How Do Animals Communicate?

We’ve touched on them learning some of our words and how they watch us. They can communicate with us through vocal sounds (hissing, barking, braying, etc.), and body language (ears pinned, back arched, hair standing up).

But they also communicate energetically. This may come to you as a KNOWING (you just know what they are communicating); mental imagery (mind pictures); physical empathy (you feel what they are feeling). Can also be coined “telepathy” (communicating or sharing information one mind to another).

* Think about a recent event where you were having fun. On the beach, or bowling, picnic, birthday party…

Think about the people who had been around.

Think about the sounds.

Think about the smells.

What was the feeling you had? Contentment? Carefree, upbeat, joyous, happy? Recall how you felt.

Let’s push those memories aside for a moment.

Now think about being hungry. What does hunger feel like?

Now think about your favorite food. You are getting ready to eat that favorite food. How do you feel? Anticipation? Excitement? Is your mouth watering?

You finally get to take that first bite of your favorite food. You take a bite. The flavor bursts in your mouth and …oh…heaven. Can you recall what that feels like?

Now move forward to having finished your meal. Your appetite is sated – you are pleasantly full. What does your body feel like when it’s full?

Are you hungry now?

You just experienced one method of how animals can communicate – through feelings, emotions, mind pictures, memories or imagery.

Mind pictures and mental imagery are the same as when you access a memory – like you did on our exercise of a fun event. You have a memory that you could recall the sounds, smells, what the location looked like. That is a mind picture or imagery.

Caution *

A word of caution before we go any further. Animals are animals. If they are injured, ill, scared or feeling trapped, they will protect themselves. Practice in a safe setting. If need be, make sure you have a safe barrier between you and the animal and I highly recommend this especially for animals you don’t know.

Now I want to share with you some experiences I have had with working on communicating with an animal. Some of these – annotated with an asterisk (*) — are from the Undefined Reality e-booklet.

Don’t Touch *

Now we are moving on to a bird…

Over the span of a month, I attempted to hand train a rescued cockatiel. The beautiful bird had been struck against the windshield of a moving truck, bounced off into the opposite lane and was struck by a moving car. A pedestrian had witnessed the bird hitting the ground, picked it up and rushed to the vet.

By the time this wonderful creature had entered my life, the physical injuries had been healed; however, some brain damage had occurred. I had been warned that no one knew how long this cockatiel had been living outside and I was to consider him to be a hostile wild animal.

Donning leather gloves, I brought the bird in his cage to my bathroom. I closed the door and began the hand training/taming process. I didn’t take long to realize “hostile” was an understatement.

Everyday for a month, I attempted to engage him over his very loud protests, a lot of anger and biting. On what would be the last day of trying to tame him, the bird started screeching as soon as I shut the bathroom door. Within minutes, my yard, trees and windowsill were filled with an assortment of wild birds that were all looking into the window and screaming at me. It was like a scene from Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds”.

I quit right there and then.

The beautiful yellow cockatiel, “Yellow”, resided in a huge cage which he ended up sharing with a gray cockatiel. He peacefully allowed me to replenish food and water or clean the cage. He would only scream warnings when he heard a truck pass by. He enjoyed being talked to and would not leave the cage under any circumstances.

I decided to see if I could communicate with Yellow. I queried about our first month together; his thoughts came somewhat jumbled, but this is what I understood:

Either the previous owner was cruel to Yellow, or because of the painful treatments following his injury, Yellow learned to associate humans with pain and terror. Yellow had been free (outside) for a very long time, but had suffered long periods of hunger and thirst. He then indicated that his environment with me felt very safe and he wouldn’t dream of leaving since he had food, water, shelter and love right here.

Even though he felt safe, he still didn’t want anyone to touch him.

Spot and Rose *

Just like people, some animals are trusting and some are not. It may come as a bit of a shock to the animal when you first make the connection.

“Spot” was a rescued adult dog that was moved in with “Rose”. Rose loved barking at squirrels, responded when it was time for eating, playing, or loving. Spot did not. Spot didn’t even recognize his own name. Spot was totally clueless.

