A Circle of Dolphins, story
and photos by Sierra Goodman of DivineDolphin.com
in partnership with DolphinNet.org
I have always told people, "Before
I die, I will swim with dolphins." So when the postcard
came announcing a dolphin swim with Penelope Smith (the "Mother
of Interspecies Telepathic Communication"), I knew that
my time had come to take the plunge!
I didn't know how I was going to pay for it, so I told the universe,
"If I am meant to go on this trip, let the $500 deposit
appear now!" In a few days, I received a $500 bonus from
my work I was not expecting because I had not worked there for
long. The universe had spoken!!! As I continued to tithe and
do spiritual work around the trip, the rest of the money came
from magical places. The dolphins made sure I was able to be
with them at this time!
In the couple of weeks before the trip, I entered a dream state,
wherein psychic experiences were frequent and strong. I felt
an inner pull that at the time, I could not explain. I was calm
and happy and didn't go through the usual "going on a trip"
stress I have felt when I've gone away for much shorter periods
of time. My animals were fine with my leaving. They knew why
I was going and were anxious to do some healing work on my friend
who was taking care of them while I was gone.
I brought along a new journal to keep careful notes of all that
went on. I also brought along my Medicine Woman cards which have
been so helpful in guiding me on my path. I chose a card each
Following are my (censored) journal entries from our dolphin
June 13, 1997 - I met people from the first dolphin trip
at the hotel. They are glowing, dreamy eyed and can hardly talk
about their experience. I wonder if I will be like that too...I
hope so! Tonight we had our orientation meeting around the pool
at the hotel. As I looked around at the faces of my fellow dolphin
seekers, I saw many people that I recognized! I asked at least
five people if I had met them at one of Penelope's workshops,
and they said no. I realized that my deja vu experiences were
continuing...and getting stronger!
I sat around our hotel room with my roommate, Kim, and we each
picked a Medicine Woman card. Here's mine:
Apprentice of Pipes - Channeling the Light. "Open to
the messages within. Pause and reflect and renew my journey.
I will inspire others by being who I am and channel my light
to them. I will be working with a true master who will help me
deliver my message to the world. I am a student filled with grace."
I am ready! Bring on the master(s)!!
June 14, 1997 - We got on the boat at 7:30 am. Since I
am in a weird time dimension, I'm not sure how long it was, but
it seems like10 minutes after we lost sight of land, a very large
pod of bottlenose dolphins were all around our boat. Penelope
read to us the transmission she got from them. They circled us
three times and "brought us into their circle." I felt
safe and protected from this giant dolphin hug. What a great
After a calm ride through the Gulf Stream, we went through customs
at West End, Grand Bahama, which took about 1/2 hour. We went
for about a 30 minute ride and then anchored the boat. It was
time for our first swim in the warm turquoise waters of the Bahamas.
What an incredible experience! I saw the most beautiful fish,
some like I used to have in a fish tank several years ago. I'll
never have one again knowing where they are taken from! Lots
of bright purple coral and sea grass. The water feels like a
warm bath where I could stay forever!
At our meeting after lunch we all chose new names for the trip
since we are going on a spiritual adventure and are becoming
new people. I kept Sierra, but added "Lady of the Dolphins".
Penelope is "Peace", Alex is "El", Laura
is "Alehia", Kim is Anghk, etc. I think my favorite
name is "Shimmer Coo" which a lady named Deanna chose.
I really like everyone I have met and can already tell that there
will be lasting friendships after the trip is over.
Medicine Woman Card for today: Nine of Arrows - Overcome Doubt
and Fear: "The mental concepts, the attitudes, the beliefs
I hold, I cherish for what they have allowed me to do. But I
also see that they are simply ways of perceiving reality and
not reality itself. The only reality is ultimate harmony, and
troubles are simply trips the mind is taking. As I stumble on
the path, I put myself down and pick myself up by the way I value
each step. I am way above the rules, though not above using them.
I am deeply respectful of all that is; I laugh at all that isn't.
I do not need to see all the answers and have all solutions before
I act. Just point my heart toward good. It may seem as though
I am shooting in the dark, but go ahead. Use the skills I have
been working to develop. This is their supreme test."
I then closed my eyes and got this message from the dolphins:
Come enter our world of
Crystal Blue waters
and pastel corals
But come with a pure heart
and ready for fun
Let us show you the way -
our way of life
And when you leave
You will take us with you
in your heart
and we will never leave you.
I sent telepathic messages to Peter and Annette back at home
tonight. I mostly sent them the blue of the water. It will be
interesting to see if they receive a color!
