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My 1990 Zambia Chimpanzee Chronicles, Part IV

Impressions:

Clumps of chimps falling out of the trees following the crack of overloaded branches. The loud rustle of leaves as the chimps break off fruit. And behind the anthill, Harriet has been grunting, playing patticake, tickling, teasing, playing, and wrestling with Tober for over 30 minutes.

The sun is shifting and it’s time to move my towel another 2 feet around the tree. Uh, Oh, Chimp attack! Sandy comes up and starts playing under my towel. I’ve taken my socks and shoes off and I quickly stuff them under the towel. But Tobra rushes up and pushes Sandy away, grabbing a sock in the melee and off he triumphantly tears.

Sock tag, sock tag, off they run, up and down the trees, slapping the ground, teasing, leaping onto a branch which comes crackling down and whomp!, a chimp thumps onto the ground, leaps up and gallops off.

After ten minutes or so, the sock, stretched, chewed and slightly the worse for wear, drops out of a tree into Harriet’s territory. Got it!

I give up, pen and journal go into my pack, and I deposit it in the safe hands of Patrick. No chimp dares to take it from him. And I join Harriet in chimp wrestling. Tara has taught Harriet how to play. By gently taking Harriet’s hand in her mouth, Harriet has learned to trust her. They somersault roll, patticake, and wrestle. Sandy soon joins her and it’s two to one for the chimps.

Journaling with chimps in ZambiaI observe for a bit. It looks like too much fun to pass up, so I get into the act. Now it’s two chimps to two humans. Sandy and Tara leap on us, somersault and land upside down in our laps. I swing Sandy around by an arm and a leg and he can’t get enough. Harriet has Torah hanging by the feet and swinging. What a barrel of monkeys!

I spend a good 30 minutes carefully grooming Torah. He flattens out his belly, head resting on his arms, and loves every second of the attention. When he was playing earlier he would close his eyes, race toward me and somersault into my lap.

My 1990 Zambia Chimpanzee Chronicles, Part III

Dec. 22,Chimfunsi: 6:00 a.m. The alarm gently breaks my dream state. One hour until the chimps go into the forest. Sheila suggested we sleep in and follow them later, but we’ve come half way around the world to find this orphanage. “I can sleep when I’m dead,” Moshe used to say. I dress a little reluctantly and wake Harriet 45 minutes later. What about breakfast? “Oh” she says, “The alarm is set on Kenyan time.” I was up at 5:00 a.m.! Back into bed I climb for a short return to dreamtime.

6:45 a.m.,Zambian time, this time! Tracy and I make cheese and toast sandwiches. Add a coveted Swiss chocolate bar, hoarded until this moment.

7:05 a.m. Everyone–Sheila, David, Harriet, Tracy, Mark, Patrick and I, hoist a clinging chimp onto our hip and parade down the road into the woods. Here, all 9 chimps are set down and the adventure begins. Each day they venture into the forest for 7 hours for walks and just to scatter about, sit in the trees, relax, eat fruit and learn. Rita wants to hold my hand and tries to convince me to pick her up. But she needs the exercise. Her 30+ pounds are a lot to pack on my hip.

Chimps gallop along behind Patrick, spread out on both sides of the trail, 14 humans mixed between. They drink out of mushrooms 9 inches across, then knock them over and gallop on. Up a tree goes Coco to bring down a mouthful of orange nuts, fruit inside.

Sandy, Tara, Rita, Cora, Boo Boo, Tobas, Donna, Coco. Donna discovers a piece of burlap sack and a chase ensues. Up and down trees, over stumps, diving between close branches. “Watch out!” Tobas’ trick is to swing a branch on someone’s head.

We stop for a break after 30 minutes of walking. Some youngsters climb up a nearby ant hill and into the branches of the tree on top. Sandy hangs out with Harriet who works on his ears to help his cold. My camera comes out and I start the fun of photographing cavorting chimps.

Donna suddenly swings by and grabs our back pack which is lying against a log upon which Tracy is sitting. Tracy yells at her and makes a lunge for the pack as it is being zipped away. Tobra reacts to protect Donna by biting Tracy on the calf. Patrick leaps up and yells at him. Up the ant hill he tears. Tracy is in considerable pain. Two blue holes appear. The skin is severed over these two tooth marks, but it is not bleeding externally. Her calf is in spasm. I start TTouch, working first about six inches all around. Within 15 minutes the pain is reduced by at least half, and the wound is shrinking before our eyes. Thirty minutes later the tooth marks have disappeared and there is absolutely no discomfort!

We continue on our way through the woods.

