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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: September 2000]

     

    [echoprime] Do our pets (primarily dogs and cats) share a telepathic connection with us? (I'm thinking specifically of the morning I thought I “heard” my black cat, Solo, say my name.)

     

    [Michael_Entity]
    Yes, but more accurately, they are telepathic EXTENSIONS of you. Though domestic animals do have distinct individualities, their “personalities” are the extensions of one or more Overleaves of the most bonded caretaker. If you “heard” your name from your cat, it is not uncommon for the animal to use a kind of telepathic medium to grab the attention of the caretaker.

     

    We remind you, as well, if you are interested in any form of off-planet communication with alien sentience, Cats are the most viable accessible vehicle for that communication.


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      By ckaricai
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    • PPLD
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      Bobby’s comment here made me recall this hilarious short story, by one of my favourite contemporary authors, Margaret Atwood published in the collection of her fictional essays “The Tent” from 2006, that I wholeheartedly recommend.
       
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      - De rien, said God.
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      - If they aren’t mice, what are they? he said.
       
      Already he’d pounced on one. He held it down under his paw. It was kicking, and uttering tiny shrieks.
       
      - They’re the souls of human beings who have been bad on Earth, said God, half-closing its yellowy-green eyes. Now if you don’t mind, it’s time for my nap.
      - What are they doing in heaven, then? said our cat.
      - Our heaven is their hell, said God. I like a balanced universe.
       

       
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