| Sep 16, 2015 | Today in Class! |
Hello Animal Listeners! Well, today I received a great question, which I hear often from students. I thought I would share some information which may benefit some of you animal listeners out there! Here’s the question:
How do you distinguish between what comes from listening to an Animal and what comes through you from Spirit?
This is a good question! It takes time and training to develop the distinction between knowing your voice and that of the animal. Our voice, even if it seems like it came from spirit, is often generated by our own point of view, concerns, beliefs, and thoughts because this is what drives us and where we often focus as human beings.
In my early days communicating with animals, before I began seriously developing my telepathic communication I assumed my point of view, concerns and beliefs were of course the animals. However as I started listening to the animals I had one experience after another where the animal corrected me and I soon discovered that my point of view, beliefs and concerns usually were not the point of view, beliefs or concerns of the animal. They weren’t even close! The things I was thinking were such a concern were often not of any concern or importance to them whatsoever!
Once I began to have experiences like this I
realized that when it came to animal communication it was best if I were to check my stuff at the door and simply arrive knowing nothing. Otherwise, if I were listening to them from my point of view I wouldn’t understand them entirely and I could easily misconstrue what they were sharing. For us humans, including myself, setting aside our point of view and beliefs is not always easy because we become attached to them. They become our reality and we naturally tend to believe they are everyone else’s reality too (including our animals)!
Accepting this truth that I needed to set aside all the things I knew and thought were true, and developing a type of listening where I could freely hear them without my own stuff clouding the communication, took many years to develop and perfect, but that was because I did it on my own. For a number of years I would only take the name and species of the animal and not even allow clients to share any additional information because I did not want to be influenced by the person or my own reaction to what was shared about the animal. In time, I put together some specific techniques, which are incorporated today into our yearlong training programs, for instance The Animal Communication Certification programs which facilitate the development of this distinction, but we work with it in other classes as well.
To begin to develop this on your own, I would encourage you to focus on listening to, acknowledging, and really getting to know your own point of view, beliefs, thoughts and concerns. You might even make a list of them before beginning to talk with an animal. Once listed you may then make a point to begin the communication free of these things and come at the communication as if you know nothing about how the animal feels or what their life is like. There is nothing wrong with your point of view, but it is important to simply keep in mind the distinction that it is your point of view, and not necessarily that of the animals.
After a bit of struggle with myself over surrendering my point of view and beliefs temporarily to talk with an animal, I came to really love this practice. I realized, in reality when it comes to our animals we actually don’t know that much about them, even if we live with them, because they see and experience life entirely differently than we do. So, instead of coming to the communication with what I thought I knew to be the truth, I began to arrive with a blank
canvas and let them tell me how it was to be them, and who they were. If we come empty ready to experience being with them, we truly can get to know them and hear whatever it is they would love to share with us. When we are filled with ideas, beliefs, concerns and agendas we have less openness to any new information (which is generally the real truth!). I find the more attached we are to believing we know how it is to be them, and what is right, the more difficult it is to be in a place of surrender to listen to them openly to truly hear what they have to say. This is why someone who knows little about an animal or what they think the animal experiences will often have greater success in hearing them clearly than someone who is an authority on various topics because we humans generally take whatever we know into our communications (with animals and with people too).
It is also helpful to try this with our human communication as well! Imagine simply being there present to the moment and whoever we experience them to be, as opposed to thinking we know who they are. I tried this and was amazed at the new things I learned about the people in my life!
Beautiful day to you!
With gratitude & love, Maia