What Being on Earth Is All About
by Patricia Jepsen and Delphi
Published in 2002
246 pages, 6" x 9"
Paperback edition, $15.95
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Delphi testifies to the tremendous contribution
that the animal kingdomwishes to make to the healing of the
earth and humanity's heart.
These extraordinary animal stories, as well as golden retriever
Delphi's own journey from show dog to master teacher, may cause
the reader to laugh or to cry or simply to whisper, "Yes!"
Reading Delphi may be a rite of passage for all of us.
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,
For March/April 2003 New Age Retailer National Review Network
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."
I thought it would be a good idea to get
a second golden retriever to keep my first one, Cindy, company.
That's when I saw an ad for a golden retriever rescue shelter.
And they, in turn, referred me to the Lochvier Kennels at
Midland, Virginia. At the time, I was not far from the kennel,
maybe forty-five minutes or so. And yes, there was a female
golden available. Would I like to see her? Yes! And off I
went, not realizing of course that I was entering a whole
new world, the bright and glorious world of Delphi.
I didn't pick Delphi, she picked me. She had been a show dog
but that type of life was not for her. At a year and a half
she was more than ready to do something else. The only trouble
was she had to find a way to let me know what that "something" was and how much I was to be a part of it.
It had never occurred to me that animals and people were not
all part of one family. I grew up with my springer spaniel,
Freckles, beside me. A bantam chicken by the name of Snookie
always had morning coffee with my mother. Well, Snookie sipped
cream out of the coffee cup saucer. She would hop right up
on mother's bed and wait patiently for her cream to be served.
What with cats and dogs, horses and ponies, lambs and sheep,
chickens of all shapes and sizes, fancy pigeons, parakeets,
turtles and rabbits, how was I to know that humans were supposed
to be different from animals? I didn't!
Oh, I did not start right off hearing animals talk -- at least
I don't think so. If there was any kind of language between
us to begin with, I suppose it was the language of love and
high regard for one another. We were friends.
Lately I have been aware of a sacred, silent language between
child and animal. I have watched small children visiting Delphi
and her brother Chipper. The loudest and most boisterous child
can sit with Delphi or walk beside Chipper without a word
being spoken -- yet they are speaking words, I know. Words
that I cannot hear nor understand. Watching them as they communicate
without sound, I am struck by a world many adults have eliminated
from their consciousness. It is a world of movement, of dancing
secret codes that only the childlike mind and pure animal
heart can understand. This book is really dedicated to that
world and to all of us -- young and old -- finding it.
When people ask me how to communicate with animals, I say,
"I open my heart wide and express love and respect to
them. Then I hear them." This was not a slow process
for me. It was sudden. And it can be sudden for you, too,
if you open your heart as I have done. All life is in communication.
It is just that humans have isolated themselves from "the
web of life."
To be in Delphi's presence is to be constantly amazed at her
intelligence, her gift of wisdom, her command of energy. As
far as I know, she has never been exposed to the Navajo People;
yet she sings us back into the Beauty Way, an experience that
is awesome to any and all who are fortunate to take this path
Delphi reaches out to all of us in a partnership of animals
and people. She tells us that we can heal our earth and ourselves
by remembering our connection with one another. Many books
have been written about self-growth, self-actualization, and
even self-self! Delphi says that is not the point at all.
We've missed it entirely! She says, "We're all about
love and how we can work together as partners. It is through
the heart," Delphi says, "that we can join with
all life in the coming of a bright new world."
Delphi and I share in this book a portion of the animal communication
classes we convened in Tucson, Arizona. The events and Delphi's
words are accurate. Only the names of the students attending
the classes have been changed. I believe that these classes
illustrate that when humans and animals become partners, miracles
can happen and they do.
I feel blessed to offer this book to you and I know Delphi
is joyous that you are reading it.
P.S. Delphi is pronounced DEL-PHEEE.