It soothes, invigorates, and quenches. The water in protoplasm mysteriously gives rise to life. We emerge from watery surroundings, and as newborns we are 95% water. Water is necessary to keep our body’s biochemical system functioning properly and our lives depend on it. Water is the element that is in greatest abundance on our planet. It exists all around us: in our Earth’s atmosphere, on 70% of her surface and beneath her crust in underground aquifers. We are inextricably tied to water; it has played a key role in our lives and evolution. This precious element is critical for our survival.
Water is a necessary component of our bodies. Each and every cell is surrounded by and filled with water. Our body’s health and its chemical and biological functions depend on water. Proper levels of water in the body increase the efficiency of the immune system, it is needed for the digestion, absorption and metabolism of food and increases the efficiency of respiration. It also improves the elimination of toxins, enhances cellular communication, and prevents DNA damage. Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidji, M.D., and author of “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water,” believed that many of our physical ailments are dehydration-induced disorders (studies have shown that 75% of the people in our country are chronically dehydrated). He asserted that cancer, asthma, joint and back pain, hypertension, fatigue, headaches, high cholesterol, obesity, gastro-intestinal and urinary problems can be avoided or cured by simply drinking plenty of healthy water.
In addition to our physiological dependence on water, we have relied on water for its mental, emotional and spiritual healing qualities as well. Ancient cultures respected water and understood its sacred nature. They knew it was a life-giving and life-sustaining element. Early deities were water gods and goddesses and many origin and creation stories include the emergence of life from water. Pure water was treasured by the Chinese, Incas and Aztecs, and saved in jars made of jade, quartz and obsidian, thus preserving its original structure and vitality. Both ancient and medieval alchemists knew water was the substance for all elemental change and used it in their work.
Rituals honoring the element of water are found in every culture. The Egyptians had feast and festival days that paid tribute to the cyclical flooding and receding of the Nile River. Rainmaking ceremonies were, and in many instances still are, common throughout African and Native American tribes. Many spiritual and religious practices worldwide also acknowledge water’s cleansing and transformational qualities. Christian baptisms and Hindu burial rites on the Ganges River are two examples.
Early Turkish baths, 18th century European spas and trips to the village well provided opportunities to immerse oneself in the restorative element and to come together as a community to socialize and connect. Today, many of us flock to ocean shores, lakes, and rivers when we want to relax; and watery places like island beaches, Venice and Niagara Falls are popular vacation destinations.
Instinctively, we know water has the ability to relieve the symptoms of stress. Some believe that tumbling waters’ rejuvenating properties are due to negative ions which amp up the electromagnetic field that surrounds the body and affect mood. A Columbia University study demonstrated that negative ions relieved depression in subjects with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Others attribute the sound of moving water as having calming effects because the high water content of the body’s tissues entrains (synchronizes) the body’s rhythms to the rhythms of nature.
Another way that water is remarkable is its ability to receive, store and transmit information. Scientists in the 1800 and 1900s “discovered” these properties of water. The sciences of homeopathy and flower essences are based on the principle that water can be imprinted with a vibration that in turn can be communicated throughout an entire water-based system. Austrian scientists studied the aliveness and potency of water found in moving rivers and streams and how naturally flowing water cleanses and revitalizes itself.
Further studies have supported the idea that water has memory and the capacity to store energy. Japanese researcher, Masaru Emoto, has theorized that water has consciousness and that frozen water crystals reflect the essence of the water. He has shown through amazing photographs the difference between water crystals from natural springs and tap water found in urban areas. The water found in nature has crystalline, clear hexagonal-shaped forms, whereas municipal water sources reflect misshapen, blurred forms. Additionally, Emoto’s science team demonstrated how water crystals look when imprinted with low vibrational emotions like anger and hate, and high vibrational (coherent) emotions like gratitude and love. His team also looked at the difference between water samples that were originally from stagnant water and compared them to samples after the same water source was exposed to one hour of prayer. The water crystals from samples that were exposed to coherent emotions were brilliant and beautifully shaped while those exposed to stagnation or incoherent emotions were not.
I believe water is a living being and contains the essence of life. We have much to learn from this intriguing element. And by raising our awareness of water’s amazing powers we will unravel the mysteries of the universe. Our health and well-being and that of our planet are reflected in our relationship to water and our care of it. The Hermetic phrase, “as above, so below; as within, so without” applies. May we once again demonstrate respect for its sacredness and appreciate its important role in our lives—our survival and our transformation.
Ways to incorporate more of this wondrous element in your life:
Energize and hydrate:
•Drink two liters of water daily. Drink more if you consume caffeinated or alcoholic beverages because they dehydrate you. Filtered and revitalized water is the best!
Surround yourself with water images and sounds:
•Hang pictures or photos of water in your workspace.
•Add a tabletop fountain to a room in your home or office.
•Listen to recordings with the sounds of water on them: Tom Kenyon’s “Sound Bath” and Anugama’s “Environment 2 River/Bells” are two of my favorites.
•Spend time at a lake, river, stream, or seashore.
•Soak in a bath with your favorite essential oils and Dead Sea salts. Or if time is short, take a 10-minute footbath.
•Swim, splash or wade in a pool or natural body of water.
•Visit a hot springs, sweat lodge or floatation facility.
Protect and appreciate what we have:
•Support organizations that focus on the protection and conservation of water. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, each year our water supplies diminish and more and more of our water is losing its natural vitality or becoming unusable.
•Express gratitude for every drop of water you consume, use or encounter.
Jeni Miller is a water enthusiast, Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist and childbirth hypnosis educator. Her clients achieve radiant, vibrant health through mind, body, spirit integration. Her approach is compassionate, intuitive, grounded and practical. Call her at 360-647-3726. Visit www.HeartHarmonicsHypnotherapy.com to receive a free Relaxation MP3 or Joyful Pregnancy MP3.