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My name is Barbara Rawson and I am an Animal Communicator. 

What exactly is that?  Well, my job is quite simple really….I ask animals questions and they give me answers….telepathically.  Telepathy is the ability to communicate information from one mind to another without the use of tools such as speech or body language.  I get information using all of the five senses (smell, hearing, touch, sight, taste, plus a sense of “knowing”). I consider telepathy the purest form of communication, as there are no external influences which can cause miscommunication and confusion. 


The benefits of Animal Communication range from discovering why the animals are acting a certain way to knowing how they are feeling physically.  There are also emotional benefits for the animals.  They tend to be calmer and more self-assured after a session.  I attribute this to their finally having their voices heard.


Many people ask me how I got started doing this.  When I was a child, I lived on, then, rural Johns Island with my parents and two older brothers.  For quite a while, I had no playmates, but, I had lots of animals around me…..lots of time and lots of imagination. There were cows and ducks, rabbits and horses, cats and dogs, fish and raccoons. There was wildlife too:  alligators, snakes, possums, birds, squirrels, and deer.

I was left to my natural devices and was encouraged to use my imagination.  That is when I started allowing the innate ability of interspecies communication to grow.  My sense of knowing how animals were feeling, what part of their body needed tending, and what they needed to eat, became as easy as breathing. And I naturally thought everyone did this!   The animals and I responded to each other….they listened to everything I had to say, understood me, and accepted me.  I, in turn, listened to them and did what I could to accommodate their needs or wants and I was a very happy being.  

In 2005, I had the opportunity to attend an Animal Communication workshop taught by Diane Samsel. This experience enriched and deepened my telepathic abilities so I could communicate easily on levels I had only been able to reach by chance before.  Complete communication was now accessible at will.  Then, I did an intensive, advanced study led by Penelope Smith, the pioneer of the Animal Communication industry.  This got me on the path to the work I do today with my mission being "to help all animals be heard and understood".
Think for a minute about the word “communication”.  The definition of communication is: "The process of conveying information from a sender to a receiver with the use of a medium in which the communicated information is understood by both sender and receiver."

1. It allows beings to exchange information by several methods. 2. It requires that all parties understand a common language that is exchanged.

a.   There are auditory means, like speaking, singing and sometimes tone of voice.

b.    There are the nonverbal, physical means like body language, sign language, touch, eye contact, writing and/or the use of  paralanguage,  (i.e. pitch, tone, inflection).

c. There are telepathic means, in which information such as images, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings and a sense of knowing, is exchanged via the mind.

3. Communication is something we have no choice but to do.
a. Even when we think we have shut down communications,  we are still sending a message LOUD and CLEAR!  Right? As Gregory Bateson stated: “One cannot not communicate.  Every behavior is a kind of communication. Because behavior does not have a counterpart (there is no anti-behavior), it is not possible not to communicate!”

Say you are having an “issue” with your dog. You have asked him for a certain behavior and he doesn’t give it to you.  First, consider that maybe he is telling you that he does not understand exactly what you are asking of him. Is he telling you that the way you were sending the request did not get received?  If so, ask him in a different way….maybe a different tone or maybe with a different reward?  Or possibly he is telling you he would rather be doing something else at that time, like just hanging out. What you have just received from your dog is called feedback, and it is often misinterpreted as failure.   Feedback just tells you to regroup and try something different.  That is all feedback is…it is no reflection on you. Also, multiple descriptions are better than one, and by remembering this, you have just opened up a whole new world for exploration!  Consider seeing things from his perspective. What is it like? This allows you to see solutions to “issues” in new ways, and possibly with less emotional attachment.  

A problem is almost always harder to solve if a person only appreciates their own viewpoint, and not those of others involved. When you become aware of how your animal might feel about a situation, you are gathering more information and allowing new response choices.   Is your animal companion is telling you that he would prefer to just hang out with you alone as opposed to attending a large event?  How would he “word” this to you?   How can you read what he wants?   Or if you already know what he is trying to tell you, how do you respond?  How exciting for him if he knows you are considerate of his wants and needs! Consider setting your intention to see things from his point of view…..I can see this leading to your banding together with an even stronger connection.