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"If anyone's in a position to preach-in the best sense of that word- about animals, it's this impassioned, vegetarian healer and activist whose globe-spanning career spent amid endangered and domesticated species spurs viewpoints that many open-minded animal lovers will find not just plausible but validating and down right electrifying."
Anneli Rufus, Spirituality & Health

"Animal Wisdom is a thoughtful and inspired exploration of the ways in which animals, if we will but watch them and listen to them, can help us to live our lives more fully. Linda Bender has a firm grounding in science, yet she has learned, as I have, of the benefit we can get from close relationships with animals. Not only can they calm and relax us physically and emotionally, they can also enrich us spiritually. Thank you Linda for writing this book."
—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace

"Animal Wisdom deepens our understanding of the sacred relationship between humans and animals."—Deepak Chopra, MD, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

"Linda Bender opens up a spiritual dimension of animals that many people feel intuitively but find hard to express. She is thoughtful, well-informed, and draws on a lifetime of experience, expressing her insights clearly and accessibly. This beautifully written book will inspire animal lovers and enrich their experience of animals' lives—and their own."
—Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home

"This is an excellent book—it is substantive, a good read and a delightful one. Join a bigger world—include the animals in all our decision-making. Read this book. The animals are grateful for this book; you will be too."
—Matthew Fox, coauthor of Occupy Spirituality

"A compelling body of evidence suggests that human minds can connect with one another across space and time, but also with other sentient creatures as well. Dr. Linda Bender takes us inside these primordial connections and shows how they work toward our welfare and survival."    
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why it Matters

 “There is one natural law for all of us to live by, and that is caring and sharing and being responsible for the wellbeing of all other living things. In Animal Wisdom, Linda Bender gives us all a chance to go back to the way that will maintain everything we have. She helps us remember what the animals have not forgotten, that we are all connected, and that no one being is less than or greater than another. Bender explains what my people have always known, that having a good relationship with all life is the key to physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmony. This is the way it was meant to be. This is the key to our survival.”
—Tjilpi Bob Randall, Yankunytjatjara elder, author of Songman: The Story of an Aboriginal Elder of Uluru

"Stories of pets that find their way to their humans hundreds of miles distant, or of therapy animals that calm psychiatric patients, illustrate [Bender's] theme that animals have souls (the Latin anima meaning "soul," is the root of the word animal) and that our souls and theirs can communicate."

Every animal knows more than you do.' This Native American proverb resonates soundly throughout Animal Wisdom, veterinarian and animal activist Linda Bender's marvelous look at what animals teach us and how they share wisdom with the world."
—Spirt of Change Magazine 

"Bender believes the destiny of humankind is inextricably linked with all species and depends on our ability to 'renegotiate our relationship with Mother Nature.' Animal Wisdom is a fine tool for this renegotiation."
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"Bender offers a wealth of amazing stories and research-based evidence indicating that animals have deeply perceptive—even extrasensory—abilities... This is a book for animal lovers and anyone who seeks a deeper spiritual connection to these beautiful creatures."
Arizona Networking News 


How is it that pets are able to travel thousands of miles through unknown territory to reunite with their beloved humans? How can dogs detect cancer with up to a 98 percent accuracy rate, and foresee epileptic or diabetic seizures in their owners? How do animals seem to know an earthquake is coming long before the world's best seismologists?
In Animal Wisdom, veterinarian and animal advocate Linda Bender offers a wealth of amazing stories and research-based evidence indicating animals have deeply perceptive—even extrasensory—abilities. She shows us that animals are extremely perceptive, intuitive, and psychic and provides step-by-step practices for honing your natural ability to communicate with them, so that you too can learn to understand their urgent messages about peace, happiness, and the future of the planet. Animal Wisdom is for animal lovers and anyone who seeks a deeper, more spiritual connection to these beautiful creatures.

