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I don't believe there is a distinction between spirits (i.e. animal spirits, human spirits, etc.). I'm convinced there is only one type of spirit, soul, whatever you prefer to call our/your core essence of being. By this I mean, right now my spirit/soul is experience being a human. In a previous existence I was a frog, a dog, a mosquito, and an ant.
As a result of a number of spiritual experiences I've had in the past, and my recent years of attempting to understand the meaning of eternal life, I've come to the logical conclusion that we are ALL, everything, and that given eternity, we eventually get to experience "IT-ALL." This means to me that eventually I will be you, and you will be me, and we are actually ONE experiencing it ALL.
Another way of attempting to explain this is that there is only ONE, GOD (if you prefer), and we/I/you/god are eternal, and we (or "I" since there is really only ONE of us actually engaged within all THIS) spend eternity in our dreams, our holodeck, pretending we are each other, experiencing being it all.
This concept is much like what we experience within our nightly dreams. Within a dream, have you not ever wondered: "Just who are all those other people and creatures in MY dream?" They are of course all YOU too, you being/meaning your higher god/creator/dreaming self.
This concept of course can be difficult to live with, because when I see a poor child starving in some getto nation, I know that in some past or future existence/life, that will be ME. This belief leads me to believe that in this life, if I should kick a dog, one day I'll awaken and find myself being that kicked dog. And, if I should ignore that starving poor child, that will be me, my soul, my spirit, within that child one day.
This belief also instills empathy ~ a feeling that whatever you are feeling, I will feel one day too when I become you, and you become me.
I have had regression experiences invoked by a very potent plant teacher (salvia divinorum) were I swear I recalled experienced a life of being a frog, a tree, even paint on a wall.
I am so convinced of this belief that I endeavor to live my life knowing that one day I will be you, my cat, an apple hanging upon a tree, a worm underneath my feet, everything. And I keep this constantly in mind when I interact with IT ALL. And it affects how I relate and treat and respect IT ALL too.
I mean, given ETERNITY, what would any GOD, being all alone, do with a holodeck, to keep him or herself occupied and entertained FOREVER? If you were forever, what would you do with all that time to keep from being alone, bored, and going nutso?
Imagine if we ALL could believe in this philosophy and live by it. Imagine how differently we would interact and treat and respect each other if we only knew that one day you would be me and I would be you.
I believe this is the secret of existence that has yet to be discovered by us all. It is the secret that we each discover when awakening from each dream we experience. "Just exactly who are all those other people and creatures (even monsters too) that were in my dream last night?" I truly believe that is the secret we'll discover when we awaken from even this dream and realize who and what we really are.