Fires & Baboons

Fires & Baboons

 

Photo by Mark Chipps with thanks. www.goosebump.co.za

It’s been a while since I managed to write my usual newsletter. The last few months have been incredibly intense for many people. I feel like I have just emerged from wading through mud and finally can move and breathe again. One of the things that affected so many of us here in the Cape was the devastating fires on the mountains where I live. Devastating on one level, but cleansing and rejuvenating on another.

Many lives were lost on the mountain, snakes, tortoises, so many of the smaller creatures and some of our beloved baboons. As well as two brave humans who were helping with the fires. The whole community has been in a state of mourning. However, slowly but surely Nature has been rejuvenating herself and it is a joy to see the incredible new growth and the survivors moving back into their homes, only weeks after the destruction. I take hope from seeing this and knowing that if Nature is left to her own devices she will survive. It is only when people try and control and manage Nature that the problems arise. Sometimes we need to trust that Nature knows best, and know that we can learn so much from her and her children.

 

Officially 12 baboons lost their lives when the fires swept through Tokai forest. Questions are being raised as to why this happened, when in past major fires on the Peninsula in the areas where the baboons live, they always managed to get to safety by themselves. I found myself drawn back into the plight of the baboons of the Cape Peninsula with the current  aggressive and lethal management tactics that have been employed for the last few years. The baboons are being conditioned to be terrified of the monitors who have been ordered to use paintball guns (and worse) to deter the baboons from raiding the houses for easy food. Many of the baboons have been killed because they are seen to be a problem.

With this in mind, on the day of the fire, why on earth would the baboons listen to men trying to move them away from the fires, in a direction that they, the baboons, intuitively know would not be safe for them? Men who they are scared of, who are known to hurt and kill. This is where the aggressive management of the baboons has really failed them. Excuses are made that the fire moved so rapidly through the very flammable pines, that the animals did not have time to get away from it, that they were confused and did not know which way to go. This, I believe is putting very human reactions onto them. I feel, they knew where they needed to go to get to safety and they were prevented from going there, because the human “managers” think they know best. The place where they were at first being chased to was consumed by the flames a little while later.

When I tuned in to the baboons to find out from them what happened, I could feel absolute terror and exhaustion, so many people around in confusion, men with guns… no path open to them to move to safety. The monitors were told to step down an hour before the flames reached the baboons who were climbing up the trees. Too late, they had spent the whole day with them, the intention to help (I have to assume), but actually causing them to be paralyzed with fear and by the end of the day, just wanting to get up high to sleep in their exhaustion.

One of my students who lives in Norway tuned in to the baboons and kept receiving images of wires and electricity preventing the baboons from getting away. Although the electric fence, which surrounds the residential area, was turned off on the day, the Tokai troops have been conditioned to avoid it. I have no doubt that if the baboons had not been so aggressively managed and kept in an “apartheid” situation from people, they would have been able to get down to safety… it may have been in the residential areas or an area not easy to manage them, but they would have been safe.

This is an extremely sad situation. I am sure the the people who came up with the aggressive method of management feel they are doing the right thing for the future of the species, by creating animals who are so terrified of people that they will stay away from the houses and thereby not be a problem for the humans, who want to just get rid of them. And perhaps the human species is not yet ready to live alongside wild animals with respect, which would create a mutual respect and real connection with nature. But if we could, wouldn’t it be a wonderful world?

I have seen the possibilities and I know one day we will achieve this. My fear is that so many of the species will be lost to us in this physical world before then… That is why we need to carry on creating awareness for and protecting those who cannot speak our language. That is why we need to continue to listen and connect with nature, to understand the language of the soul, the language of the animals and find out from them how we can change this world for the better of all.

In the good old days, before human/baboon apartheid, when I was allowed to take groups up for educational walks with the Peninsula baboons, and the management practices were non-lethal and based on respect.

(all baboon photos courtesy of Baboon Matters Trust)

Dance with the Animals

Dance with the Animals

Dance with animals

photo: www.ecorazzi.com

“Dance is used for many purposes – all of them positive! In the old days there were massive migrations along exactly the same migration paths year after year. The animals were actually migrating along powerful ley lines and reacted as if the earth is singing to them. These migrations vibrated the earth. Nowadays the natural migration paths have been disturbed, so we need to dance. By dancing you scratch the earth where it is always itchy!! Through movement the earth comes alive, heals itself and in turn heals you!”    CREDO MUTWA

I’d like to invite everyone to DANCE with the animals. (Gently and at your own pace.)

I have recently been working with Kathy Wolstenholme, author of Juice! and founder of NiaTechnique in South Africa.

Through her 7 Skills of Juice, my students experience what its like to really connect with the animals, through their own bodies.

Ground

Pause

Centre

Engage

Balance

Integrate

Release

These are all skills we need in order to effectively communicate with other species. The combination of “Juice!”, and my own animal communication exercises, bring people to a new level of understanding when learning how to connect with animals.

” it was absolutely refreshing. Wynter’s gentle nature calmed me immediately. The group was perfect. The combination with the dance…was sensational. The weekend not only taught me how to speak to animals but it put me in touch with my inner self again”. Marlene Neumann

My recent Animal Communication retreat with added JUICE in Cape Town, was so successful that I have invited Kathy to join me on my next Star Lion Journey in May.

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Spend 5 nights at Tsau! Conservancy, with the only free roaming White Lions in a protected area of their endemic homeland, the Greater Timbavati. Learn about the significance of their conservation for our planet and humanity. White Lions are believed to be sacred beings, come from the stars as messengers from God.