From the table of contents:

Foreword by Linda Tucker

PART I: The Fabric of Creation
Chapter 1: The Ecology of Paradise
Chapter 2: How Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking and Feeling?

PART II: What Animals Want Us to Know
Chapter 3: You Are Loved
Chapter 4: You Are Already Living in Paradise
Chapter 5: You Don't Have to Figure Everything Out
Chapter 6: Dying Isn't Bad

PART III: The Connection of All Creatures
Chapter 7: How to Connect Telepathically with Animals: A Practical Guide
Chapter 8: The Animals Speak for Themselves
Chapter 9: Heeding the Cries of the Nonhuman World

Afterword by Andrew Harvey

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HASH(0x9be1a174) von 5 Sternen A Very Intelligent Book 23. Juli 2014
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I've read quite a number of books on animal spirituality, but LInda Bender's "Animal Wisdom" is the most intelligent book of them all. She starts off by asking a good question regarding newscasts using cute animal stories: "Why is it that we dwell on the parts of a newscast that make us anxious and depressed while dismissing our favorite part as mere fluff?" She thinks it's odd that a source of our happiness "at once so reliable and so universal isn't regarded as more significant." Well, the dread answer to that, of course, is, that is how our "survival-at-any-cost" society faces life. The joke's on us, though, for, as Bender points out numerous times with facts and stories, animals are the measure of how we humans are surviving, either well or not very. At this moment in time, I'd have to say we are struggling toward "not very." Then she lays it out for us with shivering truth: "The fewer plants and animals we are able to recognize as individuals -- recognize well enough to name them -- the more alienated we have come to feel from ourselves, the Earth and God, the Source." Our cultural blinders prevent us from also reporting how many plants, flowers, trees, fields, forests, sides of mountains, parts of rivers and oceans, animals, birds, butterflies, bees and other nonhuman creatures have been decimated in Syria, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, etc. etc. etc.

You may ask, so what? These are just soulless creatures, not as important as humans. You'd be wrong. Animals very much have souls and within them is the same altruistic impulses found in the human soul -- and this according to the latest scientific studies. Bender says, "It is this altruistic impulse in the animal's soul that we violate when, out of a sense of entitlement, we seize and exploit rather than permitting the animal to give." You may say, "Well, fields and oceans and mountains and forests don't have souls!" I would ask you, "Where would you think to find the soul of the Earth if not in all areas kissed by the Sun?" Scientists now know with great certainty that the Earth is indeed, one total and complete entity lifeform, a whole system unto itself. If a dog has a soul, which no aware person would doubt, surely the Earth does too!

And lest ye forget, we humans are very much "animals." Bender clarifies, "The hierarchical view that holds humans inferior to angels and animals inferior to humans is based on a faulty premise. All of God's creations are perfect, and it is impossible for one perfect thing to be inferior to another perfect thing." Thus are we truly all created equal! Which explains how it is we can all be "One." Some of you more enlightened ones have observed that animals appear to have a "connection" to Spirit that humans have to work hard to achieve. Bender teaches us that "What all creation myths have in common is the idea that whatever catastrophic event put an end to Paradise applied only to humans. Wild animals . . . were fundamentally happy and continue to be fundamentally happy to this day." She adds, "We cannot find our way back to Paradise without them."

This book, though slender in volume, is wide-ranging. One of my favorite sections has to do with St. Francis of Assisi. Lots of interesting comments here as she delves into St. Francis's mystical abilities. She observes, "Francis's great discovery was that you have to act trustingly before you can feel trust." A scary proposition, but one that is nonetheless crucial. However, Bender helps us to find our way into trust: "You are practicing trust when you give up your attachments to the way you want things to be going at any given moment and surrender to the unwelcome splendor of whatever it is that's happening instead." I love the phrase "unwelcome splendor."

Okay, so we hapless humans lost ourselves Paradise. Now what? Well, Bender offers us this definition that we can all understand and relate to: "Paradise is a spiritual ecosystem in which every species has some essential role to play." I get that, don't you? We may not all be able to be saints, but all of us can surely try to live inside this definition.

