Sacred Bactrian Camels roam freely amid spacious pastures enjoying natural, happy, lives and the capacity to choose. Well cared for and lovingly related to they are respected as persons, not merely “animals”. Each year they breed and young are born. Due to limitations of space and resources, and simulating life in a wild herd, most of these young camels must be found new homes after weaning.
In recent months I’ve sat long hours side by side with camels, reclining “arm in arm” under good trees, considering this strange business of whether or not to sell the children of my friends.
What kind of man sells other conscious beings for money?
How can I attribute a dollar amount to these camels whom I love and know to be persons just like me? How can I abstract them to the point where they become commodities to be sold?
After carefully looking into this I’ve concluded that just as I could not sell my own children (if I had them), or a dear friend, or my mother, I cannot sell these camels.
Instead, they will be served, trained and prepared to be gifted to others who can appreciate them as we do. They will only be gifted – full given and fully received.
My intention is for all camels born in the Sacred Camel Gardens to be well cared for, loved and respected for the entirety of their lives. Never to be sold or re-sold.
We will place camels into homes, and with people, only where we are certain they will be deeply loved, honored and respected.
If we commodify another living being we diminish ourselves, demean each other and reduce those beings to something they are not.
If we make true gifts of these camels then in both the giving and receiving we honor ourselves, each other and all of life. In so doing we celebrate life rather than demean it, and our view of ourselves and how we relate to life is touched then, and benignly graced with how things actually are before man creates differences.
All of life, this camel, that horse, or that tree, is fully alive – at heart no different than us.
Non-human beings should not be tied to money. They are not for our profit. They are alive just like us. Vulnerable just like us. They are sacredly living, naturally contemplative beings who, if deeply felt can be observed to be natural participants in Divine Awareness.
If you are given to receive one of our camels you won’t just be getting a beautiful healthy, polite, respectful, individual who was lovingly raised by his or her mother within a full camel culture. You won’t just be getting a camel who likes, trusts and wants to be around people. When you receive one of our camels you will also be entering into a relationship of responsibility, love, patience, kindness, respect, mutual acceptance and mutual learning.
Whether you receive the gift of one of our camels, or buy one from somewhere else, I invite you to let that camel, intelligent, powerful, and gentle, touch your life at depth.
Just as each person sees the world uniquely, so too does each form of life. Camels, likewise, are unique and see the world in their particular way.
Are you ready to reach across the apparent (imagined) divide between human and non-human, to learn, listen, feel and respect, and to simply be with your camel, and yourself… and see what unfolds from there?
What you do with your camel(s) is not as important as how you do it, and why, and with how much humanity, sensitivity and regard.
In life this is proven by whether your camel wants to do things with you, wants to be with you. We want your camel friend to like and respect you, to be interested and bonded with you, and you with your camel. This is what we offer and invite you into…
If you would like to receive and embrace one of these camels into your life, or perhaps a few of them, our conversation begins here.
“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I (life) will meet you there.” ~ Rumi
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Sincerely, Stuart (Nov 1, 2011)