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Dolphin represents wisdom, intelligence, and communication;
clarity, messages, and change;
freedom, truth, and magic; breath, rhythm, balance, and creation.
Dolphin speaks of the wisdom in learning to control your breath
by spouting your stress or
negative emotions as it leaves your body. That popping of the
breath forces expulsion and allows
for deep cleansing of the entire system. The playful nature
of this creature-teacher shares the
lesson that life is to be enjoyed; that you need to rise to
the surface now and then to breathe the
air and relax. The curiosity and creativity of Dolphin will
serve to encourage you to explore and
do it joyfully.
Dolphin will take you to the depths of the sea to reveal mysteries
and answers. You will come to
know altered states of reality in a soothing and healing manner.
It is the rhythm of the Water she
swims in that teaches you to ride the cosmic seas of your emotions
and know that tides that draw
the negativity from you. Her sonar is the heightened states
of psychic abilities, intuitive powers,
and spiritual enlightenment. You will learn that through breath
control you can tap into cosmic
forces beyond your current comprehension. She will show you
how to enter sacred space and the
silence of meditation so you can receive the messages of Spirit.
She can take you into states of
trance and communication where you will still yourself, instructing
you to quiet your mind's
chatter, and learn how to listen so you can receive those messages.
The changing rhythms of the sea are the dances that Dolphin
performs to each day. The agility of
this creature-teacher speaks of the ability to maneuver through
the rise and fall of life's waters
with little effort--once that rhythm is recognized and attuned
to consciously. She teaches the
internal harmony reflected through your actions bringing a sense
of balance to situations. She
urges you to recognize the patterns you encounter making the
most of them. Learning to
recognize patterns, breathe properly, and play with life are
the gifts of this teacher.
Articulating your words clearly will allow for greater communication
skills to be expressed. This
is important to Dolphin since she is a highly social animal
demonstrating that great things can be
accomplished in numbers. She brings good luck in health or success
in achieving goals. This
beneficence allows her to sense when others are in need and
come to the rescue. Highly
empathic, she will teach you that service is an honor and one
that should be genuinely offered
without strings attached. she asks nothing in return other than
the satisfaction of knowing she has
lent a hand to a given situation. Dolphin speaks of the instinctive
sense of right action that
surfaces in all of us and the need to pay attention to it.
Keynote: The Power of Breath and Sound
Cycle of Power: Year-round
The dolphin is a mammal of the sea. Many people think of dolphins
and whales as being fish, but
they aren't. They nurse and contain most of the qualities that
separate mammals from other
animal species. The largest member of the dolphin family is
the killer whale which also
embodies the quality of patience.
The fact that dolphins make their home in the sea is very significant.
many myths speak of how
life began in the primordial waters of life. Water is the symbol
of creation, passion, and even
sexuality. It is the element of all life. It is a symbol of
new dimensions and forces.
Dolphins can open new creation and dimensions to a great degree.
Water is essential to life, but
so is breath. Many techniques for breathing exist that teach
how proper use of breath can be used
to induce altered states and align oneself with new dimensions
of life. Learning techniques of
breathing can help you to become more passionate and sexual,
and to heal the body, mind, and
spirit. For example, tension and stress can be released by simply
imitating the spouting breath
that dolphin uses upon surfacing. People with lung and breathing
problems can benefit greatly by
aligning themselves with dolphin medicine.
Dolphin has a rhythm to its breathing and to its swimming. Learning
to breathe like a dolphin
can be beneficial. Breath control is the key to the power of
the dolphin. When you can align
yourself with dolphin through breathing you can have dolphin
take you to all the places and
times that existed before the great seas covered most of the
world. Dolphin can lead you to
underground caverns and the primordial beginnings of yourself.
Dolphin also has a sonar ability. It uses a series of clicks
and responds to the feedback of those
clicks as the sound reverberates. Sound, breath, and water are
all considered the sources of all
life. Sound is the creative life force. Sound came forth out
of the womb of silence and created all
things. Learning to create inner sounds so that you can create
outer manifestations is part of what
dolphin an teach.
