Derrick Jensen’s interview with Jim Nollman [“When Nature Speaks,” January 1997] struck a chord with me, as I have long considered myself a garden-variety Dr. Doolittle. Reading the interview, I was reminded of a curious fact: that, when slowed down, bird song sounds like whale song. I wonder what a whale would make of a slowed mockingbird. Is it possible that most living creatures have similar languages but communicate at different speeds? Perhaps we could understand our fellow creatures better if we knew at what tempo they hear the universe.
I enjoyed the interview with Jim Nollman, especially the reference to Frank Robson, who communicated telepathically with dolphins. I believe this ability is not a unique gift, but can be developed by any of us disciplined enough to quiet the inner static, center ourselves, and focus our intent. Communication is possible not only with animals, but with plants as well. Perhaps if we acknowledged the intelligent nature of all the beings surrounding us, we would behave more respectfully toward them.
For those desiring more information, I’ve found the following resources helpful: Pegasus Publications, P.O. Box 1060, Point Reyes, CA 94956; and Perelandra Center for Nature Research, P.O. Box 3603, Warrenton, VA 22186.