Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - My neighbor Betty Miramontes of Puerto Vallarta's Business Association, told me on Christmas Eve about the arrival of a Humpback that got entangled in fish nets and couldn't be saved. She said they needed help getting the word out how to better protect our beloved whales in beautiful Banderas Bay.
So I organized a whale protection ceremony on February 5 on Los Muertos Pier, led by Azteca-Huichol shaman Mexica (Ricardo Hernandez Lugo) and Mayte Quiroz Parra, to compassionately protect our Humpbacks both practically and spiritually through public awareness and inter faith harmony.
We were also inspired by the United Nations creating Interfaith Harmony Week Feb 1-7, proposed by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan in 2010.
The Charter for Compassion encouraged the world's communities (over 400) to participate because it phenomenally magnifies the anchoring effect of compassion and harmony on Earth when many groups work for good simultaneously. "Compassion, which lies at the heart of all faiths, impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures."
While Mayte created an altar in the center of our circle with our offerings, we were spontaneously joined by around 21 other whale lovers of multi-faiths and cultures. She purified everyone with the smoke of copal pitch, as frankincense and myrrh do, possibly why the Three Wise Men presented them to Jesus. Mexica then led us in love songs and prayers to the whales, ocean and Mother Earth, which we both explained raises their vibration, which purifies the water and heals and protects them all, so our sixty-five 40-ton Humpbacks keep coming back here to happily mate and give birth to about 30 babies each winter.
Phil urged us to spread the word to "Enjoy and project the whales by boats slowing down to under 25 mph in the Northern part of the Bay where the Humpbacks mate and give birth. If you have a permit let them come to your boat, do not chase them. And never use fish nets in Banderas Bay during whale season - IT'S THE LAW."
I shared that Miquel Alverez, a fisherman praying with us in solidarity, told me the whale pod was an hour away. "But since whales can hear our sweet love songs from 250 to 1,000 miles away, we just might see them jump for joy!" The ceremony ended with a spirited circle dance that prompting an international Biodiversity leader from Canada to exude, "That ceremony was so sincere!"
Olivia Ellis (Cherokee) PhD, my gifted advisor, had told me three times how important it is to do this ceremony and not let this moment slip away to help restore our suffering oceans. Japan's late "water guru," Dr. Masura Emoto, proved this phenomenon through compassionately leading hundreds of communities worldwide often with the Indigenous, to restore their contaminated waters.
I also thanked the mighty Neptune and his angelic nature spirits. Phil then blew the conch to send our prayers to the heavens and whales and Gayle chimed her crystal bowl which also clears the water.
On the way back to the pier we jubilantly sang, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the healing of the Seas," using a popular melody, converted by Robert Brothers, Ashland, Oregon's environmental activist, who sent it in solidarity. (*See Addenda)
Suddenly three schools of dolphins escorted us back and then Captain Lorenzo yelled, "There she blows," pointing to about 10 whales spouting and frolicking near the pier.
Mexica confirmed that the whales wanted to bask in our love energy and purified water for the health of their babies, supported by these revelations: Chemicals in plastic linked to rise in obesity and diabetes ... in infants since they have no resistance to them.
Could that be why a baby whale just washed up in Punta Mita?
Since plastics thrown on the streets break up into tiny pieces that whales and fish (we eat) can't help ingesting, PLEASE recycle plastics, and use cloth shopping bags & glass baby bottles!
Given a 19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7.2 million tons of plastics to save his generation, let's do our part to get Vallarta beautifully healthy. A daughter of a fellow Zumba mom loved the idea that we should tell everyone to imagine every time you recycle a bottle or bag, a baby whale or fish jumps for joy!
Everyone wanted to continue these ocean dances that "feed the soul," ideally weekly, hosted by alternating hotels. It will be a fun fitness part of our Vallarta Saludable's (VS) holistic plan to prevent a collapse in our healthcare system from diabetes. "Since Mother Nature is the great healer, the Aztecas and Huicholes will also lead Eco Tours on our 'Legendary Azteca Trade Routes,' said eco tourism leader Carlos VonHauske, my VS co-founder.
The main way that our multi-cultural team is working with Vallarta's Secretary of Health to compassionately restore the vibrant health of Vallartenses is by introducing yummy U.S. stevias, stevia sodas and organic food to their diet, including organic gardens next to hospitals. Plus nano technology that reverses the need for dialysis and prevents amputations, developed by Dr. Servando. He was scheduled to join our sea ceremony; instead, his act of compassion was tending to an emergency patient in the middle of the night since our IMSS hospital was too overwhelmed with diabetes cases to help her then or even the next day.
Mayan leaders have said that the most powerful way to purify and heal Mother Earth and Her oceans and mountains, are through these kinds of harmonious multi-faith ceremonies. Here is how Native American Elders-led Gratitude Snowdances, which our NAOTF helps inspire, have helped end US droughts for 55 years including 2012's: Snow Job: Ski Resorts Call On - WSJ.
Pharrell Williams (of "Happy") and U.S. Vice President Al Gore announced that on June 18, two billion people on seven continents will be "harmonizing" during their televised Earth Concert. Hopefully they will includes these kinds of inspiring multi-faith love songs to Mother Earth and Her oceans, including by local Carlos Santana, on: IMAGINE: Earthrising in 2015 Through Love Songs...
Our whale ceremony was a great lesson in trusting that Creator is in charge and events can turn out even better than planned. When a boat wasn't immediately available, the circle dance spontaneously came together. Amazing things can happen when people of diverse faiths join together and express gratitude to Nature in our unique ways, and in so doing to each other.
Vallarta Adventures also compassionately teaches visitors how to protect the whales along with ECOBAC... and HERE is a preview of Phil's documentary to help spread this healing of our beloved oceans and babies.
Hail to Karen Armstrong, founder of the Charter for Compassion, for helping Earth rise through spreading this spirit to millions who are more happily and consciously living by the Golden Rule, including here in Paradise!
Many blessings, Dios te bendiga (God blesses you), Nameste, Mitakuye Oyasin (All My Relations), God is Great!
*Let's Heal The Earth Today!
By Robert Brothers
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the healing of the Earth.
The calming of the climate that protects our place of birth.
We'll do it for our children and strive for all we're worth.
Let's heal the Earth today!
Chorus: Glory glory hallelujah, Joy of Earth is given to us!
Glory, glory hallelujah, Let's heal the Earth today!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the healing of the Seas,
The stopping of the drilling, that makes our Mother bleed.
The clearing of pollution so the fish can all swim free,
Let's heal the sea today!
Suzy Chaffee, a former Olympic skier who helped invent dancing down mountains, has turned activist, journalist, filmmaker, and has worked with seven U.S. Presidents. She is now co-chairman of a non-profit partnership of the Elders of the Americas and Olympians, called the Native American Olympic Team Foundation, which aims to heal Mother Earth for all our children through joyful sports and education. For more information, contact Suzy at (323) 493-3877, SuzyNativeVoices(at)aol.com, or visit Snow-Riders.org or NAOTF.org.