Friday, December 12, 2014

Responsibilities of a Dolphin Ambassador and Those Called by the Dolphins and Whales


Those who have been called by the dolphins and whales know what a huge impact they can have on a person's life. It is a great honor and blessing bestowed on very few.

And ... if that call is responded to and one pledges to be an emissary or ambassador for dolphins and whales, sharing their energy and messages to the world, it also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

It is not enough to communicate with them and share their messages of hope and understanding for humanity. It also means looking at their situation and environment and advocating for their protection and wellbeing.

Captivity kills ... period.

Cetaceans are extremely social creatures. Orcas, in particular, live in a matriarchal society where they stay with their mother their entire lives.

One day some day, I have no idea when, someone somewhere said that the dolphins and other cetaceans in captivity have chosen to be there. So those who don't want to become empathetic with the pain of captivity simply say, "they chose it" and they move on. I understand the behavior. Its human nature to avoid pain.

Most people refuse to even consider the situation, digging deeper into the actual circumstances, the actual reality of captivity, how captivity happens, how the animals are treated, and how they must feel about it. They simply are not willing to go into their darkness in order to find the light.

If you've ever watched a capture scene, heard the screams of the cetaceans being captured and the screams of their mothers and others they are separated from, you could never again go to a dolphinarium and every image of a cetacean in captivity would bring tears to your eyes.

But they chose it.

Hmmm.

So if a group of gunmen busted into your home, kidnapped your 5 or 6 year old son or daughter, and slaughtered most of your family, you would just say, "they chose it" and move on.

I think not!

That is the reality of captivity.

That is EXACTLY how Lolita (Tokitae) and many other orcas were kidnapped and enslaved. I've seen video of the capture in Penn Cove near Seattle. They set off explosions in the water, scaring and herding the animals. I've heard the people who took part in the capture tell the story of what happened. John Crowe still, after all these years, can't tell the story without crying. Visit this link for a short recap of that event: http://www.miamiseaprison.com/lolita.htm

Right now ... in Taiji, Japan ... every single day a group of boats goes out to herd entire pods of dolphins. They cull out the ones they can sell and slaughter all the rest.

There are those who say the ones in captivity can't go back to the wild. Yet here is an example of one who did: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/sampal-dolphin-escapes-reunites-pod-family_n_3647980.html.

Those who have worked with them in captivity and now only choose to visit them in the wild feel a deep calling from within to create a place where they can be retrained to wild, where they can be in a sea pen with "real" ocean water for awhile, where they can unlearn their behaviors in captivity and relearn to fish and care for themselves, eventually ultimately being set free and hopefully rejoining their family pod.

It is a noble calling. It is a HUGE undertaking. I certainly don't have the skill set necessary for such things. But I can tell others about it.

Orcas in Captivity-Infographic
Infographic from InfoGraphicMania.com

When you are called by the dolphins and agree to be an Ambassador, the "job" involves both sharing their wisdom and energy ... AND being an advocate for their freedom and wellbeing. They are two sides of the same coin.

Being an Ambassador is a big deal. It is a great honor. It is a huge responsibility. And you either are or you are not.

I don't make this next statement lightly. I would rather die than condone activity that harms and enslaves cetaceans.

The spiritual path is not all oms, lavender oil and rainbows. It requires digging very very deep within yourself and looking at every single distortion, fear, illusion, judgment, etc. that you have. How you treat others is how you treat yourself. If you condone, by participating with captivity or aligning yourself with those who are pro-captive, you are choosing to ignore the suffering of others.

I choose to STAND on the side of the cetaceans and be the Ambassador they called me to be.



Will you take a stand for the wellbeing of dolphins and whales?

If you feel you have been called by the dolphins or whales to be an Ambassador, feel free to right click and save the Dolphin Ambassador image to your computer. Share it proudly as a STAND for the cetaceans.

Have a deLightful day,
Takara


Takara is a bestselling author, speaker, engineer, and consultant who helps conscious-preneurs, authors, coaches, healers, group leaders, and others remember and embrace the beautiful, powerful, magnificent beings they are inside so they can rediscover their joy with passion, poise, power, and purpose. She helps them transform themselves and their careers using real world savvy with spiritual finesse. She says, "Life is a magnificent adventure ... remember to enjoy the ride!" Get her free Magnificent U starter kit by visiting her gift page. Enjoy the Dolphin Ohana Blog: http://www.DolphinOhana.com

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Osho News Reviews Dolphins & Whales Forever

Oscar from Osho News reviews Debbie Takara Shelor’s book, Dolphins & Whales Forever

Oscar's words: "All I can say is that it made my heart soar, I felt very uplifted, and ... I just do very strongly recommend it if you have any leaning to communication with other species, to their being guides for us and if you have any openness to being touched by ‘external’ communications."

