From the Concert Stage to the North Pole: The Dream that Changed Everything
My relationship with Nature has been lifelong and heartfelt, based on trust, listening and profound respect. Through it, I have received direct experience of our inherent interconnection with all life. In July 2010, this relationship deepened in a way that would forever change my creative, professional and personal trajectory.
I was preparing for an upcoming tour in Asia, but had a recurring dream: I was lying on a frozen ocean, while a blue whale waited for me below. It knew who I was, and why I was there.
As an active meditator, I went within to gain insight. I was willing to listen to this new message, whatever it meant. As I became deeply quiet, receptive and willing to serve Nature’s guidance, I understood what the dream was telling me. It was a summons to the North Pole, to sing and raise awareness of the melting Arctic ice. I listened to the call, and cancelled my Asia tour, travelling instead to give the northernmost musical performance ever.
In a remote village in the High Arctic on my way to the North Pole, two Inuit elders greeted me and said, “You are the one who has come to do healing for the planet. We knew you were coming. The whale told us.”
In that moment, it was clear that I was playing my part in something vast, purposeful, and interconnected beyond my understanding. Nature, the true creative force, the voice of compassion, would work through us, when we were willing to listen.
When I stepped onto the frozen expanse at our planet’s crown, I sensed every tiny ice crystal quietly waiting. I thought of the whales in the ocean depths. A prismatic ray pierced through the sky and I knew that angels were close. As the clouds of my breath vanished from my lips into the dry, glacial air, I felt my songs and prayers envelop the world. Just as I had been listening to Nature, Nature was intently listening to us all.
At the top of the world, open, ready and willing to serve the planet and all beings, I saw the Earth as a living, breathing mother who selflessly carries us. I saw the world carried, in turn, within the womb of the universe. Most of all, I saw clearly that we, the Earth’s children, had forgotten the need to revere and protect our mother. Vast, immeasurably strong and vital, the Earth was also indescribably burdened. With utmost sincerity, I asked her what I could do to help.
I made my way home from the North Pole, forever changed. On my route back south through the Arctic, I sang at schools, spoke at city councils, and presented at community gatherings about our inherent interconnection. Everyone I met asked me to carry this unanimous and unsolicited message: “The ice is melting. Animals are dying. People are suffering. Tell the South to stop polluting.” It felt like Nature speaking through them all. After I returned to Toronto, I shared the message with everyone I could, including media outlets around the world.
I know now that prayers are always answered—just not in the way we think they will be. In the wake of my prayers at the North Pole, I never imagined what would happen next.
To be continued next month…
Parvati is an award-winning singer, composer, producer, yogini, author, and Founder and CEO of the international charity Parvati Foundation. Her work is dedicated to protecting all life on Earth by establishing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).