“You Talkin’ Ta ME?”

I’ve got two hypothetical scenarios for you, please select the response you feel best describes your reaction.

1. You’re sleeping in your cozy bed, in your own private space. A total stranger comes strolling in, sits themselves down on the edge of your bed, and says, “Hi. I’m Gayle. Your mom sent me. Now…how are you doing?”

Your response:
___ a. Open up your heart and soul and pour forth all your secret woes willingly and with the desire to help and be helped.
___ b. Respond with a slighly shocked but forced-polite, “Fine,” and hope they go away.
___ c. Stare at them dumbfounded, looking for a way to quickly get under the bed.
___ d. Grab the phone and dial 9-1-1.
___ e. Reach for the baseball bat hidden behind the bed, whack them over the head, and get the heck out of there.

2. You’re sleeping in your cozy bed. A knock comes on the door, and, somewhat suspicious, you say, “Come in.” The perperson, a total stranger, pokes her head in quietly and says, “Hi, I’m Gayle. Your mom asked me to talk to you. She likes you very much and is concerned about the tummy aches you’ve been having. Are you willing to talk to me about them, tell me how they feel, and help her understand how to better help you?”

Your response:
Well, I guess you’d already agree that the above responses probably would’t apply quite so strongly. Even with this more polite and detailed greeting, “a” might be a bit too much. However, knowing why this total stranger is suddenly appearing in your space, with more than “Mom sent me” as an introduction, might make you more open to sharing details.

Animal communication, though I suppose it’s technically a “psychic skill”, is really not very like the standard “reading”, where an intuitive is attempting to glean information with very little intro to the problem. Animal communication, although the information comes through in various forms, like pieces of a puzzle, is really more of an emotional and energetic conversation. Animals, or many of them, are naturally suspicious of strangers (my apologies to all the Labrador and Golden Retriever owners out there who just spit their coffee all over their keyboards). Most cats, in fact, if you approach them with Scenario One, are going to quickly choose “letter b” or even “c”. Some might even go as far as looking for that baseball bat.

Although there is a balance between providing “too much information” and “not enough”, when it comes to making an initial contact with a new animal friend, it’s usually more helpful for the communicator to have enough information about the animal and situation to quickly open up a dialog of trust. The faster we can get the animal to understand that we’re trying to help their human caregivers to helpĀ them, and why, the faster that help may begin.

Once communicators get to know your animal a bit better, of course, the pet will be more likely to open up and share without a lot of “intro”. However, do keep in mind that you have initially called in a total stranger to help. If you give them enough information to do so efficiently and lovingly, you’ll find that your pet not only finds assistance on the other end of the connection … he finds a new friend.

Gayle Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant