Anna Breytenbach: The Animal Communicator
• Anna Breytenbach’s “Animal Spirit” Website
The Animal Communicator
HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH ANIMALS WITH ANNA BREYTENBACH
Anna Breytenbach: The Animal CommunicatorDec 05
Anna Breytenbach, The Animal Communicator
Anna Breytenbach, The Animal Communicator
Anna Breytenbach is a professional animal communicator who has received advanced training through the Assisi International Animal Institute in California, USA and has been practicing for 12 years in South Africa, Europe and the USA with domestic and wild animals. Her conservation experience includes working with cheetahs, lions, wolves, baboons and elephants in educational and rehabilitation programs. Anna’s goal is to raise awareness and advance the relationships among humans and other species, on both the personal and spiritual levels. She’s also the subject of the documentary movie “The Animal Communicator”. In her communication and conservation work, Anna lives her personal mission of being a voice for the animals and the wilderness.
• Anna Breytenbach’s “Animal Spirit” Website
• The Animal Communicator (2012 Documentary)
• Victoria More Interviews Anna Breytenbach (90 Minute Interview, MP3)
• The Assisi International Animal Institute
The Animal Communicator
Director: Craig Foster
Producer: Vyv Simson
Produced In 2012
Story Teller’s Country: South Africa
Synopsis: What if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you?
Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to what she calls interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through pictures and thoughts. She then receives messages of remarkable clarity back from the animals.
Anna can feel the scars hidden under a monkeys fur, she can understand the detailed story that is causing a birds trauma, she transforms a deadly snarling leopard into a relaxed content cat — the whole animal kingdom comes alive in a way never seen before — wild birds land on her shoulders, fish gather around her when she swims, and wild unfamiliar baboons lie on her body as if she is one of their own.
This is the first full length documentary film on the art of animal communication.
HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH ANIMALS WITH ANNA BREYTENBACH
By Michael Theys
September 20, 2010
Hi Anna! Thanks for taking the time for this, I really appreciate it!
1. Tell us a little about your personal background/where you’re from, etc.?
I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and had a very ordinary suburban upbringing without any special exposure to animals, etc. After high school I studied Psychology, Marketing and Economics at the University of Cape Town and entered the corporate world, enjoying a successful career for 12 years in Human Resources and Information Technology, which took me to Australia and the USA.
Now I live between the beach and mountain on the Cape’s south peninsula, and travel in southern Africa, Europe and the USA to conduct workshops.
2. How did you first get introduced to “animal communication”? Is this something that you discovered at a young age, or did you come across this amazing gift of yours later on in your life?
In my twenties I decided to live out my passion for wildlife (big cats in particular) by becoming a cheetah handler, and with this I volunteered at a conservation education project on weekends. When I moved to America, I expanded this into wolf and other predator conservation.
Observing and being in close contact with these essentially wild animals probably opened me in empathic ways. However, the so-called psychic experiences began when I was doing my tracking training with the Wilderness Awareness School based outside Seattle, Washington.
As I was raised in Africa, I knew little to nothing about North American species and therefore couldn’t analyze or interpret the footprints I was looking at based on visual cues. My mind just simply didn’t have the “database” of search images loaded.
My mentors told me to close my eyes and “feel” the energy from the track — whereupon I’d get brief mental image or other sensings of which animal had left those paw prints. At first I thought I was losing my mind, but again and again these “sudden knowings” would prove to be true.
I then researched the phenomenon of Interspecies Communication and chose to study in this field through the Assisi International Animal Institute in the USA, doing case studies and various courses to advanced levels.
Eight years ago I returned to South Africa as I’m particularly passionate about our wildlife and Nature on this continent.
3. In your introductory video (on your website), you say that interspecies communication is meant to be a “natural skill”. Could you please expand on this? Can “anyone” really do this? How would you define the term (interspecies communication)?
I’d define the term as direct mind-to-mind communication or transference of information. Although it’s as much a matter of the heart as the mind.
Yes, we all have these abilities hard-wired into the very design of our brain. To our native ancestors, these skills were a part of everyday life, as much as vocalized language or other physical forms of expression.
Intuition is natural; the trick is knowing how to access it intentionally when we want to instead of waiting for it to happen spontaneously (e.g. hunches, gut feelings, etc.).
