Joy and Wisdom Even Within the Heart of a Storm Dark Sea

Joyous and Free…
Swift Messengers upon the Waves,
Lo, They come!
Singing of…


Blue and Silver with
foaming flowers trailing after.

“We will teach you how to navigate
the Waters of Life.
Every sound has its meaning…
Map how you move through this Life.
Feel the answer in your bones,
and along your skin…
Then you too may Dance
upon the most
Storm-tossed Waves!

Heal with Music and Sound…
Guide yourself by the echoes
from both
and Past…
for Breath is Music, a Doorway…
into the World where Dreams Abound!
With a breath,
a sound,
a song,
a sigh…
We guard that Door
and invite you through!
Soar upon the Deep Silence
and endless Transformation
of Creation…
Explore the deep Seas
of Empathy
and Wisdom
by sailing Dreams
and Vast!
We will take you to Shores
that you never Dreamt
might break in waves
over your humble Reality."

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. " Jean Houston

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” Sanskrit Proverb

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” Lin Yutang

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Mahatma Gandhi

Dolphins are Cetaceans, a group of aquatic mammals which includes Whales and Porpoises. Their young are born live underwater, and then guided to the surface by the mother and/or pod members for their first breath. They guide themselves through vast and treacherous waters by song. They leap and glide with agility and joy through the Waters, they play, they laugh and they have even learned some of our language. I’ve always wondered what we might overhear if anyone ever took the time to learn their language! This adept Teacher will help you improve communication skills whether you want to understand and communicate better with yourself,r someone else, or simply with the World and All Our Relations. This Teacher, being one of the four guardians of Dreamtime, is also a great one for Dreams, and Navigation. If you feel lost at Sea, there are few guides as adept in deep or treacherous waters as the Cetaceans!

Dolphins are gregarious, laughter loving messengers who have been noted throughout our history for their intelligence and many acts of kindness. Countless humans have been rescued from rough waters by Dolphins, and they have even been known to share their knowledge of a good school of fish with fishermen. You can’t get much friendlier than a shared lunch at Sea! Perhaps the very best time to call upon Dolphin is when we are having difficulty hearing or connecting to the heartbeat of our World which we know intuitively, even when we fight that secret tide within us. When we feel most cut off, most overwhelmed by thoughts and emotions, or out of sync with the World, loyal Dolphin will teach us how to listen to our selves, to others, and the World. Dolphin gently shows us how to navigate our lives back to where we want, and most especially, need to be.

Dolphin is especially concerned with our mental, emotional and spiritual selves. Dreamtime is the perfect way to connect to this Teacher as we are at our most receptive, and potentially our most confident, while asleep. Lucid dreaming and dream journals are especially important to those called by the deep Dreaming Cetaceans, and Dolphin often acts as the Herald of Whale, who carries all of Dolphin’s lessons plus the Wisdom of the Sea. Dolphin may even show up in our dreams as a Herald of another Teacher entirely, as a co-operative effort to get our attention more firmly focused on the message we are about to receive. If Dolphin is the wandering Bard of Life’s Waters, than Whale is the Teacher of Bards and a Master Singer in her own right.

Anyone having difficulty with their sleep patterns, in addition to any medical attention necessary, should take steps to connect to these mighty Healers. Dolphin, Whale, and the beautiful Sea Turtle are three of the most skilled Navigators, most intuitive, nurturing, and creative guides I have ever experienced. The more severe your issues with Sleep and the world of Dreams, the more likely these Teachers are to be of help to you. As always though, approach with Respect and Love when asking any of Our Relations for help. Darting gaily through our deepest inner waters, Dolphin connects us to our own Sub-conscious, latent gifts, and the laughing playfulness of our inner child.

“How blessed are those whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.” Dracula

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” Edgar Cayce

“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.” Carl Jung

Dolphins are air-breathing mammals who live entirely in water. Breath, as one may imagine, is an especially vital topic and unique experience to Cetaceans. Dolphin teaches us to access and manage different aspects of our lives through our use of Breath. Yoga, which teaches us how to breathe properly, and other vocal trainings are not only recommended by Dolphin, they are highly useful too! I am thankful that I learned Yoga and began practicing Meditation at such a young age, even though I’m not as consistent or as successful at it now as I was then. To this day, when I am at my most stressed I am likely to turn to these lessons to cope. Whether it takes the form of simply regulating ones breathing, verbal expression, singing, crying, laughing, or taking the time for good music to impact upon you, felt along the the skin as well as within the heart. All of these methods are healing, and have their time and place.

