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What does it mean when a hawk comes to you?

Hawks keep showing up for me…in my front tree, driving in front of my car, flying above me, etc. And I keep having dreams of flying. So I searched for some meaning and found this information. Just thought I would share with my fellow bird lovers and animal totem enthusiasts.

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What does it mean when a hawk comes to you?

I’ve had hawk fly right by my deck (very unusual) often these last weeks, and now a hawk has come and sat on my deck post and watched me take a picture of him; I was so excited thus the blur. I’m just happy I got this shot of him with my camera. He sat there quite awhile.

Humm! Not that everything that happens to me is significant but I thought, I wonder what it means to the indians or folklore people? So I asked the above question online and found these answers:

Best Answer – Chosen by Asker

“The hawk is a messenger bird. Usually when we see a hawk it means to pay attention because a message is coming to you. Hawks represent clear sightedness, being observant, our far memory and guardianship. They also bring courage, wisdom, illumination…

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Beautiful video: Dolphin stampede and Whales

As some of you know, I am very fond of dolphins. I have felt very connected to their energy for some time now. My connection became even more powerful after an energy healing session with Linda Shay who connects people with the healing frequencies of dolphins. (http://healingwithsavannah.com/2012/08/12/free-dolphin-healing-sessions/)

I love reading about these animals and thought I would share some information my daughter emailed me.

Here are thousands of dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three whales migrating near San Clemente, plus a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling with its mom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo_f8mV5khg#t=288

A quadcopter drone was used to capture this amazing video. If you watch all five minutes, you’ll see thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California, plus, toward the end, close-ups from Maui of a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom, as an escort whale stands guard nearby.

Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California filmed and edited the video. He used a small inflatable boat, from which he launched and caught the drone by hand. A miss could have meant injury to him from the four propeller blades, or loss of the drone. In fact, he lost one drone on takeoff when it nicked his small VHF radio antenna and went into the water. Although he was alone and six miles offshore, Anderson says, he went into the water after it, without thinking, to retrieve the valuable footage taken on a flight half an hour earlier that morning. He wrote:

I had my hat and glasses on, I was fully clothed with long-johns on to keep warm and my cell phone and wallet in my pocket. It was a stupid move, but the copter started sinking so fast it was my only hope to get the amazing footage I had just shot.

We appreciate it, Captain Dave. It’s a wonderful video.

Bottom line: Video showing thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California, plus a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom near Maui.

(http://earthsky.org/earth/beautiful-video-dolphin-stampede-and-whales?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=db9ed3ecea-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-db9ed3ecea-393727033)

India Declares Dolphins To Be “Non-Human Persons”, Dolphin Shows Banned

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India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to forbid the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment anywhere in the country.

In a policy statement released Friday, the ministry advised state governments to reject any proposal to establish a dolphinarium “by any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.”

Why?

“Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphins should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,” the ministry said.

I was surprised to read about this the other night, since it happened back in May and somehow escaped worldwide attention and the 24 hour media hoopla. The effort to re-categorize Cetaceans (dolphins, whales, porpoises) as non-human persons has been gathering steam since a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 where a group of philosophers, conservationists, and animal behaviorists attempted to gather wide support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans from the scientific community.

The Declaration:

1. Every individual cetacean has the right to life.
2. No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.
3. All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.
4. No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
5. Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
6. Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.

And what does it mean to say an animal has “rights”?

“Unlike[…] positive rights, such as the ‘right’ to education or health care, the animal right is, at bottom, a right to be left alone. It does not call for government to tax us in order to provide animals with food, shelter, and veterinary care. It only requires us to stop killing them and making them suffer.”

