"Beluga" and "Baleen" - mixed media on cradleboard, 8" x 8"
My niece recently went to Hawaii on vacation, where she watched a behemoth whale glide underneath the modestly-sized boat she and her dad were on. I've never had the experience, personally, but found myself mesmerized by her description and in awe of what that moment must have felt like.
Whales have always seemed a bit like a superior alien species to me. A closely knit community with a communication style both haunting and musical, peaceful sentient beings with wise, calm eyes. I've often wondered what grooviness the universe was channeling when whales were imagined and created. Something wonderful and higher thinking than perhaps when rodents burst on the scene a bazillion years ago.
So what message does the whale have for me? The whale teaches about listening to your inner voice (there's that listening message again) understanding emotion and their impact on your day, and following your own truth. The whale as a totem animal symbolizes creativity, communication, physical strength and emotional healing and rebirth.
Whales, with their magical, musical language, communicate over thousands of miles. The whale teaches us to communicate clearly from our heart center to span the gap between ourselves and other people (which can feel enormous at times). The whales immense size can point to our feeling overwhelmed, overburdened and over scheduled (the words beginning with "over" are prevalent in my life right now!), and they remind us to cut back a bit until things feel manageable.
So today I will channel my inner whale and focus on clear communication and truth, perhaps while immersed in a small body of water (i.e.: bathtub). And then maybe cross a couple of things off my calendar.
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