If our planet was observed from deep space today, how would this moment in time be recorded?Would our legacy be we were predominantly aggressive and self-serving? Plundering each other, the myriads of life-forms and our beautifully balanced and fragile Planet Earth as if it and we were capable of endless self-renewal? Or would we have chosen a more enlightened, sustainable way of living, thinking and being?
Human nature seems to create a longing to be part of something greater than self. In spiritual traditions the pre-requisite for ascension of self is always to quieten the mind from its ceaseless churning and negativity. In this stillness we can achieve insight and enlightenment. So what interventions might help guide us in that direction?
One of the most life-changing and enlightening interventions I've experienced was swimming with dolphins. Opening my heart and mind in total trust as a pod of wild dolphins glided towards me, I experienced the euphoria of being surrounded by unconditional love. Being around dolphins teaches us things. It changes how we want to be in the world. In legends from many ancient civilisations these beautiful, intelligent and altruistic creatures have long been depicted as a major force for good and protection in the world – a belief still held by many indigenous cultures today.
Dolphins are telepaths, which requires the mind to be meditative – uncluttered, serene and in the moment. Our mutual abilities to transmit emotions and mind pictures telepathically creates “conversations” between dolphins and humans. Dolphins have existed on this planet virtually unchanged for millions of years. The outcomes of international studies on interspecies communication and the genetic links between dolphins and people, may provide new insights into our primordial origins and change forever how humanity perceives itself.
Dolphins appear to have achieved an enlightened state of mind. They are happy, playful, trusting, loving, compassionate, social, at one with their environment and amazingly, they seem to be self-aware! (an area of brain evolution until now considered to be exclusively human).
I believe they're gifts from the universe. They're not here just to protect us, they also need our protection. All these points are poignantly illustrated in the lovely movie currently screening called “A Dolphin Tale”.
So how do we continue to utilise this dolphin energy within ourselves and around the planet? Maybe that's one of our greatest and most urgent challenges in this year of 2012.
Clare (Claudie) Caldwell is a Creative Arts Therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is Voluntary Team Leader of Creative Therapies at Mercy Hospice Auckland, College Hill, where she has worked for the last ten years. She is also a free-lance artist.