
Sure enough, when I read it, I understood what she was saying, because it discussed the exact concepts she had shared in the dream. I had never been exposed to these concepts before, nor did I know anything about the book. My cat never did return.
Is it possible for pets to pass over at the same time as us – or even to ‘disappear’ like this writer suggests?
Rupert Sheldrake, the biologist has written on the animal-human bond in two of his books: The Sense of Being Stared At and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind [link] and Dogs that Know when Their Owners are Coming Home.
He writes:”With cats, as with dogs and with people, the ability to react to a person’s death does not seem to fall off with distance.” He continues: “If animals can pick up up when their owners are in distress or are dying because of the bond between them, then this bond should in principle also allow telepathic influences to travel in the opposite direction…..”. He concludes that while “some people do indeed seem to react at a distance… most humans seem less sensitive than their pets.”
Do you agree with Sheldrake?