When you’re first exploring Animal Communication, it helps to get in touch with what I call your Native Communication Style. We all have a native or most comfortable way in which we visualize, and that way isn’t always visual. That was really confusing for me when I first began exploring animal communication and building my intuitive skills. My own native style is actually more like a knowing or a sudden download of information. My second strongest language is emotion, and the two often jockey for first place when I’m communicating with non-human animals. Early in my exploration, I often thought I was doing it wrong because messages and information didn’t come to me as pictures or visually. Visualization is quite a misleading term, actually.
When you’re practicing animal communication, information will come in one or more forms. You may see pictures in your mind’s eye, as visualization implies, or you may get sensory information from any of your other senses, such as catching a whiff of a specific scent or hearing a voice. You may feel information in your body or feel specific emotions. You may suddenly know the answer to whatever question you asked as if the information was just downloaded into your mind Neo-style as if you’re plugged into The Matrix. Sometimes, it comes as a hodgepodge of all of that. How the information comes depends on your native style and skill level, the native style and skill level of the being with whom you’re communicating, and factors that may be beyond understanding.
When you’re starting out, it helps a lot to know your own native style. In part, just knowing what works best for you helps you to bring your intuition online, making it easier to get the information you’re naturally already gathering at sub- or unconscious levels into your conscious mind so you can access it. It’ll help you get out of your own way.
In part, knowing your own native language makes it easier to stop dismissing the information that’s real. Self-doubt is one of the biggest obstacles most of us face when we’re beginning. Just being aware of your native style will give you more confidence. Plus, as a beginner you can communicate your style to your partner to help make your conversation easier. Just like we are happy to use simpler language when talking with children, our non-human animal friends are often happy to adapt their style to suit your needs when you’re just starting out.
Be aware, too, that no style is better than the others. Knowing your own Native Communication Style may help you get to know yourself better, but it doesn’t tell you much about your personality or psychology. What it does tell you is how your mind is most comfortable sorting and identifying information. What you do with that information once you’ve brought it into consciousness says a lot about your personality, intelligences, and psychology, but how you got it…not so much so.
So, don’t get down if you don’t get information in the way that seems to be dominant or preferred. No style is actually preferred. Our term for getting that information is just a result of trying to fit this concept into a flawed form. It’s a lot like trying to sum up the energy we call love into that one, tiny word. The word Love is really just a pointer toward something much, much bigger and more complex than a single world can encompass. So, too, with visualization.
Exercise: Recognize your Native Communication Style
To do this exercise, find a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. You’ll want to be able to get quiet and focus, preferably in a place that feels comfortable and safe. Solitude isn’t required, but it can help. If you have a non-human animal friend who wants to help you develop your skills, he or she can be present but ask him or her to let you focus.
You may need as little as a few minutes, or it may take as much as half an hour or so. If you find yourself frustrated, stop and come back to it later. One of the keys in successful animal communication as well as developing your intuitive skills is to not push but to instead let things unfold in their own time and way.
Gather three simple objects or representations of them. For instance, you can gather an apple, and orange, and a tennis ball. Or, you can write the words “apple,” “orange,” and “tennis ball” on three slips of paper. Conversely, if you’re doing this with a human partner, each of you can take a moment or two to brainstorm for your three objects without gathering or preparing a representation of any of them.
- Settle into a comfortable position.
- Let your mind clear. If necessary, take a few moments to address and jot down any thoughts that seem particularly pressing to get them off your mind.
- Choose one of your three objects and visualize it.
- When you have the object clearly in your mind, ask yourself to describe how it’s there. Is it an image or a word? Do you smell it? Is it more like the idea of the object that floats in your consciousness without any clear sensory information attached to it? Is someone whispering it in your ear?
- Make a note of how you imagined your first object in whatever fashion works for you, then repeat steps 3 and 4 for each of the remaining objects. Notice if the way you visualize each object changes and make a note of that, too. Did you see the first one but hear the next, for instance?
When you’ve practiced visualizing all three objects, you should notice you naturally gravitate toward one way of imagining them. This will be the way that feels easiest and most comfortable to you. It’s your Native Communication Style, the one you’ll want to practice on first as you begin to explore and strengthen your intuitive and animal communication skills.