Some of the best questions that people ask often come from my students. Recently, I was asked "how do you know if what you're hearing is from the animal you're connected with?" What she was referring to is "how do you know you're in the active process of communication, and not listening to your higher self, or intuition?" This is a great question!
The answer lies in the technique that is used to communicate, and what state you're in during the process.
Communicating with an animal always starts with a meditative-like state. Quieting the mind helps to shut off potential distractions, and aids in strengthening the heart connection with the animal. I like to use a photo when doing distance communication, and one that shows the eyes is most helpful, such as this one.
Distractions and extra information DO happen, but with experience, shutting them off becomes easier. I like the process to watching bubbles float away. Once in this meditative state, extending your heart energy to the animal's, and forming an "energetic bridge" is the common ground for the communication exchange to take place. Always remember to energetically protect yourself to avoid energetic interference from other animals, etc.
It's helpful to remember that the information you receive via animal communication may be in the form of pictures, smells, words, sentences, or feelings. Intuitively or verbally, you may now pose questions to the animal you're working with, and wait for the response. Patience is rewarded.
So, how do you know if the connection is authentic? Or if the information you're receiving is from the animal you're communicating with? Try these steps:
1. Ask yourself if the information "feels right". If not, you may need to build a stronger connection.
2.Ask the animal the same question but re-worded. See if you receive similar information. Make sure your questions aren't too complicated, and can be answered with a few words.
3. Verify the answers you receive with a pendulum, if you're comfortable using one.
4. If you're getting conflicting information, ask the animal to "show you" more. Stay in the meditative state, and pay attention to the visuals that come forth. This is extremely helpful!
5. Try again another day if you need to verify the information that you've received. Detach from the previous answers and see if the new information is consistent.
Remember that the ability to communicate with animals lies within all of us. Practice really helps, and the rewards are very worthwhile!
Jen Ortman, owner of Holistipet (LLC) is a Professional Animal Communicator, Animal Reiki Master Teacher, author, and speaker.