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When you have to get it “right” in animal communication

8 Jun


For over ten years I had a busy animal communication practice before switching my focus to teaching and writing. I met wonderful people and animals, but the biggest problem I had with being an animal communicator, was the pressure to be “right.”

When I teach budding animal communicators their biggest complaint is the same. But what if I am wrong? It feels like and is an enormous responsibility to provide answers to a grieving or troubled pet parent. Why is my animal sick? Why did he die? Why is he fighting with his sister? And we tune in and look for answers. The right answers the client needs.

Once in while I would have a client who would “test” me, but they were very rare. They wanted to see if I was truly “psychic.” But telepathic communication isn’t about being psychic. You are simply connecting one on one. You can’t give answers you aren’t hearing.

So, what do you do to relieve the pressure besides exploding after a reading or having a stiff drink? Here’s what I have learned that has helped me through the years.

  1. Let the animal provide the PROOF and the answers.

Sounds strange when I say let the animal have all the pressure, but it isn’t like that. Ask the animals open-ended questions. Instead of “What is your favorite food?” Show a bowl in your head and let the animal fill up the bowl. Ask the animal how they are feeling and what they think is wrong, vs. “What disease do you have?” Nothing shuts down the intuitive connection then very, very specific questions which narrows the answers you could receive. It’s the difference between letting it flow and forcing. Forcing never works. Ever try to shoot a ball into a basket? Notice the difference between relaxed focus and trying really, really hard.

2. Get in that relaxed space first.

Most students think they have to meditate for years to be a good communicator with animals. This always makes me laugh. I have one very active mind that doesn’t shut off. I am tuned in a great deal of the time, but I don’t meditate. The space between awake and falling asleep is THE perfect time to try to connect because you are just letting things flow in and out, and I almost always trust the answers that come then because my mind isn’t in the way.

3. You are going be wrong sometimes.

You might be tired, or you might be triggered by what issues the animal is having, or you might be forcing and your own stuff or thoughts will get it in the way. It’s not a perfect science, which is frustrating but true. And we are not perfect filters. If the animals could just talk out loud you would know for sure what they are communicating, but even then, like in conversations with people, things can be misconstrued. Thank goodness we don’t text with our animals.

4. Remind yourself you are not a veterinarian, of course, unless you are one. 

This is a biggie! I pride myself that I was very good at receiving information on an animal’s health, but I was never good at veterinary science. There’s so much I don’t know, like a backache could be from kidney issues. All an animal can describe is their symptoms and you might be able to see into the body, but you need to have a working knowledge of what you are seeing, and that’s not your job. I could describe that an animal has what feels like a ball in its ear, but I might not know that’s a cyst. Don’t try to be an expert, let the client know they need a doctor.

5. I want to see you screw up and get back up again.

I like when students just relax during practice and have fun. They can screw up and get the answer all wrong and still try again. As a teacher, I am more impressed by that. Practice is for having fun and test-driving animal communication. Less pressure = more surprises and more information coming through.

6. Sometimes a bed is just a bed.

Many times you get info and you jump to the conclusion that you are all wrong, when it was the interpretation of what you received that didn’t match, and that’s when it is best to simply describe what you are feeling, seeing and the thoughts you are getting. I would provide what I was seeing and the person could make those connections. If I was seeing a blue, natty looking blanket, I described that. That’s where I can be very specific. The dog’s person knows that blanket well and understands.That’s her dog’s favorite blanket! If I added my interpretation that I think that blanket means the animal wants a nap, I will risk being all wrong, and well, the dog will be super frustrated with me.

Take the pressure off and focus on being a better listener instead. Two different focuses, but one has less headaches and better communication.

If you want to study to be an animal communicator, and learn with fun, consider signing up for my mentorship offered this summer. Taking students for July and August now. All the info is over here

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Nancy Windheart: The Spiritual Wisdom of Feral Cats

10 Sep


I’ve recently been inspired by the efforts of a local rescue group, Red Rose Inspiration for Animals, which is developing a Trap-Neuter-Release program for feral cats in our community (Sedona/Verde Valley, AZ). Feral cats are some of the most misunderstood animals in our society, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the feral cats I’ve known and loved, and who have been some of my greatest teachers.

My relationship with feral cats has made me a better person and a better animal communicator. Here’s our story.