Intuition, like breathing, should be instinctive. One of the easiest, perhaps the most natural way to access or build our intuitive abilities is through Dream work. Ones approach to Dreams is going to be guided by your beliefs, but I do recommend some serious study on the matter of Dreaming in general, and specifically Lucid Dreaming, to those called by any of the Cetaceans. Any other methods of developing your intuition are going to be wholly defined by your beliefs and choices. You could try something as simple as meditating, guessing “red” or “black” with a deck of cards or similar devices, but ultimately it comes down to being centered and grounded within your self, trusting yourself, paying attention to the World around you, and learning to interpret the many signals you are bombarded with all the time.

More often than not, we need to step back from our busy schedules, and take the time to appreciate simple yet powerful things in our life like Silence, Breath and Sound. As I write this, it is a quiet rainy afternoon and no one else is home besides our three sleeping dogs. Not wanting to clutter up all that beautiful solitude even with lovely music, I took time today to just listen to a summer storm, the gentle snores of the dogs punctuated with dream noises, the interweaving of bird songs with the small daily noises of humanity, and my own breathing. I quickly grew so calm that Music was a welcome refresher! I certainly didn’t want to surrender one moment of this gorgeous heart-thumping perfection of silence and solitude for the ephemeral delights of Dreaming though. There are many times when I wish I could simply retreat into the woods for a week or two of filling my days up with appreciation for Sun, Wind, Silence and Solitude, and my nights with Dreaming, as I find it very rejuvenating.

“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.” Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” Krishnamacharya

“Oh I want life
Life wants me
To breathe in its love

Take me I’m yours
Now I’m comin’ up for air
I’m gonna live my time
For the rest of my life
Then I’ll be comin’ back for more"

“Breath of life” by Erasure

Dolphins are amazingly sensitive and intelligent creatures. There are many programs now that provide therapy time between Dolphins and certain individuals like Autistic children, Downs syndrome, depression, and cancer patients, that have met with great success. There have actually been cases too of a family with no particular issues participating in some sort of “dolphin swim” only to find that the experience brought about some pretty amazing results. I find it fascinating, for example, that Dolphins have spontaneously alerted unsuspecting people to tumors or other life-threatening medical conditions. Being masters in detection through the use of sound, Dolphins can tell if a woman is pregnant, if a bone was broken in previous years, or if a person needs special care and attention due to some other condition like arrested mental development. In fact, researchers likely do not fully understand yet all that a Dolphin “reads” from us or even affects us when we slide into the water next to them and they examine us with their echolocation organ, the melon, located within their heads. Nor are we capable, yet, of asking and communicating directly with the dolphins although it has been proven that they have a complex language of their own.

What we can do is observe and draw conclusions. When, for example, an Autistic child is put into the water with Dolphins, he or she is examined by the dolphins both physically and with their melon, and then any observer can see how gently the dolphins instantly begin to interact with the child. There are around 40 species of Dolphins alone, within the Cetacean family. Such behavior coupled with the countless accounts of spontaneous dolphin kindness, aid during dangerous conditions, and general friendliness make it impossible for me to deny their status as sentient beings.

Perhaps it is their very complexity that promotes Dolphins as symbols of freedom, creativity, the constant changes experienced throughout a lifetime, the thirst for learning, and most importantly the ability to meet adversity with a cheerful and willing heart.

Just as there is no life for us without breath, there is no spiritual evolution nor creativity without adversity. Humanity has butchered hundreds of Dolphins either purposefully or through disregard and carelessness. Yet, they do not seem to hold that against an individual in need who happens across their path. Wild or contained by human care, Dolphins are amazing Teachers with a tremendous amount of generosity and kindness. Perhaps my favorite lesson from Dolphin is deceptively simple. Dolphins show us that Life is filled with dangers and hardships, but we won’t gain any happiness by dwelling on these aspects. We must be willing to let go of our baggage and our conception of “time usefully employed”, and begin simply to accept that sometimes doing nothing but enjoying the moment we are in, engaging enthusiastically in some form of play, simply to be is all that is really required of us. No matter the severity of the hardships we are facing, when we maintain calm, happy and loving demeanor (even if we don’t particularly feel those emotions at the time) we are lessening the hardships we face, and lightening the burdens of those around us as well.

