Signs and Messages From Animals in the Afterlife

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Do animals in the afterlife, such as pets, send people signs and messages from heaven? Sometimes they do, but animal communication after death is different from how human souls communicate after they die. If an animal you’ve loved has died and you’d like a sign from him or her, here’s how you may perceive it if God makes it possible for your animal companion to contact you.

A Gift but Not a Guarantee

As much as you want to hear from a beloved animal that has died, you can’t make it happen if it’s not God’s will. Trying to force afterlife communication--or operating outside the trusting relationship with God--is dangerous and can open communication portals to fallen angels with evil motives who may take advantage of your grief to deceive you.

The best way to begin is by praying; asking God to send a message from you to the departed animal indicating your desire to experience some kind of sign or receive some kind of message from that animal. Express your love wholeheartedly when you pray, since love vibrates powerful electromagnetic energy that can send signals from your soul to the animal’s soul across the dimensions between Earth and heaven.

Once you’ve prayed, open your mind and heart up to receive any communication that may come. But be sure to place your trust in God to arrange that communication at the right times and in the right ways. Be at peace that God, who loves you, will do so if it’s His will.

Margrit Coates, in her book Communicating with Animals: How to Tune into Them Intuitively writes: 

“Animal messengers travel through the dimensions of time and space to be with us. We do not have any control over this process and cannot make it happen, but when the meeting does take place, we are invited to enjoy every second of it.”

Be encouraged that there’s a good chance you’ll hear something from your beloved departed animal. In her book All Pets Go to Heaven: The Spiritual Lives of the Animals We Love, Sylvia Browne writes: 

“Just as our loved ones who have passed over watch over us and visit us from time to time, so do our beloved pets. I have received many stories from individuals about dead pets that came back to visit.”

Ways to be Receptive to Communication

The best way to tune in to whatever signs and messages are coming your way from heaven is to develop a close relationship with God and his messengers, angels, through regular prayer and meditation. As you practice spiritual communication, your ability to perceive heavenly messages will grow. Coates in Communicating with Animals writes:

“Taking part in meditations can help improve our intuitive awareness so that we are better able to tune in and better communicate with animals in the afterlife.” 

It’s also important to remember that strong negative emotions--like those produced from unresolved grief-- create negative energy that interferes with signs or messages from heaven. So, if you’re dealing with anger, worry, or other negative emotions, ask God to help you work through your grief before you try to hear from that animal. Your guardian angel(s) can help you, as well, by giving you fresh ideas for processing your grief and coming to peace with the death of the pet (or other animal) you miss.

Coates suggests even sending a message to the animal in heaven letting it know that you’re struggling but are honestly trying to heal from your grief:

“Unresolved grief and the pressure of strong emotions can create a barrier to intuitive awareness. […] Talk out loud to animals about what is troubling you; bottling up emotions radiates a disturbing energy cloud. […] let the animals know that you are working through your grief towards a goal of contentment.”

Types of Signs and Messages that Animals Send

After you pray, pay attention for God’s help hearing from an animal in heaven. 

Signs or messages animals may send to humans from the afterlife:

  • Telepathic messages of simple thoughts or feelings.
  • Scents that remind you of the animal.
  • Physical touch (such as feeling an animal jump up on a bed or sofa).
  • Sounds (like hearing an animal’s voice barking, meowing, etc.).
  • Dream messages (in which an animal usually appears visually).
  • Objects related to an animal’s earthly life moving (such as a pet’s collar inexplicably showing up somewhere you’ll notice it).
  • Written Messages (like reading an animal’s name right after thinking about that animal).
  • Apparitions in visions (these are rare because they require lots of spiritual energy, but they do sometimes happen).

Browne writes in All Pets Go to Heaven:

“I want people to know that their pets live on and communicate with them in this world and even from the Other Side – not just nonsensical baby talk but real conversation. You’ll be surprised how much telepathy comes to you from the animals you love if you just clear your mind and listen.”

Since afterlife communication happens by means of energy vibrations and animals vibrate at lower frequencies than humans do, it’s not as easy for animal souls to send signs and messages through the dimensions as it is for human souls to do. Therefore, the communication that comes through from animals in heaven tends to be simpler than the communication that people in heaven send.

Usually, animals only have enough spiritual energy to send brief messages of emotion through the dimensions from heaven to earth, writes Barry Eaton in his book No Goodbyes: Life-Changing Insights from the Other Side. Any messages of guidance (which tend to feature many details and therefore require more energy to communicate) that animals send usually come through angels or humans souls in heaven (spirit guides) helping animals deliver those messages. “Higher beings in spirit are capable of bringing their energy through in the form of an animal,” he writes.

If you experience this phenomenon, you may see what is called a totem--a spirit that looks like a dog, cat, bird, horse, or other beloved animals, but is actually an angel or spirit guide manifesting energy in animal form to deliver a message to you on behalf of an animal.

You’re especially likely to experience spiritual encouragement from an animal in heaven during times when you’re most likely to experience help from an angel--when you’re in some kind of danger. Browne writes in All Pets Go to Heaven that the departed animals people have had relationships with sometimes “come around to protect us in dangerous situations.”

Bonds of Love

Since the essence of God is love, love is the most powerful spiritual force that exists. If you’ve loved an animal while it was alive on Earth and that animal loved you, you all will be reunited in heaven because the vibrational energy of the love you’ve shared will bond you together forever. The bond of love also increases the possibility of you being able to perceive signs or messages from the former pets or other animals that were special to you.

Pets and people who have shared bonds of love on Earth will always be connected by the energy of that love. Coates writes in Communicating with Animals: 

“Love is very powerful energy, creating its own communication network … When we love an animal a promise is made to us and it is this: My soul will always be linked to your soul. I am with you always.

One of the most common ways that departed animals communicate with people is by sending their signature spiritual energy to be with someone they loved on Earth. The goal is to comfort the person they loved who is grieving. When that happens, people will become aware of the animal’s energy because they’ll feel a presence that reminds them of that animal. Eaton in No Goodbyes writes:

“Animal spirits often come back to spend a lot of time with their former human friends, particularly those people who are on their own and very lonely. They share their energy with their human friends, and along with the person’s guides and spirit helpers [like angels and saints], have their unique role to play in healing.”

Whether or not you receive a sign or message from an animal you love in heaven, you can rest assured that anyone who is connected to you through love will always stay connected to you. Love never dies.

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