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Open Minds: Our Innate Connection with Animals with Linda Bender (July 2015)

Season 5, Episode 31
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We have all heard of the power of collective consciousness and many have assumed that this network of intertwined minds was relegated solely to human beings. It seems that we not only share this planet with a great diversity of life, but we all share in a collective consciousness as well. Linda Bender has long had a deep rapport with the animals in her life and she explains the intuitive connections we all share, and can strengthen, with the animals in our life in this interview with Regina Meredith originally webcast July 7, 2015.

Linda Bender’s love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. Her rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine and her enduring interest in spirituality led her to study energy medicine. This combination culminated in the founding of the Mind the Gap Wellness Center in Cincinnati and a pet therapy program through the Ohio Mental Health Association and From the Heart nonprofit, as well as an upcoming book on the sacred relationship between humans and animals.

Regina Meredith
Linda Bender


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mauionecreations, posted on August 15, 2015

Hi Regina, I love you and your show, but I can't agree with your understanding in regards to animals...You have started to eat meat again and bought into the whole "need meat" propaganda. Please recall your interviews with the amazing Dr Joe Dispenza and how we can rewire our brains to transform our bodies, henceforth our bodies needs. So your need for meat, is not based on these integral understandings and it misses the boat when it comes to animals and why they are here. You justify your lamb eat eating because, as you say, the lamb was killed just like that, pow, out grazing, must be ok, totally "humane". What you are missing is that animals are here for their own reason and to evolve higher, eating other sentient species has got to end. There are many many resources out there and you being the amazing woman and investigator into these matters, I am sure you will see what I mean. That shot sheep has a family, a brother, a daughter and so on....How would you feel if someone, an alien perhaps, walked in your front door and shot your son, and then looked at you and said it was ok because, look your son died right away, he did not suffer. There is a great misunderstanding on your part in this subject area Regina, and out of my great love and respect for you, as well as all animals, I urge you to reflect and reconsider. Thanks so much for all the great work you do, love to you and the great GAIAM team! Animals are here for their own reasons and the sooner we all realize that and live it, the better we can all become :-)

alkimia2012, posted on July 19, 2015


abby6, posted on July 11, 2015

Linda Bender discusses "The power of presence."

The squirrel was hit by a car. She got there just in time to watch it die. This had happened before. She wondered why? Why am I here if not to prevent death? Then, as she turned this question over in her mind yet again, she looked at the squirrel. This dying animal sat up straight, extending its spine, opened its eyes wide and looked deeply into her eyes. Then it died. Linda got the message. The answer to her prayer, why is she put in these situations if she, as a veterinarian, is not being given a chance to save a life? The answer is: She is there to witness the transition. She is there to become aware of shared awareness, of the power of being present in the moment.

Do our pets come back to us to finish unfinished business? Is the reason my current dog and I love each other so much and are together all the time because he's not just this dog but the sum total of all dogs I have ever tried to exchange love with? 

d.sutherland7, posted on July 10, 2015

Linda Bender was a wonderful pick to have as a guest. She is a lovely, caring person. Animals are such an important part of our world. So glad you did this interview with her. Thank you Regina. I'm so glad I was able to watch this show. You as always... are a wonderful host.

truthisinhere, posted on July 8, 2015

Amelia Kinkade could shed light on some of these 'mysteries'.

Ann G, posted on July 7, 2015

Thank you so much, Regina and Linda, for such a profound and uplifting interview. Animals are so precious and full of the Divine. Thank you for talking about the huge shift in consciousness and behaviour that we need to make as humans to connect with their souls and protect their welfare.

ltalenti, posted on July 7, 2015

I wish more people would/could know this. We need to take care of our little creatures. I adore them, and am sad to say, I love them more than mankind.

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