A few years ago, I worked at a zoo 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 a connection, a wildlife encounter, as the zoo called it.
Each day, I would take between 10-50 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.
As an active yoga practitioner, I planned to use everything I'd learned 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. This way, the wild animals that I had worked to build a relationship would trust each and every one of my new human friends. When people feel at ease, animals feel at ease.
To do this, 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.
So I intuited what the animals might need and acted as the liaison - between my animal friends and my people friends. Veterinarians do this, animal caretakers do this, and many of us do this with our pets on a daily basis.
Have you ever had an 'imaginary' conversation in your head with an animal?
You talk to them in your mind and imagine their response or how they feel about what you said.
This is usually not your imagination and it's typically called telepathic clairaudience. We all have this ability 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 happened? 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 internally? 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 a 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 than 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.
You can try your hand at communicating with animals. All it takes is a little practice and trust in yourself.
1. Start connecting with animals you know
If you have any pets that you have already connected with, start with your pets. 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 externally 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, too.
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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 by internally thinking thoughts back to them. You can also talk to them externally, by imagining images of what you’re going to do. The best way to start this is by letting them know your plans about something, and thinking the scenes of these plans to convey the message. For example, if you’re moving, you can let your pet know by telling them about your move (internally and externally) and then seeing if they calm down.
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 acknowledgment in your space.
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.
For example, you can start to say hello when you feed outdoor wildlife such as birds and see how they start to sing back to you.
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 career if you desire.
And remember, have fun! Use your imagination. Play around. Let the information flow naturally and avoid forcing it.
The less you mentally try, the more you generally, receive.
Amanda Linette Meder