One of my friends posted a clip recently of an encounter in the Antarctic between three humpback whales and a team of researchers. The whales came right to the scientists’ small boat, full of curiosity. One whale even stayed within a few meters of the boat for an hour, swimming around and under it, his huge eye looking directly at the researchers. One of the scientists explained that they all tried to be very present with the whale, and at one point she waved her arm at him to say hello. The whale then responded by waving his pectoral fin back at her.
What really resonated with me was when this researcher said, “The experience really touched our hearts. It was very hard to focus on the task at hand of conducting science for the rest of the afternoon. Everybody felt like they were floating and had a very euphoric feeling.” This is exactly how I felt when I swam with wild dolphins in the Bahamas. Every day for five days, the dolphins would approach our boat, much like the whales of Antarctica, and enthusiastically play with us when we got into the water. And making eye contact with them completely blew my mind. Total euphoria.
I felt euphoria again each time in Costa Rica when a horse picked me to be his partner for the week in the workshops I attended, knowing that each horse could choose to opt out and not pick anyone. And I remember sitting in a grassy field at the Omega Institute lost in a moment of self-doubt when a robin hopped across the grass to me and gazed up with a look of sweet support. That time it was a quiet euphoria.
I saw this Albert Einstein quote the other day: "A human being experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Whenever anyone asks me why I’m passionate about intuitive animal communication, I always say it’s because of the amazing wisdom animals share and their unconditional love and acceptance. We come into their homes (ocean, rain forest, grassy field), and they connect with us with pure open hearts. They’re naturally in tune with each other and nature all the time. They’re grounded (even in water) and are delightfully curious and welcoming. We can learn endless lessons from them about how acting like an animal can make us the best person we can be.
The other night when I went to bed, I sent an intuitive message to our kitty Calla about how I miss her snuggling with me when I sleep—in the summer, she spends her nights somewhere cooler in the apartment. The next morning, she jumped onto the bed and lay down next to me for the first time in months. It was a clear message of, “I heard you, I love you, here you go.” Unconditional love and acceptance, instant euphoria. The more we align with that the more we’ll heal the world. 🌍💜