The largest Brain’s, the biggest tongue and the largest body of any living creature on planet Earth and we hardly ever see them. They are rare and precious when we do. Only a very small percentage of us ever lay eyes on them or get close to whales. ~ Bryant Austin
When we awaken to the true aliveness of all life and begin to feel and notice our deep connection to ever part of it our opportunity for greater communion begins. As I opened my mind to this as a daily possibility it quickly became my new reality. Where such things that only happen in dreams or really far out sci-fi films began to be part of my everyday life nothing is to out of the question.
I love whales and I often listen to their beautiful song letting it take me deep into the other dimensions. I find they are a fascination to the soul, the way that their gentleness seems to touch so many of us even from far away. So one day when the whales called me to the sea to meet them it was an unexpected surprise. That led to a great love affair and a wonderful new understanding about myself.
I had been taking time out from my work and family life to paint my harp. Every so often I would take a weekend away to stay at a friends home in Carmel Valley were I could relax and be un-interruptedly creative. I had a vision of a mermaid on the side of my harp and was just about to start to paint her out of the wood when I got the call. I had paint on my brush, I was ready and then a voice said, stop what your doing now, you have to come to the sea.
My mind said, “What really, oh I have to stop painting but I was just about to go for it”. Then I felt ok I really have to listen to this voice…so I washed off my brush, put away my paint and jumped into my car and drove to the coast. I was being pulled to Point Lobos, a state park at the ocean. I would walk in even though it was late in the afternoon about 5:00 and the park was closing by 6:00. I had only enough time to walk in and out before the gate would close.
The guard at the gate saw me as I was walking in and said, don’t be here to long we are closing the gate soon and if you’re here after hours they will give you a ticket. I said, “Thanks, I only need a moment, I have come for some inspiration I am sure I will be out in time”.
At Point Lobo’s there is a cove called Whalers Cove where once long ago they used to pull in the whales. A small cabin built by Chinese fishermen still remains at the cove, now a cultural history museum. I felt pull toward the cove and headed that way as I walked wondering what was calling me to the sea. As I came to the lower parking lot at the edge of the sea the last diver was loading he tanks and getting into his car. I was now alone. Just the sea, and me I felt this voice tell me to go to the upper cliff over looking the cove.
As I walked to the upper cliffs I began to feel this great over whelming feeling of joy. I thought it was coming from the trees and the Earth all around me. Then I felt so full of bliss I began to sing. I started returning the feeling from my heart, giving it back in a feeling of shared over flowing joy. I saw a tree stump and decided to sit and just take in this wonderful feeling for a moment longer.
No sooner had I closed my eyes than in front of me I heard this low booming voice say, in an air of excitement. “We have come from the deep to speak with you”. Instantly in front of me there were five whales spraying in succession. One after another, I counted…wow five of you.
A beautiful pod of whales were right in front of me. So amazed I sat and closed my eyes, as a seer I see with my eyes closed and I went into the water with my sight and I saw a great big blue whale. Was this for real, blue whales are so big how could five of them fit in the cove? Was it really deep enough to hold such creatures…really?
Struggling to accept this meeting happening I turned my attention back to this large blue whale that I called, “Grandfather” with out thinking about it as if we were old friends. Then he said to me, “Do you remember this”. A moment later as I kept my eyes shut and still looking into the field around me I saw a wall of blue coming toward me…like a tsunami of blue light that you can just let wash over you. I felt the energy as it hit my body and I almost fell off my seat. I smiled and felt into the feeling and said with out hesitation…yes! Big Joy wave!
We have been waiting to see you, “he said, you need to return to were your staying and pick up that shell you found on your walk this morning.” On a walk I took that morning I had found a perfect abalone shell that fit in the palm of my hand. It was so small and beautiful…I had been told to bring it home. He gave me a few other instructions and I sat listening to his voice with a kind of wonder. Then he said in his big booming voice. “We have to return to the deep now”.
The whole time he had been talking to me all the whales had been on the surface of the water spaying. Keeping time with their breath in a constant stream of succession. Upon his announcement that they where needing to go, I realized that they all had stopped and in a final breath disappeared.
Suddenly alone again feeling this amazing flood of joy in my whole body. I jumped up and began my decent from the cliff. As I walked back toward the gate saying fair well and thanking them for the meeting I left the cove with a big smile. As I walked my mind began to do this thing that it often does when I have experienced some thing out of the ordinary. I began to question that it happened. As if I was just dreaming and might have only hoped it was blue whales, maybe they were grey whales. As I did my doubting thomas act upon my self. I just kept a quick pace, as I know my time must be up and I would be lucky to get to the gate in time.
