It seems like only yesterday that I found myself suddenly awake in my wonderful home atop Palomar Mountain in Southern California … a beautiful sacred mountain just east of San Diego. It was 4 am precisely and there were words screaming to be written down about healing the water and connecting to dolphins and whales. It was 1998.
I knew how important it was to capture the words on paper whenever they “come in” that way … so I got out of bed, found my pad and pen, and began to write. What started as a few thoughts quickly flowed into a powerful, transformational healing meditation for all the water on the planet, as well as dolphins, whales, and all the people who participated.
Dolphin and whales had already had an extraordinary impact on my life.
Overwhelming stress from my job as an engineer and manager in pharmaceuticals manufacturing caused me to open up what seemed a Pandora’s box of unhealed emotional wounds … including suddenly remembering I’d been raped in my late teens and had completely surpressed the memory. After making a few visits to a psychotherapist to help deal with all that, I quickly turned to meditation and alternative healing for support. As soon as I learned to meditate, I surprisingly and delightfully began to see, sense, and feel myself surrounded by dolphins. Along with seeing and feeling them, I was being completely engulfed in a tsunami of transformational healing energy from these dolphin beings I later came to call dolphin-angels. From that moment forward, each time I closed my eyes to do a guided meditation, the dolphin-angels would show up along with their powerful healing energy.
This had been going on for a year or two when I was guided (had an inner absolute knowing) that I was to attend Stuart Wilde’s 8-Day Warriors in the Mist training in the mountains of New Mexico. Stuart had become my Metaphysical Mentor. I’d read all his books and listened to his various audios countless times. At the Mist training, I met a woman from the San Juan Islands off Washington State who was hoping to start a non-profit for dolphins and whales.
She shared with me the story of Lolita … a magnificent orca from the San Juans who had been captured 1970 somewhere between the ages of 4 and 6 (reports differ), separated from her mom and family, hauled out of the water in a sling, placed on a truck and transported to SeaAquarium Miami where she remains enslaved to this day. The story touched me on such a deep level I hardly have words.
Before long I’d left my job at the pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania and moved to the San Juans to live near Lolita’s family and co-found the non-profit for dolphins and whales with the woman mentioned previously. We traveled to Miami and I got to meet Lolita.
I had quite an encounter with her 20+ years ago when I went to visit. We were the first in line and ran up the entrance to stand next to her tank until it was time for her show to start. She came over to us and just stared. She never left, she never swam around. She ducked her head underwater a few times to get it wet and then came right back up to stare at us some more. Even the trainers noticed this odd behavior. The whole time she was performing, the trainers were pointing in our direction wondering who the heck we were and why she was behaving the way she was. She and I are deeply connected – truly like sisters – and I promised her that day that I would continue to share her story and to do whatever I could to help her become free and return to her family.
So being called upon to help the oceans and other dolphins and whales made total sense.
The “need” to get as many people involved as possible to do the meditation simultaneously at Equinox was something I knew I was being prompted to do. I contacted several people and organizations that promoted global events including Barbara Wolf who had a mailing list for people who did global meditations. When I shared with her about the meditation I’d “received,” she suggested I contact David J. Adams in Australia and she gave me his email address.
I find it deLightful how amazing events unfold, synchronicities occur, and wonderful people show up in your life when you follow inner guidance. Following the intuitive nudge to contact Barbara and then listening to her advice about contacting David has resulted in a 20-year (and still going) collaboration with this extraordinary man in Australia that to this day I’ve never met in person.
When I shared with him the meditation I’d received, he responded by sharing the one he had received 6 years prior (in 1992) called the Global Marine Meditation. As I read the words he had received, I was overwhelmed by how similar they were to the words I had “downloaded” from the Universe only a few days before. Here I was a female in North America getting information about water healing and a man across the globe in Australia had received almost identical words 6 years earlier. Discovering you are communicating with someone who is “tuned to” the same cosmic channel you are is a profound realization.
We immediately decided to “team up” and have been co-leading the meditations ever since.
Every year the frequencies rise and the energy coming through David and I and many others increases.
We invite you to join in for the Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing and the Global Marine Meditation. As you read out loud or listen to the words, you will experience these vibrations on every level of your being. And you will add voice, intention, and healing energy to the focus of healing the waters of planet earth.
