I’ve been asking myself lately what it feels like to communicate with animals. This is not an easy question for me to answer because sometimes I can’t find the right words to describe the kaleidoscope of feelings that animal communication arouses in me. When I’m asked to talk to a family pet, I always stop to think of the trust that a client is putting in me to connect with their loving animal companion. One of the most intimate relationships we humans can have in our lives is the relationship we have with our pets. We may be married or have partners that we’re extremely close to and consider our “soul mates.” But as close as we feel to our significant others, there are times when we don’t feel like or want to share our thoughts or ideas with them…for whatever reason. It somehow feels more comfortable and safer to entrust our dogs or ours cat or even our bunnies with those secrets. Why? Because our pets are totally accepting of us and our human frailties. They never laugh at us or think us foolish. They simply love us beyond all rational thought. When we enter into a relationship with a furry critter, we don’t realize how much we come to rely on the safety and comfort that exists in the sudden slurp of a tongue on our noses or in the gentle touch of a kitty’s paw on our cheeks. Slowly and without fanfare, this deepening trust of our pets develops and becomes another way for us to unburden ourselves of feelings and ideas that we just can’t seem to talk to our spouses or partners about…not yet. Sometimes talking to our pets is a trial run or a dress rehearsal for what we need or want to say to those we live and work with. Practice can help to make something difficult easier to say. And our pets are always more than happy to act as our personal sounding boards.
It’s with this in mind that I approach my work in animal communication. When a client asks me to talk with their pet, they usually have specific questions and/or problems in mind; are they happy, do they need anything, do they have any pain, do they like their food, why do they pee on the floor in the family room; etc. So when I start the conversation with the pet, I have some idea of a problem or concern on the part of the owner. What I don’t have are the versions of the problems/concerns that exist in the mind of the pet. Since most pets are eager to talk and tell their side of the story, I learn quickly just what pets think of their humans, their homes and their lives.
While the integration of the owner’s questions and concerns with their pet’s feelings and needs is important, what’s more valuable to me is the level of the connection that exists between human and animal. Sometimes the connection is more superficial…the human and the pet are close and there is love that exists between them, but the strength of the bond has shorter roots. Then there are times when this connection is deep, profound and even palpable. If you put a cardiac monitor on it, you might see a rhythmic beating reminiscent of a strong heart. It’s the witnessing of this bond that fills me with a sense of awe and a good dose of humility at having been asked to be a part of such an extraordinary event.
I have an ability that allows me to peek into the windows of an animal’s mind and soul. And I consider any request to talk to a pet a sacred trust that demands respect, honesty and openness. My feet need to be firmly planted on the ground and my heart and soul need to be one with the Universe. Living my life in this manner allows me to keep that phone line to the animal world open. I can just picture a fuzzy kitty with a little phone to her ear on the other end…”Hello, anybody there?”
Blessings to you and your furry friends.