As I looked up with a look of awh still on my face the gate’s men was just starting to pull the gate closed. When he saw me coming, we smiled at each other. I must have been glowing cause he look at me again and said, “what did you see”? I said smiling, whales. He smiled even bigger and said, Blue Whales? He had a look of excitement and anticipation on his face. I was shocked, “YES”, in awh again…how did he know. I said, they were amazing; I saw five of them, truly sweet. He said, “we have never seen this before, they have been coming here every day for the last five days”.
Now my mind had to let go of everything my world would want to say to me. Talk to whales, not possible, who can do that? No one can talk to whales. I had to understand that I had really just talked with a pod of blue whales at the edge of the sea. WOW!
When the really wonderful happens and your mind wants you to face all your questions that would other wise say to you…your nuts. You simply have to be ok being a little crazy to live in a world that can allow you to speak to all things big and small. Not everyone will understand.
My parents came for a visit some months later and they wanted to drive along the coast to taken in some of the beauty by the sea. We went to Point Lobos and since I had this amazing experience with the whales I thought I would share about it on the way. So I tell them the story. My mother was like hum, my father was like why would you need to talk to whales, if “God” wanted us to talk to whale we could all do it. Why do you need to talk to whale’s. I was about to say something, when my Mother said, well why not. That was my thought why not, if Mosses could talk to a bush why could I not be talking to a Whale?
Again watching my fathers mind struggle to accept this possibility made me reflect back to myself doubts and how easy it is to go their. I laughed inside myself to think of all the things we human beings put our selves through that limit us. How in an instant my reality had been opened up to include a deep relationship to one of the biggest creatures in our world. That I now had a grandfather friend who was big and blue who has the biggest tongue and largest brain of any other creature on the planet and I could talk to him any time from any where on the Earth from now on.
To find out how true this was I decided to put my relationship to the test? One day I was talking to an eleven-year-old young woman who had been raised by her Mother. Her father had not been ready to make the commitment that raising a child would take. He had never met her. At that moment he had made contact for the first time asking if she would be willing to meet him. They had arranged a time when he would be coming from Scotland to have a week with her. He had arranged to take her whale watching. As she told me this, I said to her. You know I have a friend in the sea, I know a grandfather blue whale. I will send him a message that you are coming and ask that he meet you so your sure to see whales.
So I called to him in my mind and sent him the message about her coming and would he come to meet them. I heard a voice say yes. So I told her I think grandfather got my message and you will see blue whales.
Well the day came and they went out on the boat. Her mother came home telling us the story of how a mother blue whale came to the boat and brought with her a baby. They came so close to the boat that they sprayed them all and she could almost reach out and touch them. The boat captain was amazed they had never seen whales come up to a boat like this before and just float along side for minutes. To me it was conformation that the blues had come to see her, as requested!
A short time later I was to meet a true lover of the whales, I became friends with Bryant Austin. Bryant had been swimming with the whales. He was taking unique pictures of them and blowing them up to life size. This was to show them to people just how big and amazing they are up close. Bryant said, think about it so few people ever in their lifetime see a blue whale up close. Because of our distance from them, he believed that we were not paying enough attention to them. They were in great danger and needed protecting. He gave me a picture of one of the blue whales he took. A truly remarkable person, I loved his sweet heart and vision for the whales. I attended his show and felt the energy of my grandfather again standing next to a large black and white life size picture. In my mind recounting the moment when I was sitting alone on the cliffs over looking whalers cove.
After I returned that day to the house I was staying at to return to painting a mermaid on my harp. I sat with the shell and was suddenly met by Grandfather again, he was big and blue and we had a very long conversation about how we knew each other. He gave me answers to some questions I had be asking myself for years and in a few moments he had showed me things about myself I had struggled to understand.
I was so touched when I returned home I found a piece of driftwood that I had pickup from one of my many walks by the sea, it looked like a blue whale complete with bailing. I had forgotten that I had painted it blue. Sitting beside my bed was this blue whale. Suddenly one thing led to another. I still have conversations with Grandfather to this day. Perhaps I always will…or have!
I invite you to open your mind in your heart to embrace all life around you each day with every breath. You never know who or what might be trying to talk to you.
“In honor of Grandfather Blue Whale, thank for the love”
Love and blessings
Kelley -Butterfly Woman
Here is a link to Bryant Austin: Studio Cosmos.
Please share and enjoy our mutual love and support for the Whales, our biggest brother’s and sisters in the sea.