In recent decades, spiritualist literature has little questioned whether in the astral world the souls of animals performed some function beyond merely incarnating and disincarnating successively.
From the little that was researched, much about it was also reduced to “evolving brothers” or even the weak approach to a certain spiritual “energy” that may animate their bodies.
Although ancient cultures such as Hindu and Egyptian argued that people could reincarnate as certain animals, or that gods carried the form of a dog, bull or eagle, or even if such an animal was sacred, they did not thoroughly examine the real importance of the species from a fraternal point of view. All connotations to animal spirituality have always been related to humans and for their own sake. So, let’s briefly talk about the soul and karma focusing on the animal kingdom as a whole.
The evolution of the soul of animals occurs proportionally to the “evolution of species”, where a given species undergoes adaptive mutations, sophisticating their bodies and senses. It should be noted that the same process has happened and will continue to happen to humans.
For example, the spirit of a frog, whose anatomic origin is identical to that of humanoid spirits, needs the evolution of their physical bodies so that spiritual expansion may happen, allowing him to eventually make his own choices and develop the sense of empathy and transcendence.
In the case of animals, karma is actually the action that leads them to expand their consciousness (spirits) through physical experiences and, on many occasions, through physical pain (which also affects humans).
The karmic reasons for the pain that animals go through in their evolutions do not justify, from a spiritual point of view, that humans cause them any harm.
All animals are incarnated spirits, developing the intelligent principle, thus following the same path that humans have been following for thousands of years. Just like humans, who have reached the hominal scale, so will all of the animals. They will not necessarily be humans as we are today, but one day all animals, both dogs and crocodiles, both cats and bees, will be incarnating in the hominal kingdom. Either on this planet or on others. (hominal, in this case, refers to the intellect, not “mankind”).
Although hominal, many humans use such intellectual capacity to satisfy their egos. Thus, the karmic responsibility that humans assume by interfering violently and exploitatively in animal lives is tremendous. They then carry for themselves the weight of moral deviations and the lack of love, which, once not acquired through kindness, must be acquired through the forced purge of these nefarious actions. This purge is also known as “suffering”. In other words, humans who cause animal suffering will inevitably suffer too.
The suffering and pain of animals, which in some way can contribute to the expansion of their consciences, is not dependent on human actions. In other words, humans will not help animals evolve by causing them physical suffering, but rather they will increase their own karmas.
And finally, the free will of humans, unfortunately, causes animals pains incompatible with the experiences and time of evolution that they need to experience on the evolutionary path. There are no universal or divine laws that validate such suffering to animals. All perversity against this species is the fruit of human selfishness.
Regarding reincarnation, by comparing a dog’s body and consciousness to a human’s, we can understand that the consciousnesses they have in their time in evolution are proportional to each physical body their consciousness comes to inhabit and develop in the third dimension.
The consciousness of the dog will not be able to inhabit a human body, because the expansion of human consciousness is the one who generates such a body. Similarly, the consciousness that inhabited a human body cannot inhabit the body of a dog, because the body of the animal does not have the properties necessary to express the consciousness of the humanoid spirit. This is because the structural composition of the human body – glands, organs, brain functions and the existence of a thick layer of the neocortex is physiologically more complex than that of the dog. It would be like installing a cell phone software on a laptop.