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“Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else. We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by these involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying our natures.”  – Gerald Brenan

People like to watch monkeys and gorillas and see if they’ll imitate their actions.  When on a recent visit down to Florida I was able to take a behind the scenes trek through a different kind of a zoo.  I was consistently impressed with the habitats of the animals and how the caretakers seemed to truly be aware of the animals around them.  While this care was evident, there was also a disconnect.  Not unusual in this setting, nor is it a judgment.  Without animal communication this is common.  The animals are more misunderstood and their behaviors are based on observation and not truly from the animal themselves.  The behaviors have been…

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 “Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.”    –Wayne Dyer

Many of you will be surprised that this next blog post is from none other than Crocodile.  Yes, you will hear from Squirrel, Bird, Lion, and the list goes on.  Except at this point in time I’m to be following their lead, not my own, when it comes to writing these posts.  They’ll each come forward when it’s their turn.  Crocodile has been nudging me (yes, nudging and not snapping) shortly after I wrote from Giraffe.  He said, “I’m next!”  So, here we go.  Let’s listen to see what Crocodile has to say and get it from his perspective:

Me:  “I know many people are fairly misinformed about you.  What is it you’d like to let us humans know?”

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Newborn Bird Speaks – ‘Cheep’ or Valued?

“The words you choose to say something are just as important as the decision to speak.”  ~Author Unknown

I had an encounter this past week with a baby bird who was asking to be rescued.  I try to be very aware of when an animal is asking for help and when they are not, and he was definitely asking for me to hear him.  He was no more than a day old and had fallen into a rocky area in the porch area of a restaurant.  There wasn’t a nest to be found or any adult birds around the area either.  I just kept hearing this cheeping noise when we were at our table.  My friend and I peered over the railing and scanned the rocks.  Our waitress had even made the comment they had been hearing that noise all day and couldn’t find the source.  I closed my eyes and asked for guidance.  When I opened my eyes they landed on this little brown thing moving about.  It was a newborn baby bird.

When we identified the little guy the waitress was beside herself.  I calmly told her “I work with animals.  It just takes a few phone calls to get someone to rescue them.”  She said if I would do that then that would be great!  So I started to look up various phone numbers for different places.  It was late so I called the U of M Vet Hospital. They were able to give me the number for the proper place and, bam!  I had a plan of action.  However, apparently the waiters and waitresses in the restaurant were not so convinced.  It was as though they hadn’t heard a word I had said and their ears were full of ‘fluff’.

The first person to come out was some sort of a manager.  He was all in a frenzy and looked over the railing.  I told him I had already made some calls and had taken care of it.  Since I work with animals it was fine.  He was still in frenzy over what to do and just walked back in to the restaurant by throwing his hands up in the air and shrugging his shoulders.  He said fairly loudly “I don’t know why I’m the one who has to deal with this!  I don’t know what to do.”  My friend and I looked at each other a bit puzzled and just shrugged our shoulders.

The second group of people to come out were male waiters, or so I’m assuming.  They walked behind in the rocky area and went up to the place where the bird had fallen and was chirping.  I had a bit of anxiety whip through my system and I said, “I work with animals and I already called the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and am waiting to hear back from them.”  Only one of the men heard me.  They kept looking at each other and kept asking each other why they thought should be done.  I said again “I called and left a message for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and they said they’ll get back to me within the hour or so.”  They still looked at each other in befuddlement and one of them said, “Well, you know what I would do.  He’ll never make it anyway.”

The one sane guy looked at me in horror and was basically pleading with his eyes.  I, again, said, “They said they’d call me back.  I’ll take him myself to the WRC after dinner.”  After some more discussion amongst themselves the one sane guy told the other one who really wanted to just step on the bird that we’d just wait to see what the WRC said when they called me back.  I was thanking God in my head at that point.  My friend and I looked at each other again feeling rather confused.  What part of this are they not understanding?