Sound requires breath, and water is the unformed creative element
that we can shape into any
manifestation, if we know how to combine breath and sound. The
sacredness of sound and breath
has been taught in many societies. In the Babylonian cosmology,
the gods formed by the goddess
Tiamut in the waters of life did not come into being until she
called them forth.
Dolphin can show you how to enter into the waters of life and
then with breath and sound call
forth from the waters what you most need or desire. There are
breathing techniques and sounding
techniques essential to manifestation. If we don't use them
properly, we find that our prayers are
unanswered and our affirmations manifest in an obtuse manner.
Dolphin can show us how to do
it properly. (You may wish to refer to my earlier work Sacred
Sounds for further information on this.)
The dolphin was a symbol of salvation to the early Christians.
To the Greeks it was a sacred
messenger of the gods, a dynamic blessed symbol of the sea.
Because of this it was rarely killed.
The dolphin often displays an altruistic behavior. It has a
large brain and great intelligence. Even
today, rather than be wary of humans who would kill them, they
enjoy the company and their
curiosity draws them close.
If dolphin has shown up as a totem, ask yourself some important
questions. What are your words
and thoughts creating for you? If unsure, when dolphin arises,
you will soon discover. Are you
getting outside and enjoying fresh air? Are you holding in tensions?
Are others? When dolphin
shows up it is time to breathe some new life into yourself.
Get out, play, explore and most of all
Demeter, the ancient Greek goddess of fertility, chose the dolphin
as her totem animal, thus
representing her position as Mistress of the Sea. The serpent
symbolized her majesty as Mistress
of the Earth.
Since the earliest days of sea lore, dolphins have been credited
with saving the lives of
shipwrecked humans. In both old Roman and early Christian art,
the dolphin was depicted as the
guide that would bear souls of the dead across the waters to
the Blessed Isles.
For Mediterranean Christians, the dolphin, King of the Fishes,
came to represent Christ, King of
Heaven. A rather common Christian image is that of the dolphin
together with an anchor,
representing salvation firmly anchored on faith in Christ.
For the Native American tribes located on coastal regions frequented
by the dolphin, the aquatic
mammal was identified as a special messenger of the Great Mystery.
If the dolphin is your totem animal, you are allied with a spirit
helper that has come to you from
another realm of being. There is a playfulness associated with
this totem animal that can be
misleading for those who would be satisfied with superficial
teachings. Always ask this spirit
helper to take you deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the
other realm from which it
You will quite likely find that the dolphin will increase your
respect and love for all living things
and assist you in developing new levels of compassion. Be prepared
to begin looking at the
world from a very different perspective as your "dolphin
eyes" consider all beings around you as
elements in universal harmony.
*Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of the Earth:
These animals are good signs and very good powers. To see a
Porpoise near the shore is a good
sign, meaning good luck or protection is coming. The elders
who live by the ocean say, "If
someone is sick in your family, or if you are having bad luck,
or if someone is threatening you,
then go to the ocean and make prayers to the Porpoise. Tell
it what you want or need, ask it for
help. If he stands up and laughs, then dances backwards, your
wish will come true."
I have talked to older Indian men who were in the Navy during
WWII and they have told me
stories about how the Dolphins saved their lives. In one situation
a pilot was shot down and
under attack in the water by Sharks. He prayed and asked the
Great Creator for help. Shortly
after he sang his song the Dolphins came in and chased away
the Sharks. They pushed him all
the way to shore. In another story an Indian fisherman's boat
caught on fire and he had to jump
into the ocean. Once again the Sharks came in just before this
happened (a bad omen and a
forewarning); then they waited while he desperately tried to
swim to safety. He said the
Porpoises came in and formed a circle of protection around him
until another boat came up and
pulled him out of the water. For some Native tribes, it is also
a good sign to see a school of
dolphins or porpoises come by during fishing season. It means
the fish runs will be prosperous.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
According to Pliny, this creature represents the need for swift
movement with regard to a
decision or opportunity. A guide. Many fables tell of dolphins
aiding shipwrecked sailors. From
what reef is this creature offering to liberate your mind, body,
or spirit? Native American: A
messenger between the worlds, dancing above and below the waves.
