I love deer. My neighbors may complain that they eat everything in the yard, but I don’t care. No matter how often I see them nibbling in the dusk light, I hold my breath with wonder. The other night, I was blessed to have them respond to my invitation to eat the corn I placed gently on the ground. It was magical.
I’m not alone in my love of deer: every culture has its tradition related to this beautiful animal. In China, deer are associated with abundance. The Celts believed that fairies trailed behind them, as they cut a path through the forest. Native Americans prayed to deer to ensure a good hunt.
Animals cross our path for a reason. When you see a deer (even in a picture), it’s a reminder to tune into your gentler side. Nudge rather than push. It also encourages you to step away from the noise and busyness of civilization, and go deeper into the “forest” of your own intuition. Expand your awareness of what’s going on around you. Do more listening than talking, and you’ll find a new path through whatever blocks you.
Honor your deer sighting with a solemn nod in their direction, and a “thank you.” And maybe some corn!
‘My dog, I swear, he’s almost human.” When he can bring in the garbage cans or do my taxes, get back to me. But in the meantime, I’ve had several clients ask if their pet will ever reincarnate as a person.
My answer would be, Why would he want to? When you can have someone attend to your every need and never have to make a decision about what to wear in the morning?
There are many thoughts on the subject of reincarnation and whether we “cross pollinate” into other species. One religion, Jainism, won’t even step on an ant for fear a formerly human soul is living in that tiny body. I guess we’ll find out for ourselves one day. In which case, I’m getting rid of the ant traps right now. But in the meantime, here’s how I see reincarnation with our critters.
Anyone who’s owned a pet knows how special animals are. I feel they’re far more spiritually advanced than we are: consider any dog who’s been neglected or abused, and how they still give their crapwad owner a tail wag (yeah, I can’t watch those ASPCA TV commercials either).
Animals have a near-endless supply of understanding and forgiveness. They view the world simply. All they ask for is a warm place to sleep, a steady supply of treats and kibble and someone to love. And for that reason, they are a furry example of how to live gracefully. No surprise that science shows that pets help our health, or how the sight of a puppy coming to visit makes a cancer patient smile.
The four-legged/winged/scaled creatures in our world are reminders to chill out, appreciate nature, be kind and happy. So, no, I don’t think our animals are going to opt for demotion to a human state. They have plenty of important work to do. In between belly rubs, that is.
(And their work doesn’t stop once they’ve crossed over. I wrote about that here.)
And just a note on pets reincarnating as another pet: it MAY happen, but its unfair to put that burden on either the new pet or the spirit of the deceased one. Treasure them as individuals and allow them to work their magic on your life. Remember, I’m always here to help you connect with a pet, living or dead. Read about my Animal Communication services here.
Losing a pet is one of the worst — the WORST — things ever. I’ve had clients cry more over a lost animal friend than the loss of a parent. There’s something about our critters that touches us on a very deep level, and I totally get the emotions. So a big box of Kleenex gets set out along with my crystals as I prepare for the reading. And when I do connect with the spirit of a beloved animal, it is a profound experience. Over the years, this is what I’ve learned about their life on the Other Side.
First off, animals don’t fear death like we do. They understand that its just a transition to another state of being; they get the cycle of nature. It’s no biggie. They may not want to “leave” us, but there’s not so much drama around it. Because they know that they’ll still be around.
I’ve connected with many pets who admit they hung around longer than they wanted to, in order to give their owners time to wrap their brains around the idea of letting them go. They put up with pain or discomfort for the express purpose of buying time for their human. Now that’s love.
Once they cross, they feel wonderful, eager to play and interact with loved ones who’ve also passed. I often see them with a parent, grandparent or child who’s passed, even if they didn’t know that person here on earth. If they’re connected to you, that’s good enough for the critter.
And since animals still care about their people here, they come around us. The pet door between Heaven and Earth swings pretty easily, so they go back and forth. A lot. Our spirit pets patrol the home and the yard, making sure we’re protected. They will jump up on the bed like they used to, or curl up in their favorite corner. So if you think you hear/feel/see them, don’t check your meds: you ARE encountering them again.
