Animal Communication 101


One of the unexpected lessons I’ve learned from being an animal communicator is learning more and more about myself.  When I first started as an animal communicator, I thought it would be all about the animals; I didn’t realize that by connecting with animals I would need to delve more into myself and realize what makes me tick.

For anyone, it is important to be aware of what makes us tick.  But for animal communicators and other intuitives, it is particularly important to be aware of our internal makeup, internal thoughts, experiences, expectations and prejudices.  Because, if we are not aware of those thoughts and do not claim them as our own, we could easily attribute those thoughts to the animal with whom we are talking.


That is called projection.  When we Talk2theAnimals, we need to come to the conversation with a clean slate, removing from our consciousness anything that could stand between us and hearing what that animal has to say.

Here’s a simplistic example of projection.  Let’s say that I have a scheduled conversation with a cat.  I go into that conversation feeling blue, nothing is wrong, yet on the other hand, nothing is quite right.  Every thought I have is preceded by an audible sigh.  I’m not feeling normal myself.

I talk to the cat who is naturally an introvert, not much of a talker.  Because I’m feeling blue and don’t feel like talking, I attribute the cat’s quiet demeanor to melancholy.  I have projected my feelings onto the cat, and those feelings are blocking whatever that cat may have to authentically say.

By projecting my feelings onto the cat, I have also unknowingly taken the focus of the conversation away from the cat and placed the focus on how I’m feeling.  I did not come to the conversation with a clean slate, but with a messy slate.

Become Aware of Your Own Feelings

Check in with yourself to see what’s going on internally. When are you feeling sad, angry, happy, content, tired?  Feelings are indicators of what we’re experiencing.  What are your feelings telling you?

As we become more in tune with ourselves, it becomes easier to see what’s standing between us and having a conscious conversation with the animals.  As we become more consciously aware of what we’re experiencing, it becomes easier and easier to come to the table with a clean slate.

As you practice your animal communication skills, ask yourself if you are projecting any of your feelings to the animal.  Once you become aware of that, and can set those feelings aside during the conversation, it’s much easier to go to the table with a clean slate!

Good luck, and remember, U2CanTalk2theAnimals!


Janet Roper

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  1. billie June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    Janet, what a great illustration of projection – I would add that this can affect our human communications too! Learning to be aware of our own “baseline” mood is so important in clarifying what we are “projecting” to others.

    I feel with horses especially that if we go into their space feeling something we aren’t owning or aware of, they will often simply mirror that back to us, and if we presume that’s what THEY are feeling, we’re wrong!

    Thanks for getting me thinking about this.


  2. janet July 1, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Hi billie,
    Yes indeed, projection does affect our human communications too. Don’t you think it’s something learned first in human relationships, and then done as a knee-jerk reaction when communicating with animals?

    Yes, I’m with you on horses. I believe they in particular invite us to be authentic and congruent with our own selves, and if we are not, they will mirror it back perfect equanimity! Good teachers that they are 😉

    Have a good holiday weekend!




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