We share our glass of water during meals, my husband and I. Resultant – one of us has to get up mid-meal to replenish the glass. Just yesterday I walked up towards the refrigerator to fill the glass through the filter. I guess I must have been very thirsty because I also stood there and gulped half the glass of the pure magical liquid. And as the calming fluid soothed my parched throat, for the first time I realized that my eyes were closed. Upon pondering further I came to the conclusion that my eyes were closed more often than not when I drank water. A surprise! But no surprise eventually when I thought about it, because boy that thought didn’t go away and made me reflect on the properties of water, its power and its spiritual significance.#Water: The Spiritual Element and its Power on Us and Our Emotions! Click To Tweet
Water, as we know it is one of the four known basic elements, which represent the substance of the world. In its physical form, water is needed to live as one must drink it in some form; as life – be it plant, animal or sentient life – is largely dependent on it for its survival. It is the central source of our beings. It is part of every cell and fiber in us; it is our very essence. Perhaps it is the common denominator that weaves us all (earth, animal, human, and plant) together as one. It is the ultimate connector. Must we say anything else in its defence of one of the most powerful elements that be on this earth?
Water is often interpreted as the purest form of liquid – the ‘primal liquid’, which only appears in different shapes and forms, but in its transformation always retains its basic elemental properties. It is amazing that water is often associated with emotions, art, and time; and especially with healing and philosophy. I remember that I read somewhere that water has the depth of a philosopher’s soul and is the inspiration of the artist! I think the comparison holds good because of the unpredictable nature of water. It is so variable. It can cause death and destruction and at the same it also grants life. Only earth and water can bring forth a living soul. The greatness of water is such that spiritual regeneration cannot be done without it.
Thales of Miletus – the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, concluded that water was the beginning of all things and the first of all elements and most potent because of its mastery over the rest. Pliny – the Roman naturalist and philosopher said, “Water swallows up the earth, extinguishes the flame, ascends on high, and by stretching forth as clouds challenges the heavens for their own, and the same falling down, becomes the cause of all things that grow in the earth.” And truly, the power of the energy of water can be felt by merely tasting pure spring water, or even simply moving your hand through a stream, lake, pool, or a bowl full of water! When we swim it is water that supports us, when we are thirsty, it is water the quenches our thirst, and another fascinating manifestation of this wonderful element is the rainstorm that drenches us, or the dew formed on plants after the sun has set. Such is the power this element holds!
Water and spirituality seem to go hand in hand. Many religions and spiritual practices include the use of water. In fact, even being near a river, lake or ocean seems to invoke a spiritual experience, soothing the body, mind and soul. Or for someone like me, drinking a glass of cold water that quenches my thirst is a spiritual experience in itself. The truth is also that water is an extremely powerful element that has the potential to heal on many levels, particularly spiritual and emotional.
Since ancient times water has represented many spiritual ideas. We have enough and more examples to prove this statement. The Ganges River in India for one is deemed sacred to Hindus. Millions of Hindu pilgrims bathe in the Ganges to wash away sins, and the faithful often spread ashes of the departed into the river, helping them reach the final goal of nirvana. On the other hand, the biblical story of Noah and the great flood shows water as a powerful destroyer, cleansing the Earth of the evil and disobedient. It is portrayed as a great giver of life in many beliefs and is also considered sacred. It is no wonder that water is considered an extremely powerful element that has the potential to heal on many levels, particularly spiritual and emotional.
It is fascinating to note that water and emotions also have a very unique and interesting relationship. Many people enjoy spending time either near or on the water. My husband and I love going for walks by the lake close to our house and we also love taking a dip in the cool waters of the pool when days become too hot. It is relaxing, invigorating and soothing, all at the same time. Interestingly, I have also noticed that spending time in a pool or sometimes even a nice bath in the tub can change my mood and attitude. Oh! What sense of freedom one feels while standing beneath the cool waters of a thundering waterfall. The morning shower helps you wake you up and feel alive and alert. Water can relieve stressful emotions. That’s why many times when people are unable to think straight, they make the excuse of needing a shower. Often I think water helps people in calming their frayed nerves.
Interestingly, not only does water influence our emotions, our emotions also have an effect on water. According to studies conducted by a Japanese scientist – Dr. Masaru Emoto, our thoughts and emotions can influence water’s molecular structure. He analyzed water crystals exposed to thoughts and feelings of love and positive emotions and found them to have beautiful snowflake like structures. In contrast, water crystals influenced by negative thoughts and emotions appeared to have jagged, misshapen and ugly looking shapes. It works both ways! And this is precisely the reason why water can be used in a spiritually healing way for the body, mind and soul. One can try this while drinking water. In conjunction with Dr. Emoto’s discoveries, you infuse your drinking water with love and positive emotions by holding your hands around the glass of water and think thoughts of gratitude, joy, love and happiness before consuming it. Some metaphysical experts also recommend writing these words on your water bottle to infuse it with those vibrations. Experiment and see what works for you. It sure does work for me.
People use water to cleanse their aura. It is said that when bathing if you consciously think about cleansing your aura as you cleanse your body; you can actually visualize the water vapor moving through the layers of your aura removing any debris or negative energy. You will then be able to feel your aura’s energy become cleaner, clearer and brighter as the water moves over you. This is a different way of experiencing the old adage ‘cleanliness is next to godliness.’ Undoubtedly, water lifts your spirits. Whether you go swimming, do water sports, or sit on the beach, or even simply have fun with a jar of soap and water bubbles. All these activities bring feelings of boundless joy.
Water has some powerful properties that go beyond the physical. It is a sacred gift that we can use in many ways. I hope this inspires you to think about water in a whole new way.
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