See the complete review here: http://www.oshonews.com/2014/06/dolphins-and-whales-forever/

Have a deLightful day,
Takara

Takara is a bestselling author, speaker, engineer, and consultant who helps conscious-preneurs, authors, coaches, healers, group leaders, and others remember and embrace the beautiful, powerful, magnificent beings they are inside so they can rediscover their joy with passion, poise, power, and purpose. She helps them transform themselves and their careers using real world savvy with spiritual finesse. She says, "Life is a magnificent adventure ... remember to enjoy the ride!" Get her free Magnificent U starter kit by visiting her gift page. Enjoy the Dolphin Ohana Blog: http://www.DolphinOhana.com

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tokitae Song - Lolita We Love You - May You One Day Swim Free

The Orca that Changed My Life  - Tokitae - Lolita



The song is by Lynn Wedekind. The song is truncated here. You can get the whole track at CDBaby here.

Lynn Wedekind: Tokitae (aka "Lolita")-You Will Be Free

Have a deLightful day,
Takara

Takara is a bestselling author, speaker, engineer, and consultant who helps conscious-preneurs, authors, coaches, healers, group leaders, and others remember and embrace the beautiful, powerful, magnificent beings they are inside so they can rediscover their joy with passion, poise, power, and purpose. She helps them transform themselves and their careers using real world savvy with spiritual finesse. She says, "Life is a magnificent adventure ... remember to enjoy the ride!" Get her free Magnificent U starter kit by visiting her gift page. Enjoy the Dolphin Ohana Blog: http://www.DolphinOhana.com

Dolphin Ambassador Badge

I created this badge for those who feel they are Dolphin Ambassadors. Feel free to share it on your wall, post it on your blog, pin it to Pinterest, or use it in other ways to let people know you are proud to be a Dolphin (and whale) Ambassador.



Have a deLightful day,
Takara

Takara is a bestselling author, speaker, engineer, and consultant who helps conscious-preneurs, authors, coaches, healers, group leaders, and others remember and embrace the beautiful, powerful, magnificent beings they are inside so they can rediscover their joy with passion, poise, power, and purpose. She helps them transform themselves and their careers using real world savvy with spiritual finesse. She says, "Life is a magnificent adventure ... remember to enjoy the ride!" Get her free Magnificent U starter kit by visiting her gift page. Enjoy the Dolphin Ohana Blog: http://www.DolphinOhana.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dolphins vs. Taiji Killers - 2 for 2 this season


I think this means we are 2 for 2.

Two days of dolphin hunters from Taiji, Japan going out to herd dolphins in for the slaughter and 2 blue cove days- meaning no blood was spilled. 

I know there are lots of people who are into football and other sports where they root for this team or that team, wear the clothes with the team colors, do the pre-game and other parties, spend lots of money to go to the games, and for them the sport is a really big deal.

The game result brings them great joy or great upset.

They really care about who wins.

To me ... this "score" is a MUCH bigger deal. Its not a fun sport designed to entertain. It's about death of magnificent creatures. The usual death toll each year is 20,000.

It's time to stop this madness!

Send out your love, light, and prayers to continue having Blue Cove Days!

To join with others this fall equinox in sending healing love and light to the oceans, the dolphins, and the whales, visit this link: http://bit.ly/DolphinMeditation

Monday, September 1, 2014

Southern California with Dolphins & Whales Forever ~ 11

This is the eleventh post from On the Road with Dolphins & Whales Forever book and event tour. To read the first post, visit this link.To read the additional posts, visit the links at the bottom of the page.

Once I got back from 3 days on the sail boat, I drove once again to Oceanside, California to spend a few more days with the delightful Laurie Reyon. We had such a lovely time!

The view from one of my favorite beaches on the southern California coast
I spent several days visiting the ocean each day, collecting rocks and shells, meditating at the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, California overlooking the water, walking barefoot on the sand, and writing.

