Deborah L. Erickson, MBA, PhD
"Lots of people talk to animals," said Pooh.
"Not very many listen, though, that’s the problem."
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Welcome to this sacred space. Feel free to wander around and learn more about my research and work.
My background includes over 30 years as a business technology professional (left hemisphere work), and my interesting right hemisphere work with a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in consciousness and spirituality, telepathic interspecies communicator, Reiki Master, Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner, spiritualist, Buddhist, and intuitive.
We are blessed to live on two+ acres of Pacific Northwest woods north of Portland, Oregon. A few of the animal companions who share these woods include deer, opossum, rabbits, frogs, snakes, mice, voles, squirrels, coyotes, red fox, hummingbirds, and all manner of birds, hawks, bats, and owls. I have some beautiful photos of my friends, see some of my baby owl images on the Animal Friends page.
I first saw this quote at the entrance to the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, in the San Juan Islands, Washington. It stopped me in my tracks, and I developed my PhD thesis around Beston's proposal:
"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."
Henry Beston, 1928
Henry Beston's book is highly recommended for all naturalists and animal lovers. A beautiful poster of this quote is available from Harold Berliner Press.