Bimini Islands Healing Adventure
by Theresa Krenz
“Gateway to the Bahamas” was the first greeting I saw etched in black letters on the granite white stone arch above the town hall in Bimini. After an exciting 20-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale on Chauks’ charter seaplane, we came to this island of tranquility know as Bimini.
Some people think this seven-mile island could be the ruins of sunken temples, possibly of ancient Atlantis. This quiet jewel is still untouched by towering hotels and overcrowded streets. The people move with the same slow pace of the early 18th century when sailing ships came into port and were the highlight of Alice Town’s wooden planked docks.
Earnest Hemingway made this tropical gem his inspiration for many novels, and incorporated the blue ocean for his wealth of imagination and expression. Earnest Hemingway had a castle of his own called, “The Complete Angler, which was a 12-room hotel, and was his residence from 1935-37. Transformed as years progressed to the Hemingway Museum, the rough oak walls were covered with memorabilia from hundreds of championship big game fishing tournaments and smiling celebrities. However, this genuine historical national treasure was lost due to a fire in January 2006 and is missed by the Bimini community and nostalgia lovers worldwide."
Bimini offers many quaint hotels and you will find comfortable lodgings in locally owned bed and breakfast seaside homes. Which offer scenery that is breathtaking and beautiful with clouds that loft in and out of the warm gulf breeze. You will see white sandy beaches and the splashing of fish in the clear pristine water.
An island paradise, Bimini is a gem to snorkels and divers alike with many different species of exquisite fish the thrive here. Excellent dive sites are easily available and one need not be a certified diver to experience the mythical Atlantian Road, also called the Bimini road, which can be clearly seen beneath the 15 feet of crystal blue warm water. The road is made of incredible slabs of granite rocks assembled in a straight line, stretching to the shore. How these stones were placed there is a mystery. Our SCUBA expedition guide explained, when he saw my underwater camera, that many undersea photographers and researchers would take pictures only to find that sometimes they won’t develop, yet will easily reveal their images for energetically attuned people.
Our initial interest was sparked by the research done by author and explorer Richard Wingate. Richard Wingate was the inquisitive mystic scientist who discovered the “Healing Hole,” in the waters surrounding the land of Bimini. He found twelve separate springs which arose from aqueducts beneath the bottom of the seabed floor engineered in antiquity. These structured aqueducts could have been as far reaching to Cuba. These springs were discovered by many air flights in mapping out these ponds and were visible because of the clarity of the pure cool water springing up in the warm salt water of the Atlantic ocean. Richard Wingate, inspired by the writings of Edgar Cayce, was responsible for engineering the path and clearing the mangrove trees to reveal what is called “The Healing Hole”.
The “Healing Hole” is located in the middle of the water from the thin shorelines of North Bimini and the pathway of a mangrove forest where the trees form an elaborate waterway of mangrove creeks. In one of those creeks is a natural phenomenon known as “The Healing Hole”.
The "Healing Hole" is a section of the creek that is connected to an underground labyrinth of narrow tunnels where the water contains significant amounts of lithium, sulphur and magnesium. Lithium is used to treat individuals suffering from depression and magnesium is a very important mineral in the body, activating over 300 different biochemical reactions to help your body function properly. Both Richard Windgate and the US Navy have studied the water’s contents and have documented their incredible properties of healing.
When we visited the "Healing Hole", there were nine of us and we immersed ourselves into the invigorating waters. For those who experience the "Healing Hole" some are to have said that the desire for harmful thoughts and negativity rolled off of them like water off a ducks back. For those with addictions the healing waters are known to have curbed the desire for these adverse compulsions. The type of clay that is formed from the chemical reactions of salt and minerals makes a wonderful anti aging treatment for skin and our complexions were more smooth and youthful.
As one more final special treat on our adventure we took in an unforgettable dolphin encounter. Our boat captain guide of McKeefs Dolphin excursions was very adapt with newby’s wanting to swim with the dolphins. Our guides expertise and sense of respect for the dolphin showed throughout the encounter.
Bimini hosts many species of dolphins, but the rare spotted dolphins are incredible. I had the joy of swimming very near to them. We had been searching for pods and when we discovered they had sensed our call to be near them and they had responded. We had been briefed with how to quickly enter the water while the boat had to remain in motion as the follow the pod of frolicking dolphins who love to swim
This is where our preflight prep came in handy because minutes are precious, dolphins are not on any sense of a time frame as we are. There is a safety issue of getting into the water only when the engines of the boat are in neutral. Mind you these dolphins are not trained or coerced in any way. I swam out near enough to see them at a distance. At first none of the dolphins came near me, yet I could see a few of the more experience dolphin swimmers about 20 ft away from where I was, these creature are massive; like small submarines traveling very fast.
The dolphins were curious and liked the flash of my underwater camera, two of them sensed I was releasing some of my fear and then it happened two very large serious dolphins approached when I was trying to get my bearings and maneuver my body somewhat to keep my eyes on what side of me they were on and they swam alongside of me. I was in awestruck, no words could’ve described the exhilaration I felt.
I had never before experienced such momentous amounts of energy from large swimming dolphins. Then one of the assistant guides of the dolphin encounter, sensed my eagerness to move closer, gently pushed me a little closer as the dolphins stopping for minutes to see the light emitted from my flashing camera. I looked the dolphins in their deep eyes and fell into their vast world for a few moments of sheer joy and exhilaration. As they cruised by me one last time, I sent them my silent thank you from my heart for allowing me to experience their community.
New beginnings–was all I could put into words from this enriching experience!!! One native Bimini an explained as we veered to port that all of the Atlantic sea life and the vast array of fish return once a year to reproduce and replenish in the life giving energized waters to carry on what has been in continuum for thousands of years. Most of us on this Bahamian trip came away with a deepened sense of awe and awareness in a part of nature that existed long before us.