If humans have their Gods, why can't beasts have one?
I became vegan a year ago after watching a documentary about the food industry titled "Lucent," which explored the dark side of the Australian pig farming industry. The images shocked and horrified me, and I am sure anyone who viewed the film would suddenly reconsider having meat in their diet.
The night after I watched the documentary, Darcko spoke to me in a dream and told me to connect more with the other spirits so I could use their wisdom.
In order to do this, I had to stop eating animals. By eating them, I would absorb their last memories, which are based on fear, death, and suffering. The only way I would be allowed to eat an animal is if I hunted it and killed it with my own hands, looking it in the eyes while I took their life away. By doing so, I could share their fear and suffering, thereby bonding their spirit together with mine. Only then would the flesh be purified and edible.
After Darcko explained this to me, I decided not to eat animals ever again. The idea of hunting does not suit me.
I asked Darcko if it was okay for me to have dairy products. He told me that as long I had the permission of Mother Beast—the spiritual Mother cow—to take her milk, I could. I understood that he was telling me to not do it because I do not speak cow's tongue.
Although I have been “flexitarian" for a long time, I struggled in the beginning with my vegan diet. Ceasing to consume meat and dairy products was originally unthinkable, but with time, I have become more comfortable with this lifestyle. There's no more negative energy from other beings inside my body and now my connection to Darcko and the other spirits is stronger than ever.
Darcko and I created the painting "Mother Beast" to pay respect to the injustice I committed against animals everywhere. It is an image I constantly return to to beg for forgiveness.