 Freddie, My Cat Teacher

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was on the faculty of a large educational institution tucked away in the pine forests of the midwest. Our campus was located close to a state park, which was a common “dumping zone” for unwanted animals. Many would show up on campus, seeking food from the cafeteria dumpsters and the kindness of humans–especially the young humans who had a habit of dropping their chips and peanut butter sandwiches everywhere they walked.

Many of these animals were cats, and not surprisingly, most were not spayed or neutered. Consequently, there was a longstanding and ongoing cat overpopulation problem on campus, as the stray and feral cats had litter after litter of kittens. Periodically, the cat colonies were “handled”–exterminated–using a variety of not-so-humane methods. And then more cats would move into the territory, and cycle would start all over again.

One day, a particular cat caught my attention outside the building where I worked. He was a black tom, had no ears, torn eyes and a scarred face, and a scruffy, dull coat. It was winter, and it was very, very cold outside. My heart went out to this cat, and I was determined to see if I could help him.

Fast forward a few weeks, and the black cat, Freddie, was living in my garage. 🙂 I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that he got his name from the infamous Freddie of the horror movie…you know the one…because he was, at that time, a “slasher kitty”. I couldn’t approach him or touch him without thick leather gloves to protect my arms and hands, and he would hiss and spit and flail at me with his fully-armed-and-of-course-not-properly-trimmed claws.

He bit. He slashed. He was, on the whole, really, really nasty.

And I loved him.

I loved this cat with all of my heart. I knew, somehow, somewhere, that we had a deep soul connection. That we were meant to be together. That he was mine.

Freddie tested positive for FIV. At that time (more is known about this virus now), the wisdom was that he should be kept separated from my other cats to minimize the risk of infecting them. So Freddie lived in my garage…and later in a small addition…and with time…

…Freddie became my dearest, closest friend. He sat on my lap, let me kiss him and stroke him, and slept in my arms.

This doesn’t  happen with cats who are truly feral. What I understand now is that Freddie wasn’t feral–he was a domestic cat who had been socialized once, but had been on his own for a long, long  time. He  had a tough life on his own and had learned aggressive defenses–but once he made a decision to live the life of a cat who has a relationship with humans, he dropped most of his aggressiveness and became my teacher, my spiritual advisor, and my very best friend.

Freddie and I would sit for hours and just hang out together. We communicated telepathically; he shared deep wisdom, understanding, and his sweet love with me. When he was diagnosed with renal failure and needed subcutaneous fluids to keep him comfortable, he would climb on my lap and we would have a sweet communion while I gave him his injection. He never complained. He never minded. Being with me, sharing our love and our deep relationship, was worth it all to him.

Freddie became a lap cat, but he always hissed at me. It became our little inside joke. He would hiss at me, I would hiss back at him, and we would laugh and laugh. Years later, when a close friend of mine, also a professional animal communicator, talked with Freddie in the spirit world, he said, “tell Nancy, HISS. That’s it. Just HISS. She’ll know what I mean.” 🙂

After a few years, Freddie’s FIV brought his body down, and he passed into the spirit world in the year of my 40th birthday.

Two years later, Freddie came to me in a clear vision on New Years’ Day, and said, “It’s time. This is the year. This is the year you step onto your path and start becoming a professional animal communicator.”

And I listened to him. I listened to Freddie because I trusted him more than I had trusted anyone in my life. He knew. He knew everything.

Freddie continues to be one of my greatest spiritual guides. We communicate daily, and he continues to teach me and guide me, always reminding me of the power of love. Usually, his guidance is gentle and loving…but when necessary, I hear that unmistakable, kick-in-the-pants HISS.

 Feral Cat Rescue and TNR

Because of my experience with Freddie, I was determined to help the other stray and feral cats in my workplace and in my community. I learned all I could about ferals, including the benefits of a managed Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program, and I implemented a program with the help of a few like-minded friends.

We set and checked traps, and worked with a local veterinarian who donated spay-neuter services. We vaccinated and ear-tipped and released the cats back into their habitat. When there were kittens, we bottle fed them if we got them young enough; we handled them and socialized them if we could. Several cats ended up in the traps who were socialized to humans but homeless, and we worked with a local rescue group to find them homes. (My cat, Maddy, who is still with me, was one of those cats–he started as a “foster” and never left.)


