It is one of the saddest things I personally find to have to
deal with to meet an animal that has entirely shut down within
itself and is no longer able to make attention energy exchange
based relationships with others.
Autism is a rainbow scale of a naturally existing
neurological function, not an on and off switch and autistic
behaviours in animals are often and once again, very sadly
mistaken for “being stubborn” or “wilful” or “disobedient”.
As autistic animals cannot provide the owners with “attention
energy” in turn (as they are trapped within themselves), the
owners may actually go through the same
attention seeking escalations that can end up with attacking
the creature just so it will take notice, respond at last and
acknowledge their existence.
A safety mechanism of any social creature’s neurological set
up is to induce autistic-like deep trance states to protect
themselves from the systemic catastrophe.
- Repetitive rocking in small human and monkey babies who
are left to themselves,
- head weaving in elephants and horses,
- flank sucking in Dobermans,
- shadow chasing and tail chasing in collies,
- crib chewing in horses,
- pacing endlessly in a ritualistic way in caged cats
... are just amongst the many, many examples of this. In pet
dogs, spaniels and crosses thereof are highly pre-disposed to
enter these trance states in moments of stress and there are
many variations on the theme.
Self mutilation and ritualised howling/vocal expressions also
lead to the security of a deep trance state where the individual
may rest inside when external environmental conditions have
become unbearable – these external conditions being
systemically, a short fall of energy of the correct kind to
re-balance the stressed and hungry system.
It is my supposition that the individual creature’s choice of
which route into trance they will take is a mixture of genetic
pre-disposition and chance; I have seen many animals who have
developed a chance behaviour into these rituals and the
behaviours themselves, which may be quite bizarre to an
unsuspecting onlooker, are, indeed, secondary to the trance
state they are designed to induce.
Let us back up here and go through the main points of the
energetic circumstances and causes and effect of “attention
seeking behaviour disorders” in mammals (and this includes
people too) step by step.
1. There is a form of energy that is exchanged between social
creatures that is derived from the attention of another. This
attention is focussed, direct and involves eye contact, no
matter how fleetingly this takes place.
2. This energy form is as important to a social creature as
is sleep, or food. In experiments, human babies died when
attention was withheld (although the babies were fed and their
physical care taking proceeded as normal). Adults develop severe
behaviour disturbances including rage, deep trance type
repetitive behaviours, antisocial behaviours and autism under
3. Western humans have been trained from birth to withhold
attention, especially when it is being “demanded” – possibly a
learned response and set up that occurred in their own energy
systems when their energetic attention needs were repeatedly and
systematically refuted when they themselves were young.
4. Companion animals vary widely in how great their tolerance
is to living with “not enough attention energy” being supplied.
It seems to be also specific to an individual if their first
choice response to a shortfall of this form energy is withdrawal
towards autism or escalating fiercely in their “attention
seeking behaviours” before systemic collapse and those, too,
falling into autism.
5. Attention Energy is Attention Energy – in general,
creatures do not seem to care one way or the other if the
attention energy they receive is of the loving or of the
non-loving kind. Indeed, with the set up amongst the Western
Human caretakers, creatures find it far easier to obtain
negative attention through disturbing / annoying / ”naughty”
behaviours than to obtain positive attention. Indeed, a great
many caretakers “train” their animals into ever more outrageous
behaviours by firstly, failing to give attention of the positive
kind and secondly, trying to ignore developing behaviour
escalations in the beginning stages when they are still fairly
6. Giving focussed attention in the beginning stages
of any escalation pattern does not only stop the escalation
pattern dead right there but over the long term, actually
cures the individual and re-sets their energetic exchanges
with everyone and not just with the owner to a natural and
7. With the energy system balanced that needs this social
love energy, a creature truly blossoms, becomes more self
assured, self balanced and gains access to sleeping resources of
problem solving, interaction, communication, thought and
experience that were previously out of reach.
With this part of the energy system balanced, an individual
will be radically better placed to face any kind of stress
challenge including showing a greater tolerance to environmental
poisons, toxic energy systems and all immune system stressors.
Back in 1993, I formulated the "appalling" idea, based on my
theoretical musings and practical observations, that instead of
playing power games with a companion animal, one should try and
give positive attention right away, as soon as the animal would
indicate a need by a small behaviour such as coming up, looking
at the owner, or trying to make contact in any other shape or
This contradicted about everything I had ever
been taught or learned to do; for example, it was common
practise to let small puppies howl and cry all night until “they
had learned that no-one would come” and “thus never to reward
this appalling attention seeking behaviour”.
So it must be said that it was not without trepidation that I
began to experiment in earnest and put my theory to the test.
And here’s what happened in actuality.
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