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Do you believe animals can have spiritual experiences?

Animals said to have spiritual experiences
Ever have an out-of-body experience? Your dog may have too.
By Jennifer Viegas
Discovery Channel (Excerpts from article)
Animals (not just people) likely have spiritual experiences, according to a prominent neurologist who has analyzed the processes of spiritual sensation for over three decades.

Research suggests that spiritual experiences originate deep within primitive areas of the human brain — areas shared by other animals with brain structures like our own.

The trick, of course, lies in proving animals' experiences.


Asked by tasches at 6:32 PM on Oct. 13, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I'm not quite sure what they author would be considering a spiritual experience, but as sentient beings in their own right I think that animals are quite capable of having their own inner lives and experiences, including that which we might consider spiritual.

    Answer by Freela at 1:45 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Yes, of course! Animals have a "higher" spirit than we do and tend to be more observant of the spiritual than we are, so of course they can have experiences.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:49 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • They know things yes but animals are not spirit like we are... God BREATHED HIS Spirit into Adam's nostrils but animals were created much differently. I am not sure they have out of body spirits but I do know they can sense demons and angels.. I used to watch my cat and be able to know at times if an angel was near by if it was a demon my cat would arch and snarl at it.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 9:15 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • umm animals have spirits, why shouldn't they be able to have spiritual experiences?

    Answer by BigfordBrat at 2:57 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I think animals are very intuitive and spiritual. They sniff out cancer. They can see so much coming we can't.

    Answer by Lanakynd at 8:59 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Of course they do.

    Answer by MamaK88 at 2:41 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

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    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 6:32 PM on Oct. 13, 2010