Learn how to communicate with all animals, with the White Lions facilitating your learning and connection with nature into the heart of consciousness.

(JUICE is suitable for all levels of fitness, even if you can only tap your toes, you can learn the 7 skills.)

Download the full and detailed itinerary of this magical journey here: 

I look forward to seeing you there and introducing you to the Star Lions.

with love and blessings

wyntersign

Laughing into 2015 with the Hyaena

Laughing into 2015 with the Hyaena

Happy-Hyena-hyenas

Happy New Year everyone.

Towards the end of last year I went to teach at the White Lion Leadership Academy at Tsau Conservancy home of the Global White Lion Protection Trust. Most of you who are aware of the trust’s work, know that it’s not only about White Lions. To protect the Lion, we have to care for and protect every animal around them and the environment in which they co-exist. When Neil Bone, manager of Mbube Reserve, part of the conservancy,  asked me to help with a Hyaena who had been caught in a snare, I was very ready. Along with the academy students I started the communications.

It is quite a fascinating story from start to finish. Neil had set up a camera trap a while before in order to observe what mysteries come to explore the area. Many sightings of all sorts of animals were captured, Painted Dog, Leopard and among others, a pair of Hyaena. The animals would move past the camera without pause. Except in this particular case. The male Hyaena walked up to the camera and turned his head left and right, as if he was deliberately wanting to show that there was something wrong. The snare was cutting deep into his flesh, it was plain to see.

First camera sighting

First camera sighting

He had somehow managed to chew through the wire attaching the snare to the ground, but then he was stuck with the wire looped around his neck, cutting in with each breathe.

Neil set up a box trap in order to try and capture him so that the snare could be removed by the vet. He would not survive for long if it was left.

The box trap ready and waiting

The box trap ready and waiting

Once the box was set up it was a matter of waiting for the Hyaena to walk in and take the bait, releasing the spring so that the gate would shut and trap him in the box, ready for the vet to treat him. Easier said than done.  He was extremely curious, but also cautious. No matter how well one might disguise a trap cage, wild animals know that it is something unusual and are naturally wary of it. Having worked with the baboons on the Cape Peninsula for many years and often having to encourage them into a trap, I knew it was crucial to communicate with our Hyaena the exact reasons why he needed to go in and to be completely honest about what would happen once he was in.

As humans we so often think we have explained the reason to our beloved four-legged friends why they need to go the vet, the kennels or behave in a manner that is unnatural for them. Generally people are not very specific and will say ” It’s for your own good” or “to make you better” or “to keep you safe”. In my experience I have found, especially when dealing with wild animals who have no reason to trust humans, it is important to describe the whole process of what is going to happen to them, from beginning to end.

Cautiously investigating

Cautiously investigating

I instructed my students to connect in with our spotted friend by sending absolute, unconditional love to him. I then asked them all as one group to visualise him walking into the box, the gate coming down and trapping him in, and him remaining calm, then the vet approaching the trap and injecting him, him falling asleep, the snare being cut off and removed, then him being released back strong and healthy. I instructed Neil and the volunteers at Mbube to do the same. One fear came up that the vet would not be able to help and he would end up being euthenased. When we have any fears whilst we are in communication with the animals, the fear energy blocks the communication. Fear is the direct opposite energy to love, and love is the connective force of every being in the universe. How do we deal with these fears? This was a very real fear of having to face the death of a beloved being. We turn it around… we see the potential euthenase as a gift of freedom from suffering. I told the group to visualise him running free, strong and healthy. Even if it means in spirit! but not to focus on the fear surrounding that, to just hold the image of him being released from the box trap, and being healed.

Another thing that I instructed my students to do was to relay this message with a sense of joy and laughter. This is incredibly important, if there is any heaviness within us whilst we are communicating this gets received along with the positive instruction and it can prevent clarity.

I received a message from the Hyaena that he will go into the trap, but only when he feels he really needs our help. He had been looking surprisingly strong despite the slow strangulation. I passed on the message to Neil and his team, and told him patience was called for.

A few days later, our friend had felt the time was right and had indeed gone into the trap. He had suddenly become very weak, and there was no doubt in his mind and ours that he needed help.

Everything went amazingly well. The wound was deep and awful looking, but Pete Rogers, the vet cleaned it and treated it beautifully. He was able to be released soon after.

What a joyous occasion that was!

Freedom!

Freedom!

Strong and healthy

Strong and healthy

In African tradition the role of the Hyaena is to expose the darkness and bring it out into the light so that it can be observed and dealt with. The Hyaena, as a totem animal, asks us to fulfill our promises and to take what is ours when necessary. Hyaenas in the physical, are very social and communal animals, so they work better in a group.

All these qualities apply to this particular communication: The Hyaena brought the “darkness” of the poacher’s snare into the light by showing it clearly on the camera trap, in our communication we made a promise to help him and then release him in freedom strong and healthy once more, this was fulfilled. We worked as a group to send this message to him, which made it stronger and work far better than if it was only one person communicating with him, through all the other people’s fears.

This whole story is such a brilliant example of how interspsecies communication can make conservation and rescue work so much easier and more successful. A deep gratitude to the Hyaena of Mbube for listening and trusting us.


Learn from the comfort of your home…

More and more people are signing up for my on-line correspondence course, creating a wonderful community from all over the world of like minded people who love and want to communicate with animals. If you would like to join this community and learn one-on-one with me and the added support of group skype sessions and interaction, please go to my course page.

Wishing every one of you all the very best blessings for 2015, and I hope to meet you soon

Photos courtesy of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, with thanks to Neil Bone.