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Animal Communication

going to the horse's mouth
by Nedda Wittels

Telepathic communication gives the animals a chance to be heard.If animals can talk to us, does this mean they are sentient beings who are both self-aware and conscious?  My experience tells me this is so!


When I was a small child, my father told me that to learn the truth abut anything, you had to "go to the horse's mouth."  Since horses were my favorite animals, this notion had great appeal.  When I was older, I asked my Dad where this expression had originated.  He told me this story. 

In Medieval Europe, it was common practice for the monks to debate questions, such as, "How many angels can sit on the head of a pin.?" Always the scriptures were used as the final source of truth about everything.  Since the scriptures didn't always agree with each other, the debates would rage for days, weeks, and even months and years.  One day, someone asked, "How many teeth are in a horse's mouth?"  The arguments went on for hours until a young novitiate asked,  "Brothers, why don't we go to the stables and look into the mouth of a horse and count his teeth."  And they all fell upon him and beat him.

This same problem applies to communicating with animals today.  Many people feel that by observing animals, we can surmise what they want or need or even what is wrong with them.  Others choose to use behavioral modification and other training techniques along with classical veterinary medical tests to determine what is causing symptoms and/or behaviors.   These approaches generally agree that animals don't have "human emotions" and only have limited intelligence.  While they work some of the time, they don't always.  Something more is needed, some new way of perceiving who the animals are.

The approach of a telepathic communicator assumes ideas that are not widely accepted in the 21st Century.

First, it assumes that animals are sentient beings.  Sentience is a concept that traditionally has been used to separate humans from all other species.  Sentient means not only intelligent, but self-aware.  Self-awareness is often tested by how someone reacts when looking into a mirror, i.e., does the animal "know" the reflection is their own self, or does it think the reflection is that of another animal.  Modern science has shown that we "see" not with our eyes, but with our mind, and it takes training or life experience to interpret the electromagnetic messages that come into the brain.  Therefore, how an animal or human interprets the reflection may not only depend on what information is received in their brain, but how the brain has been trained or not trained to interpret that data.  It is not necessarily a measure of self awareness.

Secondly, telepathic communication assumes that both humans and animals are capable of telepathy.  British biologist Rupert Sheldrake has begun  research and gathered evidence to support this and has published it in Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home.  The bottom line for this "pet psychic" is that if I want to have a conversation with another being, I must show them respect and honor by assuming that s/he is capable of responding.  (This is true for humans as well as for animals.)  If I don't make that assumption, then I am creating a situation in which the other may be unwilling to respond.  When I hold this as my intention, the animal (or human) can feel that intention and is more likely to choose to respond.

None of this discussion is meant to logically prove the existence of telepathic communication with animals.  All of this discussion is intended to help others understand where I, as a telepathic communicator, am coming from when I have conversations with animals.   

When I "tune in" to an animal, I assume that the information I am getting is correct, and that if there is error, that error is probably in my efforts to translate the energy I am receiving into something understandable in English.   The  confirmation I receive is not in the form of general rules or assumptions or test results.  Confirmation may be given when the animal responds by either changing their behavior as a direct result of the communication, or when the human who knows the animal tells me that some of the information matches their own experience or knowledge, or when the animal's physical problems are confirmed by veterinary medicine.  To me, as a telepathic communicator, that is evidence enough to support the efficacy of my work.

When  communicating telepathically, it is immediately evident to me that animals are sentient, that they feel a wide range of emotions, and that they make conscious choices.  Call it intuition.  Call it empathy.  Call it telepathy.  I receive information in the forms of pictures, words or phrases, emotions, physical sensations, knowings, intuition, concepts, and combinations of all of these forms.  Then comes the more difficult job to putting this information into human language, which I find far more limited in expression than a telepathic sharing with another.

I propose that the time has come to stop making generalizations about animal behavior and begin "going to the horse's (cat's, dog's, turtle's, fish's and so on's) mouth."   When you want another human being to listen to what you have to say, you must treat that person with respect.  When someone speaks to you respectfully, you are more likely to listen, to consider their opinion, perspective, and request.  It doesn't mean you will always agree or that you will be obedient.  Obedience is not intelligence!!!  

The same is true of the animals who live in your family.  They are more likely to listen when you assume they are intelligent, have feelings, and have reasons for what they do or don't do. Treat them respectfully, but don't assume that this means they will agree with your perspective or always do exactly what you say.  What can happen when you do this is that a conversation may take place that opens the door for reaching a new understanding at a new level.  And that understanding may be the first step towards resolution of the situation and a whole new way of relating between humans and animals.

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