The Spiritual Wisdom of Feral Cats

As my animal communication practice grew, I talked to many feral and semi-feral cats–some with rescue organizations, some in homes, and some in my neighborhood. And what I learned from them continued to surprise and inspire me.

Turns out, many feral cats are aware that they have a particular spiritual mission here on earth. Each animal is an individual, and so this is not true across the board for every single feral cat, but over and over again, many of them would tell me:

 We are not here to have a relationship with humans. We are not interested in having relationships with humans. It’s not just because we are afraid and have not been socialized to humans, although that is the physical reality of our lives. Many of us came into this life knowing that we are wild animals…and have a particular job to do…and a relationship with humans is not part of it. We don’t wish to live in homes. We don’t wish to be companions. This would be distracting for us. We are here for other reasons. We often live close to human society, but we are not part of it.

 Many of the cats showed me that they are doing particular, powerful work with the Earth’s energies. One of them said,

 I balance the energies of the earth. Balance, balance, balance. Many of us do this work. It involves laying on the earth, in the soil, and balancing the magnetic lines of the earth. We feel these lines and these vibrations through our bodies, particularly through the pads of our feet and our bellies, and also through our whiskers. Our bodies are exquisitely sensitive calibrating instruments. We do this work as we live our lives–walk our territory, hunt our prey, live in our cat communities and raise our families. Our lives may often be short, but we do intense, powerful work while we are here. We are very aware of our mission and our purpose, and the gifts that we bring to the earth.

 I am connected with many other cats all over the world who have a similar mission. We have a highly developed collective consciousness within our colonies and our species. We are very aware of the work that we have come to do, and we appreciate being able to do it in peace.

 As I’ve continued to work with and communicate with feral cats, I’ve come to appreciate their unique wisdom and perspective, and the great awareness and spiritual teaching that they are able to transmit.

Telepathic Communication Tools for Working with Feral Cats

You can use telepathic communication, the universal language that all species share, to help you in working with and understanding feral cats. Here are some tips:

  • Accept that feral cats are not domestic animals. They are much more like wild animals and if they are truly feral, and not stray cats,  will not ever be tamed or socialized to people.
  • Respect feral cats for who they are. Don’t require them to like you, to interact with you, or to include you in their lives. If they do, consider it a great honor. You may find that they will allow you to observe their cat society from a distance, which can be a very beautiful experience. Accept them for who they are, and thank them for their presence in the world.
  • Recognize that even if feral cats do not wish to interact or socialize with humans, they can and do receive telepathic communication from humans. Even if you are not confident in your ability to receive communication from them, trust that they can and do receive communication from you.
  • Send communication clearly and responsibly to feral cats you are working with. You can do this by simply getting quiet, and focusing your feelings, heart, and intentions on communicating with the cats. Send them clear emotions of understanding, respect, and compassion. if you are trapping cats, you can send them pictures of being treated quickly and gently, being released, and being cared for in their territory with a supply of food, water, and shelter. You can also let them know if there are dangers to be avoided where they are living.
  • To send communication clearly and responsibly, do your best to keep any strong emotions that you may be feeling out of the picture. Send your intentions and communications peacefully and calmly, with a gentle, honest, and respectful attitude toward the cats.
  • Express your gratitude to the cats for who they are and the special gifts that they bring to the world. Thank them for allowing you to be a part of their lives from a distance, and honor them with your respect and compassion.

For More Resources on Helping Feral Cats

 Animal Communication Tools for Shelter and Rescue Workers

This is Nancy’s free 60-minute class on using telepathic communication in shelter and rescue situations. You can listen to it through her website or download it free for future reference.

Nancy’s Contact Info:

Nancy offers animal communication sessions, workshops, Reiki and more. I worked with her when Sarah was crossing and she is a compassionate and wonderful communicator (yes, animal communicators use the services of other communicators). Her website and services are over here.


SpeakmeowcoverAnimal Communication Month is sponsored by SPEAK WOOF AND MEOW: ANIMAL COMMUNICATION CLASS IN A BOOK available on Amazon.com here.

This week’s excerpt

4 Sep

I loved having Janet Roper over at the Designing Fairy! Thank you for sharing your love of animal communication and your totally addictive radio show!

We have a special treat for Friday. A great guest who will talk about proof of animal after-death communication. Very exciting stuff!

And now, for this week’s excerpt from SPEAK WOOF & MEOW.



