When we give a “stuffed” or “toy” bear, panda, kitty or lion to a child, what are we thinking?

What crosses our minds and moves us as we pick the soft being up, hold it, look into its face, and buy it…certain that the child will love it.

Certain it’s the perfect gift.

Somehow our emotional selves “sense” the child and the “animal” loving each other.

We see and feel the two of them keeping sweet company.
 We hear their tea-time chats.

We know Doggie or Tigger will hug and want to be to hugged, talked to played with, and taken on so many journeys.

But there is so much more to this touching, iconic image of childhood.

Quantum physics tells us we are all connected in some sort of giant web of consciousness. That we are all energy, vibrating with specific energy signatures and frequencies unique to each object and person.

And we can “read” or feel that energy from other beings.

It’s no surprise then that many people believe two-way communication with animals and plants and trees is not only possible, it happens. And it happens, whether we’re conscious of it or not, on a daily basis.

Many of us talk to our plans as we plant them, water them, hope they make it, cover them when they’re cold and check on them daily.

Most of us have had the experience of asking our dog’s advice or asking kitty what she thinks about this or that situation.

And we’ve all had the sensation that “our” dog or cat knows what we’re thinking …before we know what we’re thinking.

Yes, we do talk to our four-footed or winged or finned animal companions in ways we are certain they understand, and certain we understand them.

I think there is a worldwide, cosmic shift in awareness. We are opening more and more to the sacredness and unity of all life, (animals, plants and trees, rivers, humans, oceans, etc.), and respecting them, knowing them as sentient beings. Take a look at The Emotional Life of Trees by Peter Wollenben and Tim Flannery.

Or The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jane Goodalls’s partner, Dr. Marc Bekoff

Think about why your child hates having his/her blanket or toy animal washed.

Again, borrowing from science, your child’s toy animal or blanket (because of its atomic structure) has been absorbing the energy (love, attention, care) that your child gives it!

The toy animal or blanket has become “imprinted” with the unique energy of your child and becomes that child’s blanket.

Your child knows that when it’s washed, all that goes away. A part of him and his relationship to to the blanket or bear is gone, washed away. And he feels that deeply!

No matter how similar another toy animal or blanket may look, the child knows (senses) beyond doubt that that particular blanket is his. Call it smell, feel…the truth is, the child knows/senses (better than you could) that that is his. She and “it” belong together

Why do we always take the same seat at the table, at work in the classroom? It’s “ours’! We have imprinted the chair with our energy, and not only do we know that, everyone in the room knows whose chair that is

As parents, we know this, without science. Our kids have real chats with their animals. They teach the alphabet to a bright-eyed, eager bear or floppy-eared puppy.

Would you ever toss your child’s toy animal in the trash can? Of course not. It would be a betrayal. Right?

When kids (and adults) need someone to hug at night or confess to or cry to, they know whom to turn to. They may not know the words to explain (they don’t need to), but they are “attuned” to the deep energy, the emotional connection. All of it is real.

To our children and to us (and especially the elderly and troubled) there’s comfort and love at work.
 In embracing each other and our “toy animals,” we exchange loving and compassionate “selves,” a life force, a Spirit, that guides and helps us understand the world, and securely make our ways in it.

Isn’t that right, Blue Bear?

Play Time: Animal Game

If you have a “toy” animal, sit with him or her.
 Look into each other’s eyes. 
Don’t get distracted.
 Hold the gaze between the two of you for a good 5 or ten minutes.

Don’t think about what’s going on. Feel whatever it is you feel. Imagine you are your child for this brief time and this toy animal is yours; your best friend.

Tell the animal how lovely he or she is. Let her know how glad you are he is sharing your home, and thank her for playing with your child (name the name.)

Slowly disconnect and thank the Tiggy for its time.

Record what you felt, what passed between you. We’re very interested to have you share privately with us!