Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
By Shan Routledge
Many of us, as children, would’ve wished we could speak to animals: hear the whispers of owls in the night, the frantic chattering of monkeys at play, the solemn wisdom of majestic elephants or just the (hopefully) adoring love of our dog. Slowly we lost this yearning to communicate with our environment and allowed the sounds to fade into the background – but Anna Breytenbach can hear them loud and clear, and she’s going to deliver their message.
“The animals often appeal to me for help, but I have to tell them that help isn’t coming.”
Before I saw Anna’s documentary, The Animal Communicator, I was sceptical of the idea. How could she have this ability? But as I watched the film, I was slowly won over to the idea that we have simply forgotten our innate connection with the world around us.
Admittedly, I shed a tear or three as sanctuary owner Jurg Olsen, who had asked Anna for help with his black leopard named “Diablo” (“Devil” in Spanish), broke down in sobs when the animal emerged from his shelter to greet him. There was no way Anna could have known beforehand the information she got from Diablo (who was renamed “Spirit”) about his abusive past, and Olsen was astounded by the difference she was able to make.
A professional animal communicator, Anna has dedicated her life to bridging the gap between human and non-human communication. Whether it be through communication, guidance or mentoring, her goal is to create increased awareness, empathy, compassion and mutual understanding. The animals have something to say, and Anna is listening.
Did you always have this connection with animals?
I spent my high school holidays volunteering at the local vet or animal shelter, so I always had a care and compassion for animals – but I wasn’t aware of any information passing between us at all. In animal care situations, there was always emotion passing between us, but nothing that would stand out to me as actual data or actual communication.
It was only later in life when I was on a tracking course in America and - because I grew up in South Africa and not in North America - I had no idea what had made the footprints I was looking at. No matter how clear the print in the mud was, I couldn’t identify to which animal it belonged.
So, the tracking guide said: “Just close your eyes and hold your hand over the print.” I didn’t have any better ideas, so that is what I did – and as I did, I got this distinct image of quite a pointy sort of dog face and greyer than our jackal at home, but not as red as a fox. I described this to the guide and he said: “Yes, that is a coyote.” I promptly asked, “What is a coyote?”
What’s more, this happened at about eight in the morning when I saw this face against the backdrop of a hollowed-out hole in a sandbank; after about two hours of actually physically trailing the tracks, we found the exact spot I had seen in this mental image. The expert trackers were able to determine that the tracks were about two hours old, which meant I had been getting real-time information at eight in the morning. I was actually connecting with that coyote where it was at that present moment. That is when I realised it was a real-life connection.
It must have been quite a shock to receive such an image?
Very much so. I had no placing for it in my mind or in my upbringing or in my belief system. If it wasn’t so provable by the actual tracks I was seeing, I might not have had to accept it was real. I honestly would have thought I was going mad and seeing things, but some research proved I wasn’t the only one.
I was then pushed to follow it further and to research telepathic interspecies communication, which led me to study through the Assisi International Animal Institute and follow my intuition and passion.
Why do you think you have developed this ability when the rest of humanity has been left so unaware of the connection?
Everyone can do this. Everyone does do this, normally, in respect to other humans. The anomaly telepathy, or intuition, works between people who are very close – best friends or sibling – so we can all do it.
If 10 people had all tried to sense that track, they might not all have gotten the same image or received the information in the same way or strength, but they all would have connected with the coyote in some way.
On the weekend workshops I run around the world, 100% of participants have success in receiving information from an animal telepathically.
So anyone can learn to engage in this manner?
Yes, anyone can do it because it is more about remembering than learning; it is part of the blueprint of our minds; it is how our brains were designed. And it is how all the ancient cultures, from which all modern humans derive, have connected with their animals, landscapes and surrounds. It is part of our brain; we just have to place our attention there again and remember to use our skills – or our sixth sense, so to speak.
You are very involved in conservation – this must be a very rewarding use of your talent. With which organisations do you work?
It is both very rewarding and very challenging. There are no organisations with which I work because conservation managers, wildlife managers and park officials don’t believe in telepathic communication. Because they come from the very biological and scientific study of animals, they do not embrace an energetic communication.
There are some wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres that are beginning to contact me to assist them, but mostly my pro bono work with conservation is with individuals who, when everything else more ordinary has failed, reach out to the telepathic community to try and solve a very serious issue or better understand an animal’s behaviour.
