"Be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
No less than the trees
And the stars.
In the confusion of life,
Keep peace in your soul."
--- Max Ehrmann
(excerpts from Desiderata)
Water is an element of our life that most people give little thought to, if you live in the Western world. Nevertheless, if you live in a developing nation or are ever stranded without it, suddenly its intrinsic value and power remind you of its life giving force. In ancient times, civilizations held rituals to honor the sacredness of water as they knew that without it, they would perish. Goddesses of the springs were called upon to bestow their blessings to ensure the waters would be kept clear and abundant. The healing benefits of these natural, mineral rich, spring waters have long been known and used to cure a wide variety of illnesses. It is unfortunate that we have lost much of this appreciation and understanding of the fact that water is one of our greatest allies in this life journey.
Recently, I viewed a documentary program which discussed the concerns that several leading authorities from a variety of fields including economics, agriculture, technology, and the environment had, concerning the future of this planet. They all agreed that the single most area of concern and need for focus, was having enough fresh, clean water to consume. The world would, after all, cease to exist without this supply, as our bodies are comprised of more than 70% water and we can only go for a few days without it. All life depends on this unique and often highly misunderstood element in Nature. While most of the natural bodies of water on this Earth have been polluted to a great degree and the outlook is seemingly dire, there is a great deal that can be done to restore the integrity of these waters that surround our lives, specifically in the areas of technology, as well as actions that we as individuals can take.
Victor Schauberger was an Austrian environmentalist and visionary who developed technology in the early to mid 1900's that revolutionized what we know about water today. His lengthy, solitary excursions into the woodlands and observations in Nature caused him to understand the very foundations for the energy and life giving force of water. What he realized was that all of Nature works together within a complex set of relationships that we can only begin to fathom. Water by it's very nature implies movement and only when water is allowed to stagnate and/or is exposed to negativity and contamination, does it lose its power to transform. It is the spiraling activity, the constant pounding against and between bedrock that gives water much of its energy and life giving qualities. When we redirect water and destroy its natural ability to travel, water becomes less potent, losing much of its vitality and resulting imbalances of Earth energies are created.
Whenever the natural energies of water have been subdued or redirected by builders, it is usually inevitable that the occupants of these homes will experience a wide range of problems. Whether it's building on an aquifer, on wetland or filling in a stream, the owner's decision to live in such a location is a subconscious one, ultimately providing many of life's lessons as a result. There are, however, ways to work with and mitigate the problematic energies that can ensue, if you understand Earth energies and the power of water. In the old world where dowsing (finding Earth energies with diving rods, particularly water) and observation were common, a house would never be placed haphazardly. In the US and other areas, regardless of the existing characteristics of a piece of land, homes have been built on innapropriate or inauspicious grounds much to the detriment of man.
Recently I learned that in the Klamath-Siskiyuo region in Oregon which contains some of the nation's oldest trees and pristine forests, environmentalists have been instrumental in the removal of several dams that were destroying salmon spawning grounds, as well as interfering with the balance of Nature. By allowing the free flowing power of water to do its job, this region has initiated a huge step forward in restoring the natural balance on this Earth. Hopefully, other regions will follow. As I heard an engineer once mention, thinking that man can control something so powerful, is a definite sign of hubris.
Just as the body has channels or meridians of energy such as the circulation of blood to and from the heart and other organs, so too the Earth has energetic grids and channels to create the smooth flow of balance within Nature. Water is for the Earth, as blood is for the human body. When it is clogged, as through chemical contamination or redirected such as damming of rivers and/or filling in of streams, it becomes stagnant and cannot fulfill its purpose. Natural wetlands serve a purpose in filtering toxins and cannot be filled in without eventual dire consequences unless the land is worked with on many levels. Disease, accidents, financial ruin, even disasters such as the Johnstown dam break can occur. A myriad of other things can result from man's lack of respect for water. Only the Earth knows the reasons for her many avenues of water flowing upon her body and when we interfere with these activities, problems manifest for mankind.
All that being said, there are many ways to work with the water around you to help transform and/or enhance it's life giving properties. Some of you may be familiar with the Japanese researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto who is best known for his work with water crystals. By exposing water to various influences such as negative thoughts and emotions, as well as positive words and music, and then freezing and viewing these water crystals, he was able to demonstrate how much water is influenced by our intentions. The results of prayer and other positive activities directed at water were truly amazing. Given this groundbreaking research, our ability to change polluted and stagnant water is limitless. Water is a carrier of information-- good or bad. It reflects whatever it comes into contact with. Its natural crystalline matrix and ability to reflect light are made much more obvious in the form of snow, as I have always felt the healing power of snow after it has freshly fallen. Imagine all those many fractal geometry patterns at work.
Once we acknowledge the powerful abilities of water to enhance life, we can restore our proper relationship with this amazing element, and begin to reverse much of the degradation and destruction that's been done to our environment. It's up to us and a choice that each of us can make. Healing the waters of the Earth is directly correlated with healing ourselves, for by its very nature, water maintains a relationship with itself within every form. That includes your own body. Think about it. It's powerful.
Note: This article is dedicated to the more than 100 pilot whales that died on the beaches of New Zealand February 20-21, 2011 prior to the earthquake in Christchurch. Although not yet published, this article was written prior to any knowledge of these tragic events. The message is clear to me. May they not have died in vain....
For a 2013 update on the importance of water and the current global crisis see "Flow: For Love of Water."
Copyright 2011 Awen Environments.