June 15, 1997 - I didn't sleep last night. I tried and
tried and finally went outside. It was incredible! Straight above
the sky was clear and I could see stars, but all around me was
lightning. So much energy everywhere, no wonder I couldn't sleep.
I tried again to go to bed and put my meditation tape in my Walkman.
I usually am asleep within 10 minutes, but last night I finally
heard the whole tape! I came back outside and just enjoyed it
because I was not tired. Today I feel just great, I am definitely
running on dolphin energy!
Two dolphins appeared today but they
left right away. Peace said that they wanted us to leave, that
we were not in the right spot. They are waiting for us elsewhere.
We cruised around the ocean looking for dolphins, but didn't
see any, so we stopped and just went snorkeling around. We danced
to Ho's drumming tonight, it was great!
Medicine Woman Card: Four of Bowls - Materialization of Love.
"To my mind, as I am at rest, comes wonderful thoughts of
things I shall like to create for others to show my love for
them. In my mind when I am at peace, Creator tells me of what
it is I have to share. It is through my own talents and abilities,
through my own use of these in time, that I create those gifts
I imagined. Now I give form to the love I feel for another. Now
I create my gift in a material way, expressing those intangible
feelings that draw me to my people."
June 16, 1997 - Still haven't really slept, maybe
2 hours last night. This morning as I was getting ready to go
swimming, I sat down next to Peace. I could feel her reading
me and she told me that it was a time of high vision for me and
that I should be drawing to get it out. I told her that I was
keeping a journal and she said that was good. I didn't know that
Peace was so afraid of the water, but coming on this trip was
a major step for her. She used to be photosensitive to the sun
and couldn't take the heat. I guess El has been asking her to
go for quite a while and she never wanted to go before. But the
fire has totally changed her body's way of reacting to things,
it's really quite incredible. She was very sick for two weeks
before the trip and wasn't even sure she was going to make it,
but she said the dolphins gave her energy on the day before the
Still no dolphins today. I feel like they are waiting for something...but
what? Peace says that they are preparing us for a special encounter.
She told us to be aware of the other beings, the spirits, devas
and angels that are all around us.
Medicine Woman Card: Eight of Bowls - Journey of Love: "With
the foundation of love that we have built together, we know we
can now accept a caring role in the lives of others. Great Spirit,
guide us on our way to the fulfillment of our spiritual vessels.
We no longer have need of mere pleasures for self alone, but
seek to find pleasure as we give love, healing, and service to
those who most need our care. Let us know where to serve. We
The strangest thing happened tonight. I was finally tired and
went to the cabin to sleep before my roommate, Kim. I slept on
the bottom bunk and the door was right next to me. For some reason,
out of a dead sleep, I reached over and opened the door for her
as she walked up to it from outside. She laughed because she
thought I was getting up again, but then she realized how bewildered
I was. I have no idea why I opened the door for her, and I just
went right back to sleep.
June 17, 1997 - This morning I woke up and wrote the following
prayer in my journal:
Dear God, Angels and Guides,
I am here in the Bahamas to learn whatever lessons you want me
to learn and get whatever messages you want me to get. I am open
to receive. Please let me swim with dolphins today. Thank you,
thank you, thank you!
After coming in from swimming this morning, I heard that Jay,
one of our passengers was having heart trouble and that we needed
to take him back to Grand Bahama and get him to the hospital.
We held a meeting and sent him healing energy as the boat started
up and took us back to port. We all felt so bad for Jay and his
wife Vicki, and also were sorry that we had to go back. Stewart,
our captain, told us that it might be possible to go through
customs now instead of on Thursday, which would mean we wouldn't
lose any time. We got to the port and a taxi took Jay and Vicki
to the nearest hospital. Since we were going through customs,
we had to stay about 2 hours, so we walked to a little beach
where the water was so warm and clear. I noticed that Peace was
very comfortable here, probably because it was so shallow and
close to shore. Each time I saw her in the water, she looked
more and more relaxed and confident.
We got back on the boat and as soon as I boarded, I could feel
that the energy had totally changed, a big weight had been lifted.
This is what the dolphins had been waiting for! I KNEW that we
would soon encounter dolphins. About half an hour out of Grand
Bahama, I got chills up and down my body and I knew they were
near. We started to drum and flute and otherwise call out to
them and then suddenly, DOLPHINS!!!
