Reflection: Animal Communication
Attempt to Communicate with a Butterfly
By Jessica Oropesa (04/22/10 05:55:06)
Related animal: Butterfly

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the class when the animal communicator, Barbara Janell, spoke, but I did have an encounter with a non-human species over the weekend.

I went down to Pomona to visit some friends for the weekend and since I was in relatively unfamiliar territory, I made a conscious effort to observe any wildlife. The friend's house that I went to had neighbors that owned some unusual animals, including a huge bird that I could not identify. While standing outside, enjoying the sun with my partner, a butterfly fluttered in the backyard and landed in the grass. I was struck with surprise! I couldn't even remember the last time I saw a butterfly... So the first thing that popped into my head was, "Collaborate!" I remembered the passage of a past student in which follow the leader was played by the student and a butterfly. So I took on an approach similar to what I had remembered. Although I missed Barbara Janell's talk, I can still share my experiences with this butterfly.

After I saw it land in the grass, I got excited and decided to approach it. I believe it might have been a monarch butterfly due to its orange wings with black and white markings. I slowly stepped toward it, taking one step at a time. I wanted to see how close I could get. I was very respectful of its space, trying to get close, but not too close. While I was walking toward it, my partner was behind me on the sidewalk watching me. I think I was talking with him about collaborating with the butterfly and then he motioned to kick or step on it... It got startled and flew away. And that was the last that I saw of it and for a while, I was pretty upset that I didn't get to collaborate with it. But by that time, the opportunity was long gone. Maybe I'll come across another butterfly to collaborate with in the near future.

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