I’m really thrilled to receive feedback on my blog. The following email response all the way from South Africa took me back to a memorable experience on the coast of British Columbia in 1988 when I joined a group of friends on a trip to support Jim Nollman’s studies of interspecies communication. We had many awesome interactions with orcas that I wrote about in my book, The Tellington TTouch: Caring for Animals with Heart and Hands. It’s full of stories of my work around the world with many species.To read Michelle’s email and more about my experiences on that trip, click “more.”
Thank you for this amazing story.
I had such a feeling of love, joy and warmth when reading it and seeing your pictures.
I absolutely love dolphins and have been swimming with bottlenose dolphins in Mozambique Southern Africa since 1998.
They have changed my career for me, inspired me to be honest about my spirituality, start teaching meditation and breathing workshops and run holistic trips to see them. I have been doing so since 2004. Even though I am based in Johannesburg, I travel to the coast 3-4 times a year to see my finned friends and interact with them. They truly are the angels of the sea!
I also spent 3 months in Bermuda in 2004 working with Atlantic Bottlenose in captivity and they inspired me to look at TTouch more seriously. I have always done some form of “touches” and it all has come together for me now – thank you! I started the practitioners course here in South Africa this year October with your divine sister Robyn. I am so enjoying this journey and getting to be more of me and less of what is expected!
You can see more on my website Oceansessence.com if you are interested.
If you are coming to South Africa one day and would like to meet them, in the wild and on their terms, it would be my honor to assist you.
Blessings to you, dolphin spirit!
Jim Nollman has been known for interspecies communication for decades. He first began by playing music to turkeys, who would then respond by gobbling turkey-talk when Jim stopped playing. Jim is a prolific writer and has many fascinating tales to tell.
On the expedition I was on, Jim was recording orca/human interaction with a newly developed underwater recording device. He played his electric guitar and orcas would respond when he stopped playing. They were “jamming” together!!! Michelle’s email brought me right back to those quiet nights in the bowels of the boat listening to the magical interspecies connections. When you hear the recordings you cannot tell when the orcas are vocalizing and when Jim is playing his guitar. Had I not been sitting on the boat observing I would not have believed that an orca would answer, or could make such a sound! To learn more you can go to Jim’s website Interspecies Communicaton.org where you will find his newsletter, list of books and CDs and adventures and listen to a short orca vocalization.
I was doing a lot of journalling during that trip. We were camped right the edge of the water where orca pods were swimming by daily. One day I was kayaking with a friend and a single orca swam by us not 10 feet away and looked me straight in the eye. I had a profound feeling of connection and that evening I had a most unusual experience.
I had been writing by candlelight in my tent and suddenly heard a “whoosh” of the breath of an orca very close by. I felt as though I was being called. It was a dark night without a moon, but I went to the water’s edge only a few steps away, and an orca was swimming directly toward the shore where I was standing. The phosphorescence in the water was outlining the orca. S/he swam straight toward me and turned less than 10 feet from the shore – so close that a wave of water washed up on the shoreline. I could not help myself and as I shone my flashlight right onto the eye of the orca and I felt a deep soul connection. S/he swam along the water’s edge looking straight at me and then turned and headed out, leaving me with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
The following evening as I sat on the waters edge at sunset I wrote:
The sun sets
As the fisher flies
I sit and contemplate
The clouds in the skies.
The tides flow
The waters glow
And I know That my time here
Has brought me so near
To the orcas
And the cares
That weigh the world
Have lifted and gone.
The Heavens have opened
As we sang each song.
That “Feeling” described
By the orcas to us
Will stay with us always
And free us from fuss
Or unnecessary fears
When life gets a little heavy
Or boringly steady
Can guide us
As we walk through life
To spur us to remember
That stress and strife
Need not be on our path
We are forever free
To live as the orca
In ideal harmony.
That “feeling” is something we can experience by taking time to admire the beauty of nature that surround us when we slow down to look and listen:
admiring a flower;
acknowledging a butterfly;
delighting in the humming of a bee gathering nectar;
the voice of a soft breeze rustling leaves;
early dawn bird chatter;
leaning your back against the trunk of a tree;
meditating, praying, listening;
TTouching your dog, kitty, friend, child, partner.
I would love to hear what gives you that special “feeling” of awe, reverence, appreciation. Share your thoughts by commenting below if you will.