I’ve known Allyn Evans virtually for many, many years. Last summer, she marked something major off her bucket list, a scenario she has dreamed of for years – swimming with the dolphins in Bimini. But she also took her story a step further and became a facilitator and part of the workshop team. Here’s her story…
Most of my adult life, I have been aware of a hunger that pushed me, which made me continue to seek an answer to a question I could not even articulate. Looking back, I find it interesting that one of my early wake-up calls came, oddly enough, from a dolphin.
When my daughter Addy was about three years old, we saw a documentary about dolphins at the Science Spectrum. Peering up at the surround screen, it felt as if we were swimming with them. Free. Wild. Unbound. The brilliant colors, dolphin clicks and sighs, cool ocean waters swallowed us. I imagined living in the small little village by the sea, riding my bicycle to the dock every day, then spending my hours swimming and studying magnificent water creatures.
The Dolphin Lady smiled. The Dolphin Lady exuded joy. The Dolphin Lady had something I did not. I was enthralled. Longing for more freedom and joy, I saw the movie as an invitation to make a better life for myself. The movie and its message stayed with me for months. Why couldn’t I be the Dolphin Lady featured on the surround screen? No, I didn’t imagine dolphins becoming my life’s work, but I was determined to seek and find a life that would be as joyful and meaningful as life among the dolphins seemed to be.
A little over a decade later, Addy and I found ourselves in the same little village where Dolphin Lady had lived. We were there to swim with wild dolphins.
Without sounding too cliché, our dolphin swim trip in Bimini, an out island in the Bahamas, tops any vacation I have ever taken. The laid back life of the island engulfed us. As we made our daily treks to find dolphins, we were surrounded by beauty—the crystal clear waters, marine life and a sun-filled sky. Daily we snorkeled in beautiful locations including the mysterious Bimini Road, which many believe is a half-mile long stone causeway that once was part of the lost realm of Atlantis. Despite its many riches and it’s easy proximity to the United States, Bimini remains relatively undeveloped and untouristed. The island has some new upscale development but it is primarily a relaxed and unspoiled home to friendly local Bahamas residents.
When you swim with wild dolphins they bathe you in their high frequency sonar and naturally shift you into a state of euphoria that many people describe as mystical or magical.
Remember how I was talking about looking for more? Well, I continued to do that most of my adult life. Now, as I am nearing 50 years of age, I find myself living much like the Dolphin Lady.
Dolphins have become a powerful symbol for me as I sought my ‘right life.’
When I watched the movie of the Dolphin Lady as she worked with wondrous animals, I suddenly knew what my ‘right life’ would feel like. That was only a piece of the puzzle, but this one is now in place. I have the life I wished for so many years ago. Things come to me easily.
Just last October, I got a call from one of the trip organizers and now I am one of the facilitators for the swimming with dolphin workshop.
It is my hope that you, too, will be called by the dolphins and join me on a fabulous journey.
When you come to this special Dolphin Excursion program you’ll swim with wild dolphins every day for a week while you learn how to access higher states of consciousness.
And, always, the path leads on…
Allyn Evans, speaker, author, and newspaper columnist is the lead residential trainer for The Monroe Institute’s (TMI) Outreach Program. She hosts TMI workshops around the country, recently hosting workshops in NYC, Dallas, Philadelphia and Oklahoma. For more information about Allyn’s workshops, visit: Live a Powerful Life.