Since I was usually the first person
in the water to go snorkeling, Kaz, the divemaster on the boat,
let me be one of the first two people to jump in. I dove in just
as a female dolphin passed by. For about ten seconds, we swam
next to each other in unison. I felt my heart about to explode
and I had to remind myself to keep breathing!
All of a sudden there were 16 dolphins dancing and twirling all
around us. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There was even
a baby dolphin with them! They stayed with us for several minutes
but then started swimming out further and only a couple people
from our group could keep up with them. Then they were gone.
When I got back to the boat, I sat down on the bench and cried
tears of pure joy and happiness. I felt so released, like I had
come home. Words cannot communicate exactly how I felt in that
moment, but I will never forget it!
After everyone was out of the water, Peace told us that there
were dolphins in this group that had never swam with humans before
and that they were just as excited as we were. She said that
just as we were meeting to discuss what had happened and what
to do and not do next time, they were doing the same thing! Stewart
told us that it was the most dolphins he had swam with at one
time in more than a year.
I decided that the next time I see the dolphins, I'm not going
to bring my camera because I found myself spending so much time
trying to take pictures instead of just being with them in the
It is storming tonight, quite an appropriate end to an incredible
Not too amazingly, I chose the Totem of the Bowls - Dolphins,
the Swimmers today. "Straightforward I travel, speaking
the truth as I know it. I am here not only to console, but to
give to others the tools with which they might lift themselves
up. I will offer the ideas that free the mind and body and the
heart from pain. My life will be lived as an example of harmony
and balance among the creatures of the Earth. Always, I will
seek to live in higher consciousness, the awareness of your presence
in all that is. I will act as a warrior on the path of peace.
My soul shall be impeccable.
Learn from the swimmers. Consider the dolphins, the whales, their
patient and persistent love. Go to the ocean or a stream. Float
on a still pond. Imagine yourself floating in Great Mother's
arms, surrounded by liquid love in the sea of life.
Empty your mind, Let the glistening fish colors, the soft shell
shades, the gleaming, subtle rock forms pervade your consciousness.
Listen to the sound of the water, water creature. Be cleansed.
Dissolve all obstacles. Absolve all friendships of any need for
guilt. Let go. Feel your body weightless. Glide. Dive deeper
into the pool of love. Watch the sun sparkle on the water until
the scene becomes another enchanted world. Play with the waves.
See the correlation of all things with your life. Be a fish.
Become at home in the water element. Become at home in the easy
push and pull of the waves of love. Learn to live as if life
were a stream constantly nourishing. Be content in the here and
June 18, 1997 - Another beautiful sunrise. I am glad
I'm an early riser and get to see Sister Sun wake up. Usually
there are just a few other people out there with me. Zephyr Spirit,
Dottie, Ro, and Tom are usually around to see it.
We swam with dolphins again in the morning. They didn't stay
long and I got the feeling I should get out. As I was standing
on the deck, I looked on the other side of the boat and there
were five dolphins. I jumped in and swam with them as the rest
of the group came over to where we were. The dolphins raced to
the front of the boat and did a dance around the anchor. After
they left, several of us felt drawn to the anchor rope and held
on to it. The dolphins had energized it! Later Angkh and a few
other people said they saw the rope and anchor glowing with a
About 4:00 pm I was laying on the deck in the sun and felt a
strong call to get into the water. I got in and swam around and
when I looked up, I saw that Peace, El, Yalo and Aleih had all
gotten in too. "Dolphins are coming," I thought. But
this was to be a test for me. The dolphins told me that I needed
to trust, and know that they were there without seeing their
bodies. I was told to just relax in the water, close my eyes,
and receive the dolphin energy. I felt them as strongly as if
they were swimming next to me! Later when I talked with Peace,
she said that she too was called out into the water at that time
and had felt the dolphin energy.
After dinner Peace sat down in front of the group and told us
about her childhood, her fears and how the fire had changed so
many things in her life. (Penelope's home in Point Reyes, California
was burnt to the ground in the fire of October 3, 1995) She really
opened up to us and it was very touching. After her talk, Ho
played the drums while Peace did what I can only describe as
a "spirit dance." She danced with her body and her
soul. It was quite hypnotic! Peace is a different person than
the one I used to know. She is fun to be around and totally open!!
I'm really glad I am getting to know her better, as this was
one of the things I was hoping would come out of this trip.
Thank you dolphins, for all you have given us.
Medicine Woman Card: 17 The Grandfathers - Ascension, "A
light shines forth like a star from the heavens, revealing the
wisdom of the ancient ones. I rest on the sturdy foundation of
knowledge that comes from a past wholly lived, and I feel supported.
