This question fits in quite nicely with our material on reincarnation, and in those articles I stated that not only do animals reincarnate, but all living physical consciousness is indestructible, meaning that within the scope of consecutive moments (time) they are eternal. I use the word indestructible rather than reincarnate, simply because it would be hard for you to grasp the idea of a grasshopper reincarnating into a future more evolved grasshopper.
I will not be able to answer the question above within the scope of the questioner, since the question itself is formed around a belief structure that is as simply as I can put it, flat out distorted and wrong. I will attempt to answer it within the scope of universal truths, but due to the difficulty of this subject, I may fall short in my explanation. In order to understand the answer to “do animals have souls” there must be some agreement as to what Souls really are if you really want to know if you have one. What they are and are not, and it could truly take an entire book to adequately explain that in light of your lack of understanding of “Soul”.
For a moment, I want to mention something that I have talked about before, and that is the fact that everything is part of something else. All consciousness has the innate ability to join with other consciousness and never lose sight of its originality, its independence and its intents and goals. Two consciousnesses can join together in a psychic gestalt, pooling their combined psychic abilities, knowledge, resources and goals to form and be able to manipulate a more complex physical structure thereby increasing value fulfillments and satisfactions. In a rather oversimplified manner this means that the consciousness of a beaver and a fox could meld their consciousness and be reborn as a dog, and not lose sight of their individuality but increasing their awareness and fulfillments.
The human being is a division of its Entity/Soul and the human species stands alone in being a prime division, inasmuch as it carries latent within it, the full capabilities and knowledge of the Soul, even though it cannot yet fully access this knowledge or utilize it at will. On occasion, during moments of illumination some of these abilities may become apparent, if only briefly. The Soul or Entity is, and I will repeat myself here once again, the most potent, concentrated, purposeful action oriented energy source in the universe and you are part of your Soul. You exist because your Soul/Entity sought experience in the Earth system, so it fragmented a portion of itself, projected it into the Earth system, where you found yourself at birth. At that same moment, other splinter aspects of your total identity, were projected into other probable systems. They live and exist in other probable earths as you exist in this one, and they too are you exploring different systems.
You then, are privileged as a unique and independent “prime Soul personality” of your Entity to carry within your scope of latent abilities, the powers of the gods. You have been given the gift of everlasting life. You have been given the gift of creativity. You are in every sense of the word, an incipient Entity developing along those lines even now as you sometimes struggle to handle even the simple challenges in your life. The Soul or Entity is aware of your every action, but it does not monitor every event in your life and in fact, it is kept aware of your development by a process similar to a psychological osmosis, hardly even noticing you. On the other hand, Soul is not the proverbial absent minded professor, misplacing and losing sight of it's personalities. It can experience in totality any event in your life, or your entire life in a fraction of a second if it so chooses, but this is not an invasion of your privacy as you might think.
The Entity is your Soul and you are a personality portion of your Soul, but you knew that. A Soul is not something that you have, but something that you ARE, and while you inhabit a physical body, you cannot separate yourself from your soul. Your soul/entity is interwoven through every fibre of your being and if your body were dissected on an operating table, your soul could never be found. You cannot hold it in your hand to return to God upon your death, for it is not a “thing” by any stretch of the imagination. You cannot lose your soul, and no evil Satanic spirit can take your soul. It is what you are, in a somewhat diffused form “awareness wise” at this time, but still soul stuff, and by inference, since all Soul energy originates with All That Is, you too share that touch of divinity and it's all good.
Since as a prime personality portion (fragment) of your soul, you share in its abilities, although some of those abilities of yours are limited in their use at this stage of your development. The soul then, splits off portions of itself, breathes consciousness and life into its fragmented portions and bestows its abilities on those living portions. Now here's where it gets to be a bit of a sticky wicket, but I have told you that this material is not easy.
You, as an original personality portion of your soul and a creator yourself, also create image fragments, but they are not quite the same as the Soul personality fragments. You create other objects, events and images yourself as spontaneously and unknowingly, just as your breath collects on a frosty window pane in the winter. Your fragments do not carry the full abilities of the Soul nor of yourself, and that is the main difference, so these “less than physical images” are called secondary portions or fragments created by you.
Every time you have intense emotional feelings thinking of someone close to you, you send out “image thought forms” of yourself in varying intensities to remote locations. Usually these forms cannot be seen or perceived in any way, but they do exist, even though it may be below the range of physical perception and they have no consciousness of their own, still they make room for themselves in the world of atomic structure. Sometimes they can be seen, but only as a shadow or a ghostly image. You also create your dream self image, but in these self dream images, you do impart a small portion of your own consciousness. When you awake in the morning, your dream self goes on about its own business and does not fade away as your memory of the dream does. These various images created by you exist just as you exist, but in different appearances of physical manifestation.