Bring your love, your joy, your intention, your desire to be of service and
Join this Equinox, March 20th for the
20th Annual Global Meditations for the water and the cetaceans!
Visit this link (http://www.dolphinempowerment.com/cetaceanmed.htm) for more information and to download an audio of the Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing recorded in my voice encoded with healing energies for you to enjoy and utilize as you participate on that day or at any time with the meditations.
As David always says:
“Sending Oceans of Love and Love of the Oceans”
Thank you Jean-Luc Bozzoli for this extraordindary image which he donated for the 20th anniversary. His website is https://www.eyewithin.com/
I can’t see a dolphin in a tank or a pen, even in a picture, without shedding a few tears. I have been shown again and again that their freedom represents our own freedom. I long so deeply for humanity to wake up and be free of their own limitations, fears, beliefs, judgments, expectations, mistreatment of others and themselves (their self-imposed net or tank).
We have a choice to break out of our mental and emotional prisons.
They do not have a choice to jump out of their tank – although recently some have jumped out of the tank and some have escaped the net. If they wanted to be there, I don’t think they would do either thing. If a dolphin would rather jump out and die on the sidewalk than be stuck in a tank, I think it’s obvious that that dolphin is not choosing captivity.
The reason I feel the way I feel about wild dolphins vs. captivity …
Have you ever lived near a pod? Like neighbors, two or three times a week you see them around town (various locations just off shore of the little island you live on). They are your neighbors. You know them all by name. You recognize their saddle patch and their dorsal fin. When you see them, you get very excited and wave, saying hello to whomever it is. They leave sometimes (migrate) and you miss them terribly.
As soon as anyone on the island sees the first one return, they call and tell someone who tells someone else and it continues basically until everyone on the island knows that our neighbors the orca family have returned. There is great rejoicing. It gets announced over the radio, talked about on FB and on the internet. Everyone there loves the whales. Most of them have boats and they go out to see them. You feel great joy at their return.
You get excited and send loving congratulations to them when you hear someone has returned with a new baby. They are your friends. They become like family. You have a resonance, rapport, and love for certain ones that is as deep and meaningful as the fondness I have for a few of my most precious friends.
When one of them dies, you feel a great sense of loss and you send condolences mentally and through prayer to the family. The orcas are matriarchal and never leave their mother their whole life. They remain with mom even after they give birth. So now the baby is also part of that family. Their life expectancy is similar to ours. So a 3-year-old is very much like a 3-year-old human child. A 6-year-old is very much like a 6-year-old human child. Now in physical maturity and ability to have offspring, those probably don’t apply. But you still consider them the same as human children.
Hearing Lolita’s story changed my life. I literally left a high-paying corporate job to move to the San Juans to start a non-profit to assist in her return. Watching her capture scene broke my heart. When I met her, I felt as if she was literally my sister – in the truest sense of the word. I long for her presence and I cry for her situation. I know her and I know her mother. I know her whole family. For me, hearing what happened to her, the horrors of how she was captured, I try to imagine what it must have been like for the whales. That’s what they call orcas in the Northwest. And yes, I do realize that’s me projecting human emotions onto sentient animals.
I own stills and video of her capture. I’ve heard the man speak who put her in the sling. He was never the same and is an adamant objector to captivity. As he tells is, they used boats and explosives to round them all up into a sea pen. They were under great distress. The captors separated Lolita out and got her away from her mother and family. They forced her into a sling and they removed her from the water to haul her away never to return. John Crowe, the 18-year-old diver who was hired to help, said as he maneuvered her into the sling that all the orcas were screaming and they even lined up together and screamed together. He said the sound was deafening. And then, as soon as Lolita was lifted out of the water, the screaming instantly stopped, there was a profound and haunting silence. He found it completely overwhelming. He still gets tears in his eyes all these years later when he tells the story.
Since they are like my best friends and neighbors, I liken it to a group of guys showing up at your neighbors house, setting off bombs, shooting bullets all over the place and then stealing the 6-year old daughter. Thinking about what it would have been like to have that trauma and have my 6-year old child stolen makes me weep.
