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  • The Norse Legend of The Rainbow Bridge

    According to Norse Legend, the sacred Rainbow Bridge called Bifrost connects Midgard (the realm of humankind) with Asgard (the realm of the Gods).

    Also known as Asabru ("Bridge of Gods"), Bifrost was magically constructed from fire, water and air...whose quivering and changing hues it has retained.

    Not only do the Gods use this Bridge to travel to and from the Earth, it also leads to the Urdar Well, situated at the foot of the great ash Yggdrasil, where they assemble daily in council.

    Of all the Gods, only Thor, God of Thunder, never passes over the Bridge for fear it might be demolished by his heavy tread and lightning bolts.

    The Watchman God Heimdall stands guard over Bifrost night and day.

    Armed with a trenchant sword, he carries a trumpet called Giallar-horn, upon which he generally blows a soft note to announce the coming or going of the Gods.

    However, Heimdell is destined to sound a terrible trump at the dawn of Ragnarok...the time the Frost Giants will unite with Surtr to destroy the world.

    During Ragnarok...the end of the is said that Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge, will collapse and shatter beneath the weight of the monsters...

    The following poem is inspired by this Norse Legend

    By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
    Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
    Where the friends of man and woman do run,
    When their time on earth is over and done.

    For here, between this world and the next,
    Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
    On this golden land, they wait and they play,
    Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

    No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
    For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
    Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
    Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

    They romp through the grass, without even a care,
    Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
    All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
    Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

    For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
    Together again, both person and pet.
    So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
    The time of their parting is over at last.

    The sadness they felt while they were apart,
    Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
    They embrace with a love that will last forever,
    And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

    -- Steve and Diane Bodofsky --

    Last edited by samanthajane13; 08-04-2009, 05:45 PM.
    Love and Light-

    "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle

  • #2
    Oh, when we get to Heaven
    We hope that we will find
    The Souls that once we loved,
    Who left us all behind.
    Some left us at the right time,
    They left this world in peace.
    Others left too sudden,
    Without the chance to say Goodbye.
    They were gone before we had
    The chance to even cry.

    There's a special place for grownups,
    A special place for kids;
    Me...I'll be on the other side,
    The side called Rainbow Bridge.
    Across the dark green meadow,
    A top the hills I'll run,
    Where the colors from the Rainbow,
    Glitter from the sun.

    And there I'll find my sweetheart
    Running fast toward me.
    In my arms where she belongs
    For all eternity.

    --Jean McColgan--
    Love and Light-

    "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle


    • #3
      The Rainbow Bridge for those alone and without a friend in this life...

      There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.

      It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.

      Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

      When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.

      There is always food and water, and warm Spring weather.

      Those old and frail animals are young again.

      Those who have been maimed are made whole again.

      They play all day with each other.

      Some of them here are different.

      They were beaten, starved, tortured, and unloved.

      Or they were strays-lost and alone-left to fend for themselves.

      They watch wistfully as their friends leave one by one, to cross the bridge with their special person.

      For them there is no one, no special one.

      Their time on earth did not give them one.

      But one day, as they run and play, they notice someone standing by the road to the bridge.

      This person wistfully watches the reunions of friends, for in their life, they had no pet.

      As they stand there alone, one of the unloved pets comes up to them, curious as to why this one is alone.

      And as the they get nearer to each other, a miracle occurs, for these are the ones who were meant to be together.

      Their special person, their beloved pet, although on Earth they never met.

      With the meeting of two souls, the pain and the sorrow disappear, and two friends are together.

      Then they cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.


      Last edited by samanthajane13; 08-05-2009, 01:41 AM.
      Love and Light-

      "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle


      • #4
        Rainbow Bridge for Rescuers

        Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined.

        All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.

        But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.

        They knew this was something special.

        It wasn't too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low and tail dragging along the ground.

        The other animals, the ones who had been there at Rainbow Bridge for a while, knew the story of this sad creature right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

        He approached slowly, although it was obvious the animal's heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness.

        Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again.

        As he walked toward The Bridge, he approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who were by now watching him.

        He knew he was out of place here.

        This was no resting place for him.

        He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.

        But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old animal and apologized sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass.

        Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the Rainbow Bridge.

        And he had no special beloved people...not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below.

        With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge.

        There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself...elderly and infirm.

        Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren't playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge.

        The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join them, and so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting.

        One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him.

        "You see, that poor animal was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of him.

        He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding.

        He never, ever made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love and comfort that his rescuer could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for good.

        Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."

        "That poor animal was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of him.

        The way you see him now, with graying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels.

        He never made it out and passed on only with the love of the rescue workers.

        Because he had no family or special person to give his love to, he has nobody to escort him across the Bridge."

        The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?"

        As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the all-invasive gloom lifted.

        Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person-a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary...a person who, just like the elderly animal, had just left Earth forever.

        This figure turned toward a group of the sad, older animals, and extended outstretched palms.

        The sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were bathed in a pure and golden light.

        Instantly, each was young and healthy again, just as they had been in the prime of life.

        "Watch, and see.", said the second animal.

        From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a second group of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway.

        As they came close to the passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears.

        Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure softly murmured each name.

        Then, the newly-restored rescue animals fell into line behind the figure
        and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they all crossed together.

        The recent arrival who had been watching, was amazed. "What happened?"

        "That was a rescuer.," came the answer.

        "That person spent a lifetime trying to help pets of all kinds.

        The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work.

        They will cross when their families arrive.

        Those you saw restored were those who never found homes.

        When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue.

        They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge.

        You see, all animals are special to them...just as they are special to all animals."

        "I think I like rescuers," said the recent arrival.

        "So does God," was the reply.

        Last edited by samanthajane13; 08-05-2009, 01:38 AM.
        Love and Light-

        "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle


        • #5
          A Message From Rainbow Bridge

          I know what you're thinking.

          You think I'm dead.

          Because you cannot see me with your human eye, cannot feel me, with your hands or hold me in your arms.

          You think I am gone forever.

          You recall how I looked when I left this place and you cannot remotely imagine that I could possibly be alive in another place.

          You are racked and torn by the pain of our separation and it blinds you to that which is right in front of you ... me.

          How many times since I left your immediate sight have you been told that I'm dead and you should "get over it"...

          How many times have you cried yourself to sleep because you feel like an outcast, believing you're supposed to get over me because that's what people say is normal ... but somehow you can't and no one seems to understand?

          How many times have you put yourself through such excruciating pain because you aren't willing to consider that I am not, by any means, dead.

          I want you to do me a favour and go back in time with me.

          Remember the glorious day I came into your home-was I not the most intriguing creature you'd ever met?

          Did I not make you laugh and giggle?

          Did I not look at you with such adoration that you wanted nothing more than
          to spend the rest of your life with me?

          I wanted this too.

          Remember the days when I was in my prime and we did many things together.

          You were so proud of me!

          I was a good friend and I took care of you when you cried, were angry or felt down and unhappy.

          When you didn't have a lot of time for me because of your obligations, I waited patiently for you.

          I was always there when you needed me.

          Did I not look at you with such acceptance and patience that at times
          you felt perhaps a bit unworthy?

          You were never unworthy in my eyes.

          Remember when age crept up on me, my bones became stiff and my movements slower.

          Still I met you at the door when you came home and followed you around the house.

          We'd been together for so long, I was your very best friend regardless of what you were doing, saying, thinking.

          Did I not look at you with such kindness and understanding that you felt overwhelmed?

          I couldn't get enough of you.

          Remember the last time we saw each other with earthly eyes?

          You tried to be brave but I knew you were crying ... I know you so well.

          Better than anyone else in the whole world.

          Did I not look at you with such pure trust and love that you yearned only to hold me close and keep me with you always?

          Did you not promise that you would love me forever?

          I believed you.

          If this is so, then why have you let me go by thinking I no longer exist?

          Remember the depth in my eyes all those times I looked at you with adoration, acceptance, patience, trust and love.

          Who created this depth and love?

          Would the Creator diminish the song of our laughter which was created in the name of love?

          I am no longer an earthly figure, this is true.

          My body was only part of who I really am.

          My body would have been but a mere shell on earth if it were not filled to
          overflowing with my soul, my spirit, my loving light.

          When we met you thought I was cute, sweet, pretty and adorable.

          But what kind of relationship would we have had if this is all that I'd been?

          How could you have loved me if I'd had no spiritual substance?