Upcoming Book, The Chimpanzee Chronicles, Reminds me of My Time With Chimps in Zambia

I have been communicating with Debra Rosenman, a certified Rubenfeld Synergist, and Jessica O’Donoghue, an animal behavior consultant, about my work with chimpanzees in the 1990’s. Debra and Jessica met at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary in New Mexico during one of my trainings there this year, and began a conversation about Debra’s upcoming book, the Chimpanzee Chronicles. I find it so inspiring how wonderful people meet and share ideas at our trainings.

This exchange reminds me of my time in Zambia and New York City TTouching apes and monkeys. I spent only a few brief moments in passing with a beautiful baboon female under the streets of New York City at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where thousands of animals are kept for research. I can see and feel her beauty and her desperate eyes as though it were yesterday. The consciousness that was present was so clear that I wonder how we humans can be so unaware. I was at Sloan-Kettering research at the time discussing the fate of 6 pig-tailed macaques scheduled to be sold to a biomedical research center by Hunter College. I met with the veterinarians in charge of the Hunter College apes to convince them that we could offer a worthwhile life in retirement instead. (more…)

Update From the Road!

Roland and I have been on the road since April 1st on a slightly whirl-wind tour. My days have been so full I simply had no time to write about the experiences but have many notes and plan to write more for my blog when I return home.

The 2 months have been action-packed with the following trainings. Our first stop was in Switzerland for a week-long dog training. Then; Germany at Klaus Balkenhols stable where I gave a day-long seminar for dressage horses for 135 members of Xenophon; a 3-day Advanced training for horse and dog practitioners at a German spa; 5 days of private work at a phenomenal dressage stable near Munich; a very exciting 3 day workshop in Italy featuring 5 leading event and endurance riders; a day-long training for care-givers at a senior home in the north of Germany; a week-long TTouch for You training at a German spa, and now this week-long human TTouch training in spectacular mountain country south of Vienna that was formerly the summer vacation spot for royalty. There is a fairy-tale Disney-like castle just up the road that was formerly a Rothchild summer home. (more…)

Our Christmas Dolphin Journey

This week is so rich with Hawaiian experiences I want to share with you. At the Christmas evening musical service at our Aloha Center for Spiritual Living, Roland and I were invited to join Nancy Sweatt and a few of her friends on a dolphin swim/whale watch trip on Christmas day. Nancy is the owner/captain of the Dolphin TLC, a sweet craft that holds 6 passengers comfortably and travels fast through the water to find dolphins and whales and manta rays.

If you are visiting Hawaii and want an intimate boat for a private group check out her website at http://www.dolphinjourneys.com.

It was a perfect day – typical for Hawaii – with 82-degree weather and soft sun on the water. And just as we cruised out of the harbor we came upon two big turtles mating – a rare event to observe. (more…)

Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou means Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Hawaiian!

May this Christmas and the coming year bring you a deep sense of peace and well-being, much joy, great inspiration, boundless vitality and prosperity and the opportunity to make a difference in the world.

Much love from Linda, Roland and Rayne

Since returning home November 23rd, I’ve not had a moment until now to write my blog or keep up with Facebook and I have been missing the connection with you all very much. Sitting on an island 2500 miles out in the Pacific Ocean could feel lonely, except for the miraculous World Wide Web and the amazing network of people I feel in touch with on all parts of the globe. 2010 has been a year of many miracles for me, as a result of both prayer and TTouch. The celebration of the birth of Christ, and the miraculous way this event has impacted the lives of countless millions for more than 2000 years, has inspired me to take this time to record some of the miracles that tend to get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life. (more…)

Practitioners and Instructors Share Their Thoughts on Our Visit to the Zurich Zoo

Hello my friends,
I know that many of you love to hear/read what’s been happening, so let me tell you about last week’s meeting with Linda at the Zurich zoo.
The wonderful Teresa and Lisa from Switzerland planned and organized this amazing event. It was breathtakingly wonderful. (more…)

Singing the Camel Song

I thought I’d write to you a little more about our evening at the Parco Zoo Punta Verde in Lignano, Italy. We had such a great time and made such progress, I wanted to share it with you. (more…)

Great Memories of Working With Klaus Balkenhol

Planning for my presentation at Xenophon has stirred up wonderful memories of working with Klaus. I am happy to share photos of the two of us and his fabulous horses with you! Check back for more as I locate them among the thousands of images on my little laptop!

Garçon doing passage

Our August Teleclass Was Such A Success, We Have Scheduled Another for December! Join Us!

Because of all the positive feedback from our teleclass on Profound Interspecies Communication, Sage Lewis and I will be doing another phone-teleclass on December 1 at 8:30pm EST (5:30pm PST).

Please subscribe to the Tellington TTouch e-news for more information on this upcoming teleclass.

I thought I’d share a few of the very gratifying emails Sage passed on to me afterward. (more…)

Zoo Night in Puenta Verde, Italy

I had the pleasure of presenting at the zoo in Puenta Verde, Italy last month, along with Massimo Da Re, DVM, a TTouch practitioner.

