My precious box turtle, Bruce, who came to join us when I rescued him a little more than two years ago.

Recently, I began my first-ever course to learn animal communication.

Taught by professional scientist-turned-animal communicator Marta Williams, this course specifically focuses on the spiritual connection humans and animals can share.

The course is offered online and is called “Discover How Your Animal is Your Healer and Teacher.” To be honest, I didn’t even read the course title before I signed up. Something inside me saw the link to join and just said “do it.”

So I did.

It then took me several more weeks to work up the courage to actually start doing the lessons. The fact that the course is “self-paced” didn’t help. I could be as nervous as I wanted for as long as I wanted and the lessons would simply stay there; waiting patiently for me to finally get over it already.

One day about two weeks ago, I finally did get over it and logged in to the course portal. 

The first lesson was refreshingly easy and brief. I didn’t have to do any actual animal communicating. Ditto for the second lesson, and the third.

Just as I was starting to bask in the relief of being able to take a course in how to communicate with animals without ever having to confront my disbelief that I could actually communicate with animals, lesson four arrived.

My red-footed tortoise, Malti. She turned three years old this spring.

In this lesson, I was supposed to initiate an actual communication session with each of my animals – three in total. That is a LOT of animals. It is also a lot of margin for error, if you happened to have my particular level of confidence.

Marta gave the instruction not to take the exercise too seriously. She suggested thinking of it like more of a game. She mentioned that animals generally speak more simply than humans and often use images as communication.

I opened the first session by reaching out to my box turtle, Bruce. We then proceeded to have an actual conversation!

Pumped by the feeling like I might have actually just talked to an animal, I moved on to subject number two, my red-footed tortoise, Malti.

The success continued. We had a nice chat and I have felt closer to her since then.

Pearl – whiny and wise, and the avian love of my life.

I concluded with the piéce de résistance, my 17-year-old parrot, Pearl. At the start of the course (in Lesson One), Marta had asked us to remember back to all the animals we have shared this life with and then to star the ones we felt were our “soulmates.”

I starred two animals – my first parakeet, Perky, and Pearl.

Pearl had a lot to say in our session. While in “real life” he often acts like a pampered and very spoiled two-year-old, in our conversation he sounded like my grandpa – old and calm and steeped in wisdom. Somehow, I knew both entities are him.

I haven’t moved on to the next lesson yet, even though it has been a couple of weeks. Part of me is still glowing from the positive experience of having been able to actually facilitate my own conversation with my beloved animal companions, versus working with an animal communicator whom I trust more than myself to actually make that connection happen.

And part of me doesn’t want to ruin it for us by tackling the next lesson and failing.

When that part finally gets over it already, I will continue. And keep you posted.

Today’s Takeaway: Have you shared life with any non-human being whom you might consider to be a “soulmate?” Have you ever worked with an animal communicator or had a direct experience of communicating with nature or both? I would love to hear your experiences!