Posted on 2020-10-01 12:38:55
In her remarkable book, Playing in the Unified Field, neurophysiologist Dr Carla Hannaford says she has often pondered how schools of fish can instantly change direction as a unit, how flocks of birds can do the same and move in such perfect synchrony, how her dog seems to know when she is on her way home, and how he will lean against her and look into her eyes when she is feeling low. Read about biologist Dr Rupert Sheldrake’s animal research on the Internet and listen to his compelling talks.
There is now a great deal of research about the “sentient intelligence” of animals, not only pets and other mammals, but even animals like octopus, squid, cuttlefish, sharks, birds and reptiles, and probably even insects to some degree. There is even a record of an octopus discovering how to take the lid off a jar to get to food inside it.
A great deal of research into animal abilities is being conducted. Carla Hannaford, who lives in Hawaii and whom I have the honour to call a close friend, writes: “The world is awash with communication, and we need to tap in to become ‘animal whisperers’.”
Wiliam Benda, a doctor of integrative medicine, and Rondi LIghtmark, co-author of Beyond Obedience, are of the opinion that animals are already “people whisperers”. Beyond Obedience is a revolutionary training programme for owners and dogs and regards “the canine as a fully emotional being and acutely sensitive to your changing feelings and moods”.
Carla writes that animals “have the capacity, either innately or intentionally, to sustain and restore us in ways we have forgotten or never imagined.” An Australian study has suggested that many lives could be saved if people with severe cholesterol and blood pressure had pets. Just communicating with a pet decreases stress and depression and increases emotional stability. Consciously taking care of an animal and keeping it healthy and happy provides a sense of self-worth in the care-giver. Some people find it easy to cuddle a pet where they would be shy of hugging another human being. Pets are filled with love and acceptance.
Empathy is a quality that most of us greatly value, and some researchers have looked into whether animals also exhibit empathy. Carla Hannaford says: “Definitely yes!”