Seems reasonable enough. Considering dolphin intelligence has been long been established, this declaration doesn’t seem to be a particularly radical move. They exhibit self-awareness, use tools, cooperate to solve tasks, and very recently it was found that they possibly communicate to each other using individual names. The major real world implications of declaring them non-human persons would be the closing of dolphin and orca shows at marine parks, setting them free from aquariums and zoos, and a prohibition against kills, such as the one documented in Academy Award winning movie The Cove.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KRD8e20fBo

(http://higherperspective.com/2014/02/india-declares-dolphins-non-human-persons-dolphin-shows-banned.html)


Please Send out Prayers to the Dolphins and Whales

Virus killing dolphins, and now whales, along U.S. east coast

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The disease has spread from New York to Florida, with a total of 753 bottlenose dolphins washed ashore from July 1 until November 3.

A virus described as measles-like has been killing dolphins, and now whales, along the U.S. east coast in 2013. Bottlenose dolphins began dying of the virus in June of this year, and the virus has been steadily moving southward as the dolphins migrate south for winter. Now the disease has spread from New York to Florida, with a total of 753 bottlenose dolphins washed ashore from July 1 until November 3, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Historic averages for this same time frame, in the same geographic area, is only 74. NOAA said on its website:

… an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region from early July 2013 through the present. Elevated strandings of bottlenose dolphins have occurred in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

All age classes of bottlenose dolphins are involved and strandings range from a few live animals to mostly dead animals with many very decomposed. Many dolphins have presented with lesions on their skin, mouth, joints, or lungs.

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According to NOAA and based on preliminary diagnostic testing and discussion with disease experts, the tentative cause of the strandings is cetacean morbillivirus.

The Outer Banks Voice (a publication of the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network) reported on November 4 that initial results of a necropsy showed the dolphin-killing virus as a suspect in the death of a 30-foot humpback whale that stranded on Hatteras Island in October. Then on November 11, UPI reported that three stranded and decaying humpback whales and two pygmy whales in similar shape tested positive for the dolphin morbillivirus.

The dolphin virus is thought to spread through close contact or shared air.

There is no vaccine that can be deployed for a large bottlenose dolphin population or any cetacean species.

The last major dolphin stranding event along the U.S. east coast was in 1987-88. NOAA said:

It has been 25 years since the 1987-1988 bottlenose dolphin morbillivirus mortality event that occurred along the mid-Atlantic coast, involving over 740 animals and spanning from New Jersey to Florida. That massive die-off, along with a humpback whale mortality event in 1987 off the coast of Massachusetts and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill prompted Congress to formally establish the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program with the specific instructions for the UME Program as Title IV of the MMPA.

Bottlenose dolphin stranding in New Jersey. Photo via Marine Mammal Stranding Center via NOAA.
Bottlenose dolphin stranding in New Jersey. Photo via Marine Mammal Stranding Center via NOAA.

Bottom line: Hundreds of bottlenose dolphins, and now several whales, have succumbed to a virus this year along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

http://earthsky.org/earth/virus-killing-dolphins-and-now-whales-along-u-s-east-coast?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=82937b78cf-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-82937b78cf-393727033


Compelling Shocking Documentary about Orcas

killer whale at SeaWorld

http://www.peta2.com/achievements/share-blackfish-movie-trailer/?utm_campaign=0913%20Share%20Blackfish&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

The film Blackfish has been making headlines WORLDWIDE for its jaw-dropping investigation of the death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau and SeaWorld’s continuous abuse of orcas and other marine mammals. Blackfish features shocking, never-before-seen footage and interviews with former SeaWorld trainers and experts showing the capture, forced captivity, and cruel treatment of these intelligent animals. Please take the time to go see this important movie when it comes to your town and learn the truth about SeaWorld’s cruel form of “entertainment.”

Click here to find out when and where
Blackfish is playing near you.
http://www2.peta.org/site/R?i=VzoUM2Fg9mjMIhq3TicwKw

Be sure to speak up for orcas by sharing the trailer for Blackfish
with everyone you know now!

