Based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, Sparkles and Dirt is a blog by Louise Brunet. Her posts explore the beauty and the struggles we all encounter and how we can, just maybe, show up for all of it with compassion and grace.

A Whale Message...

A Whale Message...

At the Intuitive Arts Festival on November 5th, I had the absolute pleasure of sharing a story about a communication I had with humpback whales, or rather that they had with me. I was excited and pumped up for the presentation and probably went off on several tangents, but everyone seemed eager to hear more. Because we were tight for time I left some parts of the story out. Here’s the whole story.

In the fall of 2016, the news in Canada reported a series of humpback whale deaths off the coast of BC. Over a period of 2 months, 3 humpback whales suffered the consequences of entanglement in salmon farming equipment. Two whales died and a third was presumed to have died.

I was visiting Montreal at the time, quite disconnected, or so I thought, from my communications with animals. The news stories touched my heart deeply. I felt saddened about how human activities lead to animal deaths. I added a prayer for the safety of the other whales to my daily intentions and beamed my love to them.

One morning while doing something else entirely, I felt compelled to meditate. It was a gentle tug that kept coming back to me throughout the morning and became more insistent. I finally sat down to tune-in and find out who was ‘calling.’

Mother and baby Humpback whales

Mother and baby Humpback whales

I took a couple of deep breaths and without any more settling in to any kind of zone, immediately saw an underwater ocean scene. It was dark and murky looking; I had a dreamy, suspended feeling, moving smoothly through the water. I was seeing what a whale was seeing and felt I was connected to a mother whale.

I saw through her eyes as she surfaced for a breath - I briefly saw the waves from the surface and blue sky, then she dove under again. The movement felt smooth, gentle and effortless.

At that moment I was overcome with sadness and a feeling of loss. Tears ran down my face even as I recognized that the sadness wasn’t mine. The pain I felt was very real. This pain belonged to the mother whale. She was sharing her emotions with me about grieving the loss of a family member.

The whale felt knowing and wise. She wasn’t frantic or desperate, she wasn’t, as people often describe it, “beside herself with grief and despair.” (A phrase I find intriguing but that’s for another story.)

She told me “the waters are dangerous, there are many dangers here for us.”

Photo from CBC News, a humpback whale with injuries, 2016

Photo from CBC News, a humpback whale with injuries, 2016

She showed me a tanker from underneath, I saw the hull of a ship overhead and then I saw nets and equipment of some kind underwater. I saw the ocean floor and more equipment. These images came to me as vivid flashes over and over yet very clearly.

Next I became aware of another whale who's energy felt very different. He felt younger, but his energy felt lighter and thinner. It had a diaphanous quality to it. I heard him say he didn't see it coming, he didn't know. I heard this several times. “I didn’t know this place was dangerous. I didn’t know.” I realized I was communicating with the juvenile humpback who had passed. He said he had wanted to live more, he wasn’t ready to pass into spirit, but that he was ok now that the accident was over. He told me he was still with his family because he was concerned about them.

I understood then, the fullness of the sadness his mother had shared with me. She had lost her son.

I told her I was sorry that human activity was causing these dangers and the deteriorating conditions her family was experiencing. (I was feeling badly, feeling embarrassed, as a human representative.) She didn’t recognize this feeling and would not accept my apology or embarrassment. She just wanted to be able to live safely with her family. I realized she wanted the same things I wanted as a mother and that we were connecting mother to mother. She knew I would relate. Mothers want their children to be safe and to thrive. Mothers nurture and protect their children. All mothers the same. It doesn’t matter if the species is whale or human.

I realized she wanted the same things I wanted as a mother and that we were connecting mother to mother.

I asked her if she had a message for humans and right away I felt a gentle, wise knowing.

She said this:

“The whales all over the world are guardians of the oceans. We bring balance to the energies. We ask humans to understand that we all share this (lifetime and this world) together, the same. We ask humans to understand the sacred nature of all life. The same."

The understanding I received was that we all benefit. The whales thrive, the ocean thrives, we thrive. She asked (urged) me to write, to tell others. I told her I didn't know if people would be willing to hear what I have to say and she said "some will hear you." I agreed to share her message.

I hope that if you’re reading this it means you are part of those she was referring to – those who will hear her message.

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