Sometimes, even though nothing tangible has been achieved, this aspect of Dolphin wisdom may be all that can carry us through the worst in life. No one can make us feel anything, good or bad, without our consent. It’s not always easy to accept this truth, but that doesn’t make it less true. When someone has wronged us, of course we are going to feel hurt and angered. That does not mean we have to act out of hurt or anger though. It is always far better to allow such destructive emotions to be expressed and then set aside before we make any decisions or take any actions. This will take time, awareness, patience, many failures and a great deal of compassion for others and for our selves. The gentle song of the Dolphin can help guide us back to a more caring and wiser course. We cannot ask for a better example to follow, than these kind finned cousins. What a marvelous World it might be when we finally begin to learn from and truly interact with All Our Relations.

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” George Bernard Shaw

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.” Pete Seeger

“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” Robert Pirsig

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability.” Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

Although Dolphins do not have any olfactory nerves or lobes and are believed to posses no sense of smell, they do have acute hearing, excellent vision, sensitive touch, streamlined bodies built for speed in water, and their ability to echo-locate to act as tools to their intellect. They are capable of learning some complex and amazing routines, and have even been known to protect human swimmers from sharks by keeping the swimmer within their circle. Social creatures, they travel in pods of up to a dozen individuals and have been known to teach their young how to use tools! Off of the coast of Australia, researchers discovered dolphins who broke off sponges and then used them to protect their snouts while they foraged for food. This knowledge was being passed from mother to daughter, and researchers are not sure yet why the males seem unable to adopt this skill. Dolphin people also tend to be sensitive, physically and metaphysically, to their surroundings. While this can be a tremendous asset, it can also drive you crazy if you don’t recognize the signals you are receiving.

For example, if a sensitive Dolphin person enters a room filled with family members who are fighting with each other, it is impossible for them not to feel all those destructive emotions whatever they might be; fear, anger, resentment, despair, etc. The trick then is to recognize that these emotions are not yours, and having achieved that awareness to then make the best decisions possible based upon sound reasoning and a compassionate heart irregardless of what others in the situation may feel, say, or do. To take it a step further, Dolphin recognizes that we are All family even if we aren’t all lucky enough to be finned and playful like the Cetaceans. To treat all the World, not just blood family nor humans alone as if they deserve consideration, respect, love and kindness is no easy task in life either. It takes a great deal of courage to be that open to the World, to potential hurt, for you cannot be an individual capable of such generous true emotion without feeling the many hurts and ills of the World around you.

More and more it seems to me that I will find myself in some odd moment gazing at a beautiful tree surrounded by concrete and electrical wires and feel genuine sorrow at its confinement, and in some cases, torment. At this moment I work in a bookstore in a mall, and each day that I work I am faced with countless innocent plants and trees that have been quite literally imprisoned in tiny containers with little care and minimal sunlight. Each day that I am faced with them, I find my heart going out to them, quietly apologizing for what my people have done to them, and wishing that I could give them more of these innocents deserve. In fact, it is often difficult for me to move through my day without noticing some source of sadness.

A neighbor who leaves their young dog out in the yard without company for hours on end and then complains when the same dog behaves wildly now that their humans have finally shown up to spend some time with the poor canine. A perfectly good patch of green and growing earth that provides homes for the many little creatures that help to make up our local ecosystem that someone suddenly decided would be the perfect place to put yet another drug store or other unnecessary construction. A child who is being reprimanded for their enthusiastic play and told to “act their age” simply because the adult has forgotten what it was like to be a child. Any time you read or watch the news, we are confronted with countless acts of violence, anger, despair, lunacy, and hate. War, murder, shootings, kidnappings, greed, corruption, rape and other such acts are daily occurrences as numberless as the stars in the night sky.

All of these are potential everyday occurrences that have, and likely will in the future, impact upon my heart like a physical blow. When a beautiful sunset is all that it takes for your eyes to well up and your heart to overflow with love for the world around you, it is inevitable that the many cruelties, great and small, of our fellow men will likewise overwhelm the generous heart. We hurt our selves, each other and the World at large in so many countless pointless ways that it is often difficult to maintain a properly balanced demeanor. Compassion, it seems to me, is nigh impossible for the weak or timid.