One morning I got breakfast to go at a little coffee shop. I ended up in a conversation with the girl behind the counter. Somewhere in the middle we discussed that I was on a book tour. She asked the name of my books. When I mentioned Peering Through the Veil, she suddenly had a huge smile and said her mom had been telling her that she needed to read that book.

As soon as I got the beach, I sat down on a bench to unwrap my breakfast sandwich and suddenly felt I should look up. A whole pod of dolphins was swimming past. Ah ... breakfast with dolphins. It was so much fun!

Beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean


That evening Laurie and I took a stroll on the pier at Oceanside and saw dolphins again. We finished off my visit with a fabulous meal by the water.

Leaving the ocean was tough, but it was time to head inland for more adventures ...

Have a deLightful day,






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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dolphins & Whales Forever Book Tour Thriving on the Weekend with D. Takara Shelor ~ 10

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After the awesome boat trip from Dana Point, CA, Roberta and I spent a night with her daughter, son-in-law, and grand children north of L.A. and then headed to my cousin's in San Jose.

Roberta safely boarded her plane back to HI and I spent the rest of the weekend enjoying time with my cousin and some members of his family, meeting some of his motorcycle buddies at a BBQ restaurant get together for cycling lovers, and getting to know San Jose, California.

I took a 3-day Thrive Academy workshop in San Francisco where I met some awesome people, did a lot of dancing, sold some Dancing Dolphin Sacred Healing Oils & Mists, and met the fabulous PJ Van Hulle.

Takara with PJ Van Hulle
Takara at Thrive Academy


After spending all this time on a sacred adventure with spiritual teachers, healers, channels, coaches, and friends, I headed into the much more physical realm and hung out with an old friend named Joe, that once upon a time I thought I might marry.

We had a blast in Costa Mesa, California. Joe provided great food, fun friends, and a lovely home. I greatly enjoyed getting to know his new girlfriend and her cute little white dogs.

I had my first experience being in a sail boat race. Ropes and people moving at high speed as the boom came flying around to steer us in a new direction. I'm sure there is a more nautical term for "boom." I climbed for dear life from one side of the boat to the other, carefully avoiding the moving ropes and people, trying not to slip or get knocked into the water. Then hanging my feet out over the side as the wind and sail laid her sideways in the water - as if my weight would make any difference whatsoever in what the boat was going to do. hahaha. It was a ton of work and involved lots of adrenaline. I could see the appeal for those who love competition and a good adrenaline rush. I think I would have to learn a lot before I would find it fun however.

View from the yacht club in Newport Beach

Afterwards Joe asked me if I'd ever been in a sailboat race before. My response was, "I've never even been on a sailboat before." It was quite an initiation into that world. Luckily all I had to show for it was a couple of scraped up knees.    

I had gone to Newport Beach one day while Joe was at work. I found that I didn't like it nearly as much as my beloved Moonlight or Swami beaches in Encinitas further down the California coast. I longed for the loving embrace of the tranquil hillsides, the lush plant life, the breathtaking vistas, and the laid back lifestyle of the people there.

I spent the next three days on Joe's sailboat with he and his friends, coming and going from San Diego Yacht Club. This is a different boat than the racing one we had been on previously at Newport Beach.



The Boat We Lived on for 3 Days

San Diego from the Boat

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dolphins Dolphins Everywhere with the Dolphins & Whales Forever Book Tour ~ 9

This is the ninth post from On the Road with Dolphins & Whales Forever book and event tour. To read the first post, visit this link.To read the additional posts, visit the links at the bottom of the page.

We arrived in Oceanside in the late afternoon to meet Laurie Reyon and several of her friends who had gathered there to enjoy a meal and the book signing event later that evening.

Takara, Roberta, Laurie, and Master Cat Puddah
Continuing to speak about Dolphins & Whales Forever after it became chilly in the evening

Laurie and Puddah
Takara signing books in Oceanside, CA
The following day we drove to Dana Point to enjoy a boat trip where we saw 500-600 common dolphins, a few sea lions, and 5 blue whales.

Roberta speaking to the group before our boat trip began
Takara and Roberta
Takara, Laurie, and Roberta being wind blown on the boat
Blue Whale
Common Dolphins near Dana Point, California
Our dolphin and whale trip from Dana Point, CA


The next day I put Roberta on a plane back to Hawaii. What a wonderful adventure we shared together!

