Have you ever tried to feel a close connection to an animal? Well it is of course common to your own pet, but I have also felt it to other wild animals in different situations.
E.g. to weeks ago I was in The Faroe Islands for my father in laws funeral. My wife and I meet this eider duck she. It seems very tame and comes very close to me. I could touch it on its head. Then we went into the flowershop to get some flowers for the funeral. After a while something touched my leg……
There the duck was and I looked into its eyes and I felt this strong connection, a well balanced chemistry and I know that the duck wanted to tell med something…..perhaps that it was hungry…
The human-animal connection has existed since the beginning of time mainly as a way for humans to give and receive unconditional love. To psychically connect with an animal is to align one’s consciousness grid with that of the animal. From there images are perceived along with emotions and other physical sensations. We not only find our pets, but in some cases they find us, allowing us to sense a psychic bond and often a past life connection.
THE interaction between human and non-human animals fascinates everyone from anthropologists to the average pet owner. It even has a name – anthrozoology – as biologist John Bradshaw reminds us in the subtitle of his new book, The Animals Among Us.
As Bradshaw points out, for humans to consistently live with and nurture animals is a most unusual trait in nature. So a strong, fact-based discussion of how and why we do this and its effects should be eye-opening, engaging and thought-provoking.
Even so, domestication is a less common outcome of keeping animals than we might expect, given that even the most generous list would only include 20 or so domesticated species. Many more have spent at least some time in captivity, so it is well worth asking why so many species that have lived intimately with us haven’t been domesticated.
In fact, pets are increasingly seen as offering us tangible benefits – as therapy animals, assistants to people who are blind or disabled, and companions to those who are socially isolated. Pets are often said to provide distinct health benefits to those with mental, social or physical problems, though Bradshaw points out that the evidence isn’t as strong as the claims for it.
In one of the best and most thought-provoking parts of his book, Bradshaw dissects the practice of anthropomorphism as a typically human attempt to understand the animals with which we live so intimately. He raises important questions about the greater significance of keeping pets and their benefits. For example, is assigning human characteristics to another species really key to the close emotional and family-type relationships many humans form with their pets? Does anthropomorphism balance out the energetic and economic costs of pets in the modern world?
Rupert Sheldrake in his book, “Dogs That Know Their Owners are Coming Home” talks about the telepathic connection between humans and animals, particularly dogs.
He documented several cases that showed dogs and cats anticipating the return of their owners by waiting at a door or window; anticipation of them going away; the anticipation of being fed; cats disappearing when their owners intend to take them to the vet; dogs knowing when their owners are planning to take them for a walk; and animals that get excited when their owner is on the telephone, even before the telephone is answered.
“How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
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