There are certain kinds of books that just make you want to crawl under a blanket, sip tea and become friends with the author. By the time you finish the book, you’ve got a new relationship. Even if the author never knows who you are, you know you’re friends. She’d like you and you’d like her. Finishing the book is a little sad because that connection is gone.
Joan Ranquet is that kind of author. I picked up her book Communication with All Life: Revelations of an Animal Communicator because I was interested in reading about animals and the work she does with them. I got so much more than that.
Ranquet’s words offer more than just the observations of an animal communicator. Communication with All Life is a funny, authentic, spiritual, centered, and informative book about animals, awareness, health, and the deep and important role you play in your companion’s life. In addition to the many stories and examples from her clients and their pets, the author gives sweet examples of her own learning process with her animals to convey this as well.
This book doesn’t try to prove whether or not someone can communicate with animals, though there is one section describing telepathy. Communication with All Life recognizes that there’s a connection, a oneness of all things. And that any part of that oneness can tap into any other part of that oneness. In fact, Ranquet occasionally references other authors like Abraham-Hicks, and applies some of those teachings to our relationships with our pets. She does this with ease and practicality. No woo-woo stuff here.
As I re-read the book for this review, some sections said identical things to what Eckhart Tolle and Oprah are saying in their web seminar…
Animals’ ability to just be and not question their existence makes them seem more spiritual. We humans are so far away from “just being” in our everyday life. If it isn’t bills, it’s taxes; if it isn’t taxes, it’s what color to paint the bathroom; if it isn’t the bathroom, it’s forgetting to send off an RSVP for that party…it’s always something. As a result, there are miscommunications and breakdowns in our behavior. Or we have unclear ideas about how to proceed when our pets get sick. Ultimately, the depth of love that animals express to us is so profound that there are no words to explain it.
Sometimes the greatest thing you can do – even if you don’t necessarily belive that it’s communication per se or that you get any secret messages from your animals – is to just “be” with them and connect on that level of One Mind… Sometimes that’s all they’re waiting for.
Ranquet also suggests the very thing I wrote about in my last post: that our thoughts, our beliefs and the pictures we hold of our pets have great power. She suggests that if you’ve rescued a dog, you eventually let go of the “sad story” about the dog’s past abuse. Stop telling it over and over again – which only keeps that energy alive. (There is also one section called “The Myth of Multitasking.” Her dog, Olivia, teaches us why it’s not a feasible things for humans to do!) Ranquet also teaches readers how to tap in and listen to their own pets.
Much of the advice of the book is geared towards us humans creating a mind and an environment that is clear and peaceful and connected. The book is not just about healing animals. It’s about healing ourselves. The animal stories are amazing. I can honestly say that just reading the book created a little more harmony and connection between me and my furmily.
Any of my readers who have pets will love this book. That’s why I’m writing about it. I love to share my little discoveries with my friends. This is one of those discoveries. And you, dear reader, are my friend.
Two true stories:
1 - I read this book over a cloudy drizzly weekend. Every time I sat down to read it, all of my pets (3 cats and a dog) would gather round as if they knew what I was reading. They would all scrunch up beside me as I read. It was almost like a purr and love fest surrounding the book. I could hardly move for all the bodies!
2 - When I got back from the grocery store, Atticus (my cat) was on the coffee table lying across the book, looking very much in love with it. I took the hint and sat down with him to read.