Firstly animals love connecting with their families, it’s their way of feeling included and loved. All animals have a pack order in the household even the ones of different species. So let’s have a look at what our pet (of any kind) is looking for from us.
- Work out what you want to say and write it out on paper
Animals can feel our energy and some of them can even connect with our thoughts and images. If we’re not clear on what we’re trying to say and have a few shopping lists or social schedules roaming around in our mind, it’s going to be hard for them to gain a clear message on what we’re trying to get across. Make it as simple as you can.
- Ground yourself through a meditation or your breathing
Being in our body means we are present. We are connected and aware of our own emotions that are running through us. Sometimes when we are stressed we forget to breathe deeply into the body and circulate as much oxygen as we can all through our systems. This is what the role of the breath is, movement within the body. Through a meditation (can be really short) we are able to connect with our body, be present and grounded –feeling solid within the body. You can do this through breathing exercises as well. Taking a deep, slow breath all the way down to the belly, hold for 3 seconds and then gently exhale fully. If you repeat this cycle 5 times it will really assist in keeping you centered/grounded.
(I also teach this method to humans to help us deal with stress and anxiety. Doing this exercise in the morning as you wake up clears you for the start of the day. At lunchtime, it reminds us to come into our body and assist in being present. In bed before we go to sleep, we let go of any stress from the day so we don’t take this into our dream state).
- Connect with your pet
This can be done quite easily and with practice. Either get a photo of your pet or have them right next to you. If your pet is there, get down to their level. If you are able to, look into their eyes and feel in your chest how they make you feel. I know for me my heart feels like it swells up and makes the rest of me feel so beautiful inside. Imagine sending this energy/love feeling their way (just like we blow a kiss to someone special).
- Let them know what you have written down
As you are connecting to your pet, in your mind I want you to think about what you wrote down, even see it as an image. Feel this inside your body and if you want, gently say it out loud. By doing this you are signaling with your mind, your body and your emotions what you want your pet to understand.
- Wait for them to get the message and give a response
Waiting for animals to respond can come to you as a thought in your own voice or another’s. It can also come to you as an emotion, a knowing or even an image.. Whichever way it comes acknowledge it and go with it. A lot of students will say to me that they feel like they’re making it up but I always encourage them to go with it. It’s only our conditioning that makes us question it.
Receiving a message from our pet is similar to wondering what the weather is like outside. You may wake up in the morning, open your window and stick your head out. Your eyes are closed and you are observing what you feel, The sun? The wind? The rain? The temperature? The humidity? Observation is the key.
- Negotiation time
Once you are able to connect and communicate with your pet steps 1-5 easily, then you are on your way to start negotiating with them what you would like them to do and if they are happy to do this. What they are wanting from you and if you agree to their requests…
The more you practice, the easier it becomes to connect and understand your pet’s needs and wants.
Enjoy talking to the pets in your life!