There are several ways of communicating with animals. One is simply the way we have always used of training the animal to some understanding of the meaning of what we say, while we try to interpret the animal's behaviour, body language, etc. in order to understand what it is saying to us. This is complicated and difficult and usually leaves us wondering if we've got it right. However, there are a few books listed below which explain how better to use this kind of communication both in training and in dealing with problems.
Another way is to use kinesiology (muscle testing) and to ask questions for which we can get a yes or a no answer from the animal's body system. This can be very helpful in many ways and can be used to find out what, if anything, is wrong on a physical, mental, or emotional level and what could best be done about it, which could include finding out which foods to give, supplements to add to the diet, or therapies to use. It can also be used to ask questions of the animal on other subjects such as whether it would like a companion, whether there is something it would benefit from, and even what it is feeling/thinking/wanting, although it can be difficult to think of enough questions to cover all possibilities when all you can get in response is a yes or no.
Another way is dowsing using a pendulum, but this has the same limitations as kinesiology because all you can get is a yes or a no in answer to questions, although you can get a "maybe" or a "yes [or no] but" with this method which makes it slightly less limited than simply muscle testing.
The best way is to communicate telepathically, because then you are actually "hearing" what the animal has to say rather than just getting a yes or no response. What you get with this method depends on you and the way you sense best and also, to some extent, the animal itself. You may get a picture or words actually coming into your mind, or you may sense a picture or words, or you may get a feeling that you translate into something meaningful. There is no one way and all ways are perfect. This telepathic method is the way used by most animal communicators.
It is helpful when using kinesiology with an animal to have another person available who will be a "surrogate" for testing the animal. This means that you do not actually test the muscles of the animal but of the other person who is touching the animal. It is possible for some people to use their own muscles for finding out about the animal, rather than do surrogate testing and this method will be described later.
Kinesiology can be very accurate but there are all sorts of things that can affect the outcome. One is an emotional or mental need to have certain answers on the part of the person doing the testing. For example, you may not want to hear that your animal wants a different diet because you feel it would be too time consuming or expensive, or you may not want to hear that your dog wants a commercial food because you think all commercial foods are awful. When a beloved animal is ill or in some other kind of distress, your own emotional involvement can prevent your getting true answers. In therapies where kinesiology is used - for example, BodyTalk (AnimalLinks) - it can be found that the animal's guardian is not the best person to use as a surrogate, and a stranger (or, at least, someone who is not emotionally involved) makes a better surrogate. It is also possible for the tester to influence the answers by the way they put the questions and by their intention, as well as by their facial expressions and whether they look directly into the eyes of the surrogate. For example, a smile is likely to produce a strong response, while a frown may produce a weak response whatever the actual question being posed.
You need to first test the muscle strength of the person who is to be the surrogate without their touching the animal or even (preferably) being close to the animal. Various muscles can be used but the one most often used is where the person being tested stands or sits with one arm (usually their strongest arm) held straight out from the body at right angles to the ground, either out to the side or straight in front of them. The tester then puts one hand on the shoulder and the other hand over the wrist of the extended arm, says "resist" and presses down firmly but not using a lot of strength - just enough to feel the "bounce" in the muscle - with the hand over the wrist. This is a "yes" result, where the muscle remains strong. It is important also to find a "no" result, in which the muscle will test weak and to do this you can either get the person to make an obviously incorrect statement (e.g. my name is Fred Bloggs when their name is actually Mary Jones; or I live in Timbuctoo when they actually live in Barnet), or hold the palm of your non-testing hand across their forehead, which is an important energy centre (the brow chakra or third eye), or get them to look directly at a fluorescent light. In all these cases, the muscle should test weak when pressure is applied over the wrist of the extended arm. In some cases the arm will just drop completely, with no strength in it at all; in some cases it will just give way to a greater extent than it did with the strong yes response.
If the arm either tests strong in all cases, or weak in all cases, get the person to thump around the area of the thymus (on the centre of the chest about three to four inches down from the base of the throat) for a few moments and then re-test. If they still test either strong or weak in all cases, you will need another person as a surrogate.
