Reverence for Rabbits & All Living Creatures – The Greatest Gift at Easter is Sharing the Heart of Compassion
Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet. ~Marc Bekoff
Most people know that I am a huge animal lover and that my life is driven by living in reverence to all of life and in loving compassion to all creatures, great and small. You may also know that I have a special place in my heart for rabbits.
A few nights ago I was sharing about my connection with rabbits, as I was reflecting on Easter time and how rabbits are such a huge symbol of this day and Spring, but also experience the sad results of it.
I find it quite profound that rabbits are the brunt end of so much violence and sadness, as they are killed for their fur, for their meat as food, are one of the animals hugely experimented on and tortured for “science” and for things such as cosmetics, are the third most euthanized animals after dogs and cats, end up abandoned, in shelters, or let loose in the wild unable to fend for themselves after their “cuteness” wears off (Easter time especially), or die short lives because of people not being educated on proper rabbit care and their delicate physiology. The majority of veterinarians are not even educated to treat them properly (a fact, as well as something I experienced with my rabbits). Rabbits are simply widely misunderstood because they take intuitive care and attention since they haven’t a voice like other animals that can meow or bark, are generally more docile and easily over-powered, and will simply retreat when something is wrong.
I cherish all animals and communicate with them daily, but for whatever reason since I was young, rabbits have been one of the amazing beings on this Earth that I have a special bond with and that I feel to be a voice for.
Every Easter, I sponsor a rabbit, or two, from the shelter where my bunny love, Joy Julianna, and I connected. This year I was instantly drawn to one bunny that stole my heart and I’ve been thinking of her ever since laying my eyes upon her photos.
Her name is Tej and she is a special needs bunny. I do not know her story, of how she came to be as you see her, but I have put in an inquiry to the shelter to find out more about her and her condition. I cried the instant I saw her, and felt such a bond with her. If she can’t be with me physically, I’ll be supporting her as I can energetically and in sponsorship.
If these dear ones call to your heart, perhaps you might help with a small donation, fostering, home, volunteering, or at least help to educate others that rabbits are not objects of amusement, but tender and intelligent beings that deserve our love.
Or, at the least, when thinking about Easter today and what to share with your children, share the heart of compassion and reverence for all living beings and for the beauty of living in harmony with Nature. This will have great impact for all beings that walk this Earth with us.
Here’s a good article on reasons NOT to give a rabbit as an Easter gift:
Let us deepen the reach of our hearts to extend to all beings gifting our lives with their precious souls.
Two days ago I received a voice message from SaveABunny.org – the nationally recognized non-profit adoption, education and volunteer-based foster center that rescues rabbits, based in Mill Valley, California. This is where I adopted my precious little Joy Julianna on February 23rd, 2009 – just 3 days before my birthday, coming up on almost 5 years ago now. She arrived at the shelter after being neglected, but still retained her loving quality, despite her experiences.
She was named Julianna by the shelter, but I added Joy to the front of her name. Since, she’s taken on a few nicknames to include “Tiny” and “Jules”.
I’ve shared a lot about Joy and Nestor (my two rabbit companions and soul partners) in many other posts, so I won’t go into detail here, nor could ever possibly explain the magickal experiences I have had with them in the decade of time they both have graced my life.
But because of the synchronicity of SaveABunny contacting me, mirroring not only my thinking of them in the last week and some ways to support their efforts, but also their call coming in directly the morning after I hung my original painting, “Once in a Blue Moon” which features both Nestor and Joy, in my office (after receiving message to do so, which has created a portal and shifted the vibe of my space), I felt moved to share this short post today.
Anyway, back to the phone call from SaveABunny….the lady calling was asking to have my contact information updated, as well as was checking in to see how Joy was doing and asking if I’d be willing to update them with a brief share about her along with some photos, as they love to hear and share about happy endings for these sweet and magickal creatures.
I, of course, immediately stopped everything and sent them the small share you can find below, along with the photos you see in this post (I’m only sharing a few of the many I sent them. Yes, I love my little one so much and I wanted them to see how happy and wonderful Joy is).
Some people have human babies…I have animal babies, but to me they are much, much, MUCH more than that. They are powerful beings, my best friends, and alchemical magicians that have not only worked their magick with experiences in my life and the lives of others, but have worked their magick on my heart.
After having experienced a traumatic transition that Nestor left this experience through to continue her eternal one, I found myself in an instantaneous “Tower” Tarot card experience where the quick and intense lightning strike of change flashed through my soul. Not only did it mark one of the largest shifts that have me on my current journey, but it also had my heart in a pain I had not yet ever experienced until that moment, and likely won’t again. Not only did Nestor take me to the depths of unconditional love, but she took me to the depths of anguish in having the physical experience of my Twin Soul move on, which at the time felt like – without me.
