Communicating with animals has been an integral part of my life and spiritual path. My affinity for animals began with my childhood stuffed animals who, my mother assured me, had feelings and listened when I talked to them. In fact, my mother believed that all things had feelings and were alive in some respect—whether a car, a rock, a bug, or a tree.
I was lucky to have two parents who were open-minded, curious, and accepting of different perspectives. And I was fortunate to grow up in a family were “ESP” was not considered outlandish, but normal. Over the years, I've shared my home with an assortment of animals: turtles, goldfish, cats, and dogs. Currently, I share my home in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with three cats and a dog: Raj & CrackCat (two orange tabbies with opposite personalities), Felix (a white-eared tuxedo cat), and Mysti, my “brat terrier.” All of my animal friends have been rescues or shelter adoptees.
Many years ago, Penelope Smith’s Animal Talk, a book about telepathic animal communication, literally jumped off a shelf in front of me, and I was led to pursue formal instruction in this technique. I began conversing with a multitude of creatures, such as dragonflies, ants, butterflies, turtles, birds, and even a camel. I was amazed by what I learned from them, and how my respect for them affected their behavior toward me. As an example, one ant colony accepted my deal to eat only from a near-empty honey jar, while leaving the rest of my kitchen alone!
I went on to study with Penelope Smith and then Anita Curtis, who wrote How to Hear the Animals. Anita taught me even more about animal communication and how to help other people communicate with their pets.
A little over twenty years ago, I began to do phone and in-person consultations, and found that I have an ability to discern physical issues.
To my great joy, I have been able to provide information that helped to save
a number of pets' lives. Animal communication gave me a way to use my natural affinity for animals to help others.
Another life-changing book came into my life around the same time: Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King. This guide to using the Hawaiian Way of the Adventurer taught me to communicate with “inanimate” objects, and to use journeying to find guidance for life and health issues. During my inner journeys, I have received help from numerous animal and spirit guides, and I know that my willingness to accept such help stems directly from all the steps I’ve taken so far on my path.
In 2005, I had the privilege of having Fair Winds Press publish my first book, How to Be a Dog Psychic: Learn to Communicate with Your Pet, which is designed to help dog lovers and their dogs have a better life together. I have also developed low-cost introductory and advanced workshops in an attempt to teach as many people as possible how to communicate with animals, since I believe anyone can do it.
At the core of my beliefs is a realization that everything is connected to everything else, and that this is what makes up the One. Every plant, rock, creature, and substance is in some way a reflection of a part of the Divine. This connectedness, I believe, is what makes telepathic communication possible. It is also why such things as dowsing and spiritual journeying provide answers—because at the very center of our being, we are connected to the One who has all the answers. These things are not “magic” except to those who have forgotten their connection. My intent is to reopen those lines of communication to our siblings in the Universe, and to help you recognize the rest of your family, that we may all live together in peace.
During the course of my communications, I have met many wonderful people and animals, and continue to be amazed at the love that people show for their pets, at the animals’ ability for unconditional love, and at how much the animals have to teach us. What I learned led me to write Making Every Day Sacred: Expanding Your Awareness of the Sacred in Everyday Life. It is my attempt to inspire others to look at the wonderful world around us in a new way that rekindles that connection to All That Is.
The nonhuman beings who share this planet with us can talk to us, and in fact are just waiting for the opportunity to have a conversation. It is we humans who need to first accept that they have something to say, and then develop the fine art of communication. By definition, this implies a two-way transfer of information. We’ve already spent centuries expecting our animal friends to become bi-lingual so we can tell them what to do.
Now it’s our turn to listen. When we do, life can only get better for everyone!