Human beings too often assume that their pets share their own particular worries, needs, and fears. If we have a blind
dog, for instance, and we worry about his inability to navigate the house, fearing he'll bump into walls or tumble down a few stairs, we naturally assume the dog has these same anxieties. When we bring a rescue dog into our home and see some behavioral clues that all was not well in his previous home, we assume that the trauma will scar his consciousness forever. I've learned through my readings that this is not always the case, that the
most valuable gift of animal communication is that instead of projecting our own anxieties onto our animals we are actually able to learn what our animals feel and need. With
animal communication sessions, the reader gets information from the animal objectively to steer the human toward the most relevant issue. This way we don't waste energy and instead focus on something worthy of attention.
Take, for example, issues with blind dogs. One of my dogs
went blind at age 9, and as dogs are so resilient and resourceful, he was able to keep his affliction hidden until he suffered a few mishaps. One was repeatedly tripping down the last three steps of the new house (our prior home had fewer steps). Dogs memorize their steps aand are very adept at masking vision loss. Iit was automatic for him that he'd reach the ground floor earlier than he did in the new house. I knew something was wrong, but the clearest signal was his running in a
patio and not seeing the pool -- he just walked into the deep end and panicked when he fell into fell water. I jumped in and led him by the collar to the shallow end and up the steps out of the pool. Of course we saw a vetterinay opthamologist who confirmed his blindness, but learned that dogs aren't dependent on their vision as much as on their olfactory sense, and my
blind senior continued bo be literally led by his nose into major mischief until the day he died.
I served as his
"guide person" for the next three years until he lost his hearing, How
sad and vulnerable I assumed he felt. But in this case my assumption was correct. When I read for him, he told me he did not want to continue so impaired and asked me to release him.
Last week I did a number of mini readings at an animal communication workshop to benefit a local humane organization. Readings like thses are similar to the billet readings you see in spiritualist churches, but instead of a question on paper, I held photos of individual animals I knew nothing about. All the readings brought forth information from
animals eager to share their situation. One of them showed me immediately that the world seemed upside-down or on its side. He wanted his owner to know he had a hard time configuring
perspective, and the words came to me this way: "He wants
you to know he does not see things the way the rest of the world does. He doesn't know if things are upside down or sideways." She responded, "He's blind."
The dog did not identify himself as blind or handicapped in any way. His inability to see did not bother him. What was
important to him was that his caretaker learn that he couldn't really intrpret spatial relationships. That was his real issue --
not lack of vision but confusion -- so what she took away from teh reading was a lesson in understanding rather than pity because now she can specifically address his weakness.
Another of these readings was for a small min-pin sized dog. His new "mom" knew he had just left a very traumatic living situation and wanted to know how badly scarred he was.
Every time I closed my eyes as I held his photo, a giant cat face
appeared. When I tried to retrieve information about his life before rescue, just as I was on the verge of seeing something or accessing a piece of information, the giant cat face
interrupted. I stopped and told her about this interference, "He seems obsessed with a huge cat. Every time we start to focus on his last home, he shows me this giant cat face." His human companion fully understood and
seemed very relieved. "YES!" she shouted. "He is petrified of cats, to the extreme; one day he went into our spare room where the cat was and e was literally started screaming and stood at the door, frozen. I had to get him out of there."
What this reading showed her was that her anxities about his former mistreatment were misplaced. He had gotten over his abuse. What he needed to overcome was his exaggerated fear of cats, and now she had something worthy of deeper focus.
Our dogs, cats, birds often surprise us by revealing issues that stray from our expectations. Learning to tune in means moving ourselves and our expectations out of the way so we are receptive the purity of the relevant message.