(This page was written in March of 2011.)
Sacred Bactrian Camels roam freely amid spacious pastures enjoying happy lives and the capacity to choose. Well cared for and lovingly related to they are respected as “persons”. 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 the curious business of selling the children of my friends.
What kind of man sells others for money?
How can I attribute a dollar amount to these camels whom I love and know are just like me? How can I abstract them to the point where they become commodities to be sold?
I’ve concluded that just as I could not sell my own children (if I had any), or a 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. Our view of ourselves and how we relate to life is touched then, and 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 felt are known 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 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 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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