Some “Golden” Words

Golden-Retriever-Smile-600x450Sometimes life doesn’t quite go as planned. (I know I’m not the only one to have noticed that.)  It’s always been my intention to offer “tips and techniques” for communicating with animals on this blog. I just didn’t know I was going to begin it now.  I also had a vague idea that when the time was right I would begin in an orderly fashion — you know, start at the beginning and progress neatly, step by step, through the process. Oh well — it’s a blog, after all, not a manual. There’s nothing like leaping right into the middle.  So, while the post I had intended to write several weeks ago on cats as energy/dream workers is still percolating, something else is pushing itself forward — just like something a wise dog told me a long time ago.

I had contacted this wonderful dog, an elderly golden retriever, on behalf of a human client, but we — the dog and I — were enjoying each other so much that toward the end of our conversation the dog asked if she could contact me again. I was flattered but uncertain, so I said “I don’t know if I’ll be aware of you trying to contact me.” I was still very new at this work, and it’s not like she could just ring me on her cell phone.

This smart, experienced dog told me “If I just pop into your head while you’re not thinking about me, that probably means I want to talk to you.”

This is one of the best lessons, and some of the most useful advice I’ve ever received on the subject of animal communication. So a tip to keep in mind when you’re working, playing, traveling, or otherwise occupied, and your beloved animal companion just pops into your head for no reason — know they’re thinking about you and would like some interaction.  If you are able to, take a moment and just feel the love in that thought of your animal companion. Allow your love for them to rise up expansively — just let it fill you in that moment. Then send it out to them. Sending is so much easier than you might think. It only takes the clear intention to do so.  Just give that love a little “push” in their direction.  If you like you can visualize it as a sparkly cloud or bubble, a beam of light (my favorite visualization), or a shower of sparkles, or see yourself covering them with a warm blanket, caressing their fur, tossing a toy, handing them a treat, or anything that works for you as a way of expressing your love. Sometimes it’s fun to let an appropriate visualization come spontaneously, without a lot of conscious thought, in response to whatever you intuitively sense the animal might be seeking from you. You can even add words, if you wish, like “You’re such a good dog,” or simply “I love you.” Just send it out and wait a moment.  Allow yourself to be open and feel anything that may come back to you. In all likelihood it will be something like a burst of joy, a deepening of that love, or a feeling of the animal’s presence as though they were there with you and loving you as they always do. You can do this anytime from anywhere as a way of quickly tuning into your animal friend’s energy, and sharing a loving moment with them.

I hope you try it. I’d love to hear about how it feels to you, or about any experiences you might have with this or similar techniques. I’ll answer questions in the comments if I can.

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