I did not get lost here, but wanted to give some small idea that all consciousness of varying degrees of development and sophistication, also create other images and living things at other levels of reality unseen by you, and of course, without your active participation. In that respect it is as automatic as breathing for you, you do it and you can't help it, so in a way too complicated to explain here, all consciousness to one degree or another, contributes to the expansion and value fulfillments of all other living things, and this is evident in the natural creation of your environment.
All consciousnesses are to some extent self aware energy that is the source of all reality, all universes and all identities, from mice to God/All That Is. This unseen, unfelt energy powers all systems and comes from All That Is. In a very real way God or All That Is, is that energy infused into all systems in various guises, various camouflage overlays of inner reality.
This universal energy flows through the Entity and is unlimited. This Prime Energy also is endless and self generating, so it cannot be depleted because when it is used, it automatically renews itself and creates more of itself. For that reason, reality systems, universes and worlds are in this very instant, continuing to be formed, and on a more personal level, this means that the universe will never run out of energy and implode on itself.
New species are being created by Entities now in your present times and introduced to all worlds and systems today, so when your scientists find what they consider to be undiscovered species in remote locations, they believe these were just some random species that were overlooked before, when in truth, some of these are just now being introduced to your world. Some species being developed in the expanded present, will be held in abeyance until Earth conditions are more favorable for their introduction.
Now, with that background, maybe I can make this almost unbelievable “Animal Soul” thing somewhat understood, if only partially but I won't get upset if you have trouble with this concept if you don't get a firm grasp immediately. You will eventually! I am fully aware of my limitations and inability to adequately explain some of these things, but we will revisit them again and maybe I will do better next time. Anyway, lets continue what we have started here.
This universal God Energy of All That Is, is passed through and forms Souls/Entities that in turn form you. The Entities create you so they can experience physical reality through you in a way that they could not without such a relationship. Entities could never express themselves within a physical reality system so they materialize a “portion” of themselves into that system and experience through them. The Entities utilize this universal energy, accelerate it, project it into various systems to create personalities such as yourselves. You then utilize this energy in two main different ways.
The human species are co-creators. I have said this many times before; you have been given the gifts of the gods, and unknowingly, you are of course also an energy gestalt creation yourself that utilizes the energy passed through by the Entity to create objects and events through the use of your thoughts, beliefs, imagination and expectation. You create, although at this time, you don't know you are doing it, but you are creating through your thoughts and beliefs, which then manifest physically one way or another in your world or some other.
You also have another distinct ability that you are unaware of at this time, but I do think you sense what I am going to say here. You unknowingly also create the environment around you, from the trees outside of your window in your home to the flowers in your garden and the birds that eat the seeds in that garden. On a mass scale, all living consciousness (earth residents of all persuasions), and here, so there is no confusion about what I am saying, I will name a few; grass, trees, flowers, mountains, oceans, skies and everything else perceivable creates and joins in the mass cooperative creativity of living things in one magnificent work that is superlative and unique in all of the physical universe.
You might say that you unconsciously utilize the excess energy infused in you from the Entity and ultimately from All That Is, throwing it outward from you in all directions, creating humanity, your civilization and your societies. In that respect you are truly artists of the environment. All humanity creates, adds to and psychically maintains the world's environment. This excess wandering energy that emanates with the Entity, is amplified and directed outward unconsciously by and through you from the day of our birth, and is projected into animal forms and is utilized by the animals as they form their own self image just as you form yours.
Of course, in the creation of lets say, a squirrel, the creation of the physical body of the critter follows a well known process of physical initiation and multiplication, a process in most cases requiring a male and female of the species, but this alone does not create a living, viable animal and as with humans, until the consciousness has entered into the physical body, and that's where you come into the picture. This Soul/Entity energy that splays out from you is utilized by all of nature, including the animals to create themselves in their own self held image in accordance with their potentials of development. What that means is that each species of animal knows what it should look like on the physical stage at any particular time in its evolutional history.
I hope by now you get the picture that, because of the way the original question was posed, an answer cannot be given in the context that you were expecting. So let me summarize as much as possible. Animals, flowers trees and all aspects of nature could not exist if the Entity/Soul did not provide the creative energy, filled with potential for development of all natural things. In that context; Yes, animals have souls, flowers have souls and by use of somewhat extravagant extrapolation, rocks have souls too, but not in the way you have thought until now. That discussion is for another time.
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