AS medium Amanda De Warren began a channelling, a dog, which had been lurking unsettled in the doorway, lay down with a hum-growl-whimper and stayed there for the duration.
If Amanda was tuning into something, was the dog on the same wavelength, I wondered.
Amanda says when it comes to the psychic world and communication, animals are more in tune than we are.
"Oh yeah. We've let that understanding go," she said during a recent phone interview.
"We used to communicate telepathically. It's now just our animals.
"Every animal is telepathic."
Amanda used to be known just as a medium, but her work as what she terms an animal communicator and animal behaviourist has begun to outstrip requests to channel departed loved ones.
The split between "talking" to the animals - alive, dead and missing - and "talking" to the afterlife is now 60-40 by her estimates.
The former wildlife worker said it was not for an animal to pipe up while she was trying to channel for a client.
"I don't have any trouble communicating with animals. They start saying things to me. They have their own distinct personalities, like we do," she said.
"They love a chat. It's an opportunity for them to get through."
Animal owners have used Amanda to help find missing pets and to engender behaviour changes when conventional training methods do not seem to make a difference.
She lists among her success stories a cat which gave up its wandering ways she telepathically "explained" the potential dangers lurking in the bush outside every time it darted out the door.
And a head-strong horse which would not perform in three-day events but after a good talking to, settled enough that the owner kept it and continued competing - although it still needs a talking to occasionally.
Although Amanda finds herself working increasingly with animals, she still channels for people and regards her role as a medium as important.
She said that messages from a departed loved one often put their surviving friends or relatives at ease, and gave people a reason to believe that there was something beyond death.
She said a sceptic had changed his mind after a channelling only that morning.
"His mother and father came through and told me how they had passed. They said he was looking for his first daughter in Europe and he just lost it.
"He said, 'I hadn't told a soul'."
Amanda said she sometimes had to choose her words carefully so as not to upset people with the information that came through to her. But sometimes, not everything was revealed to her.
"Sometimes it's our journey to find the answers," she said.
Formerly of the Sunshine Coast, Amanda will return to her home turf to showcase her talents in shows and seminars in Noosaville next weekend.
For information or bookings, go to www.amandadewarren.com.
AMANDA DE WARREN
Amanda will be at Ivory Palms Resort, 73 Hilton Terrace, Noosaville.
Saturday, November 12
- Animal communication seminar 10am
- Afterlife Connection intimate session 3pm
Sunday, November 13
- Afterlife Connection intimate session 10am
- Messages from Beyond show, 3pm
- Private face-to-face readings, November 5 and 6
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