The dolphin is the essence
of the Great Spirit and the wind of life itself. Breathe deeply
of its symbolic messages.
Playfulness. Dolphins speak directly to the child within and
urge it to come out more regularly.
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Sociable, articulate, progressive, scientific, detached
Magical Influences: Increase of intelligence, clarity of speech,
peace for the self and for others.
Personality: Dolphins are naturally curious beings. They want
to be fair in their dealings and
actually go out of their way to find balance. Since they are
quite social, they depend on the
company of others to make them feel complete. They usually either
come from or create large,
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
Dolphins and porpoises are a smaller species of Cetacae, an
order of aquatic mammals which
includes whales. Dolphins can be distinguished from porpoises
by the beak which projects
forward from the head. Types of dolphins are: the bottle-nosed,
the common, and the spotted.
Types of porpoises are: the common and the white-vented. The
vast majority of dolphins and
porpoises are marine animals, although there are a few living
in rivers and fresh water.
The dolphin, with its antics and friendliness, probably attracted
the attention of the first men to
sail in boats. Dolphins make a wide variety of audible sounds
and are able to communicate with
each other in this way. The common dolphin is known as the Arrow
of the Sea, sometimes
traveling at a speed of thirty knots.
The Sumerians knew of the dolphin and said it was connected
with Astarte and Istar. The ancient
Egyptians thought of this creature as a symbol of Isis. According
to classical writers, dolphins
were harnessed to sea chariots and acted as carriers to sea
deities. The ocean Nereides rode on
dolphins, and the Titaness Thetis sometimes journeyed on them
naked. Dolphins were called the
King of Fishes and the Arrow of the Sea. Their usual symbolic
meaning was power and
swiftness, but they were also considered to be guides of souls
into the Underworld.
Dolphins were sculpted on the walls of Apollo's temple at Delphi.
In his aspect of Apollo
Delphinos, this god could take the form of this creature. The
Greek word delphinos means both
dolphin and womb, and is seen in the title Delphi, or World
Center. When painted on funeral
urns, the dolphin symbolize the passing of the soul from one
world to another.
The dolphin was an emblem of Minoan sea power, so powerful in
the Mediterranean at one time.
These sea creatures even appear on Celtic coins and in their
art, usually ridden by a male figure.
For some reason, they were associated with well worship. Dolphins
were known to the coastal
Native Americans as very powerful and magickal creatures. Because
these animals breathe air,
but live in the water, they were considered to be keepers of
the sacred breath of life.
Superstitions: Dolphins will rescue drowning swimmers by pushing
them back to shore; this is
one superstition that has some truth to it. Dolphins or porpoises
swimming along with a ship or
playing in its vicinity are a prediction of good weather and
good luck on the voyage. River
dolphins cut up the belies of crocodiles with their fins.
Magickal attributes: The sea, wisdom, eloquence, freedom, magick,
change, discovery, truth,
communication, trust, balance, harmony. Create a rhythm in your
life. Learn to release intense
emotions through breathing. Water Element magick, especially
for releasing negative or
*Jamie Sams & David Carson/Medicine Cards:
Manna. Dolphin speaks to us of the breath of life, the only
thing that humans cannot go without
for more than a few minutes. We can live without water and food
for days, but oxygen is the
source of our sustenance. Within the breath we encounter the
rhythm of energy that all life emits.
In changing the rate or rhythmic texture of our breath, we can
tap into any other lifeform or
creature. This is a very easy way to connect with divine energy
coming from Great Spirit, as well
as with your own personal rhythms.
Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life, and teaches
us how to release emotions through
Dolphin breath. Dolphin creates rhythm, swimming through the
water and breathing before
submerging, then holding its breath for the duration of underwater
travel. As Dolphin comes
above water again, it blows its breath out in a manner resembling
the popping of a cork. We can
use this same technique to pull the stopper on our tensions
and create total relaxation. This is a
good exercise to use before entering the silence.
Manna is life force. Manna is present in every atom, and is
Great Spirit's essence. Dolphin
teaches us how to use life-manna through our breath. It revitalizes
each cell and organ, and
breaks the limits and dimensions of physical reality so that
we may enter the Dreamtime.
