September 7, 2017
Intuitive animal communicator Maribeth Decker believes it was her training as a Reiki Master that opened her spirit to her pets’ attempts to communicate with her.
The International Center for Reiki Trainingdefines
Reiki as "a Japanese technique for stress reduction
and relaxation that also promotes healing.” It is
“based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’
flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.”
“The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words—Rei,
which means ‘God's Wisdom or the Higher Power,’
and Ki, which is ‘life force energy.’ So Reiki is
actually ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’”
Maribeth didn’t realize immediately it was the
training that opened the door. The realization came
only on reflection on what changed to allow her
pets—dead and alive—to open lines of
“It took me until I had my dog Tibor to realize something really has changed here,” Maribeth said in a phone interview. “My animals are communicating with me intuitively. They’re showing up after they’ve passed and making themselves known. They’re telling me what they think. They’re sharing visions with me. And I think it was Reiki that started me on that path, which I guess I was meant to do, obviously.”
Maribeth owns and operates SacredGrove.com, “where people and pets heal and connect.” She connects “telepathically with animals to allow people to have a two-way conversation with them.” This allows animal and human to solve issues between them, such as anxiety or aggression issues. But she is not a pet trainer or behaviorist. She simply allows humans and animals to communicate.
Maribeth performs a quick mediation to “connect intuitively, telepathically, through a
mind-to-mind—if you watched enough Star Trek, it’s a mind-meld, but not
really,” she said laughing. “It’s not a physical connection. I don’t have to
be staring in their eyes or hypnotize them.” In fact, Maribeth prefers
connecting over the phone or a video call to lessen distractions.
“I connect to the animal and see how they show up,” Maribeth said. “It
seems like they walk into my office and hang out during the session.
They might slink in, dance in, strut in—however they show up gives us
information about how they feel. At some level, they’re actually in the
room with me.” And Maribeth’s dogs react to their presence. “If it’s a
cat, I’ll just say, ‘That’s Tibor, and Tibor doesn’t mind cats. He won’t
bug you.’ And my little dog, Stella, when some of the animals show up,
she’ll whine a little bit, like she knows there’s something else in the room
“Then I ask what they’d like to share and start a conversation about what the person wants to talk about. If we find the animal has negative thoughts, emotions, or memories, I will do energy healing to release them. Many times, we also do some emotional release for the person around the issue. Sometimes I’ll get body aches and pains, or sensations, that sort of physical information.”
If there are behavior issues, Maribeth talks to the animal about the person’s feelings, such as when the cat doesn’t use the litter box or the dog barks at every other dog on walks. Then she shows them a mental image of how the person would like them to behave and shows the person’s emotional reaction of joy or relief once the animal starts to change its behavior.
If it’s called for, Maribeth will also perform some energy healing to resolve issues that linger for both human and non-human animal.
“If people want to, I will take them on a visualization to enter the brainwaves that I was taught is most effective in communicating with animals,” Maribeth said. “It is my hope I can help them to start picking up things themselves. My picture is that there’s an animal communicator in every family, and one available in every veterinary office and animal rescue center. And if I give people the chance to feel that connection, then that just opens the door for them to have that ability.”
Not every session works out in the human’s favor, however. One client had a dog that liked to chase skunks. “We were talking about how yucky that was for the human and how the smell was awful. And we actually got more of a lecture from the dog saying, ‘Well, our tastes are different between humans and dogs and I find the smell delightful.’ I don’t think we convinced her she should stop.
“I don’t think we think about the fact that animals have free will, just like human beings,” Maribeth said. And just like humans, they can be forced into a behavior, but it’s neither right for humans or non-humans. You can enslave humans and treat animals the same, but recognizing their free will, understanding the motivation behind the behavior, and seeking change through communication is the more humane way for people and animals.
Maribeth doesn’t expect that the quizzical smirks she at times encounters at networking meetings will disappear.
“Honestly, I still get surprised when I have a session with a dog in New York City who has been acting rather nutty at the owner’s place of business who’s doing better. I say to myself, ‘Wow, this stuff works!’”
Maribeth’s book, Peace in Passing: Comfort for Loving Humans during Animal Transitions, tells many stories of people and pets Maribeth has connected in life and death and the peace it has brought them. I had a hand in persuading Maribeth to write the book and I was her editor. It persuaded me her gift is real and precious.
(Read Part 1: Maribeth Finds Her Spirituality—and Her Gift.)
Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications and author of Write It, Speak It: Writing a Speech They’ll APPLAUD! Reach him at Tom@YourConsistentVoice.com.