The Card Speaks: We are a new hope within you. The old patterns
of interference have been broken; you have reached a new level
of communication with the ancestral energy of Self. As a result,
you can now experience renewed health and vitality. Through meditation,
you have found your roots, your source of cosmic nourishment.
We are the Grandfathers. We have walked on the ground upon which
you now walk. You are beginning to realize the meaning of our
lives and are able to continue in our footsteps. We will begin
to teach you of your spiritual heritage, for you carry within
you a particular way of walking on the sacred path.
It is your destiny to carry on from where we have led you. You
drink from the waters of Earth and now from those of the heavens
as well. You are able to take our highest vision and bring it
into reality. You, who have a foot in both worlds, are the only
one able to lift the consciousness of the human beings once again
to a level of hope. It is you who can build anew. It is you who
can walk in beauty within the created world.
Explore now the beauty of your bare soul, this soul you have
found in your spiritual search. Take time now to concentrate
on the relationship of yourself and nature, yourself and God,
the Great Spirit Within All. We will help you. We will offer
what we have learned, that you might learn from our experiences.
Speak with us and we will answer."
June 19,1997 - I woke up early as usual, and went
outside to see the sunrise. I was joined by Tom, Zephyr Spirit
and a few others. The sunrise was amazing as usual, I felt so
content and blissed out!! And then all of a sudden Tom pointed
and said "Dolphins!". Sure enough, there were several
dolphins right next to the boat. In fact, there were dolphins
all around the boat, circling us. My first reaction was to jump
in, but it was still dawn and I got a message from the dolphins
to let them "supercharge" the water before we got in.
We watched in amazement as the dolphin circle went out further
and further from the boat until we could see dolphins all around
us on the horizon. They did a supercharging ritual as they hunted
for their morning meal, jumping out of the water to excite us
and play with each other. As I watched the dolphins dance in
a circle around us in the turquoise waters with the sun rising
behind them, I got the following message:
Circle Circle Circle
Circle of Life
Circle of Love
Circle of One
We embrace you, human fish
Our spirits are wild and free
And so joyous, like you
We circle you now....
My whole body and soul was signing with joy as we watched this
go on for at least 45 minutes until the dolphins slowly started
to come back in closer. That's when one of the crew yelled "Dolphins!"
and I knew it was time to get in with them.
I ran downstairs and got my gear on and jumped in. As I dove
down, two dolphins came straight at me and then around me as
they looked me in the eye. And then they were gone! The water
was totally charged and I didn't want to get out of it, ever.
I found myself wishing I could grow a tail and become a mermaid
so I would never have to leave!
The boat went cruising again and we saw more dolphins. We jumped
in, but they didn't want to stay, so we got back on board and
when we found them again, we went to the front of the boat and
watched them ride the bow of the ship as we moved. It was great
to see that. The dolphins are so joyful and just wanna have fun!
As if the day wasn't already perfect enough, the Bottom Time
II offers a "Resort Course" in SCUBA diving, which
means you take a short class and then can take a dive with the
instructor. We went to a place called "Sugar Wreck"
and I went SCUBA diving for the first time in my life. To be
able to breath underwater is so freeing, you feel like you are
a citizen of another planet! I saw incredible coral and fish
in the wreck. There were sharks, barracudas and I even saw a
turtle. I am now hooked on diving and will get certified over
After dinner we did a beautiful meditation focusing on the newly
created vortex Aleih had told us about. El then asked us all
to write a message, not to anyone in particular, but to the group,
on a piece of paper. We then placed each message in a basket.
The basket was then passed around and you were to randomly take
one of the messages out and read it. When I opened the message
I had chosen, I had another strong deja vu. I had seen and read
these words before, in that exact writing. The note said:
Thank you for being you and for the role you've played for me
on this trip. May your life be full of love, joy and happiness.
Much love always!
When I read my message to the group, I mentioned that I had seen
it before in a dream. As we left the dining hall, Sapphire (Georgia)
stopped me and told me that she had misunderstood what El had
said and thought we were supposed to write a note to a specific
person. She had written the message that I had picked for me
and was hoping that I would get it, which I did. I was so amazed
I couldn't say anything else to her at the time.
We put on some music and danced up on the second deck (we did
"the seaweed" and "the algae", but don't
try this at home!) We were having a great time when someone suggested
going night swimming. It was our last night in these beautiful
waters and quite warm, so a bunch of us decided to go in ...
naked! It was so much fun and even the new Esther Williams, also
known as Peace, got in with us. We had a total blast! We laughed
and giggled and it felt exhilarating! We were not surprised at
all when Celia called out from the second deck that she was pretty
sure she had seen a dolphin jump out of the water in the distance.
