Ahh such a comfortable sleep in this warm house, down duvet and comfy mattresses. Awoke with a strong decision to make today a day of fasting. With the intensity of the experiences yesterday, and the full moon tomorrow, it felt like the right thing to do to keep clarity of mind, body and soul.
Craig Foster arrived and was all set up with his presentation to begin by 09:00. He explained himself to us as someone who has lived in the waters of South Africa and all over since he was 1 day old, when his father fully immersed him in the ocean. He has been part of those cold waters every day since. He enters the water 365 days a year and if he happens to miss one, then he goes in two times the next day. He is an amazing award winning filmmaker and studies nature……,as well as human nature. He has worked in 24 African countries to help understand our relationship with nature but feels like he’s only really delved into the ‘matrix’ of it all in the last five years. Him and his brother (Damon) write, direct and edit all their own work. Quite an amazing duo. He then showed us some short clips of some of the documentaries that they have created. He started with The Great Dance which showed an African hunter connecting himself with the psyche of a Kudu and hunting it down to kill it for food to feed their tribe. It was so amazing. I am hoping to get my hands on this film. It really shows, again, the respect for the animal and the human. We moved then to the ‘Cosmic Dance’. Of a ceremony around a fire with the whole tribe and for healing they will put themselves into a state of oneness (oh there’s that word again) with all the earth as well as the cosmos. Their Kundalini rises till it explodes out the back of their neck/head and causes them to collapse while the healing takes place. I loved how all the tribe/community come together for this. This needs to happen more in our world. Family/community/towns/cities/countries/all. He then brought us along with him on another film clip called The Dragons Lair. Where Craig, Damon and another gentleman entered the waters of the Nile to swim with and film a 14 foot crocodile. Never has this been done before. Extremely dangerous, but they connected themselves with the animal and then the animal even took them into his deep and dark lair where they often will store their food. Then another film called ‘Touching the Dragon’, this one deserves the story, told in person. He had a some of his films available for sale, and I purchased a few of them.
He then went on to talk about our upcoming trip into the waters. He mentioned that we all have the ability to thermoregulate to be able to go into colder waters, but we have lost that since birth and wearing our clothes has caused that to happen more. He said that he will be taking us into the waters that are colder than most people are used to but will immerse slowly. These colder waters are great for the immune system. I’m excited!!! A little more talk and then off we went to the water. He took us into a small cove of water in amongst some large rock, advising us to watch our steps due to the sea urchins in the water. It was definitely cold. We entered slowly and then after about 2.5 minutes it felt warm and we remained in the water for another 20 minutes. Each day we will stay longer. I felt like a kid and started giggling and wanted to just swim and play in the water. He said that the more we do this, the less cold it feels. Hey, maybe I will be able to swim in Lake Louise when I get home. Hehe This felt like a perfect little practice to allow all the happenings in the cave to complete itself.
After lunch we jumped in the van and headed to Cape of Good Hope. This is the most southerly tip of Africa, where both of the oceans come together. As we were entering the park we spotted an Eland, that is the largest antelope on the planet. There were also a lot of wild ostrich. Saw the tracks of a clawless otter, that is the size of a medium dog. He had us visualize 200,000 years ago, to the time when our ancestors roamed this land and these waters. It is so incredibly to walk consciously and to just be in your surroundings in the present and then the past just combines with it. Craig is so very knowledgeable about all sea life and pointed out so much to us. Everything truly exists as a courtesy to everything else. He explained the importance of sea life, not only for caring for, but for ingesting for the Omega 3’s and the ingestion of Kelp. Tomorrow we will be gathering the kelp and making a soup with it. We came across the skin of a whale that had been washed up on shore, likely 3 years ago. I asked why it still had such a pungent smell to it, he explained that the oil from the whales was used for so much and that it could still be extracted from this one today. We had some time meditating into the consciousness of the whale, as a ‘record keeper’. One thing I noticed was all the garbage, which we continued to gather, so much plastic. I asked why, if this is a park, that people just throw out their garbage. It was explained to me that this is being washed up from the ocean everyday. Our waters are in trouble. Every ocean life is affected by this and said that they are now noticing that the coral is being affected by the ingestion of it.
Makes me think………..if we solely relied on the earth to provide food for us, up until 10,000 years ago, until we decided we needed to control it, but caging animals and gardening foods, what have we done to control this planet. This arrogant mentality of the human race is destroying not only the planet but all that inhabits it, including ourselves. I hope that we can all go inward and connect with our ancestors for guidance and start to make a difference starting with our immediate homes.
This day of fasting is perfect. I do not feel hungry, just more present. A slight headache reminds me every once in awhile, but nothing to take me out. We came back for some quiet time and an early night to bed. The rain is starting to fall, to lull me to sleep. Good night.