Sincerely,
http://www2.peta.org/site/R?i=5fB9NDafYiL00LnSV1HgJQ WC
Whitney Calk
Youth Campaigns Project Manager | peta2
WhitneyC@peta2.com
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(I kindly encourage you to watch this trailer on YouTube and support the documentary when you can. A kindred spirit sent me this information, and I just wanted to pass it along.  Savannah)


Life Changing Experience with a Baby Sea Lion

Just wanted to post something a little lighter and more positive than the last post for the weekend : )

If you enjoy animals, It should make you smile…

 

 


Worldwide Water, Dolphin & Whale Healing Wave ~ Sunday, August 25~ Noon Wherever You Are

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Worldwide Water, Dolphin & Whale Healing Wave

You are invited to join us,
the presenters of the
Cetacean Summit and Savannah
Sunday, August 25, 2013
At Noon your time wherever you are

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The oceans and waters of our planet are in need of healing, loving energy to transmute and transform pollution and imbalances. Right now,
•      Radioactive water is flowing into the Pacific from Fukishima,
•      Dolphins are dying in the northeast of the US (100+ this summer),
•      Dolphins and manatees are dying in the Indian River Lagoon in Florida,
•      The Gulf of Mexico is still struggling from the massive oil spill of 2010,
Water, whales, and dolphins, in every part of the world need our help.

Let us all join together in love and joy to focus on the restoration and healing of the earth’s waters and it’s inhabitants – including humans

When: Sunday, August 25, 2013, beginning at 12:00 noon in your time zone, creating a continuous wave of loving, healing energy across the globe. Even a few minutes of your love during this time can make a large difference. Focus or do ceremony for as long as you can.
How: Choose any method that works for you or try some of the ideas below. If you can gather together in groups that will add to the power. Focus on a specific issue or area (maps below show NE US and Indian River areas), or go global – it all helps.
Where: If possible, go to a natural body of water during this time (wells, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, sea beaches) and offer your energy/blessing. If you are indoors, bless a small vessel of water to be released later into natural water channels.

Ideas: • Reiki and other forms of energy healing for the water and whales and dolphins •      Distant energy healing of the water • Tune into the frequency of the cetaceans and expand it outward • See and feel the water and all it’s inhabitants already pristine and restored to vibrant health – hold the vision • Drop flower or animal essences into a natural water source • Fill yourself with divine love and healing energy – then send it out across the planet • Work with the elementals • Offer healing prayers and intentions for the planet • Call forth angels to assist in healing the water • Send love to anyone harming the environment or cetaceans so that they become aware and transformed • Chant, drum, tone, and send beautiful sound vibration to the oceans

Thank you for participating and inviting your friends and community to do the same. Send this invitation far and wide – together we can create miracles.

Many blessings to the water, all beings, and to you.

      The awareness that there is a new way upon the planet is spreading.             

There is a way of living that is more joyful that humans can reach for…             

and there is a pathway…       

Reaching for a higher consciousness,  reaching for a higher wisdom, a higher love, is the only thing that will bring this planet to a renewed future.

–      Archie, Dolphin Spirit Guide

This information was sent to me from http://www.dolphinheartworld.com/

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Want to make the Wicked Witches in your life melt away?

Last week I wrote about the symbolism, based on my perspective, which helped to explain deeper meanings behind the movie The Wizard of Oz. The main point I was trying to make was that we all have “Wicked Witches” in our lives and they actually help us to learn about ourselves, and sometimes help us to expand our souls in ways that may not be obvious to us. If it were not for the “Wicked Witch,” Dorothy would not have experienced her amazing journey.

And believe it or not, each one of us plays the role of “Wicked Witch” in someone else’s life. I know this is not easy to hear, but it is the truth. When you are thinking about how another person makes you feel angry or guilty, it is actually healthy to switch your focus and think about a way you have caused someone else pain. And mentally ask the person for forgiveness. This will go a long way in healing your own pain plus it is healing for the collective consciousness.

It is impossible to go through life and not hurt another person because our needs will not always match up with the needs of others. There will always be people who want you do something which may not be something you want to do. People will manipulate you in ways to get their own needs served. We all do it. But compromising who you are is like giving away your power. If you continue to do things to make others happy or because you want their approval it will eventually make you weak. It is only by honoring ourselves and saying no when we need to will we be strong and healthy.