My most favorite chapter deals with William Blake and Job. She lets these men help her understand God. We are treated to brief, pithy explications of God's words to Job and the famous Blake poem whose first lines can still raise the hairs on the back of my neck, "Tiger, tiger, burning bright/In the forests of the night." Bender explains, in part, our disconnect from our understanding of God: "To look at an animal's culture from that animal's own point of view is to glimpse some aspect of divine mind that is foreign to the human mind, yet not entirely incomprehensible to it."

The tone of the book, aside from its intelligence, kindness and clarity, is more good-natured than humorous. For example, in her chapter on death, telling neat stories, quoting Rupert Sheldrake, Mark Twain and Dr. Eben Alexander, she says, "At this point, you are probably expecting me to ask you to join in a rousing chorus of 'The Circle of Life.' Relax, she doesn't. But she does remind us that even when we're "in the trenches" facing death that "prayer isn't about asking for things to be different. It's about asking to be shown the blessing that is within the pain." Definitely a hard request, but it's necessary to find the courage to do so.

At the end of the book Bender gives us some really fine and very doable instructions for communicating with animals, the major action being this: "By quieting the mind, focusing on the present, and opening the heart, we create the sacred space in which our souls can encounter the souls of animals." I found this out for myself when two red squirrels were fighting and chittering away loudly on my porch railing where I'd set out some birdseed. I did as Bender instructed, then walked out the door -- which put me only about four feet from them. Ordinarily, they'd freak and leap off the porch. This time, though, both stopped their squabbling and turned to me. I greeted them quietly, pleasantly, saying I hoped they enjoyed the seeds and not to fight over them and requested them to leave some for the birds. They "spoke" to me. I learned that one was an old male squirrel and the other an almost-full-grown baby squirrel from another family. One needed to keep his energy up to live; the other needed to live to grow up. I asked them to be willing to share and promised I'd continue to put seeds out for them. The fighting stopped. Each ate so much and then left the rest for the birds. I've since seen them together on the railing, eating peaceably after a brief initial exchange of territorial declarations that were quite unselfish.

One of the best things about this book is Bender's ability to give us an idea, and then show us how to apply it concretely and specifically. That's a rare gift. The book is quite accessible to all regardless of education or background. This is the kind of life-saving, world-changing, mind-opening book that we humans need so badly today. Our children's hopes and dreams may be dying for lack of the information contained in "Animal Wisdom." When you can't believe in nor trust anything organic in this world, what do you do? You turn to technology, to metal and plastic, to screens and robots. You think these will provide you with a measure of safety, but that's not how life works. You will still get your heart broken, still become ill, still fail and experience grave loss and then you will find that much of technology was a dead-end road. I am not anti-technology, and neither is Bender, but the exclusive or near-exclusive dependency upon it, is like sitting on a raft on the ground while expecting the buoyancy of waves to take you where your soul wants to go. You will wait a long, long time. Unless there's a flood which will definitely complicate things.
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HASH(0x9b6d5444) von 5 Sternen powerful, emotionally intense, and well worth reading 10. Juli 2014
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Outstanding book. I have not even finished it yet, and I am bowled over. I found the book so moving (often to the point of tears), that is has been difficult to finish reading it. The emotions it provokes in me are very strong. It is a powerful book for those who understand the topic.

The topic of spiritual/metaphysical energies and animals is as old as life itself, and the author impresses me very much with her approach and knowledge.

Having been privileged to have known some "animal bodhisattvas," in my life, I immediately identified with the author's message. The situations of great joy and great sorrow one experiences in dealing with animals come through with great insight and understanding in this book. The stories of animal bravery, compassion, teaching, travel, and ability will impress and amaze you (unless you already know about such things).

