Hello! One of the things that have bothered me about what I've read so far on different concepts of the afterlife is the utter absence of reference for other living species. The few descriptions that I have read that include animals are usually VERY vague (such as simply answering that yes, you may reconnect with a lost loved pet, etc), and so I'd like to understand whether anyone have found any resources on how species other than humans could possibly tie in to the idea of survival of consciousness. Since we have so many animals that are quire close to us emotionally, I am sure this is a topic that has been asked and answered- and yet I seem to encounter very little about. Here are some questions I am trying to get better answers for, even if the answers are not definitive, and we don't know a whole lot about it in detail at this point: 1- In your understanding, could humans incarnate as other species and vice versa? If not, then why not? 2- Do animals have souls/spirits? Seems it would be fairly strange to me for there to be a concept of an afterlife where other species do not have spirit/soul, whose consciousness do not survive, and only humans get that privilege. A lot of species seem quite conscious, even if in different ways from us. 3- Why do some spirits choose certain species (including alien ones) over others? What is the criteria? 4- Do spirits evolve along with the physical evolution of a species? 5- If spirits cannot jump across large genetic gaps between species, how close must species be genetically so such a jump can be made? Is this how one should be looking at the matter? 6- If animals have spirit that are on their own evolutionary track, then is having an animal based diet seen as a negative? 7- where does the whole spectrum of species on the planet reside, in the afterlife? Do they go through the same evolutionary progression as humans? 8- Are all spirits essentially the same, or are there significant differences? 9- At some point during evolution, humans split off from a common ancestry of primates. What is the criteria used to determine which spirits would stick with one evolutionary branch vs another? The same question could apply to the evolution of all other species, presumably going back to microbial evolution. Thanks!