Janet Roper: What’s Near and Dear To Me About Animal Communication

3 Sep

janetI received an email from Ronni asking if I would be interested in doing a guest blog post about what’s near and dear to me about animal communication.

But of course! I am not one to pass up an opportunity to speak about animal communication!

Like so many others who work with and around animals, I was led to animal communication by my dog Teddy. Long story short: I adopted him, he peed and pooped in the house, we worked with his vet and a trainer without the issue being resolved. I was sitting in front of the fire place one day when an ad for ‘animal communicator’ fell into my lap. Out of desperation (as so many of my clients call me!) I set up an appointment with the communicator and the rest is history.

What I love about being an animal communicator…

I love how animal communication deepens the bond between domesticated animals and their humans. The teacher in me delights in seeing when the human realizes they CAN connect with their animal pals in a deeper, more profound way. It’s amazing to watch the lightbulb go on when folks connect for the first time with their animals in an intuitive way.

I love how animal communication is a venue where people realize not only can they connection with domesticated animals, but the animals in the wild ‘get it’ too and are more than happy to have a conversation with humans.

I love how animal communication opens the doors for people to realize that animals have lessons for us and are our guides and teachers, when we are willing to listen to them and receive what they have to say in the way they say it.

What I love most about my own, specific role as an animal communicator is being the host of Talk2theAnimalsRadio, a show about animals, the animal-human bond and animal communication. Talk2theAnimalsRadio has been on air since the end of January, 2010. The show features weekly guests who are outstanding in their particular arena when it comes to working with animals and also features Talk2theAnimalsRadio Experts, who appear regularly on the show. Currently our experts are Darlene Arden, The Cat Expert (http://www.DarleneArden.com) and Rob Ragozzine, The Intuition Expert (http://www.NumbersByRob.com). And, because this is a show about animals and animal communication, each week we have an animal guest on the show, sharing their wisdom with us. How does it get any better than that?

Finally, what brings delight to my heart about animal communication, is that EVERYONE can do it, you don’t have to be special, or psychic, or have special gifts. As I like to say – Remember: U2CanTalk2theAnimals!

Harmony, Janet Roper

A little about Janet:

Janet Roper is an animal advocate, an internationally known animal communicator, author and host of the popular Talk2theAnimalsRadio show www.Talk2theAnimalsRadio.com , a show about building the animal-human bond through animal communication.

Janet has appeared at the Celebrity Gift Mart of the American Music Awards, and has been featured in numerous news articles, magazines and as a guest on various radio shows. A speaker and author, she is a contributing author to the book “Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope” by Linda and Allen Anderson. She is cheerfully owned and managed by three cats, one dog and one Best Horse.

Janet offers:

Animal communication readings, and she is co-author of the learning animal communication media package “Opening the Door to Animal Communication” http://www.talk2theanimals.net/opening-the-door-to-animal-communication-mp3s-and-ebook/. You can hear her radio show at http://www.Talk2theAnimalsRadio.com on Tuesdays at 8PM CENTRAL and Thursdays at 1PM CENTRAL.

Janet’s contact links:





Animal Communication Month is sponsored by SPEAK WOOF AND MEOW: ANIMAL COMMUNICATION CLASS IN A BOOK available on Amazon.com here.

Balloons and upcoming AC Month

29 Aug


Over at my new Designing Fairy Cinema  EXPERIMENT LAB blog, there’s a little message for you about dreams.

It’s been a crazy last few months and I am still recovering! Our little household is adjusting to Sarah not ruling the roost, but Emma has stepped in rather nicely and is enjoying the extra attention. I’m gearing up for the Fall session of Fairy Online School and the new Intuitive Map class, and…

Next month (only a week away)


I’m really looking forward to the great guest posters that will be stopping by The Designing Fairy. Each has a mini-lesson or something they would like to share with you about one of my favorite subjects, animal communication. So, do stop by on Tuesday to meet our first guest, Janet Roper, animal communicator and creator of a radio show all about animal communication! Yay!!!

Working on new animal communication book

10 Jul

Heading for the finish line…

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I’ve been fighting Microsoft Word’s spell checker. It appears to be British. It wants to change color to “colour.” We’ve argued several times over sentence fragments that I thought sounded just fine. Okay, maybe it was a one-sided argument (HA! that was a sentence fragment! In your face, Microsoft Word!)