Then, after asking the waitress if I could go back and just move a rock to help the little guy out from being trapped, I asked for a small to-go container to put him in.  I was planning on putting him in there after dinner and transporting him to the WRC.  She brought one out for me.  But seconds after she handed it to me ANOTHER group of people came out with a to-go container and decided to take matters into their own hands.  I was horrified at this point.  I told them to leave him there and I would take him to the WRC when we were done with dinner (which hadn’t even come out yet for us to eat).  The guy’s girlfriend, or whoever she was, kept telling him to put him in the box.  I swear these people had to be deaf and were getting to be really frustrating at this point.  He picked up the bird and then wasn’t sure how to put him in the box.  He had to tumble the bird from his hand into this styrofoam container.  I was trying to not show my panic.  I said to them, “Look, I work with animals.  I have a call into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and I’ll take him there when I’m done with dinner.”

The response from these 2 people were, “They won’t take him there.  He won’t survive.  They don’t take birds this young.  He’s just going to die anyway.” *insert feeling of bang head against wall here*

I finally convinced them to just hand over the box and I would take care of it.  If they didn’t take him at the WRC then I would find a way to help this bird in whatever way I could.  All I knew is that this little guy wasn’t even close to giving up.  I had also been doing BodyTalk FastAid on him throughout the evening, as well as the cortices technique.  He was far from saying he was done in this life.  Yet nobody was listening to me.

I did end up with this newborn bird at the dinner table.  I could hardly eat I was so horrified.  After dinner I ended up having to take him home with me because the WRC was closed until morning.  I just prayed I was hearing the little fellow correctly and he was going to survive the night.  I had no clue how to actually take care of a newborn bird, but I would do my best.  He did as he promised.  He survived the night and was a trooper.  He is now at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and doing just fine.

Whew!  What a night!  A few days later my friend and I were talking about that incident.  She said it was like they couldn’t hear what I was saying.  They didn’t hear that I was an expert in my field and I could take care of this situation because I work with animals.  They just didn’t hear it, or couldn’t hear it.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t speaking up, because obviously words were coming out of my mouth.  But the energy behind them wasn’t there.  I just didn’t say it with enough authority or power for them to hear that I knew what I was doing.  Looking back I know this was true.  I can look back and see that I really didn’t want to explain to them how I knew or what I did to be an expert.  I didn’t want to go through the eye rolls and the ‘she’s crazy’ looks when I say the words Animal Communicator and BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner.  So I kept my mouth shut about how I knew what I knew, but still insisted the bird come with me.

I asked the bird what that was all about.  This is what he said:

Bird: “I refused to give up.  You need to refuse to give up.  The situation looked very bleak for me but you were persistent and you refused to give up.  I still had my voice and I was darned well going to use it.  I knew that if I didn’t value my own life and speak up for it, I’d definitely not make it!  No matter how bleak a situation looks, you can always make it better.  Perseverance is the only way you’re going to get what you want.  Only you know what you want and you had better speak up about it so you get it.  You must also value what you do and then your energy will come through.  People will hear you when you value your knowledge.  You knew what was right.  You just had to speak it.  And once you valued it, someone heard you.  The woman at the WRC heard it and even asked you for more information.  She heard you because you valued what you did when you talked with her.”

Me: “It’s easier when I’m around people who understand animals.  They may not officially do the communication piece, but they do know they have a connection to animals.  They can’t always place where their knowing comes from, but they know.”

Bird: “So it’s easier to value yourself in the presence of those that value you anyway.  Now it’s time to value yourself in the presence of others who have no clue.”

He didn’t say a lot, but it was enough to get the message.  So, if you’re struggling to value yourself in the presence of strangers, remember this little bird.  He didn’t give up.  Not for one moment.  He cheeped all night long and was constantly moving in that little box.  He valued his life and he let us know it.  He persevered and got what he wanted.

If you feel you would like help in standing in your power and valuing yourself regardless of who’s presence you’re in, or feel there are blocks to keeping you from getting what you want, contact me for a 20 minute complimentary consultation.  I will help you to see what is blocking your progress so you can remove it and move forward.