Anyone who has loved and been around animals will recognize what the author is saying, even if they are not familiar with the spiritual or academic references. There are sections near the end on various practices to enhance your connection to the animal world, and a short chapter on the usual environmental topics. There are also many great quotes from various spiritual people and traditions.

It is not a large or encyclopedic work. There is much that could be added, as stories of animal intelligence and emotional connection everywhere abound. One could easily fill a book about such things concerning every single species. This book is not meant to be such a magnum opus, but rather a call to action - to look more closely at the animal world and draw wisdom, growth, and inspiration from it.

The book is a powerful compilation of wisdom from the animal realm. If you are sensitive to animals, believe in a more shamanic approach to Life, or just love animals, I think you will like this book. The stories will certainly tug at your heartstrings at the very least.

Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9be1af84) von 5 Sternen An interesting and informative book on the spirtual relationship between humans and animals. 6. Juli 2014
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There have been very few times we have been without at least one animal sharing our home. In fact, one of our wedding presents was a female Beagle, which was a long, long time ago. Since that time we have had numerous dogs and cats who became part of our family. This book (Animal Wisdom by Linda Bender) is an interesting and informative book on the spiritual relationship between humans and animals. Indeed, all the wonderful animals we had were always considered family members. If you are an animal lover no explanation is necessary, but if you have never shared your life with an animal you may not understand the special relationship and bond you develop with them.

This book is organized into nine chapters. The first chapter covers "The ecology of paradise." The second chapter deals with "How can we know what animals are thinking and feeling?" "What animals want us to know is explained in chapter three. Chapter four emphasizes why "you are already living in paradise." Chapter five explains why "you don't have to figure everything out." Death and dying issues are explored in chapter six. Chapter seven advises "How to connect telepathically with animals." The eighth chapter provides insight into animals. The final chapter explains what we can do to make a difference in how we treat animals.

Even though I do not buy into everything the writer claims in this book; nevertheless, I have to admit as an animal lover that the bond between humans and other animals is a wonderful and sometimes spiritual experience.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute).
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HASH(0x9be1aea0) von 5 Sternen We can learn a LOT from Dr. Bender's work! 4. Juli 2014
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Just wanted to share with everyone that I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Bender at a presentation she provided for Unity's Friends of Animals ministry this past Sunday (in Oak Park, IL). She is a wonderful woman who has definitely dedicated her entire life to helping and understanding animals, and we're blessed to have her doing her work. From traveling the WORLD to help save animals from the horrors of life, to helping educate the public on the many issues that need to be changed (such as poaching and smuggling of rare and endangered species) and letting us know what WE can do to help... I have to say her book has it all. Did you know that the U.S. is the 2nd largest consumer of ivory? (China is the leader.) I, and others who attended her presentation, were amazed to learn this! Ivory comes from the poaching of wild elephants and removing their tusks. (Elephants are an endangered species.) The stories which she shared with us, and which are in her book, are amazing and sometimes horrific. Yet many of her stories show the specialness of animals as well.
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HASH(0x9c4c315c) von 5 Sternen Tons of heart, great observations, but mostly channeled wisdom from animal spirits 18. Juli 2014
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Bender has a ton of heart. Her stories of finding love and meaning with animals are touching, and I cried. She offers many fascinating observations on animals, and I like the lines like "Dogs think they're here to train us." Actually though, her main theme is more like the Native American saying she starts a chapter with: "Every animal knows more than you do."

I'm sympathetic with her conviction that animals have their own wisdom, their own personalities and their own kinds of problem-solving intelligence. If she's sure that their souls are immortal and are evolving like ours, I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. But Bender does what few animal rights advocates will do: She acts as a channel, conveying the messages of animal spirits in our language. I thought the book was going to present numerous insightful observations from a lifetime of working as an animal doctor. But most of the book was channeled wisdom from animal spirits, offered as plausible advice for living our lives. If ever there was evidence for the vast role of animals in the evolution of our popular mythology, this is it.
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