We are water creatures. Water is life. Water shows us free flowing energies and the way of balance. All shamanic traditions I have come across honour and acknowledge water as the source of life. Water is used as a sacred element in rituals and ceremonies to cleanse, protect, balance/heal and many other things.
Water holds mountains together and moves mountains.
Wild and agitated at the surface and calm in the depths of its being.
Since I am a little child I have always been a water aficionado. Water is my element. I love being in, on and near it. I always get messages and guidance from the water and have lived near a river, lake or ocean all my life. In recent years I get more and more urgent messages from the water – and they often make me sad. When sitting with the old stony ones this year, I was shocked how far the dis-ease of water has come – even in remote high-alpine places. The very core of our existence, the life-giving blood that flows through the veins of the Earth body, is seriously affected by human actions and activities. We need to reconnect to old knowledge and take the messages serious, taking action, and return to acknowledging the wisdom of the water.
Hydrologists and geologists, mountain guides, farmers – there are many voices raising concern. We already experience some severe consequences of our ignorance. Glaciers are melting. Rivers and streams are drying out. Pure water is polluted in many ways. Trees and other plant & animal life forms are struggling or dying. “Does it really matter? There will always be new life, new inventions”, somebody said the other day in a personal conversation. I wonder: will there be life without the nurturing element of water? Or will life be drained out, drying out - literally? My personal answer to this is clear as pure water.
As the glaciers melt, the mountains start to crumble (they have been held together by permafrost for thousands of years). Plant and animal species are going extinct as they cannot adapt and adjust to changing life conditions fast enough…
What can we do?
We can all do our little bit – many drops make an ocean.
- Check the waterways in your vicinity. Rally a few friends and family members and do a river/beach/lake clean-up. Pick up any rubbish as you go, wherever you go. I always have a bag with me when I am out and about.
- Check your daily activities and habits: consider if they are con-serving life or not. Do I really need to drive the car today? Do I need to go on that ski trip? Do I need to eat meat or can I add more vegetarian/vegan dishes to my diet? Do I need to plan my holidays flying to a destination or can I travel by bus/train/bike/horse/foot? Do I need to buy the cucumber wrapped in plastic or can I buy something else that is not wrapped/packaged in plastic? Asking ourselves these and other questions helps to create awareness, enabling us to make conscious decisions and often to find alternatives or at least reduce non-sustainable behaviours and activities.
- Follow your HEART:
Develop a feeling for the sacredness of water.
Play with/in/around water.
Acknowledge the nurturing and life-giving aspects of water. Become aware of the “water cycle”: ocean, evaporation, clouds, rain, source/river/lake/ocean, evaporation, clouds, rain, source/river/lake/ocean…
Bring your attention to the needs of the waterways in your region: what is needed to keep the water clear and pure? Listen to natural water sources, sit with the river, the lake, the ocean and tune into their messages!
Tune into water
Feel it – under the shower, when you open a tap, when you drink it. Become aware of when you use water and how. Take time to feel grateful for water and what it brings to you.
Natural consequences of following the HEART are:
- conscious consumption of water
- conservation of water
- stopping activities, behaviour and decisions that affect the quality and free flow of pure clean water
- being aware of the importance of water as the essence of life expressed in so many ways