Posts Tagged ‘inter-species connections’

Dolphins and Trans-species Assistance


dolphin interaction

dolphin interaction

 Dr. Jason Cressy, a world renowned marine biologist, Oxford trained psychologist  and kindred spirit  was recently interviewed by another good friend of mine, world renowned artist, Jill Campbell on her artists getaway website.  Dr. Cressy  received his Ph.D from Oxford University on nonverbal communication and then combined that with his love of whales and dolphins.  In this wide ranging interview regarding his exploration of deeper connections between whales, dolphins and ourselves he describes an age old cooperative working  relationship between dolphins and fisherman on the Mandalay river in Burma, which provided food for both the dolphins and the fisherman.

When Jason and I were discussing his observations of this cooperative dynamic and the trans-species field theory that I am proposing,  we discussed the far reaching implications of these relationships and how they were taught by the dolphins from generation to generation for hundreds of years.  No one really knows how this symbiotic relationship came about.  It seems that animals and humans have cooperated and lived so much more harmoniously with each other in era’s past and continues in pockets throughout the world even today.  These transpecies fields still exist and continue to morph and evolve as we do.  Many of these energetic and conscious fields have narrowed to more domestic and urbanized area’s in horse barns, animal hospitals, sanctuaries etc. as our interaction with animals have decreased in the wild and increased in our ever continuing urbanization of life.  Dr. Cressy and I also discussed the many healing benefits of these interactions in the wild, in the civilized, urban environments as well as in our daily lives (more…)

Owl and Cat Friends: Trans-species Play (VIDEO)

This video of an owl and cat playing and being friends is circling the internet, with various perspectives by different commentators.  Personally, I feel that some important questions and insights that may be taken from it include the amazing documentation of play and friendship that transcends species, labels, belief systems and concepts.  The owl and the cat obviously do not seem to be thinking or saying, “wait a minute” we are supposed to be predators and prey, we are supposed to attack each other, we are not supposed to be friends and play like this”.  They are not in a mindstream with that busy mind traffic with all those concepts preventing them from just playing.  These documented behaviors between two species are in stark contrast to much that is accepted fact in animal behavior.  These youtube video’s that are documenting various behavior patterns between species that we would not expect to be interacting in the ways that they are seem to be turning our beliefs about accepted animal behavior patterns on their head.  We are witnessing behavior’s such as maternal behavior, play behavior, companionship, love, loving kindness, altruism between species that one would not think are possible.  In a way, these seem to be glimpses into the traditional concept of  a garden of eden where we all were living together in harmony, before concepts and beliefs.  Perhaps that movie title, “Back to the Future” is what we are witnessing now. Perhaps we are truly living in a Garden of Eden if we can only choose to see that.  Perhaps this is what we can be re-creating now if we listen to the animals.  You can see other video’s like this throughout this site.

What are your thoughts and insights regarding the deeper meaning and insights of interspecies behaviors like this?


Happy Mother’s Day to All Mother’s of All Species!

motherduckWhere would the world be without Mother’s? As I talk with friends who are mothers, single mom’s, who have lost their mother’s and share my life with mother’s of all species, a deep feeling of gratitude fills my heart for the incredible dedication and unconditional love that mother’s shower on their children. I reflect back on the challenges I offered my mother, not appreciating all she went through to provide a good life for me, till later in my life.  I hear from friend’s who are single mom’s concerning the challenges of raising children by themselves and how they have managed to still offer their children such profound love. I watch as the deer that give birth to their fawns under my deck each year, patiently show their fawns the in’s and out’s of where to find food, where to rest safely, which trails to travail the cliffs and how their fawns patiently watch everything they do.  I watch the eagle’s fly by window, getting food for their newborns in their nest and how all species that we share mother earth with all share the same dedication to their children.  I also am continuously amazed at how different species will adopt babies from other species.