I developed such a rapport with the orcas that I could literally feel when they were present. I would be on the east side of the island and suddenly “know” the orcas were nearby. I’d speed across the island to the west side, park quickly, and scamper to the top of a hill. As soon as I sat down, the first fin would break through the water. And then for the next 30 minutes I would watch the family go past.
They are my kin. I love them to the depth of me. And capturing them and putting them in a tank simply is unbearable from that perspective. Tanks and nets for dolphins are the same as slavery and prison for humans in my book. Thinking that just because a dolphin was born in captivity “so it’s O.K.” is like saying “this child was born into slavery, so the child is not really a slave.”
May you have a truly blessed day,
Image by http://www.freemorgan.org/
Wednesday, September 23rd, 8 p.m. Wherever you Are
Fall is the time we harvest the fruits of our labor. It is the height of receiving and manifesting of those projects that we’ve planted and cared for within our lives. I am certainly harvesting a bountiful amount of things because of seeds I planted and connections I’ve made over the years.
The more clear you become and the more in tune you are with your inner knowing, the more the seeds you’ve planted pay off. There are many factors involved of course. Divine timing will always direct what happens and when – no matter how hard you work towards something. If it is not in your highest (soul’s) interest to bring it forth at the time you desire, then no amount of effort will force it to happen. Or if it does happen, the result will not be what you were hoping for.Another factor is how healed and whole you have become in not just this tangible, physical experience, but in all realities, lifetimes, and dimensions. Many of my products and programs are designed to assist you in doing that.Fall (Spring) Equinox is a time of perfect balance – day and night are equal. It is the halfway point between Summer and Winter Solstice – the extremes of night and daylight available. With balance comes a still place within. We begin to turn inward, to reflect. For me, it is always a time I feel a great deal of gratitude.
I feel extremely grateful for having been “called” by the dolphins to share their loving, healing, nurturing, empowering, enlightening energies and information with the world. I am deeply blessed by my connection with dolphins, orcas, whales, and the ocean.
Every Spring and Fall Equinox, with the Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing, I assist others in developing their own connection with dolphins and whales, or deepening the one they already have.
I knew it was going to be really hard to watch this video … but I did not anticipate the uncontrollable tears that seeing her from this perspective would bring. You probably won’t have the same reaction … I explain below why I did.
For those of you who are not familiar with my story … Back in 1995 or so I heard about Lolita. I was having a really rough time at work, the stress was much to much for me being a front line supervisor and engineer in a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. A woman from the San Juans was putting together a compilation CD with big name stars like Olivia Newton-John (who loves cetaceans) to raise awareness and money about Lolita’s situation, to potentially get her released, transported to a sea pen back “home” near the San Juan Islands off Washington State, and retrained to wild (and free) if at all possible.
Dolphins had already begun to “come to me” in meditation. I was seeing and sensing their presence practically every time I closed my eyes. Soon after hearing her story and deepening my friendship with this woman, I began “feeling/sensing” Lolita’s presence. I mustered up the courage to leave the security of that high paying job and I moved to the San Juans.
Together, this woman and I set up a non-profit and continued with the compilation CD project. We decided that visiting Lolita was important. We hopped on a plane to Miami. We were the first ones in line to see her show. When they opened the gate, allowing us to all file in and find a seat, we literally sprinted up the sidewalk to her talk. Just as in this video, you can stand right next to her.
Unlike this video, Lolita came over to us … and she never left. She literally came to the side of the tank where we were and just stayed there. She stared right at us. Periodically she would dip her head under the water, but then she would come right back up and stare some more. I could have literally stretched out my arm and touched her. We didn’t dare though, because we thought they would have kicked us out of the show. My heart was exploding with love for this animal.
I have no idea how long this went on … it was a VERY long time. The trainers were all staring at us … this was obviously not “normal” behavior for her. She knew us and we knew her on some level. We had just left her home waters and family in the Northwest. And I had been feeling her presence for a few months before the meeting. Even during the performance, Lolita must have been behaving unusually because throughout the show the trainers continued to stare and point at us.
When we met, she felt very much to me like a long lost sister I never knew I a had.
While we stood there staring at one another, I made a promise to Lolita to continue to tell her story and the story of all the other cetaceans in captivity. The co-founder of the organization is now dead. I feel compelled to continue this quest … one that may never find resolution with her gaining freedom … for as long as she is in captivity.
