KASEY WILKINS: How did you become an animal communicator?
SIMONNE LEE: I've always had a special bond with animals growing up but it wasn't until my late 20's a stray cat entered my life and changed my world. It was with her that I really developed my animal communications skills and found I was able to communicate on a deeper level and clearly.
As this became the norm, I started to share with friends what their pets wanted them know - maybe they weren't happy about a certain incident or if they weren't feeling well. They would tell their friends and then their friends, so I stepped into the professional world of animal communication about 16 years ago now.
I love what I do and it's such a deep passion of mine to teach others how to be able to communicate clearly with their pets.
KW: What does your job entail?
SL: First and foremost being an animal communicator is all about connecting with yourself. Being aware of your own emotional and energy states. Animals instantly respond to the energy of the home and all the people in it, just like a baby or children do.
We connect to animals through energy and receive information back and forth through our senses. We all use to communicate this way when we were very young and just trained out of it. I always love seeing when a young child connects to an animal and they're having their own little communication understanding each other - that's animal communication in its truest form.
Animal communication is about giving the animal in the home a voice, sharing their perspective on what's going on in the home front and sharing with their human family. Many a time pet owner will contact me to help find out what's going on with their pet as their behaviours changed or they can tell they're in some sort of pain but can't work it out.
As an animal communicator, we never take the place of a veterinarian - what we do is locate where the pain is, describe what it feels like and then give a general pain level out of ten, so they can share with their local vet.
KW: Are there any myths or misconceptions around what you do?
SL: One of the biggest misconceptions about animal communication is that many owners will ask me to tell their pets not do certain things [such as] barking as they come home or when visitors arrive or not to pull on the lead when going for walks, to stop chasing wheels.
Animal communication isn't about ordering an animal what to do and not do. It's about finding out why this is happening and what the owners are doing to either escalate or even negatively reinforce the behaviour.
I can never make an animal do or act a certain way on the spot. Just because they understand what I'm saying doesn't mean they like the new rules being implemented either. Many a time I'm sharing a new rule in the home that the animal doesn't like and they'll simply walk away very disgruntled mid-sentence. Owners will look in amazement and say, they never do that, while I'll have a giggle and say, well you got your answer to that new rule.
KW: What can people attending your workshop expect?
SL: From day one you'll be communicating with animals and getting answers. You'll learn how to do this through a photograph as well as communicating with the 'star' animals present at the workshop.
Everyone gets to practice with each other's animals so you'll get instant confirmation of your answers with their owner. And I never tire of seeing students get so excited knowing their getting the messages right - it's that AHA moment!
You'll learn how to calm your thoughts and feelings into a soft grounded state and find out what your dominant style of communication is - this is a bonus for when talking to the humans again too! You'll also learn an in-depth method of body scanning to help decipher if your pet is in any pain or not by finding location, sensations and pain level. And a really simple method of how to give your pet a healing if they're feeling a little off-weather.
We all know when our pets are giving us love, we just feel it. We know when our animals are not feeling well, we can sense it and how many times have you been reminded that it's dinner time as the thought just pops into your head? Well, that's animal communication in its rawest form and all we do is expand and develop this skill further.
This weekend workshop is two days of fun and learning new skills that you can apply as soon as you go home.
KW: What are your tops tips for a good relationship with a pet?
SL: Be present. Your pet knows 100 per cent when you're only there in body and your mind and emotions are elsewhere. Doing this regularly with your pet will create bad habits and behaviour as they try to get your attention back to them, so I'm encouraging you to be present at some point throughout the day with them.
Coming home stressed from work and bringing that energy home is disruptive to all living in the household. I always suggest to leave work stress at work! You can pick it up the next day if it's still there and just before you enter your home, dust your feet off on the mat outside. Deliberate foot sweeps to dust off all that stress and fluster of your day to leave outside this home. You don't want to miss that special feeling of love that our pet sends us when we come home, it's not just an action of love, it's that beautiful feeling that they're sending our way so that we know how special we are to them.
If you're stressed, you can bet your pet is stepping into this energy to connect with you. They just love us and will always want to connect to us anyway they can and if they have to step into being stressed to connect with us they will. They're not thinking they need to do this, they just do it, it's their way of feeling connected and constant stress unaddressed can be a tipping point into anxiety. By addressing your own stress, you can instantly alleviate your pet's.
- The Simonne Lee Method animal communication education workshops will take place at Legana on October 19 and 20. The workshop costs $494, with bookings online at simonnelee.com.