          We are all made up of energy which resides far deep down inside of us, it
          is our core, our soul, spirit and loving light.

          It is the energy that is all of life ... it has no beginning, it has no end.

          It simply is and always will be and without it there is no life.

          You can't see it with the naked eye nor can you hold it in your hand, it is simply a certain knowing that this energy does exist.

          It's a knowing just as you know that our love existed on earth - you couldn't see our love in a solid sense, you couldn't gather it all up and confine it to one place.

          But you knew it existed.

          There was no doubt in your mind.

          They demand you get over me, insisting that I'm dead and you'll never see me again because animals don't go to Heaven.

          Oh really?

          I'm here to tell you different.

          You were worthy of my love and undying devotion on earth as I was of yours.

          Do you really believe this love would be snatched from us forever by a loving Creator simply because I wasn't human?

          Was I not a living, breathing creation with personality?

          How could I have been so if I didn't possess the energy of soul, spirit and loving light?

          And if this energy is and always will be, then how can it be that I am dead?

          If my core is not of the energy that is all of life, then I was never alive to begin with.

          But you know better.

          You cry because you miss me, this I understand.

          I miss you too - I miss the belly rubs, hugs and kisses that we shared.

          But life does go on beyond these wonderful, fulfilling physical connections.

          I came to this place to live a whole new life, not because I didn't
          love you anymore or because I wanted something better.

          I came here because it was time for me to go to the next phase of my existence, something all living creatures must do eventually.

          It is the normal progression of life.

          I was not taken away from you because you cannot take away that which was never owned.

          My presence in your life was and is a gift to be cherished and honoured just as I cherish and honour you.

          Life is not simply about being born into a body, living a certain number of years and then dying.

          Energy cannot die.

          We are blessed with time in a body so that we can learn, share and grow.

          It prepares us for the next phase of our eternal life.

          The body holds within it the true life force of our existence ... our soul, spirit and loving light.

          Without these our bodies would be empty, blank, void of feeling and expression.

          Without our energy we would indeed be dead and could never have experienced our love for each other.

          You say that all you have left are memories.

          Not so.

          You see, when I took leave of my earthly body I left a little something behind for you.

          You can't touch it, hold it or examine it.

          For what I left behind is far too uninhibited for confinement.

          I left behind a piece of my soul.

          I placed it right next to your own which is quite fitting as we were always side by side in our earthly life together.

          I love you too much to have left you with nothing but memories which tend to fade and grow cloudy as the years go by.

          I love you too much to have vanished without a trace.

          How selfish it would be of me to remove love and light from your life.

          I understand your tears, each one you shed is testament to your love for me
          and I am honoured and humbled.

          But don't forget the good things we shared - remember and smile.

          This is an honour for me as well.

          And when you need me I will be here.

          Close your eyes, relax, take slow, deep breaths and picture me in your mind.

          Shut off the world and your notions of what death is and give me a chance.

          Look for the subtle signs I send you.

          Don't stop being proud of me, I am a friend to be proud of, I am still your friend and soul mate.

          Don't memorialize the death of my body, but instead honour and celebrate my never-ending life for it is eternal and forever as is my love for you.

          Until we meet again ...

          ~ Author Unknown ~

          Last edited by samanthajane13; 08-05-2009, 01:33 AM.
          Love and Light-

          "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle


          • #6
            Saint Francis of Assisi Blessing

            St Francis, you have loved all animals.

            To you they were your brothers and sisters.

            Help us to follow your example of treating every living thing with kindness.

            St. Francis, Patron Saint of Animals,
            please watch over my animals and keep my companions safe and healthy.


            Love and Light-

            "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle


            • #7
              A Pet's Prayer

              I explained to St. Peter I'd rather stay here,
              Outside the Pearly Gate.

              I won't be a nuisance, I won't make any noise,
              I'll be very patient and wait.

              I'll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,
              No matter how long you may be.

              I'd miss you so much if I went in alone
              It wouldn't be heaven for me.

              ---Author Unknown

              Last edited by samanthajane13; 08-05-2009, 01:53 AM.
              Love and Light-

              "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle


              • #8
                these are all SO hopeful for all who has lost a beloved friend
                thank you!

                happy "mom" of:
                1 crested gecko
                6 birds (CAG, tiel, conure, lovie, 2 zebra finches)