*Kristen is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner, and Professional Animal Communicator.  She is owner of Talk Pawsitive located in Minneapolis, MN.  She travels around the country teaching others how to do animal communication and helping people build relationships with the animals in their world.  You can reach her by emailing her at Kristen.BodyTalk@gmail.com. Visit her website at www.KristenScanlon.com.  ‘Like’ her Facebook page at Talk Pawsitive, or Twitter at @TalkPawsitive. 

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Cheetah – Go for the Gusto

 “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”                           – Confucius

So even though I just released the blog from Gorilla, Cheetah was right behind him pushing me to stay on track with releasing the blogs from the animals on Fridays.  Shift happens so Saturday will just have to do for this week.  Gorilla just got pushed into this past week due to the craziness of last week.  Don’t you feel blessed to get 2 blogs in one week?  Cheetah confused me a bit, though, I have to say.  When I first felt her and was clued in to what I was going to write about she had said she wanted to talk about blending in and how humans have a tendency to want to blend in rather than be themselves.  Over the course of this week that changed.  Perhaps another day she said.  Instead she wants to focus on putting your all into your passion and what you feel is needed in your life.

I know Cheetah is coming forward with this message because I’m learning to do this myself.  In fact I just had a session yesterday with a life coach where we worked with this issue.  When she asked me if I was going to release some of the yuck in my life I responded, “Well, I want to…”  She shook her head and said, “Yes or no.  Make the decision.”  I never thought about it that way.  Cheetah picked up on that and here’s what she had to say:

Cheetah: “Cheetahs are known for their spots and their speed.  Spots to blend in, and speed for, well, you all compare us to cars. *chuckles* There are many things we are wanting to talk about and teach people.  But we were realizing that so many people are not committed to their dreams or their goals.  Without the commitment it is hard for people to truly get what they want out of life.  It is also harder for them to hear the teachings of others.  So many choose to put their all into what they want, but only for so long.  They give up if they think it’s taking too long or they feel they’ve expended too much energy.  Life doesn’t work like that.  If you don’t give it your all then how are you going to get what you want?

We are creatures that have to give it our all in order to live.  We go from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds to catch our prey.  Otherwise we won’t eat.  We much watch, observe and then act quickly to get what we want.  We do not analyze or hesitate.  If we do we lose out.  Isn’t that similar to what humans must do to get what they really want?  Yet that concept seems so lost in the human world.  Act.  Analyze.  Adjust.  Humans analyze, maybe act, and rarely adjust.”

Me: “That is very true.  It is a scary thing to just act without doing a lot of analyzing first.  And we tend to think that if we just do it for long enough it will catch on and it will work.”

Cheetah: “Yes.  Humans are very attached to the outcome of the actions they take.  And they are very hard on themselves when something doesn’t work out the way they think it should.  It saddens us to see so many people lose out on their dreams because they worry so much about how something is going to come about.  Know that everything is exactly as it should be in any given moment.  The outcome isn’t always what you expect, which is the universe’s way of saying, “Adjust!  Be flexible!  Sometimes the universe has something even better in store for you.”  But you must also know that you will only get what you want, or something better, when you put your entire being into it.  What you put out really does come back to you.”

Me: “So how do we let go of the fear so we can allow these things to happen?”

Cheetah: “So many people hang on to the past and keep telling the same story over and over.  They whine about how poor they are, their significant other treats them like poo…or their ex’s were horrible to them, their boss treats them poorly and they never get a raise, etc.  It’s a pattern they continually have and talk about, which will only keep them in the same situations, if not make it worse.  Start talking about what you want and focus on that, not what is happening at the moment or in the past.  So what if you didn’t get that job you thought you interviewed for last week?  Go for the next one.  So what if you had a horrible marriage and you were treated like crap 5 years ago?  That was 5 years ago!  Quit hanging on to it.  Let it go.  It’s over.  Create what you want by writing the story of what you want to see.  Make the decision, yes or no, to get rid of the crap in the past.  Make the decision to step over that line that puts you where you want to be instead of in the past.  Leave the past in the past.  Otherwise you can’t fully put your all into what you do want to create.

