BY KATHLEEN LESTER, M.S.
Animals talk with us all the time, although we may not hear them. Our evolution and socialization has rendered our telepathic capabilities temporarily mute, as we have embraced language as our preferred method of communication. The telepathic skills are still there, we are often just not tuned into them. Our animal companions reflect our behaviors, our illnesses, and our personality. In a study conducted by Michigan State University of the human companions of 1,600 dogs, covering a variety of breeds -“after parsing the data, the researchers found an interesting tidbit: dog and owner personalities often mirror each other.”
What Kinds of Things Do Animals Want Their Humans to Know?
Animals want us to know many things and want to communicate with us beyond basic commands and hand gestures. They want to know what’s going on each day, for example, when is breakfast, when will you be gone, when will you return, when is play time, and are there any specific activities for the day? Animals also want a say in how they spend their time. So often we do not offer them choices throughout the day. They would be grateful to be able to choose an activity, for example, play with the ball or go for a walk. We can simply communicate this by offering both options and letting them decide – the leash or the ball or for cats the laser or the fishing pole. While on a walk, we can also let them decide which way to go.
Animals want to participate in their care and health. They want to be able to have some choices in what food they eat. We can offer them options – bowl #1 or bowl #2, so they can choose what they eat. They also want to participate in their health care, specifically whether they have a procedure or not or surgery or not. And they also want to have a say in how and when they will transition from this life. They have strong opinions about these matters. An animal communicator can help with these more complex forms of communication, as we as human companions are often very emotional and the decisions we make are often filtered through our emotions, as opposed to what our animal companions want. Sometimes they don’t want the surgery or procedure, even if it may save their life.
How do Animals Communicate With Us?
Animals teach us so much just by being our companions, imagine what we can learn if communicated with them regularly. So often, because we are not hearing them, they have to find creative ways to communicate with us – for example, a dog who has been part of the family since a puppy, starts to exhibit anxious behavior at the age of 3 is often reflecting the anxiety of someone in the house. In one situation, it was a child who had aged into teen years and with that came anxiety. The dog’s anxiety was reflecting hers to let her know it was impacting others and the dog wanted her to do something about it. Only when she started working with her own anxiety, did the dog’s anxiety subside.
Animals often speak softly and up the ante over time if we are not paying attention. So, when we don’t hear them, they may then sit and stare at us, or paw at us, something a bit more engaging. If we don’t hear that, then they up the ante some more and may use the floor as their bathroom or do something they know they are not supposed to do. So, when they start acting out, instead of punishing them, consider what they may be trying to tell you, it’s usually not that they just want to be bad, but they have something to say and art trying to get your attention.
How Can You Communicate with Animals?
As mentioned above, we can begin by offering our animal companions choices, in essence, asking them which they prefer – beef or chicken? Ball or walk? As well as, making a conscious effort to tell them what the plan is for the day so they know what to expect. Animals understand the intent behind our words and our actions, so we cannot fool them by saying “we are not going to the vet today”.
Telepathic communication is conveyed through visions, thoughts, feelings, a knowing, and sounds, how we receive depends mostly on our filter or how we experience the world. So if we experience the world primarily through vision, the telepathic messages we receive may be mostly visual, but be open for a variety of message types to arrive.
To hone these innate skills, human companions can take a class and learn telepathic communication. Meditation is another way to be present with our animal companions. Often when we meditate they will gravitate to us and sit next to or on top of us and during this intimate time with our animal companions, we may be in clear space to receive messages from them. A simple way to start meditating with your animal companion is to begin breathing in sync with them , either watching the rise and fall of their chest or place your hand on their chest to feel the rise and fall of their breath.
Enjoy the beautiful new relationship you are creating with your animal companions when it’s not just the human making all the decisions.
This article is in memory of Terri Diener, Animal Communicator, teacher, mentor, and dear friend.