Thought and Heart.
Singing their liquid,
drip from every leaf,
drop along a darkening Stone, and
like rushing white arms,
embracing the Shore,
carrying the Song…
Back to your Heart.
“The first medicine,
I bring forth life.
Present at your birth, yet
I mark the passage into Death.
I purify body, mind and soul
and hide within your every breath.
My blessings are many,
uniting us all.
I raise mountains,
and cause the sky to fall.
I wear down the most stubborn foes,
Shift with the seasons,
cast colors across the sky,
condense dreams to reason,
Shed grief and strife
through every weeping eye.
Master of Transformation,
there is no future for you to scry!"
For those new to the game, each poem is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; a star, stone, animal, plant etc that holds lessons of Wisdom for us. Can you guess who is singing today?
“Evening breeze, spirit song
Comes to me when day is done.
Mother Earth awaken me
to the heartbeat of the Sea.” ~from Dancing the Wheel, a Sun Bear book
“But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” Kahlil Gibran
“The cure for anything is salt water " sweat, tears, or the sea.” Isak Dinesen
Water is everywhere, in many forms, and life as we know it would not exist on this planet without it! Water captures the imagination like few other elements, and perhaps the most evocative is the Sea. The Sea has captivated the hearts, minds and souls of humanity probably from the first time our Ancestors encountered these birthwaters of our World. Mysterious and relentless, the Sea has been many things to people everywhere. These collective Waters of the World are the blood of the Earth which shelters us and should be tended with loving care.
The Waters are a constant reminder that we are all connected and even our smallest action will impact on the World around us. A single drop of water will wear through the most durable stone given time. The relentless nature of water teaches us that persistence pays off. Water can teach us when to yield when to flow around the obstacles in our lives, and when to rise up in our fullest strength to overcome whatever lies before us.
We bathe in water, but whether salt or fresh water we immerse ourselves in, Water can teach us how to clean more than our surface. Is there a better Teacher to show us how to clean up the spiritual and emotional side of our selves? Our own salty tears echo the healing song of the Sea when we purge our hurts and sorrows, yet another natural gift given to us. Connecting to the Waters of the World can help you to open your inner floodgates, empathize with the World around you, find inner healing, and help you find your proper levels of emotional response and intuition.
We vary slightly in the water percentage of our bodily make-up, but we average between 60-55% water in our physical beings. People will die of dehydration long before we will die of starvation. On a daily basis, people generally do not drink enough water and are typically in some state of dehydration without ever realizing it. Essentially the function of every cell in our bodies is controlled by electrical signals sent through our nervous system by our brain. Our nerves are like an elaborate system of waterways and if the fluid inside our nerves thickens due to dehydration, or is contaminated with synthetic chemicals or heavy toxins like lead, our vital signals can become distorted.
It is commonly believed by many experts now that this may be the root cause of many degenerative diseases and neurological illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer's and even the much debated ADD. I know from my own experience that if I do not drink enough water throughout the day, I am sleepier, more easily worn down and less capable physically, mentally and even emotionally. It has been medically proven that just a 5% drop in body fluids will cause a 25% to 30% loss of energy in the average person, and a 15% drop in body fluids causes death! In light of this information, keeping our system clear of toxins and in a proper balance becomes vital for a good and healthy life. For all our collected knowledge, we are still reaching for a sound understanding of how we interact with something as basic as Water. Grandmother Moon, Mistress of Dreams and Emotions, also has her influence upon the Waters of the World.
Water can transform from frozen solid state, to liquid, to steam that can aid or destroy, to vapor born unseen upon the air. Water’s changeable nature reminds of the importance of transformation and adaptability, but it also warns us of the importance of constancy. Being “as changeable as water” can be helpful to our survival but is not typically seen as a desirable quality. Whether this beneficial or destructive really comes down to our awareness and our intentions.
The Ancient Sea invites us to explore our dreams and intuitions; to find our internal rhythm and match it to the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Listen to the Ocean’s ceaseless song and learn how to heal the self, for only then will we be able to turn that healing energy loose properly upon the World we have so long neglected and abused. When we heal and understand ourselves, we will begin to understand and heal the World. Take a sea salt bath, read some poetry dedicated to the Mother’s waters, explore the World’s myths and legends revolving around the Waters, or read up on the factual information we have learned about the Seas and Waters of our home. Water is healing and changeable to the needs at hand. We should be grateful for the many blessings of Water we receive and try to live our daily lives with a full knowledge of this amazing and vital gift.
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Henry David Thoreau
Keywords: Transformation, Purification, Life, Fertility, Subconscious, Reflection, Intuition, Renewal, Emotions, Imagination, Dreams, Healing, Connectivity/Unity
Associated with: the suit of Cups in the Tarot, Feminine energy, the direction West, the Styx, Noah, Pirates, Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio, Aquarius, Nyads, Mermaids, Sirens, Undines, Selkies, Poseidon, Neptune, Amphitrite, Delphin, Scylla, Triton, Charon, Venus, Aphrodite, Mannanon MacLir, Lir, Fand, Nodens, Boann, Sinann, Atlacamani, Tlaloc, Amimitl, Atlaua, Chalchiuhtlatonal, Chalchiuhtlicue, Huixtocihuatl, Gong Gong, Mazu, Anti, Hapy, Khnum, Nu, Sobek, Tefnut, Ahti, Vedenemo, Vellamo,Kamohoalii, Nāmaka, Ukupanipo, Apam Napat, Ganga, Varuna, Sedna, Enki, Ran, Njord, Nix, Nerthus, Veles, Rusalki, and Tethys
Potential Balancing Energies: Other elements like Earth, Air or Fire. Clouds, the Moon, and Rainbows. Creatures like Plankton, Fish, Whales, Seals, Dolphins, Otters, Eels, Sharks, Aligators, Sea Turtles, Frogs, Manatees, Crabs, Crayfish, Water Buffalo, Hippo, Camel, Muskrats and Beavers. Trees and other plants like Cottonwood, Willow, Algae, Seaweed, Reeds, Lotus, Rice, or Watermelon.