I often exclaim “Rabbits are perfect!” I actually believe that. And living through the last week (my Adventures in Stasis Land with a rabbit), I certainly am convinced more than ever that rabbits are, indeed, perfect.
They are perfect in creation.
Having studied Jungian and feminine symbolism for decades – and yes, I am old enough to say “decades” – I could write for days on rabbits and their symbolic meanings and pepper it with a dash of archetype. Instead, I am going to direct you to a wonderful article on the House Rabbit Society's page: RABBITS AS SYMBOLS
I will, however, write a little on “perfection.”
According to Strong's Concordance: PERFECT - tamiym - tä·mēm
1. complete, whole, entire
2. whole, sound, healthful
3. complete, entire (of time)
4. sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity
5. what is complete or entirely in accord with truth and fact
One thing that I could not ignore while laying next to the little one as she fought through the night: I knew if she were going to let go, she would just... let go. That's the way animals are.
Socrates once stated: Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
J.R.R. Tolkien, in his Middle-earth legendarium, illustrates mortality as a gift as it returns the Spirit to the Supreme being (as opposed to immortality).
Perhaps it is a romantic ideal, but I like to think that there is no fear in animals. They know they are returning to the Great Creator (however one may view that Higher Power and place).
Part of a prayer to Saint Francis of Assisi implores: “... if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. “
The beasts of the field are in alignment with the fact that death is merely “transition.”
If only we, as human beings, were able to simply “be” and be in that whole, healthful alignment in mind and spirit; to be complete or entirely in accord with truth and fact and to have integrity.
If only we had the ability to simply “let go.”
I know that I do not. But alas, that is part of being human.
I am convinced that all rabbits are Buddhists...