4. At this point, I’m sure a lot of people (including myself) are dying to ask a specific question, and that is: How do you actually communicate with the animals? What kind of language do you use? Do you use imagery, telepathic means? Intuition perhaps? Or some sort of “extraterrestrial” language coming from an unknown civilization?
It’s a simple matter of quieting the mind and intending to connect. The animals pick that up right away, very easily. Then I send either a mental image, or a thought/sentence (not vocalized), or an emotion… whatever comes naturally. There’s no effort required on the sending side of things. Transference happens at a quantum level, in the universal language of pure energy.
5. How do our animal friends respond to you? How do you receive and decipher what they have to tell you?
Animals simply show their truths energetically, and that incoming message on my side (in its pure quantum form) gets drawn up from the unconscious/intuitive reception to my conscious mind — at which point my brain will attach a mental image, word, sensation or emotion to it. That’s already the first layer of “interpretation”, and some things can get lost in “translation.”
6. Is it possible to guide animals without using actual words/gestures? That is to say, can you tell them to accomplish simple tasks, and can/will they respond to your queries?
Yes, per the process above, we can ask or suggest. However, they always have their choice — as the sentient, self-determining beings they are — to agree to comply or not.
7. Can this amazing communication technique be applied to any animal? Wild animals, domestic ones, reptiles (snakes), insects (ants)? Pardon me if some of my questions sound a little naive, but it’s such an intriguing and unusual topic. Besides, very little seems to be known on the matter.
The techniques are exactly the same no matter what species we’re communicating with, from fish to flies, ants to elephants, cats to cabbages. Yes, plants as well as any other aspect of the natural world.
8. What type of services do you focus on with your clients? What is your area of expertise? Can you address animals that have behavioral or emotional issues? For example, my dog “Makala” is adorable with my relatives, but sometimes has a bad tendency to “bite” strangers who come for a visit. How would you tackle the issue?
I focus on conducting workshops to empower people to do this themselves — to get reacquainted with their natural intuition. Because of my travel and workshop schedule, I seldom have time for private consultations anymore. A lot of my time goes to my pro bono work which focuses on wildlife: rehab, rescue, reintroduction, etc. Specifically I work with baboon, elephant, dolphin and lion conservation issues.
In the case of a behavioural or emotional issue, the process is to communicate with the animal directly to find out what’s motivating the behaviour. Once that is known, consequence and alternatives can literally be discussed with the animal. It’s a great way to find mutual solutions…or determine what healing interventions might be required/desired by the animal if relevant.
9. Are there any anecdotes that you’d like to share with my audience? Instances where you were able to identify the causes behind strange animal behavior patterns for instance?
There are many to do with, for example, horses who explain why they do or don’t want certain riders on their backs based on human personalities or possibly traumatic events in their past that continue to affect their present-day response patterns.
Then there was the case of the cat who wouldn’t retract his claws when playing, because — in his view — the women in the household “don’t retract their claws”, so why should he? Turns out he was seeing human fingernails as claws, and was miffed at the lack of fairness. When I explained that we humans can’t retract our “claws”, he scoffed that he thought that to be a pretty silly design flaw!
Another example is a domestic cat who befriended a puff adder snake and would lead it to safety away from the household which was occupied by people intent on killing the snake if they could find it.
I’ve worked with elephants who are so deeply traumatized by witnessing their family members being massacred in euphemistically-named “culls” that they cannot relate to any other being other than in an automated manner.
10. Finally, what kind of courses/training would you recommend to newbies interested in animal communication? Tell us about some of your workshops, etc. I also see you organize “Animal Communication Safaris”. Wow, would love to hop on one of those!
The basic weekend animal communication workshops I offer around South Africa give participants all the tools to communicate effectively across the species divide. We go deeply into the “Hows” and get down to practical matters in small groups (so that coaching and learning is maximized).
We look at applying the techniques in various ways, deepening our understanding of how to address behavioural issues, work with nature and wildlife sensitively, ascertain physical symptoms via telepathy, and connecting with animals who have left their bodies.
The longer “expedition” experiences involve going to wildlife in their natural habitat. These workshops last between four to six days and involve direct contact with animals in the wild, with only a few hours of workshop content per day. Whether a safari in Botswana or swimming with dolphins in Mozambique, we get to connect with the physical and spiritual realities of these amazing species.
Details of all workshop events can be found on the Events page of my website at www.animalspirit.org.