On youtube there are more and more video’s of different species nursing and caring for newborns of other species who lost their mothers such as this monkey who adopts a kitten (video below).  It seems that unconditional love can transcend all species. Nurturing, giving and receiving is between all beings, beyond labels.  I ponder what makes a mother of one species feel maternal instincts for another where a monkey adopts a kitten.  What in a mother has them see all babies as their own, to nurture.  Truly, maternal instincts and unconditional love do indeed transcend labels of species, transcends all labels.  When we see this documented more and more on Youtube, crows adopting and feeding a kitten, etc. I wonder did this happen all the time, or is this a new phenomena.  What do you think is the basis for these behaviors transcending species?

May all mother’s bless their children with the unconditional love that is the foundation of all our hearts, two-legged, four-legged and winged!


Turtle Connection in Central Park

While visiting my 95 year old uncle and my cousin near central park in New York on one of the first warm, sunny days of spring two weeks ago, the power and beauty of our inter-species connections shined its bright light on me in a most unexpected way. After lunch with my wise, sage-like uncle, aunt and cousin, my cousin and I went for a walk in Central Park surrounded by hundreds of ecstatic New Yorkers rejoicing in welcoming fragrances and colors of flowers and trees celebrating the birth of spring. We were two cousins reconnecting, amidst the crowds meandering at a seemingly controlled pace along the paved walkways around the ponds while others paddled in rowboats, everyone moving in one flowing mass, packed solid like schools of fish following some unknown electromagnetic connection between us all. People of all races, colors, creeds, dressed up in all arrays of flamboyant spring colors, chatting away with each other, lost in their individual conversations, mindstreams and worlds, yet all connected by the speed of the flow of beings along the paths. It was really the first time I felt that my cousin and I were able to connect in a much deeper, heartfelt way, away from the sometimes challenging conversations of other family members regarding the drama’s that fill most families lives. In the midst of our chats and the crowds, there lay a small, one inch long, red-eared green turtle, head and feet tucked into its home shell, barely avoiding the feet of hundreds of pedestrians. It was truly an absolute miracle that someone, unaware of his presence beneath the hundreds of feet passing over him, would not have squashed him into flat oblivion. Continue Reading Turtle Connection in Central Park

Inter-species connections: Protecting Mom (VIDEO)

Continuing evidence accumulates for trans-species connections that defy labels.  This short video of a deer protecting a nesting goose is another example of communication that normal conventional animal behavior is challenged to define. Can you feel the opening of the hearts of the news reporters in this video?  Personally, some of the key insights from this video are: 1. how one can see and feel a shift from the mind to the heart in the reporters;  2. how the deer has consciously decided to take on the protector role for this goose; 3. how when one partner of one species, the female goose’s partner disappears, another partner from another species chooses to take on that role and the communication that must be going on at some level between the deer and the goose.  How does that communication occur?  Why does that communication occur? To me, this is further evidence of my theory of “trans-species field theory” which I will be presenting in a paper shortly and on future posts. It is also interesting to note that this is occurring in a cemetery.  That is a whole other story that we will ponder in further posts as well.   I would love to hear from all of you on your perspectives on this co-species connection.  Perhaps the garden of eden is within our sights everyday, all we have to do is to decide to see it.  Enjoy!

Sacred Turtle, Sacred World

An interesting paradox regarding two articles both about turtles showed up in the news this weekend. One article describes how fifty Vietnamese made a singular effort to save an over 80 year turtle that was sick secondary to the pollution in a fresh water lake in Hanoi. A second article describes the death of numerous sea turtles, many endangered, washed up onto the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico that many are highly suspicious may be secondary to the Gulf Oil spills and the subsequent toxins.

The first article states that “Thousands of onlookers cheered at Hoan Kiem Lake as the mammoth creature was pulled in after escaping capture last month.” It was taken to a “turtle hospital” to be cared for. The concern over the effect that the pollution in the lake caused for this turtle prompted “the government to form committees and employ hundreds of workers to frantically clean debris and pollution from the lake”.

