Before I was a professional psychic medium, I was many things. I was an environmental activist. I was a plant research scientist. I was a teacher. I was, at one point, an animal communicator.
A few years ago, I worked at the San Diego Zoo Global and connected people to animals in exclusive inside enclosure tours. Primarily, I worked with rhinoceroses and giraffes, and my job was not only to educate people about animals but to interpret the behavior of the animals and guests in my presence. My goal was to ensure both parties felt comfortable having an connection, a ‘wildlife’ encounter, as the Zoo called it.
Each day, I would take between 15-50 guests into the field on a little truck and with a driver in the cab and me posted on the back hay-rack ride style.
My goal internal was to create the ultimate ‘zen space’. At the time, I was an active yoga practitioner and I planned to use everything I’d learned in classes to create this calm, loving atmosphere on the back of my dusty off-road vehicle.
I aspired to help each of my guests reach a comfortable, calm and peaceful state, so the wild animals that I had worked to build a relationship would trust each and everyone of my new human friends.
Thus, I had to develop a loving and trusting relationship, at the very least, with a few of the animals. Just as in any relationship built on trust and love, I needed to grow my ability to interpret what they needed to feel comfortable, safe and supported.
If you’d ever been on one of my tours, you’d know I was quite the animal whisperer and 99% of the time, I was able to convince my animal friends to want to meet my new friends and take food from their hands. This was the first test of my mediumship abilities and I totally rocked it.
In other words, I was the liaison - between my animal friends and my people friends. I was the medium.
Which, coincidentally, isn’t all that much different than what I do now. I translate the messages and emotions of Spirit to my human friends and vice versa. I’m still a medium, connecting two Spirits together by translating what both parties need at a given time.
Animal communication works the exact same way as Spirit communication.
So, if you’ve ever had an ‘imaginary’ conversation in your head with an animal, where you talk to them in your mind and ‘imagine’ their response or how they feel about what you said - it’s definitely not your imagination. It’s real and it’s called clairaudience. Telepathic clairaudience, which is the most common form of clear hearing abilities. We all have these abilities to some degree, to communicate our needs with others by ‘sending’ our thoughts to them.
Did you ever wish someone would invite you to dinner and then they did? Hoped your boyfriend would buy you chocolates and then it totally happened? Sent a request to the universe for a new place to live and it materialized perfectly in front of you? Thought about calling someone and the phone rang? These are all pretty common examples of telepathic clairaudience - Spirit-to-Spirit communication without words.
Have you ever talked to animal? If so, it’s likely they’ve tried to talk back to you. Listen. The voice you hear is often telepathic and heard from within.
Have you ascribed personalities to your pets? Those personalities are communicated to you in behavior, but also in thoughtform. Your pets relay message to you, whether you are aware of it or not. It’s how they convince you to buy them new toys when they already have about 1,000 of them.
Do you feel like you connect better with animals that with people? In some cases, language can be a barrier - because we use it to hide and pretend about how we really feel. Psychic and intuitive connections with animals are real and truthful connections. As are our connections with loved ones on the Other Side.
1. Start connecting with animals you know
If you have any pets that you have already connected with, start here. Your animal loved ones already trust you and likely are connecting with you on an intuitive level, anyway. This will be easier than connecting with a wild animal or someone else’s pet because you’ve likely already created a repertoire with your dog, cat or bird.
Even if all you do is greet your cat good morning and lovingly offer her breakfast, this is a start at communicating and you can expand from here.
2. Listen when you talk to them
When you speak to your animal friend, whether quietly inside your mind or out loud shamelessly (like me) - wait. Give them a chance to ‘reply’. If you were having a chat with a human, at some point, you’d have a break in your side of the conversation and give them a chance to say something. Offer the same opportunity to your animal friends.
Wait for a response. It will be internally heard, so you’ll be looking for a ‘thought’ or a word to pop into your head. In some cases, you’ll be expecting an image to be received. Each of us has a different way of receiving, sending and interpreting information - hearing, knowing, feeling or seeing. You’re strongest in at least one of these areas and connect with others primarily on this level.
It’s very similar to “learning style”. Do you remember what your learning style is from grade school and college? If so, apply it here. It’s your strongest intuitive communication area, to.
3. Respond appropriately to what you hear
When chatting with a friend, if he or she were to send you a message, no matter what it was, you would respond appropriately. You might honor their request, provide insight, tell them you are busy right now or add something to their remark. Do this with what you ‘get’ from your animal friend. Respond and reply.
Without responding to what is relayed to you in your human life, people will stop telling you things or conversing with you. At some point, if a human is feeling ignored or not listened to they will decide to no long share with those who ignored them. The same goes for animals. If you ‘ignore’ what is sent to you, your friends may decide to give up altogether!
Feeling like perhaps your animal friends have already given up? Just like any relationship, it can be mended by reaching out and restoring the connection. Somebody has to make the phone call :).
4. Start bridging the gap with other animals
Once you’ve developed a fun repertoire with your animal friends at home, start trying to get the attention of other animals. Say ‘hello’ to them in your mind, greet them when you are in their presence as though they were any other being worthy of acknowledgement in your space. Because they are.
As you begin to notice other animals and acknowledge them as equals, you’ll start to notice that they notice you back. From here, you can begin the conversation. Think of it as asking someone on a first date, you might make yourself more ‘available’ in the presence of your crush before simply asking for their number! Make yourself more available. Be around more. Say hello. Start noticing them.
Once you get a hang of it, and start trusting what you receive, I suggest taking classes or reading more books on the topic! These abilities and your natural playfulness around animals can manifest into full-blown talents and a career, if you desire.
And remember, have fun! Use your imagination. Play around. Your animal friends don’t want to see you sad and frustrated anyway. Let the information flow naturally and avoid forcing it.
The less you mentally ‘try’, the more you generally, receive.
With much love,