A Love Story from The Big Island
by Kathryn Jensen
the cat loved life. This impressive
cat’s mission was to remind his friend Mike of the great importance of giving
him everything he asked for…affection, great food, and a warm spot on Mike’s
was well loved.
got very sick and Mike decided the most compassionate thing to do for his dear
friend was to take him to the vet to be put to sleep.
Mike stopped by to share the sad news. All
present joined in saying a prayer.
Today a miracle occurred. Mike
finally remembered to take Chaco’s ashes to his favorite beach, Hookena.
He secured the remains in a
tightly knotted plastic bag.
The warmth of the sun was delightful and the crystal clear, aqua blue sea was
calm as a pod of sleepy dolphins glided slowly in the tranquil waters of the bay.
Mike’s most sacred moments in life have been in the presence of dolphins and
his intention was to spread Chaco's ashes in the ocean at a time when the dolphins could join Mike in
celebrating the life of his devoted friend.
He secured the small bag in his bathing suit pocket along with several
Before dolphins deepen into mid-day rest, those in the mood for play, strike up
“the leaf game” with leaves gifted to them and deposited in their waters by
their human playmates. The
leaves are tossed back and forth between these silly, playful dolphins and their
human friends. They delight in showing off their exceptional talent for flinging
the brilliant red-yellow leaves from their noses to their flukes to their tails.
So Mike, with great anticipation, began to swim slowly out to greet his cetacean
friends. But only within a few feet
of shore he noticed
Chaco's remains were no longer in his pocket. They were nowhere to be found.
With a heavy heart Mike joined the dolphins in the middle of the bay for
an early morning swim.
Mike swam back to shore.
He removed his swim gear, walked onto the hot sand and shared his
depression about the loss of the ashes with others.
His friend Wende listened sympathetically to the story of the missing
ashes as she readied herself for swimming.
Wende and Mike are deeply connected friends who’ve shared delightful,
synchronistic breakthroughs in consciousness during their swims with dolphins. Wende
knows about loss. She’s spread the
ashes of four loved ones over the past few years.
As Wende joined the dolphins in the middle of the bay was startled to find a
plastic bag floating in front of her…
Chaco’s ashes!! How did this
elusive bag float so far from shore?!! She
tucked the miraculous find into her wet suit and proceeded to enjoy her morning
swim, as the dolphins served her and others with a sweet reminder that “love
is the only answer.”
After an hour or so Wende swam to shore with the intention that Mike would still
be relaxing on the beach. He was!
Mike of course was astonished and relieved to see a familiar bag with
gray contents in Wendy’s hand. Tears
of amazement and relief were shared by Wendy, Mike and others who witnessed the
incredible re-appearance of Chaco’s ashes.
Mike prepared for another swim, this time, with what was left of
tightly held in his hand. Before he
entered the water he noticed the dolphins swimming towards shore.
As Mike kicked slowly through the gentle waters the dolphins surrounded him with the obvious intent of holding their friend in a circle
of golden heart centered compassion. Perhaps
they knew Mike was saying farewell to one of the best friends he ever had.
The dolphins, in unison, blew a wall of bubbles extending from the
surface of the sea to the sandy bottom. Mike
Chaco's ashes and they floated in the vortex created by the delicate, effervescent
net that shimmered with fluctuating rainbow hues, resembling flickering lights
of the aurora borealis.
The ceremony ended and Mike flowed back to shore on a wave of Grace.
The dolphins flowed with him gifting him with their presence and a very
special bright red leaf.
I arrived at Hookena for a late mid-morning swim and was greeted by Mike and our
friend Ellen, a person close to Mike’s heart who, that very day, was flying
home to Holland. Ellen was present when
was put to sleep. She loved and
supported Mike through that sorrowful time.
Mike’s eyes were wide open with amazement as he shared this story.
I asked him to write it down but he insisted that he was the story teller
and I was the designated scribe. Later
on I heard about this extraordinary farewell to
from Wende’s perspective.
This story “Chaco
’s Funeral” is filled with Wende’s and Mike’s experiences, descriptions
and impressions. However, as the
tale of this remarkable ceremony flowed through my filter and onto my computer,
the dolphins had their say; hence the subtle but powerful love lessons
from our dolphin friends.
remind us that gifts of love create the magic in our world and our connection to
the divine. They’re here to model our potential and do so in profound ways. As
the dolphins open our hearts, we remember we’re here to give and receive love
as we become the compassion we so deeply desire to witness in our world.
Mike, Ellen, Wende and I ask that you
share this story with those you love.
©Kathryn Jensen 2009
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