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9 July 2000 Issue

How to Communicate With Animals
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Samantha Khury began talking with animals as a child. Now, as one of the leading experts of our times, she explains how you can communicate with your animal friends.

Sending pictures. "Animals communicate by sending pictures," says Samantha Khury, one of the world's foremost animal communicators. Rather than listening to your words, they pick up on the visual images and emotional feelings that you're sending out.

"We, too, start communicating as children with pictures in our minds. Then we gradually convert everything to words. But the pictures are still there and this is how the animals think."

How it began for Samantha. The big moment of revelation for Samantha was on the day her 16 year old son brought home a pheasant that had been hit. The bird was not injured, but traumatized to the point where he could not fly. As Samantha gently picked him up and talked soothingly to him, her head was suddenly filled with pictures of the area all around, but from way up in the air, as though she was in a low-flying plane.

"I realized that these pictures were not from in my own mind," she said. "The images could only have been from the mind's eye of the bird - beautiful pictures of tree-tops. So I went all over the neighborhood, trying to get pictures from all the neighbors' pets."

Pictures and feelings that can explain the problem. Her clients or patients - pets and their people - come to her for insight into behavioral problems, or physical ailments that haven't responded to regular medical treatment. Often she will receive images and feelings from the animal that explain the problem and suggest a solution.

Samantha tells the story of a cat called Casey who had become listless and depressed.

Samantha explained that Casey the cat urgently needed a new job. When Casey's family brought him to her, he "told" her he had lost his job. Samantha didn't understand what Casey meant until the family confirmed that until recently they had owned a restaurant. They used to take Casey in with them each morning, and he'd stand around outside and greet the customers as they came in. Then the restaurant burned down and Casey lost his job. They confirmed that this was indeed when he got his first bout of depression.

Casey soon got over his problem by going to the local library and meeting people there. But the library rules changed and he was no longer allowed in. So he lost another job. This time, he became seriously depressed.

Samantha told the family that Casey really needed another job. They arranged for him to visit senior citizens in the neighborhood and Casey was soon back in top form.

Sending pictures back to animals. Once she understood the concept of receiving images from an animal, Samantha soon realized she could send them, too. She describes this as using our daydreaming capacity to imagine an action as being completed and send that thought and emotion to the animal. Most of us already do send images to our animals, says Samantha. The trouble is, we're sending negative ones. When Fido or Fluffy are doing something we don't like and we try to tell them to stop doing that, the picture in our mind is of the bad behavior. "Don't scratch the sofa!" for example, is accompanied by a picture of scratching the sofa.

The trick is to hold a positive picture of the desired behavior in your mind's eye.

Rather than holding on to that negative picture, the trick is to hold a picture of the desired behavior in your mind's eye. Replace your negative emotions and pictures with positive ones. Worrying that an animal will do the wrong thing sends the picture of that wrong action to the animal, which simply reinforces the behavior.

Remembering the past. Animals remember their past in pictures and emotions. Samantha says that if she is dealing with a frightened animal, she tries to create a visual space for them to re-experience the first time that the trauma happened so that new behavior can then be introduced to replace it.

One cat she treated, Tonga, was very aggressive. Samantha asked her what had happened and received back an impression of Tonga being picked up by a man at some earlier time very roughly. Since then, Tonga was afraid of being picked up or touched on a particular part of the back. Samantha told her that biting hurt people and to stop biting -- which she did.

"I acknowledge that all animals have a sparkle of God in them. We are equal beings."

Rediscovering our inner wonder. Communication works best, she says when we use what she calls "our inborn spiritual wonder, our intuition, which is awakened as we acknowledge the emotional connection with all species." She says that long before she ever discovered how to talk with animals she had a great wonder and love for them. She saw them as her equals even when she was a child.

This respect for animals -- for their intelligence and emotional nature, she says, was the basic key to her being able to communicate with them. If you have respect what they are, she realized, the animals would willingly communicate with her.

Summing it all up, Samantha offers these simple tips:

~ Respect their sensitivity and intelligence. "Acknowledge and respect the emotions and feelings of the animal kingdom. They, too have a consciousness of their life experiences."
~ Ask questions visually, and be open to the pictures or emotions that come back into your consciousness.
~ If you cannot form a picture in return, give an emotional impression. The common denominator that allows us to connect with all animals is the reality of the oneness of creation. "I acknowledge that all animals have a sparkle of God in them. We are equal beings."

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