I work as both a medium and an animal communicator. There are some who think this is unusual. Especially other mediums. They say things like: "How can you do both?" and "I couldn't do that" and "How did you know you were also an animal communicator?"
Good question! Finding out that I could communicate with animals was a discovery process, unlike finding out I was a medium which came as the result of a severe bonk on the head (I will be posting a longer version of this story in a future blog post, but for now HERE IS THE SHORT VERSION.
I have always had a very natural connection with animals, even as a small child. I grew up with several beloved pets with whom I had a close bond. I would sit and talk with my dog when I was very little... and he would answer. This was quite natural for me. As I got older, however, that part of the communication gradually faded away to the point where I did not notice it anymore. Consciously, anyway. As a young woman I did have a very close relationship with a fabulous tabby cat. We were incredibly in sync with one another and constantly in a wordless communication. I took that for granted without any second thought.
My turning point, though, came in the middle of one night a number of years later. The brief background is that a couple of years earlier my husband and I had spent several days with friends who lived far away in New Jersey. We knew the one woman, but her partner, Debbie, was someone that we were meeting for the very first time. Debbie had a dog named Cricket, a lovely bearded collie. Cricket was a one person dog, and Debbie was the ONE. Consequently Cricket was not inclined to show much interest in nor interact with other people. However, when I walked into their home for the first time Cricket's eyes locked on mine and she held my gaze so long that myself and the others in the room started to feel uncomfortable. Debbie finally spoke up noting that Cricket had never ever done that before. The sound of her voice broke the spell and all returned to normal.
Alright, so, several years after that event I awoke in the middle of one night and I could feel panting very close to my face. I glanced up to see a dog sitting by the side of my bed staring intently at me. I was confused because we did not have a dog and the only other dog in the big house we were living in at the time was our upstairs neighbour's and this dog looked nothing liked that one. I blinked my eyes and looked again and the dog was still there, staring intently. I sat up to assess the situation of this mysterious, middle of the night visitor and the dog simply disappeared before my eyes. I got out of bed to see if I could find the dog and to make sure that our apartment door was closed and locked - it was. I searched our home and there was no more sign of the dog.
The next morning I shared the event with my husband. He asked me to describe the dog. As I told him what it looked like, it gradually dawned on both of us who the dog might be. I was describing Debbie's dog, Cricket. My husband, thoroughly intrigued at this point persuaded me to pick up the phone and call Debbie to tell her about this. It was pretty darn early and my call woke her up. She listened as I told her what had happened in the night. She was stunned. When I was done she said, "Clare, Cricket died two weeks ago. She suddenly became very ill with what was discovered to be advanced stage cancer. I had to have her put down...".
There are two ways in which one can see those in the spirit world: subjectively and objectively. Subjective seeing involves the inner vision capacity known as clairvoyance. The spirit is being seen within the mind's eye, and does not appear outside of the viewer. Mediums use their clairvoyance to communicate with the spirit world all the time. I, however, was having the second type of seeing experience - objective. The spirit of Cricket appeared outside of me and my inner, clairvoyant vision. Objective spirit visions are much more rare. As someone who understood that I had mediumship ability that had been awakened through an accidental head trauma, I had lived in a kind of fear that a spirit might show up one day - objectively, across the room for example - and scare the bejeezus out of me. I was very happy, however, when the Universe saw fit to send that kind of experience in a way that was much easier for me to have, the spirit of a friend's animal companion coming to me instead.
This experience did two things for me: (1) confirmed that I indeed could see spirit and (2) that I could do that with animals, too.
From that point on I recognized that I could probably hone an ability as an animal communicator, and I began attracting all sorts of wonderful opportunities in that area, including bringing some wonderful animal companions into my life who taught me so much about how to understand and communicate more fully with them. Essentially my training as a medium was preceded by my beginning to develop my animal communication skills. And I surely did not feel that I had to, in any way, give up one in order to do the other.
And that is why and how I am both a medium and an animal communicator!
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