A mystery is unfolding in Sri Lanka: somehow, the animals and Thai inhabitants of one island survived the tsunami..."No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit," said H.D. Ratnayake, deputy director of Sri Lanka's Wildlife Department. "I think animals can sense disaster..." The waves washed floodwaters up to two miles inland at Yala National Park in the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's biggest wildlife reserve and home to hundreds of wild elephants and several leopards.
National Geographic reported…wild and domestic animals seemed to know what was happening and fled to safety: elephants screaming and running for higher ground, flamingos abandoning their low-lying breeding areas, bats frantically flying away, dogs refusing to go outdoors…On the coast near Galle, two dogs, usually excited to go for their daily run on the beach, refused to go and most probably saved their owner’s life.
- Animals used sixth sense to escape tsunami, Josse Ford:Art, Journeys and Conversations
“Knowledge of the ocean and its currents passed down from generation to generation by a group of Thai fishermen known as the Morgan sea gypsies saved an entire village…
"By the time killer waves crashed over southern Thailand… the entire 181 population of their fishing village had fled to a temple in the mountains of South Surin Island...'The elders told us that if the water recedes fast it will reappear in the same quantity in which it disappeared,' confirmed
65-year-old village chief Sarmao Kathalay.' "
In other places, Thais headed to the beach when the sea drained out of beaches to pick up fish left flapping on the sand; this seems foolish in hindsight. “At some time we have all said, ‘I knew I shouldn’t have done that!’ That means you got the signal and then didn’t follow it. ‘It’ being our intuition...The root of the word Intuition, tuere, means to guard, to protect,” explains Gavin de Becker, a renowned expert in pre-indicators of violence, in his book, Gift of Fear.
"The problem, in fact, is that extra something you have that a dog doesn’t: It is judgement, and that’s what gets in the way of your perception and intuition. With judgment comes the ability to disregard your intuition unless you can explain it logically, the eagerness to judge and convict your feelings rather than honor them..
"Can you imagine an animal reacting to the gift of fear the way some people do, with annoyance and disdain instead of attention? No animal in the wild, suddenly overcome with fear, would spend any of its mental energy thinking, 'It’s probably nothing.'
Yet, we chide ourselves for even momentarily giving validity to the feeling that...someone’s unusual behavior might be sinister. Instead of being grateful to have a powerful internal resource, grateful for the self-care, instead of entertaining the possibility that our minds might actually be working for us and not just playing tricks on us, we rush to ridicule the impulse. We, in contrast to every other creature in nature, choose not to explore - and even to ignore - survival signals...
"Every day people who engage in the clever defiance of their own intuition become... victims of violence and accidents. So when we wonder why we are victims so often, the answer is clear: It is because we are so good at it.
"We deny because we’re built to see what we want to see. In his book, The Day the Universe Changed, historian James Burke points out that it is the brain which sees, not the eye. 'Reality is in the brain before it is experienced, or else the signals we get from the eye would make no sense.' This truth underscores the value of having the pieces of the violence puzzle in our heads before we need them, for only then can we recognize survival signals.”
- Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker, - Forward to Raising Safe Kids written by Gavin de Becker,
Morgan sea gypsies had the pieces of the violence puzzle in their heads. As the wave receded they recognized the danger and saved an entire village. Handing down safety knowledge from generation to generation has been lost in our modern society. We have handed over our safety to TV experts and electronic security systems, and ignore our own internal dialog designed to ensure our safety.
When you teach children Yello Dyno’s second core lesson, "Restoring Instincts and Trusting Our Feelings," that includes the song, We Trust Our Feelings , you will also have the opportunity to sharpen your own intuition. Do you really have to wait for a crisis, or will you trust your feelings and start teaching the Yello Dyno knowledge to the children in your life right now?
Yours for child safety,
Yello Dyno Founder
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