I thought I’d share with you all a picture of Massimo and me working with a very concerned camel. This one was taken by the zoo director. The camel was able to reach out and touch my hand. Then I could TTouch his face! I’m looking forward to more photos from Massimo and the wonderful folks in attendance.

Sharing TTouch Memories with Shannon Weil

Here l am at Shannon’s home in Cool, California, July 2010.

Shannon is writing a book about her experiences as a student with Wentworth Tellington and me at the Pacific Coast Equestrian Research Farm. She writes that she did not realize when she signed up for the 9 month course in 1969 that our experiences together would span 40 years! (more…)

Profound Interspecies Connections

I’m in the process of putting together a power point presentation for two zoo presentations in September; so I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures here with you. The first presentation is at a special evening event at the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland on September 2nd. And the second at a zoo on the east coast of Italy on the Adriatic Sea in Lignano Sabbiadoro, September 11th. The presentation is called Profound Interspecies Connections, describing special experiences with a wide variety of animals including many exotics in zoos and some wonderful experiences with horses, dogs, cats, a mouse named Ace, reptiles, birds (my McCaw who sent the neighbors hunting dog packing!) and much more . I’ve been enjoying the memories of these magical moments as I’ve been preparing for the presentation. (more…)

Memories of My Fabulous Day With Bruce Lipton

Sharing Tellington TTouch® with Bruce Lipton was one of those memorable treasures that makes my heart sing. Bruce is the author of the world-view shifting books, The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution. He is a brilliant presenter and had more than 500 people on the edge of our seats in his workshop in Grass Valley, California in July. Even though I have studied his new book and made countless highlights, I took reams of notes all day.

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Tina Hutton graciously took all the photos of this wonderful day. (more…)

Sharing the Den

Brigitte Heyer lives in Australia and did her first TTEAM training with me in Germany more than 25 years ago.

Even over all the years in between when Brigitte and I were not in touch, I have treasured a gift from her: a handmade tile depicting a rearing horse. I think of her every day when I look at it in my kitchen. Brigitte, like all of you out there, have been a part of my life all these years.

I’d like to share with you some words Brigitte wrote to me recently about the role of animals in her life. (more…)

Join Me with Sage Lewis for a TeleClass on Profound Interspecies Communications

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Join me, along with with facilitator, Sage Lewis on Tuesday, August 24th at 8-9:30 p.m., CT (NOTE CORRECTED TIME) for a teleclass! HERE’S HOW (click here) (more…)

A Steady Diet of TTouch and Custom Chow Keep Gertie the Doxie Spunky

This is the type of story that keeps me inspired and dedicated to travelling the globe sharing Tellington TTouch. Thank you Linda Troup, for the wonderful work you are doing and your willingness to take the time to share your experiences. It gives many people hope.
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Message From A Morton Bay Fig Tree

It was this tree that gave Michael Roads his groundbreaking book: Talking with Nature.

This was originally published here on Changing the World One TTouch At A Time on November 10, 2009. To see the Message, click here, or to download a pdf file of the Message, click here.

A Message From The Spirit of the Horse

Today I will be featured at the opening of a horse expo – the first of its kind – called Equorius – meaning the age of the horse from May 6 – 9. The website is Equorius.com.

Roland and I just met Naomi Kutcharsky “by accident” at breakfast and shared the message FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE HORSE. This whole expo is organized with the idea of bringing together people who honor the spirit of horses. It is the first time that this has been done and Naomi, who composed my Atlantis poem into a song, will be singing the song as an opening after my opening presentation at 4:00 pm today. I eventually plan to have the song up here on my blog for you to download. (more…)

Anna Wise's Inspiration Continues to Guide Us

On March 1st I received a phone call from Mike Scahill informing me that Anna Wise was in the community hospital in Monterey, California where she was being treated for pneumonia and was not doing well. March 3rd she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, leaving a rich legacy behind that will live on in her absence. (more…)

Anna Wise’s Inspiration Continues to Guide Us

On March 1st I received a phone call from Mike Scahill informing me that Anna Wise was in the community hospital in Monterey, California where she was being treated for pneumonia and was not doing well. March 3rd she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, leaving a rich legacy behind that will live on in her absence. (more…)

Let's Celebrate What’s Right with the World!

To celebrate the beauty in our world is to contribute to that very beauty.

On of my favorite bedside reading treasures is the precious little Book of Uncommon Prayer by Dr. Ruth L. Miller in which she writes,

Deepak Chopra calls the Quantum Field ‘the field of infinite possibilities,” and says that “when we achieve the stillness of the prayer state we are directly participating in that field and helping shape the forms that emerge out of it.”

