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For more than seventeen years, I've worked as a professional animal communicator; although I've had the pleasure to meet and help thousands of people and animals around the globe, I'm still often surprised how even the biggest animal-lovers out there can miscommunicate with their beloved pets.
Animals, whether domesticated or wild, captured or free, have the ability to tap into a person to understand, at a deeper level, what is really going on within them. Most people, however, overlook this innate skill in animals and instead rely only on the more basic senses to communicate their messages. Aggressive verbal commands, special training devices, and restraints are just a few of the ways we, as humans, try to control the animals around us. Animals really do have so much more to offer us, if we know how to listen and receive—and when we listen and receive well, we can avoid the miscommunication that is running rampant in today's human/animal relationships.
Animals have honed their intuitive abilities to help them survive in the wild. An elephant needs to sense when danger is coming from hundreds of miles away—and she can do that, not just through her trunk, but also through her knowing. A cheetah can sense a change in the energy that tells him his prey is near… and more. These "other" senses are well-developed in animals and part of their normal, every day lives—whereas for us… well… I have a whole business dedicated to helping people rediscover these abilities within themselves! It is because of these special skills that animals hold that animals have to much to teach us.
Here are some of the most common ways that, as a result of how animals are tuning in to you, you may be miscommunicating. As you read through the list, you may find that you were already subconsciously aware of these things happening; however, the real power comes from being cognizantly aware of these mis-cues.
Now that you know how in tune to your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and visuals the animals in your life are, it's time to take up a new type of responsibility in the relationship with your animal. Become conscious of what you say, and ensure that that matches the picture you're holding in your head. Work on transparency in your life, allowing the ick to be ick (and working through that) and celebrating the exciting moments. No one expects you to be perfect! Watch your thoughts as well. Know that the survival of animals in the wild is based on their ability to be present and in the here and now, and they are going to do whatever they have to do to get you present in the here and now as well. With these simple shifts in how you interact with your pet, you'll find that you can actually receive more love, more fun, and more comfort in that relationship than ever before!
Danielle MacKinnon (Boston, MA) is a highly gifted intuitive and coach who has appeared on TV and radio around the world. She's also an esteemed faculty member at the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center, and many other ...