Walking on the Leading Edge: My “Edgewalker” Journey 3

Sometimes the best mode of transportation is a “Leap of Faith”.  Mine continued on June 1, 2007 on a one way flight from Naples, Florida to Kona, Hawaii. When I landed at midnight  I literally and figuratively felt like I was in the dark. I began to have second thoughts about my decision. What was I doing on the Big Island of Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? I knew no one and had no future long term plan, no past possessions and no home to speak of. I was in the void,the unknown and at the same time felt empowered.  I was curious, open to a new adventure and chapter in my life. Little did I know that my Hawaiian “ohana”, friends and community, were waiting for me with open arms and hearts to welcome me to the islands.

When I awoke the next morning in the  beautiful home I rented I was surrounded by an abundance of nature I had never experienced before.  Sounds of tropical birds and the smells and sights of exotic  flora and fauna were a feast to my senses. Any uncertainty I had felt about my decision to come to Hawaii was dispelled.  I intentionally rented a house near Kealakekua Bay,  a favorite local spot to swim with the dolphins in the wild and one of the main reasons I was called to Hawaii. I have always loved and felt drawn to dolphins as I sensed they had a message for me.

I arranged a dolphin snorkeling swim on a small boat with my local guide Joan Ocean. To my amazement I had the opportunity to swim with about 30 spinner dolphins. As they were encircling me, looking me in the eye, I felt their energy, playfulness and magnificence envelop me.  I was crying in my snorkel, overwhelmed by the feelings and love that I felt. As we connected I was also invited to swim and play with them. My “Edgewalker” qualities of playfulness and connection naturally expressed with the dolphins.

When I got back on the boat Joan shared that clearly I had been called to Hawaii which included connecting with the dolphins. She explained that dolphins, and the Hawaiian Islands, call to certain individuals when it is their time to change, shift, evolve.  My “Edgewalker” quality of Self-Awareness allowed me to listen, hear, and act on that calling. The process of disengaging from my former  life, persona and identity created a fertile environment for Hawaii and the dolphins to initiate me.  Over the next 10 years I would transform spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  The shift that began to occur from the dolphin exchange happened almost immediately. My entire body, my energy felt completely different after the dolphin swim. It was so intense that I had to take a few days off to relax and integrate.

The local Hawaiians say the islands either “chew you up and spit you out, or embrace you.” Little did I know that I was being embraced and supported to grow and evolve in ways I could have never imagined.  This also included the difficult process of letting go of the parts of me that no longer served my life. Over time they got “chewed  up and spit out”. I surrendered to the unknown, scary and full of possibility, one magical day and one precious moment at a time.


*When we are aligned with our true path, our authentic calling, LIFE supports us.

*Learn to listen to and hear your intuitive voice, trust it and act on it’s wisdom. It is never wrong.

*Letting go of the old is necessary to create space for the new.



  • By Joy Edgerton, March 4, 2017 @ 8:59 am

    Very engaging….and so fun to go back in time with you when Hawaii first called you. I look forward to your blogs and your ‘lessons’ you share. Thank you!


  • By Jessie Fletcher-McAlpine, March 4, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

    I felt your “shift” in this blog writing. I too had an with dolphins, not in Hawaii, however. There was also an intense friendship with a horse that I came to know in my life. The horse was not mine, but I walked to see her every day only to leave with tears in my eyes because of the emotion that I felt with each encounter. Thank you for sharing this journey with us, Patricia. Looking forward to reading your adventures and thoughts. Your dolphin experience motivates me to be more conscious and aware and to listen to my internal messages and queues.

  • By Patricia Varley, March 4, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

    Thank you Jessie! I appreciate your sharing and understand the connections we can experience are often from unexpected sources such as horses (which I also love) and dolphins. This is a reminder for us to stay open to the messages and signs that are available to guide us, especially during these times of change and uncertainty. Thank you for sharing my journey.
    Blessings, Patricia

  • By Patricia Varley, March 4, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

    Thank you so much JOY!! Love, Patricia

  • By karla, March 4, 2017 @ 6:20 pm

    Loved this blog, especially the part about being embraced by what’s right for each person and disengaging from stuff in life (in my case it’s certain toxic people). Dolphins look you in the eye but don’t judge, which is why people are drawn to them. Animals are all non-judgemental. Too bad people can’t zip it and be like dolphins.

  • By Theresa, March 5, 2017 @ 6:37 pm

    Happy to hear more about your story. ox

  • By Zhenya, March 7, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

    So inspiring! Thank you for sharing dear Patricia, I love reading your posts and the lessons contained therin. I recommend you tweet out and share on Facebook each lesson one by one during the week with a link back to the blog post.

  • By Raven, March 8, 2017 @ 5:57 pm

    A beautiful story and I remember when you left for Hawaii. Your loving warrior spirit was ready to embrace all of it, and even though you may have had doubts in certain moments, you took a deep breath, and you walked through the portal with your head held high and a smile radiating all the goodness in your heart. Well done!

  • By Patricia Varley, March 17, 2017 @ 4:24 pm

    Thank you Dear Raven for your support and remembering of that time in my life. The journey continues now and I draw on the lessons from that powerful time. Blessings to you!

  • By Patricia Varley, March 17, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

    Thank you Dear Zhenya. Knowing you all this time and your support has and is a gift for me.
    Good idea with social media! Will follow up. Aloha!

  • By Patricia Varley, March 17, 2017 @ 4:26 pm

    Thank you Theresa and more to come. Much aloha!

  • By Patricia Varley, March 17, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

    Thank you for your feedback Karla. Yes, dolphins and animals in general are important teachers for us all. Non-Judgmental and allowing. Important to discern from what you value and what support you and let go of what does not! Blessings…

  • By Ricki McKenna, March 20, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    You are my beautiful inspiration my dear friend Patricia. Re-reading and feeling a sense of expectancy that has me excited….

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