Animal Communication: A Pet Project by Jonna Rae Bartges

Animal Communication: A Pet Project
by Jonna Rae Bartges

Years ago, when I lived in San Diego with my late husband, we were always taking little excursions to explore the near-by mountains.  Big Bear Lake was a favorite spot.

During one of our sojourns there, we visited the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.  Its team responds to all types of animal emergencies, and they’re able to return 90% of the animals they care for back into the wild.  It’s only when an animal has been injured to the extent that it could never survive on its own that it becomes a permanent resident.

So it was with a majestic Great Horned Owl, whose wing had been shattered by a bullet.  The magnificent beast was sitting on a limb of a tree, calmly staring at us from behind the wire fence encircling his little patch of earth.  Even though he was well-loved and cared for by the sanctuary team, I felt bad he couldn’t fly free.

“I’m so sorry you’re in this cage,” I thought at the beautiful creature.

“Who among you is NOT?” he immediately demanded telepathically.  Startled, I stepped back.  And then I sent the wise being so much love and gratitude.

Animals have always been talking to us, and they’re NOT just thinking, ‘what’s for dinner?’  It’s WE who need to be trained to listen.  In this blog, I’m sharing the seven steps to talk to animals, and the biggest mistake we can make when trying to connect.  Sit!  Stay!

1.Get into your heart.

We tend to be in our heads most of the time.  This is where we store knowledge.  Every book we’ve ever read, every class we’ve taken, everything we’ve ever experienced or heard someone else talking about – all that takes up a lot of space in our head.  Our head is also the source of our judgment, editing, projecting – all of which we’re doing, consciously or unconsciously, every moment of every day.

To prove this to yourself, turn on your TV.  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and just listen to the audio from whatever program you have on.  If the sound had a color, what color would it be?  If the sound had a shape, and a texture, what would THAT look like?  Again, what color is the sound?  And how does it make you feel?

Now, just ‘pretend’ that you’re moving your ears down onto your heart.  You’re now listening to that TV show through those ears on your heart.  If the sound you’re hearing had a color, what color would it be?  As you continue to listen through the ears on your heart, if the sound had a shape, and a texture, what would THAT look like?  Again, what color is the sound as you’re listening through your heart, and how does it make you feel?

So, could you notice any kind of a difference in what you were perceiving as you shifted your focus from your head to your heart?

The head is Knowledge, where we judge.  The heart is Wisdom, where we compassionately connect.  The more you practice shifting from your head into your heart, the more profound a difference you’ll be able to detect.

Our pets, and all animals, are coming from that heart-centered perspective.  So, the first step in effective animal communication is shifting your ears, and your mouth, onto your heart. You’re going from a place of judgment to one of lovingly syncing up.

2. Don’t make eye contact. That’s a power thing.

Instead, respectfully keep your eyes focused down to show respect and submissiveness.

3. Ask permission to connect.

There’s a chance the animal just doesn’t desire to link up with you at this very moment.  So silently, with your mouth on your heart, ask the animal if they’d like to communicate with you.  Stay in that heart-centered space of compassion and respect.  You’ll be able to just ‘feel’ if the animal is interested or not.

4. Listen to see if they want to speak first.

When pets or even wild animals can feel you’re inviting connection in a positive, non-threatening way, you may find they’ve been waiting patiently for you to be receptive.  They just might have something to say to YOU now that they realize you’re truly listening.

5. Ask your question.

As you’re picturing your mouth being right there on your heart, ask the animal your question either silently or out loud.

6. Listen for the answer.

Just like when you were listening to the TV through your heart, it might feel a bit awkward at first trying to ‘hear’ what your pet is saying to you.  As with anything, the more you work at this, the easier it’s going to become to quickly get in the receptive zone and receive accurate information.

7. Thank the animal.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T!  Let the animal know you appreciate its patience with you as you learn this new ‘language.’  Remember, this new form of connecting is strange at first for your pets, too.  They’re not used to you shifting into their wavelength so intentionally, so give them a grace period to get used to it, too.

Shifting from your head into your heart to connect is a very powerful tool, and you’ll quickly see how it can completely change the dynamic between you and your pet in the most positive way.

Another effective method to communicate with the beasties when they’re venturing into the dark side is to shift your consciousness into your heart again, and this time, send them a picture of the behavior you DO desire of them.

For instance, when your dog is barking, what will you probably say?  “STOP BARKING,” right??  And what picture is that sending to the pup?  Your words, and the emotion behind them, are clearly sending your pet a strong picture of them barking.  Instead, think of what the ideal behavioral shift would be – maybe a silent, happy puppy playing with a favorite toy?  Send that thought to the dog instead and watch what starts to happen.

Be patient – you’re introducing a whole new way of connecting with your pets.  Both you and your animals will be making some profound energetic shifts.  But give it a try!  Linking up with your pet in such a compassionate and deep way can be a real treat – for both of you.

GOOD human!


Jonna Rae Bartges created PSI: Practical Spirituality Institute to be the happy medium between the worlds of science and spirit. She’s a Reiki Master attuned by Virginia Samdahl, Emmy-winning TV producer, author, speaker, and approved provider of professional development contact hours for nurses.  Every second Saturday at Crystal Visions, she teaches an interactive workshop to help people connect with their natural intuitive ability.  Learn more on her website at




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