Dolphin Breath/Initiation

     Unconditional Love
Element:  Water
Wind:  South ~Recalling the Child Within~
Medicine:  Universal Harmony – Manna/Breath

 Dolphin speaks to us of the breath of life, the only thing that humans cannot go
without for more than a few minutes.  We can live without water and food
for days, but oxygen is the source of our sustenance.  Within the
breath we encounter the rhythm of energy that all life emits.  In
changing the rate or rhythmic texture of our breath, we can tap into any
other life-form or creature.  This is a very easy way to connect with
divine energy coming from Great Spirit, as well as with your own

Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of  life, and teaches us how to release emotions through Dolphin breath. 
Dolphin creates rhythm, swimming through the water and breathing before
submerging, then holding its breath for the duration of underwater
travel.  As Dolphin comes above water again, it blows its breath out in a
manner resembling the popping of a cork.  We can use this same
technique to pull the stopper on our tensions and create total
relaxation.  This is a good exercise to use before entering the silence.

 Manna is life force.  Manna is present in every atom, and is Great Spirit's
essence.  Dolphin teaches us how to use life-manna through our breath. 
It revitalizes each cell and organ, and breaks the limits and dimensions
of physical reality so that we may enter the Dreamtime.
*Information above extracted from Jamie Sams Book
(Medicine Cards)

Lets go on a journey...

If possible, take yourself to the water's edge... if not go to a familiar
place in your mind's eye.

Bring a gift of sacred tobacco, blue or yellow cornmeal or what your heart speaks to you.  Even if you are
taking this journey from home.. you can place a gift outside for those
in nature.

Perform a Smudging Ceremony – Ground yourself

Wear comfortable fitting clothing (light colors) Clothing is also optional.

If you are doing this in your home.. a seashell in your pocket or in your
hand/s is a good suggestion.

  A few years ago, I was gifted with petrified dolphin & whale ear bones.  They are remarkable to work
with.  I am working on an ethereal alternative to having a physical one
but if you can find them.. You will be very pleased.
With this initiation, I begin my drumming and continue for approximately one
hour.. then as with
the whale initiation, I hold to each ear a dolphin inner bone.  I have
also placed a picture in files that you can see the differences in size
and shape of the dolphin versus the whale ear bones.

Today, leave your shoes behind and walk out on the beach.... feel the sand
caressing your toes with each step.  There is something very healing
just in touching another part of the Earth Mothers back, (I walk
barefoot most of the time when I go for walks.. just ask that Spirit to
protect your feet)..  walk slowly along the shore line, looking down and
stopping to pick up a special sea shell, feather or piece of small
drift wood brought in by the waves.  Feel the coolness of the water as
it laps around your ankles.  Ahhhh.. does it not feel so wonderful..
enjoy it for a few moments... be stilled.  Stand and smell the salty
air.. the wind is gently blowing your hair and gently touching your
cheek.. take in a deep breath,
allowing it to completely fill your lung spaces and allowing it slowly
to leave the lungs emptied.  Take in another….  Enjoy it... feel it...
release it and begin remember...  

 Moving further out, now the water touches the knees and then the thighs... you are becoming more
adjusted to the water by now, its not quite so cool... it actually
feeling warm at this point, it feels so calming and relaxing.  Take a
few minutes to again experience this space... allowing you to just be in
the moment.   Take in another deep breath..... and remember.......
something is beginning... not quite there but its starting to feel

 Continue moving out further and further into the water... feeling it at waist level and then touching just above
the breast line.  Feeling perfectly safe, Take in a deep breath...
allow yourself to become submerged into the waters... don't be afraid..
hold your breath as long as it feels comfortable and come up again for
another deep breath...  now begin to swim going down into the water and
up again... allow yourself to feel perfectly safe...  and

You have just noticed that someone/something has joined you, its now moving up beside you and nudges you like a familiar
friend or family member... then there are two, then three... and then
more.... they are the gray ones.. The dolphin pod has joined you in your
swim.  There are now a large group of them that has completely
surrounded you, from each side, in front of you, and behind you. They
nudge you gently and you reach over and touch the one on the right and
then the one on the left... the touch is smooth and warm, it feels
familiar….. Do you remember?
 They are exchanging sounds and each taking turns entering the water and coming up with a burst of air being
expelled from the blowhole.  They are
bidding you to come and play with them.. Follow them and know that you
are perfectly safe.. You need not fear them, they are here to teach you
about the breath and family.... and to remember....

 You begin to swim with them, trying very hard to keep up but cannot.. they slow and
allow you to catch up..
Now, you are feeling completely safe.. you begin to feel yourself changing... changing... and now realize that
instead of arms and legs, you now have flippers enabling you to swim
faster, keeping up with the pod.. you notice that your entire body is
becoming sleek and gray.. you have become one with the dolphins.. you
are a dolphin.  In excitement, you swim faster and faster. Leaping up in
the air, flipping/turning… then submerging deeply into the water and
looking around at the beauty that is a part of this world.. and when the
breath is at it fullest... you move upward and blowing with force expel
the breath that has grown within
you.   You are part of the Sacred Breath.. Manna...
Life/death/rebirth....  Stay with your new family  for awhile and soon
its time to return to your place on land but know that within the
dreamlodge.. you can return again and again.  Remember the message of
the dolphin... the importance of the breath.. and the importance of
sharing your space/life with those that walk this planet with you.  Do
not judge one that is different because beneath the skin, we are all the
same, be it color, scales, fur or feathers.. .. we are all related and a
part of Great Spirits eternal love.  


Copright:  Wanda Ruffner 2003

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