Charles Peden is a pet medium, aka animal communicator. He makes his living by communicating with dead pets (and also lost and misbehaving ones). He can communicate with dead people, too; he once got in touch with Saddam Hussein. He can also communicate with blades of grass, insects and whales.
Digital Dying recently spoke with Charles about how to speak with dead animals, where pets go when they die and just what the other side looks like.
Can you give an example of a dead pet you recently communicated with?
Earlier this morning I connected with a woman whose cat Henry was missing. Initially I only have the name, so I go, ‘Henry, I understand you’ve gone missing, I need you to confirm the connection by describing your age, physical appearance and how you went missing.’ Then I saw a skinny black cat coming through. I told the woman I see Henry, he tells me he went missing six weeks ago, he tells me he went missing in the evening, he tells me he is deceased. During our conversation the cat reveled to me he was a victim of a coyote attack and that some of him is in the coyote’s stomach, and the other part is where the attack went down, in an area behind the house. Then he dropped a little bombshell, two other cats in the same neighborhood are missing. They were also killed by coyotes.
How exactly do you connect with dead animals?
Think of me as a Smartphone. We have millions if not billons of Smartphones, and yet when I call my friend I don’t get everyone else in the world because I can hone in on their specific frequency. When I’m looking for a missing animal it’s the same, and typically that animal wants to make contact just as bad as we do. When I’m first establishing contact usually what I am looking for is an energy pulse. It’s the feeling of static electricity going through your body, like a mild adrenaline bolt. Everyone has felt this, the feeling of standing on top of a building and looking down, it causes goose bumps. It is the spirits screaming at you. Also like a Smartphone, I am receiving information in binary code. My brain is able to take that information and translate it into physical sensation and images. With binary code there is no and yes, and I see no as a flat line, and yes as the energy burst. When an animal says, yes they are available, then we connect and the energy burst emerges into a full visual signal.
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How is communicating with an animal spirit different from communicating with a human spirit?
For me there is no difference. I work with human spirits and animal spirits interchangeably. I can communicate with insects and I can communicate with whales. A spirit is a spirit. The soul is the same, whether you are a pig’s soul or a dog’s soul or a butterfly’s soul or a snake’s soul. You all feel the same, and have the same hopes and fears, there is no real difference. I was working with this lady recently who cared for pet rats. One of her rats was attacked by another rat, and she wanted to know the severity of the injury. I asked the rat to describe the injury and they described in detail how their leg had been chewed up and that they also had an abdominal injury. But just because you can communicate with an animal doesn’t mean you will get along. Moles and I have a very bad relationship.
How do you connect with a pet once it has been reincarnated?
When you pass, all your old pets are there waiting for you on the other side. They are part of that welcome wagon. When you are all on the other side together then you have the opportunity to discuss whether or not you want to be living together in a subsequent life, and that’s when reincarnation would come into play. I don’t dispute reincarnation, I just believe the time frame is longer than most people consider. However, animals will frequently drop by in spirit form and say into the ear of their owner’s new pet, ‘Listen you are the new dog, back when I was top dog this little trick got me attention every time, why don’t you try it’. So, the new dog will exhibit the same behavior of the old dog, and you think, ‘Oh my goodness, my old dog is back with my new dog’s body!’ No, your old dog’s spirit is just interacting with your new dog.
What does the other side look like?
It is huge. The area we play in here is like a pinprick. On the other side there are no restrictions due to lack of oxygen and lack of gravity. Temperature control is not an issue. Their world is overlaid on this world, so you can see this world as well as everything on the other side, too. You can see every square inch of the universe. All the billions of people who have lived and those who haven’t yet been reincarnated are all over there, and they can travel anywhere in space. They continue to have relations with each other, very similar to relationships here. There are definitely still people hooking up on the other side. I was working with one client who was trying to communicate with his late wife. I was able to find her but I had to inform him that she was seeing someone new over there. He was very upset.
What happens when you are communicating with a pet and realize that it has been abused by your client?
I see it all the time. I may have someone who keeps their dog on a chain in Georgia in the middle of their yard and all the sudden one day the chain is cut and the guy calls me and is like, ‘Here is $125, go find my dog.’ I reach out to the dog and the dog is like F U. I go back to the guy and am like, ‘My information is that you did not treat this dog properly’. I may know the dog’s location but I won’t reveal it to my client. I have a bigger obligation to the animals than I do to the humans.
Has this job made you more or less scared of death?
Now, there is no fear whatsoever of death. Before January 24, 2006, when a ghost appeared in my house and set me on my current path, I had a healthy fear of death. The biggest problem was the unknown factor, the idea of this final journey with no return where no one has ever told us what happens when they go. Another fear was of being snuffed out, a full rich life just ended. And then there was the fear of going to hell, the eternal lake of fire. But after I found my ability that all changed. Now, I think of death as a return back home more than anything else, because we have more time spent in spirit form on the other side than we do here.
Tell me about the event that triggered your powers?
January 24, 2006, I was walking down the hallway from the bathroom into the living room, about 10:30 at night. I see this woman standing there, like 5 foot 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, brown dress. She is Portuguese. I do a double take, but she is still there, a foot or two closer. All the sudden I feel her enter my back and exit my chest and I feel this rush of energy, like a classic horror movie Scooby-Doo effect. I didn’t believe in any of this at the time, I was a complete skeptic. I sit with my wife on the couch and she is like, ‘Two or three years ago I saw the same woman’. The next day the woman tells me her name, the year she was born and how she was killed. She was beaten to death. Then I go to Ancestor.com and the Historical Society and I find documentation that confirms absolutely everything. This parcel of land we live on was a citrus orchard, in that land was a family from Portugal.
How exactly did you communicate with Saddam Hussein?
One of the first things I did after realizing my abilities was reach out to someone who I thought would be in hell. I chose Saddam Hussein, and he reached out back to me almost immediately. He appeared to be in front of a line of individuals that stretched around the horizon. Men, women and children, some horribly maimed, some burned beyond recognition. It was pretty clear to me he was going through a life review process, confronting the individuals whose suffering he was responsible for. Based on our interaction I realized there actually is no hell, but there are very, very serious consequences to our actions.