For the first year that I worked with animals, I wasn’t forthcoming about the communication aspect of my work. When I did start sharing the information I was getting from the dogs and cats I was working with, I was pleasantly surprised to find that people are quite curious about how their animal companions think and feel. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I have come to know: all animals – whether human, canine or feline – are different. Some are highly sensitive, some aren’t, some are more expressive than others and some have higher capacities for critical thinking. To borrow Forrest Gump’s sentiment, we’re all like boxes of chocolate…you never know what you’re going to get.
Imagine you’re at a dinner party. On your left, there’s a lovely guy (let’s call him Raj) chatting your ear off. He’s tells you what he does for a living, his favourite food, and is happy to share his views on, well, anything. He’s Chatty McChattypants. Then on your right you have Sarah. She’s too is lovely, but perhaps a little less open when you try to make small talk. She’s a bit tricky to get to know and prefers to answer your questions in succinct sentences.
For me, communication with dogs and cats is no different from communicating with the Sarahs and Rajs of the world – some are open and expressive and some have an attitude kind of like ‘Look, Kimberley. I like you, but you’re here to do Reiki, not chat. Let’s get on with the Reiki, shall we?’ I can totally understand that. When I go for a massage, I often want the music off and pure silence so that I can fully relax and enjoy my session. We all have our preferences.
All animal communicators have their own ways of sending and receiving information. Since I was a child, I have had a natural tendency to pick up and feel the feelings of others. As an adult, when not working I mostly turn this sensitivity off, but when I was younger and in a room full of people, I would feel the sadness or pain or happiness of those around me. (You can imagine how confusing this was when I was little and didn’t understand what was happening.) When I’m in a session and an animal wants to communicate something, it’s largely done through feeling senses. For example, if I’m working with cat that is in pain, I will often start to feel their pain in my own body. This is helpful as I can share with their person where they’re experiencing discomfort and how they’re experiencing it – i.e. sharp, dull, intermittent, etc.
Another way I might receive information from an animal is through mental pictures. This just means that they will show me a picture of what they’re thinking and/or feeling. For example, if a dog wants to get across that he finds a certain activity stressful, he will show me a picture of the activity (it will pop into my mind in a seemingly random way), and then, while sending the picture, he will also send me the feelings that go along with it. One plus one equals two: I see the picture, I suddenly feel immense anxiety and now I understand the message he’s trying to convey. Pretty simple, isn’t it?