Getting what you want is an all or nothing type of deal.  When you keep talking about what you don’t want, you’re actually keeping that as something you want.  Otherwise you wouldn’t talk about it.  You want the sympathy of people when talking about hurt you were over this or that.  If that’s what you want, that’s what you’ll get.  But you won’t change the circumstance itself until you change the story.

Cheetah is absolutely right.  Easier said than done, I know.  Oh do I know!  It’s not easy to quit telling the story that keeps us in victim mode.  We get sympathy and, really, misery loves company.  We get the sympathetic ear and someone to talk to and feel validated in how we feel we’re in the right and that other person was in the wrong.  I’m going to end with a quote I saw in a post from a friend on Facebook that really put it into a nice perspective from Louise Hay:

“Would you really dig into yesterday’s garbage to make tonight’s meal?  Do you dig into old mental garbage to create tomorrow’s experiences?”

If you are ready to quit digging in yesterday’s garbage to create tomorrow’s experience and need help finding the courage to put your all into your dreams to make them a reality, email me for a complimentary 20 minute consultation on how I can help you achieve your goals.  I look forward to helping you go for the gusto.

*Kristen is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner, and Professional Animal Communicator.  She is owner of Talk Pawsitive located in Minneapolis, MN.  She travels around the country teaching others how to do animal communication and helping people build relationships with the animals in their world.  You can reach her by emailing her at Kristen.BodyTalk@gmail.com.  Visit her website at www.KristenScanlon.com.  ‘Like’ her Facebook page at Talk Pawsitive, or Twitter at @TalkPawsitive.

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Gorilla speaks – Monkey See Monkey Do

“Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else. We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by these involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying our natures.”  – Gerald Brenan

People like to watch monkeys and gorillas and see if they’ll imitate their actions.  When on a recent visit down to Florida I was able to take a behind the scenes trek through a different kind of a zoo.  I was consistently impressed with the habitats of the animals and how the caretakers seemed to truly be aware of the animals around them.  While this care was evident, there was also a disconnect.  Not unusual in this setting, nor is it a judgment.  Without animal communication this is common.  The animals are more misunderstood and their behaviors are based on observation and not truly from the animal themselves.  The behaviors have been misinterpreted more and more lately, but we still view the caretakers as the experts.  Of course in my opinion I would say the animal themselves are the experts, but most people just aren’t on that level yet.

On this particular excursion of mine our first stop was through the gorilla habitat.  The bachelors on the one side and the family on the other.  There was one bachelor who put sticks of food on his head and was acting kind of goofy.  I told him he was a ham and he laughed.  He was joking with me.  But when another person in the group asked about his behavior and asked if he was playing the caretaker said ‘no’.  She gave some explanation of how they often take their food to different spots to eat.  They only train the animals to come to the caretakers at certain times for certain events so they can be checked out.  Otherwise they leave them in their ‘natural’ habitat so they are not disturbed.  It is a natural response and not influenced by humans.  There is no interaction between them and people.  I had a difficult time not laughing out loud, but I did keep my thoughts to myself.  It was not the time to challenge an ‘expert’.  So, I was not surprised when Gorilla showed up and was the next in line to speak.  So, here goes:

Gorilla:  “Umm….yeah.  If you people don’t think you influence our behavior and we’re in an actual natural habitat you must be delusional.  Just like t.v. doesn’t influence your children right?  Just like you observe us in the zoo, we observe you.  We pick up on your emotions, your thoughts, your words and your actions.  You don’t think we know what will make you laugh, scare the bejeebers out of you or bore you to death?  You think we don’t know that staying in hiding will cause more people to be upset and then complain and then change what happens with us?  Puh-lease.  We pick up on all that you do.  And since we are the most similar to you humans you just see us copy it more.  Giraffe, lion, cheetah, warthogs…you name it, they pick up on your behaviors.  Why do you think they respond to certain caretakers better than others?  It’s not always because of familiarity.  It’s also who they get along best with in their personalities – similarities in behaviors.

Let’s look at it a different way.  As you know, animals take on their person’s stuff.  When an animal is anxious, ill or has bad behavior where do most people look?”