Someone once told me that crying is a gift and not everyone can cry. Sometimes we find ourselves crying not for our selves or even any reason that we can readily see, but for those around us who are overwhelmed. Our tears are a gift freely given to the World for all those who cannot cry, and these are the waters that feed the Tree of Life that supports us all. So, while it is important to have and express love and compassion for all things, it is also important to let those emotions go when the moment has passed. Excessive emotions, especially of the more destructive kind like sorrow or anger, will only act as poisons if we carry them with us just as surely as the toxin of a suppressed emotion that we bottle tightly within us. Dolphins live within the metaphorical sea of the World’s emotions and dreams. They know the tumultuous and unpredictable nature of their home and relations better than most. They can teach us how to navigate through it all, to keep or regain our balance and our sense of direction. We have only to be aware of the need within ourselves, and ask for help.

“O’er the glad waters of the dark blue sea, our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free, far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam. Survey our empire, and behold our home!” Lord Byron “The Corsair”

“Your people never cry enough… uncried tears remain inside you, like poison.” Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, Servant of the Empire

“It is not death that man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” Marcus Aurelius

Through her playfulness and understanding of Laughter, Dolphin also reminds us our own natural buoyancy, and shows us how to make the best use of these qualities when we need them the most. Like the scene in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Charlie and his Grandfather drink the special sodas that lift them off the ground, Dolphin reminds us that laughter is like bailing your boat when you’ve been swamped. Laughter will aid our natural buoyancy, but it is also a most powerful type of sound, like Fire. Laughter can save or ruin lives, cause wars or defuse a bully, throw us off our spiritual course, and even drag us down into the muddy waters of insanity, delusion, and destructive cynicism and bitterness. It’s all in how you use it, how carefully and thoughtfully you tend your need for Laughter.

“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I put tape on my mirrors at my house so I won’t accidentally walk through them into another dimension.” Steven Wright

“A friend of mine is into Voodoo Acupuncture. You don’t have to go. You’ll just be walking down the street and . . . ooooohhhhhh, that’s much better.” Steven Wright

“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.” Ambrose Bierce

Being able to find the humor in any situation, to blessedly be able to share this healing gift by inspiring laughter in others, and most importantly know when and how to laugh whether it is at our selves, a situation, or even another person… is a powerful tool to a long and happy life. Laughter, like other medicines, should be used liberally yet with forethought and respect. It is not a weapon, or a sign of our superiority over another. It is a gift that should always be returned to the World with Love in a natural, spontaneous and above all joyful manner.

I look at the busy people around me sometimes and wonder how many people can actually unclench from what they think of as “their life” and simply enjoy being alive? Does anyone over the age of 15 know how to play any more? Playfulness and humor, so often treated with contempt, bewilderment, exasperation, or even anger throughout the ages, are excellent qualities to have though! For example, I once had a neighbor who was telling me to be careful when I went into the park across the street because there were crazy people hanging out there. When I asked what made him say this, he told me that he saw an adult just the other day in the park by themselves who suddenly started climbing one of the trees.

I asked if they had done anything else to make him think this person was crazy or dangerous and he said, “No, wasn’t that enough?” Well, I admit I could no longer hold it in and started laughing til the tears were flowing. I asked him if he thought I was dangerous or crazy, and he immediately replied no (whatever his real thoughts may have been). I then had to explain to my neighbor that he shouldn’t jump to such conclusions and that he really didn’t have anything to worry about as I was the crazy adult who had decided to climb that tree the day before. “Why?” he asked in utter bewilderment. “Because I used to love to climb into and sit in trees as a young girl, and I hadn’t done it in years.” He never did seem to understand my answer.

Being light-hearted, spreading cheer and a playful joyous atmosphere not only keep you young and buoyant, better able to weather Life’s storms. It can also help you to understand, find and maintain a supportive “pod” of like-minded souls who will be there to lift you towards a much needed breath when one of those many storms threatens to overwhelm you. While individuals, Dolphins are certainly co-operative creatures, like many Creature Teachers. Of course, being a playful and light-hearted individual, I also realize that this “bizarre” behavior can actually evoke confusion, fear and deep distrust of my sanity from other individuals. More is the pity for them! They have no idea all the fun that they are missing!

