Explore animal communication at Troy Public Library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 25, 2017

TROY — Ever wish you could understand what your pet is thinking?  

Reiki master, teacher and animal communicator Leslie Cirinesi will share her journey of communicating with animals at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Troy Public Library. 

Cirinesi is a docent at the Detroit Zoo, usually near the bears, and works with local animal rescue groups. She said that by using photos sent electronically, she can communicate with animals living or deceased. 

“When I was a little kid, we had a basset hound named Sam,” Cirinesi said. “I thought I knew what he was thinking. My parents said, ‘It’s just your imagination.’ So I shut it off for 45 years.”

For her 50th birthday in 2012, as part of a vacation trip to Yellowstone National Park, Cirinesi stopped in Bozeman, Montana, at the Montana Grizzly Encounter, a rescue sanctuary. Cirinesi said the sanctuary rescues grizzly bears that have been in bad captivity situations, and she went there to perform reiki on the bears. 

“They (sanctuary owners) thought I could communicate with the bears,” she said. “They (the bears) were showing me (mental) pictures.” 

According to the International Center for Reiki Training, the word reiki is made up of two Japanese words — rei, which means “God’s wisdom or the higher power,” and ki, which means “life force energy.” Reiki is a Japanese technique used for stress reduction and relaxation, and is said to promote healing.  

It is defined as “spiritually guided life force energy administered by laying on hands, based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If life force energy is low, it is believed we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy,” states the International Center for Reiki Training website. 

Cirinesi said her “aha moment” came when one bear, Brutus, showed her a picture of himself eating a candy cane. 

“It seemed wrong that a bear would eat a candy cane. But I asked the owner, and she said, ‘He loves candy canes. He gets them from his fans for Christmas.’” 

“So I thought, if I were making this up, I would have picked something stereotypical, like blueberries or honey,” Cirinesi said. “It has to be real.” 

She started animal communication professionally five years ago, practicing with people she trusted whose animals she did not know. 

During the library program, Cirinesi will talk about what animal communication is, what it isn’t, how it works and what people call her for help with. She will answer questions afterward, but will not do individual consultations at the event. 

Cirinesi talked about animal spirit guides at a Troy library program last spring. 

“She was very well-received,” said Donna Garbarino, adult services librarian at the Troy Public Library. “It’s always a big hit when you do things about animals. There are a lot of animal lovers.” 

The biggest reason people call Cirinesi is behavioral issues. She said she also identifies health issues. 

“I tell them (pet owners) where the animal hurts. I feel the pain in my body.” 

People also ask for her help in making end-of-life decisions for their pets and deciding when to let the animals go. 

“I ask the animal if they are ready to go,” Cirinesi said. “They tell me … and owners let the animal make the decision.” 

Clients also ask her to tell their pet things, such as that they are having a baby or that the animal has to stay crated after surgery. 

“I look at it as being a foreign language translator,” she said. 

Cirinesi said pet owners are most surprised to learn that animals have deep thoughts and are amazed that their pets have a sense of humor. 

“They are also surprised I have the correct information,” Cirinesi said.

She’s given her “Animal Communication 101” program at other libraries in the area. 

“It’s fun and interactive,” she said. “I love doing this presentation.” 

To register for the program, visit troypl.org or call (248) 524-3534. The Troy Public Library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. 

For more information on Cirinesi, visit www.ispeaktoanimals.com.