By Sean Sluys, Saha Astitva volunteer
Top fact from a tough man who ‘nose’ the complexity of nature. This gives us an insight how we connect to each other and other forms of living beings
Did you know animals can literally smell fear? This was beautifully illustrated by temperamental farm cow ‘Pakalee’ (left) who came loose from her rope in the gaushala. Sean explains how…
“I hastily jumped in to the gaushala so Pakalee would not break out and eat all our tender young crops. Kalyani, fearing an unpleasant situation, warned me to be careful. I explained that I had no fear.
My previous experience taught me that animals sense fear. Body language, posture and how you approach an animal are involved in how they perceive you. However, much more subtle non-verbal cues can betray your emotions, and hence how they react to you. The cocktail of bio-chemicals that fear evoke are smelled! Some creatures can detect an uneven breathing pattern or increased heart rate (more often a skill among predators).
The most subtle and, to me, the most interesting tool of communication is that of our very energies. As organisms utilizing electromagnetic rays that have been harnessed by plants from the sun and converted into storable compounds, we re-emit this radiation when we metabolize those compounds. Almost all of our electromagnetic radiation is dispersed in the infrared spectrum (i.e., as heat). But even within that spectrum, slight differences in frequency occur according to our mood and demeanor. Different frequencies denote calmer, happier state of mind and other frequencies signify stress, anger or depression. On the other hand, those who give off “bad vibes” are on the other end of things. Often times people that get along very easily very quickly do so because they share resonant frequencies/energies.
The tricky part is not using this knowledge to read others, but implementing it to alter your own energy. The first time I milked an animal, as confident as I was that the veteran dairy cow, Tara, was comfortable and ready, being that close to a living organism that large freaked me out. As we began, my nervousness become contagious and she began fidgeting and fretting. It took me a few sessions to finally calm down, and we got along handsomely from that day forth.
Like anything in life, practice makes perfect. Awareness is a good start. But it does little if there is no true experience with which to test yourself. Face your fear with attention to your reaction, and focus on adjusting that reaction into a positive force. So, this is basically just another way of viewing self-confidence; a necessary component not only for self-fulfillment, but for getting along with Momma Nature and all of her fuzzy four-legged friends!”