I’ve just read a wonderful book called Straight from the Horse’s Mouth, by Amelia Kinkade. Amelia is a celebrated animal communicator and her book explains the exercises and practices she uses and contains many anecdotes of validated communication. All animals are telepathic, including dogs, including humans. We have just forgotten how to use our telepathy and I say this from my own experience. I got so wrapped up in my telepathic communication with Dexter, that I more or less forgot about communicating with our other dogs and forgot the reason why this is all so important!
It is an amazing experience to be able to communicate with our animal friends. It can be traumatic too and Amelia is very clear on that point. She makes clear that the extent of your ability to communicate with animals correlates more or less directly to you ability to withstand pain and suffering, because as you drop the barriers to communication you receive more information and a lot of it is hard to bear. As a species we are not kind to animals and many animals are crying out in anguish and despair and often there might be nothing we can do to relieve their suffering. So why open up your awareness to something you can’t do anything about? Like Amelia says, “If not you, than who?” Sometimes we can help. She explains techniques that are like fire-fighting, going in, locating the problem, fixing it as best you an and getting out as quickly as possible so you can live to fight more fires another day!
But it isn’t just about helping them. I could write a book just on what I learned from Dexter regarding natural healing and that would barely scratch the surface of what he taught me. Healing was just one of the layers we needed to work through, like removing layers of dross hiding a shining pearl of wisdom. Dexter led me to Sophia, the Goddess of Wisdom. You could also call Her Mother Nature, or just nature or life even, because we do not exist beyond Her atmosphere. In so doing, he showed me that the reason for communicating with non-human animals is not just to help them, which is a good enough reason in its own right, but because they can teach us how to get our own lives back on track.
As human animals we have a great weakness for self-delusion, it is the flipside of imagination. So we can convince ourselves that life is good, never noticing how trapped we are; living in a box, working in another one, watching the box, listening to a box, talking into one, eating out of yet more boxes, popping pills out of little plastic boxes and eventually being buried in one! To live so cut-off from nature is not without consequences and we have become sick, weak and scared. Our natural instincts have become dull and we cannot take care of ourselves anymore. Most of us do not know how to grow our own food, build any kind of rudimentary shelter, or take care of our basic health needs. Is this progress?
It is a monumental task to find our way out of this sorry mess and we have enemies actively working against us, but we also have the animals to guide us. When it comes to his or her needs and or desires an animal does not question whether he should or shouldn’t, whether it’s right or wrong or what anyone else will think about it – he just does it, or not! And after he’s done it, or not, he doesn’t spend any energy worrying about the consequences or judging himself. In other words, animals live wholly in the present moment. We can learn a lot from just observing them, but what about asking their advice?
Here’s one example: a year or so ago, I met Vasco. Vasco was playing up a bit, breaking out of his field and chasing after a neighbour’s donkey. It didn’t take any special skills to work out that he was lonely and horny! Javier, Vasco’s owner, invited me over to have a chat with him and Vasco was as clear as anything. “I need to work with people, young people and the land. I am a therapy horse, but I don’t want to work with very sick people or very young people. I am here to teach people how to work with the land.” Vasco’s breeder told Javier that Vasco was a special horse when he bought him. Vasco knows about the land and how to work with it that we don’t and he wants to share. That is very exciting! Sometimes it might take a while for the path to emerge, but animals are very patient. Vasco now has a new friend, a neighbour’s daughter who is very sensitive, training to be a vet and also speaks fluent English. I think we might do something together with Vasco and some other friends next summer – maybe with Oscuria too.
Then there’s Izzy. I only have to think about getting the flea spray out and she runs away. It is impossible to pretend with her. Dogs are very accurate mirrors of our feelings and our true intent. They know if we lie to them even if we don’t know we are lying to ourselves. I remember how that feels. As a child I always knew when adults were lying to me, but I never knew why. It was many years later before I realised that they often didn’t know they were lying either. People are so used to repeating what they have been told, often with good intentions, that they lose sight of what is true. When we speak the truth our hearts, voice and mind are in alignment and we are vibrating with intent and dogs always respond to this energy. They also let us know when we aren’t in alignment, by running away or ignoring us. There are no bad dogs, but there are many owners who are not present in their own lives and this is what their faithful dogs are consistently reflecting back at them.
Communicating with animals telepathically involves recognising and decoding vibrations. Everything is energy and every thought, every feeling has a vibration that is perceptible beyond our normal senses and we all decoded these vibrations without a second thought when we were children – until we were told that it was ‘just our imagination’. Like imagination has no value, neatly stifling our faculties of telepathy and imagination in one swipe. In reality, we still receive telepathic messages many times throughout the day. (You thought those ideas that came into you head were your own?) Animals never stopped communicating telepathically and when we enter into this world with them we bring back the magic and promise of our childhood.