Having found your surrogate and having got appropriate yes and no responses, have the person place their other hand on the animal you are wanting to test. They can be standing, sitting, or kneeling next to the animal but should be in as comfortable a position as possible, without having to contort their body or limbs. For example, it is difficult and tiring to be holding out one arm and having it tested while you are bending over to try and touch an animal which is much lower to the ground than you are. It may be necessary to have a third person hold the animal still, either on a table or on the ground.
The first question to ask is whether it is okay to test the animal, and then whether the people doing the testing are okay to be doing it. If a yes is received to all three of those questions, then you can begin with your range of questions, making sure that they are asked in such a way that only a yes or a no are possible as answers. For example, ask "Is it okay for me to be testing you today?", not "Is it okay for me to be testing you today, or would you prefer to have someone else do it?"
One thing to remember if you start getting unexpected answers, such as all noes when you would have expected some yeses, ask about dehydration and who needs to drink water. It may be just the animal, just the surrogate, or all of you. Dehydration in any of the participants can completely nullify the testing.
You may not get answers to all your questions, as the animal may not be willing to give answers on some subjects.
What can you ask questions about? Diet is a good one, as with this method you can find out exactly what foods and supplements the animal would most benefit from at this time. That is not to say that all of those things would be right next year, or even next week. You can ask about amounts, percentages, how often something should be given, how frequently something should be given. You can even ask about makes or manufacturers.
You can ask about therapies; which would be most suitable now, how often, when? With homeopathy or flower essences, which remedy or remedies, potency, dosage, length of dosing. Don't stop with one thing but ask if there is anything else and if so, are they to be given or done at the same time or following each other, or in some other way. Always ask whether there is anything else and only finish when the answer is "no".
Some people when using kinesiology prefer to make a statement rather than ask a question. For example, instead of asking if Arnica is the best remedy to give, you say "Arnica is the best remedy to give" and then press down on the surrogate's wrist to get the answer. Either way is fine; use whichever you are most comfortable with.
If you wish to use kinesiology by yourself, without another person as surrogate, it is possible to do so. You can put together the tips of the thumb and little finger on one hand to make a circle. You can then test in one of two ways. Put the index (first) finger and thumb of your other hand together and slide them into the circle you have made with the thumb and little finger of the first hand. Ask your question, and try to push apart the thumb and little finger of one hand by separating the thumb and index finger of the other hand. Or you can put together the tips of the thumb and little finger of one hand and hook the little finger of the other hand into the circle. Ask your question and pull on the circle of thumb/little finger with the other little finger. With either method, if the circle stays together, it is a yes; if the circle breaks (the tips of thumb and little finger move apart), it is a no.
Dowsing is, in this instance, done with a pendulum. A pendulum can be any object that can be put on a piece of string, ribbon, tape or chain and will hang in a balanced way. It could be a wedding ring, a pendant, a metal washer, a crystal. Try different things for the weight and size that feels best to you.
Hold the string (chain, or whatever) loosely in one hand (either hand), allowing the object at the end of the string (or whatever) to simply hang at whatever distance feels right to you. However, a very long string will take a lot of energy to move and you may find it easier to start with four or five inches in length. Ask for a yes. You can say out loud or in your head simply Give me a yes and wait to see which way the pendulum moves. There is no one way for a pendulum to move to indicate a yes. For some people it will be a clockwise circle, for others it will be an anticlockwise circle, or it could be a swing away from you and then back to you, or from side to side. Simply note what it is for you. Then ask for a no. And note what movement of the pendulum you get for that.
Once you have your yes and no movements sorted out, you can start asking questions and these need to be worded in the same way as for kinesiology, that is so that the only appropriate answer is a yes or a no. The pendulum may move in a different way in response to some questions, and this can mean that the question is not worded very clearly, or that it is not worded in a way that can only lead to a yes or no. For example, yes for me is a clockwise circle, no an anticlockwise circle, and from side to side means I need to look at the question more carefully.
As with kinesiology, you can either ask a question or make a statement, so long as the only possible answer is a yes or a no.
As explained earlier, with this method you are communicating one to one as you would talk to another person, only you are not saying anything out loud. This is not a gift that only a few have; it is something anyone can learn to do, at least to some extent.