I know within my very bones that as long as we hold captive these magnificent creatures, we ourselves will remain in our own self-imposed emotional / mental prisons. We can never be truly free ourselves as long as we subjugate and mistreat others.
Seeing this video, from the perspective of standing there by Lolita’s tank, brought back all those memories flooding in. I felt as if it was that day oh so long ago when I was standing there staring into her eye, watching her dip her head in the water and then come back up to “commune” with me once more.
I send her and all the other dolphins and whales in captivity much love and support.
If you love dolphins and whales, then join my Facebook Group: Wild Dolphins Lovers here.
A friend just saw the movie,Blackfish, for the first time and sent me a note wanting to know if I had seen the movie. I thought I would share with you what I shared with her:
“I’ve been advocating for captive cetaceans for over 20 years. Everyone in my “community” of dolphin and whale lovers, communicators, ambassadors, etc. is aware of the movie. I cry when I even see a photo of a dolphin or whale in captivity, I just can’t bring myself to view Blackfish. I’ve already seen more than enough actual footage of dolphins being rounded up with boats and explosives, babies being separated from their mothers and lifted out of the water in slings to be sent off to marine parks. I really don’t need to be reminded of the horrors. I am already highly aware.
John Crowe, the diver who helped lift Lolita out of the water and immediately became an advocate for whales because of that experience, came to my home to have a conversation about how to help set her free. He is one of the people many feel played an important role in the documentary. Ken Balcolm, probably one of the most reputable and knowledgeable experts on wild orca behavior, is someone I’ve spent time with. I used to visit his Whale Research facility on San Juan Island when I lived there. We have had conversations. Etc. Etc.
Not sure if the movie mentions the horrors of Taiji, Japan, but every year in the town of Taiji, they take boats out to drive dolphin pods into what is known as “the cove” (also a movie), where they kill most of the dolphins and cull out a few to ship off to marine parks. It is a daily activity for several months each year. SeaWorld and its sister companies is a horrific business. It is so so sad for the animals.
If you love dolphins and whales, PLEASE don’t visit the shows or captive facilities. Doing so is an endorsement of the torture, kidnapping, murder, and slavery that goes on behind the scenes.
Orcas have closer knit families than humans. They stay with their mothers their entire lives. Granny, an orca from the Northwest, just turned 103.
On a more positive note, I have a group on Facebook called Wild Dolphin Lovers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/wilddolphinlovers/ There we post uplifting videos, images, and stories about wild dolphins and whales. We have a special thread called “Cetacean Concerns” and there is always a petition to sign or something to do or consider for those who want to help them.
Lolita is the reason I quit my job as an engineer. When I heard her story, I moved to the San Juan Islands to be near her family. I co-founded a non-profit for dolphins and whales to try to get her home. That was 20 years ago. We have no idea if she will ever be set free. Her pod in the northwest is on the endangered list and a recent court battle was won saying she is also endangered because she is from there. The courts haven’t budged on releasing her though. The plan is to move her to a sea pen, retrain her to catch wild fish, and if she is able to retrain to wild, let her swim free with her family. It’s a dream I, and many others, have held for many many years.
Last year I led a book collaboration that hit #1 on Amazon. It is called Dolphins and Whales Forever and includes stories by dolphin and whale “people” such as myself. http://amzn.to/1Jbqlmw.”
* Wild vs. Captive Infographic from http://infographicsmania.com/orcas-in-captivity/?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=ZAKKAS&utm_campaign=SNAP
Hello Dear Ones:
Those who have read my books will already know this story. But for those who have not, this is a quick summary. More than twenty years ago I “woke up” spiritually and began learning and teaching about personal and spiritual growth, energy healing, metaphysics, Divine truth, and more. It all began with …
I had hit the wall emotionally, literally cracked under the intense level of work stress I was under as a front line supervisor and engineer in a major pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. I had 40 employees that reported to me directly and every decision I made … Read more
There was a debate going on recently on Facebook about whether a person wanting quality essential oils (EO’s) for aromatherapy should choose Young Living or DoTerra. I jumped into the mix and said, “Neither.”
Actually, this is what I said:
“I vote neither. I’m sure there are people here who won’t like that answer. Sorry about that.
