What is Animal Communication & How Does it Work?
Telepathy is the universal language of
Click player below to listen to "For St. Francis" from CD Light from Assisi,
Artist Richard Shulman.
St. Francis could probably be called the world's first animal communicator and animal welfare advocate. He was one of the first humans in recorded history to value the life of animals as highly as humans, to speak openly and unabashedly with them as equals. He preached soulfully to flocks of birds, rescued turtle doves from captivity, and wrote poetry to honor all creatures and nature. His legacy of reverence for all life continues to inspire the world today.
In the story of St. Francis and the wolf of Gubbio, the legendary patron saint of animals went into the woods to talk with a wolf who had been coming into the village and killing livestock. Communicating his deep sense of compassion, St. Francis basically mediated an agreement: that the village people would respect, shelter and feed the wolf for the rest of his life if the wolf would agree not to take the villagers’ animals for his meals. As St. Francis and the wolf silently spoke, the village people watched in awe as the wolf lifted his paw to St. Francis' hand and allowed himself to be embraced. The wolf came to live peacefully amongst the people in the village for two more years until his natural death. His remains were placed in a concrete like casket which remains today in the Church of S. Francesco della Pace in Gubbio, Italy.
That was in the 1200's. Today, a statue of St. Francis with the wolf sits on my desk to remind me that compassion, empathy and love are the foundation for and prerequisite of animal communication work.
Contemporary animal communicators still help resolve problems between animals and people—from litter box problems, to helping abused animals heal from trauma, to assisting in times of illness, loss and grief. In many ways, communication with animals is no different than communication between humans: sometimes it's regarding problem solving of major life issues, sometimes it's sacred, sometimes it's funny, and sometimes it's about mundane issues of everyday life. The only difference is that we are talking telepathically rather than verbally.
The first animal I "talked" with was my childhood cat Catnip. She was my best friend, confidante and protector through a difficult, abusive childhood. She taught me about love. She taught me how to trust. She gave me my first experience of family and safety. These were missing in my human family relationships, so it was quite natural that I remained very, very close to animals all my life, and continued talking with them. After studying animal communication with Jeri Ryan, I began communicating with animals professionally.
Telepathy is the universal language of the soul—used by all species and between species. It is the natural extension of intuition, an ability available to all, involving the sending or receiving of feelings, images words or energy over distance, transcending time and space. Dictionaries typically describe telepathy with phrases such as "the communication of thoughts or ideas using the mind." We've probably all had the experience of not being to get someone out of our mind for hours or days, then soon hear from that person by phone or email, or receive a card or gift from them. We often laugh at this and say, "What a coincidence! I was just thinking about you!" Actually, this is not a coincidence. It's a simple example of everyday telepathy at work. So is the example of when mothers "just know" their infants need them. Or when we "get a feeling" our dog somehow isn't right, and lo and behold a vet check shows that a health issue needed attention. When someone is thinking of us, writing a card or preparing to call us, or when someone we love needs us, we sometimes "pick up" on that message. We sense their energy reaching out to us. That's telepathy. The telepathy used in animal communication sessions works on that same principle. It is simply a more focused and intentional use of telepathy.
For me telepathy is being connected with the spirit and essence of another--beyond the body, beyond the personality. It is seeing, feeling, hearing and sensing the messages from their soul. It is a sacred experience to be that close to another's soul, and a trusted privilege to pass on their messages to their people. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have this experience with the souls of animals and the people who share their lives and love them. I believe that in the not-too-distant future a great majority of humans who love animals deeply will remember the natural language of telepathy, and will easily and effortlessly talk with their animals themselves. Animal communicators may still be called upon for helping with complex problems, and for continuing to support people in refining their telepathic skills, but I believe telepathic communication between animals and their people will someday be as common as email is today between humans. For now, I hope the information on animal communication on this web site may serve to both inspire you and help you practically. I wish you a lifetime of joy and love with the animals in your lives.
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