Daily Angel Oracle card, from the Earth Magic Oracle Card deck, by Stephen D Farmer: Whale ~ Breach
“This powerful creature of the ocean takes a few great sweeps with his fins and propels himself briefly out of the waters where he spends the majority of his life. He is taking a break from the ordinary Earth element in which he lives to exist even for a few moments in the realm of blue skies and sun, having broken through the skin of the ocean in a magnificent display of fullness and strength. All baleen whales breach, but none more spectacularly than the humpbacks, considered the acrobats of this family. They arch, stretch, and twist their bodies even as they approach the surface of the water, in what may be an ancient mating ritual, a form of communication, or even a way to remove parasites.
In this image, the humpback whale that has burst out of the ocean expresses an almost palpable feeling of release and joy. Often when we manage to change our environment – to break through illusory blockages – we experience an intense feeling of relief and can let go of any previously held fears and assumptions of what would happen once we did overcome that barrier, whether it is material, emotional, or mental. Simply getting away from the trance of technology for a few hours and spending that time in Nature is a breach from the trappings of civilization that can suffocate us and prevent us from connecting to Earth.
It is time to take a break! Not just a coffee break, but a respite from the usual environment you find yourself in. That trip you wanted to take? Go for it. Tired of being indoors? Make it a point to get outside. You have become so attached to your surroundings that you have created within them an illusion of safety, yet it is not these things that make you feel safe. Rather, the familiarity you have imbued in your surroundings have generated this false sense of security.
Taking time away from the familiar is literally about changing your external environment in a significant way, such as doing something unusual or perhaps something you have always wanted to experience. Another perspective is breaking through the barrier of beliefs that have constricted you in any way from being who you truly are. This is your opportunity to do some intentional breaching of these through patterns, which will open you to different worlds and perspectives.”*
Getting time away from “screens” and cell phones, and the distraction of responsibility in this high tech world of ours takes commitment, will power and self control. Communication is instantaneous, and many people are irritated to wait more than a few seconds or minutes for a response after sending a text or email. Getting away from it all means leaving your phone at home (or at least in your car at the beach) and breaking free for at least a little while.
I am from pretty much the last generation of kids without phones, tablets, computers and video games. Well, sure they had games, but nothing like today, we had to use a land line to call our friends, and if they weren’t home, we had to wait til they called back! Now it’s hard to go out for a date night without checking your phone every so often (or constantly) to see what everyone else is up to…. or catch up on your game of Candy Crush Saga. It’s enough to drive you bonkers! I am not a fan of gaming, as I feel like it turns my husband and kids into real live zombies right in front of my very eyes. Every tried explaining something to someone in the middle of a game?? It’s worse than sports, may as well save your breath.
So I can totally relate to the whale in this photo. I liken it to getting outside to enjoy the sunset this morning with the dog at 7am, getting to the beach and having no cell reception so you just get to bury your toes in the sand, glimpsing the double rainbow after the storm.
There is one other element I see when I look at this whale breaching, and that is how I feel after a successful meditation; one where I wasn’t distracted by outside forces or inside “monkey brain”. One of those beautiful moments where you so clearly connect with the Divine, you never want to go back to the mundane. Those moments are all around us, and if we can be mindfully receptive, we can connect over and over again until it is effortless and infinite. Each time you make that connection to the Divine, it raises your vibration, which in turn raises your consciousness.
So, put the phone down, and walk away, even for just a little while. Be outside, breathe, look around you and really see the beauty this Earth has to offer. It’s 11/11/2013…. at 11:11am take some time to quietly meditate, sending out gratitude and love. For us Canadians (and for Americans, and many other countries around the world) we can appreciate the freedom we enjoy today and send prayers of gratitude to the Divine for keeping our country peaceful. Every prayer for peace from everyone around the world is heard; as we come together we create a new reality. Let’s all send prayers of love and peace to help everyone around the world live in peace too.