We were totally caught up in dolphin silliness and they wanted
to be around to witness the silly frenzy they had created in
Medicine Woman Card: Two of Stones - Reflecting on Potential
Use of Resources, "The fertile ground of nature surrounds
me now, waiting with her gifts for me to notice. The Great Spirit
within stands ready in my soul to activate whatever abilities
I choose. Which will it be? What can I offer to the world that
will bring my earthly reward and soothe my soul? I reflect now
on myself and where I am. What can I do for this land around
me? What can I do for my people? As I activate myself in a chosen
direction, the road to prosperity is cleared."
June 20, 1997
- Our last day on the beautiful boat. I don't want to go! This
morning I saw Sapphire sitting by herself and I asked her about
the note she had written to me. She said that like me, she is
from Atlantis and that we have had a competition thing going
on between us for several lifetimes. As we talked more we realized
how much we had in common and knew that we would become good
friends (again). So many connections on this trip...so many people
I have known before, I feel like I'm in the twilight zone. I'm
in the dolphin zone!!
We all reluctantly left the dock and went back to our hotel.
It is so strange to walk on land, I feel like I'm still moving
back and forth. We had a closing meeting at the hotel and shared
how we were feeling. Stewart came in as we finished a meditation.
We had forgotten some camera equipment on the boat. Everyone
was really happy to see him, I think he enchanted the whole boat!
After everyone chose a dolphin necklace that El offered as a
gift, Shimmer Coo asked Peace if she would answer a couple of
questions that people back home had wanted answered. Luckily,
Raj taped this session and I have transcribed it below.
Do dolphins ever get cold? And what
do they do if they get cold?
"I hear laughter on the first question. Of course we get
cold. We know how to generate the heat within our bodies, it's
taught to us at a very young age. We work on generating the heat
from the inside outward all the way to the ends of our bodies.
The only time that coldness sets in within our ocean domain is
when we are dying and then we let the heat go out the top of
our bodies and we leave."
What information can the dolphins
give us about what we can do to assist the ecosystem?
"Oh wow, these are the ones that came to us, the group that
we got to swim with. And it's the baby that is here, and the
baby is considered a master who has come in, and is a master
dolphin who is also a whale, who also carries the whale energy.
And this is why this baby was allowed to swim free and actually
move away from it's mother for a short time in order to grasp
the whole human pod as assembled. And then I get a clear picture
of me still in the boat, and he said "we didn't miss the
one above who is connected with me." This baby is a master
being. I see him through this white light all around the baby
in a circle in the water.
"All you have to do all around is to let that sweetness,
that light, that nourishment of your soul, (that milk that you
see is the white light from the soul, that feeds the soul,) is
to send that light out wherever you go. You can, by your very
nature, just as I do, just as all the dolphin brothers and sisters
do, be in the water and clear it, and clear it of all things
by the same method that I am showing you. By clearing it in the
same method which is sending out the milk of the soul. And when
you send out the milk of the soul, it nourishes all souls. All
energies align around it in a pure light. If you send this out
enough times and with enough people, what happens is that the
consciousness of people who are unconscious, who are ignorant
of their connection to others, changes. They go into that same
trance that you felt, and what happens to them is that their
love is realigned so that they cannot put anything out but the
milk of pure love.
Do not underestimate your own ability to put out that spiritual
force. All of you have been charged in the waters of love. I
was brought here by my dolphin and whale brothers; the entire
pod actually was there to hold me in space so that I could send
this all all to you. Now feel the energy that comes from your
own body no matter what infirmities or what impurities, you feel
you have. Feel the milk of pure sweetness and love radiating
in the vortex all around you. Now as you feel that energy, you
will feel yourself dwelling in the ocean of pure love. The ocean
of pure love is that which surrounds us at all times and connects
us to all life. You will see in that ocean there is everything
that is on this planet and in other realms. There are impurities,
there is beauty, there is love. Send that milk that sustains
your soul out into that ocean and as you increase that in magnitude
and quantity, the entire quality of the ocean changes. Both the
physical ocean that you see with your body's eyes, and the ocean
of pure love that sustains us and in which we all dwell. This
is the secret. All the technological wonders of this world are
pale in comparison. This encompasses all those technological
details that humans love to wear as part of their minds.
