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#23 What Animals Can Teach Us
Episode 2324th March 2023 • Live - Love - Learn with Catherine Edwards • Catherine Edwards
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What is empathic communication? How can we become more in-tune with our animals and what can they teach us? Catherine is joined by an animal empath and communicator, Emelie Cajsdotter, to find out more...

Key Moments:

  • [00:00:00] - Introduction
  • [00:03:39] - Meet my guest
  • [00:07:26] - What is empathic communication?
  • [00:18:40] - Finding a place in the world for humans
  • [00:25:27] - Common messages and issues in dogs
  • [00:28:22] - Common messages and issues in horses
  • [00:37:55] - Asking vs. telling
  • [00:43:16] - Horses and setting reasonable boundaries
  • [00:46:42] - Advice on re-evaluating your relationships
  • [00:55:33] - Coping at the end of life 
  • [01:03:27] - Help Emelie save the sanctuary 
  • [01:09:39] - Final thoughts

Key Takeaways:

  • Animals often “shut down” when dominated by humans. 
  • Animals have an innate instinct of how to get nutrition and live their lives to their fullest, and we humans have a lot to learn from them.
  • A hierarchical structure where humans are on top is not the best way to maintain a positive and balanced relationship with animals. 
  • Worrying about how our animals (for example, dogs) feel because of something we may be lacking to provide them with can get in the way of our relationship with them. 
  • Many dogs can be overstimulated because we worry that we are not doing enough for them. It’s ok to just be present and your time together doesn’t have to be “extraordinary” or exciting. 
  • We need to develop compassion before we are able to know if we have crossed a line with the natural world. 
  • It’s possible that the biggest reason behind animal suffering, violence, and domination is because we, as humans, fear abandonment. 
  • It’s not too late to change the relationship you have with your animals. They are so forgiving!

Episode Guest:

Emelie Cajsdotter founded Friskeröd in 1995, and has since then been responsible for the farm. She lives on the farm with her family and about 160 animals.

Emelie coordinates the work of taking care of all the animals on the farm, with non-profit labor helping her out and hay sponsorship that covers the cost of hay for all the animals. Emelie is a trained homeopath, but is above all a storyteller, with the aim of spreading the message of other species to people through stories. 

She has traveled all over the world, and studied and worked in many different places, such as Ireland, Jordan and New Zealand.

For a number of years, it has been possible to take part in various courses at Friskeröd where other species are responsible for the content. So far, hundreds of people have taken part in what other species have to teach us. The waiting list is long, hundreds more are standing in line.

Emelie has written three books, "Zander and the time", "All the king's horses and" "Song of the grass". She has participated in the Swedish television series ”The herd” and has been actively involved in the Mio podcast.

Books: All The Kings Horses



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