Introduction to Interspecies Communication


The concept of interspecies communication on a telepathic level is as old as human history. Indigenous cultures around the world speak about communicating with nature as being the blueprint of our brains, and rather than being supernatural – in the sense of it being a unique ability that very few have – they insist that it is super-natural, i.e. very natural. From the Originie (commonly known as Aboriginal) people in Australia, to the Khoi-San in southern Africa, to the native tribes in North America, those whose cultures are intimately interwoven with, and deeply dependent on, their natural surroundings speak about being able to commune with nature and gain information about the weather, the next hunt, how and what to plant for the next season of their crops, or which plants could be used as medicine or food (rather than just through trial and error, as is widely believed).

The telepathic ability was applied widely in European agricultural decision-making until the early 20th century. Rudolf Steiner described this connection with nature as active perception in his Biodynamic agriculture lectures, although this is often over-looked by biodynamic farming practitioners, since the very notion of telepathy holds a stigma that even the most open-minded farmers have found difficult to overcome. There are various theories about when this ability began being excluded from everyday life. It is likely that the advent and spread of belief systems that ridiculed the idea of nature being intelligent, as well as the development of synthetic agrochemicals, most likely influenced people’s desire to communicate directly with nature the most.

However, the idea of interspecies communication did not fully die out, and many farmers chose to rather not speak about their use of this ability, for fear of being ridiculed or shunned. Modern gardeners and farmers are revisiting the idea of using interspecies communication in a practical approach to their farming decisions, and news of them doing so successfully has reached the ears of some researchers who have decided to investigate the effects and mechanism of this phenomenon. Another field of interest is the transfer and development of the skills required to communicate telepathically with nature, which are further discussed in other sections under the category Interspecies Communication on this website.


There are countless anecdotes of telepathic interspecies communication events and thousands of professional animal communicators around the world, apart from the myriad indigenous and native people who communicate with nature daily. The documentary ‘The Animal Communicator’ portrays the work of South African animal communicator Anna Breytenbach through the lens of an environmental journalist, and offers a touching insight into the lives of animals as shared by Breytenbach.

Western organisations and eco-villages such as Findhorn Foundation, Tamera, Perelandra Garden, Damanhur and Co-operative Biobalance were founded on the ability of humans being capable of integrating their interspecies communication ability with everyday decisions. Each of these organisations have innumerable stories describing the overall benefit to humans and their food-growing environments when they communicated directly with nature and recognised the role that each species plays in the system. Co-operative Biobalance is one such organisation that have recorded their methods and the stories of their success in their book ‘Live and Let Live: How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems’¹, released 2014.

The work of ir. Henk Kieft and Dr Saskia von Diest comprises interviews with dozens of intuitive farmers, who incorporate both interspecies communication and their intuitive capacities with their cognitive thinking and their experience to make more informed practical management decisions. These farmers report advantages such as higher outputs in terms of yields, crop quality, shelf life etc., while inputs such as irrigation, soil nutritive ameliorants, measures taken against pathogens and pests, and veterinary costs are decreased. Intuitive farmers also report healthier animals, earlier disease detection and more resilient agroecological systems on their land.

One example of such a farmer is Jan-Dirk van der Voort, from Remeker farms in the Netherlands, who communicates telepathically with his cows and the pastures everyday with the same attitude that a manager in a company would speak with his team. Viewing himself holistically as part of the farm organism, rather than an external individual managing the system, he co-creates the dairy products with the other organisms to find out whether there are any nutrient imbalances, disease symptoms, homeopathic interventions required etc. The decision to stop using antibiotics and vaccinations in 2004 led to Jan-Dirk and his wife Irene to view the cows and pastures differently, resulting in a paradigm shift that allowed them to begin communicating with the cows, and subsequently the land, directly. A striking example is how the couple asked the so-called weeds in their pastures why they were numerous, to which the weeds answered that they were attempting to balance the nutrient profile of the soil (e.g. dandelion was bringing more calcium to the surface), which led an acceptance of the biodiverse nature of the pastures and a more creative way of harmonising the farm system.

