Dolphins use more of their brains’ capabilities than we do. The efficiency of their mode of communication becomes obvious in the wild, when they all move together as a unit, surf the waves at the same moment, make direction-changes simultaneously … How can we develop instant, open communication like this? When we have no secrets, no hidden agendas, no negative reactions. This is achieved through truthfulness, integrity, and Pod or Group Mind.
— Joan Ocean, on her years of experience swimming with dolphins
Why do some people who swim with dolphins and whales feel so profoundly affected by the experience, perhaps even healed, or changed forever? Often they describe it as pure joy. Cetaceans do seem to know something we haven’t quite figured out yet as they wordlessly and synchronistically move together — something about community and oneness, and something about play and the space of joy itself which is so abundant that it seems a bit foreign and even miraculous to us. Maybe that’s why sometimes, in their presence, we feel like are receiving answers long before we know the questions.
Why do we say we “fall” in love?
A rain barrel overflowing
Question Michelle Tennison, Answer Mark Harris, (2016)
Synchronicities are glimpses of transcendental unity, what in Latin is called the “unus mundus,” the one world. The unus mundus is the unitary and unifying realm which underlies, pervades and contains all dimensions of our experience. The unus mundus, just like the deeper, dreaming Self, is a psycho-physical reality, a universe beyond time and outside of space in which psyche and matter are inseparably co-joined as interconnected parts of a deeper, unified field. The unus mundus is a world in which we have already woken up. It is a realm beyond duality, beyond the opposites, beyond even the concept of beyond.
— Paul Levy
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–Photograph by Michelle Tennison
We are often shocked to find how well random answers to questions seem to make sense, and in fact they frequently expand upon what we thought was possible. Maybe things aren’t necessarily so cut and dry. When we find new “answers” to old questions we shine a light on everyday commonalities and the fact that one thing is not exclusive of another. Maybe without even realizing it we are opening up a new paradigm of oneness.
When the four elements separate, where will you go? (after a Zen koan)
Question Michelle Tennison, Answer Dietmar Tauchner (2017)