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Kinship with All Life

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Is there a universal language of love, a "kinship with all life" that can open new horizons of experience?

Example after example in this unique classic -- from "Strongheart" the actor-dog to "Freddie" the fly -- resounds with entertaining and inspiring proof that communication with animals is a wonderful, indisputable fact. All that is required is an attitude of openness, f
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 28th 1976 by HarperOne (first published 1954)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
When I was a tiny tot we had a skunk that sometimes shared our house. Not a pet skunk, mind you, but a wild skunk with all stinkbombing apparatus intact. This skunk slept in the bottom drawer of a built-in bureau. Mr. Skunk had somehow found his way in through the walls and into that drawer. My mom let him stay. She communicated with him both verbally and mentally. Somehow she made him understand that he was welcome as long as he confined himself to that one drawer and never sprayed his scent an ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful gift I got fr Christmas from a friend. Exceptional little book about one man's ability to see universal spirit in all animals from a film star dog to a house fly. Though each essay tells a story about about happenings between him and that animal- essentially this is a spiritual book about what unites us to all living beings. It's also about communication and how we can live in harmony with other creatures by being able to share their nature instead of by dominating them. Quirky -- i ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: clare
Shelves: esoteric
A small book written in the 70s, the author is sharing stories about when he dog-sat for this Hollywood dog star and how smart this dog was and how he learned to communication with the dog. Then he goes on to make friends with and communication with Freddy the Fly...that part of the book is actually really awesome. I know, it's sound ridiculous, but it will make you take another look at insects and all living creatures.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just finished, a good book to read and a good place to start for those interested in animal communication. I recommend reading it before anything recently written.
Karen Terrell
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
J. Allen Boone's *Kinship with All Life* was thought-expanding for me. It's helped me look at all that expresses life - from skunks to bacteria - in a kinder and more thoughtful way.

Here's a passage from the book that gave me a new perspective on our relationship with animals - here Boone relates a conversation he had with one of his animal friends, "Freddie the Fly": "Unexpectedly, every question that I sent across to Freddie was followed, through the medium of these returning impressions, by
Judy Pokras
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long time ago. It's about an actor dog (one of the ones that played Lassie on television) who taught the author (a screenwriter) how to communicate spiritually with all living creatures. It's a beautiful book. Ironically, I'm someone who has never had a pet. But nevertheless, I love animals.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: up-to-2012
People consider animal sentience and rights at modest and staunch levels. This is the most ideal book for those people who would consider equal intellect among ALL mammals and animals, a surprise or stretch. It orients gradually by the story it shares: not solely of a famous German Shepard but a friendly, communicative housefly! I don't harm anything that isn't sucking blood or biting. If a moth is stuck indoors, I cover a glass with a piece of paper and help her get back outside. You would be s ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended in a post by Dr.Robert Svoboda whose Aghora triology opened me up to a whole new adventurous world out there with men and women doing stuff that can be said to be bordering on the realm of fantasy. So, I promptly ordered the book through my library and began wolfing through it. Another thing that interested me to read the book was that the blurb on Goodreads indicated that this book was about man-animal relationships. I was never really comfortable in my skin when deali ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this is simply written and humorous without being trite. It starts out about a man and a dog, and how they begin to communicate, then evolves and ends with a tale of Freddy the fly. I love it. I think it is eloquent and straightforward and has elements of mysticism without any jargon or dogma. this guy had direct experience and didn't dilute it with big words or inflate it with self importance.
Sharon Searles
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A man who doesn't know animals takes care of a movie star dog and learns to communicate with him on a deep level. Then he goes on to other species, and a general knowing of the ways of the universe. It's about animals, people, spirituality, and I've used it for practical advice to successfully ask ants to leave our home. I'm not kidding!
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“If you would understand this secret, you must first understand the distinction between training an animal and educating one. Trained animals are relatively easy to turn out. All that is required is a book of instructions, a certain amount of bluff and bluster, something to use for threatening and punishing purposes, and of course the animal. Educating an animal, on the other hand, demands keen intelligence, integrity, imagination, and the gentle touch, mentally, vocally, and physically.” 5 likes
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