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I once met a group of five fish living in a tank in a SeaLife Center in Alaska. These were extraordinary fish. Although not overly colorful or unusual looking – no neon flashes or delicate lionfish tendrils on these guys – they were extraordinary to me because of the amazing conversation they initiated as I walked past their tank. I later wondered if they had been broadcasting the same thoughts for a long time, waiting for someone who might hear them. At the time, however, I was simply stopped in my tracks.
The idea that humans and animals could connect telepathically to share feelings and thoughts was of great interest to me. While reporting on the subject for a series of magazine articles, I had spoken to numerous animal communicators and had been learned a few basic skills in animal communication.
The ways in which the heart-to-heart, mind-to-mind connection with an animal works may at first seem a bit mysterious. But this silent form of communication (what some refer to as our “first language”) is perhaps the most natural form of relating to others that we possess. As we relax the ordinary, logical mind, we naturally open to more intuitive, feeling-based states, including telepathy. In this relaxed, connected state of consciousness, we can receive information from animals in many different ways, such as through visual images, inner feelings and intuitive flashes. It is then up to the communicator to “translate” these inner impressions into words that other humans can understand.
As I turned to listen to the five, round, gray-white fish no bigger than a dinner plate, they swam forward to face me. They had a serious yet wizened tone, and spoke in a group voice. They reminded me of some elderly scholar who, though possessed of much wisdom and experience, no one seemed to notice. So, too, did these fish seem to be both very knowledgeable and wise.
The group of fish told me they had "signed on for this project", this gig at the SeaLife Center. They believed it would be a mutual exchange of human and animal education. The fish said their group in the ocean had known that humans would be taking some of them for this center, and that these five had agreed to be the representatives. Though they didn’t say the decision to come to the center was a mistake, they did indicate that what they thought it would be like and what it actually was like were two very different things.
The fish told me they were disappointed in the humans who had visited the center so far. “We thought humans would come to learn about us,” they explained. “But most of you have no attention span to speak of. You take a glance and go on. Very few of you stop to actually ‘see’ us. We have much information we could give to you, but many of you do not have the patience to listen.”
I felt bad because I didn’t have the time to listen. I had come to the SeaLife Center with a number of children, all of whom were quickly racing off to other tanks and displays. I thanked the fish for speaking to me and asked them if I could contact them again. They agreed.
For my second talk with the fish, this time from home, I asked if they would comment further on why they agreed to come to the SeaLife Center. The fish began,
“We came to help humans learn more about the consciousness of our kind. We saw this as a mind-to-mind meeting place, where we could come face to face in order to exchange ideas. We had hoped that this would be a temporary situation, and that we would be allowed to return when we wished. This, we see, is not the case. Too many human minds are closed to such an idea. Ideally, however, this situation could work as an exchange, in much the same way that you have exchange students visit from one institution of learning to another.
“Our group is involved in what you might call research in that we record daily happenings in the waters. We do not hold the vast memories of life on earth (though we have access to that), but are more like scribes of a particular region in the sea. We also sometimes question others about what they do and mentally record this knowledge. We are scribes in the sense that we ‘describe’ life in our waters and hold the information for others. Think of us as a living library. It is in the quest for knowledge that we agreed to come here; however, we thought we would be called on for knowledge as well.”
“What would you like to tell humans?” I asked.
“First of all, we would wish for you a slowing down of sorts. It would be good to center yourself inside yourself (inside your consciousness) so that you could see all that is around you. Fish are very good at this, as we are accustomed to the movements of water and have an ability to ‘feel’ around ourselves entirely.
“For humans, there seems to be too much hurry-hurry. From what we have observed, your consciousness as a group is scattered, going in many directions at once. You seem to hold consciousness on a shallow level. We have also noticed that you hold various judgments against animals and thus fail to see the gifts each one has to bring. In this center, for example, everyone wants to see the sea lions. That is much of what we hear – sea lions, sea lions. It is true that the sea lions are amusing for humans, though the sea lions say the humans also amuse them.
“However, we – as well as every other animal – have gifts of another sort to offer. We could offer you a vision of life in our neighborhood of the ocean, for example, that is quite beautiful and you could learn much from this and from talking with us. We could learn from you too. There are a number of things about humans that both intrigue and confuse us.
“We are hoping to have more exchange at this center. On a more global level, this is called for as well. That is why we came, though that is not always the reason other animals came here, or to places like this. We would like for humans to talk to us, to exchange thoughts, to question us as well as themselves. Think of our interchange as an opportunity to learn about different cultures and species. We are here as teachers, spokesbeings, ambassadors of knowledge as well as goodwill. There are many things both of our species could gain if we could only open to more like you, and if human consciousness included a bit more respect when meeting other species.
“We would like to see more openness from humans, more exchange in consciousness and ideas. We would also like to be returned to the water at some point. It would be best if humans would first ask animals if they were willing to come into captivity. There could also be agreements whereby species would visit for a short time and then be returned to their homes. Our feeling is that this would be much more harmonious and many animals would be more open to this than the ‘long stay.’ This would benefit everybody.
“Another way of connecting and exchanging information is by the means we are communicating right now. All of us have the ability to tune into one another. If you chose, you could come ‘into our eyes’ and see what a typical day is like in our waters. By agreement, we could come along on a day with you. It is a learning experience for those who are open and interested.”
I thanked the fish for their excellent comments and ideas, as they thanked me for taking down their words and agreeing to share them with other humans. I was touched by how genuinely interested in meeting with humans in an ongoing interchange these fish seemed to be. I felt they didn’t understand why we humans would not be more interested in this. And I felt sad that, as a whole, we weren’t.
The idea of creating an exchange center where animals and humans could meet to share ideas and experiences seems to me an intriguing idea. So too, the notion that certain animals might agree to come to be with humans in these exchange or learning centers for a short period of time, and then be returned to their homes when they chose. Could we ever create such a world?
Telepathy, of course, transcends the boundaries of time and space. As we open to this deep and wondrous form of communication, we can open to any animal or being who wishes to converse with us. We ourselves are the exchange centers through which thoughts, feelings, words, images and all forms of communication may flow. As the wise fish remind us, all we need is interest, a slowing down and centering within, and a quiet space with which to hear, not only with our inner ears and eyes, but with our hearts as well.
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Partially excerpted from Animal Voices.
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