If we stuff ourselves - with information, food, things, beliefs, opinions, appointments, dead-lines,… - it becomes increasingly difficult to feel and sense what IS and what wants to BE, and the perception of our own inner truth is blurred.
Photo by Gunter Hauer
In recent months I have been part of an experiment to directly communicate with whales. The intention is to signal openness to communicate and to learn how to exchange information on a conscious level.
My personal intention also is to offer to be a spokesperson (amongst many other human spokespersons) for the whales and other species so that their messages will be heard in human communities. Since long I am receiving messages that tell me about the changing Ocean habitat. Like creatures on land, the creatures in the Sea are more and more affected by the changes.
There are factors humans can’t influence in a direct way* (the changing earth magnetic field, natural features in the landscape, natural occurrences like earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.) and there are factors we can.
If we start to directly get in touch and learn how to communicate, we will get a better and clearer understanding of what other species are experiencing, of how they see the world we live in, and we will be able to address the important factors and collaboratively work towards balance.
Yesterday I got a message from some whales near Nelson (Aotearoa/New Zealand). I admit that I find it challenging to “translate” the messages into human language. I receive these messages in form of visual imagery, feelings, sensations, observations… It is like the whales (or other species) briefly “make me” experience what they experience. As soon as I try to translate this into words, I feel it's not so easy to not adding my “flavor” to it. I also find it not easy to express the imagery and perceptions I get in human language, as sometimes they are so different from how I/humans normally perceive the world and I feel there are no words that seem to adequately describe the experience. I wish I could just do what they do with me and “beam” the experience into your head/body :) I can’t do this (yet), so my "translations" will be mere approximations to what they show me…
The whales sent me pictures of how they feel. First I saw their skin and it looked “not normal” = a bit uneven, flaky, marks here and there… Suddenly, I felt their skin as if it was mine. It felt kind of itchy and “not right”. It was a feeling of uneasiness (not pain or strong itches, but just “not well”). I felt very uncomfortable. I also got the impression of an overall feeling of “unwellness”. I felt “not good in my skin” at all!
After that they showed me how underwater noise affects them. I heard high-pitched sounds, and low rumbling sounds that penetrated my body and made it vibrate internally. Some sounds were ok, others were plain unnerving and some hurt my “ears” and other parts of my body. The worst thing was that I couldn’t escape the noises. I couldn’t just switch them off (which I wanted to after a while)! It wasn’t only the loud, dominating, painful noises – it was also the “background” noises that constantly ran in the background and “blurred” my audio-receptivity. It was just too much. And it drove me nuts after a while that I couldn’t turn the noise off (me = me as human, the whales didn’t send me this feeling!).
I asked if they couldn’t avoid it somehow. They showed me images of deep waters that were calmer. Then they showed me images of shallower waters (different colors, different feeling than "the deep"). I felt the need to swim closer to the coast, to rest and relax and play – the pull of the water, the whole atmosphere in the water felt much “easier” and quite attractive nearer to the coast. There were babies and younger ones, some old ones and one adult whale that had a cut on his back near one of the flippers that was heavily infected and the whale seemed to be quite weak. I could feel a sort of relief coming from them that they didn’t have to brave deep waters. (All these words – relief, brave, easy – are my desperate attempt to translate what I feel into human language and they don't seem like a perfect fit. They feel merely like rough approximations, but I hope you can “feel between the lines” and get the message :)
The next thing they showed me, or rather made me feel, was the water temperature. It felt too warm, and I felt really uncomfortable – a bit like being in a pool, wanting to swim, but then the water is too warm to move your body… Again: I couldn’t escape that feeling. I could dive deep – away from the coast – but I always had to come back up to warmer layers. And the diving cost me energy – I could feel this very intensely in my body (I/human felt physically tired the whole afternoon after this experience). I also saw how the whole underwater environment is affected by this change in temperature (food sources, parasites, plant growths,…).
All in all, I felt the whales being alarmed and not feeling well.
It’s up to us humans to make sense of these messages: Marine biologists and other scientists could set out to verify and explore these issues in detail. There is so much we humans can do, following these guidelines, to make changes that are needed to sustain life on this planet. Let’s start addressing the issues mentioned above: water quality/pollution, noise pollution, water temperature & its effect on ocean habitat. Let’s deal with the factors that are human-created and that we can influence/change. (And yes, there are factors we cannot influence or change as said before: we can simply leave them aside :)
Animal communicators (or whatever you want to call them) could work together with and alongside other researchers to give them clues and act as direct links to the “studied objects” :) And thus accelerate the process hugely and make it more efficient.
The whales (as well as many other species) are waiting for us to get in touch and collaborate!
*From my experience, shamans and certain people can actually influence these factors as well by directly linking into the energy field and working with universal life energies. However, this takes a lot of effort and concentration and energy and, when addressing large scale issues (e.g. climate change), needs a certain critical mass of people doing it to be effective.
We tend to only spring into action when things have a "tangible" and direct effect on us. Some of us have habits that can cause harm to our body/mind/soul and affect not only us but also other bodies/minds/souls, but because we don't drop dead straight away... hey, we might get away with it?!
If young people act like this, we usually call this kind of behaviour and attitude "irresponsible", "immature", "short-sighted"... or plain stupid :) Yet, most of us do it all the time...
When "issues" arise and "symptoms" show up that could guide us to have a closer look and to bring back balance, we often choose to "take a pill" and want a "quick fix option" - or ignore them altogether.
We can take painkillers and not address the root causes of our migraine. We can give someone Ritalin to "calm people down".
However, we need to be aware that there are other choices and options as well.
Whales and dolphins often link into my consciousness, and especially during this time of the year (December-February), I am quite alert and try to be receptive for their messages. During this time, there often are mass strandings near the place I live. They happen due to various reasons - some human-related, some not. So far, people’s main strategy to deal with strandings is to get the animals back into the water. This seems the obvious thing to do, right? Interestingly enough, often whales re-strand and it sometimes even looks like "they deliberately come back to land to die".
It surprises me, that only few people seem to be interested in exploring the root causes for stranding on a deeper level. Scientists have to be very careful as they cannot “prove anything” and often are concerned about their funding and reputation. It’s also an easy way out to point at all the reasons, that we humans can NOT influence – and come to the conclusion that it has always happened, there is nothing we can do, really, and so on. There are also efforts that only come from a specific angle, e.g. keeping the whales away from certain coastal areas – which, interestingly enough, doesn’t always work. It might prevent strandings in a certain area (e.g. beepers, setting up lines to shut off challenging terrain, etc.). But whales and dolphin often re-strand or strand in other areas. The message I got from them recently (see “Talking Whale") gives us initial indicators why and points out that a more holistic approach might be needed in order to address strandings.
Unless we address and eliminate human-created factors of strandings we won’t contribute to a situation that is sustainable for the whales/ocean habitat/us humans.
Communicating with the whales gives us a clearer picture of what they are experiencing and what the underlying issues are from their perspective. Together we can then set out to find balance.
P.S.: This applies to many other areas of life as well: communication with out own body and soul, communication with our children & young people, communication with our elders, communication with people who don’t share the same language, culture, values, opinions, beliefs,… How often do we shut our communication partner down and/or impose our own solutions and worldviews onto “them” without listening deeply and trying to perceive the world through their “eyes”?
When we learn to open up, to tune into “different vibes” and to listen deeply with an open heart and open senses – to our body, our children, other cultures, other species – we will make the next evolutionary steps towards well-being and balance for all life.
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