“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
― A.A. Milne
HOW I GOT STARTED
or "What would you
dare to try if you knew
you couldn't fail?"
My experience with focused, intentional animal communication began with a two-hour Learning Annex seminar almost 20 years ago. Yes, it started that inauspiciously. I went to that intro session mostly out of curiosity, without any real expectation of being able to do it successfully.
I was mildly horrified to hear that the majority of the exercises would involve reading the thoughts of the other people in the room. Strangers. I found it highly unlikely that I would be able to do this because I’m a textbook introvert, and while the idea of tapping into one’s intuition to essentially read another person’s thoughts doesn’t seem as incredible as it did 20 years ago, at that time it struck me as just plain outrageous.
Carol instructed us on her techniques and had us pair off. I honestly don't remember if I was the sender or receiver first. I don’t remember anything about my partner except that she was a woman. All I remember is the paradigm-shattering experience of getting so many “hits” and seeing how at least 80% of the pairs were equally excited when comparing notes at the end of each round.
My worldview changed at that moment. How was this even possible? This wasn’t a room full of mediums and fortunetellers, this was a room full of average people. Yet here we were, describing each others’ pets, cars, and homes simply because we bothered to pay attention to what showed up in our heads.
That night I went home and started giving telepathic commands to my pitbull, Damien. He ignored me for a while, then just stared at me long enough that I started to doubt anything was really happening. But after a while, he jumped up on the bed and performed exactly the maneuver I had sent from my mind to his! There was expectation in his gaze, waiting for my reaction. I must say that it was one of the most quietly exciting moments of my life.
Later I learned that he had considered pretending he couldn't hear me, because I was potentially throwing a major monkey wrench into our happy, normal relationship. I am so thankful he made the choice he made. For the rest of his life our ability to communicate grew until we were conversing regularly and constantly, as if we were two human roommates.
This was enough for me, until in 2003, during a conversation about personal growth and life changes, someone I hardly knew asked me, "What would you dare to try if you knew you couldn't fail?" and before I even had a conscious thought I blurted out, "Be an animal communicator!"
And so it was decided.
"So why can YOU do this and other people can't?" she asked, with a hint of derision in her voice.
"But they can!" I replied.
She looked shocked. It was apparently not the answer she was expecting.
This question from a woman who visited my booth at a recent Best Friends fundraiser gave me the opportunity to educate her on a topic about which I feel strongly:
If you're an animal lover, you can do animal communication. In fact, you probably already are.
You may have always felt or been told that you have really good instincts with animals. You know stuff about them that can't be explained by deductive reasoning or watching their body language.
Most likely you are already hearing their messages, just on a subconscious level. In which case, all you have to do is learn how to listen!
So many of the spontaneous ideas we consider random or tangential are really intercepted thoughts from our loved ones and others around us. Since we have such deep emotional bonds with our animals, our transceiving mechanism is just that much stronger with them.
Though somewhat of an oversimplification, it's not inaccurate to say that the primary trick to animal communication is learning to discern between your own thoughts and those coming from the animal. And then the other part is trust.
If you can 1) be receptive, 2) believe that it's possible, then 3) clear your mind enough that an incoming message doesn't have to compete with a bunch of noise, you could pretty quickly start to catch some glimmer of communication from your pets.
So go ahead and try. And act "as if." As if it's working.
When you ask a question, you will get an answer. You can either dismiss it as imagination or your own mind responding deductively, or you can do the productive thing and act as if it's really coming from your pet. Because at least part of the time it probably is. And if you do that enough times you will eventually have the a-ha moment where you notice the subtle differences between your own thoughts and theirs. And then you'll realize you're really doing it.
I can assure you, that's quite an exciting moment.
WHO CAN TALK TO ANIMALS?
THAT MAYBE YOU WILL LIKE, TOO
None of these people, organizations or companies have given me anything in return for listing them here.
This is just stuff that I like, that I thought you might like, too.
FDA pet food recalls
PetFinder (national pet adoption website)
Dog Buddy Match (free service to find local friends for your dog)
Best-FunnyCatsandDogs (photo bank of breed photos for dogs and cats)
Small-scale vendors with fun animal-related merchandise
I'd Rather Be with My Dog
Psychics & healers & stuff (I will only list people I know personally)
Valentina "Ghostgirl" Lomborg
Dr. Elena Gabor
Non-profits that I like and trust
Best Friends Animal Society
The Resonance Project Foundation
Follow on social media
The Cult Cat (Twitter)
I effing love science (Facebook)
Applied Precognition Project (learn to do Associative Remote Viewing for free)