Many clients wonder if their lost pet will be upset if they bring a new animal in to the house. I can pretty much tell you “no.” Most animals I connect with want their people to help give another fur-baby a good life, like they did for them. And here’s the thing: their spirit will be there to help the new pet adjust, like warning them about that screaming toddler who used to pull their tail.
Another question I get is, will their animal come back in the form of another pet? Sometimes yes — but like with any grieving process, you need to let them go and not hang on the hope of having them in your life again. Like any human who’s crossed over, your pet has a new life on the other side of the veil. You must give them the freedom to grow in their spiritual evolution. And not for nothing, it’s unfair to a new pet to expect them to behave like the deceased one. Not to mention, weird. Respect the individuality of the animal soul.
One of the most beautiful things I’ve learned is that our pets are all waiting for us to cross over. They knock over our human family members, in their rush to greet us. I cannot wait to be covered in fur and slobbery kisses. I wonder if my dog, Pasha, whom I lost when I went to college, still has the same breath that could melt paint? I’ll report back.
But in the meantime, treasure the magic your pet(s) has brought to your life, know that they still love you and come around, and wait for that wonderful day when you’re all on the same side of the Rainbow Bridge.
BTW, if you have any questions about my pet communication process, hit the website.
I’m big on combos: Peanut butter and jelly. Solids and stripes. Jagger and Richards. So it wasn’t a huge leap to combine my psychic ability with my love for critters and become an Animal Communicator.
Learning to tweak the radar to interact with animals has been a profound experience. Besides the unconditional love and humor they share, I’ve been struck by the untamed spirit that each animal brings to a session. Even the most docile housecat is still linked to the wild essence of the Earth. These encounters remind me of the powerful connection between all forms of life.
One of the most important lessons Animal Communication has taught me is to respect their unique place in the universe. We assume that, as humans, we’re superior to those lower down the food chain. Just ‘cause your dog rolls around in goose poop at the park or your cat chases shadows on the wall, do not take this as a sign that they don’t know what’s really going on. Animals demonstrate unconditional love, endless forgiveness, a massive capacity for joy and plenty of loyalty. How many people do you know like that? Didn’t think so.
Respect for an animal is key to communicating with them.
I can’t just start demanding they talk to me. Instead, I need to relax, quiet my ego and wait until they feel comfortable. I mean, imagine if a total stranger came barging into your living room and started trying to get you to reveal details about a personal issue? Oh yeah, that’s Dr. Phil. But if it happened, you’d probably want to run and hide, just like a shy kittycat. So I give the critters some space. And some r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
And when they talk? Their conversations are refreshingly simple, direct, and without all the hoo-ha we humans wrap ourselves in.
My cat Pyewacket frequently tells me to “lighten up” during the day – then does something silly to make me laugh. A horse calmly told me to assure her nervous owner that she fully intended to win a race she was entered in – despite never having won before — then went on to do it (sorry, I won’t be holding court at the OTB anytime soon). A dog who had passed on when her owner was suddenly called into work told me she purposely wanted it that way, because she knew that, if “Mom” had stayed with her, she would have had a much harder time leaving. Letting her owner know that alleviated a huge burden of guilt.
If you’re an animal lover, you’ve most likely had a conversation or two already. You just didn’t consider it as such. Like I said, animals talk very simply and directly. There’s no need for them to really “think it over” –they say what they feel. And the act of receiving intuitive impressions is actually pretty simple – if you’ve ever had a hunch or gut feeling, you’ve experienced it. We just make it more complicated than it really is.
Here are some simple steps to talking to your animal friend(s):
1) Quiet your mind. If you don’t already meditate, learn to do so. You need a “clear palate” to receive any intuitive information. Focus on just breathing, letting random thoughts simply pass by. The goal is to not have a completely blank mind (physically impossible), just one that’s not preoccupied with car pools, grocery lists and work stuff.
2) Approach your animal when they’re relaxed. Sit with them quietly, focusing on your breathing and imagining your energies drawing closer together. Even if they’re not physically close by (like a wild bird or a feral cat), imagine your energies meeting.
