Since you asked I shall try to not go on for pages but this covers a great deal of ground. To your original question: Yes, we can and do "speak" with
animals. Not simply speaking "at" them but enter into actual dialogue on various levels. Interesting that there are German words for which there are
no English equivalents; Umwelt and Gestalt. People should look them up if unfamiliar as they are germane to this discussion.
Let's start with the example of a San (khoiKhoi) bushmen hunter of South Africa. His life is much more than simply a human hunter who tracks the
gazelle, stalks it, spears it and takes it back to his clan. His worldview, practices and tribal mythologies place him and the gazelle in mystical
participation together. They share each other's Umwelt as it were and their lives are spiritually linked - the hunter and the hunted in which the
gazelle gives itself sacrificially to benefit the Bushmen hunter and his clan. Having performed the proper rituals both before and after the hunt
ensure that another gazelle will spring from the Earth to keep the cycle going.
The Bushmen are world-renowned trackers who know their environment intimately, every mark in the dirt, every nibble from a leaf tells a story of the
animals around him. I have studied animal tracking pretty intensively myself and I wrote this to describe their meaning:
Tracks are much more than footprints in the Earth, tracks show the very dance of life written upon the matter we were all created from. They are
statements of who, where, when and even why. Tracks are delicate and soon vanish only to be appear over again and again on tabula terra - the dividing
line between earth and sky where the story of life is written anew each day.
Starting as a young boy the Bushman learns to track and learns to identity not just the species but the sex, age, physical condition, rate of travel
and much more. He knows when the animal passed, what it ate and general health by studying it's scats. Tracking is dependent upon the mental state of
the tracker, normal every day thoughts are dispelled and a Zen state of openness is created. Like a still pond it can then feel and intuit the waves
transmitted by the tracker's senses. A good tracker is much like an animal using sight, sound , smell, touch and intuition to a very high degree. As
one tracks the animal it is common to begin the see the animal in the tracks and understand it's emotional state - to mentally enter in to the body of
the animal one is tracking. In essence reading tracks is like reading a book written by the animal itself. This mindset can eventually lead to direct
transmission of thought upon encountering the animal itself. Here is the meeting of the Umwelt between the 2 which become 1 for a time.
In shamanism there is a practice which was described by a medicine man named Frank Fools Crow which he called "becoming". To paraphrase his words he
said: "Sometimes I sit quietly and I will speak to a rock, I imagine what it's like to be a rock, to live for millions of years and to see the world
changing around it. If I am patient the rock will speak back to me and tell me things". In this way of being all of nature is part of his Gestalt, he
does not see himself as separate from nature but participates as one with the greater whole. This is an avenue by which we humans can communicate not
just with animals but with all parts of nature.
Nature does speak back. Not always, but there are times if one is participating in a deeply felt connection that you receive messages from nature - it
isn't heard by your ears but through your heart and it's meaning is often very clear. These are rare moments I will admit and it is not always
possible to make it happen. Force of will is actually counterproductive, the more ego you can release the easier it is to get messages from nature.
I could go on about primitive societies their various myths and dances in which they dress as animals, or the scientific studies showing ESP between
pets and owners etc. In the end the answer is a resounding yes, we can and do communicate with animals though it's up to us humans to hear and
understand their language. There is a direct corollary between the quality of attention we give and the level of understanding we can receive from the
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