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Human-Animal or Interspecies Communication takes place all the time whether we acknowledge it or not. Life is in a constant state of communication. Whether we “hear ” or can make an interpretation of what another creature is thinking or feeling is based on a number of intuitive, physiological, environmental, emotional and mental parameters.
The study of “animal awareness/consciousness” or cognitive ethology is the field most closely aligned to investigate inter-species or trans-species communication and psychology. Because hard science has barely begun to explore animal intelligence and emotions, the field has had limited development in the last 100 years, thus opening the door for numerous other avenues for exploring this field.
What is Interspecies Communication ?
Interspecies communication is a form of “extended ” or “shared awareness“. Although it can cover a broad field of communication from chemical exchange to behavioral observation, it is more aligned with the human experience of interpreting another creature’s thoughts and feelings. Because it is a non-verbal and primarily an intuitive process, science does not understand how the information is transferred, nor has it given the field of interspecies communication much attention.
Scientists who have explored the field such as Dr. Rupert Sheldrake have undergone much criticism, because they are challenging science. And any scientist who has lived in the field alone or studied another species long enough to be “accepted” by them, will find it difficult to discern between the data that is acquired intuitively vs. data obtained through observation.
Whether scientist or animal lover, all humans can learn some simple ways to connect to their organic communication network wired into our brains and all of nature. The “natural intelligence” is our birthright and hopefully will be our fast track to evolving a more sustainable world.
Having been the first student at the University of Wyoming to tackle the assumptions of the scientific method, I did not receive much resistance and I guess in a sense pioneered the scientific field of Interspecies Communication, while getting my degrees. My thesis showed how looking “for” or “at” wildlife had a different outcome of wildlife observation inventories, compared to looking “with”. Thus showing that the scientific method of being the “objective observer” can give limited and sometimes false data in wildlife observations.
By becoming a “passive participant” and observing the system without influencing it, my data showed that more accurate results could be obtained on the numbers, types and movement of species within a certain area.
Direct observation of “looking at” instead of “looking with” seemed to cause “observation stress” to the animals.
Continuing my research in human/animal interactions and interspecies communication I was able to get my Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Consciousness investigating Human-Animal Interactions and Healing in 1990. From 1986 -1990 I conducted a number of studies evaluating the experience and outcomes of various human-animal interactions with a focus on horses and riders. At the same time, I conducted a research project with the Dolphin Network doing cognitive research on human-animal interaction with wild and domestic dolphins and assisted the BLM in developing “stress management guidelines for the capture and handling of wild horses”. It was a busy time.
Looking for an easy way to teach people how to slow down their brain waves, let go of limiting beliefs and open the hearts, I developed the O.F.F.E.R Techniques back in 1982. Taught to thousands of people, they offer a simple guideline to bring people into the right state of heart and mind to share awareness with other animals.
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The O.F.F.E.R. Techniques for Sharing Awareness with other Animals
The following O.F.F.E.R. ( Open-Friendly –Focused-Empathetic-Respectful) techniques are presented to assist people in sharing awareness and communicating with other beings. Our belief systems, personalities and experiences affect how we communicate. Language is only one way to exchange information, and most communication is actually much more subtle than the spoken word. Our feelings, body language, smell, and thoughts are all integrated when we communicate. These techniques provide a path for opening your mind and consciousness to a level where you will be most open to receive and send intuitive information to other animals.
Often your beliefs, attitudes and judgements prevent you from being open and learning new ideas. All forms of life are unique, but equal. Having an open mind is critical to creating new pathways in the brain for sending and receiving intuitive information. Be open to honor each being for its own contribution to life. Open the heart and the mind and ask they work together as a team in a loving vibration. Let go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve your desire and purpose. Be open to new ways of doing things and to new information.
Maintain a joyful, relaxed and friendly attitude with the animal. Over-eagerness, anger, indifference and nervousness can create stress in the relationship and prevent open communication. A light joyful attitude combined with a sense of fun and curiosity will frequently be all you need to start sensing what other animals are thinking. This is particularly true with dolphins.
Learning to empty the mind and stay focused on emptiness is key to receiving information. The average person can only focus on one subject for approximately 4 seconds. (People who meditate can hold much longer). The average cat can focus on a mouse hole without distraction for over 45 mins., and I have personally recorded much longer times. Humans, because of our busy minds, are handicapped when it comes to simple thinking and staying “present in the moment”. As we learn to still our minds, we become much better listeners. Often mentally challenged people are better at communicating with animals than the average person, because they can focus and keep their mind on simple thoughts without complex thoughts and distractions. Practice the exercises on focusing to increase your skill.
Empathy implies compassionate feeling “with” not “at” or “for” another being. People can feel sorry for an animal, but this is not empathy. With empathy, you feel what the animal is feeling without projecting your own issues and feelings. The more you can expand your consciousness to include the animal’s awareness with openness and clarity, the more understanding of the animal you will gain. Sometimes we see a pest animal such as a flea or slug, but when we empathize and truly experience what it is like to “be” the animals, we experience different insight. Having a good understanding of the animal’s instincts and priorities in their life is helpful. Do not judge the animal, allow empathy to fill you.
Being polite is not the same as being respectful. Respect implies absolute honest feelings of dignity, worth and esteem for another being. When a person understands the value of the presence of another being, it become easier to respect and communicate with the animal. Often people who say they “love ” animals did not respect the animal. The animal was in their life for their own nurturing because they wanted something to take care of to help them feel of value. Respect means you do not touch an animal until it requests to be touched. Respect means you honor the animal in birth, life, and death. Honor and respect the animal for the beauty and value it contributes to the web of life. There is no room for “species prejudices”.
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