Dolphin was traveling the oceans one day as Grandmother Moon
was weaving the patterns of the
tides. Grandmother Moon asked Dolphin to learn her rhythms so
that he could open his female
side to her silvery light. Dolphin began to swim to the rhythm
of her tide weaving, and learned to
breathe in a new way. As Dolphin continued to use this new rhythm,
he entered the Dreamtime.
This reality was a new and different place from the seas he
Dolphin came to discover underwater cities in the Dreamtime,
and was given the gift of the
primordial tongue. This new language was the sound-language
that was brought by Spider from
the Great Star Nation. Dolphin learned that all communication
was pattern and rhythm, and that
the new aspect of communication was sound; he carries this original
pattern to this day. Dolphin
returned to the ocean of the Great Mother, and was sad until
Whale came by and told Dolphin
that he could return to be a messenger to the Dreamtime dwellers
anytime he felt the rhythm and
used the breath. Dolphin was given a new job. He became the
carrier of messages of our
progress. The Dreamtime dwellers were curious about the children
of Earth, and wanted us to
grow to be at one with Great Spirit. Dolphin was to be the link.
If Dolphin has appeared to you today, frothing through the waves
in your spread, you are to be a
link to some solution for the Children of the Earth. This can
be a time when you are to link with
Great Spirit and bring answers to your own questions or to those
of others. In addition, this can
mean a time of communication with the rhythms of nature. You
are put on notice to be mindful
of your body rhythms and the patterns of energy being fed to
you from the Creator. Imitate
Dolphin and ride the waves of laughter, spreading joy in the
world. Breathe and experience that
manna so freely given. Break existing barriers and connect to
the Dreamtime or Great Star
Nation. Know that we are whole in the eyes of the Ever-living
Contrary: If Dolphin appears reversed, know that you are forgetting
to breathe. You may be
under stress, and your body may need manna. You may be starving
your cells and organs no
matter how many vitamins you are taking. Your natural cycles
may be fouling up. Pay close
attention to your health and your feelings. If you are on edge
or just tense, take time to relax and
breathe the life force in your muscles. Focus on releasing old
breath at the bottom of your lungs
and refilling your respiratory system with regenerative manna.
Breathe from the diaphragm and
fill the lungs to capacity. Then exhale from the chest to the
belly, allowing your body to totally
relax as you breathe out.
Another message of contrary Dolphin is that many signals are
carried through universal tides or
waves, and you may be failing to use you sonar. To detect these
wave-patterns you may need to
realign yourself with natural rhythms within your body. Then
it is necessary to use the dolphin
breath to connect to universal awareness and signals.
Dolphin says to dive deeply into the water, to play by the coral
reefs, and to discover the beauty
of the rhythm of breath.
*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
This is a significant symbol. Dolphins are signs of unharnessed
joy, playfulness, spontaneity, and
even of spiritual enlightenment. They are superconscious, intelligent
beings who have learned to
live together in harmony and joy. Do you need to play more and
be more joyful in your life?
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Dolphin reflects spiritual companionship.
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
According to the ancients, dolphins loved music and also saved
those who had been
shipwrecked. It is generally thought among seamen a good omen
to encounter a dolphin. Should
it approach near the coast, however, it is thought a storm is
not far away. Should it go back out
towards the north, good weather is indicated; should it turn
south, the weather will be rainy and
cold. Dolphins were believed to transport on their backs the
souls of sailors who had died at sea.
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
These amusing, intelligent mammals are a sign of advancement
through your own mental vigor,
but other details of your dream should also be considered, such
as the condition of the water, the
location and/or action of the dolphin, etc.
Lesson: Unconditional Love
Wind: South ~Recalling the Child Within~
Medicine: Universal Harmony
Wisdom shines from within the tranquil pools of large dark eyes,
a Knowing that transcends the barriers
of language and differences of flesh and form.
What vast and glimmering depths do you swim,
not only of the Ocean,
but of the Soul?
May we ever know
the secrets you hold within that remarkable mind,
and reflected within your enigmatic and enchanting
And what would you tell us,
if we could learn your language,
the subtle nuances and inflections of tone and pitch?