I charge all of you now in this room, and all of you who have
gone on these trips, and especially this group which I was sent
to be with, I charge you now with the service, with the solution
of sending out the milk of pure love and soul into the ocean.
I promise you will see, all things will grow. The whales, as
you have said, will return, the dolphins will multiply in number.
The ocean will be sweet to all those who drink it, and the earth
itself will be mature and expand in this new richness from the
bottom of the ocean all the way to the tallest mountain. Never
forget these words. It is not these words that I charge you with,
I charge you with entering pure love. That is each of your mission,
and it is why I came here to this place and why we now go forth
into the world. You have all been touched and changed. You will
never be the same. We love you. We are with you. You are the
same as us. We are you. You. You."
As Peace was transmitting this message from the baby master dolphin,
I had chills from my head to my toes. I saw dolphins swirling
all around the room in a circle and then all around my bed at
home. I felt as if I was in a twirling mass of love...and dolphins!
Right after this and for the next few days, I kept getting visions,
but they would come to me in an unusual way. I would feel like
I had my snorkeling mask on and it was full of water and I couldn't
see. Then, the water would drain out and everything would be
clear and I'd see dolphins, my house, places and people I didn't
know, people I had met, and other unusual sights.
I remembered that in the many hours I had spent in the water
during our trip, I had sent love out into the ocean. I would
start with my hands on my heart and concentrate on sending love.
I would then push my hands and arms out and around my body in
a circle to send love waves through the ocean world. At the time,
I wasn't sure why I was doing this, but now I knew why!
Everyone hugged good-bye. I will miss these beautiful people
so much...but I know I will see many of them again.
Angkh has asked me if I want to stay with her here in Florida.
She is going to rent a car and go to the Florida Keys. I called
home and everything is okay. Cecil said the animals are fine
and he's enjoying being there. Luckily I had the foresight to
know that I would not be ready to go right back to work after
a trip such as this, and I have the following week off work.
I have the money (sort of).....I'm staying!!!
How strange it is for me not to want to go home. I am such a
homebody, always so content and happy in my little cabin on the
creek in the redwoods...and the animals! I've hardly thought
about them except when I've checked in with them a few times.
What is happening??? I'm not ready to go home!
I am in such an altered state tonight, I don't feel like picking
June 21, 1997, Summer Solstice - My first thought when
I woke up was "The boat must be docked, it isn't rocking",
and then I realized I was in a hotel room. Damn!
I wrote a letter to Sapphire last night and was glad to run into
her in the lobby so I could give it to her.
Angkh and I rented a car and we were off for the Keys! We found
a great vegetarian restaurant for dinner and stopped here and
there to look at beautiful sites. We ended up staying at an amazing
campground on Fiesta Key. It is right on the ocean, has a fresh
water pool and lots going on. We went to town but it was getting
near sunset and since it was Summer Solstice, I HAD to watch
the sun set on the ocean. We went down some residential street
until we found ocean access. As I watched the sun touch the water,
I looked over at the dock and saw a young girl, about 10 or 11
years old doing a "spirit dance" on the end of the
dock to the sunset. She even did a swim move! She was a free
spirit dancing to her heart's content. I wanted to go hug her,
but by the time I got close, she was gone.
I couldn't sleep again tonight. I went swimming and did somersaults
and dolphin moves in the pool. Feels great to be in the water,
I just can't get enough! I walked the large campground four times,
sat on the wall looking out into the ocean for about an hour
and then sat down to write in my journal. I decided it was time
to ask the dolphins the life questions I had come with on this
trip. Sharon Callahan, my animal communicator/psychic, had told
me that many pieces of the puzzle would be put together for me
on this trip. She also had told me that the dolphins wanted me
to go with questions, but major life questions...and the dolphins
would answer them. I had written them on the first pages of my
journal before I left and got the following messages tonight:
1. What is my life path?
You have come so far already, thank you for taking the lessons
you have been given with a sense of humor (for the most part)
and especially for keeping the faith. Going on this trip was
the start of the next road on your life path...that is why everything
fell into place, you were guided and protected so that you would
be here at this time, on this trip. You are going to introduce
many, many people to our world and we needed you to experience
it now. The time is right. You are where you should be, follow
your intuition and your heart...we will guide you.
2. Where do I go from here?
Plan spiritual dolphin trips with the facilitators you are thinking
about and that will come to you. We'll take care of the rest.
Start writing your book.
