You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here – Alan Watts
Water is the mirror that has the ability to show us what we cannot see. It is the blueprint for our reality, which can change with a single, positive thought. All it takes is faith, if you’re open to it – Masuru Emoto (1)
Self Healing – The Magic Of Water
During lockdown I began a tentative investigation into WATER.
Often in water sessions people ask me after ‘WHAT ACTUALLY IS THAT’ (referring to THAT state the water takes people to). From everything to exposing and dramatically releasing trauma and tension in the body, or to the profound states of BLISS, water and water therapy certainly are a super powerful medicine. Quite often it blows my mind that SO much of this element has been left on this planet for us to ENJOY, EXPERIENCE and in ABUNDANCE!
I hear from lots of people diving deeply into some intense healing experiences. We’ve seen an exponential explosion of breathwork this year, people experiencing plant medicines and using gifts from the earth in various ceremonies and sessions. It feels like having spent thousands of years of working AGAINST nature, designing buildings/lifestyles that drew us away from our deep, natural connection with this planet, some of us (and more mainstream culture) are really diving into plant medicines.
In my view these can really serve to reconnect us with our HOME, as well as working on trauma issues and much much more.
And WATER, another type of medicine has been gifted to us in literally TONNES!
My research discovered:
60 percent of people live near a coast line
2 thirds of the world’s economy is linked to water
33332.5 million cubic metres of water on the earth which is
333 million cubic miles
The total volume of water on Earth is estimated at 1.386 billion km³ (333 million cubic miles), with 97.5% being salt water and 2.5% being fresh water. Of the fresh water, only 0.3% is in liquid form on the surface.
Quite literally a BLUE planet we live on!
In his book Blue Mind, Marine biologist Wallace Nicholls describes how in life we often go to water during pivotal moments either to reflect, remember, release, relax (2). How many times in your life have you gone to a body of water for any of these? When you needed ‘headspace’, to pause, for clarity, or to really think over something important?
In Nichol’s book, a group of neuroscientists looked into what happens neurologically when we are in or near water. He describes this state of mind and peace as the bluemind which is “a mildly meditative state characterised by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment.”
What do you experience when you’re next to water?
Then of course we can’t go on without discussing Masaru Emoto’s studies of how water behaves under a microscope. When charged with different words/messages/music etc. If we can literally change the state of water with our words, imagine then how healthy we could make our own drinking water if we spoke words of kindness to it?!
Many critics have sought to debunk these studies, but having worked with water for the past few years, there is definitely something incredible going on with the human body when we RELAX & RECEIVE the energy of the water (3).
I only hope to connect with more scientists about this, as when science can combine with the healing arts we are really moving into a WIN-WIN situation.
Almost every religion, culture or civilisation I looked into had some really important rituals and ceremonies in relation to water.
In Taoism, water is used as a metaphor for our path in life. As it flows downhill, it adapts to twists and turns and obstacles, but it’s always moving forward.
To Hindus, all water is sacred. They believe that bathing in a river washes away sins, and that immersing the ashes of the dead in the Ganges sends the soul of the deceased to heaven.
For Buddhists, water is said to symbolise purity, clarity and calmness. Buddhists strive to live in harmony with the environment.
In animistic religions, indigenous people honour and respect water as sacred and wholly life-sustaining. Their traditional knowledge, laws and ways of life teach them to be responsible in caring for this sacred gift that connects all life. (4)
Water and Emotions
Water is also the EMOTIONAL BODY. I could literally write 10 pages about this! Will try to keep it brief!
The emotional body is deeply connected to the second chakra (the sacral or Svadhisthana chakra located 4 fingers below the navel) and deeply associated with movement, sensation, emotions, sexuality, desire, need, pleasure. No wonder things get activated in a water session!
As Anodea Judith describes in her superb book, Eastern Body Western Mind, when working with the Second Chakra we work by letting go into movement. Movement and change stimulate consciousness. Movement can stimulate PLEASURE, the second chakra is a lot about pleasure how easily we are able to receive and give pleasure to others. (5) So water really has the ability to wake things up for us and can induce a wide range of emotions.
Water reminds us to DANCE with the flow of pleasure and pain.
Other key players in water investigations have talked about Water and FLOW, and well as water and consciousness….
Alexander George (Founder of Healing Dance) describes flow. Flow is the natural state in which one event follows another seamlessly. Flow is the gracefulness of life. In the natural world flow is the unbroken continuum, by which day blends into night. A practitioner of aquatic bodywork could see herself as a water shaman inducing trance states not through the use of drums but through the rhythms of her own body. Water therapy can also be seen as breath therapy (6) .
Carl Jung describes emotions as E motion – energy in motion.
Feelings are the key to buried memories. The way we hold our body tells us a lot about what kinds of emotions are stored beneath our awareness. Encouraging movement where the body is frozen helps us to free the emotions and restores aliveness and motility (cited in 6)
The investigation continues! I’d love to hear about your relationship with water!
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- & 3. Books by Masuru Emoto can be found HERE
- From Blue Mind by Wallace Nichols
- Image courtesy of https://www.sonima.com/ from the book The Hidden Messages in Water By Dr Emoru Masuru
- Beautiful article by https://www.rituals.com/en-nl/mag-travel-water-rituals.htm
- Incredible book by Anodea
- Flow from Healing Dance 1 manual, more info on Healing dance can be found here http://www.healingdance.org/