Some of you may answer the question, "Of course not." Well, how about giving a little more thought to the question?
Does your behavior change shortly before an earthquake or a tsunami? Studies have shown that often the behavior of animals change (e.g., they become agitated) hours or minutes before an earthquake. Remember the stories of the animals, especially the elephants, who moved quickly to high ground shortly before the horrendous Asian tsunami hit? Some even called out a warning.
Have you known and given a warning when someone close to you is about to have an epileptic seizure?
Have you recognized by scent a cancerous tumor on someone?
Have you ever protected and saved someone in the ocean from a shark attack?
Have you ever saved a life by hitting someone in the chest and knocking them down and jumping on their chest as they were chocking on a piece of apple?
Have you ever found yourself in unknown territory a thousand miles from your home and set out to walk your way home, and succeeded?
Have you sat at your front door in anticipation of the arrival in 10 to 30 minutes of a family member, although there was no reason to expect the arrival?
You may not have had these experiences but many animals have. We could call these types of events animal smarts, but the more appropriate term would be innate intuition. Intuition is natural, not supernatural, is normal, not paranormal, and is an emotional connection or even a close bond to nature, to animals, and to humans.
Scientific Animal Research
British biologist and author, Rupert Sheldrake has done scientific animal studies and has concluded there seemingly is an emotional bond and connection between pet owners and their pets. The highlight of his study is the anticipatory behavior that indicates dogs know when their owners are about to return home, often by 10 to 30 minutes. This telepathy occurs because of the close bond, an emotional connection, even an emotional need, that binds the sender and receiver. And I would conclude that the role of sender or receiver fluctuates back and forth between owner and animal: a telepathic receiver one time, a telepathic sender the next.
As reported in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (July 1998), a telephone survey of 200 household in Northern California conducted by Sheldrake found 132 of the households surveyed had pets. 45% of dog owners claimed their animal knew in advance when a member of the household was on the way home, compared with 37% of cat owners, and around 20% of these pets were said to react more than 10 minutes in advance. The survey indicated 46% of dog owners and 41% of cat owners stated their pets respond to their thoughts or silent commands. Also interesting were findings that more pet owners claimed to have had psychic experiences themselves than non-pet owners. A significantly higher proportion of the psychic pet owners claimed their pets exhibited psychic powers than the non-psychic owners did. The California findings were in close agreement with a previous survey done by Sheldrake in England. Sheldrake writes about his pet studies in his book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals.
The Gift of Intuition
Our own innate intuition is a valuable asset and can be a guiding force in our daily lives. By enhancing our intuition it appears it may enhance the emotional connection and deep bond we have with our pets. Enhanced intuition increases our ability for telepathic communication. It is a meeting of the minds a sharing of wisdom and often by being tuned into your pet, not only will you emotionally feel the unconditional love your pet has for you but you will be more tuned into his needs and desires. It's even possible a telepathic message from your pet could keep you safe from danger.
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