So You Want to be an Animal Communicator?
Animal lovers everywhere dream of a more direct communication with their animal friends and many feel called to the profession of Animal Communicator as a result. But like any expert, an animal communicator who is good at what s/he does has training, practice, adheres to a code of ethics, and is experienced for starters. In addition, work as an animal communicator requires counseling skill, patience, empathy, clarity, a willingness to continue on a path of personal emotional growth and clearing, and a thick skin.
Animal Lover / People Not So Much
Have you ever said “I love animals; it’s the humans I can do without?”
Then becoming an animal communicator is not the right path for you. While we serve and advocate for animals, we are also the compassionate listeners and counselors to their people. The counseling skill required to navigate deep and disturbed emotional waters of a person who is grieving, energetically scattered, unable to listen or hear our advice, or unwilling to implement the recommendations we are offering is extensive.
Detachment is Queen
As an animal communicator, the practitioner must be detached (to some extent) from the outcome of any case. Our clients may come to us for advice after they have already made up their mind what they will do about an issue. They may be unable to follow through with even simple suggestions to make their animals lives better. They may promise to do something different or better for their animals, then call you next week to report that nothing you suggested worked, leaving you puzzled.
A client called me recently who told me her cat Buddy was miserable. He certainly was. He was waning away because he was stuck in a bedroom, overfed, hiding under the bed and hating life. He wanted to feel the grass, catch bugs, lay in the sun, and roll in the dirt. He also had no vertical space in his room and longed to see a point of view from a tree to relieve his stress. Buddy was strictly an indoor cat who had given up on life.
I began negotiations with his person about how to keep her cat safe while allowing him to go outside. She told me she would take him out if he would agree to the use of a harness which would go around his legs, neck and torso. I tried it out on Buddy telepathically and felt it would be quite restrictive for this particular cat. He asked if she would consider just the regular leash and collar but she told me she always used that kind of leash on her cats.
Buddy was nervous about going out because his person had all kinds of images in her head about the deadly and debilitating things that could happen to a cat outside. With the harness, he told me he was also giving up his most important defense mechanisms: the ability to run away and the drive to climb up high in the case of danger.
As I continued to look, I had trouble seeing any of this woman’s cats in a harness and eventually she told me she had never actually used such a contraption with her cats!
Later, when she took her cat outside and he stayed still on the leash surveying his surroundings and getting his bearings, she decided it meant he had never really wanted to go outside at all. It was very disappointing both for me and for Buddy the cat.
Anonymity Can Mean Cruelty
Because we often do our work by phone, our clients may treat us as an anonymous person they can drop their fears on, treat callously, or blame. Misdirected anger is a phenomenon that’s all around us. It is safer to take our anger out on someone we don’t know, and perhaps will never meet, than it is to blame our closest friends and relatives for things that go wrong.
This is particularly true for people whose pets become missing. But someone let them out carelessly when they weren’t supposed to, or someone didn’t latch the carrier properly, or someone forgot to secure the bedroom screen, and the animal communicator could become the repository for those negative emotional feelings. You could become the target even though most of the time, the animals themselves claim responsibility for being lost or ending up further from home than they planned.
Who Are You Really Angry At?
How misdirected anger plays out is that the client is skeptical of the information you provide and may deliver this opinion harshly.
In the case of lost animals, because you can’t give an exact location where they can find their animal friend, they may call you a fake, or ask you to just admit that this whole animal communication ‘thing’ is really a hoax. If you have reported that you believe their animal has passed on and they don’t want to hear that news, they may question everything about you, your training, your integrity and your profession.
Or they may decide you don’t know what you’re talking about if they have already made up their minds. I’ve had many people tell me things like “I know my cat was stolen,” when that is not the information I am receiving. You just have to move on and see how else you might help.
Emotions are extremely high, money is on the line, and what the person really wants is the exact address of their lost animal friend, which we are rarely able to provide.
If you can go to a place of compassion and understanding when your professional ethics and your desire to help are questioned, then becoming a good animal communicator may be a good path for you. But to be good at it requires a lifetime of self-examination, and a continual evolvement into a more open, compassionate, and balanced person who doesn’t take things too personally.
I also make sure to let my clients know when I get into an area I know I may not be objective about. An example might be something like, “Before I scan the body of your cat, I want to let you know that I’ve had a bad experience with antibiotics and intellectually, I know I have some prejudices in that area.” Or, “not all feral cats want to become domestic partners so they are not all waiting to be rescued by humans,” I might tell them. But I try to admit any intellectual interference or personal belief that might give a less than clear reading in my sessions, and report them to clients before reading in a specific area.
Not All is Rosy
So far, I’ve never had a person call me because everything in their world is rosy. The phone rings because there’s a problem and the person on the other end of the phone has agreed to pay you to fix it. You have to be willing and able to put yourself square in the middle of the problem to do good work.
With an open mind, a keen ear, an extensive skill set and a sturdy shield of compassion, this work may call you to help enrich the lives of animals and the people who love them. It’s appropriate to be well prepared for the journey that lies ahead as well as the blessings and fulfillment offered when your practice makes the lives of those who come to you better, happier, and more harmonious.