I have had a deep connection with animals ever since I can remember, and I could often feel what the animals were feeling. Communicating telepathically with animals used to really fascinate me when I was a kid: I just knew that I could do it! I remember asking my Dad if it was possible for me to have a conversation with our cat Zoé when I was very young…
As a kid my best friends were my grandparent’s dogs and cats (Pupuce and Minette, above), my own cat (Zoé, above) and the horses from the stables that I used to visit weekly. I used to spend one entire day there every week, at the time I was taking horse riding lessons but as the instructor told my dad: “She loves horses more than she enjoys riding them”. She was spot on! I was dreading the actual lessons but would cherish every moment I got to spend in the stables talking to the horses! As a child I felt closer to animals than to people and had such a deep bond with them which allowed me to connect with them whenever I wanted to.
In the early 2000’s, as a professional photographer I decided to explore behind the scenes of the meat industry in France. I visited a conventional dairy farm for Christmas with a hidden camera. The experience was very traumatic for me as I could feel the anxiety and pain of the cows that had just given birth, and had their calves taken away from them immediately afterward. Although I wasn’t aware of it at the time, I was communicating with them and I couldn’t stop crying and apologising in the name of the human race for the misery and torture that was inflicted upon them. It took me a while to recover from this experience emotionally. Then one evening I managed to infiltrate a slaughter house. I was amongst the pigs just about to be slaughtered so I could see first hand how they were being handled, kicked and shocked with a cattle prod. They were trying to bite the person unloading them with quite a lot of agression, but none of them ever tried to bite me. I was stroking them and talking to them. A few weeks later I went to an Animal Market in the French countryside and connected with the sheep, goats and donkeys… who were all terrified and begging for help. I could only clench my teeth, suffer through it and hold on tight to my camera and just take as many pictures as I could. During my encounters with these animals, I was trying to take portraits of them, to capture the expression in their eyes so that others could connect with their souls, in the hope that looking at them in the eyes would make people reflect on their personal relationship with the animal kingdom and nature in general…
This feeling of injustice turned me into an Animal Rights activist. I got involved in a lot of protests and demos and ended up working as a full time campaign coordinator for the largest Animal Rights organization in the world. I saw behind the scenes of that too which was at times very stressful and unpleasant with negative emotions such as guilt used as a motivational strategy…
Back in the days I did all sort of demos and mad stunts across Europe to raise awareness about the conditions animals are treated today. But I think this was my favourite one, which was for Tibetan Volunteers for Animals, in India:
My experience as an animal rights activist made me realised that anger, frustration and guilt were not a good foundation for creating lasting change, quite the opposite in fact. As I realised later, compassion and a flexible open mind are the only attributes necessary to catalyse change. Without that change is not possible. The practice of yoga has helped me a lot on this journey of self discovery.
I fully realised my ability to communicate telepathically with animals while meeting cows again…
This time at my local biodynamic dairy farm! I lost myself in the contemplation of the cows and naturally started to connect with them and found myself having a conversation with them! The farmer who was very, very close to his cows, was standing there watching. He approached me and started to talk to me about it, as if he had heard everything!
What followed were a lot of weekly evenings sitting in the barn with the cows, writing a lot of notes that I would share with the farmer after each session – and he would confirm to me the accuracy of what the cows had told me. The cows taught me everything. They want me to help animals and humans have a better connection and understanding of one another.
At the very minute of my very first session with the cows, a cow called Belinda told me that it was important to get people to come and sit down with the cows to spend time with them as she believed that ignorance is what makes humans disconnected from animals. She said that if only we could get humans to come and spend time with cows (and farmed animals), then like the Grinch, their hearts would grow a few size bigger…
The cows clearly expressed the wish for their profile to be raised. They want to be seen as individuals with different personalities and they would love people to come and spend time with them. They truly see the cow/human connection as a strong thread that has been weaving us and them together for millenia and they believe that they have a lot to offer to humans – far more than milk alone. They see themselves as healers, which is why we all feel so much better for spending time with them! They live at a much slower pace than us and are a lot more grounded! When I felt ready, I offered to facilitate an Animal Communication workshop for anyone on the farm that felt interested and it was unanimously well received by all who attended.
At the time I was the farm’s animal communicator: I was sharing with them how the cows felt, what they wanted and how we could make their lives happier. This experiment was extremely interesting as we were trying to see what it would be like to include the cows needs and viewpoints into farming.
I kept going to that farm regularly to sit down and communicate with the cows. I facilitated another workshop over a few sunday afternoons, this time, it was open to everyone. The new farmer came along and interesting conversations and thoughts took place.
Belinda was sent off to slaughter just under a year before that workshop, but she was with us, I could feel her presence and one of the attendee could clearly feel her right behind her for a while.
When asked what they want, the cows asked for people to come and spend time with them, and they want to keep their calves until they are teenagers so they can have time to fulfil their role as a parent, to prepare their young to be in the world.
I don’t see Animal Communication as a gift or something I was born with. I think everyone communicate telepathically, without necessarily being aware of it! it’s just a case of embracing it as a possibility and practising it regularly to exercise that part of our consciousness – the part that seldom gets enough exercise.
Thank you for reading :)