Elephants. It’s hard to dismiss the widespread love of this majestic creature. It’s a primal revelry we humans have for this highly intelligent, emotional and ancient animal. Elephants are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet and they speak to each other telepathically. Their tribes have the attitude of all for one and one for all. Elephants have been known to sacrifice themselves in order to save the tribe. All females nurture their young and the young of other females, from the Matriarch down. They have been seen to have shed tears when a fellow elephant takes its dying breath. They will gently rumble comfort to an elephant in labor, and will teach the newborn how to use its trunk. They experience the same emotions we humans do. Joy, happiness, rage and jealousy. Elephants have excellent memories and if crossed, will seek revenge. They have similar lifespans to ours as well.
There’s an element of mysticism that transcends cultures and the Hindu God Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, has the head of an elephant. As heavy as elephants are, they move through their space virtually silently, as if honoring the earth around them. They seem to know what we don’t. They have to rely largely on intuition because their small eyes and large heads make it hard to see everything around them. We’ve lost a lot of what our intuition might be telling us because we’ve let this primal gift lapse. We’ve created a world where we seem to believe only what our 5 senses tell us exists.
Elephants have always been my favorite animal. As I’ve moved through life, I’ve realized how many other people revere, are fascinated by, and are actively trying to save the species. They suffer terrible acts of violence as a result of people wanting the ivory from their tusks. We’re within years of losing our largest land mammal due to poaching, game hunting, and the ivory trade.
The most tragic of all, is that we may potentially lose an animal that has so many lessons to teach us. When my friend, Jane Michaelades Smith went to Africa as the Arizona Ambassador for elephants, she showed me these incredible photos, from her business Kianzabe Designs, of how elephants throw dirt on themselves all day long. It was like someone smacked me in the face as I made the most unbelievable realization. Dirt is the oldest environmental protectant in the world.
Turns out, elephant skin burns quite easily, as does ours. They throw dirt on themselves multiple times a day to protect themselves from the environment. When we humans are in the sun, reapplication is an absolute necessity. It seemed so obvious to me when I put the pieces together how to create a product line for all of humanity: One that’s safe, effective, natural and ancient.
Rock Block and Shade For Humanity were born. Dry zinc, dry titanium dioxide, iron oxides… No matter what color your skin is, there’s a shade that will match your skin. The idea is that our human skin is protected invisibility, without white sticky zinc, and protected in a way that prevents our bodies from ingesting chemicals. Crushed rock is water insoluble, so it just sits on the skin. Reapplication is what we know is necessary for elephants’ skin and we’re no different.
I have a beautiful piece of artwork I’ve hung over my bed of an elephant that reminds me everyday to be strong and wise, walk with grace, love my children, protect my tribe, and lean on strong women in my life. I believe that all along, elephant energy has been waiting for me to reveal its life saving secrets of sun protection. Elephants are patient and maybe I had a primal moment when I opened my mind in a telepathic way to receive the message that was meant for me, miles and oceans away. Today I look at my logo and the photos and artwork of elephants that I’ve surrounded myself with and I feel so blessed. If the elephant is your power animal, spend time learning about this most extraordinary animal. There’s so much to be learned and much to be revered.
Photo credits: Jane Michaelades Smith & Souls Image Photography.