Poster: Learn how to communicate with animals (original link)
Mind-to-mind (telepathic) communication with animals is a skill that you can learn. It will increase the bond and understanding between you and your pets and other animals, help you deal with behaviour problems and address important issues. Do you want to know what animals want or need? Why not ask them directly? Find the joy and communion that comes from reconnecting the link with other species in this workshopIf you take a look at the bottom of this poster, you can see it's being endorsed by several university organizations:
University of Saskatchewan Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability and a nice grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The workshop is all part of 2014-2014 Sabbatical research by Dr M.J. Barrett who teaches at the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the university.
The Animal Communication presentation and workshop is the start of my research program examining how communication with animals may help contribute to a deeper appreciation and affinity for the environment, and greater environmental sustainability. It is part of my larger research program examining how Indigenous and other ways of knowing can be recognized, valued and establish their place as legitimate forms of knowledge in academic and modern Western contexts. Indigenous Peoples often have a way of knowing and communicating with nature, animals and the environment as a whole that is very different from main-stream and Western society.I know some of you might claim that you communicate with animals. I've had pets and I know what you mean, you can sort of guess what they're thinking sometimes by the expression on their faces or their physical comportment. However, that's not what's meant here. Barrett really means animal telepathy and she's pulling in a real animal communicator, Mary Getten, all the way from Bradenton, Florida to put on this workshop.
Check out a little information from the What Is Animal Communication section of her website to get an idea of what we're talking about here.
Telepathy is the universal language and the way that all animals speak to each other. We've all seen two animals communicate on a non-verbal level, resulting in play or a disagreement. They were speaking to each other telepathically.Woo factor nine, Mr. Sulu! Oh, and she's charging for this too. As I said, $200 a pop but you can pay less if you score a bursary -- which I suppose Saskatchewan taxpayers are paying? Isn't this wild?
Telepathic communication is an ability we are all born with. Unfortunately we are socialized out of this skill as we develop speech. You can regain your skills by taking a workshop with an animal communicator and practicing - all it takes is some guidance and commitment.
Time and space are not barriers in animal communication. It's just as easy for me to speak to a dog in New York as one in my living room. You can even contact animals that have passed on.
Animal telepathy is mind-to-mind communication. It is feeling across a distance. We are all made of energy and connected by a vast web of energetic pathways. When I talk to a person on the phone, we link up energetically. That person also has a link to their animal, so I get to the animal through the person. To speak to an animal telepathically, you just tune in to the right energy channel.
Let's get back to Dr Barett. I went to her university homepage to see what sort of research she does. Here's a summary on her page that strikes me as vaguely Chopra-esque.
My research is highly interdisciplinary and weaves together expertise in environmental education, animism and multiple ways of knowing. I focus on ‘epistemological stretching’ – the expansion of the ways of knowing that someone respects, understands, and/or engages with. As we expand our ways of knowing, we are able to at the very least appreciate, if not directly access, insight and wisdom that emerges from a shifted consciousness that includes intuitive, affective, spiritual and embodied ways of knowing.Other than perhaps fostering better understanding and recognition of Indigenous cultures -- a noble cause -- I cannot understand what the above paragraphs mean. The video on her page -- which I believe features students in her graduate program -- looks like a relaxation video I once watched while chilling out at the spa. I suppose I need to attend one of these classes, as I have no idea what any of this means. It looks like a lot of the stuff I was into when I considered myself a Wiccan.
While on sabbatical, I am collaborating with Indigenous Elders and professional animal communicators to explore ways to deepen the human-nature connection through mind-to-mind (telepathic) human-animal communication.
The goal: transformative sustainability learning that traverses worldviews and generates innovative solutions to complex problems.
My research and teaching is embedded in epistemologically and ontologically pluralistic perspectives, creating a shared ethical space where worldviews and ways of knowing of Aboriginal Peoples are recognized and valued. Without a deeper understanding of the many different forms of knowledge, and the many legitimate ways there are to know, effective engagement with IK will remain elusive.
My background includes environmental education, qualitative and decolonizing research methodologies, transformative learning, and energy healing. I am currently learning to teach mind-to-mind animal communication.
Perhaps it would be more efficient for a school dedicated to sustaining the environment to focus on actual science-based research and not multiple ways of knowing?
This was brought to my attention by reader Jack Austin, who shares my opinion that there is nothing wrong with doing proper scientific research into whether telepathy exists, but it's a sham to offer to teach this to people for a fee with university endorsement. In his email Jack summed it up like this.
It's okay to do research on claims of telepathy to verify whether or not they are true, but it's not okay to tell the public that they can learn to communicate via telepathy with animals in a $200 workshop offered by the University of Saskatchewan when there is no scientific proof of this and when the instructor even claims to be able to talk to dead animals.I would endorse studying this scientifically -- although how would we ever be able to confirm successful communication with or between non-human animals? It is also be acceptable to study First Nations ideas about telepathy, animism and animal communication in an Anthropology or Native Studies class at a university. I just don't see what this has to do with environmental sustainability!
The two day workshop is scheduled to happen August 22nd and 23rd and seems to be pretty much an all-day affair. It's likely too late to demand this be cancelled, but perhaps spreading the word will help raise questions about the university's attitudes about telepathy!
I have no idea what they will do at this class but I am curious. It would be a hoot if we had a couple of moles attend.
via email from Jack Austin