Spirit Animal Dolphin
Gifts: Communication. Diving deep into emotions. Knowing when to come up for air. Joy and play. Family. Healing. Sensuality and sexuality.
Challenges: Forgetting to come up for air. Staying too long on the surface and not diving deep enough. Too much play, not enough seriousness. Promiscuity. Jealousy.
Dolphin is an articulate, fluent and loud communicator—one of the loudest of all marine mammals. Unlike male humpback whales who sing just one song per season, dolphins of both sexes use a variety of vocalizations to communicate with each other, all the time.
Dolphin teaches you to be clear and specific in your communication and to use whatever means necessary to get your point across. This does not mean repeating the same words over and over, louder and louder until someone finally understands you. It means using different words, employing visuals, changing your body language, pointing, singing, dancing, smiling, using whatever creative method you can think of to communicate. Dolphin teaches you not to wait for them to understand you, not to expect thateveryone will understand you, but rather to adjust your way of communicating to make it easier for them to understand you.
Dolphins have excellent eyesight, hearing, and sense of touch. They gather and process huge amounts of information from all of these senses. We humans tend to rely first on sight, then on sound. While we live in three dimensions, we really think in just two: front-back and left-right. We have to consciously shift our thinking to add in up-down. But Dolphin lives in an environment where three-dimensional thinking is the norm. The lesson for you is to harness your ability to think in multiple dimensions. This doesn’t mean simply front-back, left-right, and up-down. It means integrating intuition, dreaming, “just knowing,” sensory information, and book smarts. All sources of information are valid.
Dolphin is associated with play and joy because of its water acrobatics and what looks like a perpetual smile on its face. This is a reminder for you to make play a regular—and frequent—part of your life. Dolphin doesn’t schedule time out to play. It just plays, every day. Family and play are the norm; work is the time out or the exception. Even Dolphin’s strategic group hunting is fun and playful.
A note about Dolphin’s play and smile: Captive dolphins forced to perform tricks for audiences are not happy. They do not represent play or joy. They represent boredom, tedium, and living behind a mask. This symbolizes a potential challenge for you: Hating what you’re doing but hiding behind a happy face, putting on appearances to hide how you really feel. That can be a gift, but the curse is that nothing will change until you let your feelings out and force a change.
A challenge with spirit animal Dolphin is remembering to come up for air. As a marine mammal, Dolphin must come up to breathe. You may forget to come out of your emotions, out of the depths. You may let your emotions overcome and drown you. Dolphin knows how long it can stay submerged and when it needs to surface.
Accepting your playful nature can also be a challenge. Society expects you to be so serious all the time that you may not see playfulness as a gift. You may be dismissive of it. But play keeps you happy and creative. Fun nourishes you. Be more serious about making sure you integrate fun and play into your daily life. You will feel depleted without it and deeply nourished with it.