Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.


What is it about the unconditional love that we get from certain animals, that give us cause for our souls to awaken?

Is it the way that they look at you when you do something for them or when you are affectionate with them?

Is it the joy that they express when you are conscious of them and around them for them to delight in your presence?

Is it the bond that comes from being a caretaker for another living being?

The magic that arises from the loving connectivity with an animal is indescribable in words. It truly is one of those things that must be felt, first person, to be understood and appreciated. The tender look in their eyes, the wag of the tail, the rituals and dances they go through to express their delight in your attention. Each of these details paint an exquisite appreciation for a love that is for life and a bond that continues long past the life span.

Losing a relationship with such a being is devastating in ways that we would not imagine. Finding oneself at the point of being caretaker and knowing it is time to assist that being that you love with everything you’ve got, to pass on to the next dimension is about as excruciating as you can imagine. In that God-like moment, we are immersed in the absolute nature of life’s full spectrum. The knowledge that you are doing what is best for them, and at the same time, cleaving a portion of your own soul in the process.

The entire dynamic of love, responsibility, dependence, mutual desire and overall joy that comes with a connection to an animal, truly is a key portion of life’s E Ticket (ancient Disneyland reference) experiences. In this step of our personal evolution, in our first human/animal bond, we are jettisoned into new, unfamiliar terrain. The highs take us into fresh new territory, as do the moments of frustration and sadness.

I used to wonder how the first domestications of wild animals would have happened. But as social media and other resources have brought us continuous stories of unlikely friends, like one I saw the other day about a jaguar and a Rottweiler, or one of my favorites about a bear, lion and tiger, I have come to the conclusion that when two species are able to meet on a common turf of mutual love, the rest just sorts itself out.

Happy Saturday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!