Ever since I was a small child, I’ve loved animals… especially those that are scared of people. I had endless patience for a Greek dog called Mushroom who never came within 6 feet of any human and I’d spend days trying to work out how she needed me to behave to make her trust me.
According to Robert Greene, you can uncover the career path you’re meant to follow by exploring what lit you up when you were younger. He calls these your primal inclinations. And for me that’s things like Mushroom finally coming to sit next to me (I wasn’t an ambitious child).
Unfortunately I couldn’t build a career on getting Greek dogs to sit next to me…
But I’ve realised that my primal inclination was to be a student of behaviour, to seek out the Mushrooms who could draw out of me the patience, compassion, respect that it takes to connect with another living creature.
And because I wanted to see what Mushroom saw, I learnt about people too. I learnt that if you want to share space with anyone, it demands more than shared interests and good intentions. It demands your animal intelligence. It demands that you understand animal communication, micro expressions of love, micro movements of joy, traces of uncertainty. It demands that you find complete calm inside yourself when there’s chaos outside.
During my ‘studies’ I learnt what confidence and fear look like, how authority sounds, how strength moves. And I learnt how to teach other people how to use this language of connection too.
Animal intelligence is the wild part of your nature that lit you up when you were a child and can help you find what will light up your future.
What is your animal intelligence telling you about your destiny?
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