Have you ever wondered whether or not your companion animal has psychic
abilities? While some might scoff at the idea, many are convinced that
this is certainly the case.
Over the years, I’ve heard so many stories of animals exhibiting
behaviors that seem as though they might fall within this realm of
experience. For example, did you know that during the massive tsunami in
December of 2004, scores of elephants in Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Thailand
moved to higher ground before the destructive waves struck land? There
were even reports of buffalo grazing by the beach in Thailand who lifted
their heads in unison, stared out to sea and then stampeded up into the
hills. Most, if not all of the villagers who followed the lead of these
animals were saved. How did these elephants and buffalos know what was
coming? Did they pick up on slight tremors that seismologists themselves
were not able to detect? If so, why was it only the animals in low-lying
coastal areas who exhibited strange behavior and not the rest of the
animals in Southeast Asia?
There are many other documented incidences of animals sensing
earthquakes all over the world. No one really knows how they sense an
earthquake, although theories abound, from sensing vibrations, noticing
changes in the Earth’s electromagnetic field or smelling released
subterranean gases. Some of these theories could also explain why dogs
‘freak out’ before avalanches, but what about human-made catastrophes?
During World War II, families in Britain and Germany relied on their
pets’ behavior to warn them of impending air raids while the enemy
planes were still hundreds of miles away! Just how did these pets know
what was looming in their immediate futures?
We’ve all heard stories of lost dogs and cats who’ve travelled hundreds
of miles to return home. Even more common are accounts of pets who seem
to know when their people are coming home. Pet parents have told me that
they just have to ‘think’ about their sleeping dog or cat and their
companion animal will immediately awake and stare as if to ask, “Did you
want something?” What can possibly explain such occurrences? Do our pets
and other animals have abilities that allow them to tune into our own
brainwaves or even see into the future; i.e., are they‘psychic’? Or, are
they just more sensitive than humans to factors and changes (visual,
magnetic, aural, etc.) too subtle for humans to detect?
The fact is, there’s no clear answer … it’s definitely an ongoing
debate, usually with devoted pet parents and ‘psychically gifted’ on one
side, and skeptics and most scientists on the other. In the past,
scientists have not provided satisfactory answers about what non-human
animals know, much less how they manage ‘miraculous’ behaviors (e.g.,
how every bird in a flock is able to turn on a dime simultaneously and
change course in unison). With actions so incredible they are impossible
(and unproductive) to ignore, even by-the-book scientists have begun to
examine new perspectives in animal kingdom consciousness.
Veterinarian Allan Schoen, DVM, wrote in Kindred Spirits that humans and
other animals share an intimate connection. Schoen thinks that pets can
read our moods, understand our needs, and can even communicate with us
on a level that transcends body language. ESP researcher Dr. J.B. Rhine
thoroughly documented the travels of a cat named Sugar, who was left
behind in California when his family moved away to Oklahoma. Fourteen
months later, Sugar showed up at his family’s home in Oklahoma, having
undertaken an extraordinary 1,500 mile trip to a place he had never been
before. And biologist Rupert Sheldrake, author of Dogs That Know When
Their Owner is Coming Home, has published many papers concerning the
perceptive abilities of telepathy and premonition in non-human animals.
In fact, several researchers believe there is a conscious connection
between humans and their companion animals, referred to as ‘non-local
mind’, which is not limited by locality, making it possible for humans
and animals to affect each other even when miles apart. This is
certainly true about the emotional bond between ourselves and our
four-footers, so perhaps it is not so ‘far out’ to think they enjoy a
mental connection that seems to defy explanation. Personally, I think it
is possible that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the
incredible conscious abilities of animals.
What about you? Where do you fall in this debate? Have you ever
experienced a psychic connection with your companion animal?