Dolphins and Whales: Gateways to HealingWritten by Keith Varnum
On a cold, dark, overcast day thirty years ago, a ray of warmth and light shown into my world from a most unexpected source-the eye of a giant Humpback whale. In my young twenties and already old with disillusionment at state of world, I was trying to escape my despair by spending an afternoon at sea on a small boat. Without much hope of success, I had been asking whoever might be listening for a sign of something worth living for, some indication that there was light at end of tunnel of this struggle of a life I had been enduring. That afternoon, my prayers were answered by none less than largest living creature on face of earth.
Eye to Eye with a Whale
Lying despondent on deck of boat, disappearing into my mental malaise, I suddenly found myself staring into eye of a being size of a large office building. My gaze was locked into penetrating gaze of this mammoth animal who had surfaced from depths just enough to peer over bow of my boat right into my face. Our eyes were only three feet apart. There was no distance between our hearts. Our souls were already one. I immediately dissolved into depths of this being's essence… a vast inner sea of spacious emptiness, allowing anything and everything, embracing all that I was and so much more than I was even aware of then. My mind went silent. My inner turmoil disappeared. I entered into a sanctuary of profound, gentle union with my own self in form of a huge ocean creature.
Heart to Heart
In a very real sense, I have never left that sanctuary. I have carried with me to this day that feeling of deep, complete acceptance that I received from whale. That taste of my true natural state has inspired me ever since to search for ways to incorporate that knowing into every aspect of my life and being.
Our Kindred Spirits of Sea
The welcoming embrace of whale for me that afternoon was not an isolated incident. More and more often in last twenty years around world, whales and dolphins have been initiating contact with humans. As dolphin research expert, Timothy Wyllie, points out, "There's an awful lot of water out there… dolphins and whales don't have to interact with us if they don't want to."
My dramatic experience of wholeness and expanded awareness being with whale was also not uncommon. Most people report regaining a natural, healthy state by being in presence of dolphins and whales and being enveloped by transformative emanations from these benevolent creatures. Cetaceans, dolphins and whales, are constantly connected with universal vibrations coming from Source. Because they emit these vibrations abundantly and freely, dolphins and whales have a profound impact on humans in their vicinity. In their presence, people experience vast increases in energy, vitality and awareness on all levels, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Awake and Aware
Dolphins and whales are intelligent friends who live by expressing qualities we value--harmony, joyfulness, good health, beauty, wisdom, supple movement, grace and respect for mutuality and freedom. Dolphins and whales are at One with nature and universe. They live in a state of love that suspends judgment, anger and retaliation. Their exuberant celebration of life is a call to humanity to explore its collective potential and individual capacity for deeper compassion, more authentic self-expression and more profound spiritual unfoldment.
Expanding Our World
In addition to spirit of cooperation, peace, simplicity and love that they demonstrate, dolphins and whales teach their human friends to expand their mind, release limiting thoughts and feelings, and open to wondrous world of unknown that they are gladly revealing. Timothy Wyllie shares that "I love being with dolphins, but they are challenging companions. They teach me how to let go… how to surrender to my own fear… how to reach light by going through to other side."
Dolphin and whale interaction helps people go beyond our old limiting social and cultural beliefs and assists us to realize that we're capable of a lot more than we think we are. Their ability to use more of their physical, sensory and intelligence potentials reminds us that we can do use more of ours. For instance, humans use only a very small portion of their brain capacity. Dolphins and whales encourage people to use more of their brain by using tonal language to stimulate their brain cells, as well as cells of rest of their body.
Playing with these wondrous creatures, people find they leave behind linear belief system of three dimensional time and space, entering an altered state in which there are no time constraints and everything occurs simultaneously. Cetaceans naturally play in multiple dimensions. They are simultaneously experiencing life in ocean and life in a holographic, vibrational world of multi-level subtle realities in fourth and fifth dimensions. Swimming with dolphins and whales in their multi-dimensional universe, people easily access empowering childhood memories, enlightening past lives and exciting visions of their future.
Plants Have Souls-and Gifts for HumansWritten by Keith Varnum
Plants are intelligent forms of life who are capable of intention, preference, and a will to survive, thrive and interact. Scientific research indicates that plants communicate with insects, animals, human beings and other plants in order to keep themselves alive and safe. Evidence also reveals that plants are telling us how to achieve health and wholeness for humanity and earth herself.
Plants Are Just Like People
In research which spans more than 100 years, scientists have been documenting botanical adaptability and amazing similarities that plants have with animals and people. Studies indicate that what metaphysicians, psychics, shaman, tribal people and sensitives worldwide have been saying about plant kingdom for millennia is true: plants are intelligent beings who can communicate with us, and, we can communicate with them.
Smart Strategies for Survival
In book, "The Secret Life of Plants," authors Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird describe how plants "talk to" people and what plants "talk" about. Staying alive and safe tops list.
To protect themselves, plants have developed highly adaptive and strategic ways for living. According to authors, "Plants seem to know which ants will steal their nectar, closing when these ants are about, opening only when there is enough dew on their stems to keep ants from climbing. The more sophisticated acacia plant actually enlists protective services of certain ants which it rewards with nectar in return for ants' protection against other insects and herbivorous mammals," thus serving same function as friends and allies do in animal and human realms. Some vegetation develop a bitter taste, some ooze gummy secretions, while others grow thorns to defend themselves.
Prickles for Pussy
Once plants feel safe, however, they may drop their need for defense. In one study, a scientist wanted to determine if cacti grow needles primarily for purpose of keeping themselves from harm. Safely housed in a greenhouse, scientist talked to numerous cacti assuring them that they were protected and that he cared about them. He encouraged plants to feel even more secure by playing soothing music in greenhouse. Within several months cacti dropped all their spikes. The offspring of these bare cacti were born without needles. Defenseless within this nurturing environment, mature and new-born cacti prospered. After a period of a year of being without their protective quills, cacti suddenly began re-growing their bristles and new baby sprouts were born with needles again. After some investigation, it was discovered that a house cat had found its way into greenhouse. Suspecting that cat may be source of perceived threat to cacti causing reemergence of their means of protection, scientist blocked cat's way of entry. Once cacti sensed they were once again safe, all of cacti dropped their prickly means of defense.
You Can Hurt a Plants Feelings
Plants respond not only to insects and animals but to human emotion and intention. Plants can distinguish between people who are feel kindly towards them and people who don't, and our green friends cooperate with people they like. In one experiment a new scientist came to study some test plants. Surprisingly, these test plants which previously had been very responsive, were completely non-responsive during new scientist's tests. Investigating change in plants' response, it was discovered that new scientist incinerated his plants in his own personal research once his tests were completed. Shortly after new scientist left, plants again began registering activity and cooperating.
In another study, scientists found that vegetation reacted negatively to people who found plants unattractive, even to extent that plants would "faint." When over-stimulated by emotions, plants will "go unconscious" or numb and can stay " moody" for weeks. Scientific studies show that once plants attune themselves to a particular person, they are able to maintain a link with that person, no matter how far away. These plants register "knowing" not only when a person is returning to plants, but when person makes decision to return. Other reports show that plants respond to people talking to them in a caring, loving manner, such as asking a tree to radically change its growth direction so that it won't have to be cut, or asking weeds not to grow excessively in a vegetable garden.