If you want to be able to float through life in a carefree manner, you must be able to surrender yourself to the rough waters of life with the utter certainty that all will be exactly as it should in time. It takes a lot of patience, faith, and bravery to maintain a heart light enough to not only see you through those mighty storms, but to help carry others to safer shores as well! Balanced Dolphin people strive to maintain this lightness of being and tend to be very thoughtful, kind and caring souls. Often times, the great love and kindness that Whale and Dolphin people hold within them comes as a surprise to the many people who view Laughter and Playfulness suspiciously or unwisely. Put simply, people who seem to laugh and play all the time are thought to be childish, selfish, possessing some hidden motive, or crazy! Mary Poppins for example, was perfectly willing to have a good laugh or a tea party on the ceiling, but she also understood the importance of everything in moderation, which means a time for serious thought and behavior too. Practically perfect creature that she is, she enjoys her laughter, but never uses it to create a spectacle, or hurt someone!

“Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine, and valleys of frustration and failure.” ~Calvin & Hobbes

There is a fine line between, well apparently a lot of things in life, but I’m thinking specifically of laughter and insanity right now. Unbalanced Dolphin people are likely to be excessive. Too emotional, too playful, too imaginative, too gregarious, too creative, etc etc. Balance is a very important thing to sensitive Dolphins. Unbalanced Dolphin people may be delusional, loosing all sense of reality and truth. They might even invert the typical Dolphin nature and become cruel, surly, uncommunicative, controlling, choosing on some level to remain blind to the needs of others and act instead in a purely selfish, foolish, and intensely disharmonious or even sociopathic (without conscience) manner.

I believe it is more likely though that unbalanced Dolphins would suffer from a deluge of confusion, doubt, fear, or emotion. I know many people feel so flooded by the destructive attitudes and actions so common today that a majority of people have gone numb and apathetic in simple self-defense. This is a downward destructive spiral though, one step away from abandoning all sense of hope. Without hope, how could we possibly overcome any adversity? When even the smallest upset seems insurmountable, or we can’t seem to summon up the desire to care about an issue that we know we should be intensely concerned about these are sure signs that we are out of balance somewhere. Fish and Squid make up the bulk of a typical dolphin diet although this can vary from species to species. As always when studying Totems, one should study both the specific animal, say Bottle-nosed Dolphin in this case, as well as examining the rest of the species (Cetaceans in general) and their as balancing energies. Likewise, Killer Whales and Sharks are the main natural predators of most dolphins and should also be studied as balancing energies for Dolphin Totem.

“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” Doug Floyd

Perhaps the most common mistakes made by any people are simple errors in perception. The easiest lies are always the ones we tell ourselves. People can literally not see the truth right before their eyes because they have convinced themselves internally that the truth is actually something else entirely. For example, many people who have experienced abusive relationships know that the abuse and control tactics typically start out small. During this “honeymoon” period, the abused often convinces themselves that their beloved is “having a hard time” and mistakenly taking out their frustrations. The abused will most often convince themselves too that “if only I had done/not done _____, then he/she wouldn’t have gotten angry.” The truth is that whatever is causing the abuser to behave that way, they are behaving in a dishonorable and destructive manner, quite literally malfunctioning. The truth is that remaining in an abusive relationship is contributing to this malfunction and quite likely engendering more malfunctions until catastrophe results.

No one ever really wants to think of themselves as wrong, bad, or “evil”, and we will perform some amazing acrobatics to avoid the truth. We can convince ourselves of anything, often times out of a misguided sense of love or compassion too. I once had someone in my life that I considered to be a good friend, compassionate, well-reasoning, generous and loyal. It took a lot for me to realize that this person that I loved like a cherished sister…did not really exist. Anyone can say that they have compassion for others, but when I saw this woman repeatedly asking others to put themselves out for her benefit and refusing to help anyone else I saw the truth of “actions speak louder than words.” This was the first step towards my own realization of how I had deluded myself through misguided feelings of love, forgiveness and concern.

“There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.” Oscar Wilde

“We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.” Philip F. Bernstein

There was a third individual that we both became acquainted with during this period of my life. I looked at this woman and saw someone heavily burdened by the responsibility of three young children at far too young an age. I saw someone who was often emotionally out of control, wildly confused, and utterly desperate for rest, attention, appreciation, and help. I saw many potential signs of spousal abuse and suspected that this woman needed someone in her life to be stable, steady, and compassionate. The woman I cherished as a sister saw someone who “didn’t take care of herself”, who “had no control over her emotions”, someone who was angry all the time, a person who would verbally lash out unexpectedly, someone whose blunt truthfulness was offensive, a crazy person, someone whose needs were an inconvenience to her own desires, and someone who was a potential threat to our friendship simply because I chose to be supportive, understanding, and most importantly available to this troubled individual.

