Learning to Trust your Intuitive Skills: Animal Communication 101

Animal Communication Club

When I was starting to communicate with non-human animals I really needed to learn how to listen. That was a lot more challenging than it sounded because I often doubted myself. I’d perceive something, then before I even became conscious of that perception my inner protector immediately began questioning whether it was real. I grew up in a culture that didn’t subscribe to “psychic” communication and actively worked to shut down intuition and the knowledge that comes with it. It’s no wonder that my inner protector wanted to shut that down. I would likely have been carted off to therapy or an institution if I’d have showed off my communication skills. So, too, with many of my peers.

Most of us today still build walls to intuitive communication. I’ve noticed that most of the children I’ve met seem to have built them by kindergarten, some as early as just a year old. Those walls are reinforced with our reliance on technology. Kids and adults alike go to their smart phones and computers for just about every answer under the sun. They don’t take the time, for instance, to step outside and see what the weather will be intuitively; they check their Weather Bug app. Our culture has developed with the idea that intuition isn’t actually real, or perhaps that it’s reserved for a small slice of humanity. We’ve lost our connection to an aspect of being human-animals that’s naturally ours, the ability to communicate intuitively.

The challenge is to let ourselves trust what comes through. We’re all born with the capacity to practice intuitive communication, which is what Animal Communication boils down to. We just need to set ourselves up for enough successes in a row to build the start of that trust. To do that, we need to slow down, learn how to connect properly, and choose a good study-buddy who’s willing to help us through the many hurdles we’ll face as we learn.

My first study-buddy was a Basset Hound named Saxon Brew. He had infinite patience. He was also deliberate and steady, willing to go at my pace but not willing to let me go slower than he thought I needed to go. He pushed me…and mostly his approach was sound. In the very beginning, he was willing to play silly games with me to help me learn how to trust my own intuition and interpretations. He’d let me set the parameters and then comply with whatever crazy-human response I needed to feel confident I’d understood his communication on any given matter. He’d walk across the room if I got it right and hang his head if I got it wrong, for instance. Having a study-buddy who’s willing to play a few silly games in the beginning helps considerably.

A little distance helps, too, surprisingly. We humans are used to thinking we need to be in-person to talk unless we have some kind of technological aid. Non-human animals share a wold-wide network of their own, one we can totally tap into. When you’re building trust in your own intuitive understanding and communication, it helps to not be in the same room as your study-buddy in part because you know any communication you have is completely reliant on that world-wide intuitive network. You also know you’re not using your other communication skills, like body language or tone of voice, to skew your results.

This exercise is one I used when I was first starting out to help me see my skills were working. It helped me learn to trust myself and my study-buddy. I still use it off an on now in part to re-affirm that I’m not “just making this all up,” particularly when I’m feeling emotionally attached to the outcome of my communication. Emotional attachment to any aspect of the communication, like wanting to be right or wanting to get a specific message that may not be the one your friend’s sending, can prevent clear communication. We humans are particularly good at letting emotions cloud our communication…whether we’re practicing intuitive communication with a non-human animal friend or having a regular ol’ chat with a very human one. One of the beauties of this exercise is it can be a way for your friend to help you step through the emotional fog, get the message right, and trust your own growing skills.

Exercise for Building Trust in Your Animal Communication Skills

For this exercise, you’ll need a study-buddy. That’s a non-human animal with whom you have or can have fairly regular contact and who’s interested in helping you hone your skills. It helps if you’ve requested his or her help before you begin, but you can ask during the connection part of this exercise. If the study-buddy you’ve selected doesn’t want to participate, you can easily focus on another individual with whom you may want to work. Just  be sure you’ll have a chance to physically be with your partner at some point within the day of or day after your practice.

You’ll need to be separate from your study-buddy for this exercise. The amount of distance doesn’t matter. He or she can be outside playing in the yard or in a different room or miles and miles away. The important part is you’re not together where you can see or touch one another for the practice. The distance will help you focus on the intuitive aspect of communication and learn to trust your growing skills.

You’ll want to practice in a place that’s comfortable and feels safe for you. Ensure you’ll be undisturbed as you work. You may need as few as five minutes or you may need considerably longer. I recommend giving yourself a good 20-30 minutes so you have time to write any thoughts or messages you receive into your journal if you so desire.

Practice Communicating

  1. Set your intention, which for this exercise is to connect with your study-buddy and communicate clearly.
  2. Take a few moments to clear your mind and focus.
  3. When you’re ready, imagine your study-buddy is quite nearby. Offer him or her a loving greeting, like a warm hug or a jolly hello. This is how you establish connection with your friend. Give yourselves as long as you need to enjoy each other’s presence and feel connected.
  4. Ask your friend for his or her help in your learning process. Explain that you’re trying to learn how to trust you’re being heard and you’e hearing correctly or accurately. Many non-human animals will understand it’s hard for us humans to trust the process.
  5. When your friend agrees to help, tell him or her you want to play a game. It may feel kind of silly, but explain it’ll help you to trust you communicated well. Then, ask if he or she would be willing to show you in the next day or so you communicated by doing something outrageous and crazy to get your attention. You can decide together what that crazy behavior might be, or you can let your friend use his or her creativity to come up with a way to catch your attention. Whatever it is your friend does, it needs to be something that’s really dramatic or out-of-character so you can’t miss it. The key to this exercise is that you get the sign your friend really did hear you, you really did communicate, and you didn’t just create it as a giant fantasy of how you wish life would be rather than how it is. Ask your friend to keep at it, getting more and more outrageous or dramatic, until you clearly catch on. Promise to tell him or her when you’ve gotten the message, too!
  6. When you’ve finished your communication, remember to thank you study-buddy for communicating with you. It’s always kind to offer another hug or love of some kind like you did when you began before you sign off.
  7. When you’ve said your good-byes, let yourself focus on your body and your surroundings for a moment or two. It helps to wiggle your toes and get yourself re-grounded into your body. The more your practice, the less you’ll need to think about the transition. For now, spend as much or as little time as you need to feel fully present in your body and your life as it is right now.
  8. Take a few moments to write down any impressions or thoughts you had while you were communicating with your friend if you so desire.

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