The first time I went swimming with the wild dolphins was on Hawaii, the Big Island. I stayed with a Dutch woman who lives there in a beautiful temple space and organizes special dolphin retreats and coaching. I found her immediately when I searched the internet for dolphins and Hawaii. I had always been intriged by these mysterious islands. I wanted to go there and didn’t know why. Not many people from Holland travel all around the world to go there, but I managed to arrange a flight schedule anyway.
We climbed over the rocks and dived through the strong waves at Kealakekua bay. I was instructed to wait for the dolphins to connect with us first and that I couldn’t touch them.The first morning we were greeted by a pod of dolphins. I could hear them while we snorkeled for a while to get closer. The beautiful sonar sounds they produced went straight into my heart. I was so excited that my mask filled up with water and I had to slow down. Two of them jumped out of the water and joined us for a while.
During my time on the Big Island I had many magical moments with them in several bays. One morning the energy was so soft and sweet. The dolphins came to us and there was only love in the water. A big heart was formed by a single cloud in the sky.
The dolphins showed me who I was. On day we were at another beach. When she and I went into the water the dolphins didn’t come to say hi. They kept swimming circles around me, but to far to make close contact. I respected their distance and after I while I left the ocean. Sitting on the beach I felt sad and upset. I looked inside to see why I felt this way. Then I realized the dolphins were reflecting my own behaviour. I was 27 years old and held everybody I loved on a distance. I loved them truly but didn’t let them come to close. For instance I didn’t really like people hugging me. And also I had a hard time with showing all of me. There was a fear of non acceptance. A feeling I didn’t belong on earth and that nobody would truly love me for who I am. That humanity didn’t understand me. So I thought I’ld better lay low. Make contact, but not to intense. Never show my full presence.
The other insight the dolphins gave me was a mirror of my own ego. My ego was thinking: ‘How come I didn’t have a special interaction with these beautiful beings yet? Because I am so special.’
The thought made me feel a little ashamed, but I knew it was true.
After some time I felt the need to enter the water again. I didn’t see the dolphins. After swimming for a while I realized there was nobody there anymore and the dolphins had returned. This time they came to me and when I put my snorkel on the pod took me along in their magical circles. There were dolphins before me, beneath me and next to me. Slowing down so I could swim along. They took me into their pod and I was one with their love and energy. When I had to stop and take my head out of the water because I had all this water in my mask, one dolphin also came above the water. He started splashing his flipper on the surface and I joined him. We played for a while and then we joined the pod again. They had just waited for our return. The dolphins all swam in couples. First their fins were covering the fins of their partner. Later on they swam with their bellies towards each other. One dolphin was my partner. He swam way below me, but his belly was beneath mine. It was so special.
During this blissful hour the dolphins gave me two messages:
Life is like a dance
Believe in yourself
I heard their sweet voices in my head whispering and singing these words to me.