Apparently there is a myth about this endangered fresh water turtle that dates back hundreds of years whereby it apparently helped a Vietnamese King fend off foreign invaders. Some believe it is the same turtle. Continue reading Sacred Turtle, Sacred World

We Are the Crest of the Wave: Kindred Connections Healing our Hearts

Dear Kindred Spirits:
It looks like we are riding the crest of a new wave.  In my last book, “Kindred Spirits, How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live”, I shared my vision of the human animal bond over ten years ago.  On this site, we share the 21st century perspective on where we are now and where we can go in creating a more compassionate society for all beings.  It seems like our thoughts, attention and intention are indeed working.  Just this week, Yes magazine came out with their new issue on how animals can save us.  yesmagazineanimalscansaveusSimultaneously, the New York Times just came out with an entire section called “Animals, The Creature Connection”,  requesting that people send in video’s of their connections with animals. The Huffington Post has had a section on Animals and animal video’s for a while now. One article was just published on the benefit of animals for Diabetics.  In addition, I was just interviewed for a radio show on the benefits of animals for cancer patients and was asked to be part of a new documentary on how animals can be of benefit for cancer patients.  Even the Village Voice has a brief article on the tragedy in Japan and how it is effecting one kitten and then says…”make sure to hug your cat”. The picture breaks my heart and I feel such sadness for all the homeless animals that somehow are dealing with this tragedy as well.  It seems like the hundredth monkey principle has happened. Continue reading We Are the Crest of the Wave: Kindred Connections Healing our Hearts

Kindred Heart Connections on the Beach (VIDEO)

As our February Kindred Hearts theme comes to a completion, I wanted to share this video with you of further documentation of love and compassion between humans and animals that some might still skeptically debate have feelings and emotions.  The time has truly come to change the paradigm from one requiring proof that animals have feelings and emotions and think to a paradigm of acceptance that they are more like us than we could ever comprehend and ask for proof that they are not.  Once we have decided to change the paradigm, then inevitably, we should base each decision made on this planet based on how can we treat other beings with such similar behaviors and emotions like they are beneath us.  It is time for compassion for all beings. Continue reading Kindred Heart Connections on the Beach (VIDEO)

How to Connect by Dr. Penny

There are many approaches and techniques that we can use to connect with our kindred spirits.  We are blessed with some helpful tips in this post by Dr. Penny on how she connects.  How do these work for you? What ways of connecting have you found beneficial?

When I was learning how to do acupuncture, I remember watching you work on a horse nearly 20 years ago Dr. Schoen.  Why?  Because you made it look easy – effortless in fact.  It is just like going to a clinic and watching a great trainer.  “Well, I can do that” you think as you watch the horse cooperate and respond to every cue.  It looks so effortless.  You take it home and give it a try.  But before you know it your horse has left you tangled in ropes, sitting in the dust.  They never explain the “whispering” part.  That is what I would like to open discussion with you Dr. Schoen, and others about.  Just what is that magic ingredient?  And how the heck do you do it? (more…)

Kindred Heart Connections: Going Beyond Labels (VIDEO)

Keeping with the Theme of Kindred Hearts, I find it fascinating to see all the YouTube videos’ of animals of completely different species connecting and demonstrating affectionate behavior patterns (dare I say “love”) between each other. The first one that really hit the media was after the Tsunami in Indonesia. There actually is a storybook with photographs of the development of this highly unlikely friendship that developed between this orphaned hippopotamus and an “aloof” 100 year old Galapagos tortoise, Owen and Mzee,  at an animal sanctuary in Indonesia. After great resistance by this tortoise who the sanctuary caretakers could not get to relate to any other animal, it finally, with great prodding and persistence by the orphaned hippo, became best of buddies and a kindred heart with the hippo and they soon became inseparable, nuzzling and grooming each other. I think this is such a powerful teaching for us humans, who have a challenging enough time loving each other, beyond racial, religious, sexual and other discriminatory divisions and labels. Here are two beings that are not only different species, but one is a reptile and one is a mammal! Now that is love beyond all labels! (more…)