Since I was a child and read Dr. Doolittle books, I’ve always wanted to talk to animals. I'm pretty good at reading a dog's body language and signals but lately I’ve been reading about animal communicators who talk to animals telepathically. I want to believe that they are in fact communicating, yet I have a skeptic side that wants proof. I don’t have the final answer, but there’s some evidence that it could actually be happening.
Talking with the Animals
Are animals telepathic? Are the animal communicators really talking to animals? I don’t know the answer but there’s a lot of information to think about.
When I was a teenager, my best friend and I decided to try a telepathy experiment. We set a time and went to our separate houses. From her bedroom in her house, she tried to send me an image. I tried to receive the images. I filled pages with sketches of things I thought I was receiving. One image was different. It was almost like I could feel what part of my brain it came from. And it was persistent. It was rather silly but wouldn’t go away. I made a tiny sketch of it.
When we got together to look at the sketches, she pointed to the little drawing and almost broke down in tears. It was exactly what she had been thinking of. She refused to do any more experiments with me.
I can only believe that she did send me a message. This was decades ago and I’ve never had another experience like it. But can animals do it? I’ve meditated and sent messages to my dogs. I even went to a clinic held by a locally well-known animal communicator. But all I get is ignored. Nevertheless, I’m still fascinated by the possibilities.
Do You Believe in Animal Telepathy?
No, I'm a skeptic.
Yes, I've had experiences with it.
My Puppy, My Self
A dog trainer by the name of Lee Charles Kelley has written a fascinating article for Psychology Today,Canine Communication III: Are Dogs Telepathic?,* about his own personal experiences. On one occasion he sent his dog a message to bring another dog back who had wandered too far away. To his surprise, the dog did exactly that.
His dog also had a tendency to pull him in to shops where they had never been before, but Kelley had been thinking about them just minutes before.
Kelley maintains that this is the animals’, not human, natural method of communication. He also offers some very interesting insight into how and why and when this might work.
*The link doesn't want to work but you can copy/paste it from here http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-puppy-my-self/201008/canine-communication-iii-are-dogs-telepathic
Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home
In his book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, Rupert Sheldrake, director of the Perrott-Warrick Project at Trinity College in Cambridge from 2005-2010 wrote about his research into unexplained animal phenomena. He focused particularly on dogs and cats who exhibit anticipatory behavior when their owners are on their way home. He relates cases where the owners had changed their schedules and even drove someone else’s car or came home by taxi.
Sheldrake also has written about animals reacting before natural disasters. He maintains that this really is an untapped early warning signal.
In one of the stories told about elephant rescues on the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust web site, a mention is made of how the older released elephants seem to know telepathically when a new baby is being brought in to the compound. Long before the arrival, before they could hear or smell the new baby, the elephants congregate at the compound to greet the new member of the family.
The website is very extensive and I tend to get lost in the great pictures and articles about the work they do. I do remember that reading that passage gave me goose bumps.
If you Google animal telepathy or visit YouTube, you can find many sites and videos of animal communicators. The only problem is that you pretty much have to take that person’s word for it. Unless you are an animal communicator yourself, you have no way to verify what the animal supposedly said. We all know there are frauds and cons who will jump on the bandwagon when there is money to be made. Yet some of them are pretty convincing. Sometimes there is simply no explanation.
The real problem with research into this subject is that there is very little research out there. Research is expensive and generally funded by drug companies. Without a big drug company looking to make a handsome profit, money is hard to come by.
As an example I’ve recently become interested in Reiki. It is a method of healing with energy, something that can’t be seen. Yet many hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic now offer Reiki along with other complementary and alternative medicine, also called CAM for short. A wonderful article by a Reiki hospital intern can be found here.