Thank you for visiting. Here you will find posts based on my book The Power of Your Other Hand: Unlocking creativity and inner wisdom through the right side of your brain (new edition, 2019 Conari Press), featuring excerpts from the book, success stories from readers and students, my own experiences, and drawing and writing prompts using this technique. Enjoy!
~Lucia Capacchione, Phd, ATR

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Communicating with Animals using the Non-Dominant Hand

Letting your animal speak through your non-dominant hand

Over the years I have received many letters and emails from readers who have used my non-dominant hand writing technique for getting insights into their animals. Many have told me that they unlocked the mystery of a seemingly incurable or chronic condition that one of their pets was suffering with. Veterinarians were unable to correctly diagnose or treat their pet's illness. Using Chapter Eight in my book The Power of Your Other Hand, they wrote out dialogues in which they asked the animal some questions using their dominant hand. The animal answered through their non-dominant hand. The causes of many mysterious maladies have been identified through this method. 

Some animals have complained about living conditions and conflicts with other pets. In other cases the animal was suffering with a digestive reaction to certain foods. In a few instances readers have described emotions that animals were carrying from earlier owners, especially in the case where they had been abused and taken to an animal shelter. The new owner, who found the animal at the shelter and gave it a new home, was able to help heal the trauma that occurred by "listening" to what the animal had to say. It appears that really "hearing" and showing empathy for the abused animal is profoundly healing. Sometimes the specifics of the nature of the abuse were described by the animal "speaking" through the new owner's non-dominant hand.

For me, stories like these are always deeply moving, and the love and compassion shared by these animals lovers has been very touching. I never wrote about becoming an "animal whisperer" using this method because I hadn't really explored the application of the technique. I was very pleased to receive a book in 1997 by Arthur Myers entitled Communicating with Animals: The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals. On page 24, Myers includes a story by Griffin Kanter of Houston, Texas, who read my book and decided to try the technique with her animals. In a dialogue with her dog Isaac, a poodle-terrier mix, with her right hand she wrote to Isaac that she was going to use this technique for communication. When Isaac started to reply through her left hand writing, she knew that it was indeed her dog speaking. She'd been using the technique for a few months and was used to sensing the subtle energy of whoever was speaking through her non-dominant hand. She felt Isaac's emotions and bodily sensations. Griffin went on to be able to communicate with her animals without writing. She could converse with them mentally, the way many "animal whisperers" do. (Note: my name is misspelled in the book as Catacchinone.)

If you have an animal who is in distress, or are in conflict with a pet or other animal, you can use this technique of dialoguing with both hands to gain insight and empathy into the animal's physical condition and/or emotions. Perhaps you will enhance your understanding of the dynamics between you and the animal as well.

With your dominant (writing) hand ask the animal a question about anything you would like to know regarding the animal's health, behavior, or needs. Then, put a pen in your non-dominant hand (the one you don't normally write with) and allow the animal to answer your question. Continue this dialogue back and forth until you feel you've come to a resolution or a deeper awareness of what the animal has been trying to communicate to you.

If you have a problem with the animal and need to express some emotions, start your dialogue by writing your feelings out with your dominant hand. If the animal has been upsetting you in any way describe what it is the animal has been doing and how it has impacted you. Then put a pen in your non-dominant hand and let the animal respond. Again, continue the dialogue until you feel some kind of resolution. 

An example of the latter type of dialogue came from a woman who reported that her well-trained French poodle suddenly started jumping up on furniture, behaving in an uncharacteristically disruptive manner, and regressing to puppy-like behavior. She found herself getting very annoyed and yelling at the dog all the time. This was very upsetting since she and her pet had a very harmonious connection. After doing a dialogue with the poodle she discovered that the dog walker, who was charged with taking the animal out during the day (when the owner was at work), had been limiting the usual time for outings. When the owner confronted the dog walker, the employee admitted that she had reduced time with the dog without consulting her. They came to an agreement about the minimum amount of time to be spent with the dog out-of-doors, and the pet's behavior cleared up within a week. The owner was once again relieved to return home each day to a happy, contented animal companion.

You too can be an "animal whisperer"! All it takes is paper, two pens and two hands.


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