Voice of the Dolphin

May 22, 2004

19th Anniversary Issue


Part I.
The Cetacea

Part II.
Goals & Projects

Part III.

Part IV.
Sirius Connection Highlights



Sirius Institute

Voice of the Dolphin Newsletter

19th Anniversary of the Sirius Connection Edition

May 22, 2004



... to all our friends and supporters.

In March 1985, Paradise Newland swam with dolphins and connected strongly with them.  She was already a colleague and close friend of Toni and John Lilly and envisioned places where humans could live with and learn from the Cetacea (whales & dolphins) and partner with them for our mutual benefit. She formed the Sirius Connection to accomplish this goal.

It was incorporated May 22, 1985.

We have met, worked with and become friends with several dolphins and worked with many of the people involved with the dolphins, among them John Lilly and Hank Truby, (John Lilly's project linguist).  Paradise Newland and Michael Hyson come from this tradition.  We carry on so future generations can further develop communication and understanding of these intelligent species that share our planet.

Our goal and vision is to partner with the Cetacea (dolphins and whales) to learn from each other and to realize our potential together as co-species.

Our Sirius Institute is a community based dolphin/whale/ space research consortium, with outreach educational programs, experiential sessions in areas including: rocket science, robotics, biology, dolphins and whales, interspecies communication, healing modalities, hands on play and learning activities for children and adults.

Sirius Institute's program is a comprehensive approach to improved ways of being on this planet.  Experience has shown we can improve our lives by better birthing, child rearing, and educational methods. Much of our approach is already well validated by existing research and extended by direct experience.  In particular, we have learned a great deal from, and about, Cetacea that is relevant to many areas.

Since arriving in Puna a few days before the July 11, 1991 eclipse, we have brought our projects quite a ways with our own resources, the Aloha of many here and elsewhere and have accomplished a great deal with very modest support.

We have educated many people in the course of our work.  For example, through Paradise Newland's participation in the Hawai'I County Committee on the Status of Women, DVIAT (Domestic Violence Interagency Team), as well as direct outreach to the county, state and federal levels of government, we are influencing policy.  For example, the Domestic Harmony Awareness project, through concerts and especially the Domestic Harmony Awareness Poster Contest, saw this year, for the first time we are aware of, proclamations making November Domestic Harmony Awareness Month.

We have created a musical communication interface called the SongSwimmer and used it to create dolphin and whale music.  See www.planetpuna.com/CD  This is a recording of the first time the whales played a musical synthesizer, real time, at sea.

To advance these and other concepts to the next stages and bring them to fruition requires substantial support, which we now seek.  We feel these are worthy projects with the potential to better all our lives profoundly.

The Sirius Institute is developing programs related to create more harmonious communities by improving birth and child rearing practices.  Much of the work is inspired by what we have learned investigating the Cetacea.  The dolphins, especially, are directly involved and we seek to integrate them into our lives through communication, birth, therapy and other means.

As we approach the 19th Anniversary of the Sirius Connection, we have seen the growth of the Sirius Institute, *PlanetPuna* (our domain www.planetpuna.com), the Camp Paradise home education program, Pod Homes, community concerts and other events and projects.  We create events, like local concerts or conferences; participate in community meetings and projects; know and talk to many people and share our knowledge.  The indigenous Hawaiian (Kanaka Maoli) people have hanai-ed (adopted) us and we have done our best to learn of and respect this rich and vibrant culture.

Because of this social dimension, Sirius Institute has grown into and out of the local community of Puna, Hawaii where we are based.  We live where dolphins and whales are accessible year-round.  Our local community is knowledgeable about the Cetacea and sympathetic to our goals.  We have reached and educated many people and continue to learn from our experiences.  We have begun to influence government policy at the local, county, state level and federal levels.

We have locations, teams, knowledge and experience.  We are ready to go.  It is time to move forward.

The Cetacea

... are our counterparts in the sea - conscious, sentient, and waiting for us to meet them halfway.  We can learn from each other, birth babies together and generally integrate our lives. We can relate through swimming, play, music, birth, child rearing and dolphin assisted therapy.

The Cetacea, the whales and dolphins, are members of the oldest indigenous cultures on Earth.  Since they are in the water, they are extraterrestrials.  They have contacted, interacted with and assisted humans for thousands of years across many cultures.  Now we are reaching back to them, learning to interact through swimming, music, computers, and the internet -- and the Cetacea are responding to us.  What can we learn from each other?

We now know that humans are at least partially water adapted.  It is likely that we interacted with the dolphins and whales for thousands of years, and, we feel, this interaction influenced our early cultures.  Our traditional partnership with the Cetacea has been partially forgotten until recently, yet it is a strong thread in our cultures.  It is timely now to remember and expand it.

The Cetacea are playful, have affection for humans and are at least as intelligent as we are, and, we feel, capable of communicating at a human level with the proper interfaces.  Some of their capabilities exceed humans, like their short-term memory which is twice as large as ours.  Their ability to heal certain medical conditions is remarkable.  Therefore, the Cetacea are entitled, as humans are, to rights and proper treatment.

Obviously, much needs to change to make this a general reality for a majority of humans.  Some still think they are fish or good only for food and other products and miss seeing the intelligent companions that we see.  At the moment, with over-fishing, pollution, and powerful sonars, Cetacea are dying.  Some are literally starving.  This must be reversed.

Attitudes need to change, and they will change.  As the reality of Cetacean sentience is widely demonstrated, our awareness of the Cetacea will increase and encourage efforts to keep the oceans clean and productive.  In partnering with the Cetacea we will learn our mutual history and with their knowledge we may better revitalize our oceans and the planet.

Millions of dollars have been spent on SETI programs looking for intelligent beings in the stars to have a conversation with.  These are worthy projects.  At the same time, we can also be communicating and learning with the Cetacea who are intelligent, extraterrestrial, and here in our own oceans.  They are offering their cooperation.  All we have to do is follow their lead, and begin the process of learning about each other.

To communicate with the dolphins and whales, we need people ready to meet and interact with them.  Hence, projects suggested below have to do with improving human society as well.

We of the Sirius Institute have been following this path since before its formation.  We are demonstrating methods that meld the Human and Cetacean realms to forge links to this ancient group.1cea

Part II. Goals & Projects

Part III.  Articles

Part IV.  Sirius Connection Highlights


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