Zoochosis – A very human condition

Zoochosis – A very human condition

Zoochosis – A very human condition

In captivity, when animals start to perform abnormal or ‘stereotypical’ behaviours, it can be a clear indication that there is disharmony and distress in the animal’s life; an alarm that alerts that the natural expression of the animal is being constricted, restricted or denied.

Examples such as birds pulling out their feathers until they are raw, wolves and big cats circling and pacing their enclosures non-stop, bears swaying back and forth or bobbing their heads up and down and dogs destroying their home environment are all classic signs of distress.

If we take notice, often these behaviours are Article not found or harming towards others and can be traced back to internal or external factors that lead to these abusive behaviours.

If young children were to bite themselves or another excessively, pull out their hair, constantly run a track through the house or hide in a corner rocking back and forth then we would know something is disturbing the otherwise loving nature of that child.

As adults we have many abusive behaviours we default to when we are in a disharmonious state/environment or when our natural expression is constricted, held back, denied or ignored. Yet we have placed the label of ‘normal’ onto these behaviours and in effect accepted a ‘normal’ life in substitute for a natural life. Any behaviour that ignores our feelings or impulses of what we naturally want to express can lead to a state of dis-ease and later on disease, such as holding off going to the toilet because we are too busy, or going out into the cold without a coat.

"We should re-enter the word ‘normal’ in our dictionaries as – Actions and or behaviours that the majority do, irrespective of whether it is right or wrong, true, healthy or not to one’s beingness."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings and Revelations II, p 519

For example, it is normal for people to drink not just one, but two or more coffees a day. It is normal to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. It is considered normal to judge, argue, moan, complain, harass or vilify someone. It is normal for a woman to make scathing comments about the way her body looks. It is normal for a man to act hard and tough, to hurt himself and carry on while surrounded by his mates. Is it normal for people to feel ill and still go into work, it is normal for someone to make a hurtful comment to another and they remain silent rather than calling out the abusive words or tone.

If we take a stop for a moment and reflect on the life we have accepted, is it possible that the normal life we lead is indicating that all is not well in our environment or within ourselves?

  • Are we feeling a daily tension and restriction to our innate expression and to the life that we feel to live?
  • Do we live with an overall feeling of vitality or do we have good pockets and bad pockets within our lives?
  • Is it possible that the rising rates of illness, disease, abuse, violence etc. across the world are showing us that our normal is detrimental to our bodily and societal health?

Is this normal life supporting loving relationships, based on true care and love of ourselves and other people, where we are open to supporting another without wanting or needing recognition or something in return? Is this normal life nurturing healthy food choices that allow us to remain feeling light, bright, energised and committed to life? Is this normal life supporting sound, solid and deeply restful sleep so that we wake up in the morning feeling content and full within ourselves?

If not, then how have we allowed this life to become accepted as our normal?

Animals in captivity display abnormal behaviours, as it is we humans who have placed them in those unnatural habitats. But who can we point the finger at for our own, self-constructed cages that we feel restricted by? Why is it that we need the box, and place ourselves into it? And what is it about living without a cage, without a box, without bars that terrifies us to such an extent that we create a world that allows us to be unaware to anything outside of the limitations?

Could it be that our normal life with the self-made bars is constructed from our expectations, our concept of right and wrong, good and bad, our beliefs and ideals on how life should be and by the boundaries of our expression?

We remain effectively ‘captive’ by our own choices. Just as we contain animals, are we containing ourselves via our very own spirit? Is it possible that we accept the box to avoid feeling the power, beauty and grace we stepped away from? And that it is not truly us who need to live this way, for our bodies and relationships are showing us so, but this need belongs to a part of us that wants to remain irresponsible.

What if we didn’t have to accept the ‘normal’ life? And all the behaviours that come with a lessening of our body and being.

Sure, we can blame our parents, school teachers, an ex-lover who broke our hearts, the weather for being rainy and there is no end to this list of pictures we can point our finger at. But what if everything in life was here to teach us about ourselves? What would happen if each aspect of life reflected to us a part of ourselves that was greater than any limitation and if we stopped the finger pointing and approached life as a mirroring process? What if life is designed to reflect to us what can be learnt on the road to evolution, as we introduce changes from ’normal’ to that innate higher calling? By taking responsibility for our own hand in creating our own cages, over time those behaviours are unpicked, then fall away as the barriers are no longer imposing upon us, allowing our innate expression to come to the fore.

By expressing how we feel, by questioning the source of our thoughts, by challenging our pictures in and of life, we start to become aware of the fact that our choices become our experiences and thus the life we live or exist in.

"We live in circles to experience our choices, we learn our choices are our experiences and begin to make loving choices that bring loving experiences, for not just ourselves, but for all."

Serge Benhayon The Way of the Livingness Sermon 13

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