I often hear people say she/he makes me feel angry or guilty. The truth is that no one can make us feel anything that is not within us. Allowing others to control our feelings is the same as giving away our power. Troubled relationships are a sign that something in “you” needs to be healed. If you feel angry when you are with a person it is because that person is there holding up a mirror so that you can see yourself more clearly. They are doing you a favor. Take the opportunity and thank that person and then become introspective and discover where the feelings come from. Where did it start? What do I need to learn? What is the message? What does this feeling really want?

Feelings are like energy forms and they stay with us until they are acknowledged and healed. Once you acknowledge it and ask it what it wants, listen to what it wants to tell you. Then give it thanks for what it has been through and for its wisdom. Send it healing energy of love and compassion. Send that same healing energy to the person who helped you to see it—they did you a favor! (I plan to write more about this healing technique in upcoming posts.)

We can learn a great deal from the “Wicked Witches” in our lives. They are as helpful and significant in our lives as our beloved and trusted friends. We make agreements to work with both because it is the best way to learn about ourselves. As I mentioned in the previous blog post, our loved ones teach us about intellect, love & compassion, and courage, just as the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion taught Dorothy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family and friends for being such wonderful and loving teachers in my life. If you have signed up for my blog and are reading this, I cannot thank you enough for all the loving and kind support you have shown me, especially over the past several months since my husband’s accident. Your emails and cards mean the world to me! And thank you to all the “Wicked Witches” in my life. I appreciate all the lessons that I asked for before incarnating. I know I agreed to the interactions and thank you for doing such a great job. And to those whom I have played the part of the “Wicked Witch,” I am truly sorry for any pain that I caused you. I wish you all love and compassion on your journey.

If a “Wicked Witch” is currently tormenting you, here is a little exercise I do to invoke Grace which will help to make her/him melt away, just as Dorothy did to her “Wicked Witch”…

Of course you will need to read it first, but once you memorize it, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Imagine yourself in a tube of White Light. Ask God to invoke the precious gift of Grace into your being. Allow the Grace to fill your energy field and expand your soul. Ask God to merge with you and make you feel as one with Him. Ask this Grace to melt away anything that may be troubling you. Direct the Grace to run all throughout your body, every organ, bone, nerve, gland, tissue and cell. Ask Grace to melt away any negativity until you are fully cleansed. Say to yourself “I am only Light and the Grace of God radiates me entire being. I am grateful to be fully healed.” Now send this Grace to all your loved ones by saying each name. Direct it to travel to each person and connect you all heart to heart. Then send this Grace to every “Wicked Witch” in your life. Ask the Grace to melt away any disharmony that exists between you. Then send this Grace to anyone that perceives you as being their “Wicked Witch.” Ask for forgiveness. Imagine this Grace surrounds everyone. Express your gratitude to God for the energy of Grace and ask that it continue to be a healing force to all involved.

Here is a list of the symbolism that I mentioned in my last post, just in case you were not able to read it. I know it was a bit long! This is based on various dream interpretation books, websites found through google and my own person perspective. I did not ever write down the resources because I initially did it for myself, not intending to share it.

Dorothy—Spiritual Seeker
Ruby Slippers—Grace of God
Tornado—Chaos as precursor for needed change
Toto—Latin word for “everything,” power animal, intuition
Munchkins—fragments of self
Head Munchkin/leader—unified self emerging
Wicked Witch—shadow side of self, powerful teacher
Glinda—Light side of the self, guardian angel, full potential self
Scarecrow—intellect
Tin Man—love and compassion
Lion—bully, unresolved fear, courage, self-esteem
Oz—spiritual Guru
Broom—Spiritual test
Dark castle and forest—fear, abandonment, feeling isolated & hopeless, danger
Hot air balloon—bunch of hot air, BS
Land of Oz—achievement of Spiritual power and full-potential, independence