Would you tell us that All Life is to be loved,
that no matter the ~differences~ of body,
the Soul is the Unifying thread that binds All Together?
Perhaps you would tell us to listen to our Mother,
feel her breath as the ocean surely does,
inhaling in great. deep breaths to then exhale
in crashing crescendos against sandy beaches and craggy rocks,
filling the Air with Her loving
Rhythm of Life.
May your beauty and intelligence
long grace this place we all call Home,
and may we learn to breathe as you breathe,
at one with our Mother,
learning to revel in the joy of simply ~Being.~
Healing Unconditional Love Wisdom Change
Breath of Life Universal Harmony Creativity
Compassion Spiritual Insight Joy
Recent studies are confirming what indigenous peoples have known
for centuries, that Dolphins
possess an innate healing ability. One of the most remarkable
examples of this, is the work that
is currently being done providing interaction between dolphins,
and children who are autistic or
There exists numerous programs that link children and dolphins
in a mutually stimulating
environment. When the child enters the dolphins` tank, the dolphins
are immediately drawn to
the child, surrounding that child in what can only be described
as a nurturing impulse.
Initially, it would seem that it is the youthful energy, size,
or movements of the smaller human,
that arouses the dolphin`s curiosity, yet the behavior of the
dolphins when they are with nonchallenged
children (compared to their behavior with the challenged individuals),
different. Upon many occasions, the dolphins will blast the
autistic or mentally/physically
challenged child with sonar, reading from the information that
travels back to them, that there
are special needs within the child`s small form. The result
is that the dolphins are exceptionally
gentle with these children, and will often emit gentle clicks,
squeaks, and occasional sonar blasts
in a regular pattern.
With autistic children, parents often report that their child
blossoms after "dolphin therapy,"
reaching out to the environment around them and to other family
members, where prior to the
~unconventional~ therapeutic intervention, they are unable to
facilitate interaction with their
Studies with terminally ill children who are receiving ~Dolphin
Therapy~ have shown the
Dolphins blasting cancerous cells, glands or tumors with sonar.
These children appear to
receive deep soul healing, and are often much more at peace
with their own, eventual
~transition~ as a result of their time spent with these magnificent
Is this because the Dolphin is able to communicate Soul to Soul
to these children, unconditional
love, peace and ultimately, spiritual healing? Though this may
never be gauged ~scientifically,~
the results of the studies would appear to point to the fact
that "something" truly remarkable and
healing (at least on a soul level) occurs.
***Dolphin Totem will swim beside one who has the Soul of a
Healer. The manifestation in
which the healing takes place may be physical, emotional, mental
or spiritual. Yet in whatever
form this innate ability to heal Others expresses itself, one
who has Dolphin beside him/her, will
be compelled to be of assistance to their fellow Earth dwellers.
Because of the ability and drive to Heal the wounds and suffering
of all Life, these individuals
will often be found in the professions of physician, nurse,
therapist, psychologist, energy worker,
aroma therapy/massage therapy, etc. Additionally, many involved
in healing animals (such as
veterinarians), will also have Dolphin as either Power Totem,
or Theme/Mission Totem.
Until one who swims with Dolphin discovers this inherent healing
ability, there will be a certain
loss of direction to their life, as though they are floating
aimlessly in a vast and tumultuous
ocean. However, once this ~Soul Directive~ is uncovered, recognized
and adhered to, the lost
quality to these individuals transmutes into a powerful focus
upon healing, aiding, and guiding
their fellow Earth Travelers.***
Love is thought to be one of the strongest forces of the Cosmos,
its energy capable of
transcending all barriers, both material and non-material, including
those of Life and Death
itself. Yet, what is this non-physical phenomena whose beauty
is refracted as a myriad of Rays?
And how is it experienced so clearly in the "physical realm"
when Love itself is ~Pure Energy?~
Many philosophies view Love as a multifaceted light that is
transmuted into separate Rays of
Manifesting ranging from Love of Self to Love of ALL.