Thank you Anna, what a great interview!
A 90-minute interview with Anna on the basics of animal communication and why it’s important in today’s world.
Interview with Animal Communicator, Anna Breytenbach, on African Elephants by Dominique Koubovec
Tuesday 22nd September 2009 was International Elephant Appreciation Day. It is also the equinox in the Northern Hemisphere representing the first day of autumn and in the Southern Hemisphere depicting the first day of spring. As a tribute to elephants we decided to interview Anna Breytenbach, a professional interspecies communicator, about her experience with African elephants. Her goal, like ours, is to raise awareness and advance the relationship between humans and animals.
Some regard elephants as violent and dangerous, whilst others as beautiful and serene…What has your experience been?
Elephants are connected to each other in an expanded family sense and are also very connected to the collective consciousness and to the earth energy. They also appear to have chosen a deliberate interface with humankind. They are an “indicator species” and are thought to be gauges of human consciousness. The way we handle elephant conservation can be interpreted as how far we have advanced as a species. Through conflict situations with humans they show us what we humans need to see. When they trample through villages they are showing us a very clear distress signal. They deliberately knock down fences that try to contain them in unnaturally small areas. This is not intended as a violent act. They simply want to be allowed to walk the ancient paths of their knowing. They want to follow instinctive migratory routes. They are also trying to teach us humans lessons about the appropriateness of moving with the seasons and in accordance with natural cycles so that we don’t overly deplete an area. In other words, they are trying to teach us how to live within our physical means. The times that there are altercations between humans and elephants that turn violent are an attempt on their behalf to signal their distress at what we are doing to our planet. It is almost inevitable that when we humans push around the largest animal on earth, it needs to be reflected to us that we can’t do that and get away with it. We need to learn to know our place in the natural order of things. Humans of course don’t like the push back…the reflection. Without exception, I find elephants very wise, even when they are acting out some of the shadow.
Another important aspect to their wisdom is that they hold on land what the whales hold in the sea. They are working “trunk in fin” with the whales as keepers of ancient wisdom and knowledge. As the elephants walk the gridlines and leylines rumbling their songs, so the whales weave the earth energy lines together under the sea with their calling and their songs. The stability of the earth’s grid depends on these two species being allowed to do their very important, selfless work.
It is said that elephants and humans are remarkably similar in many ways… for example: they live relatively long lives, calves require focussed attention from their mothers, they go through puberty, adolescence and old age, show hormonal tendencies, suffer from coronary disease, and have life-long family or friendship bonds. They also have a sense of humour, mourn their dead by weeping, adopt orphans, show mean streaks when under threat and react to a staggering array of emotions. Can you comment further in light of your experience with them?
In rehabilitation and sanctuary scenarios I have seen elephants nurture each other and often take care of their human keepers as well. I’ve also seen them display immense compassion towards other beings in need. They show immense concern for human individuals especially when an emotional issue needs healing. Elephants also perform sacred rituals. The Knysna forest located along the South African east coast is a place where indigenous wild elephants still remain. They are the world’s southern most free-ranging wild elephants. Energetically they hold a very important point on the southernmost grid. An elephant tracker mentioned that trackers had come across a bush pig that had died and the following day upon returning to the carcass had discovered that it had been buried under a mound of earth. Branches from trees overhead had been pulled over it, creating a grave. The area was covered with elephant footprints lasting several hours and it was concluded that the elephants had gone to the effort of giving the bush pig a proper burial.
Elephants are known to live in social harmony with themselves and with other species around them. Can you elaborate on this from your experience?
I can give an example that illustrates this tendency. At the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa a pregnant female elephant was sighted a few days ago whilst giving birth alone to her calf. As the calf literally dropped out a number of female elephants came rushing over from quite a distance off in a visible display of joy and exuberance. There was much trumpeting and excitement at the occasion.
Elephants have no natural predator but man. Elephants are easily tolerated by other wild animals. It has been proven in Tanzania that certain areas deforested by elephants have opened up new patches of sunlight in the vegetation that has allowed the return of a very rare and previously disappeared butterfly species. I like to refer to elephants as “habitat architects” because their movements and “landscaping” (which many would rather term “deforestation”) reintroduces new cycles of life. Elephants bring cycles to pass in a specific ecosystem – cycles of regeneration rather than destruction – and if we had the patience to wait years or decades we would see how everything returns in a natural cyclical order.
