Listening to What the Animals Are Telling Us about Climate Change

By Jacqueline Buckingham with an introduction by Stephanie Mines.

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Image by kikatani on Pixabay

This is a time for listening in new ways and from new quarters where we have not noticed voices coming toward us, reaching out from the edges of our consciousness to wake us up. The new story predicated by Thomas Berry prophesized an ecstatic, sensory attunement to the natural world arising out of the innate, intimate kinship we have with it. This is the background to animal communication. As nature gestures towards us at this threshold time we awaken to her unconditional love and support. This kindles capacities that have been called “telepathic.”

Jacqueline Buckingham was a resident of the Findhorn Foundation where she met Anna Breytenbach. This reignited Jacqueline’s implicit alignment with animals that had been known to her since her childhood. Often we push our childhood sensibilities into the background because they do not seem suited to adult life, but when they are welcomed front and centre they come alive in new ways for a new era. That is what has happened for Jacqueline who is now more of a global citizen as she follows her inner calling to be with animals and teach animal communication.

This article reflects the way in which Jacqueline helps others listen to what the animals are telling us as she will do in her workshop for Climate Change & Consciousness. It was another Findhorn resident who kept insisting to me that I needed someone to articulate the voice of the animals at this gathering or I would be terribly remiss. I heard her and knew she was right and so I began a quest for that speaker, searching all over the world only to find who was needed in the very place where the conference was to be held: the Findhorn Foundation.

In this article Jacqueline describes the way that listening deeply to what animals are saying encouraged her to step into her new role as a leader through teaching animal communication for a climate changing world.

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Messages from the Inhabitants of Our Oceans: Personal Experiences of Understanding Animal Communication

Jacqueline2Last year while visiting my home-away from-home in Australia, 150 pilot whales beached themselves off the coast of Perth, WA. There is something deeply unsettling about mass strandings, such as this.  Why do these highly intelligent cetaceans so beautifully adapted for life in the water, leave it en masse and risk death?  Also, rescued whales will often re-beach themselves. Why do they do that?

Mass stranding events such as these are becoming more frequent, and one factor is disorientation caused by the increased underwater din of human activity, as well as poisoning from algal blooms as a result of changes in the water temperature and composition.

In the Perth event the whales beached at night.  When they landed on solid ground, their chest walls that are no longer supported by the water started to compress their internal organs., By the time they were discovered most were dead.  When tuning into these particular whales the message was clear to animal communications. This was a wake-up call to humans to draw our attention to what we are doing to the planet and to the beings that share it with us

This year as I arrived in Australia on 1st January, the main news story was a mass fish kill in the Murray-Darling River. The scientists said that the cause was poor water management of Australia’s longest river, combined with ‘exceptional climate conditions’.  The main victim was the iconic Murray cod.  There was a public outcry.

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Credit: Facebook/Debbie Newitt

What was unusual about this particular news story is that the work of environmental protection agencies to protect the Murray-Darling have been falling on deaf ears for decades.  What was different this time?  The animals!  The images of all those dead fish really touched something in the human psyche.

Animals Vibrate in the Emotional Frequency

Animals touch our hearts as no human can.  They get us out of our heads and into raw, primitive, innocent feeling so that we can share their joy and their pain.

At the same time animals have a more down-to-earth attitude to the cycle of life and death than many humans do, and consequently they are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the greater good.  If that helps humans to wake up and highlights what we are doing in a way that another human cannot, then that is what they will do.

Last year the whole world grieved with J35 the Orca that carried her dead calf up and down the Pacific Northwest coast for at least 17 days.  While the behaviour was in part a display of mourning, several animal communicators checked in with her, and they all got the same message: that she was doing this to touch our hearts, to show us what we are doing.  The Orca pod that J35 belongs to has not had a live birth for three years, due to their staple diet, Chinook salmon, having reached endangered status.

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Image by vlues23 on Pixabay

We can only grieve if we love, and this Orca’s situation touched so many people so deeply that we shared in her grief.

When we start to pay attention and really notice, we can see examples of the impact of climate change on animals everywhere. Some signs are subtler than the actions of the whales, such as the recently changed behaviour of sea turtles on the north coast of NSW.  Marine biologists say that the sand on the beaches where they usually lay their eggs has become hotter, and sand above a certain temperature produces only male turtles.  The sea turtles have quietly moved to cooler beaches further south.

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Image by skeeze on Pixabay

The upcoming CCC19 conference gives me great hope, as it brings together people of many ages and cultures, and different areas of expertise, all with a desire to change the way things are currently going.  I am especially inspired by the second part of the title Climate Change and Consciousness.  If we can shift our consciousness we can more readily notice, hear and respond to what the animals are telling us.  If we can shift our consciousness we can work together with our animal companions to move humanity towards a life-sustaining, rather than life-destroying, culture. If we can shift our consciousness we can spend less energy on being outraged at what ‘others’ are doing, and focus more on the kind of world we want to create.  The animals will continue to be there, by our sides, working with us towards a better future.

The messages from the animals are all around, loud and clear for us all to hear – the main question is, how will we respond?

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