The Love of ALL is the Ray that is ALL encompassing, the Sun
from whose blazing core
Unconditional Love shines forth. Unconditional Love asks nothing
in return for its radiance and
warmth, but like an infinite waterfall, flows endlessly from
an eternal/never ceasing Source. It
sets no conditions or boundaries, neither limits nor confines,
for it is simply, brilliantly . . .
While wearing the Robe of Physical Life, we may find it challenging
to express Unconditional
Love, as so much of the "human experience" is subject
to, and built upon, boundaries, limitations
and conditions. Yet it is also an integral part of our Souls
evolutionary process to learn to
operate in the Earthwalk from a standpoint of Unconditional
Love, although this will take many
lifetimes to achieve. It is the ~Christ Consciousness~ or the
~Divine Within~ that lies within ALL
of us and is expressed easily in the pure energy state of the
soul prior to, and in between,
physical incarnations, and only finds difficulty in expression
or manifestation while that energy
is encapsulated within flesh, blood and bone. We can bear witness
to how Unconditional Love
manifests itself by watching the Animals. Looking at "domesticated"
animals such as dogs and
cats, one may witness how that animal loves their human companion
regardless of their physical
looks, sexual preference or religious/ethnic or economic background,
they just love.
When we can learn this lesson from our Animal Companions, as
well as those in the wild and
how they nurture and love their own offspring, we will have
taken a large step closer to
integrating the ~Divine Within.~
***One with Dolphin as Totem will have a loving heart that is
capable of tremendous depth and
awareness. Generally speaking, these individuals will enter
their Life Path with an intuitive
grasp and ability to feel and express Unconditional Love, yet
they will encounter many situations
along their Earthwalk that will challenge this ability to operate
from the ~Christ
These challenges are of course Lessons established to test,
hone and perfect the ability to
operate from a center of love. Consequently, some may become
lost and embittered in the pain of
the difficulties faced, not yet recognizing the opportunity
for growth and increased
compassion/sensitivity for the pain of others. Instead, the
experiences may have been
internalized such that mistrust may ultimately sour the clear
waters of the soul.
If one with Dolphin soul then departs from that walk around
the Sacred Hoop not having
overcome these trials and tests, he/she will simply reincarnate
to once more face the same
challenges, until the Lessons have been truly absorbed.
Yet there is nothing more inspiring to the Human Consciousness,
or as warming to the eternal
spark of life, than to see one who has perfected this Lesson,
for these individuals will leave an
indelible impression upon the hearts and minds of ALL those
who bear witness to the Light of
Unconditional Love that shines from the center of that Soul.***
From ancient times, tales have been handed down from the Ancestors,
of Dolphins saving the
lives of two-leggeds cast adrift at sea. Many a sailor lost
in shark infested waters, has been
known to find himself surrounded by a pod of protective Dolphins,
and ultimately rescued, by
being carried safely to land.
What motivates such displays of apparent protectiveness toward
a species that has been
responsible for slaughtering hundreds of thousands of these
intelligent and wise creatures? Is it
merely chance or happenstance, or is there a deep underlying
thread of compassion that exists
within our brothers and sisters of the sea?
Certainly, to watch these beautiful mammals with physically
or mentally challenged children,
there appears to be an intrinsic tenderness and genuine compassion.
And as Dolphins are known
to have active intelligence stemming from a brain that is larger
than the human brain, with a
frontal lobe (the area of the brain attributed to deductive
reasoning, logic and possibly psychic
abilities) covering a greater area, one would gather their actions
are not only rooted in
instinctual response, but in the understanding of the challenges
their two legged companions
may be facing, and accompanying thought as to what their own
actions toward these individuals
***Like their Animal Totem, Dolphin Soul individuals will have
a deeply rooted sense of
compassion for their fellow earth travelers.
As they begin their life as a youngster, these individuals will
feel deeply for those who are
underprivileged or are otherwise in need, and the Dolphin Soul
will thus feel compelled to offer
aid in whatever form they can contribute.
While this compassion will continue through their journey around
the Sacred Hoop, these souls
must learn the distinction between compassion that can genuinely
assist another, and taking on
another`s pain for them. While the former is a true blessing
and can lead these individuals to
make a worthy contribution where there is a genuine need, they
must also experience the lessons
that come with the later . . . to realize that they are not
here to soak up ALL the worlds woes like
a ever willing sponge.