I was formally trained in the medicinal use of essential oils by world renowned aromatherapy expert, Dr Jane Buckle. I got involved briefly with Young Living many years ago. I left because I discovered that you can get extraordinary oils from very reputable distillers through several excellent companies in the U.S. without the cost involved with network marketing.
I was also horrified that they were suggesting that people use oils “neat” (undiluted) on the skin and even internally. Essential oils are so concentrated that they all should be diluted before use and ingesting them is a HIGHLY dangerous practice that should only be recommended by professionals (doctors, etc.). Anyone using, and especially selling, essential oils should read about essential oil safety from the Tisserand Institute. They are on the forefront of EO safety and publish their findings often.
Both companies have good oil, but in some cases, the non-MLM oils are actually superior.
Some how these MLM companies have successfully convinced their people that the only way to get pure medicinal quality oils is to purchase them through their companies. That is not at all the case. They even made up a term to market them called “therapeutic grade.” That is not an actual designation used by essential oil professionals or suppliers.
Many reputable essential oil retailers can supply gas chronographs from the distillers for each batch to prove purity and effectiveness. Anyone interested in excellent oil knows they need to be distilled under low pressure and low temperature without chemicals. There are TONS of oils available like that.
These MLM companies are getting much of their oil from distillers throughout the world the same as the other oil retailers are.
Each MLM has some good blends. But those same exact blends are available elsewhere online for much less. There are at least 8 different lavender varieties and the most beneficial typically comes from France ~ not grown in the U.S. I only use European Lavender and Rose Oil.
Europeans use essential oils in their hospitals instead of harsh cleaning chemicals in many cases. They look at everything from a medical perspective.
Before jumping on the MLM bandwagon, I suggest you determine why you want to work with oils. Is it to add an income stream or to use oils for your own healing purposes.”
Several people write to me privately thanking me for the insight and then asked what oils I use. Since lots of people were interested, I thought I would share a few of my suppliers here.
Some of the essential oil vendors I use online are:
Nature’s Gift – I love this place. Don’t let the old-looking website fool you. There is magic within those pages. I don’t purchase all my oil there, but I have them create the spice blend that I use for some of my products. Check out their sandalwood or frankincense and see what they say about each variety. Of course those two oils are quite expensive no matter where you get them. I just love the care and detail they share at Nature’s Gift. And Dr. Jane Buckle has used their oils in her training programs. If she is willing to use the oils, you can be quite confident that they are the best available. She is freaking picky about the quality of the oil she uses since she is training nurses and other health professionals to use them in clinics and hospitals. http://www.naturesgift.com/
Marge, the owner of Nature’s Gift, has written a book called Essential Oils and Aromatics. It is currently out of print. I’m kicking myself because I didn’t buy one when it first came out. However, it is available here on Kindle.
Essential Wholesale is another vendor I use for a few essential oils and carrier oils. http://www.essentialwholesale.com
Another favorite is Mountain Alternatives. I use their Sandalwood blend (intoxicatingly heavenly) .All over the web you can read about 4 Thieves tea and what the legend is about how there were thieves who looted the homes of people who had died from the plague. There was a bounty on their head – not because they were thieves, but because they weren’t dead. It turned out that they were spice merchants and would rub the spices all over their bodies before going in. Young Living’s Thieves blend is based on that same legend. I love Mountain Alternative’s Medieval Blend based on these same spices. I put some in a spray bottle with water and use it to keep the air fresh and keep germs at bay. I also sometimes mix it with a bit of carrier oil (like the organic coconut and red raspberry seed that I use in my Dancing Dolphin product line) and rub it on the bottom of my feet. http://www.mountainalternatives.com/product-p/mou0240.htm.
If you really like the blends, but not the price: http://www.rockymountainoils.com/comparable-blends offers practically every blend that Young Living and DoTerra have at a price that is much more affordable.
There is nothing wrong with multi-level marketing products or companies. But when you can get the same quality products for less, then I choose to do so.
There are certain nutritional and cleaning products that I purchase through network marketing companies, but that is because those formulas are only available that way. I’m a distributor for a few different MLM companies and I’m quite passionate about how good the products are.
