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What Being on Earth Is All About
by Patricia Jepsen and Delphi
Published in 2002
Paperback edition, $15.95
Delphi testifies to the tremendous contribution that
the animal kingdom wishes to make to the healing of the earth
and humanity's heart.
It is a celebration of life.
The story of this book begins with a trip by Patricia Jepsen to an animal shelter to find a companion dog for her golden retriever Cindy. Jepsen rather expected to pick out a dog herself, but instead, the golden retriever Delphi (pronounced del-phee) emphatically picked out Jepsen. Delphi the dog turned out to be a master teacher who changed Jepsen's life forever. Delphi began to communicate telepathically with her new friend, giving Jepsen incredible information about Delphi's origins and about living gently on the Earth. Delphi also displayed extraordinary patience and compassion with children, and they seemed to understand her instinctively. As Jepsen and Delphi's relationship developed, Jepsen found Delphi's statements checked out with amazing accuracy, far surpassing anything coincidence could account for. Delphi established communication with Jepsen on terms the human could understand and respond to, and Jepsen learned how to hear and communicate with different animals.
Delphi has much to say about human-animal communication, and reading her words is like opening a door and being allowed to see a larger world, unencumbered by our species-centric viewpoint. One of the most touching passages is the story of a weary burro tethered to a bush at the foot of the Great Wall of China. The burro told Jepsen that animals were tired of carrying the burdens of humans and that humans needed to carry their own burdens. Bowed down by the weight of years of toil, he opened her eyes to the lives of the other creatures of this planet. As he spoke, multitudes of angels appeared on the hillside behind him. Jepsen tells readers to treat the animals in their lives with respect, and they will be rewarded a thousandfold. Such respect results in an animal's life that is richer and more powerful than one who is denied such kindness -- similar to the results of treating fellow humans with kindness and respect!
How alike we all are beneath skin and fur. We all need care and attention to flourish. This is not new information; the teaching stories of American Indians reflect a culture at peace with the universe and in tune with other creatures. Those of us who are privileged to share our lives with animals already know that the gap between species is much narrower than common cultural understandings would have us believe. Delphi can help us understand a little more! Delphi's message is profound and loving: We are not alone. If we sit quietly with the animals in our lives, open our minds and our hearts, and give up the silly idea that they are less than we are, we can be rewarded with such visions of grace and beauty that our lives never will be the same again.
- Tove M. Moon, Independent Reviewer, Kalamazoo,
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING...
"The answer to the survival of the planet is in communication with nature. What better way to find our path than to let Delphi lead us. Bravo! An excellent book."
"This is a wonderful, charming and uplifting book about a dog with a message for all ages."
"Everyone knows that animals and children love each other. They share a certain special affinity. We often say, they understand each other. Could it be they speak the same language? A language we once knew and have the opportunity to access if we open our hearts and minds. This wonderful book offers a gateway into a world of one life and love, where animal, man and nature are part of the wonderful web of life. I have experienced this closeness with Delphi and my life has been changed forever."