Excerpted from Chapter Two of Communication with All Life by Joan Ranquet. Published by Hay House, November, 2007.
These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes that animals don’t have feelings.
If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected … . Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
— Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe, in a letter to President Franklin Pierce
Sometimes one of the biggest obstructions to understanding what our animals are experiencing and needing is being in an all-consuming state as a result of a painful experience. By being so far from One Mind, we get confused about how to care for our animals’ needs when they start acting differently.