This week, Mystic Mag had the opportunity to interview Audrey from Madra Rua Animal Connections. We discussed her beginnings, how she establishes connections with animals, and we learned more about distance healing.
When did you first know that being an animal communicator and healer was your calling and how did it come about?
I have always felt a strong connection and love for all animals. The arrival of our first dog, Jessie, into our lives in 2002 and my first attunement to Usui Reiki in 2009 were the catalysts for my calling. Jessie was a stray puppy who appeared at our door one evening and she changed my life. I truly believe she was sent to me to lead me to my life purpose, helping animals and people connect and heal together. My connection with Jessie was so deep and strong that it led me to research animal-human connections and in 2010, I stumbled upon animal communication. Suddenly, it all made sense.
I started studying animal communication with James French in 2010 and attended his workshop a few years later. For many years, I was lacking the confidence to progress further and five years ago, I came across another teacher, Claire Bloomfield, who encouraged me to believe in myself and in what I was receiving. Claire’s advice is to practice, practice, practice. I followed her advice and built up my confidence and trust in the animal communication process from there.
In parallel, I continued to develop my Reiki practice and study. I am a Usui Reiki Master and Kundalini Reiki Master and these are the 2 main energy healing modalities I work with. I was also attuned to other healing energy systems, including Animal Reiki, and am a member of the Reiki Healing Association.
Madra Rua Animal Connections was launched in 2020. Jessie looked like a fox, so I chose the name Madra Rua, which means “red dog” or “fox” in Irish. Jessie passed away in 2012 and she has remained a constant loving, encouraging, and comforting presence by my side ever since. Madra Rua Animal Connections is my tribute to her (and I love foxes too).
What services do you offer?
I offer animal communication sessions in writing and distance energy healing sessions, as well as combined sessions.
Animal Communication sessions are provided in writing with the animal’s person sending me their questions beforehand. I do not connect to an animal “live” while speaking to their person at the same time. For me to prepare energetically and fully connect with the animal in a respectful manner, I need quiet time and space.
Offline sessions allow me to give the animal my full attention and are also more practical and convenient as there is no need to schedule appointments. After the session, I share a copy of the transcript by email with the animal’s person. A follow-up session (or a distance healing session) may be arranged later if needed. Animal Communication can be used with any species of animals and provides great insight into their lives, feelings, and opinions. It is particularly helpful in times of change to explain what is happening and to get the animal’s input on how they feel.
During distance energy healing sessions, I primarily use Usui Traditional Reiki and Kundalini Reiki. I sometimes use a combination of other Energy Healing modalities if I feel guided to do so. If a booking is made for Energy Healing to be sent over consecutive days, I repeat the session every day during that period. An email with a short summary of the session(s) is provided to the animal’s person afterward.
How do you manage to establish a connection with animals?
Animal Communication is about tuning in to an animal’s energy (or soul) while being in a state of mindfulness. By quietening my mind, I make myself available to receive information intuitively through visuals, words, sentences, feelings, sensations, knowing, etc. It is very much like using a radio set and tuning into a frequency to hear a specific broadcast. Everything is energy. Animals use energy language all the time and humans also have this innate ability; most have just forgotten how to use it.
Before each session, I spend some time preparing myself energetically, using Reiki, grounding, and meditation to quieten my mind. I connect to an animal’s energy using a photograph, provided by their person prior to the session. I connect with an animal through their eyes. For me, they are the gateway to their soul, essence, and energy and an essential connecting point when doing distance work. After asking for energetic protection for the animal and me, I get present and begin the session by introducing myself to the animal mentally.
Upon receiving their permission to connect, I start the conversation by asking them about what they would like to share. As the information starts flowing, and to relay the information as accurately as possible, I write down everything I receive, single words, sentences, pictures, sounds, feelings, and sensations. Animals don’t use words as we do, but the energy and feelings they project back to me are automatically “translated” into words and sentences. The information is received instantly, and answers often come in before I even start asking or thinking of a specific question.
How does distance energy healing work?
The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word meaning “universal life force energy”. It was channeled by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the 20th century. As a Reiki practitioner, I serve as a conduit for healing energy directed into the energy field of the recipient with or without physical contact with the body.
As for animal communication, it is about tuning in to the animal’s energy through visualization and intention. Before a session, I spend some time preparing myself energetically. Once I am ready to proceed, I use the animal’s photograph to introduce myself to the animal mentally. Upon receiving their permission to receive healing, I then set the intention and request that the healing energy is sent to the animal where it is needed most, for as long as needed, and for the animal’s highest good always.
I channel the healing energy by holding the animal’s photograph in my hands and visualizing the animal receiving healing as if they were beside me. I sometimes receive some visuals, feelings, and sensations but not as a direct conversation like animal communication. Reiki will continue to work beyond the duration of the session, so I place the animal’s photograph in a box containing crystals infused with healing energy and I let the healing process continue.
Energy Healing can be sent to any species of animals and specific situations across distances and time zones, at any time of the day or night. There is no need to book a specific appointment with a date and time, and the animal and I do not need to be in the same room and can be hundreds of thousands of kilometers apart. This is ideal for animals who are sensitive, shy, or nervous about people.
What is the most important detail in maintaining a relationship of mutual trust with customers?
Always work from the heart. Be genuine, kind, and empathic in your connections with animals and their person. Treat animals as if they were part of your animal family and handle any session as if it were the very first one. I still get butterflies in my stomach once I send the session transcript to a client and doubt sets in again until I receive feedback.
As an animal communicator and energy healer, and as with any other spiritual work, I think it is important to follow a code of ethics and set the correct expectations with human clients. I always ask any new client to read a disclaimer before proceeding with a booking. I only work with the animal’s main carer (owner) and always request the animal’s permission before connecting to their energy. Animal Communication and Energy Healing are not substitutes for medical or behavioral treatments and if an animal is unwell or has behavioral issues, it is the client’s responsibility to consult with the appropriate veterinary and training professionals.
What do you love most about your profession?
I love helping people and animals connect at a deeper level and heal together. Simply offering an animal the opportunity to share what they want to express may be all that is needed sometimes for some behavioral issues to disappear because the animal feels listened to and understood.
Animal communication can bring a powerful shift to the animal-human relationship. The animal and their person can understand each other better and work as a team, as equal partners, with love, trust, and confidence. Distance energy healing is a great complement to animal communication and can help alleviate some of the issues the animal brought up during the AC session, bringing much-needed peace and calm to the animal.
I also love connecting with animals who are in spirit. It is a very special privilege to be able to convey messages of wisdom and unconditional love to the person who is missing them deeply. Some messages can be very profound and spiritual.
It is such an honor and privilege to communicate with each animal and I learn so much from them every time. They are true teachers.