I’m currently working with a couple of elephants that are trying to break out of various reserves in South Africa – trying to understand what their traumas are and trying to have the humans hear what they need in order to persuade them to stay.
I work with some re-wilding projects where big cats are rescued from the canned breeding and canned hunting industry, and in some cases are given the opportunity to live wild or semi-wild again. It is a long, dedicated effort on the part of their carers to re-wild them, and there we use telecommunication to try and help educate the lions about how to be safe out in the wild and to manage the process – check in with them about how they are feeling. It is very difficult work.
I also work with baboons that are under serious threat throughout southern Africa. The authorities on the Cape Peninsula are basically exterminating them, with more than 50 having been killed this year alone. It can be very frustrating and challenging when I’m constantly receiving – directly from the baboons – their real feelings of distress and panic and lack of space; that can be challenging because I know nothing is going to change politically or management-wise.
The animals often appeal to me for help, but I have to tell them that help isn’t coming. Quite often it is a bit of a stalemate situation when I hear how animals are feeling and what they need, but the humans to whom I give the feedback don’t care what the animals need. I then have to go back to the animals and say, “Sorry, it’s not going to happen”.
Part of the journey of being an animal communicator is having to be very clear within myself about what the animals’ emotions are versus what my emotions may be or my reactions to what they are going through. I have to be very clear that I don’t project onto them or anthropomorphise, and to relay only what they are thinking or feeling, without clouding the picture with my own opinions on the matter.
Part of the training requires you to do a lot of work on yourself – and always keep working on yourself. I always have to clear the channel I’m in, so that I can be true to the animals’ authentic message – not even unwittingly clouding it with my judgments and preconceptions.
Do you get much resistance from other professionals such as conservationists?
There is still a lot of resistance from park managers and wildlife reserves, mainly because they objectify animals and see them only as resources on an asset register. Most of southern Africa is an industry of breeding and trading wildlife, so they are not really interested in the emotional wellbeing of the animals or their environmental enrichment. They don’t care that when you have to move adult giraffe off of a reserve, there are no trucks big enough to take the males, so they just shoot them and take only the females and the youngsters.
It doesn’t suit wildlife reserves to truly know an animal’s thoughts and feelings, preferences and needs. This would make it more difficult to trade them and treat them purely as resources. It’s what suits the industry, the safaris, sports hunting, human ideas of what would be pleasing to stock a reserve with; it’s what pleases human ideas of rarity such as black springbok and white lions – all based on human aesthetics and human need, with little regard for the animals.
It is sometimes very difficult to express what animals are thinking or feeling to authorities and people, but I have a moral obligation. If I have heard something from an animal, it is my duty to pass it on unedited. If I’m worried about how I’m going to come across, then it’s me getting in the way of expressing the animal’s authentic truth. If I say less than the full truth to people, then I’m denying the people the opportunity to consider another perspective. Often I’m the ‘messenger who gets shot’, but that is just the fine print of what comes with my job.
How do you deal with critics and naysayers?
I’m not trying to convert anyone to my way of thinking, so I don’t have to deal with criticism; the science of how this works speaks for itself, and I refer people to that if they question it.
I try and invite people to have their own experience, but I’m not out to try and force anyone into it – they either want to connect or they don’t. People are scared because it’s not happening in the realm of their five senses, and people fear what they cannot see.
What is the most interesting thing you have ever been told by an animal?
Quite recently, I was communicating with baboons that frequently raid a vegetable garden on a farm, and the humans called me in to ask them please to stop. The baboons conveyed they were confused about the fact that they saw humans coming into the vegetable garden, picking the best and the ripest vegetables when they were not hungry, and then leaving with the produce – which they wouldn’t even eat. The baboons said they followed the humans and saw them taking the produce indoors and putting this wonderful bounty in strange cupboards, leaving it lying around inside. Often, some of that food would go bad before the humans would even eat it, which the baboons thought was very wasteful. I found it very interesting and refreshing to see the baboon perspective on human behaviour.
The cook on the farm admitted to being mildly freaked out by two male baboons watching him as he prepared food for the staff. He would even close the blinds because he was so disturbed, and this sort of corroborated what the baboons had been saying about how they were interested in what was happening to the food.
Animal communication is about finding out what the animals’ needs and desires are, what motivates their behaviour – and then coming up with a compromise so that there can be a peaceful co-existence between animals and humans.
Source: The Intrepid Explorer