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Do Animal Communicators Eat Meat?

"Yum!" or not yum? You decide.

"Yum!" or not yum? You decide.

Carnivore versus Vegetarian/Vegan:  This is one hot topic indeed. And many seem to think that we animal communicators who do eat meat are hypocritical and should go up in flames . . .  kind of like the steak in this picture.

Every animal communicator has been faced with this question, often in the form of a combative challenge. The scope of the answers given, and the rationales therefor, are as wide and diverse as the individuals who espouse them. In fact, the topic is so controversial, and the stance of animal communicators so varied, that it is the subject for one of the main discussions in the summer issue of Penelope Smith’s quarterly journal, Species Link. If this is an issue that seriously concerns you, you might consider ordering the current issue of this journal.

In a nutshell: the opinions of the animal communicators queried for this article range from “serious meat-eater with no qualms” to “would never eat anything I can talk to.” Actually, “no qualms” isn’t quite right, as I’ve never heard of a meat-eating animal communicator who isn’t terribly conscientious about the type of meat she puts in her body and who doesn’t also bless the animals for their sacrifice.

The question in your mind about right now, of course, is whether I, the animal communicator/author of this post, eat meat or not, right?

The simple answer is yes, I do, and with great blessings and gratefulness and no apologies. I, like many animal communicators surveyed, have Type O blood, for one thing, which is that of the original hunter gatherer amongst our ancient forebears (it was, in fact, the first blood type). But for me, also as for many others, there are health issues involved, including a tendency toward a life-threatening form of anemia.

In my case there are other reasons as well. Meat being one of the more grounding substances on the planet, I find I require it to keep myself from getting too spaced out and ending up wandering around in the ethers all day. Working in the psychic and telepathic realms does tend to make one spacey — some of us more than others, I would suspect. So, for me at least, a few ounces of heavy animal protein really facilitates my work.

But another reason I eat meat, I admit it, is that I plain out love it. I’m of the generation that was raised on it, and it is a serious part of my diet. As when growing up, when at all possible I prefer to eat wild game or family-caught fish, and indeed on the Texas ranch we kept such in our large freezers year-round.  I can attest firsthand how different meat tastes when killed humanely and quickly and with gratefulness than that of animals sent to slaughter. And I try to eat the latter as little as possible.

Lots of people would love to argue this question ad infinitum, which I  have no interest in doing — about anything really. But I leave those of you who adamantly oppose meat-eating with the following thought to ponder.

Plants are also living, breathing, intelligent beings. And it has been proven that they react to inhumane treatment, chaos, and neglect. One can certainly talk to them, and communicating with them in my practice has me and not just a few others convinced they are among, if not the highest form of intelligence on the planet. So next time you put a bite of lettuce in your mouth you might run through the objections you spout to those heartless meat-eaters and see how they apply to your own values and eating habits.

No matter what you eat, enjoy! EATING is one of the great pleasures we earthlings are privileged to indulge in, and I think we should all delight in every moment and aspect of it. And always, always, always bless your food and give thanks for it.


Here is my own brief, personal favorite food blessing and prayer. And if you hold your hands over your plate, palms down, while praying and blessing your food, you will feel living, universal energy flowing through them. I promise.

I give thanks for all the beings who gave of themselves to provide and prepare this food. And I ask that it be raised to the highest vibration level that is conducive to my digestion, assimilation, and elimination.


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Hearing the Animals

What is this little guy saying?

What is this little guy saying?

Almost without exception, the first quandary a new student of animal communication poses goes something like this: “I feel like my animal is hearing what I’m telling him, but I don’t feel like I’m hearing what he’s trying to tell me!” One woman at a recent talk I gave expressed this common dilemma much more humorously:  “Am I just imagining this, or is my dog sitting there looking at me like I’m the biggest idiot in the world because I’m not getting what he’s trying to tell me?!” The funny thing about this is that she clearly WAS getting what her dog was trying to tell her (tho’ he probably would not have gone so far as to call her an ‘idiot’)!

The hardest part of learning how to communicate telepathically with animals  is opening yourself up enough “psychically” to receive information from the subject in whatever form that might take. The next hardest part is trusting what you get! This opening is a state of being and, to put it very simplistically, allowing our brainwaves to slow way down. And it can be developed; it just takes practice.

In animal communication workshops we do lots of exercises to shift our brainwaves, slow down, tune in and relax. It’s an interesting process to watch people go through the shift — they often become very groggy or disoriented and by the end of the workshop are usually exhausted from wandering around in the ethers of the telepathic world, employing their brain in a way they aren’t used to.

But take heart. The shift into receptive mode and hearing the animals is not that hard overall, and there are many ways to get there. One of my favorite exercises, and one that is super effective for tuning in and being able to hear the animals is called Becoming an Animal. It’s one of Penelope Smith’s original exercises, and I use it in every workshop I teach. People love it, and it achieves amazing results.

Becoming an Animal is a meditative, almost hypnotic process, and it is easiest if you have someone to talk you through it while you sit relaxed and receptive. I’d suggest starting with one of your own animals and either look at them or at a picture of them. When you have them firmly in your mind you can shut your eyes if you like, as this may aid you in being able to experience fully what your animal is like and what he/she feels and senses.