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My animals are happy to be in a book. For the woman who gave a review of my HELP! I’M SENSITIVE book on Amazon and complained I wrote about my animals, well, this book she will really hate, but animal lovers will love it.

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Now my online class will be more accessible to all those who want to learn animal communication in a fun way.

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But I will still be offering the option to work directly with me and the book in a personal mentorship. Cool!

Watch for details here on the website for purchase instructions. I am so excited! Can you tell? My tail is wagging wildly.

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Why can’t I hear my dog or loved one, but you can?

18 Sep

Often, this is the question I get the most with students and other people. I even found an old email I gratefully missed seeing berating me for claiming that I could talk to my departed mother. How do I answer that?

For one thing, yes, I can talk to animals and feel spirits. The spirits more like drop in and out on occasion. I can’t conjure up. It’s more like having someone call you up on the telephone. I’m not delusional, I’ve been relatively grounded, and I’m psychologically sound even though life has really roughed me up a bit, and I’ve concluded that it was that “roughing up” that allowed me to hear or see.

Here’s one of my theories

Many of the friends I have that are truly “psychic,” which is really aware of other dimensions, or simply, what’s beyond THIS, have had in their life some kind of experience that caused them to pop out of their bodies from some kind of trauma. During that popping out they noticed “hey, there’s something else here.” No, they didn’t go into the devil’s world, which at least, I hope not. When I was a kid, I had such chronic pain that it was an easy thing to just pop out and hang out on the ceiling then feel that pain all the time (by the way, animals do this.) I was already very empathic, just like mother, and I think that’s how–the popping out–was why I also able to readily hear guidance.

Some folks need their worlds to fall apart to experience that there’s more then what’s here. GRIEF can open you up completely or…shut you down. That’s one big reason you can’t hear your loved one or your departed dog. There isn’t a thing you did wrong or something wrong with you. What I know from experience is when I am very upset and angry at the world, I can’t access any guidance. I feel cut off and stranded. I think with grief, you’re in a protective mode. You need to be insulated so you can heal. And then later on, you can hear or feel and connect to loved ones.

Some folks have had trauma and hurt early on and have always been shut down. It’s safer that way when the world is an unsafe place. But if you asked them, they will recall little signs that happened in their lives that showed them they were watched over, if they are willing to see it.

Lots of people could hear and see when they were children. But as they grew up and life got hard, they forgotten this.

Some folks are very left-brained and they experience the world solely from the mind, and therefore, won’t hear or see. (They need to rent movies like DRAGONFLY.) That’s not their path to hear.

Don’t Push

When I hear students say this, I always question if they are pushing or trying to hear/feel. That always shuts things down. Then your mind comes in and takes over. They are almost always missing the SUBTLE signs of communication and dismissing it as nothing, but it’s there. They are feeling hugged (those goosebumps out of nowhere), having songs come into their heads out of nowhere, seeing a shadow run across the room or a blink of light. That’s the communication! It doesn’t have to be a full-blown ghost giving a six page message. That’s just television! And always with their animals, they just need validation that they are already picking up a ton of information from their animals. How can they not? They are so connected to them.

I’ve always thought like a scientist. I need proof to believe and I need to experience it. Most folks are like that. So, if they don’t experience it or see it, why would they believe it? And the interesting thing is, when you have lots of experiences and you start to believe, the experiences increase.

No, I’m not special at all because I pick up things from spirits or know what dogs feel and think. I actually curse it sometimes when I have headaches from it and overload all the time, and pick up psychically what I really don’t want to or is helpful to me. I really don’t appreciate when people think I’m nuts. I don’t hear all the time, either, by the way. Sometimes, I stare at my dogs wondering what they want and can’t hear anything at all. Being sensitive can be a really big hindrance in my life, especially in my relationships, but it’s also a gift that can help others (I get to write about it.) And there are many out there who totally relate to this, who often come here.

Just Keep the Gate Open

The big thing is, if you are missing or grieving someone and you can’t feel or hear them, it doesn’t mean they have abandoned you or there’s no after-life, or worse, everyone who can is crazy. Right now, in this moment, you can’t. It’s not forever, and maybe there’s a reason, like I mentioned before. Instead, just leave that door open to possibility. That’s all you need for the world to surprise you. And boy, will it.


If you are interested in developing your abilities to hear/see/feel, sign up for Fairy Online School to get help and info, which starts September 21st.

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