As the owner of 3 cats, I often find myself wondering; ‘how do they know how to catch birds and mice, when it is something which they have never been taught to do?’
They get let outside, free to wander when they reach a certain age, and come in from the garden with a ‘present’ in the form of a small animal which is, more often than not, dead.
But who teaches them how to do this? How do they know how to hunt? It is certainly not down to their parents, for they have usually left them long ago. And nor is it the responsibility of us as their owners…
A longstanding viewpoint is that instincts are inherited- they are passed on via our genes from one generation to the next. With this theory however, a major question remains; ‘how did the first ever cat know how to catch a bird or a mouse?’
It all just seems so impossible and farfetched to me, hence why I am of the belief that there has got to be something else out there.
There must be more…
What else is out there? I have no idea. It is a concept that is far beyond human comprehension. But what I do know, is that the reason why cats ‘just know’ how to catch prey without being taught, is because the answer has been inside of them all along.
You see, they are not just ‘cats who catch prey’, they are, in fact, both the cat and the prey.
When you realise this truth for yourself- that we are not separate entities but the whole universe- you in turn realise what we mean when we talk about ‘instincts.’
Do not fear this, for in my opinion, the concept that we are individuals living within ourselves and only ourselves, is a far scarier thought than the concept of us all living as one. You will never feel lonely again when you come to acknowledge this.
Appreciate that there is a higher power out there looking after you, and take comfort in knowing that you are not alone- never have been, never will be.
Trust that higher power to guide you.
Trust your instincts.