Whales and dolphins too have been on this earth up to 50 million years. With their high intelligence, they have observed things we know nothing of. They have watched us grow and develop, learn to build structures and populate the earth, and they see where this has taken us, including decimating them. If you look closely at this whale, you will see a tear coming out of its eye as it lays next to our structures. It is up to the observer to decide what is this whale crying about.
I have felt for some time a desire to have my life be about bringing the land and the seas together, and the people of the land and the people of the seas. We both have so much to offer each other and the whole we make up when combined. I daydream about communities of sharing and co-creating between we land creatures and the sea beings. It feels more like a memory than a day dream.
Clearly, our ocean and its inhabitants are in jeopardy at this juncture, as are we all until we turn the tide of our forgetfulness of how all is connected. This is not news. In fact, so many are so used to hearing it, that this intimation of foreboding even fails to register to people so highly distracted by so much information coming at them from all sides. It seems to be one of many "urgent" messages we are inundated with.
So I say, forget the words. forget the messages and just look at this image of the sand whale long enough to allow something inside you to stir as to how you might want to respond to this whale. I know how I would respond. I would say the Hawaiian prayer "I am so sorry" "please forgive me" "thank you" " I love you.". I would say that, and I do say that, over and over, until something inside starts to alchemically shift, and I no longer feel guilty or sorrowful or despair ( which only worsens things) at choices humans have made, out of ignorance..I say the Hawaiian prayer until the boundary between Us and whomever the current 'Them' is, is gone, and I can no longer think of who is the good guy and who is the bad guy.
When I feel the consciousness of 'Whale', whether from this sand whale or an actual at sea whale, it feels like the Divine to me in that I sense no judgment of humans. It feels like whales are the givers of absolution that is granted us even before we know we need it. I think the song "Amazing Grace' has its roots in more than one source, and who cannot feel the power of that song.
Self forgiveness is a very good place to start in how to respond to whale consciousness that is still with us, for now. May we wake up (oh please let us do this) soon enough to be with them forever.