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Send “mind pictures” to the animal. Focus on the message you want to get across. If you want the animal to do something specific, visualise the “desired outcome”.
If you want to know something, formulate a question in your mind (you can also talk loudly at the same time if it helps you to focus and set your intention). Important is here to visualise the question and have a clear intention.
Don’t ask yes/no questions. For instance, if you want to know what's "wrong" with an animal, you could ask: Show me where you feel unwell – or: show me how you feel.
Sometimes, it takes a bit of practise to be able to receive the answers. Don’t give up and keep practising. The more you do it, the better you will get at it and the clearer you will be able to discern your own thoughts/imagination from the replies that come from the animal.
If you have already established a good relationship with another animal, you most likely will be “tuned into each other” and the animal will react to your thoughts immediately – now it’s up to you to become more "receptive" and to learn how to receive the answers :)
When Noa, my 12 year old son, goes for long walks with his dog friend Mout (Mout doesn't have a collar or lead or anything), they mostly communicate via thoughts/imaging. The other day Mout found a bone and ran after Noa with this big bone in his mouth. Noa didn’t want him to take it, as he had planned a longer walk. So he sent him a mind-picture of what he wanted him to do: carry the bone back to the house (about 2 kms away), leave the bone there, then come back to go for a walk. Mout ran off – did what he had been asked for and came back after a few minutes while Noa waited for him at the side of the walkway.
I have been communicating with animals in this way since I can remember. I find it very easy once I have established a relationship with an animal, but I also continue to experience direct communication with birds, ants, rabbits, dolphins and whales that I haven’t met before, in the wild.
“Pet owners”, animal trainers and animal researchers have many stories to tell about this kind of communication. Indigenous people and shamans use it for inner- and inter-species communication. I have also seen many species communicating with other species in this way, e.g. dogs with whales, horses with dogs, elephants with giraffes.
In my view, it is an ancient way of communicating in holographic images that is used by animals (incl. homo sapiens) since ancient times. They are fluent in this communication form.
Everybody = every human can “do it”, too! We simply have to familiarise ourselves again with this way of communication, and practise our “receptive” and “listening” skills.
Other species are very good at “reading our mind” and picking up our intention. It is us who have to practise our skills in order to pick up their replies or requests.
Check out Anna Breytenbachs videos and publications or Lawrence Anthony's story about his relationship with a herd of wild elephants in South Africa.
More links that might help to get you started:
How to practise your visualisation skills…
How to start to feel interconnected…