Penelope Smith, who is the best known of the animal communicators in the U.S.A., has written a book and produced an audio tape explaining how you can start communicating with your own animals. Details of how to obtain these will be found in the Links section. Penelope does hold training sessions in European countries such as Germany and Sweden but has not so far done one in the U.K. There are a number of communicators in the U.S.A. who hold training sessions in various States. See the Links for more details of some of these.
Communicating with an animal is a wonderful experience, but there is often a lot of fear in people starting to do it; fear of their animals criticising them and telling them where they have erred or failed in their dealings with them is the usual one. However, rest assured that animals are never critical and are always accepting and forgiving of any of our behaviours.
There are some vets in the U.K. who are open to animal communication and a few who will call on the services of communicators when stumped for an answer to an animal's problems. One British communicator, Ann Wilson (Wimbledon) has a wonderful rapport with vets and zoos in European countries where she is often called upon for help, although no zoo in the U.K. has so far done so. Perhaps this will soon change, as it can make things a lot easier for the animals and for the people working with them.
There are many books on animal communication, quite a few of which are listed below. There are also books which will explain dowsing and kinesiology and there are usually classes or workshops on these subjects to be found, as there are on telepathic communication. This is such a worthwhile subject to look into, because it is so wonderful to be able to talk to the animals and find out what they are thinking and feeling, as well as getting so much help from them as to the best diet and treatment for them.
Animal Talk (Interspecies Telepathic Communication) by Penelope Smith, Beyond Words Publishing Inc.
When Animals Speak (Advanced Interspecies Communication) by Penelope Smith , Beyond Words Publishing Inc.
Animals.....Our Return to Wholeness by Penelope Smith, Pegasus Publications
Talking With the Animals by Patty Summers, Hampton Roads
Conversations With Animals Cherished Messages and Memories as told by an Animal Communicator by Lydia Hiby, NewSage Press
Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature by Marta Williams, New World Library
Ask Your Animal: Resolving Behavioral Issues Through Intuitive Communication by Marta Williams, New World Library
My Animal My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other by Marta Williams, New World Library
What the Animals Tell Me - The Secrets of Communicating With Your Pet by Sonya Fitzpatrick, Pan Books
Communicating With Animals - The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals by Arthur Myers
Beyond Words Unlocking the Secrets to Communicating by Patricia St. John, Stillpoint Publishing
Kinship With All Life by J. Allen Boone, HarperSanFrancisco
Behaving as if the God in All Life Mattered by Machaelle Small Wright, Perelandra
And the Animals Will Teach You - Discovering Ourselves Through Our Relationships With Animals by Margot Lasher, Berkley Books
Talking With Horses - A Study of Communication Between Man and Horse by Henry Blake, Souvenir Press
The Dog Whisperer A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training by Paul Owens, Adams Media
When Elephants Weep The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy, Random House
Dogs Never Lie About Love Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs by Jeffrey Masson
The Understanding of Animals edited by Georgina Ferry, New Scientist Guide
Souls of Animals by Gary Kowalski
Making the Animal Connection by Danielle Sender
Nod Whispers by Peter Neilson
Straight From the Horses Mouth: How To Talk to Animals and get Answers by Amelia Kinkade
The Language of Miracles by Amelia Kinkade
|Penelope Smith's site, and for her books and tapes|
|Marta Williams website on animal communication|
|The site for Spring Farm Cares, where seminars on interspecies communication are held in the surroundings of a rescue sanctuary|
|Patty Summers animal communication site|
|Danielle Sender's Animal Connection site|
|Cathy Malkin-Currea's Animal-Muse website|
|Anita Curtis' Animal Communications site|
|Heidi Wright's Animal Communications site|
|Amelia Kinkade's website|
|Animal Communicator Directory set up by Penelope Smith|
|Terri Diener's page on animal communication|
|The Animal Matters website (U.K.)|
|Wynter Worsthorne's animal talk Africa website|
|James French's animal communication site (U.K.)|
|Peter Neilson's site (Scotland)|
|Pea Horsley's Animal Thoughts website (U.K.)|