Talking With the Animals

Original air date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Episode Description:

We can all talk to the animals, but having a conversation seems to be something only Doctor Dolittle and rare others can do. What if it’s not so rare? Or what if we’re just not listening closely enough? We’ll talk about the possibilities and look at our favorite animal friends from pop culture, with our special guest, the founder of the Unity Rising ministry, which takes participants on Travel Adventures in Divine Nature. You may know her better as the lovely and brilliant host of Soulstream here on Unity Online Radio, Rev. Kristin Powell! Together, we’ll learn some life lessons and talk about why and how we might want to make animal communication a reality for us all!

Malayna’s Notes: But you’ll have to listen to hear how the conversation with Rev. Kristin Powell went!

Awakened World Film FestivalAnimal Communicator  –

– Anna Breytenbach,

The workshops in Switzerland, South Africa and Scotland were filled within a few hours of our newsletter going out, and already have long waiting lists. We are delighted that there is such huge desire for telepathic animal communication emerging in the world!

Jon Young –

Rutgers University in natural history, anthropology, and education, designing his own major in the field of Environmental Awareness. Co-founded a school wilderness and now teaches from Santa Cruz at

For the last 26 years, Jon has been mentoring folks in the nearly lost art of understanding bird and animal language. Just as science is beginning to see the credibility in this ancient skill, Jon has been leading communities world-wide to get these skills back through lectures, workshops, media—but mostly through training and mentoring. Jon’s leading-edge work on bird language has been posted in magazine articles and in books including: What the Robin Knows, Animal Tracking Basics, Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature, BirdTalk and Exploring Natural Mysteries, and is the subject of popular audio CD series including Seeing Through Native Eyes and Advanced Bird Language – Michael Cohen

From ICE – International Community for Ecopsychology – Ecopsychology is situated at the intersection of a number of fields of inquiry, including psychology, ecology, spirituality, and environmental philosophy, but is not limited by any disciplinary boundaries. Put most simply, Ecopsychology explores the synergistic relation between personal health and well-being and the health and well-being of our home, the Earth.

We can all talk to the animals – I often spoke aloud to my dog, Shaina, only to find sometimes she wasn’t in the room!

Not listening closely enough – communication implies a two-way street. Has our communication style become intrusive and disconnected in general?

Animal friends from pop culture – Brian on Family Guy, Snoopy, Scooby-Doo,

Riki Tiki Tavi (Mongoose) a short story in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894) about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose who saved his family from a cobra.

10 Awesome Pop Culture Animal Sidekicks, Flavorwire: Scooby-Doo, Dog-Dragon Falkor, Chewbacca, Toto, Hedwig, Puss in Boots, Clyde the Orangutan, Hi-yo Silver!

Doctor Dolittle

Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting starting with the 1920 The Story of Doctor Dolittle. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world. The stories are set in early Victorian England.

  • A 1967 film musical starring Rex Harrison. See Doctor Dolittle (film).
  • A 1998 film, Dr. Dolittle, its 2001, 2006, 2008, and 2009 sequels, based on the stories of Doctor Dolittle. The first two movies starred Eddie Murphy, but all five also star Kyla Pratt as Dolittle’s daughter Maya, who shares her father’s gift. – I suspect I met him during this production!

From Brain

Animal Madness: How Deciphering Mental Illness in Our Fellow Beings Helps Us Become Better Versions of Ourselves by Maria Popova about the book by Laurel Braitman

“To selflessly love another creature is to be open to loving other humans, who are animals as much as pandas, cows, or Shih Tzus.”

“Darwin described grief-stricken elephants…and Young Orangs, when tickled,” reported Darwin, “. . . grin and make a chuckling sound” and “their eyes grow brighter.”

Video: Rats laugh when you tickle them

Why Look at Animals: John Berger on What Our Relationship with Our Fellow Beings Reveals About Us in his book “About Looking

Berger examines the evolution of our relationship with animals and how they went from muses for the very first human art, as cave men and women adorned their stone walls with drawings of animals painted with animal blood, to spiritual deities to captive entertainment.

As any devoted pet-parent (to use a term rather telling in itself) can attest, a big part of what makes those bonds so intimate is the unconditional affection pets provide, a lack of conditions largely premised on their inability to speak, to talk back, in our human language, coupled with their capacity to speak directly to the soul.

Children in the industrialized world are surrounded by animal imagery: toys, cartoons, pictures, decorations of every sort. No other source of imagery can begin to compete with that of animals. The apparently spontaneous interest that children have in animals might lead one to suppose that this has always been the case.

The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861: “All parts of nature belong to one head, as the curls of a maiden’s hair. How beautifully flow the seasons as one year, and all streams as one ocean!”

Jane Goodall – Dame Jane Morris Goodall, 3 April 1934) is an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace.[3] Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.[4] She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996.

Symphony of Science – ‘The Unbroken Thread’ (ft. Attenborough, Goodall, Sagan)

The Secret Life of Bees is a book by author Sue Monk Kidd – luring insects out with a trail of crumbs

Isabel Allende – native man, luring insects out (House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia)

BBC Future : Will we ever… talk to the animals?

Many apes, including Washoe and Nim the chimps, and Kanzi the bonobo, have learned to communicate by using sign language or symbols on a keyboard. Alex, an African grey parrot learned over 100 English words, which he could use and combine appropriately; his poignant last words to Irene Pepperberg, his scientist handler, were “You be good. I love you. See you tomorrow.”


Sri Lankan folk beliefs about animal behavior

Animal Medicine Cards – The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams & David Carson

Family pets:

  • Pop’s a descendant of Noah (IFGA, Pan Pacific Guppy Assn, San Fernando Valley Guppy Club)
  • Dogs, birds that have laid eggs and hatched in our home (in SL too)
  • Tree squirrels, ground squirrel, baby birds, injured ones
  • Baby Bat
  • Adam’s Pet iguana
  • Ducks, chicken, silky hen, fantail and homing pigeons
  • In SL – lazy pets – bul buls, geckos, (Red Vented Bulbul / Konda Kurulla)

Songs with Animals in them:

Julie Cheetham sent in 20 songs with animals in the title…

  • Monkey, George Micheal
  • Crocodile Rock, Elton John
  • Crocodile Shoes, Jimmy Nail
  • Little Red Rooster, Rolling Stones
  • Who let the dogs out, Baha Men
  • Crazy Horses, Osmonds
  • Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
  • Tiger Feet, Mud
  • Union of the snake, duran duran
  • The Lion sleeps tonight, Tight Fit
  • When Doves Cry, Prince
  • Kiss that Frog , Peter Gabriel
  • Bird Dog, Everley Brothers
  • Horse with no name, America
  • Buffalo Soldier, Bob Marley
  • Whats new Pussycat, Tom Jones
  • Ant music, Adam and the ants
  • Dog eat Dog, ACDC
  • Rockin Robin, Jackson Five
  • Hungry like the wolf, Duran Duran

Nigel Clements added

  • Nellie The Elephant – Toy Dolls
    Boris The Spider – The Who
    Caterpillar – The Cure
    Love Cats – The Cure
    Batdance – Prince

K-Earth 101- top 10 songs about animals

  1. “Crocodile Rock” – Elton John
  2. “The Lion’s Sleeps Tonight” – The Tokens
  3. “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window” – Patty Paige
  4. “Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley
  5. “Muskrat Love” – Captain and Tennille
  6. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  7. “Puff the Magic Dragon” – Peter Paul and Mary
  8. “I Am The Walrus” – The Beatles
  9. “Mickey’s Monkey” – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  10. “Rockin’ Robin” – Bobby Day/Jackson 5


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