The Dancing Dolphin Difference:
Having shared all of that, its now time to say that essential oils alone offer great benefit, but Dancing Dolphin Alchemical Synergy Oils & Mists offer so much more!
What I create with Dancing Dolphin are not aromatherapy blends, they are synergistic alchemical masterpieces. O.K. that’s obviously an exaggeration, but not by as much as you might think.
“Takara is a true alchemist.” ~ Daniel Jacob, Voice of the Reconnections
I had been using essential oils and aromatherapy for a few years when I was introduced to flower essences. Wow were they a powerful new tool. I was living on a sacred mountain in Southern California pregnant with my son, Jess, and had an inner “knowing” that I needed to take a weekend training program in Santa Barbara to learn more about flower essences.
While at the workshop, we had the opportunity to make a flower essence ourselves. David Jonas, a gifted energy healer who became a life-long friend after our meeting at this event, was asked to hold the bowl while the rest of us each picked a bloom from the plant who’s flower essence we were making that day.
We were asked to “tune in” to the plant and ask which bloom wanted to be chosen for this purpose. When I opened my eyes after making this request, I literally could see one of the flower blooms glowing. I was the last person in the group to cut one of the blooms. I kept looking at the glowing bloom and I couldn’t believe none of the other people had cut that one when it was so freaking obvious that it was “the bloom.”
When it was finally my turn, I cut the bloom, it dropped into the bowl, and David says he felt the energy literally shoot out in all directions the instant the bloom hit the water. He had traveled all over the globe and made many flower essences. He had never seen or experienced anything like that ever before. Obviously, I got very excited about making flower essences when he shared with me his experience.
Suddenly not only did I work with aromatherapy, but now I apparently had a knack for flower essences.
“I love the Violet Flame Mist.” ~ Patricia Diane Cota-Robles, Co-Founder of New Age Study of Humanity’s Purpose
On the way home from the workshop, I received insight about how to upgrade the flower essences to be even more vibrationally potent than they already are. (Receiving an immediate upgrade to something is not that unusual for me. When I first learned to meditate, dolphins spontaneously began to show up and brought with them an outrageous amount of healing energy. When I learned Reiki, on the way home I received lots of new ways to use and enhance it.)
Flower and gem essences offer a significantly broader and higher vibrational spectrum than essential oils. According to Dr. Richard Gerber, M.D. as compared to EVERY other form of vibrational medicine, “… flower essences may strongly influence all levels of the multidimensional human system, from the physical/biomolecular levels on up to the higher subtle and soul levels.”
Flower essences are a very powerful form of assistance. Now I was being asked to take them even higher. The new upgrade system I was given involved sound and a whole lot more.
“Takara’s Essences are Outstanding!” ~ Jonathan Goldman, world renowned Sound Healing Pioneer
I am a “keeper” and transmitter of energies – from earth energies to magnificent healing frequencies, cosmic energies, and beyond.
I create alchemical blends with the hundreds of flower essences, gem essences, and other vibrational essences that I have made over the years. As I hold each bottle, I channel into it the dolphin healing frequencies that literally changed my life, as well as any other frequencies needed. It then undergoes the upgrade process I’ve developed. Finally, essential oils add their unique healing properties and frequencies to the synergy. They then sit on “the grid” created with hundreds of crystals, gems, feathers, etc. overnight and in some cases for many days.
They are truly powerful and completely unique in the healing support they offer.
If you aren’t sure where to start, I always recommend a custom blend.
Dealing with the Killer Called Stress
Observations and Advice by Captain Paul Watson (by permission)
I am often asked how I deal with stress considering I’m wanted by Japan and Costa Rica, I have a price on my head from the shark fin mafia of Costa Rica, we have numerous ships on the sea in dangerous campaigns, I am being sued, threatened and harassed continuously and I have a lot of enemies, critics and people who wish me harm.
The answer to this is simple. I don’t deal with stress, because I do not suffer from stress. And these are ten primary reasons why, and for anyone suffering from anxiety, worry or stress, I would like to offer this advice …
1. It is what it is. Whatever the issue, whatever the threat, whatever the circumstances it simply is what it is. Stressing will not change the situation. All problems can be dealt with or ignored.