The South African elephants are currently under culling threat due to alleged overpopulation – can you comment on this?
Elephant populations in the Kruger National Park have almost returned to levels prior to the mid 90’s ban on culling. The culling ban in South Africa has now been lifted. Culling will allow the authorities to reopen the meat abattoirs in the national park, win political favour by supplying elephant meat and temporary employment to surrounding communities, as well as reinstitute a revenue stream for profit. Elephant calves never get culled; instead they are sold to the elephant safari and wildlife trade industries at enormous profit. And it is a question about what really happens to the ivory.
Contraception has proven to be very effective with elephants but the authorities state that it is too costly to implement. However it is very costly to implement manpower to track down a herd and cull all the family members. I’ve been told that scientists have come to notice that the elephants at the Kruger Park have naturally slowed their reproduction due to lack of space within the fenced confines. This is because elephant consciousness has the ability to adapt to availability of resources. If only we could allow the elephants a few more years to naturally self-regulate their numbers, there wouldn’t be the need for this drastic measure of culling.
Additionally, the well-known phenomenon of the Species Survival Syndrome has proven that when there’s a sudden drop in the population number of a particular species (due to drought or culling, for example), the species markedly increases its reproductive rate to fill the void that was created. If the elephants are culled, this Species Survival Syndrome will kick in. Culling therefore is not a sustainable solution for the question of elephant numbers. This leaves one with the question of what is the real intention behind the drive to cull. I can’t help but feel it’s for monetary gain plus a patriarchal-based human need for dominance of over the animal kingdom.
I have also heard from trusted sources that the South African game rangers who 15 years ago culled elephants in South African are refusing to cull again. In the aftermath the effects on these people were dire energetically speaking. They believe that they’d been passed severe energetic repercussions for having culled the elephants. Even the lure of financial rewards at a current time of extreme unemployment in South Africa has not convinced these folks to pick up their guns again. Authorities are having to pull in marksmen from Europe to do the cull. Additionally, animal welfare organisations’ opinion is that the cull may be delayed until after the 2010 World Cup to be hosted by South Africa for PR expedience purposes.
Culling is a very brutal way to manage populations. Have you had firsthand experience of the extreme stress and trauma that these methods of population control have on the emotional well being of elephants?
I have worked directly with a couple of elephant calves orphaned by culls – and they had witnessed their mothers being murdered. For months afterwards these calves were still in a state of extreme shock, and the PTSD very seldom leaves them. One calf I’d encountered was about six months after the cull, and even though he’d been in a sanctuary and well cared for with a keeper and friends, I had a sense that his soul had somewhat popped out of the body, like a disconnect. He was going through the motions of everyday life in an automatic and numbed out kind of way. It was very sad to witness.
One of the greatest negative effects on the survivors of culls is the break in the chain of learning how to be balanced and successful adult elephants. Because matriarchal lineage is broken, the surviving calves don’t know how to access the knowledge of the ways of being elephants. They are unable to learn through direct experience about the natural and balanced ways of being with each other and with the environment. This leads to dysfunctional inter-elephant relationships, very errant herd dynamics and essentially ends up with a bunch of ignorant and inexperienced adolescents trying to run and hold together an elephant society.
At the Natal Society for the Arts Gallery there is currently a big, life size elephant sculpture standing outside the building made out of tires and steel created by Andries Botha and Ian Player. The elephant is called Nomkhubulwane after the earth goddess who can shape shift into any animal. The elephant was chosen as the symbol of the yearning of forgotten conversations between humans, the earth and all living things. Considering we once lived in complete harmony with all sentient beings, if you could offer one piece of advice, what in your opinion can we humans do to remember and reinstitute peaceful co-existence with animals and each other.
We can pray for the elephants and hold a field of support for them. Here is a prayer I like to refer people to:
“Blessed Oneness, that which I am and which we all are in our deepest Essence, please communicate to those gentle giants of the Earth, the elephants, that I stand in strength and solidarity with them. I offer this prayer from my heart for their healing and well-being. I pray that they may find support where they need it and compassion instead of abuse.
“May the humans they come in contact with respect and honor who they are as sentient beings. May they be blessed with peace and a fear-free life and held in loving kindness. I offer great gratitude knowing this will be so. Thank you. Amen.”