"Water is the only drink for a wise man." Henry David Thoreau
“Water is the only drink for a wise man.” Henry David Thoreau

Odorless, colorless and tasteless, the element of water is without a doubt the most essential element of every aspect of our lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Water covers over 70% of the Earth. Our bodies are made up of over 60% water. Water gives and nourishes life. It can also take life, in the form of natural disasters and pollution. It’s in our food, our beverages and the products we use every day, we bathe in it, and we literally cannot go a single day without it. One only needs to recall the recent horrific events in Flint, Michigan to know that clean water is a gift for which we should give thanks every day.

fountain-197334__180Emotionally, water soothes and invigorates, calms and heals. As humans, we gravitate to the ocean, rivers, streams for swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational activities, or merely to sit, relax or read. In the way of ponds, pools, and fountains, we make water a focal part of our homes and our landscapes as a way of inviting tranquility, color and life. The sound of the ocean waves soothe. The warmth, the reflection, the feeling of floating in the water reconnects us to a fundamental place in our lives, perhaps of being in the womb, protected, nurtured.

Spiritually, water is indispensable in religious rituals the world over. Catholics bless themselves and their homes with holy water and employ it in the sacrament of baptism to cleanse original sin. Hindus regard the Ganges River in India as sacred, bathing in it to wash away sin. Christians use water to redeem, cleanse and rebirth the soul.

An unusual but visionary view about water and humanity’s deep connection with the element was put forth by Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author and researcher who claimed that human consciousness had the ability to affect the molecular structure of water, and that it was a blueprint for our reality. In the article, ‘Exploring the Mystical Powers of Water’ by Kate Canan, it’s explained he also “believed water revealed hidden messages and reacted to human thoughts, music, emotions, prayers and written words.” “When I was a child, I learned from my mother that ‘water is a reflection of your soul,'” Emoto was quoted as saying.

LET ME HEAR FROM YOU: In what ways do you appreciate water in your life?

Rebecca E. Neely tells stories with a paranormal flair. In the first book in my new Crossing Realms series, The Keeper, elements converge in those realms in unusual ways…Available on Amazon now!