(From Six Lessons with Delphi,
I wanted a golden retriever and Delphi
(pronounced Delpheee) wanted to get out of the dog show business.
We found each other at a kennel in Virginia.
I loved animals and I had already developed
an ability to communicate with them. I thought that was fun.
But, there was something different in the way Delphi communicated
and expressed herself. She wasn't cute and doggy. She was precise
and profound in the way she expressed herself, and she was very
wise. It took a while for me to understand that Delphi wanted
to be a teacher and that what she was looking for was not a mistress,
not even a pal, but someone who could hear her and write down
what she had to say.
It wasn't my idea to "teach"
animal communication. The whole idea was Delphi's. She pointed
out to me that we should team up and advertise that we were in
the animal communication business. I must say I was a bit hesitant
because, although I could understand animals and they could understand
me--which had resulted in some small miracles between "owner"
and "pet"--I had absolutely no experience, had attended
no animal communication workshops and had no idea how I communicated.
Still...somehow...Delphi encouraged me to just advertise.
Well, we did, and we have been teaching and coaching communication
with all life ever since!
Delphi and my other two golden retriever
partners, Chipper and Light, have guided me into a world of wonder,
so much love and incredible wisdom. They have introduced me to
amazing children who truly believe that dogs can speak, and they
have uncompromisingly showed me the child in the heart.
How did this all happen? Why did Delphi
and I write Six Lessons with Delphi? I had just completed
a book entitled Delphi, What Being on Earth Is All About
that told the story of my life with Delphi. Soon after the book
was finished, I began to receive requests to write a study course
on animal communication. So, I got together with Delphi to discuss
the matter. She loved the idea and went right to work dictating
to me her wisdom teachings.
Soon after spiral binding the lessons
and passing them out to several of Delphi's favorite students,
orders began to come in. Schools, community organizations, churches,
and the women's unit of Wilmot Prison in Tucson, Arizona, were
among the Six Lessons' customers. As I write this, over
2,500 spiral-bound copies have been sold. All copied, collated
and bound in my small office with the help of Delphi volunteers!
And the call for Six Lessons with Delphi is continuing
as I write this.
Letters began coming in, addressed to Delphi. Heartwarming and
heartbreaking letters from "children" of all ages who
wrote that Six Lessons had changed their lives. It was
following the first group of letters from the women's prison
that I knew that Six Lessons with Delphi had a life of
its own. People of every age and culture were responding to a
little, home-published, "just for fun" book written
by a golden retriever.
Do I really hear or sense Delphi speaking?
Yes. But then, so many people have confided in me over the last
few years that they, too, know that their dog or cat is speaking.
We can all understand nature and our animal partners; perhaps
not exactly as I do, but we can communicate and we can realize
a living partnership with our planet and all life upon this planet.
In the communication classes that Delphi
and I have hosted, I have seen genuine healing, both psychological
and physical. And what we have experienced in these classes has
been a deeper understanding of relationships, a depth of communication
and a gentler way of living. Now, with Six Lessons with Delphi,
the gift of a New World can be shared--a world where everyone
is related from dolphin to porcupine, little child to tree. We
are all one happy family on earth, or so Delphi says.
We have forgotten our place in the
circle of life, Delphi tells us; it is time to return to community
partnership where we all work together as a team. Community means
all life. When we feel companionship with all life, emptiness
is filled; we feel connected and loved.
As I review my companionship with Delphi
and the ways that she acts and reacts with me, I sense she is
a very special spark who lights my world and the world of those
who respond to her presence and her lessons.
These lessons are for the whole family,
to be read and discussed together. They are for the quiet reading
corner, hidden from the world, where the magic of Delphi can
be remembered and understood.
An eleven-year-old friend and student
of Delphi remarked that her deepest wish after reading the Harry
Potter books was to receive an invitation to the Wizard School.
That invitation didn't come, though she waited and waited. But
then, she met Delphi and was invited to join the Delphi School!
In the Wizard School, she pointed out, you use a wand to perform
magic. But in the Delphi School, you use your heart. "It's
Heart Magic," she said. Delphi was listening, and when the
young person had finished speaking, Delphi looked genuinely pleased.
"That's Proper Magic," Delphi said. And they both laughed
and agreed it was!
- Patricia Jepsen
Six Lessons with Delphi,
by Patricia Jepsen and Delphi,
copyright 2002 by Patricia Jepsen Chuse, ISBN 0-9667560-2-9