There were many other issues that complicated the situation, but this was the beginning of the end of a twenty year friendship for me. This was, and still is, beyond difficult and incredibly painful to me. I fought the truth, made exceptions and excuses, drained myself of love and compassion, and nearly drove myself crazy trying to twist away from the truths being unveiled to me. It could not have changed the outcome if I had accepted the Truth earlier, but it would have made my own transition a lot less painful I’m sure. For perhaps a whole year I struggled with severe frustration, depression, anxiety and flashes of amazing rage. No matter what I said or did, I could not break through and reach this other person on really any level at all. I can say without doubt that this was one of the most difficult times in my life, and it will likely take me awhile longer before I’m truly free of the hurts that accompanied this experience.

I could have easily made myself a martyr in this situation too. Praising my own efforts and condemning my former friend’s perception. I struggle to this day to simply look at the truth of what was, to accept it as it is, to focus on all that I have learned from this experience, find the humor in it and simply let it go. During this transition from delusion to truth, I was not always successful in directing myself in a good way. A great deal of anger, resentment, hurt, and bitterness had to be bled off before I could find my center again, and it still throws me off balance some days.

At this time, that former friend still occasionally tries to contact me and revive our friendship. I have told her simply that we cannot revive something that never was and that I choose not to keep alive the “happy” memories of this friendship that was a lie, although I wish her well. I hope someday she too can see the Truth, and accept it for what it is instead of continuing to deny it or attempt to blame it on someone else. We are all imperfect creatures and even when we strive for awareness and higher purpose, we make mistakes. I am learning to accept this Truth as gracefully as possible. Accept that I made mistakes, learn from them, and move on, hopefully, a little wiser for the wear without the weights of pride or blame.

Part of this is accepting too that I cannot help someone who does not think that they have a problem (even myself!), but a larger part is accepting that every time I open myself up as a friend to someone, I will risk this same hurt once more. I don’t believe that I will ever again be hurt as deeply as this particular experience, but I don’t believe that it would serve any good purpose to never again risk this kind of pain by simply cutting myself off from people in general. Believe me, the thought most definitely crossed my mind and for a good two weeks I honestly believed that I would be better off living my life as much as possible as a hermit! In the end, my love for the World would not be denied, even by myself, and I slowly began opening myself up to the World again. Yes, the easiest lies are those we tell ourselves and no one is quite as capable of deceiving us as we are of leading ourselves astray.

“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.” Mary Wollstonecraft

“Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants won’t help.” Calvin & Hobbes

“To activate DNA and stimulate healing on the cellular level, one can simply use our species’ supreme expression of creative consciousness: words. While Western researchers clumsily cut and splice genes, Gariaev’s team developed sophisticated devices capable of influencing cellular metabolism through sound and light waves keyed to human language frequencies. Using this method, Gariaev proved that chromosomes damaged by X-rays, for instance, can be repaired. Moreover, this was accomplished noninvasively by simply applying vibration and language, or sound combined with intention, or words, to DNA.” Sol Luckman "Conscious Healing:Book One on the Regenetics Method

After laughter, one of the most creative, expressive and healing forms of sound available to us is Music. Whale is the Master Singer whose song can be heard for miles. Increasing noise pollution interfers greatly, but at one time the Blue Whale’s song could travel from one pole to the other clearly! Dolphin is often a patron of artists, especially musicians and singers, but it is Whale who is the undisputed Master of Sound. We’ll explore in the healing and creative qualities of sound and music in greater depth when we speak of Whale totem, but it is equally worthy of mentioning it here with Dolphin.

Music is a highly creative and expressive form of art. When all else fails me, the two things that seem capable of pulling me back from the brink are the endless Beauty of our world, and the amazing healing powers of Music. Music can help us purge every destructive emotion ,and it can help us express those powerful constructive emotions that also flood our lives. Don McLean asked us in the song American Pie “Can music save your mortal soul?” and I would have to answer a resounding, “Yes!”

