Also, while I originally intended to dialogue with Mother Nature alone, the story evolved to include dialogues with animals and insects. Including their communications in the book seemed natural. After all, this book is written with the purpose of helping humans understand that life as a whole and all of its parts can communicate with us, if we are open to hearing the message.
While an “earth empath” could be more generally defined as a person who intuitively senses and feels things that are physically happening within nature (feeling symptoms within the body), this term used within the subtitle of this book also relies on a slightly different interpretation. The definition of empathy, according to Wikipedia, is:
“…the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another's shoes. Simply replace the words “another person” with the words “nature and animals.” It is from this interpretation of empathy—one that emphasizes our ability to intellectually and compassionately relate to what is happening in nature—that the subtitle arose. The first part of the title arose from my dialogue with the mallard ducks in chapter one. It seemed to fit the topic of this book perfectly since it helps us to see Nature and Her creatures less as something we can rule and have dominion over, and more in terms of our being a guest in a larger universe where all living things and beings are equal.
Overall, through this “inspired writing,” I weave a story recounting one person’s endeavor to establish a dialogue with Mother Earth and Her creatures. I hope this story can inspire readers to become more open, receptive, and respectful when it comes to the magnificence of life all around us. My greatest hope is that it helps us, as “humane” beings, recognize how all that is living contains and reflects a Holy Spark.
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