Communing With Animals

Humans enact a herd instinct when we find ourselves alone.  We like to be with other people and are healthier and more content when this is so. As children, we learn that adults prefer cohabitation.  As we get older, especially when we are searching or preparing for work we may prefer being alone at times. Then, when our vocational urge is fulfilled, we are drawn toward partnerships again.

This urge to be with others is not limited to our species. When I was a child, I observed dogs trained to herd cows into a barn for milking.  Oddly for me, these dogs sometimes seemed to respond to an unspoken command from the human they were working with, although it was usually verbal.  I pondered this as a dilemma until, as an adult, I understood the transpersonal.

The transpersonal is an unspoken communication between two beings, human or animal.  I came to understand the transpersonal as a teen, when working with a horse who seemed aware of my feet and, to my surprise, would avoid stepping on me.

We can thank animals that can anticipate our intentions.  Dogs seem especially astute in this way, but other animals are sensitive in this manner.

Not everyone has experiences with animals to draw upon. An example I often use to help people understand the transpersonal is the experience of phoning a person, and they say: “I was just thinking of you!”

The transpersonal comforts us as we navigate a world that finds us increasingly isolated. Look around for opportunities to benefit from the gift that animals give us so freely. Enjoy the comfort of the next cat that jumps into your lap. Stop to talk to the next dog you pass walking along the street. Or, pat the head of a horse over the fence if you get a chance. Communing with animals can bring great joy to your day. The transpersonal is powerful.



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