I have spiritual friends who live in Hawaii and swim with dolphins every day. A relationship between human and dolphin is created. My friends report a telepathic ability to communicate with dolphins who return to them on a regular basis. They can call to the dolphins, whether on land and or at sea. This is done telepathically or with tones they establish between themselves and the dolphins.

I have met people who channel information, supposedly from dolphins, or dolphin frequencies, both from the Earth's oceans and from Io, a moon satellite of Jupiter. They believe that aquatic alien life forms travel back and forth to planet Earth from Io. While here they live in the physical bodies of dolphins and use their energies and harmonic tones to heal and balance the planet.

Dolphins have a strong metaphysical link to our planet in that they are part of the sea, the oceans, the primordial waters that we associate with the collective flow of consciousness - the source of creation.

According to mythology, they walked on the land at one time, then they went back in to the sea.

Many claims have been made about magical healing power of dolphins. This cannot be scientifically validated. However, encounters with these large, intelligent and, usually, surprisingly friendly wild animals, are frequently described as exhilarating and inspiring; perhaps this is at least part of their "magic".


Dolphins have a very special bond with children, dolphins often showing a fondness for young children. It seems that they are particularly befriended by their small size, their sense of play and natural joy.

Often when a child enters a pool with dolphin, they are immediately surrounded by attentive females or juvenile dolphins.

Working with dolphins has had positive results with autistic children and others with 'special needs'. There seems to exist a link between animal and child. It is intuitive and goes beyond 3D connections. It is the reason many adults have mets. It is about loving without judgment. It is about understanding and compassion.

Dolphins combat child deafness

The Moscow children receive their musical medicine

August 2000 - BBC News

From Yevpatoriya in the Crimea, the BBC's Steven Rosenberg reports on an innovative treatment for deafness in children - one involving dolphins.

It is showtime at Yevpatoriya's dolphinarium. The stands are packed, the crowds already on their feet, and down below, in a pool of rather murky water, the most famous double-act in town is ready for action.

Two dolphins shoot into the air like rockets into space, their silvery bodies gleaming in the midday sun.

More than just a trick

Until recently, tricks were just about all that the dolphins, Raddy and Grand, were allowed to do.

However, the two creatures have the chance of a new career away from showbusiness which could eventually benefit millions of people. Helped by a doctor, 10 deaf children line up by the side of the pool with their backs to the dolphins.

They have travelled from Moscow to help test a revolutionary treatment for deafness.

Musical medicine

One by one, the children remove their hearing aids and wait for a dose of musical medicine.

At the command, Raddy and Grand burst into song. It might not sound the most relaxing melody - but to the deaf children it is, quite literally, music to their ears.

They raise their hands in joy. Suddenly, these children can hear sounds and noises that usually they are unable to detect.

"I can hear a letter 'R' when the dolphins sing," says 11-year-old Antonina.

"Sometimes, I can even hear a letter A!"

Ultrasonic waves

Local scientists believe that ultrasonic waves in the dolphin's voices are making all of the difference, helping to stimulate nerve endings in the ear and inside the brain.

Viktor Lysenko is director of the Children's Rehabilitation Centre in Yevpatoriya.

"When deaf children listen to dolphins, they hear a new sound, ultrasound, and as a result, the dolphins help deaf children with hearing," he explains.

In a tiny room at the back of the centre, Antonina sits wired up to a machine, 20 electrodes spread from ear to ear.

A computer image of her brain flickers on a monitor nearby.

These types of tests help to pinpoint where exactly dolphin therapy is having most effect.

Medical history

According to Dr Igor Zagoruchenko, there is no doubt that the treatment makes it easier to make sense of sound.

"It's like when you clean the lens of a camera," he says.

"The picture doesn't get brighter, but it does become sharper."

Dolphin therapy may not provide a complete cure for deafness. However, it does offer some hope.

That is the reason why scientists in Yevpatoriya are convinced that Raddy and Grand are making medical history by bringing the joy of sound to those whose lives have forever been silent.

