Published as “Shared Wisdom,” Species Link, Issue 41 Winter January-March 2001


By Barbara Janelle M.A., B.Sc.

My work in Interspecies Communication over the past fourteen years has been and continues to be a joy. I am very grateful for the instruction, writings, shared wisdom, support and friendship of many communicators. The work of the following people is of great significance in my own understanding and skill: Penelope Smith, Betty Lewis, Stacey Gorley, Sananjaleen, Jeri Ryan, Carol Gurney, and Kate Solisti. Penelope’s journal, Species Link. and the hundreds of people who write for it provide ongoing insights for me. While it is impossible to list all of the human writers, teachers, animal owners, animals, trees, plants, rocks, bodies of water, Guides, Devic intelligences and nature spirits that have played a role in helping me to grow in understanding, I would like to thank them anyway.

Several understandings have emerged from my years of learning to communicate with other species and forms of existence:

1. Everything has consciousness. We may start with a belief in a divine essence in all things:

a) the concept that God is in everything

b) or even further than this that divinity experiences itself through us

c) or we may base our belief on much work in the scientific realm that says that matter and energy are interchangeable and that both states respond to thought so that reality and consciousness cannot be separated.

Eventually we arrive at the understanding that Everything is consciousness.

2. We access information continuously. Everything from “knowing” who is calling when the phone rings to simultaneously shared insights by Nobel Prize winners from different countries illustrates this. The challenge in telepathic communication is to access information with full awareness.

3. Meditation and Awareness Training are two avenues to conscious telepathic communication. Being in a state of peace allows the access of information without the impediments of distracted thought and judgment. Awareness, which is also a meditative technique, develops focus and attention.

4. Love, Trust, and Honour underlie true telepathic communication. These are the positive emotions o the Heart Chakra – the integrative centre of consciousness. These qualities must be present in the human being to access accurate information from other forms of existence. Judgment that belittles other forms will stop the flow of information because it adversely affects the heart centre. All forms of existence hold information and an underlying understanding and dedication to harmonious cooperation; this awareness enables the human communicator to “hear” with reverence and respect.

5. There is a wide range of information that can be accessed, and the interests and background of the human communicator will affect the kind of information received. Some people are very good with physical information – everything from detailed descriptions of surroundings to health conditions. Others receive extensive information on the emotions of an animal and/or its surroundings. There are some who tie in strongly to the mental images and thoughts that an animal has about its experiences. For some, the spiritual aspect of the being is the primary focus. Most people pick up elements from all levels of existence, but specialize in specific things.

To increase the potential for receiving and being able to interpret a wider range of information, the communicator must continue to expand his/her knowledge base through meditation, experience, discussion and reading.

The corollary is that no one person receives all information. This understanding helps offset feelings of failure or inadequacy on the part of the communicator, and leads to greater recognition and confidence in personal strengths.

For professional communicators, it is a strong reason for developing links with other communicators and offering clients additional information avenues. This builds community within the realm of interspecies communication and can only increase the acceptance and demand for people with these skills.

6. An early and ongoing part of communication training is learning to distinguish between “your own stuff” and actual information coming from the other being. There is a felt-sense to truth. A simple exercise that helps identify this felt sense is to say to yourself, “My name is (your actual name)” and notice how this feels. Then say to yourself, “My name is (some other name)” and notice how that feels. Are they different? Truth feels right throughout your entire body.

The other part of this is to be able to put your own fears, beliefs, reactions on hold for the period of the conversation so that you can take in what the other being is saying. This has to do with meditative skills that quiet the mind and the emotions so you can truly hear. Judgment will interfere with and usually stop a communication. A helpful hint here is that the fears and worries of humans are usually not an issue for other beings and will not be expressed in a communication.

7. Sometimes information comes piece by piece and other times it comes in a barrage. When it comes piece by piece, each part must be heard and accepted before the next is presented. This process of making way for each piece to come in results in a steady flow that may only make sense when all of the pieces are examined together. This way often occurs in communications using automatic writing.

Most communication occurs in an instant as a myriad of images, feelings, and understandings are both given and received. A simple exercise to demonstrate how varied and fast information can come in is to think of someone that you know for a moment. As the person comes to mind what kinds of information are called up – images, emotions, colours, locations, smells, experiences, etc.? How fast did all of this information come to you? Words are very laborious and slow and it is interpreting and putting into words the wealth of information received in an instant that takes time in a professional consultation.

8. Telepathic communication is a partnership. A person may enter a conversation with an animal with a particular focus, e.g., a desire to know how the animal is feeling physically. However, the animal will present the material that it wishes to be known. The animal cannot be forced to give information. Usually, the material that the animal provides leads to understanding that goes beyond the limited intention of the consultation. It is important to trust the animal, as well as the order (strength of image that calls initial attention to it) in which information comes. If the communicator refuses to work with the animal in this way, the communication will very likely stop.

9. Trust that a larger plan is in place. Life is full of underlying themes, metaphors and programs. The timing of a communication is usually pristine and fits into an overlying program of learning and experience for human and animal.


The human may believe that communication was his/her idea, but frequently, animal is the instigator. An important piece of information delivered may be the impetus toward a deeper relationship between human and animal, or through the communication the human may begin an exploration important to the current life learning. There may be other reasons as well.

For professional communicators, there is always homework Questions must be asked: Why this animal, this person and this set of information in my own life right now? The overlying plan includes the communicator and ongoing learning and self-growth is inevitable for those who do their homework. Another part of daily homework is feeling gratitude for the opportunity to participate in such an exciting and joyful enterprise as telepathic communication.

10. Clarity and honesty are goals in communication. From the standpoint of

a non-professional, the challenge is to truly hear and accept what the animal is saying.

For professional communicators, it is more complex. The communicator chooses how to transfer, describe and interpret material for the owner. Being clear about what is received information and what is interpreted information is very helpful to the consultation. For example, the communicator can describe to the owner an image received then say, “This is my interpretation of the image.” and ask, “Does the image hold any meaning for you?” Frequently an image offers a multiple of valid and valuable pieces of information. Reading and experience in dream interpretation can give additional insights to this aspect.

Sometimes an animal will give information that may be difficult or unpleasant for the owner to hear. Part of the agreement with an animal is that the communicator will relay its information to the owner. This may require tact, gentleness and a prayer for help. If the communicator chooses not to relay information, the communication may end.

For professional communicators, ethics include honouring oneself, the owner and the animal, being honest and clear in relaying information, and respecting the confidentiality of the consultation.



BJ/sb/October 2000