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Dolphins & Whales Forever Visit Sedona and Mesa Arizona with #1 Book Tour ~ 8

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The next day we were scheduled to have another book signing event with Tea in the Garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The weather was iffy and with Roberta's injuries, we decided to cancel. We spent a lovely evening with one of my dearest friends on the planet, Millie Stefanie, and headed out the next day for Sedona and Mesa, AZ.

We met Linda Shay and her husband, David Rosenthal, at a delightful restaurant in Sedona for a wonderful meal and great conversation. 

Linda Shay, Takara, & Roberta Goodman in Sedona, AZ


Linda and David are the only two people that were part of the collaboration that I had met previously. Everyone else I was meeting for the first time in person during the trip. Linda and David had a booth at a conference held in Santa Fe and we met there years ago.

After our short stop in Sedona, we headed on down the road to Phoenix and Mesa, AZ to meet Cat and Grandma Chandra and to spend the night.

Wow was it hot. We enjoyed a lovely Afghani meal prepared by Cat.

I was surprised at what a small person Grandma Chandra is and was even more surprised at her wanting to climb up into my lap. As she sat rocking in my lap, she had her mom communicate several messages to me. One being that we had been sister dolphins in Lemuria. I found that little revelation not the least bit surprising as I have such a fondness for Lemuria and some of my favorite past experience memories are of actually being a dolphin - not just communing and connecting with them.

Cat had a laser color sound healing device that she had been using with Grandma Chandra with great success. Grandma Chandra has a physical condition that causes her to be unable to speak and was unable to walk until only recently.  Cat let Roberta use the laser device on her ankle to help strengthen and heal the wounds from the fall in Mountainair.

Grandma Chandra followed me around everywhere I went and whenever I sat down, she climbed up beside me and had some part of her body touching mine. It might be her feet, her back, or sitting once again in my lap. Her presence was truly wonderful.

The following day Roberta and I enjoyed a dip in the pool before heading off to Oceanside, California and our two back to back events scheduled there.

Have a deLightful day,






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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dolphins & Whales Bestseller Book Tour Heads to New Mexico ~ 7

This is the seventh post from On the Road with Dolphins & Whales Forever book and event tour. To read the first post, visit this link.To read the additional posts, visit the links at the bottom of the page.

After saying our goodbye's to Roberta Goodman's aunt and uncle near Dallas, we headed into the heat and dryness of the American Southwest. We drove all day to get to Mountainaire, NM to spend a day or so with one of Roberta's good friends.

We stopped at a little local store just before it closed and purchased a few groceries for our stay in the high desert.

It was an extraordinary adobe home on the side of a hill on 80 acres. We were given a tour and engaged in fascinating conversation for the rest of the evening.

Sunrise in Mountainaire, NM


The next morning, I woke up with a migraine. Our host had been smoking and it set off my allergies. I spent most of the next day in and out of sleep downstairs trying to move past the migraine and catch up on some much needed rest after all our travels.

I was sound asleep when I suddenly heard Roberta yell and then I heard, "bam, boom, whack, thud." I bolted out of bed and ran as fast as possible to the next room to find Roberta lying on her back on the cement floor staring at the ceiling. She had fallen from the floor above through the trap door in the corner of the room and hit the kiva-type ladder all the way down. Some of her bruising was 8 inches across.

She spent much of the rest of the trip very sore and uncomfortable.

I took a little "dolphin trail" hike without Roberta, since she couldn't really walk at this point. I found little pottery dolphins all along the trail. It was a lovely hike and wonderful that the dolphins were there too!

One of many dolphins on the "dolphin trail" in Mountainair, NM



Have a deLightful day,






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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dolphins & Whales Forever Book Tour Heads to Mississippi and Texas ~ 6

This is the sixth post from On the Road with Dolphins & Whales Forever book and event tour. To read the first post, visit this link.To read the additional posts, visit the links at the bottom of the page.

After our unexpected overnight near Pirate's Cove, Cyndie Lepori led the way to her lovely home in Mississippi.We enjoyed hearing her produce Brad Simpkins' radio show.

The next day we headed to Texas and a night with Roberta's delightful aunt and uncle who live near Dallas. We got there 10 minutes before our radio interview with Cyndie was to begin. So with quick hellos to her aunt, we each got on the phone and enjoyed a little more time with Cyndie.

Here is the recording of Seas of Light with Cyndie, Roberta, and I:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dolphinhugs4u2/2014/07/03/dolphins-and-whales-forever-with-takara-sheltor-and-roberta-goodman 

Next up ... more unusual happenings along the way. This time the unexpected was pretty darn ugly!