Mexico's Autistic Kids See New World with Dolphins

March 2000 - Reuters

Terrified at first by the approach of the large mammal, 7-year-old Francisco Javier Reyes Arroyo cries out hysterically for his mother from the pool. But he relaxes gradually as the dolphin, named Holbox, gently touches his hair and face and starts singing a dolphin's characteristic creaky song. In the fraction of a second when the autistic child's senses suddenly connect, his crying stops and for a brief moment his clear laughter echoes in the air.

The use of "dolphin therapy" to help autistic or mentally handicapped children improve their learning abilities has won increasing acceptance among psychologists in recent years. In southern Mexico City's Delfinario, scientists have been using the unconventional therapy for 25 years.

"Hola, hola, es tu amigo (hey, hey, he's your friend)," therapist Frederico Quiroz tells Francisco, talking slowly and calmly to both the boy and Holbox as he tries to lure the 8-year-old male dolphin to swim closer to the boy. All is quiet in the pool as three dolphins --Holbox, Venus and Chispa -- swim gracefully, gently splashing their dorsal fins and tails at the three children in the water while the therapists carefully coordinate the movements of the patients. Then Francisco, who at seven still has not learned to talk, suddenly starts to utter his first sounds.

No scientific evidence:

"We cannot prove this method of treatment but already after three sessions with the dolphins he (Francisco) is much more concentrated and has started paying attention," Dr. Misael Vilchis Quiroz, who runs the Delfinario center."The results are very, very good. For 90 percent of the children the results and improvements come very quickly."

Psychologists are at a loss to explain scientifically how the dolphins help the children, but the results are obvious.

Beaming with joy, Patricia Codines Palacios, mother of 2-year-old Mario Alberto, says he has become a wilder l ittle boy following his encounters with the dolphins. "He is much more of a little troublemaker now than he was before." To most parents this would be a disturbing development, but to parents who pay $430 for eight sessions of therapy it is a thrilling moment when their children suddenly realize there is a world around them.

Just a few months ago things looked a lot different for children like Francisco and Mario Alberto born with mental handicaps such as autism and Downs syndrome.

Most of their time was spent living in a world of their own. Now they have opened up to the world outside -- a place full of sounds, pictures and colors that are more confusing than pleasing -- and have developed the ability to connect a sound and a word with the sight of the smiling dolphins.

Still incapable of speaking much, David Uriel Gomez Garcia, 6, pays enough attention to a foreign visitor to listen to her question: Who are the creatures we see in the water? "Fishes," he stutters before he again drifts back into his own world that outsiders cannot penetrate.

Research earns respect:

David Uriel still has a long way to go. But American neuropsychologist Dr. David Nathanson, one of the first advocates of dolphin therapy back in the late 1970s, says the dolphins give children like those at Mexico's Delfinario a noticeable boost in their development process.

"A lot of children with disabilities can learn a lot more than we think, but we don't know what it is which holds back their attention," Nathanson, who runs "Dolphin Human Therapy" programs at the Miami Seaquarium, told Reuters. "Dolphins have the second largest brain size compared to body size after human beings, so they are very intelligent, and as part of that they are able to sense smaller children with a disability and will be gentle and careful. Dolphins help "jump-start the child to the next level of therapy in a very short period of time," after which a therapist needs to follow up on the treatment. "We get children who can't speak at all and we get them to speak a few words after just a couple of sessions. The dolphin is a powerful motivator for the child, it helps them to relax."

At the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Keys in Florida, staff members report optimistically on their results. "There has been no scientific data saying this (progress) is what happens when the dolphins are together with the children, but there is something going on and I have seen really wonderful results," said Laura Catlow, an administrator at the center. Research pioneer Milton Santini began the center in 1958 and today it offers a variety of activities for anyone interested in the mammals, who can live up to 40 years.

At the Delfinario in Mexico, Misael says he believes part of the therapy's success comes from the dolphins high- frequency sounds, which helps the children relax. Nathanson is not sure about that. He simply believes it is the close contact with the caring animals and the dolphin's tender and sensitive behavior that stimulate the child, but he feels ultra-sounds are an interesting aspect. "There is no scientific basis for the dolphin's sonar but their sonar are very powerful and using it for therapeutical purpose is a very interesting idea. Maybe in the future it could show out to have great potential," he said.

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