‘Better Communication with your pet: Part 2: Receiving’

‘Better Communication with your pet: Part 2: Receiving’

‘Part 1’ of Better Communication with your Pet covered the basics of delivering a message while communicating with your pet. These include being clear with your message and speaking from your heart, as well as using mental images and corresponding emotions to convey messages.

In Part 2, we will cover the other half of communication, receiving messages. This tends to be the more difficult and challenging part for most of us.Cat1111

It helps to keep in mind that communication with your pet works in a similar fashion to communication with humans, just without words. What I mean by this is that there is a time to deliver a message and a time to receive the response. 

When beginning to get information this way, the first thing to remember is to ‘take it slow’.

A calm mind is crucial. It would be good to practice slowing your thoughts down as it is difficult to receive messages with a cluttered mind, just as it is nearly impossible to hear another if all we are doing is talking.

There also needs to be a clear space in the inner realm for you to be able to receive messages. This is done by settling the mind and emotions. Constant self-talk or inner thoughts don’t leave room to receive messages. Likewise, emotions such as worry, anxiety, fear or excitement get in the way, as well.  So, it helps to be centered.

Sometimes I use imagery to imagine I am in a field with the pet in front of me. Other times, I imagine a clear energetic field to receive information.

Once there is a space to receive, start by just noticing the clear space and what it feels like. This will help you later to discern where the information is coming from.

Also, note that there are different ways of receiving information. This can be through sounds, images, smells, colors, symbols, feelings, pictures or just knowing. I’ve worked with animal communicators who ‘hear’ the voice of the pet and those that get feelings or mental pictures. Both are valid and both can deliver great information. You might find you receive information from one particular manner over another.  Be open to this.Pet Honoring dog 8

How do I know I am not making it up? This is probably the number one question asked and what a great question it is. It might feel like you are making it up in the beginning. You will feel like you are unsure if what you are getting is ‘real.’  Try not to worry about this too much. This is a natural part of the learning process. However, I’ve included some tips here to help address this.

The communication is happening in the inner realm and this is also where our inner dialogue is occurring, so it is important to be able to distinguish between the two.

The more familiar you are with clearing a space and knowing what is yours, the better you can become at knowing what is not yours and coming from another.  It might be prudent to spend some time with your thoughts. This might sound silly, but it is helpful to know what your own thoughts and feelings feel like to you. Then you can double check the answer by asking yourself “Is this thought/feeling mine?”

To start, picture your pet in front of you. Specifically state the intention of wanting to communicate and to receive messages from your pet. You can also ask for guidance.

Practice with simple questions, like “Do you like your food?” or “What do you think of this person or that person?” We already know far more than we realize, but try to remain unattached to what the answer might be.

Give yourself permission to notice and explore what you are getting. It might be helpful to keep a journal or chat with a friend about the exercises.

This is a simple overview of the basics of receiving messages during animal communication. Receiving messages takes time and practice. Remember to set the intention, settle the mind and emotions, clear a space for receiving, and give time to waiting for the answer.  Knowing your own inner world also helps.

The more you practice, the easier it becomes. 

Don’t forget to thank your pet at the end of the session.  209

Have fun and keep me posted of the results!


L. Leigh Meriweather


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Better communication with your Pet – Part 1

Wouldn’t it be nice to more effectively communicate with your pet?

Unless you are a professional animal communicator, you probably wish you could understand and communicate better with your pet. Most of us feel somewhat limited in our communication with them and wish we could be better at it.

I am not a professional animal communicator. I have studied animal communication greatly and am an animal intuitive. I use this intuitive ability in my practice when doing animal Reiki, distance healings, Grief healings from pet loss and Pet Honoring Ceremonies.

These intuitive abilities allow me to get information about the pet that is useful for the session. These same techniques can help you communicDog and Cat togetherate better and have a closer relationship with your pet, as well.

I will first overview how animals communicate. This will help you understand where they are coming from and what they are looking for. Then, I will give some ideas on what you can do on your end.

While animals do use sound like we do, they also take it a bit deeper. They feel ‘completely’ the message they are sending. There is no discrepancy with what they ‘say’, think and what they feel.

They look for the same in you. They often get confused when your mind is picturing/thinking one thing and your emotions/voice are emitting something different. They are in tune with the images you carry in your mind. How you picture things matters. Where your heart is matters.

So, first, it is important to slow down and be clear with the message you are sending. Humans tend to be very rushed and hurried with communication. We have a tendency o put greater emphasis on the actual words than anything else when, truly, it is everything else (intonation, tone, gestures, feeling, etc.) that really

So, rule number 1: Match up the words/meaning of the message with the image in your mind.

i.e. If you are trying to tell your cat not to pee in the bed…repeated images of the cat peeing in the bed will send the wrong message. The cat may get the message that you are saying it is ok to pee in the bed. So, when trying to communicate an alternate behavior, picture the desired behavior. Rather than seeing the cat peeing in the bed, see the cat peeing in the litter box or outside.

Rule number 2: Match the feeling with the message.

We, as humans, are often so rushed with thoughts that we can think things like “I love you” and not necessarily have the same feeling at the same time. Your pet picks up on the feel of what you say rather than the actual words. You can say “peanut butter” in a stern, mean tone and you can watch your pet slink away as if they had done something wrong. Then, you can say the same words in a loving, sweet way and they just melt.

It is the feeling behind the words that they pick up on. So, practice pairing the words with the feeling, and remember to slow everything down.Pet Honoring Flower

I like to think of the last part as saying the words ‘with your heart’. It is easiest to practice, at first, with the phrase “I Love you”. We all know these words and we all know how these words feel in our heart. We know the feeling this phrase evokes within us. So, I recommend practicing saying this phrase, “I love youwhile truly feeling in your heart how this
feels. Then, feel in your heart how this feels. Then, you can easily feel how it is to say “I love you” with your inner voice, from your heart. Pretty cool, huh?

This is what our pets do. They say words with their heart. This is why you can look at them and ‘feel’ when they are saying “I love you.” They are communicating with us at a nonverbal level. We are doing this with them, as well. So, it is just a matter of recognizing this and practicing and working more in the nonverbal realm.

Once you do this a bunch of times, you can practice this with other words and phrases. This is how to more effectively be clear with your message to your pet. You can even do this with expressing things like you’ll be back tomorrow. Pair this with a feeling and an image. See the image of the sun setting, rising and you entering the house door, delighted to see your pet.

Doing exercises like these will truly increase the closeness and communication you have with your pet.


-L. Leigh Meriweather

Better communication with your Pet – Part 2….coming soon

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