Most people think we only communicate through our words, but there are so many more ways to convey our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and fears. That’s even more true when we are communicating with animals, who didn't go to school and learn the same vocabulary we did, instead largely understanding us based on our tone of voice, our facial expressions, our volume, and our body language.
But as animal lovers around the world can tell you, there’s more to it than that. Every day, people send and receive messages to and from animals without saying a word. It’s a form of energetic communication that transcends species and doesn’t require our voices, yet is still incredibly powerful and lends us to forming remarkable lifetime bonds with our pets.
How does it work? Through the power of telepathy.
Lots of people roll their eyes at the thought of telepathy, but we’re not talking about the kind practiced by Professor X or Luke Skywalker. Telepathy isn’t a make-believe power, it’s a word made up of two smaller words “tele” - meaning over a great distance, and “empathy” - which means feeling someone’s emotions or energies.
There are few people who can say they’ve never had a gut feeling of what someone else is thinking without talking to them, even if they are not in the same room or even in the same country. Twins experience this regularly, as do close friends, siblings, people who have gone through some sort of trauma together, married couples, and more. Call it a sixth sense, intuition, or whatever you want to, but it’s one of the wonderful untapped mysteries of being human.
The Animal Mind
Animals have relationships just like we do, and when we live or work with them, they seek to forge relationships with us. Your animals want you to know when they are hungry, thirsty, or in pain, but they also want reassurance from you, affection from you, and to know that they are loved. In many ways, animals’ minds are just as much of a mystery as our own, since they can’t actually tell us what they are thinking or feeling; everything we know about them comes from third-party observation. Their lives intersect with ours on a daily basis, but they are much different. They have different needs, different instincts, and different priorities. They know things that we will never know, and their senses tell them things that ours cannot see.
We might have two different viewpoints, but that doesn’t mean we don’t also have a ton of similarities. We don’t typically like to be confused or feel unsafe. We seek solutions to our problems by asking for help. When we are worried or scared or sick, we seek reassurance from those we trust the most. Animals are smart and they pay attention to detail. This lets them know when you are leaving for work, getting ready to get their dinner, or trying to corral them for a bath. They pick up on the little things in your behavioral patterns. You can do the same thing for them. Take the time to know their habits, their expressions, and their sounds. When a thunderstorm is on the way, and your dog gets nervous, take the preventive steps to ensure they are feeling safe - getting their crate out or opening the door to the bedroom so they can lay in the closet. Put away your distractions, like your smartphone or your tablet, and spend real time with your pet on their level, petting them, engaging with them, and observing them. You’ll learn more in 30 minutes of facetime than you could watching 50 YouTube videos about animal psychology. Understand their problems by focusing your energy on empathizing with them, and you’ll soon be able to anticipate their needs, give a voice to their worries, and enhance the bond between the two of you to new heights.