This week, MysticMag had the opportunity to interview Catherine Collin, a renowned Animal Communicator. We discussed her beginnings, talked about her connection with animals, and discovered if there is any difference between species when it comes to animal communication.
When did you first know that being an animal communicator was your calling and how did it come about?
When I was very small, I used to talk to animals…and plants and the sea, which I always loved. On two occasions they did what I had asked them to do, but for a child, that was not strange.
Fast forward 35 years later, watching the Anna Breytenbach “Spirit” documentary (actually the documentary is called “The Animal Communicator”. Sorry Anna), I knew right then and there that I needed to do that seminar. Don’t get me wrong; doing a seminar does not make you, automatically, an animal communicator- WE are all communicators, but we believe we can’t do it.
So, it is a process, a door that changes yourself, your life and maybe all the lives you had and will have.
What services do you offer?
Right after doing Anna’s seminar and another seminar with British Spiritual Medium: Helen DaVita, I was doing just small communications, frightened: I was wrong or maybe taking it all from my imagination.
Then I joined a Facebook group for practicing, directed by Jeannie Helton-Vos: Animal Communication Sacred Voices (a group that has been archived) and I started practicing in all aspects of Animal Communication: Lost animals, diseased animals, difficult behavior, problems with their humans, etc… There, we had hundreds of people asking for help with their animals and, at the same time, the support of experienced Animal Communicators and feedback straight away. I loved it! And it helped me do everything. So I do all aspects of Animal Communication.
I remember even one time, in Sacred Voices, where a lady asked us what a wild horse had told her …so no question is “strange”. We (me and all Acers-animal communicators) do our best to stay neutral and do our best work to help humans and animals understand each other better.
How do you establish the connection with animals? What techniques are you using?
The primary and crucial step is to calm the mind and set aside one’s ego. Interestingly, I have recently been undergoing training in Mesmerism, and I have discovered that the process is remarkably similar (just like in Mediumship). By putting aside the ego, attaining a focused state of mind, and engaging the right side of the brain.
In Mediumship, you sit for spirit…well, in Animal Communication you are “all ears” for the animals. I even started teaching “active listening” in my Animal Communication seminars, because people really cannot even listen to each other, imagine listening to animals! Presence in the “present state” is needed. Animals really do appreciate when you are present, observing and listening, instead of looking at your mobile phone.
What animals do you work with? Is there a difference in approach based on the species you are communicating with?
No, not at all. Every BEING and spirit communicates. I have worked with a variety of animals, thanks to the internet. And all of them have immense wisdom. Like Penelope Smith (the grandmother of Animal Communication) says: Animals have a unique way of seeing the world and living. We really should listen to them more. When I was small, I used to communicate with plants and I still do it, from time to time.
What is the most important detail in maintaining a relationship of mutual trust with customers?
The key aspect to foster a relationship of mutual trust with our customers is exercising patience, (particularly me), refraining from judgment, and, in Greece, ensuring affordable fees so that everyone can partake in a session. We understand that certain professions cannot be solely driven by profit, and there should be a fair exchange—it’s a universal principle. Our clients must have confidence in us, knowing that our assistance and communication are genuine and not exploited for personal gain.
I make an effort to maintain affordable rates. In situations involving lost pets, I consistently provide a no-cost reading to confirm a connection with the correct animal. What I uncover is that specific animals enter particular individuals’ lives for distinct purposes. As a result, it becomes evident that some clients, grappling with anxiety, seek assistance for their own well-being.
After studying Animal Communication, I studied Tellington TTouch from Linda Tellington Jones (an animal communicator herself), so I could transmit to humans techniques to better understand their animals. Nobody is 100% completely psychologically “normal” or balanced. We have to keep our cool even when the humans are angry, agitated or even aggressive. It does not help to judge and many times, the animal gets more upset.
We have enough of violence and hate in our world right now; we don’t need to increase it with our judgment. Many times I did not agree with the situation the human was creating; I did try to change it, being successful sometimes or unsuccessful other times. It is important to learn with each communication and accept the final result.
What do you love most about your profession?
I love being able to learn from animals and situations with their humans. I love learning from animals especially when I am wrong – it makes you accept your own mistakes, because they do forgive you.
We advance at a higher speed when we listen to animals. Sometimes animals tell me something completely different that I did not expect to hear, like pigeons asking me why don’t we fly home and we have to wait for the bus, or ( just 2 minutes ago) a ferret telling me her name. Life is richer when you are turned towards nature, even when you are in a big city like Athens, Rome, Paris or São Paulo (Brazil).
After thousands of years getting away from nature and natural law, it is refreshing for humans to be in contact with this pure love energy. The world would be a better place if every heart and mind would open up to animal communication.