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What is Animal Consciousness & What Gifts Do Animals have?

The questions I get asked most often are what is Animal Consciousness and What gifts do animals have?

Most people love animals because they are expressive, offer us lots of love and most importantly they are loyal and non-judgmental.


The Wikipedia definition of animal consciousness is: Animal consciousness, or animal awareness, is the quality or state of self-awareness within an animal, or of being aware of an external object or something within itself.[2][3] It is a key subject in the discussion of animal rights. In humans, consciousness has been defined as: sentience, awareness, subjectivity the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of self, and the executive control system of the mind.

In My Experience: Animal Consciousness in my world is huge and when you are speaking with animals of any shape or size, you begin to realize that they are completely conscious. They all have personalities and experience humor, sadness and offer wisdom that many humans don’t have because they are connected to their souls and the earth in ways we are not.

Most humans are disconnected from their hearts due to technology – phones, tv, iPad, a busy lifestyle and not connecting with nature to ground themselves.

In 2012, a group of neuroscientists signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which "unequivocally" asserted that "humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neural substrates. It also stated "near human-like levels of consciousness" have been observed in the grey parrot.

Now that we know animals have consciousness, the question then becomes – How can we support them and even more interesting is how they support us.