Animals Are Great Listeners
All of us need to vent at times. We need to share our innermost thoughts, feelings, anxieties and joys with someone we trust without reservation. Someone we are certain will never reveal to anyone else what we have shared. Someone who will continue to love us unconditionally no matter what.
When I was growing up, this confidant was our family dog who also happened to be my best friend. Now my husband and I have a menagerie of animal friends including two horses, three dogs, four cats and eight Bantam chickens. And even though I have a wonderful and loving relationship with my soulmate, there are still times when I turn to the animals.
Animals are great listeners! They curl up next to you or on your lap providing warmth, comfort and affection. They are never shocked or repelled by what you reveal about yourself. When you pause, a purr or a lick will encourage you to continue until a sense of serenity is reached. Most of all, they do not judge those thoughts and feelings that we often conceal from other humans. They truly do give us unconditional love.
As an animal communicator I constantly witness the love and devotion that animals and humans feel for each other. I often find that we humans are much more uncertain about the human-animal bond than the animals are. Animals are incapable of being phony or hypocritical and thus are very straightforward in how they feel about humans and relationships. In many consultations, the person wants to know how their animal companion feels about them. I have never had an animal ask a similar question.
I believe that this uncertainty is a result of the many ways in which our companions provide support and even therapy for us. The constant, consistent love they give so freely has helped many of us cope with pain, sorrow, grief, despair and loneliness. I have even found in consultations that our animal companions are willing to help us with physical pain by assuming or taking on the physical symptoms of dis-ease.
But mostly they help us just by being there, providing comfort in the dark and sharing in the excitement of our triumphs and joys. And even if they do not understand the words that we speak, they certainly understand the intentions of our thoughts and the depth of our feelings ¾ just like all great listeners.