What’s Your Creation – “Unstuffing” Our Human-Animal Connection
I had always wanted to work with animals but it never paid enough to live on. So I stuffed that desire but there is a point when we can “stuff” no longer. With simply an invite extended by my mother to attend a class on animal communication, something clicked in me and I realized I had always been communicating with animals; I just wasn’t consciously aware of what I was doing. I always knew what animals were thinking and what they were feeling.
My first cat, Dolly, was quite clear about her feelings of total disinterest in me (because I wouldn’t leave her alone and tried to put dresses on her) were not only observed behaviors. I could feel her feelings and her thoughts were not exactly warm towards me. But was this just a child observing cat rejection behavior (running away from me and hiding) and not being willing to accept. I can now clearly discern the difference between observation of an animal’s behavior vs their true thoughts and feelings (as well as my own) and this is also what I teach others to do. Social work helped me to hone this skill as it is vital to be aware of your own feelings and reactions in this work.
I realize now that as a child I didn’t really want to hear what Dolly was saying because, frankly, I wanted what I wanted and initially I did not have the self-control to stop what I was doing. If I had stopped to really accept her feelings it would have been to painful to continue on with my behaviors (although over time I did eventually “get it,” and left the poor cat alone. Not to mention there was no larger societal awareness that this kind of solid exchange of inter-species exchange was possible.
We are still struggling in current times in that area but barriers are falling as we evolve. Children are some of the best teachers because they have not absorbed the idea that this is “weird.” Translation, “we as humans are slow to accept what we do not understand.” Especially if we sense that we, ourselves, have a piece of that thing we don’t understand inside of us.