Dealing with the Killer Called Stress by Captain Paul Watson

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. A stress free life is not only possible, it’s also essential for your health and your happiness.
Captain Paul Watson is head of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He has been defending oceans and sea life for many years.  You may have seen him on Whale Wars: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/whale-wars/.  To find out more about Sea Shepherd, visit this link: http://www.seashepherd.org/

Realigning Yourself with Earth Changes

Realignment with earth energies There have been many earth changes lately. Those really affect you, even if you don’t realize it. We are all connected to the earth. Being out of alignment with the earth causes stress, lack of clarity, feeling off center. It even causes your various energy fields to spin out of alignment with one another and with the earth. It can cause you to be irritable and even have physical issues. Here is a fast way to get relief and be more aligned. It is actually beneficial to do this every day as the energies everywhere are shifting and you are being re-calibrated to handle the higher frequencies.

Meditation for Realignment

Sit with your eyes closed. Take a few slow deep breaths. Focus your attention on your heart. Find something to feel grateful for. Ask Archangel Michael to place a protective grid around you. I like to ask him to wrap his wings around me. It feels very nice. Ground yourself by seeing giant roots growing down into the earth from each of your feet. See the roots grow and spread as far as possible. Feel yourself firmly anchored to the earth. Ask for the dolphin spiral clearing and infusion to cleanse your field. You don’t have to stand and spin, just ask that it be done. The instructions are in the free ebook Dancing with Dolphins that you were gifted when you joined the newsletter list. If you don’t have the ebook, you can get it here. Ask your High Self and Guides to:
  • realign
  • rebalance
  • reharmonize
  • recalibrate, and
  • upgrade you to the next level of your Divine blueprint.
See yourself bathed in the blue/silver ray. It is a shimmery baby blue. It is Divine alignment. Thank Archangel Michael, the dolphins, your Higher Self and Guides. I’ve made a new gem essence of the Divine Alignment vibration using Blue Kyanite. If you are very sensitive, the essence can greatly assist you. It can be found in the blends of Resurrection and Break Through. Spend as much time as possible in nature, in meditation, and in silence to assist you to re-harmonize with what Earth is doing right now. Rest as often as possible. Many people have let me know that they had dreams of earthquakes and tsunamis before they happen and they were throwing up as it occurred. I don’t know how to prevent you from having premonitions – I’m not even sure having premonitions is a bad thing. But this next exercise will help you to not have so many physical reactions as the earth is shifting. Imagine a 2 foot thick magenta filter or buffer underneath you. It is always there where ever you are. Whether you are lying, or sitting, or standing it is between you and the earth. You can still ground, but you are grounding through a filter. You are still connected, but you don’t have to take on any detrimental earth energy. (I learned this from Amorah Quan Yin’s Pleiadian books.) Some people are so sensitive that all the fear and mourning is causing emotional stress. If you are one of those people, just put yourself in a giant energy egg. Extend the magenta filter under your feet to all the way around you. You are in a giant magenta filter cocoon. Magenta is not only protective, but it is soothing and healing. It is a powerful ray. See yourself bathed in it. Comment below and let me know what experiences you have using these techniques.  
* I do not know the original source of this image. If you know the designer, I would love to give proper attribution. THANKS!
This is an update of a previously published healing exercise I created.

Spirit: A Journey in Dance, Drums, and Song by Robert Mirabel

Robert-Mirabel-Spirit Once someone has become “awake” and aware that they are a spiritual being having a human experience, they often go down various trails of belief or philosophy in order to understand their true Divine nature. My awakening happened over 20 years ago in the midst of an intense life experience. I was jolted out of my spiritual slumber and forgetting who I am into full knowledge that there is significantly more to life than what I wear, my job title, the people I hang out with, or the things that I do. Life, and my purpose in experiencing it, are vastly deeper than that. The first trail I went down was that of Native American spirituality and shamanism. I listened to native drumming, built medicine wheels, visited the Southwestern United States along with many other sacred locations, took endless shamanic journeys through meditation, did sweat lodges, mini vision quests, and learned to commune with nature. Better put, I remembered how to commune. The truth is, the ability to connect with and “be” with nature is innate to all of us. As I look back on my life, I realize this desire to understand the native people and their connection with earth, air, sky, and water started much earlier than that. In fact, growing up in Texas, whenever we played cowboys and Indians, I was ALWAYS an Indian. Somehow deep down, there has always been a “call” and a connection to the indigenous cultures of the world. The more I spent time in meditation and learned to connect with animals, trees, flowers, stones, water, fire, etc., the more enhanced and fine-tuned my intuition became. That inner guidance system lead me to people and experiences that were far from ordinary. On several occasions, while walking down a trail in Sedona, Arizona, or at the womb spring in Chimayo, NM, or on a hike to the falls in Tesuque, New Mexico, I’ve had spontaneous past life memories of being native. I married a man who lead people on sacred hikes in New Mexico and also sweat lodges on our property. Because of this, I was quite blessed to have Shaman and indigenous medicine people from all over the world spend time at my home, break bread at my table, share their wisdom over stories and laughter. We used to have a copy of this video and often showed it to those who came to visit our home. I was reminded recently of this video by Robert Mirabel of Spirit: A Journey in Dance, Drums, and Song. I began watching it and by the 3rd song, I was in tears. Something about this video just touches me on such a deep level there simply are no words. I trust you will enjoy it too! Thank you Robert Mirabel for this incredible work of meaning and art. Have a fabulous day, Bestselling author Debbie Takara Shelor signature

Animal Communication, a True Story of Understanding and Transformation with a Leopard

I came across this video awhile ago and then it showed up again today.  I believe that every moment of every day our soul is sending us signals and its our job to pay attention. Seeing this extraordinary video twice was definitely a sign. If you know a lot about animal communication, or have never even considered it, this is an extraordinary account of one woman’s ability and the positive difference it makes. Just like the Animal Communicator in this video who has developed and fine-tuned this Divine gift, you too have been given certain gifts and its your job to discover and express them. It may not be animal communication. Whatever it is, finding it and expressing it will absolutely change your life. Enjoy!   Return from the Animal Communication, a True Story of Understanding and Transformation with a Leopard Page to the Magnificent U Home Page

Everyone Needs a Little Support Now and Then!

