Animal Communication - Making It Real

By Marta Williams

Marta and her horse Dylan, who Marta believes came into her life to lead her toward holistic care for horses and natural horsemanship training.

My sister Anne called me recently to ask what to do about her Belgian draft horse, Oliver. He was acting up when, because of time constraints, she had to ride him at the stable horses' normal feeding time. Ollie, a total food-hound, was finding this very difficult! She called on me because ever since I asked her to help me edit the draft of my new how-to book on animal communication, Learning Their Language, she's become a total believer. My advice to her was to tell Ollie exactly how much time they would spend riding, assure him that no one would get his food, and promise him an extra treat on the days he had to go through this ordeal. Like magic, Ollie was fine after that, just from saying these things out loud to him.

Anne talks a lot to Ollie now and has devised her own experiments in animal communication. One day when she was riding him there were some really rowdy horses in the arena and Ollie began to get very nervous and tense. Anne sat perfectly still and sent him the following thoughts: "Ollie if you just relax, put your ears down and walk along the fence toward the gate, we will go and get your dinner." She said he immediately complied, without any physical or verbal cues. Someone standing nearby asked, "What on earth did you just do with your horse?" Anne replied, "We did the Vulcan mind-meld."

What she was doing with Ollie was what I call the "talking" part of animal communication. It's the easy part, but it does require a shift in perspective from the beliefs we commonly hold about animals. To try it, do the following experiment for two weeks. Talk to your animal out loud as if he or she can completely understand you as a person would. Also, behave as if your animal can hear your thoughts, feel your feelings and see the images you form in your mind. When you do this you will be trying out some radically new beliefs that I am now convinced are true, even though they contradict everything we were taught about animals. What I suspect you'll find after the two weeks is that your animal will start behaving in ways that validate this alternate version of reality, just like Ollie did for my sister.

This talking experiment is easy to do and most people end up making it a permanent habit because it adds a fascinating new dimension to their relationships with their animals. It's the other part of intuitive communication, receiving the messages our animals are sending, that people find difficult. You may have a great time sending messages intuitively to your animal, but become uncomfortable and uncertain in your attempts to receive information intuitively from that same animal.

It's been my job as a teacher to figure out why this is so and find the key to helping people master the skill of intuitive reception. I've concluded that the main difficulty is that we are trained from an early age to repress intuition. Modern culture favors rationalism over emotion, yet the source of intuition lies entirely in the emotional body. To learn how to receive intuitively means overcoming our cultural conditioning.

The primary cure I have found is to do verifiable exercises in intuitive receiving working with animals you don't know, until you have undeniable proof that intuitive communication is real and that you can do it. Sometimes people have an amazingly convincing experience as soon as they start practicing. Cathy Isbel of California sent me one such report after she tried some of the exercises I describe in my book.


Cathy wrote:


Last week, I greeted a friend's Rottweiler, named Amanda, who was tied up to the railing outside the gym. I told Amanda how beautiful she was and what a nice person she had to live with. I then got this message from the dog, "I know I am really the most beautiful Rottweiler (!), but I am worried about my Mommy. My mommy is so tired, she fell to sleep on MY bed." As I heard Amanda say this I got a picture in my head of the owner lying asleep across a dark plaid dog bed.

Of course, I doubted that information, because this woman is so professional, and I couldn't picture her sleeping on her dog's bed. I met the owner inside the gym, and asked her how she was doing. She replied, "I have been so busy, I am exhausted!" I said, "You haven't been falling asleep in strange places have you?"

She looked shocked and said, "Yes, I fell asleep lying across one of Amanda's beds." I couldn't believe it and asked, "Beds, you mean she has more than one?" The woman said, "Yes, she has three different colored ones. I fell asleep on the plaid one in the living room." 

That was a classic case of the instruction you gave, to trust the information we are given, even if it sounds unlikely! When I see Amanda and her "parents" now they now call me "Aunt Cathy" because Amanda makes it quite clear that I am her favorite person. She will break from the leash and run across the parking lot to be at my side, leaning on me! Her parents say I "speak her language."


Practicing, as Cathy did with Amanda, is essential to making this skill your own, and you may have to have the same kind of experience she did before you can truly recognize and believe in your ability. However, I'm absolutely certain that everyone has an innate ability to communicate this way and is capable of both sending and receiving messages intuitively.

Marta and Brydie, whom she calls her "heart dog", are intuitively in sync all the time.

Receiving information from animals you know well can sometimes be more challenging than working with animals you don't know. That's because you know so much about your own animals that you will assume any information you get is something you already possessed, not a direct communication from your animal. The way around that is to start out by asking light, open-ended questions. Don't ask your animals if they are sick, unhappy with you, or whether they hate their lives! Try asking them something like what color they like or what they dream about. It won't matter to you what answers they give to questions like that. The idea initially is just to get the information flowing in your direction. The most important technique is this: once you ask the question, pay attention to whatever impressions come in - thoughts and memories, feelings, or images - and accept those impressions as being actual communications from your animal. There's no easy way to verify information you get from your animals. That's why it is important to practice with other people's animals also.

Another exercise to try with your own animals is to ask them if they have a question for you. If a question then pops into your head, no matter what it is, assume it came from your animal and answer it as best you can.

Once you have the undeniable experience of receiving messages intuitively from an animal, it changes your life forever.



About the author:

Marta Williams, a biologist and animal communicator, is the author of "Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature". She does consultations with animals and teaches workshops in intuitive communication with animals and nature worldwide. Visit her website at