Me: “At the animal.”

Gorilla: “Right.  But where should they look?”

Me: “To the owner or caretaker’s behavior and illness’s”

Gorilla: “Correct.  Look at Giraffe.  Now you know she has a knee issue.  Granted, you’re not here to physically address it, but we’ve talked with you about it before.”

Me: “Yes.  I have been hearing about the knee for quite some time.  I can’t do anything about it until I have the permission to do so.  There’s also the shoulder itch, not wanting to eat and not really responding to antibiotics.  The knee is a recurring issue.”

Gorilla: “And what did you assess the situation as when you talked with us?  Based on your BodyTalk and talking with Giraffe that is…”

Me: “Well, the antibiotic tasted bitter and was causing a reaction in the shoulder area.  The knee issue is more about the caretaker than Giraffe.  There’s some difficulty in moving forward and feeling stable in that person’s life, as well as a past injury.  Giraffe is taking it on in hopes the person will reach out for the proper care to help resolve the issue.  At the same time the person is also feeling a bit of the weight of the world is resting on their shoulders.  Something about feeling a lot of responsibility for something they really should let go of but can’t.”

Gorilla:  “So who’s really needing the care?”

Me: “Well, in reality, both the caretaker and the animal with the issue. I understand that and I know that.  At the same time, all I’m doing is speculating on the that issue because I’m not there.  I am hearing you, Giraffe, Lion with his stomach upset, Cheetah with the shoulder issue not healing as well, and a few others.  Although I have no physical proof at this point in time that is what is really going on.  I have yet to officially meet the caretakers and haven’t had a chance to physically assess anything.  Eventually that will happen….or so I’m told.”

Gorilla: “I know, and we’re working on that.  So, let’s go back to the issue of people not realizing what they do always affects us.   If we’re in our natural habitat and we aren’t being influenced by humans, then how are we getting the same issues as our caretakers, people in the park, etc.?  People need to realize that their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are far more reaching than they think.  Animals naturally want to help people out and we automatically try to take the burden off of you.  We are much better able to handle the stressors of your life and let them go.  However, with so many people hanging on to so many issues at this time, we can’t keep up and we then get sick ourselves.  We are all connected.  ALL connected.  So, humans, remember to watch your thoughts and your actions.  We are highly influenced by what you do, think or say.  It doesn’t not matter if we have fur or not, if we are small or big, if we have four legs or two.  We are all connected and we all affect each other.”

We do affect each other, often without realizing how much.  How often has someone said something to you about something you did and you didn’t realize they had even been paying attention?  You never know what word, thought or action will impact another being.  So, in summary, pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and actions.  Everyone, including the animal kingdom, is affected because we are all connected.  The animals are a barometer to what is happening around us.  If you notice something about them acting funny, look around (or in the mirror) and you may have your answer to that age old question “What is going on with them?!?”

*Kristen is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner, and Professional Animal Communicator.  She is owner of Talk Pawsitive located in Minneapolis, MN.  She travels around the country teaching others how to do animal communication and how to support the animals.  You can reach her by emailing her at Kristen.BodyTalk@gmail.com.  Visit her website at www.KristenScanlon.com.    ‘Like’ her Facebook page at Talk Pawsitive, or Twitter at @TalkPawsitive. 

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Crocodile Speaks – Inside out

 “Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.”    –Wayne Dyer

Many of you will be surprised that this next blog post is from none other than Crocodile.  Yes, you will hear from Squirrel, Bird, Lion, and the list goes on.  Except at this point in time I’m to be following their lead, not my own, when it comes to writing these posts.  They’ll each come forward when it’s their turn.  Crocodile has been nudging me (yes, nudging and not snapping) shortly after I wrote from Giraffe.  He said, “I’m next!”  So, here we go.  Let’s listen to see what Crocodile has to say and get it from his perspective:

Me:  “I know many people are fairly misinformed about you.  What is it you’d like to let us humans know?”

