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From Chapter 4. Types of Soul Contracts Defined
A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE
Since my awakening and embracing my new life path, I have been intrigued and fascinated by the higher purpose of our soul’s evolutionary journey. I feel compelled and driven to reach for the higher perspective within the day-to-day experiences, especially those that elicit fear-based reactions such as anger, shame, frustration, judgment, jealousy, or insecurity. When we realize that every experience in our lives is always unfolding for our highest good, we feel less stressed about the future.
Seeking the gifts and higher perspective within each experience has the ability to soothe and console us in the midst of difficult times. When you take a step back and observe a situation from a detached viewpoint, it diffuses the fear-based thoughts and sheds light on the part within you that is being triggered. Then you are more apt to react from a grounded and more aware place versus through the lens of unhealed emotional wounds. Triggers are simply indications that it’s a perfect time to pause, reflect, and look within to determine what is at the root of your reaction, which has shown up for you to see more clearly.
You can apply this same principle to your animal companions by reaching for the higher purpose in their actions, behaviors and physical issues. Then you can more easily interpret your animal’s experiences and your emotional response to them. Think of it as sprinkling a little stardust on the situation, and voila! You suddenly see a different form of communication coming from your animal that wasn’t even on the radar to begin with.
Growth happens when you are open to changing your mind through seeking the higher perspective and then allow a transformative shift in consciousness to unfold.
Part of my mission is to provide a fresh new perspective on how people can choose to interact with their animals. When an animal lover recognizes and leans into the higher purpose of their soul agreements with their animals, and the reason they are together, the relationship takes on new meaning.
DEFINING A SOUL CONTRACT
A soul contract is an agreement between two beings to expand their growth in this lifetime. Before your animals incarnated to be with you, your Higher Selves agreed upon the lessons and growth needed for your mutual healing and development. For ease in understanding this material I interchangeably use the words agreement and contract.
Through my work over the last two decades I’ve identified and documented seven types of soul agreements. Indeed there are seven different conceptual approaches that animals and humans use to engage in intentional soul communication for their mutual growth. Held within each level are distinctive ways that you are helping each other to live out your preplanned agreements.
Agreements can be with any animal that has touched you in ways small and large. This can include the animals that you live with but will also be animals that have briefly been in your life, in addition to animals in nature.
The types of soul contracts are diverse, and all are important to your growth and to your animal’s growth. Since being in a body comes with challenges, the prearranged contracts can fluctuate and change as unexpected experiences potentially thwart the original soul plan. Challenges are created to learn specific lessons necessary to ignite the richness and depth of the positive emotions you and your animals desire to feel.
All beings have free will, and life is known to bring a few curveballs. Although it’s rare for a soul plan to veer off
course, if your experiences have caused your inner soul Siri to recalculate the route, it is possible to manifest a similar or even improved outcome for your soul progression. Your light team and animal companions are aligned in such a way to help keep you on the path you designed. This takes the form of synchronicities, gentle nudges via your thoughts, and inspirational ideas and actions.
There is an unlimited amount of time to evolve and learn. Every being aspires to feel more peace, joy, and unconditional love more often, and each being’s path and timing is unique. Animals and humans will instinctively set the right and perfect tempo and timing for their Earth lessons.
The closer you become emotionally to your animals, the more engaged they are in your soul’s growth. And in turn you will both agree to implement contracts for your mutual growth. If you are an introvert or empath it is more likely that your soul has turned to animals to collaborate with in order to facilitate your personal transformation.
As you read through the following contract types, notice which agreements you can relate to with your current or past animal companion(s). There are usually many types of agreements operating in each of your animal collaborations. Every agreement, at its core, is rooted in unconditional love for the other being and is agreed upon in advance by both beings in the relationship. When there are multiple people in the house in relationship with the animal, each pairing has their own personalized agreement. That’s why two people will describe or see different traits in the same animal and respond differently to their behaviors.
The contracts are designed to assist both the animal and their human to heal and enrich their soul development on the path to feeling more love and less suffering.