Whales of Loch Carnan

We’ve all been worried about the sixty pilot whales in Loch Carnan, and were afraid that they intended to beach themselves and die. I thought I would ask the whale consciousness about what was happening and about the potential for all the whales to die up in the Hebrides.

The first problem was that I attached the emotion of sadness to the idea of whales dying. The whale consciousness just told me “It’s normal for whales to do this and die. Whales die.” (Unsaid was “why are you having trouble accepting that whales die?”) So I had to take on board once again, as I’ve been here before with other animals, that they are not emotional about death, their own or others. Death is normal and it happens to every living thing. Why be sad or afraid of dying?

I said that there were a lot of people aware that the whales might die, and that we were all sorry that it might happen because we loved whales. Into the conversation the light grew and spread, as the whale consciousness accepted the truth that some humans loved whales at the same time that others hunted them to extinction. We parted on friendly terms, but I knew that our conversation would have no bearing on the whales in Loch Carnan.  I read today they swam out, leaving one diseased, dead female whale behind.

When I wrote Extreme Weather by Archangel Uriel (http://www.candacecaddick.com/2011/05/extreme-weather/) I could see that the whales were terribly important to the health of the ocean, but it was difficult to know how to phrase it while Uriel was dictating the piece.

Animals accept death without emotion, and we are saddened and frightened by it. Some believed that yesterday was supposed to be the end of the world and the Rapture was to take place at 6 p.m. worldwide in a rolling wave of devastation. Those heading for heaven would not die but take their physical bodies with them. How terrified of death are they?

2 thoughts on “Whales of Loch Carnan

  1. candace Post author

    The Mayans believed in continuation, and 2012 has become hung up with beliefs about the end. As you pointed out, there are circles of change in Mayan beliefs and the change is what is important and irresistible.

  2. Ian

    Hello Candace – finally got round to reading your latest entries! Good stuff from where I’m sitting. I especially second the call to end industrial overfishing, CO2 emissions and sewage and other waste-dumping in defense of the oceans. Quite a big, daunting project though!

    Those heading for heaven would not die but take their physical bodies with them. How terrified of death are they?

    Indeed. This whole desire for immortality seems insane and, frankly, immature from an animist perspective. Refusing to die insults all the plant and animal beings who at one time or another gave up their lives so that you could live by taking their forms into you. It denies that all organisms exist as food for one another and attempts to store up life exclusively in one individual (or, we could say, one species) at the expense of the wider community. So it’s deeply antisocial too!

    Oh, and re: 2012, you could try asking many of the extant tribes in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central/South America. In Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Martin Prechtel writes:

    The major population group in the [Guatemalan] republic is still the indigenous Mayan people, who represent at lest six million of the eight million Guatemalan citizens. These Maya are very much alive and are one of the true living legacies of the Old Maya and Pre-Maya peoples. This makes Guatemala pretty much a Native American country. The Maya of popular history and legend didn’t disappear; they just stopped making big buildings. (pp.1-2)

    I dug up this page on ancient & modern Maya beliefs surrounding 2012 which may be of interest. Prechtel makes an appearance alongside an anthropologist, describing the relevant concept of ‘Jaloj-K’exoj’, which:

    …is derived from two words, jal and k’ex, both of which denote types of change. Jal is the change manifested by a thing as it evolves through its individual life cycle. Traditionally, Mayans have believed that life arises from death. Consistent with this belief, beginning in death, jal is the change manifested in the transition through life, through birth, through youth and old age, and finally back into death. Symbolically, jal is change on the outside, at the ‘husk’. By contrast, k’ex occurs at the ‘seed’, and refers to generational change. While maintaining a distinct concern with ancestral origin, k’ex relates to the transfer, hence the continuity, of life, and may account for anthropological observations of Maya ‘ancestor worship’ (e.g. Wasserstrom 1983: 77). Moreover, it relates to what might best be described as a form of reincarnation, an integral aspect of Maya religion which has by and large been excluded from scholarly consideration (Ruz 1973; Mondloch 1980; and Coggins 1989 are among the exceptions). K’ex is a process of making the new out of the old. At the same time, just as a single plant produces multiple offspring, k’ex is change from one into many. Together jal and k’ex form a concentric system of change within change, a single system of transformation and renewal (26).

    Seems to chime in…

    best,
    Ian

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