Dolphin individuals are here to provide the guidance, compassion,
love and support to their
fellow travelers, not to take another`s lessons from them. And
therein lies the greatest challenge
for these sensitive souls. Due to this challenge, these individuals
may often experience a bit of a
"Christ Complex" feeling driven to take the burden
of pain from others to save those individuals
from feeling the pain themselves. This often manifests itself
in the form of the one who swims
with Dolphin taking in partners with chemical or alcohol dependency
issues, or other
debilitating conditions, with the firm belief they can heal
that wounded soul.
Yet neither the Dolphin soul, nor the one for whom they are
absorbing the pain, is ultimately
served by such actions, as we are ALL here to walk our own Path,
and no other soul can do this
for us. Of course, this is ALL a part of the lesson for one
with Dolphin Totem, as often these
experiences end in great emotional pain which reinforces the
lesson of achieving a requisite
amount of detachment, or that one can only help another who
desires to help him/her Self.***
The Dolphin is a truly amazing mammal that dwells simultaneously
within two ~realms,~ one of
water (emotions/soul) and one of air (intelligence/mind). When
we look at creatures such as
these that have dual existence, from an Earth Medicine perspective,
it is very significant as we
consider the lessons that these Totems have to teach us.
Many creation legends hold that ALL life sprang from the Sea
and that the Ocean is our
Grandmother. Additionally, from watching Dolphin we see him/her
existing in the two
environments that we, as two-leggeds, must have in order to
survive . . . water and air.
Native Americans understand that ALL life has rhythm. The oceans
waters are the life blood of
the Mother, the incoming and receding tides her breath. By watching
Her cycles of life, death
and rebirth, we understand that everything we encounter has
a purpose, and that to live in
Rhythm and Harmony with ALL Life, is to align ourselves with
our Mother and the Divine Plan
of the ~Great Mystery.~ Thus, the breath of the dolphin, who
lives in the ocean yet must surface
for air in order to survive, teaches us the importance of this
rhythm and the necessity of breath.
***The Medicine of Dolphin Totem is Universal Harmony, thus
by observing the ebb and flow of
the Ocean tides, Dolphin Soul recognizes the rhythm of ALL Life
and may become One with
his/her environment. As mentioned earlier, Dolphin is a mammal
of two worlds one of water and
the other of air. By examining these two realms of ~Being~ a
clearer message may arrive as to
the true Role and Medicine of Dolphin Spirit.
Water is necessary for ALL life to exist. This is not only true
for we of the two-leggeds, it is also
true for our animal brothers and sisters, the plants, flowers
and Standing People (trees), indeed
ALL Life needs water in order to thrive and continue the cycle
of physical life.
Yet there is more here than the literal interpretation, as in
Earth Medicine, Water also
represents our Soul and Emotional Self. Thus, for an individual
who has Dolphin as their Totem,
a strong spiritual foundation and connection is key to their
progression along the Earthwalk, an
essential component that is as necessary to the Dolphin individual
as Water is for the physical
body to maintain Life.
Emotions will also be a very deep and a predominant feature
of the Dolphin persons Journey
along the Red Road, both in terms of experiencing and acknowledging
their emotions, and in
learning to integrate them so that they do not overwhelm. Remember,
the Dolphin must come up
for air, and herein lies the challenge, for Air in Earth Medicine
represents the Intellect or Higher
Mind. Thus, there is the need for these souls to learn an adequate
level of detachment from the
pain and suffering of others so that they will be able to assist
those in need, without being pulled
under by pain that is not their own to carry. If they do not
learn and absorb this crucial lesson,
then the Dolphin individual risks being pulled under by tumultuous
waters and drowned.
