A Talk with Amelia Kinkade, Author of Whispers from the Wild
Courtesy of New World Library
Were you born psychic? How did you get started working as an Animal Communicator?
I was not born psychic any more than any normal person. I learned it in a workshop over 25 years ago, taught by the brilliant Beatrice Lydecker. The ability seemed to be waiting to pour from me like a waterfall, but I had been in a transcendental meditation class for over a year before this workshop so I found it very easy to quiet my mind, silence my emotions, and learn how to “listen.” The seminar was the seed of what I now teach all over the world, so my thousands of students in 29 countries can attest to the fact that Animal Communication is a learned skill, based on talent, yes, but also discipline, dedication, concentration, and the ability to surrender to pure love.
Do animals really think and feel just like us?
No, I know it. And until we humans all learn to communicate with animals, we can’t even begin to understand what they’re feeling. Every living being is sentient, can think and feel, and has emotion and physical sensation. It is our quest to mature enough as a species that we can look at ourselves as shepherds for these creatures and find our place in the balance of Nature. Until we become sensitive enough to have conversations with the other animals on this planet, we have no business judging their intelligence as some false hierarchies which are misconceptions from the past. The time has come to rethink the dormant abilities of our brains and psyches and evolve into six-sensory beings who can shelter other animals because we can converse with them, therefore understand them and identify with them, therefore love them. It will be this love for Nature that saves our world. It is our only hope.
What about wild animals. Why are you not afraid of deadly predators like Black Mamba and Great White Sharks?
We humans have been entrained to view other “dangerous” animals as “ugly” and therefore not worthy of our love and protection. These prejudices keep us from viewing other animals as complex, emotional, multidimensional beings, who all embody the beauty of Nature’s World. These stereotypes as “beautiful” and “not beautiful” keep humans held behind a veil comprised of other people’s opinions, fears, and prejudices. This smokescreen keeps us from being able to communicate with animals because we do not view them as loveable. I encourage people to see the magnificent spirits within all animals as well as the individual personalities they all possess. By seeing the awesome beauty of animals we usually fear, a breakthrough can be achieved in our communication processes, but this can only happen when we allow the spark of God within us to reach the God within the animal and therefore make communication possible. The bridge is built through love, admiration, but also compassion. I viewed the Queen of the Great White Sharks and the Black Mamba as vulnerable and worthy of my protection, and yes, extraordinarily beautiful. I didn’t limit my perception of her to simple notions of how she feeds herself or protects her family and loved one in times of danger. I saw the Black Mamba as powerful, yes, but also a complicated being—a persecuted female, vulnerable, and in danger, because both the shark and the mamba have a far more dangerous adversary to deal with…man. If humans took responsibility for their own dangerousness, perhaps we could learn to shelter the other animals on this planet and learn to put our childish fears aside in favour of world not governed by fear.
Is one kind of animal easier to communicate with than others?
All animals have consciousness and it is this consciousness I make contact with—the God within me has a conversation with the God within them, by being willing to feel their emotions, including pain, despair, and frustration, and see their point of view. Of course, insects don’t have exactly the same type of communications with me that tigers have, but the level of connection with insects can also be really astonishing and they continue to surprise me every day, as I’ve outlined in my bee chapter. I don’t look at the outer edges of things and judge an animals’ intelligence by what I read in a book or by someone else’s opinions. I have direct authentic interactions with animals and form my own opinions dependent solely on my experience, not on someone else’s experience. For this reason, animals shock and thrill me every day when I don’t address them with the prejudices they are accustomed to. Even ideas about “sick,” “old,” “crippled,” or “dying” don’t apply when I’m working with an animal. I greet them with all my love, shower them in all my love, and they respond in kind. All beings have consciousness, emotion, and a point of view, no matter what form they are in.
What can humans do to save endangered species?
Bees are the easiest, and the single most important being on land. If every person would plant a wildflower garden in their yards versus a green manicured (covered in pesticides) yard of green grass, we could completely replenish our bee supply and put our food production out of danger. The other animals need local support—I’d encourage you to support your local tiger sanctuaries, for instance. Other animals like lions and elephants need people protesting the purchase of ivory and the disgusting act of “canned hunting,” when hand-reared tamed lions are “trophy hunted” even in their own cages in front of their families and mates, so that they can be decapitated and have their head shipped back to Texas or the Middle East to hang on someone’s wall. If airlines refused to carry these hunting “trophies” (decapitated lions and other animals) the “hunters” couldn’t get the body parts home. This is beginning. Emirates Airlines has now refused to carry lion heads back from Africa, and as we continue to pressure the other airlines, the problem may improve. It is my quest to educate the children of the next generation so that they don’t have such antiquated and cruel views on wild animals and what it would mean to slaughter them. My charity, Ark Angel, goes into rural communities in Africa where we dance as elephants, draw elephants, and make up theater about elephants and poaching so that these children don’t grow up to be poachers. I went into Zambia for the elephants last year, the schools in the Kruger National Park for the lions, and into Rwanda for the gorilla where a minister brought me 180 orphans. Watching them dance as gorilla, draw gorilla, and yell, “Gorilla love their families, too,” was pretty cute, but I hope it changed the destiny of these kids, too. Ark Angel needs all your support as I expand to include more wildlife education programs for children around the world. I truly believe that educating children is our only hope for the future of the animals and this planet. You can HELP!
Amelia Kinkade is the author of several books on animal communication, including Whispers from the Wild (New World Library), as well as Straight from the Horse’s Mouth and The Language of Miracles. The founder of Ark Angel Society and The Language of Miracles Institute online, she has devoted her life to using her gifts to communicate with animals. Visit her online at www.ameliakinkade.com. For copies of this book check your local and online bookstores, or visit www.newworldlibrary.com and/or call toll free 1-800-972-6657.