There is so much to be gained from reigniting our natural ability to communicate with animals. It can contribute to a deeper appreciation for other animals and a deeper understanding that we can be in kinship with all of life. There is also a larger view, where we gain a greater affinity for the environment and sustainability. Through the practice of animal communication, we start to remember our place as part of nature and develop a respect for the natural resources that support our life.
Imagine a world where ways of knowing, like animal communication, are recognized, valued and have an established place as legitimate forms of knowledge in academic and modern Western contexts. That is the world I envisage.
Here is a real example of how animal communication can be helpful.
Bailey’s alarm call
Lynn told me that she and her teenage daughter, Sam, recognized animal communication was possible and very honestly admitted they had read lots of books on the subject but hadn’t done very much else. Then one day their dog, Bailey, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was barking in Lynn’s bedroom. This was very unusual, so Sam decided to stop the work she was doing in her own room to go and check it out.
When she walked into the room, Bailey sent her images of Ollie, one of their ferrets, running around it.
Sam searched the room, but Ollie wasn’t there.
Sam reassured Bailey, who was very wary of the ferrets, that there were no ferrets loose in the room, then thought she’d better go and check the hutches in the back garden just in case they’d escaped.
Sure enough, Ollie, the ferret Bailey had shown to Sam, had somehow done a Houdini and escaped out of the hutch, and was now making his way towards the cat flap.
Although he couldn’t see the hutch from the bedroom, obviously Bailey had an awareness of the ferrets’ locations and what they were doing, and his concern was quite well founded. He was worried that Ollie would come into the house, and that if he did, it wouldn’t be long before he was in Lynn’s bedroom, running all over the place. So, not only was he able to communicate his reason for barking, but Sam was able to receive it clearly and act on it.
To summarize, a dog inside a house knew what a ferret who lived outside the house was doing, although he couldn’t see him. Furthermore, the dog was able to communicate this effectively to his human, and the human received the message clearly and acted on it, proving that the dog was right all along. Good job, Bailey!
This story shows human–animal (dog) communication. It also demonstrates animal–animal (dog–ferret) communication. It gets you thinking, doesn’t it? Lynn and Sam told me it encouraged them to study animal communication further. This simple example shows the power of non-verbal communication between all species. When we remember we’re animals too, it all makes perfect sense. It’s interspecies communication, using a non-verbal universal language. How cool is that?!
The Spider Teacher
One of my animal communication students, Dawn Brumham, relates:
Last week I went into my bathroom and there was a huge spider in the bath. I always put them outside, but they always make me jump and the truth is I don’t enjoy having to handle them. However, as per usual, I went to get a glass and small plate (to help coax the spider into the glass). But this spider just wouldn’t go in. It kept jumping either side of the glass and I was getting frustrated. I was on my way out and didn’t want to be late.
I remembered Pea’s story about overcoming her fear of a snake, so I tried to send love to the spider and connect with it. I wasn’t able to convince myself, though, and as a result neither was I able to convince the spider. Then it hit me. I would ask my dog, who transitioned years ago, to help me. I asked him to speak to the spider and to tell it I wished it no harm.
Then I thought, Oh no, it will just hear the word ‘harm’, so I changed my thoughts and said to my dog, ‘Tell it I just want to help it.’
Immediately there seemed to be a second of calmness and understanding from both parties. The spider then walked slowly, with ease, into my glass. I then went to throw it out of the window of my bungalow, as I usually do, but just before I did, I had a very strong sense that this was not what was wanted and that the spider wanted to be placed ‘gently’ out of the patio door onto some petals that were in a flowerbed.
I obliged, because I felt a strong obligation to fulfill the request and honour the spider’s trust in me. And all was well. The point I think I want to make is, once you have been on an animal communication course, it really does change everything.
Now you’ve heard about a dog communicating with a human and a ferret, and a woman who communicated with her transitioned dog in order to communicate with a spider. Are you still with me? I’m giving you these examples here because I want you to start seeing animals from a new perspective, and there’s no better way than sharing a couple of true stories that I trust will grab your attention and pique your curiosity to know more.
If you have got the urge to learn more about animal communication, here are two easy ways you can discover more:
- Read my third book, Animal Communication Made Easy. This book will recover and develop your skills in human–animal communication. You’ll also find it helps you to deepen your human–nature connection.
- Subscribe to my free newsletter to hear about the animal communication workshops opportunities in your area and wild animal retreats worldwide.
By Pea Horsley