3. How can I do the most good for this world and best serve
Do the web site you have been thinking about. Tell others about
the Universal Laws you have learned and how you have used them
for the highest good for all. Tell them of the miracles you have
seen. Write the book you have been thinking about and taking
notes for. We have been sending you ideas, be sure to write them
4. Is there a spiritual significance to the blonde streak
in my hair?
I hear laughter as I ask this question. "We know you were
embarrassed to ask this question because you felt it was vain,
but we are glad you asked. Yes, you are spotted, like the spotted
dolphin, marked to remind you who you are so even when you go
through dark times, somewhere inside you, when you look in the
mirror, you will remember the path you have chosen for this lifetime.
We need you to carry out our work and we couldn't let you stray
too far as you learned your life lessons. Your unique blonde
streak is a kiss from Spirit."
I don't trust these answers too much because I feel they are
dolphin slanted. However, they came through pretty clear. I am
still too high from the trip, and have "dolphin brain",
I'm going to have to check it out with Sharon when I get home.
Could it really be that I am meant to take others on dolphin
swims? Could that be my life path? Could life possibly be that
grand? As I looked out onto the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, I decided
that, yes, life can and will be everything I want it to be!
June 22, 1997 - Angkh and I stopped at the Dolphin Research
Center on Grassy Key. When we walked out to where the tour starts,
there was a dolphin swimming along the line of people. I watched
as she looked each and every person in the eye as she slowly
swam by, sometimes stopping and staring. I sent her the white
light of love from my soul and to all the dolphins at the Center.
I connected with her and she told me, "While no dolphins
should be kept captive, we understand that a center such as this
can save our lives because it helps people to become aware. We
long for the day when such a center is not needed, and it is
coming. I look each person in the eye and into their souls and
search for the good in them and bring it out so they will learn
to love all that is. I make a connection with people so that
they will respect and protect my kind and the ocean. I love the
children, they give us all hope for our future. I love meeting
them! We here know where you have been and thank you for bringing
that energy and message here to us. Have fun!"
I later found out that Marina is pregnant. The tour started and
the dolphins in this pen performed various "tricks."
What I liked is that two of the dolphins had babies with them
and the staff did not ask them to perform or even interact with
us, but they did anyway! They work with autistic and otherwise
handicapped children here and I feel that the dolphins really
enjoy that work. After swimming with dolphins in the wild, I
am the last person to want to see them in a place such as this,
but if they have to be held captive, I think Dolphin Research
Center is an okay place.
We walked around to various "pens" where different
dolphins were kept together for different reasons. These dolphins
were not asked to perform, but did anyway and the tour guide
could not stop laughing. I was standing in front of two volunteers
and I heard them commenting how silly and playful the dolphins
were being today and how great it was. Angkh and I sent love
to all the dolphins and we received a lot back! After the tour
was over, the guide said that she had been giving these tours
for 1 and 1/2 years and this was the best tour she had ever given!
Angkh and I knew why, they had put on a special show for us!
We stayed on Sugarloaf Key, too many mosquitoes here!
June 23, 1997 - Key West. Tonight we went on a snorkeling/sunset
cruise on a catamaran. The snorkeling was incredible, we went
to a reef where there were tons of beautiful fish. On the way
back, as we watched the sunset, a twister touched down to the
ocean next to the sun on the horizon. That was awesome!
We set up camp at a campground right in town and hit the night
life of Key West. It was pretty hopping for a Tuesday night,
lots of good music.
June 24, 1997 - We went out on a sailboat called "The
Danger" today for a three hour tour (seriously). First we
stopped at an uninhabitable key and got in the kayaks and paddled
right through the middle! We saw lots of nurse sharks and other
fish. We got caught in a storm, I thought it was great! We went
to another wreck to snorkel, it was okay, not the best place
On the way to find a place to stay for the night, we stopped
at Big Pine Key to see the dwarf deer that live there. The brochures
all say to go at dawn or dusk, the deer sleep during the day,
so I was a little annoyed (and very tired) when Angkh said she
wanted to pull off and try to see deer. She turned onto an unpaved
road and I took a deep breath to relax. Just a little way down
the road Angkh said, "I smell sweetgrass burning" and
so did I. We drove a little further...and found a fire! We backed
out and went back to where we had seen the Ranger Station. I
ran to the door but it was locked, so I pounded on it. A ranger
finally came and I told him where the fire was. Anghk and I drove
back so as to direct people where to go. The ranger came racing
by on his radio, soon a fire truck and police were there. The
police asked us if we had seen anyone, that they think it is
young kids. We hadn't. The ranger thanked us for finding the
fire and reporting it.