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Let’s Celebrate What’s Right with the World!

To celebrate the beauty in our world is to contribute to that very beauty.

On of my favorite bedside reading treasures is the precious little Book of Uncommon Prayer by Dr. Ruth L. Miller in which she writes,

Deepak Chopra calls the Quantum Field ‘the field of infinite possibilities,” and says that “when we achieve the stillness of the prayer state we are directly participating in that field and helping shape the forms that emerge out of it.”

(more…)

Gorgeous Photos Added to "My Spontaneous Visit with Frédéric & Magali: Intuition, Attitude & Avignon"

I have added photos to My Spontaneous Visit with Frédéric & Magali: Intuition, Attitude & Avignon.

I’m really thrilled to be able to share images of Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado and their stallions taken behind the scenes at Cheval Passion. Go take a look!

Gorgeous Photos Added to “My Spontaneous Visit with Frédéric & Magali: Intuition, Attitude & Avignon”

I have added photos to My Spontaneous Visit with Frédéric & Magali: Intuition, Attitude & Avignon.

I’m really thrilled to be able to share images of Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado and their stallions taken behind the scenes at Cheval Passion. Go take a look!

The Miracle of Avignon

If you don’t believe in miracles perhaps this story will change your mind. It’s regarding the rescue of the 19-year old, curlyhaired dog named Buelle.

Buelle is a member of the Frédéric Pignon/Magali Delgado family who looks like she may have miniature poodle and terrier blood in her veins. She is deaf and does not see well and won’t let strangers touch her at all. On the day before the horse expo Fred and Magali returned home after midnight to discover that Buelle was missing.
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My Spontaneous Visit with Frédéric & Magali: Intuition, Attitude & Avignon

As I expect you know by now, TTouch came into being because I learned to trust my intuition way back in the 1960’s. This came as a result of a computer-generated astrological chart that stated that in my lifetime I would develop a new form of communication that would spread around the world. It was made clear to me that in order to develop this communication I would have to learn to trust my intuition. I’ve been practicing and listening to those aha! moments and intuitive directions since that very day.

So, out of the blue, on the 6th of January I began to get a strong sense that I should fly to southern France to spend a few days with my friends, Magali Delgado and Frédéric Pignon.

Three days later I flew from Kona to San Francisco, bedded down for the night in a hotel, and flew over the pole the next day to Frankfurt, Germany and on to Marseille, France, where Frédéric picked me up at the airport. We made it back over snowy roads in time for his rehearsal in the main arena at midnight with the six stallions Fred had brought for his 16-minute performance as a main attraction of Cheval Passion.
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Tales From My Life: Camel Riding in the Australian Outback

My sis, Robyn, was teaching last month in Australia and I have been dreaming of the “Transformation on the Trail” group I led many years ago with 16 intrepid women and one guy (Jessy Jessup, whom we took along to drive our bus and prepare our camping meals.)

We spent a week in the Australian Outback on a camel safari where we actually got to ride our own camels. At the end of the trip I had the thrill of competing in the Alice Springs Annual Camel Race on a regular racetrack. There were 15 of us starting, each camel with a handler. We hushed the camels down in a line and when the start gun was shot, about half the camels lept to their feet and headed full speed down the track while the other half bolted back to the barn. Fortunately, my camel headed down the track with me screaming like a banshee – Hahhhh hahhhh – at the top of my lungs and fanning the air with my arm! Don’t ask me what possessed me! (more…)

Atlantis

Hau oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)!

The Christmas holidays and the closure of another has been a special time for me – a time for counting my blessings, recharging my batteries, and gathering strength and inspiration as I head into 2010.

I’ve so enjoyed the cards, emails and phone calls from around the world – and the luxury of taking time to sit quietly just webbing the world with feelings of love and appreciation and heart hugs to all you wonderful people who touch my life. If you’ve read any of Gregg Braden’s books that I have recommended this year, you will know that every thought each one of us has really does make a difference. I find that idea so inspiring.

In former times in Europe it was believed that at years end – the time between the old and the coming year – life became more transparent, with fewer barriers to prevent us from achieving our dreams and visions, and that during this special time any and all encounters between people had significance. I believe that is just as true today and thanks to the internet, we can connect with each other so much easier. In the past week, thanks to Facebook, I’ve reconnected with friends I have not heard from for more than 15 years!

I’m loving this medium of blogging that gives me an opportunity to communicate with all of you, and I’ve really enjoyed hearing back from many of you.

Searching for words of wisdom to launch us into the New Year gifted me with the following injunctions that tickled my fancy. They were sent to me today by Kirsten Henry, our brilliant TTouch coordinator and mother of the almost-one-year-old Luca. I hope you find some of them as valuable and thought-provoking as I do. (more…)

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