When you are fully relaxed and have your animal well in mind, concentrate on synchronizing your breathing and then slowly visualize yourself shifting around until you are looking out through his eyes, experiencing his perceptions. At this point, slowly go through everything you can think of that you can sense from his point of view: how it feels to him to be happy or sad, to play his favorite game, go to his favorite spot. What does it feel like to walk on his legs or swim with his fins or fly with his wings. There is no end to what you can experience through animals’ bodies and minds, so use your imagination! When you finish, thank your animal and ever-so-slowly shift back around to your own body and fully separate from his.

This is an oversimplified version of this exercise, but I hope you get the idea. It’s a good idea to get permission first too, before “entering” an animal to feel its experiences, and tomorrow I will describe a very simple way to know if you have permission or not.

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Do I Hear Voices?

Dog Flagging Down an Animal Communicator . . . NOT!

Dog Flagging Down an Animal Communicator . . . NOT!

Do animals flag me down on the street? Are they just waiting everywhere to ambush me and have a conversation?

I get asked a LOT if I walk around hearing voices or what animals are thinking all the time?

The answer is a simple NO. Dr. Doolittle I am not.

For one thing, this generally isn’t how animal communication works. But for another . . . well . . . do you walk around hearing what’s going on in people’s heads all the time? I doubt it.

Granted, it’s pretty easy to tell when a dog, for instance — even one you don’t know — is happy or sad, shy or scared. But having a telepathic conversation with him is a different matter and for most of us communicators involves shifting into a certain mode where we can see, hear, and feel what is coming from him.

It’s kind of like scanning over channels on a radio until you tune in to one clearly through the proper frequency. Turning that radio dial or tuning into your psychic powers is a conscious process. People with this skill or gift usually are able to manage it and receive information when they choose to. And to block it out the rest of the time. If they didn’t, they’d end up in said looney bin.

So no, I don’t go around wielding my psychic “tuning fork” all the time.

But the other, more important, issue here is ethics. And yes, there are many that need to be considered when one does animal communication.

Penelope Smith, one of the most famous animal communicators in the world, over the course of many years of practicing and teaching, came up with a comprehensive list of ethical considerations that are good to keep in mind for anyone communicating with nonhuman animals. The one that is relevant here is:

“Unless someone is in great immediate danger, I provide assistance through telepathic communication with nonhuman animals only where requested, so as to honor individual choice and privacy.”

It’s that simple, really. So, for instance, if someone calls me and asks me to talk to a “problem dog” in her neighborhood, I let her know that doing so is totally “off limits,” or out of ethical bounds for me unless that dog’s person contacts me and asks me for assistance. As a parallel you might think of someone calling a psychiatrist and asking him to intervene in a domestic dispute your neighbors are having. It just isn’t done that way, and it isn’t fair or respectful of individual free will and privacy.

When things get out of hand, yes, then you can step in. If child or animal abuse is going on, it’s fine to do whatever needs to be done to get the subject out of harm’s way.

I happen to like this policy and uphold it in my practice and teach it to my students. But some animal communicators disagree vehemently, feeling that any animal at any time should be able to talk to whomever they want, and that it is the responsibility of an animal communicator to “be there” for them 24/7, carte blanche.

Whichever way one believes, the most important thing of all is to proceed with integrity and respect. There are always exceptions, but I truly believe most animal communicators do just that. If not, it bites them in the butt and they go out of business!

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Penelope Smith Comes to Dinner!

Penlope (l) and Leta (r) in front of one of Susan Hertel's paintings

Penelope (l) and Leta (r) in front of one of Susan Hertel's paintings

Yesterday was a great day. In many respects. Not the least of which was the fact that Penelope Smith, the preeminent forerunner of animal communication in our country, came to dinner! At my house! In Cerrillos, New Mexico!

There is a story here. But first you should know that Penelope is one of my teachers; I studied with her many years ago to learn how to become an instructor of animal communication. I learned then that she is unique in all the world and an incredible leader and figurehead in this profession. Ever since that time I have maintained a listing in her directory of animal communicators around the world and am a regular subscriber to her quarterly journal.

Second . . . and this is the most amazing part: Penelope stayed here, at what is now my home, and walked this land, 18 years ago. Here’s the first part of the story, in brief.

In the early 90’s Penelope taught a class in animal communication in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was attended by a renowned artist named Susan Hertel.  Susan invited Penelope to stay with her at her newly-built pueblo home in Cerrillos, just south of Santa Fe. They became great friends and spiritually bonded.

Counterpoint: In 1987, just before my first trip to Santa Fe, NM, I saw a small print of horses in a snowstorm on the bedroom wall of a friend. I was spellbound and asked who the artist was . . . . Susan Hertel of course. So when I got to Santa Fe I sought out the gallery that represented Susan and went and gazed in awe at her work. I did that every time I visited Santa Fe in the following decade. Susan painted horses, on a life-size scale, as her most primary subject, and, being nothing if not a horse devotee and lover, these paintings left me speechless. Besides which, I had always wanted to paint and wished I could be like, and could paint like, Susan. And I always felt like I knew her.

How I ended up buying Susan’s property is the next part of the story, but the lovely thing right now is how Penelope ended up here last night, for dinner, and for a re-walk of Susan’s sacred land. It was fabulous. We all loved it. And I feel the land and myself are all the more blessed because of it.

Glory be to those powers that be that somehow bring together all the magical synchronicities of life! (Also called “coincidences” — NOT!   Read: “CO-incidences” —- don’t you think that word really means things that are supposed to happen together, not that happen by accident? I sure do!

Ciao Bella . . . to a beautiful day!


For the NEXT part of the story — the amazing way I ended up here:

Miracles Really DO Happen — at least they do to me . . .

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