Spot and Rose had a huge fenced in back yard. For their owner to get to the back yard, he had to enter the laundry room located off the kitchen. Once inside the laundry room, he would close the door to the kitchen and open the back door leading to the yard. At mealtime, the owner would bring the food out, call the dogs’ names and tell them it was time to eat. Rose would run excitedly to the bowl and gobble her food. Spot would sit and stare at the sky, or trees, oblivious. Spot did not respond to any verbal cues. The owner had Spots hearing checked and the doctor said Spot’s hearing was fine. So the owner called me to visit their home.

The owner did not let other people be around Spot, since he wasn’t sure what the problem was (remember, safety!). He introduced me to both Spot and Rose. I communicated with Rose, who was delightful. I asked Rose about Spot. Rose communicated ambivalence, sending the sensation of frustration from trying to do anything with Spot. In Rose’s perception, Spot was an idiot, no longer worth her time. I “told” her to have patience as one does with puppies, and that I would try to help Spot.

I next attempted a connection with Spot. My words and thoughts echoed as though I spoke in an empty warehouse. For some reason (probably abuse), Spot wasn’t “home”.

I left the dogs, went inside, shielded, got into a very relaxed state, and dug deeper. I did find a small energy within, and slowly and gently worked with it. I explained what Spot’s role was as a dog, and how human words relate to Spot’s needs or desires.

After coaxing Spot to peek out of his ‘hiding place’, and talking with Spot, I then spoke at length with the owner. I instructed the owner on communication skills, and then asked permission for me to sit outside with Spot. The owner agreed as long as he could be close by – for safety reasons. I sat in front of Spot, re-introduced my “flavor” and gently knocked on the door, asking permission to enter. Spot agreed, though the whole time staring at the sky and trees. I started sending love and gentle thoughts to Spot. Spot swung his head towards me and made eye contact. I thanked him for his attention and continued “chit-chatting”. I queried about his hunger, and he affirmed there was a need. I sent a picture of the owner calling his name, announcing it was time to eat, and showed Spot eating from the bowl. I also sent the picture of Spot mimicking Rose to learn more ways of being a dog.

Spot stood up, walked over to the food bowl and started eating. Healing had begun. The owner was tickled he had a way to now work with Spot.


Mind-to-mind communication requires you to be in a calm and relaxed state of mind. If you are nervous, anxious, scared or angry, your negative energy can block communication. They can’t “hear” you through your anger or frustration; your anger overwhelms them.

I have found that pictures and feelings communicate well with others. I don’t try to think in words, but thoughts, feelings and pictures.

You are quite aware of what a full bladder feels like, or the feeling of an empty stomach, or the excited feeling when you are in a playful mode. These emotions or sensations seem to translate well to critters. I have found by combining the sensation with a picture works more quickly. An example is telepathically communicating to Fido that you will shortly feed him. Send a picture of Fido eating at his bowl while simultaneously sending the sensation of a hungry stomach filling.

This process also works in reverse – once Fido knows you can communicate, Fido may send you a picture and/or sensation of wanting to eat. This skill is also helpful if Fido is not feeling well. Once you have refined your communication skills, you may be able to question Fido when he appears a little droopy. He may not be able to say “I have a stomach virus,” but he can communicate the feeling of an uneasy stomach.


Intent is the desire to have, make or do something.

When we moved to Cruces, it was my intent for our property to be a safe place for animals. Not a rescue center, rather a sanctuary.

I set the intent of no blood to be shed on our property – which also means no hunting.

During the dove hunting season, our yard – or the furthest part from the BLM land nearby – is filled with doves.

Birds also come to us to receive Reiki. They of sort of gently “stalk” me until I pay attention and begin sending Reiki to them. They stay, and receive Reiki, until they decide they are good to go.

It is your intent that will set things in motion. Also remember to:

– stay safe
– stay calm and still within when you wish to communicate
– show or tell what you DO want
– you do not need eye contact to communicate
– practice, practice, practice


Part One

* = Taken from Undefined Reality e-booklet

by Jan Toomer


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