Yet this proved not to be the case, and rather than continue that story I’ve shared before, through a series of magickal circumstances, messages, and signs orchestrated by Nestor, Joy Julianna came into my life (something I thought I would never allow in again), but she, with Nestor’s guidance, helped me to mend and integrate healing of my heart and come to know the true resiliency it houses, as I love her with ALL of me again.
From the depths of dark and light, I have learned about the fullness and wholeness of experience and deepened my capacity for unconditional love and compassion. And from the experiences they both have shared with me (much too long to explain the how’s), I have been able to harness the authenticity and clarity of my/this life’s path and get myself aligned and on track with greater strength and courage.
The word “Gratitude” is far too limiting for what I feel.
You never know where and how gifts will show up in your life, and it is often the most challenging experiences that are, and hold, the greatest of gifts that hold the opportunity for us to grow exponentially.
Here is the brief, general update I shared with SaveABunny about Joy:
I’ve attached several photos of sweet little Joy Julianna, as I call her now – nickname “Jules”. She is doing amazing and has integrated beautifully into our home with a sister Tortoise named Gaia, a sister cat named Sweet Pea, and a brother cat named Boojum. They all get along beautifully and it’s been such a delight to have Joy with me. She is healthy (has had no major issues since I’ve had her), happy, loves to be with me all of the time, and shares my office with me, although has the run of the house since she’s potty trained and I keep her free. I work from home, so it makes it nice to be with her and the other little ones, and she has proven to be quite the powerful little healing bunny and loves to assist me with all of my healing work and artistic creations. She adores crystals (is often laying with them), is very telepathic, adores and admires her sister Gaia, and loves her stuffed bunny friend that I swear she has enchanted. I just love her so much and am grateful that I found her through SaveABunny, as she is my beloved best friend. Thank you so much for all that you do!
According to the ASPCA, rabbits are the third most frequently euthanized animal in the country. Adopting or fostering a rescued rabbit saves precious lives. If you can’t foster or adopt you can still express your care and support with a donation:
As shared in my blog this week, Easter has varying symbolic meanings, but it also carries varying feelings for me along with this in terms of rabbits, knowing that Easter is when many people go out and purchase them for their children and that they are seen more as a novelty who, in most cases, are later neglected, forgotten, mistreated and handled, and even euthanized.
See my post Rabbits, Cosmic Eggs, Pagan Goddesses & Transition – Easter Origins & Awareness for more information about rabbit awareness involving Easter and Easter symbolism.
You can also go directly to this great post that covers the considerations to be consciously aware of in terms of our rabbit friends and making compassionate choices on their behalf: Five Reasons Not To Buy A Bunny For Easter by Julie Castle
I’ve had several discussions with people recently about rabbits and how to care for them and communicate with them, as I feel they are one of the least understood animal companions. I was happy to hear that a teacher friend of mine was going to incorporate rabbits into her curriculum of animal teaching with her students after our discussion, realizing that it would be of benefit to educate children about these dear ones.
Rabbits’ sensitive natures and need for your tender presence and intuitive care is part of the value you will receive tenfold from them if you learn how to give in these ways to them. Commitment to love them the way they need, not as you want, is a lesson of learning unconditional love and going within more in order to understand their reflections. And when taken seriously and with awareness the magic that awaits you in a friendship with one of these dear loved ones is precious and priceless.
Today, in honor of my beloved Nestor whom I celebrated a 10 year anniversary of our physical connection in this life just two days ago, my precious Joy, whom Nestor brought into my life after her passing and led me to SaveABunny, and all of the beautiful souls in rabbit form, I donated to two rabbits that have been through an enormously courageous ordeal that are residents of SaveABunny now and in need of new homes and care. These two called to my heart and I wanted as my Easter gift to give back to the beings that have given so much to me.
The bunny loves I donated to are 101 South and Heaven Lee. You can read about each of them at the links and you can see all of the bunnies that are in need of donations, fostering and adoption here: SaveABunny Rabbits
If these dear ones call to your heart perhaps you might help with a small donation, fostering, home, or at least help to educate others that rabbits are not objects of amusement, but tender and intelligent beings that deserve our love.
You can give here and even choose a rabbit you’d like to sponsor:
Marcy Schaaf, head ofSaveABunny (a non-profit organization rabbit rescue and nationally recognized adoption, education and foster center) is such an endlessly giving soul to these beautiful beings.
SaveABunny was founded in 1999 following the rescue of a frightened, neglected stray rabbit. Since then, their professional reputation has grown into a nationally recognized adoption, education and foster center. Yet, at heart they are a scrappy, resourceful and volunteer-based group that walk the talk. They are recognized as a leader in rabbit rescue efforts, as well as a model for building effective partnerships with animal shelters and community groups, such as the Girl Scouts.
Return to Natural Harmony:
My hope is that people and animals will one day live in natural harmony once again. This is one of the focuses of my service. It is also a heart calling to help educate and provide support in the co-creative partnership with rabbits we have, as they truly are symbols of our cosmic origins.