3) When you feel relaxed and ready, ask your animal a simple question. The answer may come quickly, as an image, a feeling or a single word. Trust what you get – doubting yourself is the quickest way to shut down the link.
I find that my first impressions are usually the most accurate, and I’ve proven this by logging my “critter conversations” and checking back later. So learn to trust what you’re receiving.
If you find yourself getting frustrated, settle down and breathe again. Learning to trust your instincts takes time and patience, but it’s a skill that will serve you well, not just with animals, but in everyday life.
And when you’re done talking with your furry companion, remember to say “thank you.” Good manners aren’t just for the two-legged types.
So I just finished doing an Animal Communication session (I love these…and apparently, so do my cats, because they gather round my feet while I’m working). Anyway, I got lots and lots of stuff from my subject, Cody, a super-cute doggie — about his favorite toy, the bird that shares his home, the two cats he doesn’t care for. But the thing I MOST got was that he wanted to be heard (one reason he barked. All. The.Time).
The pet parents treated him like a baby. Lots of squee baby talk. Dressing him up in hats. You get the idea — and you’ve probably done it to your fur critter. Well, they generally don’t mind it, but one thing they would like us Two-Leggeds to know is….respect them. Respect their own intelligence and their place in our world. Giving them treats and kisses is great, but if you don’t actively pay attention or listen to what they’re trying to tell you, well….be careful not to step in their next “message.”
Cody’s mom said,”He seems so smart….its like he knows what I’m saying.” Newsflash: he does.
People who come to me for a reading seem all impressed at what I do — but I emphasize that, as an animal lover, they’re communicating with them all the time, too. They just don’t give their pet credit for being able to “talk” back– mainly, because they communicate in a different way than we do. If you take a little time to just sit and try to tune in to what they’re saying or feeling, you’ll be surprised at what you actually hear/feel/sense. Again, it’s respecting that they have their own language and being courteous enough to listen. If a visitor from Kuala Lumpur needed help, you’d try to understand them; it’s just the polite thing to do. Same goes for your ferret.
The other thing about pets is to do what you say you’re going to do. They totally understand what we’re saying. So if you tell them that you’ll play with them after dinner, you’d better do it. If you promise to walk them more often, get out the leash or risk the stinkeye. Animals want the same kind of respect you’d give a human.
Animals are extremely spiritual creatures, with an endless supply of unconditional love for us (and the ability to wear a doll dress and not lose their dignity).
So honor them. Let them know they’re being heard — actually tell them you want to better understand them. Tell them what you expect of them, and what your end of the deal will be. It’s one pet-training trick you don’t hear much about, but it works. Woof.
I work as a psychic/medium – but don’t limit myself to two-legged clients. I’m frequently asked to talk to pets, including those who’ve passed over. And their take on that experience is pretty interesting.
Animals understand – on a very fundamental level — that death is merely a change from one form of energy to another. I believe its because they’re closer to nature; they recognize the rhythms of life, and don’t attach so much baggage to them.
They also know that, while death may keep them from playing fetch, it doesn’t really separate them from their human friends. They still pop in to curl up on their favorite spot on the sofa, or patrol the house, making sure everyone is safe and sound.
A spirit pet will often help a living animal adjust to a new home. In my volunteer rescue work, we placed a cat with a family who had just lost their sweet Pearl a few months before. I strongly sensed — and so did the new kitty – Pearl’s spirit. But I also got that she was helping him figure out his new surroundings and settle in.
Animal spirits frequently “direct” their owners to their next pet. They know best what that person needs, so they’ll arrange for a certain stray to cross their path….or to spot an ad for a dog in need of a new home. Its kind of like being a four-legged matchmaker!
Intellectually, most of us understand that we’ll be reunited with our furry loved ones at some point, but it’s a tougher sell to our hearts. Right before you go to sleep, ask your spirit pet to make its presence known. You may dream of them, or think you feel them jumping on the bed, or brushing up against you (they are). Keep your radar up and you’ll start to sense them more often – because that powerful bond between us never dies.