How To Listen To What You Hear
We all have the ability to communicate with animals.
If you are skeptical or doubt you can telepathically communicate with animals—or if you do not believe it is even possible for anyone else—you may block information that you might of received from your animal companion. Our thoughts become cemented beliefs that color our perceptions and form our reality.
It's natural to doubt whether we’re actually hearing our animals, or have the ability. My most convincing validations have come from wild animals, those with whom I had absolutely no egotistical expectations with or pressure to "be right." Smokey was a feral cat in my backyard that the owner, George, had been feeding for twelve years. I began feeding her when George was traveling for two weeks. On the third day, Smokey didn’t come out to eat. Worried, I mentally projected these words to her, “Smokey girl, why aren’t you eating this morning? Are you all right?”
My interpretation of her thoughts went something like this:
“Not hungry. Ate a mouse last night.”
Did a coyote get you?
“Nope. Too smart for that.”
I asked her to please let me see her. She did not have to eat, but would she please just come out and show me that she was all right? My eyes were still closed when Smokey rustled out of the bushes, ran to me, and made eye contact before she circled her food bowl twice and ran back into hiding.
Finally, I put my beliefs to the test. I connected to her again before vacating the premises of my garden apartment. I didn’t want to leave her behind. I sent Smokey images of an empty apartment stripped of furniture and animals, and her sitting alone in the yard with an empty food bowl. I then held an image in my mind of picking her up, placing her in the carrier and taking her with me. It was her choice. Did she want to be part of my family? Did she prefer to stay behind and fend for herself?
Smokey hung around near my patio garden bench—something she had never done before. I took this to be a yes, although I was not certain. Then came the final day and the test of my ultimate belief in my abilities. Smokey walked into the empty apartment. I closed the front door, placed the carrier in a vertical position, and fully opened the carrier door. I mentally pictured her going in feet first. Then I sent her a contrasting image of her resisting and staying behind.
Here was a twelve-year-old feral cat who had never been touched by humans. Here was a human who never thought to wear protective gloves or throw a towel around her. Without thinking, I bent over, placed my hands around her body and lifted her in the air. To my surprise, Smokey turned into a limp rag! All the way from beginning to end, she was easier to drop into the carrier than any domestic cat I had ever had. Miss Smokey-Girl-Jones has been with me for over five years and is over twenty years old. She sleeps with me, allows me to pick her up for hugs, and wakes me up in the morning.
When you believe in yourself and approach another living being with clear intention, fear drops away, and they return the trust. You meet them on common ground: love. If you are close to your companions, you are already hearing them, even if you don't realize it. It takes practice to differentiate their thoughts from your own. Your companion’s thoughts can be as subtle as a breeze and may appear like your own thoughts. And “thoughts” are not always auditory. Become aware of the images in your mind, and the feelings arising in your body. Believe in your abilities. Believe your animals can hear you. Most of all, believe that you can hear them.
One way to begin hearing animals is to practice meditation to slow the chatter in your mind. Thought is the nature of the mind. You cannot stop thinking, but you can become aware that you’re thinking, and bypass the thought process. Allowing thoughts to pass is difficult, because our ego prefers to take us on a roller coaster, winding to the past, thrusting to the future, or suspending us in fantasy. Our attention is constantly sideswiped. But when we ride the breath, thought subsides, if only for a few moments, and we find ourselves merged within a peaceful, expanded state of consciousness. The present moment, as subtle as the still point between breaths, is where we tap into the Quantum Field, Source Energy, or God. It's also where we can tap into the thoughts of our animals.
When I taught art, there were some children who were often out of control - spinning, scooting around the room, or rocking. I sat them in a circle for meditation every day. In the midst of loud chatter and distraction, I would strike the small brass bowl, used in Buddhist meditation. Its melodic, lingering resonance drifted through the room commanding their attention, while they sat still listening to the sound taper into silence. All talking ceased, and each child in the class, gong-struck in stillness, folded their hands in prayer pose. I didn’t ask them to. The sound of the gong was enough to bring them inward into the present. Any sound, smell, or taste can do the same thing and strike through our internal chatter. We “wake-up” in intervals like this throughout our life, but then we slip back into our busy minds. Staying awake takes practice. Communicating telepathically to animals takes practice.
Our animals prefer our minds to be a vast sky, and not clouded with thought. When we slow our busy minds to the wavelength of our animals' minds, we are in a powerful place. When martial artists are about to break a slab of concrete, their minds don’t wander off to what needs to be done next. Nor will you ever see a Zen monk eating dinner while watching TV. Remember, we cannot be here if we are somewhere else. We cannot hear unless we listen. To listen, and to hear an animal’s thoughts, requires our complete presence.
Diana “Dexter” DeMonte is a renowned animal communicator and author of two books. She helps animals internationally, specializes in behavior problems and lost animals, and is available for consultations and public speaking. Join Diana for her Wednesday monthly series at Mystic Journey Bookstore. Visit Diana’s website to read more about the monthly series, or to attend her upcoming Animal Communication Workshop: www.DianaDelMonte.com