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The Unicorn Whisperer Paperback – December 7, 2010
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The beautiful Princess Ipona decides to become a healer like her Aunt Gianna and sneaks out of the castle on a Soul Quest, or Healer's Journey that will not only transform her into her desired profession but in fact heal herself in the process. There are many important "lessons in life" embedded within the stories narrative offered by the author. Some of my favorites are;
1-The importance of accepting and embracing uncertainty,
2-Understanding the reciprocal nature of giving and receiving,
3-Realizing things are not always what they appear to be,
4-And the need to banish worry from one's thinking. I love the way Jerri Lincoln puts it, "Worrying is like praying for something bad to happen." Definitely an immensely important lesson we all need to remember.
So I guess the question is whether `The Unicorn Whisperer' is merely a children's fable for the lover of princesses and unicorns or a simple, approachable allegory designed to encourage both child and adult to reexamine one's assumptions and fears and open oneself up to new, positive ways of thinking and perceiving the wondrous world around us? I think it's the second one.
Afterthought: By the way, the story comes to a rather abrupt end. Things are left up in the air, some questions remain unanswered. Not at all the "happily ever after" ending you expect from the usual fairy tale. Maybe that's just the authors way of setting up for a sequel, or maybe it's because real life is a continuum where unanswered questions and loose ends are an ever present aspect of the journey.
The King (Daddy) has selected a husband for his daughter, the independent and rebellious Princess Ipona, but the Princess will have NONE OF THAT! She wants to select her own special someone, and wants LOVE to be a part of the picture. Daddy is insistent, so the Princess runs to Herbalist and Healer Aunt Gianna for help. With Gianna's help, Ipona sneaks off in the night to begin a spiritual journey to become a Healer too, and love can wait until SHE is ready. Before Ipona leaves on the back of her favorite horse "Whisper," Gianna explains that on the journey to become a Healer, she must do 3 things. She must: 1) Give a gift, 2) Accept a gift, and 3) Must heal something.
Very quickly into the journey, Ipona learns that Whisper is a Unicorn and he can speak to her through thoughts. As trusted friends, they travel through a series of learning experiences together, which include letting your heart guide you, helping folks, giving and accepting.
This is certainly a book that any Reiki healer would appreciate. It is a nice story, full of the wisdom of the ancient Masters. Quotes like, "Worrying is like praying for something bad to happen" and "Gratitude feeds the soul" are embedded in the story. It is an enjoyable, entertaining, and fairly quick read. It is a wonderful story to read a child before someone tries to stifle his/her imagination.
The story ends a bit abruptly, allowing the reader to piece together what happens next. (It seems pretty obvious.) Actually, if you are reading it to a child, you could certainly ask them open-ended questions to stretch their thinking a bit. (What do you think that means? Will Ipona . . . etc.). This book would also be enjoyable for a child to read to herself (especially a girl).
Heck, even I enjoyed reading it and I am just a big child myself--actually a child who used to ride Pegasus into the Valley of the Unicorns quite often, in my dreams of course :-). Namaste'
Ipona's father wants her to marry the man of his choosing but fortunately she has an aunt who helps her escape from the castle. Instead of marriage, Ipona goes on a healer's journey where she must heal someone, give someone a gift and receive a gift. This all happens quickly as the story is very short. Still it is interesting to note all the connections between the characters. This story has a wise talking unicorn which makes it interesting. This story is innocent enough to read to children and profound enough to cause adults to think about the lessons presented.
~The Rebecca Review