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  • my best friend amanda was visiting LA and i took her to my favorite spot in malibu, and i wont tell you where, so it can be kept secret & empty. it's on a cliff, overlooking the pacific, you don't see anything but water, and sunshine and blue blue blueeeeeee. it was a super hot day, we sat on the cliff in the sand and watched the sites, picnicked and had some really good conversations about home and the pacific northwest and our roots and our culture and our love for nature and solitude, rowdy bonfires and clean sweet air.

    after about an hour of enjoying our view - we hadn't spotted any marine life for the entire time - which isn't uncommon. i thought i had seen a whale spout, but it was a flock of birds splashing around in the distance.

    a beautiful day, a day when the ocean sparkles, like sequins in the silverish/golden light.

    there was a viewing "platform" above us, up the hill, and there was a gentlemen with his binoculars scouting the scene. he asked if we had seen any whales, i said no...we started bs'ing about the wildlife and such.

    "do you mind if i come down there?", he asked.

    "no! we don't own the property...come on down" we responded.

    he comes down to the cliff and we think he's just gonna take his binos and trek around the area, scouting the scene. but no, he sits down right next to me. like, his leg is touching mine. but for some strange reason, i don't mind. normally i would have found the nearest big heavy rock or stick to hold so that i could be prepared to whack him over the head with it. but he just seemed so friendly and harmless. he stood up and threw his arms in to the air and said,
    "isn't this place amazing??? did you know that it is a huge energy center of the universe??"

    me: "i thought so, it feels so good here!"

    him: "yeah! there are two large energy centers in the world, one in kauai, one in sedona. and girls, guess what is right in the middle of that energy path?? HERE. MALIBU." his eyes sparkle and shine, excited like a young boy.

    us: wow, cool man....etc, etc...

    he goes on to tell us that he has grown up in malibu, surfed his entire life, lived there since he was a child, up in the hills in one of the many beautiful canyons. he talks about the shaman and indigenous peoples who have come from all over to have gatherings and spiritual practices like sweats, dances and the like.

    okay. so he's a huge hippie surfer. we got it. and i dig that, i mean, i grew up with all my male friends and suitors in alaska being professional snowboarders. and let's face it, "the only difference between a snowboarder and a surfer is that they ride different forms of water, mannnn", as my dear friend criss from home would often tell me.

    so we were enjoying our conversation with him when he asks us:

    "hey!! do you want to call the dolphins with me??!"

    us: "yeahhhh!!!!!" both thinking "let's see what this guy is gonna do".

    him: "ok. start rubbing your hands together really fast and breath from your lower dantian. "

    lucky for him [and us], we were both versed in the practices of qi gong and followed suit.

    him: "keep rubbing your hands together and breath in to your lower look up at that beautiful sun, shining its warmth and radiance down on us. look at it, then close your eyes....there should be a imprint of the sun located where your 3rd eye is [luckily for him - and us, we were versed in what your 3rd eye is]. keep breathing,....think of all that light and love, traveling from your 3rd eye, to your heart, throughout your whole body...let the light and love fill you up, and think of how much you love the dolphins, keep calling them, invite our friends to join us! invoke!"

    okay. so you might be wondering why on earth we were both sitting with our eyes closed with a stranger on a remote cliff practicing this meditation. I WAS TOO. i was like, okay layli, maybe this isn't the smartest thing to do, to sit RIGHT next to a man you dont know and allow him to tell you and your best friend to close your eyes for about four minutes. ha. i opened my eyes for a minute, and all was kosh.

    ...the meditation ensued and we opened our hearts and invited the dolphins to come visit us, etc. etc. but really, we were both sincere in our pleads. and i know our newly found friend was too. okay. so the mediation was finished and he popped up and hopped around the cliff with his binos to see what he could see, to find the dolphins that we had just called with all our hearts. ;) about 7 minutes go by, we start getting anxious to move on, find our friends, so we tell him, "thank you so much, man! that was so fun! too bad we didn't get to see the dolphins".

    we weren't shocked. but he was super bummed. we hadn't seen any marine life for the last 90 minutes that we were there with our eyes glued to the water.

    him: "well, okay. so weird, they didn't come! well, anyway, what are your names?"
    we told him.

    us: what's your name?

    him: malibu rockman

    amanda: wow! you like...go by that name daily?

    malibu rockman: yeah! but you can also call me eric. [ha]

    we started hiking up hill, leaving our new friend with his binoculars scouting the horizon. "well that was fun/kinda weird/kinda cool" we said to one another.

    so it has been approx. 12 mintues since we finished our "dolphin calling", getting further and further away from him, when we hear rockman screaming: "GIRLS!!! GIRLSSSSSS!!!!!!! LOOOOOKKK!!!!"


    i don't know if you understand - there was NOTHING out there for the last hour and a half, then 12 minutes after rockman facilitates the "dolphin mediation/calling" with us, there they are, in all their glory, grace and silky moves.

    but to me, this is the part that makes this story the best:

    m.rockman literally THREW his binos on the sand and sprinted toward us: "GET IN HERE GIRLS!!!!", he hollered, as he gave us a big bear hug, laughing and hollering. okay, lets be honest, by this point, we're all laughing and hollering. i might have even cried for a minute. throw in a bunch of hippie fresh lingo and sayings, praises and gratitude for light and love, for joy and peace, for unity and rainbows, [i think crystals was mentioned as well] and there we had it. the rockman helped us call those beautiful dolphins to us, on the remote point, in malibu, between two of the largest energy centers in the world. wow. mixed with "what the"??!??!??!?!

    we thanked the dolphins for coming, we put our hands back up, toward the sunshine, rockman said, "we love you dolphins, thank you so much for coming".

    we ooed and aaahed for another 10 minutes or so, then had to be on our way. honestly, that day was seriously out of this world, like from another place. i don't think for the next hour we really understood what went down and what we experienced in all its glory.

    we got another bear hug, exchanged information, and went our separate ways, "shocked-and-awed"- malibu style.

    we both still can't get over that story, or that experience. we've told our friends and family who have all said its one of the best stories of all time. amanda even told a book publisher on her flight back to seattle, who said it was one of the best stories he'd heard in a longgggg time.

    i found my buddy the rockman on facebook and we plan to go on a hike up to the malibu waterfall sometime soon. i can't wait for my husband to meet him and for more adventures to come.

    it is so important to be open to adventure and friendly and loving to people who at first might not speak/"jive" just like you. because you never know, they might be able to hook you up phat with 45+ dolphins swimming your way.
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