Yet once Dolphin Soul has learned the need and process of rhythm
between diving into the
depths of the spirit and emotions, and surfacing for the requisite
air (detachment), then they will
harness the Medicine of Universal Harmony, and breathe fresh
Air into the vast Waters of the
Human Experience, bringing depth, compassion and wisdom to share
Like ALL members of the Dolphin & Whale family, the Bottlenose
Dolphin is highly a intelligent
and sensitive creature, with a perception and awareness that
The care that these awesome creatures exhibit toward their offspring
and to the sick and injured
members of the pod, as well as the dedication to ALL ~pod~ members,
goes far beyond the
explanation of mere biology alone, and seems indicative of a
heightened sense of spirituality and
***For the two-legged beside whom Dolphin swims, there will
be a great deal of emotional and
~psychic~ sensitivity. These are the individuals who possess
a heightened awareness of the
suffering of Others, and will immediately sense the pain that
may lay behind the casual words
spoken or assurances that "everything is fine." Some
inner ~knowing~ within the Dolphin soul
will be triggered in those instances, a reflection of the Dolphin`s
own sonar capabilities.
Although there is a marked degree of sensitivity within the
Dolphin Soul, there also exists the
ability to draw back from actually taking on the pain and suffering
of those around them. It is an
inherent understanding that to do so, would "rob"
that one whom they desire to assist, from the
Life Lessons that soul is here to learn. Yet often this inherent
knowledge is only awakened after
some painful lessons of their own, though once the memory has
been awakened, it serves them
well in their effort and "call" to assist their fellow
From: wolfs_moon.tripod.com/dolphintotem.html (mind the pop-ups!)
If Dolphin comes to you in a dream for the 1st time and is not
hurting but charging at you, and
pushing you around in the water. What could this mean? The look
on Dolphins face was not
passive or happy but angry or determined and frustrated. Thanks
for any help.
I would take it to mean a journey to seek Dolphin out was called
for. The pushing and prodding
and an angry look....could it be you have been ignoring signs
around you regarding spiritual
development work? It sounds like a frustrated attempt to get
Thanks Cinn, I had a feeling that was it. And yea, I have been
ignoring my spiritual
development, I feel too full of emotions and trying to get through
each day and I keep putting my
nudges on the back burner. I cant concentrate and when
I try I get all tensed up and feel
suffocated. I guess maybe it Dolphin telling me to play again?
Not be so serious? I am sure there
is more, I hope I can concentrate long enough to get it LOL.
Thanks for your help.
Dragon, Journey work begins with no more effort than putting
yourself into a state of
daydreaming...let your mind wander to the ocean, imagine being
on a raft and just floating in a
calm sea. Begin breathing the sea air and centering yourself
in the rhythm. (Air) Feel the gentle
warmth of the sun soft on your skin (Fire) and look back at
the shoreline in the distance (Earth)
then imagine Dolphin swimming through the Water up to you. At
that point you can let the vision
run itself and follow along just as a daydream takes over at
times. Starting out that way you are
summoning Dolphin to you, calling it as it were, and once the
connection is made the messages
can come through. It does not have to be a complicated process.
Plus it will bring the added
bonus of relaxing you.
Cinn, Thank you for your help on this, I meditated last night
with a water dragon, it was a really
great experience, especially for one who cant usually
meditate and I met Dolphin on the way out
of the ocean. It was my 1st experience underwater, I havent
been able to do it before, I now
have a sacred place to go to, to work on my issues and its beyond
true description. I am so
grateful for it. Dolphin put his fin/flipper out towards me
and it was warm and soft, smooth......
and radiated such energy as I cant explain. I cant
wait till we journey together. He told me
when it was time we would have our meeting but the water dragon
was 1st and a bit more light
has to be illuminated on these issues before he will appear
again. I think he meant that I have to
take what I just learned and sit with it for some more to be
revealed to take the next step?
I was gifted by him and the water Dragon with a silvery blue
gem stone pendant and I have to
find it for real. I definitely am meant to have it in the physical
as well as spiritual, the pull is that
strong. I just dont know anything about gems and which
is which so I have to research colors
until I see it. Thanks for the support and info Cinn, your visual
is what helped me figure out what
meditation to go with. And the meditation went perfectly with
a reading I did the other day and
now a message passed on through Lotus, its amazing how
it is all coming together and just
when I was about to quit all things spiritual cause I was too
empty for it all. I hope to never feel
that empty again, it was frightening and more sad than I care
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