Have a deLightful day,






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Friday, July 11, 2014

Dolphins & Whales Forever Bestseller Book Tour Heads to Pirates Cove ~ 5

This is the fifth post from On the Road with Dolphins & Whales Forever book and event tour. To read the first post, visit this link.To read the additional posts, visit the links at the bottom of the page.

After our lovely time in Panama City, Cyndie Lepori led the way to Navarre and Pirate's Cove.

Navarre Beach, FL with Cyndie Lepori


Cyndie Lepori, Chickadee Stormes, Roberta Goodman, and Karuna in Pirates Cove

Roberta Goodman, Chickadee Stormes, and I

As we gathered in Pirates Cove to enjoy a meal with new friends, we had the great good fortune of dolphins coming to visit by swimming past right in front of our table for dinner. A mom and baby. Such a blessing.

With every grand adventure there is sometimes adversity. The first of such activity began in Pirates Cove.

After visiting Cyndie's boat, we got back in the car and started to drive away with the intention of driving to Cyndie's in Mississippi. My car sounded terrible - metal on metal screaming. We quickly pulled over and tried to figure out what to do. A nice police officer stopped and we asked him to listen to the noise. He said it was probably fine to drive to a nearby location for the night.

The new friends we had met at Pirate's Cove had invited us to stay for the night. We had to take them up on it. As soon as the decision was made to stay, the noise stopped. We headed to Walmart to purchase a few blow up mattresses and 5 women and 4 small dogs created a giant slumber party in a 1 bedroom apartment. It was pretty hysterical.

The next day we had the car checked out and everything was completely fine. I did have quite the discussion the next morning with one of the ladies and I'm fairly certain that was the reason we had been "inspired" to stay for the night.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dolphins near Panama City - a Great Adventure For our Book Tour ~ 4

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We were staying in the lovely dolphin / mermaid home of Linda Hess in Panama City. She arranged for us to rent a pontoon boat and head out to see the local dolphin pod.

Cyndie calling the dolphins


Roberta driving the boat
Wake from our boat and view of Panama City
 
Seagulls fllying behind the boat
We met up with a few dolphins and got in with them. Cyndie let me borrow her snorkel and fins. Had no luck capturing the dolphins on film.

Later that night we enjoyed a lovely gathering at Capstone House. What a delightful group of very special people. Cyndie, Roberta, and I each took turns speaking. The rest of the evening was spent talking one on one with the wonderful people in attendance, enjoying a lovely meal they had prepared, selling books and other products, and feeling quite blessed by the experience.

Thanks go to Cyndie for setting it up and Capstone House for hosting and to Linda Hess for offering us her delightful home to stay in for awhile.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dolphins & Whales Forever Book Tour Heads to Panama City, FL ~ 3

This is the third post from On the Road with Dolphins & Whales Forever book and event tour. To read the first post, visit this link.To read the additional posts, visit the links at the bottom of the page.

We had so much fun in Aripeka and Sarasota. It was now time to head to Panama City and our first book signing event held at the Capstone House.

First we met Cyndie and Linda Jean Morel Hess for a late bite to eat.

Roberta and Cyndie Lepori in Panama City, FL
This time with a smile
Linda Jean Morel Hess and I in Panama City, FL
The next day we rented a pontoon boat and headed out to find dolphins ~ which we found of course!

Have a deLightful day,






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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dolphins & Whales Forever Book and Event Tour Heads to Sarasota, FL ~ 2

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After saying goodbye to friends in Aripeka, we headed to Sarasota to meet up with Mary J. Getten, her husband, and enjoy their lovely home there.

Once again it was my first time getting to meet Mary.

Beach in Sarasota


We enjoyed a visit to her favorite beach.

At Sarasota Beach
 We also got to see manetees. I had never seen them before.


Manatee in Sarasota
Downtown Sarasota
One of many DiVinci machines - this one is to walk on water

We enjoyed the DiVinci Machine's exhibit at a local museum and had yummy, yet VERY melty (lol), ice cream at the pier.

Inside the infinite mirrors by Divinci

Roberta and I with the Mona Lisa in Sarasota
Be careful, there are Manatees here - near Sarasota, FL
Have a deLightful day,





P.S. To find out more about the tour and meet up with the authors this summer, visit this link: http://www.dolphinohana.com/p/events.html

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