I learned a good lesson because if I had had my way, we never
would have gone down that street and maybe a lot more deer habitat
would have been burned. Oh yes, I am humbled!
We then stopped at Hawk's Cay Resort because there was a sign
that said "dolphin facility" on the road. What we found
there I hope I never have to see again. These are dolphins that
are not happy at all. They hardly move. They told me that they
constantly leave their bodies and go to other dimensions, because
that is the only way they can stay living. Their bodies are empty
shells, they said, and it looked like it too! "We are here
for profit and greed. The one who takes care of us, she truly
loves us, but it is not enough." I just wanted to get out
of there and so did they!
Since I have to be at the airport by 1:00 tomorrow, we drove
out of the Keys and stayed at a motel. Thank you, thank you,
thank you! I didn't come prepared to camp and I was ready for
a real pillow!!!
June 25, 1997 - It was sad to leave the dolphins , the
Bahamas and Anghk behind but I was ready to go home now. As I
was walking off the plane, talking about dolphins to someone,
a lady turned around and I saw the dreamy dolphin look in her
eyes. She smiled and showed me her dolphin necklace, similar
to mine. We started comparing jewelry and we had several similar
dolphin pieces! She had just gotten back from a four day trip
off of Key West. She said that the pod of dolphins that came
everyday was very familiar with the captain and the boat, they
had been working together for 10 years. At first I was so bummed,
because if I had known about this place while I was on Key West,
I would have gone, but then I realized that this was just another
sign that I was meant to go back again.
Seeing the redwoods again made me happy, but getting home was
so strange. I still felt disconnected from my animals. When I
drove up, the dogs, cats, birds, etc. all wanted my attention
at the same time and my ex-boyfriend was waiting on my doorstep.
I felt like I was going to overload and explode! I asked the
animals (including my ex) to please lay back for a while and
let me get used to being home again. Luckily, they all understood
and gave me my space.
When I checked the mail, there was a letter from Sapphire on
beautiful dolphin stationary. It was so great to have that connection
to the trip so soon after getting home.
Jacques Cousteau died today. How strange that he left this world
on the day I got back from learning about his world.
When I got into bed, I remembered the dolphins I had seen swirling
above it during the transmission from the baby dolphin. Just
then, Kisa, my beautiful black cat, looked up and all around
my bed and told me that she saw them too! Yeah, the dolphins
June 27, 1997
- I got the pictures back from the trip. I have some incredible
shots of dolphins! As I was putting the photos into an album
and totally re-living the trip in dolphin dream state, Penelope
called. She said that more dolphin trips are being planned!
July 1, 1997 - I finally talked to Sharon Callahan today
for our "dolphin debriefing". I told her all about
the trip and the answers the dolphins had given me to my life
questions. She got in touch with the dolphins and told me that
I was right on with all the answers, except that I missed some
things. I am meant to do dolphin trips and that is one of my
next steps, but not to limit myself to that. "Yes, the dolphin
swims are a good direction, but the real goal is union with God
and to help people experience that through animals. You are headed
in the right direction, but keep reminding yourself that it is
only a step. Anything that you can imagine, it's not the total
picture...it's bigger and better than that!" The dolphins
also told me not to forget to bring it all back to myself. Not
to forget that by expanding my own spiritual development, I am
"The book seems to be a dominating thing. You will open
up a huge number of people to other realms that might have never
gotten this information elsewhere." She said that I was
totally correct with the information I got about my blonde streak.
I told her that I didn't feel as connected with my own animals
since I got back. "You probably never will. Something has
been freed in you that needed to be freed. While it may be a
little hard on them at first, they understand the shift in you
and would never hold you back from your life path. While you
will always need to come back to the redwoods to ground yourself,
I see you doing a lot of traveling and your life will be totally
Wow, that's a lot to think about. I remember Marilyn, another
spiritual advisor of mine, told me a few months ago that I would
soon meet a man, give up my animals and go traveling with him.
At the time, I thought she was totally off, but now, while I
don't think I could ever give up all my animals, I feel an opening
that wasn't there before. I never wanted to travel, and now I
do! But where's the man??!?
When I said "Before I die, I will swim with dolphins,"
I didn't know how true that statement would prove to be. A big
part of me did die somewhere out there in the Bahamas, but something
else has been born and I can't wait to live it out! The dolphins
have given me so much; body, soul, mind and spirit. I know I
will be back soon to see them in their beautiful home and I hope
some of you will be with me!
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by Sierra Goodman, DivineDolphin.com
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