One of the most healing experiences I have had was throwing myself whole-heartedly into Music and using it to both express and purge emotions that were tearing me apart. I realized that the way of the hermit, appealing as it may be, was not really the path I wanted to walk. Not long after this realization, I attended my first concert, the 11th annual Ozzfest. I have never considered myself particularly “in to” Heavy Metal music, but I have always found something to enjoy in just about every kind of music out there and Heavy Metal is no exception.

Even my great love of music though, in no way prepared me for its tremendous power and healing abilities. Standing amid a crowd of hundreds being physically impacted by music at such volumes that you can feel it shaking you from the inside out was an astounding experience. I felt the crowd feeding its wild emotive energy to the musicians who in turn absorbed it and fed it back to us in the form of music. When we surrender to Music, it frees us to be utterly creatively uniquely ourselves. Like the song of the ever-singing Sea that supports the life of Dolphin, Music is the sea that supports, nurtures, and cleanses us in our greatest need. Music speaks to us on an individual level, draws out our most hidden thoughts and emotions, and heals us in ways that it is impossible to describe. I can only assume that Laughter, equally as healing, came first, but these two powerful forms of Sound have been helping humanity since time immemorial.

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” Angela Monet

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ad for Apple Computer

“No doctor is capable of healing the intense pain that only music can soothe.” Stella Rambisi Chiweshe

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” Frederick Delius

Healing, Change, Unconditional Love and Universal Harmony, Wisdom, Creativity, Compassion, Sensitivity, Spiritual Insight, Balance, Freedom, the importance of Sound and the expression of Joy are all Dolphin lessons. These fascinating Creature Teachers have a truly astounding wealth of wisdom to impart to us. Dolphins and Whales were one of the first Creature Teachers that captivated me, and I continue to learn from them in unexpected ways as the years pass. Dolphins appear in our literature, films, and other cultural expressions. My particular favorite is Diane Duane’s marvelous book, Deep Wizardry, and I highly recommend it as an excellent way to stir your own connections to the Sea, Dolphins, Whales, and Sharks. I hope someday to experience swimming with the Dolphins myself, but I cannot recommend connecting to these Teachers too often, however you can and in whatever way available to you. How does Dolphin appear in your life?

“The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.” Tom Clancy

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” Calvin and Hobbes

“You may seek companionship and warmth, for example, but if your unconscious intention is to keep people at a distance, the experiences of separation and pain will surface again and again until you come to understand that you, yourself, are creating them. Eventually, you will choose to create harmony and love. You will choose to draw to you the highest-frequency currents that each situation has to offer. Eventually, you will come to understanding that love heals everything, and love is all there is.

The journey may take many lifetimes, but you will complete it. It is impossible not to complete it. It is not a question of if but of when. Every situation that you create serves this purpose. Every experience that you encounter serves this purpose. " Gary Zukav “The Seat of the Soul”

Key Concepts: Soul, Navigation/Exploration/Travel, Dreamtime – specifically reaching Dreamtime through meditative breathing, Healing, Compassion/Universal Love, Wisdom/Knowledge/Spiritual Insight, Song/Music/Sound especially as a healing force, Freedom, Breath of Life, Sensitivity, Creation/Creativity, Harmony, Balance, Communication, Trust in Creator, Fellowship, Fortune, Resurrection, Guidance, Leadership, Fertility/Sexuality, Two-spirited wisdom/Duality, Weather wisdom, Transcendence

Associated With: Neptune/Poseidon , Mannon Mac Lir, Lir, Delphin, Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros/Cupid, Nehalennia, Cernunnos, Astarte, Ishtar, Isis, Epona, Minerva, Dionysus/Bacchus, lunar and solar energies, male and female energies

Potential Balancing Energies: Fish like Mackerel or Salmon , Water , Whales, Sharks, Kelp, Krill, Crustaceans like Shrimp, Seastars ,Squids, Otters , Seals, Mollusks like Oyster , Horse , Deer , Bison/Buffalo , Cattle, Birds like Swan , Hummingbird, Pelican or Seagull, Delphinius star group, Sea Turtle , Trees like Pine , Cottonwood or Willow , stones like Larimar, Aquamarine, Dalmatian Jasper, or Pearl

Joy and Wisdom Even Within the Heart of a Storm Dark Sea

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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Each Who Sings Now? poem is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; tree, stone, animal, plant, etc. All Our Relations are still willing to teach anyone willing to gratefully listen. Nothing is ever truly lost as long as there is still someone willing to look for it. Can you guess who is singing?

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