Crocodile: “Well, there are many things I’d like to share with the human world, but we only have so much time.  *deep belly laugh* But, really, seriously, I wanted to send the message this time about judging an animal by it’s skin….or as you humans say, a book by it’s cover.  Too many animals are looked over because they aren’t what humans believe to be ‘pretty’ or ‘cute’.  They’re not the ideal pet because of some sort of flaw you seem to see in them.  The animal kingdom does not judge humans in that way and we find it curious that that’s how the human world tends to work.  You do it with your own kind as well as the animal kingdom.

If anything is considered ‘ugly’ it is deemed gross and not worth the time to even be looked at much.  Forget even trying to get to know that person, animal or bug.  It goes back to what Giraffe was saying before – we are all individuals.  We are ALL worth getting to know on a one by one basis.  Yes, we can speak as a collective, but we also speak as individuals.  The people reading this post do not know which crocodile you are talking to, but you do.  You can identify me in a heartbeat.”

Me: *chuckles* “Yes I can.  I know exactly which one you are.  I talked with you briefly in Florida while I was there.  You joked around with me.  You told me you wouldn’t want to eat us if we fell because we’re too chewy.”

Crocodile: *deep laugh* “Yep.  And full of preservatives.  Ya’ll taste funny.”

Me: *laughs*

Crocodile: “You see?  If you had based our conversation on what I looked like, you wouldn’t have talked to me.  You wouldn’t have known of my great sense of humor.  So, judging an animal (including humans) by their skin or what they look like is really shorting yourself.  You lose out.  Ok…not you specifically.  You haven’t judged us by what we look like because you know, but the general human doesn’t always get it.  They like to judge and have these preconceived ideas about us.  Keeping more of an open mind is important now more than ever due to what’s coming up in our futures.  We’re smart and we’re funny.  We give great advice no matter what we look like or our species.  Don’t you agree?”

Me: “I do.  I learned that with Mr. Mouff, a spider I talked with several years ago.  I learned bugs and spiders and all have personalities just as much as the bigger animals from my first class.  She told us of a cockroach that someone brought to class and he had a great sense of humor and was like a stand up comedian.  That’s what propelled me to talk to the spider in the first place.  Otherwise I would have screamed ‘Eeeeeek!’ and would have found a way to get rid of it.  Now I know different.”

Crocodile: *laughs* “Exactly!  Now you have this experience for that book you’re supposed to be writing *wink*, and a whole different way of dealing with those pesky ants and spiders and bugs in general that most others won’t take the time to do.  You aren’t judging them based on their size, species, or if they’re fluffy and cute, or gross and ugly.  They are what they are and they have intelligence just as you do.

So, here’s my message for ya’ll.  Regardless of how a person looks, regardless of how an animal looks, regardless of how a bug looks, you really should stop and take a look at what you may be missing by coming to a quick conclusion they’re not worth it because of their looks.  Looks only gets ya so far.  It’s the personality that sustains relationships.”

And, with that, he smiled, winked at me and said “Later gator!”  I replied with “In awhile crocodile!”  He then showed me he was sinking back into the water as he was chuckling to himself.  I know he’ll be back in a later post.  So folks, I think he was pretty clear in his message.  Don’t hastily make a judgement on any living creature, human or otherwise, without really getting to know them.  Why do we shut out others because we don’t like their looks?  I see that in relationships all the time.  We have a tendency to shut down any possibility of friendships, or otherwise, because we didn’t like what we’d like them to look like.  Nature made them a certain way so let’s respect what Creator/God/Source deems is beautiful….from the inside out.

*Kristen is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner, and Professional Animal Communicator.  She is owner of Talk Pawsitive located in Minneapolis, MN.  She travels around the country teaching others how to do animal communication and how to support the animals.  You can reach her by emailing her at Kristen.BodyTalk@gmail.com.  You can also visit her website at www.KristenScanlon.com

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Giraffe Speaks – Are U-nique?