A custom flower essence gem essence aromatherapy blend by Dancing Dolphin Could you use a little support right now? Everyone needs some every now and then. A little uplifting nurturing energy to pull you up out of whatever stuck place you find yourself in. Custom Blends by Takara for Dancing Dolphin. Like having your own hands-on healer 24/7.

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  Endorsement about Dancing Dolphin Custom Blend “Thank you soooo much for the personal essence (custom essence blend). This is a very challenging time in my life and I seem to be sailing through it. My friends and family are amazed that I am so calm, serene and knowing that everything is not only OK, but in fact exactly where I need to be right now. I believe the essence has helped me turn troubled waters into calming waves. Thanks again!” – Rebecca, Arizona Quote about Dancing Dolphin Essences by Takara “Off and on for several days I had been jittery, unsettled, unfocused, indecisive, and feeling what some might call ‘spacey.’ My personal Dancing Dolphin Essence blend immediately brought a focused mind and feeling of being grounded and calm. Hallelujah. You know, that wonderful feeling of your shoulders dropping and settling into their right alignment. And the bonus was a warm open energy at the heart.” – KiP Walker, Ceramonialist You can get yours here: Dancing Dolphin Custom Blend by Takara   Return from the Everyone Needs a Little Support Now and Then! Page to the Magnificent U Personal Empowerment Home Page

Wolves Making a Positive Difference in Yellowstone

Wolves Reintroduced to Yellowstone I love wolves. My money helped the project that got them reintroduced to Yellowstone way back when. It was one of the first causes I supported after getting a degree in engineering. That was long before the dolphins showed up and took over my life – in a good way! Makes sense though. Wolves are much like orcas on land. I’ve seen this video going around, but just didn’t pay attention. It crossed my path again today and I stopped to notice. It is well worth your time. When I watch this film, well, it makes me cry. The positive difference one species can make to the whole is extraordinary. We are “supposed” to be that species on this planet. However, unlike a wolf pack that works very very well together, humans don’t do that so well. LOL. This one wants to exploit and destroy the earth for profit This one wants to save the earth at all costs. We are the custodians of this earth. Time we started taking that role more seriously. Have a deLightful day, Bestselling author Debbie Takara Shelor signature       Return from the Wolves Making a Positive Difference in Yellowstone Page to the Magnificent U Home Page

Takara is on the #1 Bestselling Book Tour for Dolphins & Whales Forever

Hello Dear One: I’m currently in Southern California as part of the Dolphins & Whales Forever #1 Bestseller Book Tour. I’ve written several blogs posts on Dolphin Ohana talking all about the tour, the people, the fun, the dolphins, the whales, the activities, the highs, the lows, and everything in between. The first post is here: http://www.dolphinohana.com/2014/07/the-dolphins-whales-forever-book-tour.html EnJOY! Bestselling author Debbie Takara Shelor signature       Return to the Magnificent U home page

Takara Goes On the Road with her Latest Bestselling Book, Dolphins & Whales Forever

Takara’s latest book, Dolphins & Whales Forever, hit #1 on the bestseller list. She is about to leave on a 6+ week U.S. tour that includes workshops, book signings, group meditations, dolphin and whale trips and much more. Visit the link below to find out all the details.

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Tornados, Hurricanes, Mother Nature and Energetic Power

Tornado1 Someone posted an image recently on Facebook of a wild tornado touching down offshore near Florida. I reposted it on my page saying how much I love storms. I then went on to say: “I’m not all into death and destruction. I think I’m more in awe of the power of mother nature. She really rocks it sometimes! I was in a hurricane in Miami Beach once. Our hotel room was long and narrow and had doors on either end. You could see the beach from either the balcony on one end or by just opening the door and looking towards the beach on the other. Anyway, this storm came in and we were literally in the eye of it. Wow was it powerful. I just sat out on the balcony on the lounge chair and felt the energy. Mmmm that was awesome! My intuition has been so finely honed that I typically know when I’m in danger and when I’m not. When you stay centered and balanced and on high alert vibrationally and mentally, you can sense such things. Just like the animals who leave an area right before an earthquake or other big event. It requires that you get in tune with nature of course. That means you can’t sit in your car, your office, or in your house watching tv and playing on the computer all the time. You have to walk or sit frequently in silence on top of a mountain, by a stream, with your back to a tree, or with your hands in the dirt in your garden to really be aligned. Ah … I love this life!”   Return from the Tornados, Hurricanes, Mother Nature and Energetic Power Page to the Magnificent U Home Page

Being a Player in a Much Bigger Game

As I watched the footage on the new trailer for the BBC special, The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins, I began to weep. It hit me so hard what was really playing out here on the planet and that I, for whatever reason, had been part of some grand unfolding plan. When you are going along, doing your life, and then suddenly realize you are part of something significantly bigger and more important, it can be a bit overwhelming and very definitely humbling. I had no idea, back in the mid 90’s, when I walked away from the corporate world, from the pharmaceutical industry and the nice big steady paycheck I was used to receiving, what a giant leap I was making in … Read more