We have a new feature: Interviews with professionals. We are so fortunate to have our first interview with one of the most well-known and well-respected communicators in the field: Marta Williams.
I have only read her first book, Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature, but I absolutely love it. I can’t think of a better book for a new AC’er to start with. It has great exercises and is written in an easy to read style.
I did a workshop with Marta and it was wonderful. She is a natural teacher, as you can easily see by not only her interview itself, but by her taking the time to give it to us. You can find her at her website here.
So, I hope you find her words of wisdom helpful in your quest to become the best animal communicator … ever!
• How do you describe animal communication to those who are unfamiliar with what it is?
I describe it as hits and hunches that we get intuitively that give us some unexplained and unsolicited information about something. Everyone can relate to having an intuitive hunch about a person or about some proposed activity. Communicating with animals intuitively has the same feeling as this only its more controlled and more drawn out. When you get a hunch or it from your intuition it can come in as an idea, a word or phrase in your mind, an image in your mind’s eye, and a feeling.
• What tips would you give to students of animal communication who are just starting out?
Take what you get without trying to spruce it up or make it right. The best way to achieve accuracy is to go with the first impression that comes to you and record it exactly as it comes in. Then go to the next one and so on. If you can keep it this simple you’ll be home free.
• Can you share some easily verifiable questions to ask the animals for people just starting out?
Some good ones are:
Tell me who else you live with (people and animals) – what do they look like and how do you feel about them?
Is there anything you are worried about? (If you get a yes ask what)
Has anything changed in your life recently? (If you get a yes ask what)
• Do you lean more towards getting your messages visually, audibly, or sentiently, or is it a combination of all? Does it change with each animal?
I get a combination and it does vary with the animal and truthfully I completely don’t worry about how information is coming in, the form, I just work on capturing it accurately. If I want something as a picture or as words I ask the animal to send it to me that way.
• Do you use the sense of smell or taste? If so, how does one become more proficient at that?
I use it for lost animal cases to get information on where they might be and to get clues. You just ask for it from every animal you talk to. So you could ask the animal to send you a favorite taste or smell, but watch out for those species differences….
• Why do you do what you do (communicate with animals)? And how do you feel it benefits humanity? How do you feel it benefits the animals?
It helps animals get their needs met and be able to tell people how they feel and what they need. It also helps animals demonstrate to people the depth of their intelligence, emotion and spirituality. I believe that humans and the natural world used to be in constant connection through intuitive communication and that humans used to consider themselves truly just a part of a nature and they considered nature a community of equals. It’s all alive, It’s all intelligent……
By bringing this skill back to modern humans I hope I am helping to reconstruct that connection of all living things.
• What would you recommend to students who are juggling with their full time jobs and/or school and/or children and trying to squeeze in time to do AC?
Work with your own animals every day. It only takes a minute. Do the exercise Ask For a Question. Ask your animal if he or she has a question for you. Whatever question occurs to you assume it is from your animal and answer as best you can. Then ask for another question and answer that one. Keep asking until the questions stop.
• When skeptics challenge you, how do you handle it? Do you answer at all, and if so, how do you respond?
I’m not too interested in convincing skeptics. There are plenty of people who are interested and want to learn how to do this. However, students can be very skeptical of their own ability. In that regard I have developed techniques they can use to prove to themselves that this ability is real using verifiable exercises. Each of my books includes such exercises. You are actually your own worst critic so once you prove it to yourself it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
Great interview. Thanks, Marta!