Like human fingerprints, each giraffe’s coat is unique –

For a couple of weeks now I’ve been nudged by Giraffe to continue my blogging.  She is continually asking me why I haven’t written anything since the last blog from Tiger.  Part is exhaustion, part is time, part is having been going through a grieving process, and part is I just didn’t know what I was going to write about.  Although I really can’t claim that last part since Giraffe just gave me one of those reprimanding looks of “Really?  Ummm….so not true.”

Okay!  Okay!  So, I’m still a bit hesitant to keep stirring that pot Tiger talked about from last month.  I’ll own up to it.  I’m not a pot stirrer and I really don’t like to create conflict (although my family might disagree with me).  But, with the monthly meditation coming up this Sunday again and things getting intense in other places, it’s time for me to step it up again.  Giraffe said to trust her and she’ll guide this blog so here goes:

Me: “What am I supposed to write about?”

Giraffe: “Uniqueness within the animal kingdom.  We are not seen as individuals, but as a whole or collective bunch.  Animals are animals and they are all treated the same.  You, yourself, know this is not true.  While we have a general consciousness around us, we are each individual and unique.  You discovered this with the dove in your office.  Even with you knowing each animal is unique, you had never experienced a bird with the uniqueness of Ginger.  She played a role for this lesson to prepare you for this article.”

Me: “True.  But aren’t more and more people becoming aware of this?  Pet owners will argue to the ends of the earth that each animal has their own unique personality.”

Giraffe: “They will argue it for the domestic animals, but do they think that way with those out in nature?  A squirrel is a squirrel regardless of where they are located.  A spider is something creepy without a personality.  Giraffes are tall and cool looking, lions are majestic and regal, pigs stink, cheetahs run fast, and the list could go on and on.  We, too, have our own unique personalities.  Just because we do not need specific names to call ourselves we each have personalities that need to be recognized and honored.  Once that happens then there will be less killing and disregard for our lives.  Wolf was killed because wolves can be dangerous and they didn’t want to take the chance he was going to hurt a human.  Had they gotten to know him as an individual and really talked with him, they would not have come to the conclusion he was dangerous, but depressed.  He was not angry but sad.

But by keeping us grouped as a species or even labeled a certain animal, it keeps us farther removed from seeing us as intelligent and feeling creatures, like humans.  It is stereotyping or being prejudiced and must not be accepted anymore.  Humans hate to be stereotyped, and they lash out because of it.  When an animal is crying out to be heard as an individual the animal is punished and, often, has their life taken away from them in one form or another.  Some are abandoned, some are neglected, some are beaten, and some are killed.  How can this be acceptable behavior for any living being?  Our world is no different.

Our lives and our experiences are unique.  Our likes and dislikes are unique to each individual animal.  One dog may like a sweater, the next one may not.  It does not matter the breed, gender, size or geographic location. One polar bear may like the veggie popsicle, the next one may not.  I, personally, prefer the smaller leaves on the tree, but Peanut over there likes the bigger leaves.  Really, people just need to talk with us and get to know us as individuals.  Only then can we truly be helped and become more healthy.”

So, moral of this conversation?  There are oh so many to be had!  The more I read what she said, the more I get out of it.  You may have to read her wisdom over and over again, but it will sink in on a deeper level each time.  She is wise and her advice flows into the human world just as much as into the animal world.  Who are we to put animals in the proverbial box of who and what they are?  It is no different for them than it is for us.  Nobody likes to be boxed in and lumped together with everyone else.  Whether it’s behavior, toys, or even health issues, there isn’t any one single answer for everyone.

So, what’s the next step you ask?  My suggestion is to start learning how to talk with the animals.  You can do this by taking classes (I personally have a workshop I offer to those interested – all over the country). There are a few books out there to read.  Simple meditation can also get you connected.  Your focus can turn to the animals.  Pay attention to what animal comes in to you and just open your mind towhatever comes in.

*Kristen is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner, and Professional Animal Communicator.  She is owner of Talk Pawsitive located in Minneapolis, MN.  She travels around the country teaching others how to do animal communication and how to support the animals.  You can reach her by emailing her at Kristen.BodyTalk@gmail.com.  You can also visit her website at www.KristenScanlon.com.

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