The couple has since significantly reduced their inputs, increased their outputs, won international awards for the quality of their products, had their products used in 3-star Michelin restaurants, bought more land and support 5 families from their farm (typical Dutch farmers struggle to support one family). A documentary has also been made about their story, called “Dansen met Gehoornde Dames”, released in 2013 ( The farm is now an important centre of education, with customers, agricultural students and researchers from around the world visiting the farm to see for themselves and better understand how one can live and work holistically with the land and still make a sizeable profit.


The mechanism for this innate ability operates in much the same way as for Eco-treaties and Nature Constellations, and can be explained using quantum physics. Schrödinger’s entanglement theory offers an explanation for the mechanism of telepathy: At a quantum level, which is beyond the atomic particle level, the separation between units of physical matter disappears and everything is connected in a continuous matrix. Einstein called this “spooky action at a distance”, thinking it was a mathematical error. Hensen et al. (2015)² have now proven that influencing one electron that had been separated from another electron (i.e. changing the spin of the electron) causes the second electron to be influenced in the same way, regardless of distance. Also, this happened at exactly the same time, since the distance was big enough between the particles that information could not be sent between them, even at the speed of light, which means that the particles behave as if they are one. So although entanglement is not understood, it has been proven without any loopholes, and it can be used as a theory for the mechanism of telepathy, regardless of the species of organism, distance or time.

With more than a century of scientific evidence to prove that human telepathy is possible, it is surprising that it still remains largely dismissed as pseudoscience. It is no wonder, then, that the concept of interspecies telepathy is just too big a step for many people to take, despite the fact that it is easier to do than human-to-human telepathy for most people, based on anecdotal evidence. Perhaps this is because a worldview shift is required, in that the consciousness is not situated in the brain and is, rather, non-local and persists beyond death. This understanding is the first premise to describing why humans and plants can communicate telepathically, and is shared by indigenous cultures worldwide. But scientific studies for interspecies telepathy have been done since the William J. Long first described it in an academic sense in 1919. Erickson (2011)³ provides a comprehensive overview of these studies.

Once the necessary worldview shifts have taken place in a person’s mind, all that remains is for him/her to learn how to practice this innate ability. Regardless of an inclination to (re)learn this ability, some people do seem to display a stronger innate capacity for interspecies communication; however, everyone is capable of communicating with nature, but how the messages are received, and the type and level of detail received, differs for each person. Messages can be received in pictures, words, smells, feelings, sensations in the body, sudden “knowings” or any combination of these. It is advisable to practice with validation, so that the difference between an imagined message and a real message received from another being can be distinguished. Imagined messages take longer to develop than real ones, which are received immediately, and without an awareness of this distinction, and an ability to differentiate, a person’s decision based on interspecies communication can be interfered with by with the mind and ego. This is perhaps the main reason why the messages received and the ability of the person receiving the messages can be doubted. However, confidence in a person’s ability, both within themselves and from others, develops with practice and validation of the messages received and shared. Professional animal communicators, for example, build a reputation through word-of-mouth and reports of the accuracy of their communications with client’s animals.

Scientific evidence to support telepathic interspecies communication is still accumulating. And even so, most people will remain skeptical of it until they have witnessed or experienced it themselves. Experiential evidence, although subjective, can be still be validated through intersubjectivity. So it is on this note that the reader is left with an invitation to scrutinise the body of evidence themselves and perhaps to even gather their own experience on the phenomenon.

¹Conroy, J. and Alexander, B., 2015. Live and Let Live: How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems. Plant Kingdom Communications, Vermont, USA??

²Hensen, B., Bernien, H., Dréau, A.E., Reiserer, A., Kalb, N., Blok, M.S., Ruitenberg, J.,Vermeulen, R.F.L., Schouten, R.N., Abellán, C., Amaya, W.,Pruneri, V., Mitchell, M.W., Markham, M.,  Twitchen, D.J., Elkouss, D., Wehner, S., Taminiau, T. H.,  Hanson, R., 2015. Loophole-free Bell inequality violation using electron spins separated by 1.3 kilometres. Nature 526: 682–686.

³Erickson, D., 2011. Intuition, Telepathy, and Interspecies Communication: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. NeuroQuantology 1: 145‐152.

Dr Saskia von Diest

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