2. “It’s always something.” I say this all the time to my crews whenever a problem arises. “It’s always something and if it’s not something, it’s something else, but it is always something.” This means that life comes with obstacles, challenges and problems. Problems should not be unexpected. They are inevitable. All problems can be dealt with by dealing with them, delegating someone else to deal with them, or ignoring them. One thing for sure, on a ship, it is definitely always something.
3. Stay calm. There really is nothing worth getting upset about. For example, if I drop a bottle of wine or tomato sauce and it shatters, my reaction is, “hmmm okay, that needs cleaning up.” If I lose my phone, wallet or keys, my reaction is “I better replace what I lost and take measures to cancel my cards etc. More seriously when my regulator jammed once at 30 meters, I calmly signaled my partner to indicate my situation. Fretting about it will not recover the object. Panicking will not save your life. Anger emanates from stress. Without stress there can be no anger. Without stress there is no panic.
4. Nothing material is permanent and thus objects are not worth stressing about. Your car is damaged, something you own is stolen, or you lost your investments etc. It is really not important. Material objects and comforts are nice but they should not be anchors keeping you attached to stress. Move on.
5. Friends are friends or they are not. A true friend will never betray you and if a “friend” does betray you than he/she is simply not a friend. Always walk away from betrayal and do not stress about it. True and loyal friends are rare treasures and should be treated as such. Loyalty returns loyalty. Compassion returns compassion. Courage returns courage. However you control only your own loyalty, compassion and courage, not that of others. And if they prove disloyal or they betray you, the treasure is no longer a treasure but merely a bauble to be tossed aside. Never stress about betrayal or loss. It is what it is.
6. Loneliness is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to discover yourself. You can’t find someone to love you if you don’t love yourself, and the secret to finding the right person is to not look for that person. Love should blossom from the ground like a lovely wild flower. It cannot be cultivated until after it is realized. Do not seek the seed but let the flower reveal an opportunity to you to grow and learn.
7. Relationships are like streams, constantly flowing and as they flow they meet obstacles. Some are minor and others major but a relationship either flows around the obstacle or it is blocked, and if permanently blocked, it ends. This is not cause for stress or angry, resentment or jealously. It is what it is. Move on with appreciation and without bitterness for the relationship that is no more, and open your heart to other possibilities that life presents. The most important factor in maintaining a meaningful relationship with lovers, family or friends is simply acceptance. You need to accept them for who they are and they need to accept you for who you are. If you cannot accept another person for who they are, you need to stop inflicting stress on that person and to walk away. And if another person does not accept you for who you are, you need to walk away no matter the nature of the relationship. Stress kills and living with a person who does not accept you for who you are is like living with a person who is slowly killing you.
8. Fear is a poison that seeps into the soul and paralyzes our senses generating paranoia, insecurity and anger. Never let fear enter your life. There is really nothing to fear because things are what they are and will be what they will be. Remember you are the captain of your fate and the master of your soul and body. Who you are and what you wish to be depends on you and you alone. A person free of fear can accomplish far more than a person shackled to fear.
9. Oscar Wilde once said that the only thing worst than being talked about was not being talked about. People talk, they gossip, they make false accusations, some enjoy insulting and belittling others. They are easily dealt with by ignoring them. Responding to them is what they want, so don’t respond. Reacting to them is what they want, so don’t react. Such people are not worthy of causing stress to you. They come from a place of insecurity, jealously and fear. It is their stress, and their stress is their problem. It should not be yours.
10. Hoka Hey. It’s a good day to die. It’s a Lakota saying and it means to not fear death and to stand firm for what you believe in, to fight against all odds and to never surrender. The one absolute of life is death. We all will die. What matters is not dying but living. It is how you live that is important and the only thing important about dying is how you die. It should be a death without fear, with dignity and with acceptance that it is what it is. The person without fear dies but once, the person shackled by fear dies slowly from stress and anxiety. Accept the inevitable, embrace the final reality of life and smile in the face of the infinite. The real secret to happiness is to not fear your own death, to not fear failure or ridicule, and not to fear others.
