You see, what practice is really doing is building muscle memory. At first, learning something like animal communication can be overwhelming as you try and remember all the steps to do this successfully, from grounding and clearing to this skill and that. Then there's the anxiety of getting it wrong. But the more you do these things, the more your body and mind can simply let go and shift to autopilot. That's when the muscle memory takes over, finally freeing you to focus on the finer details, like actually seeing, hearing, and feeling.
So ignore your brain when it says don't practice with animals until you know more or reach a certain knowledge level because you may embarrass yourself or take a hit to your ego. Instead, listen to your heart — pure muscle memory — and practice fearlessly every day. Yes, that even means in public with the chance of getting things wrong. Because it's not about right or wrong at this point, it's about getting so comfortable with the process that the anxiety ceases to exist, leaving you with the skill you've been dreaming of having. The best part? You can start practicing now right on this site!