“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker
Communication is as important to animals as it is to humans. It’s one of the many things we have in common in order to survive; while we, humans, have our own verbal and non-verbal avenues to understand each other, animals, likewise, have their different ways of making contact with their own species through distinct actions or sounds that they create. A perfect example of this is the sounds mother’s make to their young. These animals are truly more intelligent than we give them credit for and just because we can’t exactly understand what they are saying, doesn’t mean we can’t show empathy and understanding of their emotional and spiritual journey.
While we are stuck in our own lives, we often elude the fact that interacting with other species, as humanly as we can, because we are in a place of mutual coexistence, can be an intense and remarkable experience. The problem is, we can’t understand them, because they’re not speaking a language in which is the same as ours. But just because we can’t always hear them, doesn’t mean we can’t try. Fortunately, there are natural ways to communicate with animals and just as humans don’t always come out and say what they are feeling, other beings communicate with us in different forms that can help us to understand and communicate with them.
1. Recognize them as different and not inferior.
Start with the thought that animals are living, feeling beings too, and that there’s a vast peculiarity between humans and them, but realize that’s how the bond seems special. Once you’ve recognized the value of it, you’ll be able to see them in a new light and start to truly grasp the importance of each and every life. Cherishing their differences and similarities, this is what allows us to be able to communicate with them in a way like never before.
2. Develop a solid foundation for understanding their differences.
Sadly, many people have rude ways of getting an animals’ attention; some make strange noises or throw things at animals resulting to a great disturbance and fear. Let us not forget we must treat animals the same way we would want to be treated. By doing this, we are showing empathy and respect for their differences. Why should we disvalue thier intelligence because it isn’t the same as ours?
Imagine yourself in a waiting room with a total stranger beside you, and you want to break the silence, so you approach the stranger and eventually, she became one of your friends. This same scenario can hold true for animals; in order to interact with them, we must first build their trust by understanding thier differences and seeing the beauty in them.
3. Never judge by what’s on the outside.
Sometimes people have wrong views of an animal or a species. Look at reptiles for example, they are sleek and effective animals but most people are horrified or afraid of them. Animals need to survive like we do, and by hurting them, they are forced to protect themselves and their species in order to stay alive. It’s not how animals would treat us that we should react to it; it’s how animals are treated by us that forces them to respond to.
We should never look at an animal and solely base our judgements off thier sheer appearance. As with humans, animals have souls; the part of them that we must connect with to truly communicate with to understand what they are truly about. This is a mistake many people make, not only with animals, but with other humans, as well. We must come to the same level to understand each other, and this does not leave intelligence as a barrier.
4. Be quiet and listen.
Carol Gurney one of the most well respected animal communicators in the world said: “Understand your animal’s needs, feelings, and innermost thoughts so you can discover who he or she really is.”
Animals use signals for them to be understood by other species, including us. Ask yourself questions like: Is their tail wagging? How do they act when they are fed? What makes them happy? What makes them sad?
These are all great questions you can ask yourself to get to know animals. Thinking from their perspective is key to understanding them, as well. Looking at them from a superior viewpoint closes our minds to empathy and compassion. We must avoid this at all costs.
Let their world open up to you by taking a sincere observation of their instincts and behaviors. Animals want to communicate with us, and this can put us one step closer to truly understanding them.
5. Discover how animals can be your best teachers in helping you to love yourself.
Take this adage from Louis J. Camuti, a veterinarian and the author of All My Patients Are Under The Bed: Memoirs of a Cat Doctor, “Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.”
Communication is as important to animals as how it is to humans. It’s one of the many things we have in common and differ in one special way. Humans have the ability to speak to one another through language and words, while animals speak to each other through their own language of sounds and behaviors.
Think of it this way, humans needs language to understand each other, the only difference for animals is that they and if some were unable to speak others will try to understand them through body movements and behavior, therefore, it’s not hard to communicate with animals as long as you’re doing it because you want to.
Learning to accept their differences and embrace them can teach us a lot about ourselves. Are we really showing compassion and respect to all life by valuing a species over another?
”There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery.” – Charles Darwin
Have you ever communicated with animals? It’s time you start.