Stress is an obstacle to mindfulness and an impediment to impeccability. Stress is the cause of migraines, cancer and many other ailments. It is the reason people smoke, take drugs, and drink excessively. When people ask me why I’ve never smoked anything, the reason being is that I have never felt inclined to do so. It never seemed healthy to me and I have always been mindful of the consequences. I think that stress blocks mindfulness of consequences. The same holds true to getting drunk or stoned. Without stress there is no need, nor a desire to do either.
Mindfulness is simply awareness of who you are and what you are doing. A person who is mindful is a person free of stress.
Unfulfilled desire leads to stress. Wanting nothing allows you to appreciate what you have. When you want nothing, you want for nothing. We all have basic needs for food, for warmth and shelter, for clothing and for companionship. Mindfulness allows you to be secure with your basic needs. Everything else is a luxury and although luxuries may be appreciated, you should not depend upon them. Depending upon luxuries leads to stress.
I have never worked a day in my life for the sole purpose of making money. I have never wanted to own anything and although I now do own property and material things, I do not allow those things to own me. I never engage in arguments about money or debts. I tend to avoid debts but when debts occur my position is that they are what they are and certainly not anything to be troubled with.
As far as basic needs, I learned to address this as a teenager when I left home at 15. I had no money, no place to stay, no prospects. I jumped a freight train, rode in the automobiles being transported from Toronto all the way to Vancouver. I arrived and camped in the abandoned gun towers on Wreck Beach and the first thing I did was to go to Vancouver City College to enroll. I found a job, moved out of the gun tower into a single room I rented and went from there. Looking back I see it as an adventure. I had nothing but there was no stress. I simply replaced the insecurity of my position into an adventurous experience. I treated every job as a learning experience and working as a longshoreman, teamster, tree planter, warehouse man, short order cook, baker, painter, carpet layer, postman, tour guide, landscaper, and seaman all were educational experiences.
The truth is that all of life is an adventure, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the experiences, the hardships, the thrills and the times that were lonely, happy or difficult. Even the loss of friends and family is simply dealt with by acknowledging that death is as it is. It is inevitable and although we may sincerely mourn we can do so without being stressed. This may be difficult to understand but it is indeed quite possible. With the passing of every friend, with the passing of my brother I have silently said “Good-bye” with the appreciation of having known them.
I have gone into situations many times where the risks of injury, death or imprisonment were practically a certainty. My approach has always been acceptance. And amazingly I am still alive and still free. When I have had nothing I have had everything I need, and when I have risked all, I have usually been successful. One of the things that concerns me is when I read about, or hear of people, especially young people committing suicide because of bullying. I wish that I could talk to such people before they make such a terminal decision. I would tell them to not let the insecurities and fears of others influence them in any way. I would tell them to accept that all the ridicule, insults, bullying and peer pressure is irrelevant and simply unimportant to who they are. If a parent is unaccepting of who you are, you need to say to them that if you are unacceptable to them they have no right to be your parent and you should walk away from them. Too many people are enslaved to parents, partners and friends who do not accept them Unacceptance and bullying are forms of violence and everyone should walk away from violence with dignity. No one should tell you what to believe, how to think, how to dress, how to behave or to dictate your sexual orientation or condemn you for your compassion, your passion, your imagination and your character. You are who you are and that is what it is, and how it should be, and if others do not tolerate who you are, don’t give them the satisfaction of destroying you. Simply symbolically spit in their eye, walk away and concentrate on being who you are for the benefit of yourself.
And if anyone is inclined to commit suicide my advice is to commit social suicide instead. That is, to drop out of your life as it is and begin another life, in another place with new ideas. Adventure is the antidote for depression. Take a chance, jump into the unknown and you will be amazed at what is awaiting you after you do.
I am not infallible. I have made mistakes in my life, many of them. I have at times in the past responded with anger although never physical and limited to the poison of the pen. I have let some people down, disappointed others and missed opportunities. But the one thing that I have been able to do in my life is to avoid stress.
At 64, I am healthy, happy, optimistic, and as passionate as I ever have been. Even more so because I have had the grace of experience and the satisfaction of achievement in those areas that I chose to address.
The point of this posting is this: Do not let stress ruin your health, your love or your life. Dreadnaught and live the adventure, this adventure that is life. It may well be the only life you will ever have. Even if you believe in the afterlife (oh and don’t stress about that either) the fact is you will never know for sure, so no sense wasting the unique life that you have.
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