Pet Care Corner: Better Communication With Your Pet, Part 2: Receiving
By L. Leigh Meriweather
Part 1 of Better Communication with your Pet covered the basics of delivering a message while communicating with your pet. These include being clear with your message and speaking from your heart, as well as using mental images and corresponding emotions to convey messages. In Part 2, we will cover the other half of communication, receiving messages. This tends to be the more difficult and challenging part for most of us.
It helps to keep in mind that communication with your pet works in a similar fashion to communication with humans, just without words. What I mean by this is that there is a time to deliver a message and a time to receive the response.
When beginning to get information this way, the first thing to remember is to ‘take it slow.’
A calm mind is crucial. It would be good to practice slowing your thoughts down as it is difficult to receive messages with a cluttered mind, just as it is nearly impossible to hear another if all we are doing is talking.
There also needs to be a clear space in the inner realm for you to be able to receive messages. This is done by settling the mind and emotions. Constant self-talk or inner thoughts don’t leave room to receive messages. Likewise, emotions such as worry, anxiety, fear or excitement get in the way, as well. So, it helps to be centered. Sometimes I use imagery to imagine I am in a field with the pet in front of me. Other times, I imagine a clear energetic field to receive information.
Once there is a space to receive, start by just noticing the clear space and what it feels like. This will help you later to discern where the information is coming from.
Also, note that there are different ways of receiving information. This can be through sounds, images, smells, colors, symbols, feelings, pictures or just knowing. I’ve worked with animal communicators who ‘hear’ the voice of the pet and those that get feelings or mental pictures. Both are valid and both can deliver great information. You might find you receive information from one particular manner over another. Be open to this.
How do I know I am not making it up? This is probably the number one question asked and what a great question it is. It might feel like you are making it up in the beginning. You will feel that you are unsure if what you are getting is ‘real.’ Try not to worry about this too much. This is a natural part of the learning process. However, I’ve included some tips here to help address this.
The communication is happening in the inner realm and this is also where our inner dialogue is occurring, so it is important to be able to distinguish between the two.
The more familiar you are with clearing a space and knowing what is yours, the better you can become at knowing what is not yours and coming from another. It might be prudent to spend some time with your thoughts. This might sound silly, but it is helpful to know what your own thoughts and feelings feel like to you. Then you can double check the answer by asking yourself “Is this thought/feeling mine?”
To start, picture your pet in front of you. Specifically state the intention of wanting to communicate and to receive messages from your pet. You can also ask for guidance.
Practice with simple questions, like “Do you like your food?” or “What do you think of this person or that person?” We already know far more than we realize, but try to remain unattached to what the answer might be.
Give yourself permission to notice and explore what you are getting. It might be helpful to keep a journal or chat with a friend about the exercises.
This is a simple overview of the basics of receiving messages during animal communication. Receiving messages takes time and practice. Remember to set the intention, settle the mind and emotions, clear a space for receiving, and give time to waiting for the answer. Knowing your own inner world also helps.
The more you practice, the easier it becomes.
Don’t forget to thank your pet at the end of the session.
Have fun and keep me posted of the results!
L. Leigh Meriweather