Resources for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

empath-survival-guideAs a teacher of interspecies communication, I find that many empathic and highly sensitive people are drawn to my classes and training programs, and we often talk about these characteristics and the particular ways they impact our lives in our class meetings and online conversations.

I’ve written about the blessings and challenges of being both an empath and a highly sensitive person, and some of the tools that I’ve found helpful in learning to live in a world that I am often overwhelmed and baffled by. (See Tools for Empaths Part 1  and Tools for Empaths Part 2).

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Teachings from the Atlantic Humpback Whales

atlantic-humpback-whalesIn late January, I had the great privilege and joy of returning to the Silver Bank, a protected sanctuary for wild marine mammals 90 miles offshore of the Dominican Republic. Each winter, thousands of Atlantic humpback whales make the migration to these waters to mate, calve, and raise their young. It is one of the only places in the world where it’s possible to swim with these wise, gentle, beautiful beings.

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The Spirit in All Things

For many people, opening to interspecies telepathic communication begins with a desire to better understand the non-human animals who share our lives, our homes, and our world.

We learn about and begin to practice telepathic animal communication, and a surprising thing happens: we begin to open up to telepathic and intuitive communication and communion with all life…plants, trees, rocks, non-physical beings such as nature spirits, devas, angels, spirit guides, beings who reside in other dimensions and worlds…the possibilities are limitless.

But what about things that we typically think of as “objects” or “things”? It may surprise you to learn that these, too, have consciousness, spirit, a life force or intelligence that can be felt, sensed, and communicated with. We know through quantum physics that there is intelligence, consciousness, and awareness in and through everything…that the entire manifest world is made of the fire of creativity and life.

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Fear of Spiders

I received a wonderful email this week from a woman who was a student in my Deepening Animal Communication Retreat in Arizona in 2014.

In the retreat (as well as in the Deepening Animal Communication Online class), we work with an animal or other being who we are unfamiliar with, afraid of, repulsed by, or dislike. This exercise, along with the practice of becoming one with or merging with an animal, allows us to see, feel, experience the world through another being’s perspective, and often opens people to new worlds of wisdom and understanding.

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An Orca Mother Grieves: Tahlequah and her Calf

Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

I was deep in the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence River of northern Quebec, on retreat with some of my beloved cetacean friends, when the news came: an orca whale mother, Tahlequah, also known as J35, a member of the critically endangered southern resident orca population of the Pacific Northwest, had given birth to a female calf…who lived for only 30 minutes. The calf was emaciated, and didn’t have enough blubber to stay afloat.

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Meet Lily and Lulu

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love, love, love my chickens. 🙂 For the past 9 years, I have been blessed to have chicken friends in my family, and they are often teachers in my animal communication classes.

I love the journey of discovery that people who haven’t known chickens make when they begin to recognize chickens’ intelligence, wisdom, awareness, sensitivity, individuality, and amazing capacity for joy, love, and fun.
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Ask Nancy: How Do We Work with Instinctive Behaviors in Animals?

In the Ask Nancy posts, I answer frequently asked questions about interspecies communication and animal Reiki + energy healing.

Today’s question comes from Sofia, one of my animal communication students, in response to a post about animal communication and working with behavioral conflicts, challenges, and issues:

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Whale Wisdom

In a few days, I’ll be traveling to Baja California Sur, Mexico, with Anne and a group of 10 women for our Journey to Baja: Pilgrimage of the Heart. As this is the last time we’ll be facilitating this trip, at least in this format, it’s a bittersweet time as I prepare both physically and spiritually for our journey.

In our previous Baja pilgrimages, we’ve received so many deep and profound blessings from the land, the water, and all of the beautiful inhabitants, human and non-human, who partner with us. You can read more about some of our experiences here:

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Is it Authentic Telepathic Communication or My Own Thoughts?

One of the most common questions that I receive about interspecies telepathic communication is:

 

How can I tell the difference between my own thoughts and direct communication from an animal?

One of the biggest challenges that we as humans face in reclaiming our natural ability to communicate telepathically is differentiating authentic telepathic communication (especially when it comes from non-human beings) from the thoughts, ideas, and projections of our human intellectual, thinking minds.

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Solstice Blessings

December 20-21 marks the time of the Solstice–the shortest or longest day of the year, depending on which hemisphere you’re in. Here in the high desert of New Mexico, our short, sunny days are punctuated by long, cold nights. Snow caps the mountains at the higher elevations, and the dogs and I are enjoying winter hikes in the stately ponderosa pine forests.

I find this time of year in the northern hemisphere to be one of deep contemplation, stillness, and quiet. In my reflections this year, I’m filled with immense gratitude for all of the gifts of my life, for the precious beauty of our Earth and all she holds, and also a sense of deep grief about the tremendous suffering and pain in our world. Suffering is a part of life, as many spiritual traditions remind us, and if we can hold our own suffering, we can also hold and be present to the suffering of others.

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