“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” Slovakian proverb
Our bodies are made primarily of water, as is planet earth. Yet how often do we think about our relationship with water? Or how to protect it and use it?
It is universally accepted that there can be no life without water.
It is the first thing we use every morning and the last thing we use each night. It comes to us in the form of lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, springs and sacred rain.
Ancient prophecy told of a time when we would have to buy our drinking water – that time is here. What better indication is there that it is time to stop taking it for granted?
The spiritual aspects of water
In the first chapter of “The Wind Is My Mother; the Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman”, Bear Heart describes the traditional introduction of an infant to the elements of nature.
It included this introduction to water: “Water, we do not live without you. Water is life. I ask that this child never know thirst.”
Water transformed by prayer is found in most Native American ceremonies. When someone feels ill or needs healing in a ceremony, they are offered water which has been blessed by prayer.
All native people teach that water is a sacred and powerful gift from the Creator. It is the life’s blood of our mother, the earth.
Indigenous cultures understand that where there is water there is life. In many countries around the world, shrines were placed at the site of natural springs. Those locations were considered sacred and to have high energy levels.
Water gives life. Yet, it also has the power to destroy. This is another reason to respect it.
When the Europeans came to North America, they considered land with the most water to be the most valuable. That’s why they relegated Natives Americans to reservations with little water. Ironically, through prayer and ceremony, Native Americans have made their way on such land.
The water crystal research of Dr. Masaru Emoto
“Understanding the fact that we are essentially water is the key to uncovering the mysteries of the universe.” Dr. Masaru Emoto in “The Hidden Messages in Water”
Dr. Emoto has discovered that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words and feelings. His books show amazing photos of water crystals formed in petri dishes that have words written on the outside of them. Water surrounded by positive words, such as “love” and “gratitude” form beautiful crystals. Water surrounded by negative words create deformed crystals that look like cancer cells.
Before we are born, we are 100% water. A toddler is made up of 80% water; adults 70% and the elderly 50%.
The earth is made up of 70% water. Another reminder of our interconnectedness to Mother Earth.
Since our bodies are primarily water, the words spoken to and by us can have a powerful impact on our health.
Does earth’s water come from outer space?
There is a controversial new theory, now supported by NASA, that says that most of Earth’s ocean water came from impacts by comets billions of years ago — and that such comets continue to provide our rain and snow today.
In the 1980s, University of Iowa researchers Louis Frank and John Sigwarth proposed that water arrives on this planet in the form of small comets [mostly chunks of ice] from outer space. As the earth’s gravity pulls them into our atmosphere, the heat of the sun evaporates them and turns them into gas. The gas then mixes with air and falls to the earth as rain or snow.
Our water coming from outer space again supports the Native American teachings that We Are All Related – in this case to the universe.
How to honor and use water
Every new moon, make a prayer of gratitude with a pinch of tobacco and place it at the point where water enters your home. You could even put an altar there if there’s room. Water carries energy; let it carry your prayers.
And of course we need to stop sending toxins and trash into our water. Please protect water on an individual level and keep pressure on our corporations and governments to do the same. Remember the 7th Generation teaching: we want to leave a healthy planet for our descendants seven generations into the future.
Water for our health
Water, carried by blood and bodily fluids, is the means by which nourishment is circulated through our bodies.
Research by Fereydoon Batmanghelidg, M.D., author of “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” indicates that most of our pain is actually the result of chronic dehydration. He also believed that the caffeine and sugar in many of the beverages we drink actually deplete the body’s water supply.
On his website, http://www.watercure.com, Dr. Batmanghelidg teaches that:
“Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; your blood that transport nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water. Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink. “
You should always drink water prior to eating, and after eating, to support the digestive process. The stomach depends on water to help digest food, and lack of water makes it harder for nutrients to be broken down and used as energy.
How much water should you drink each day? The current wisdom about how much water to drink is to divide your body weight in half. That gives you the approximate number of water ounces you should drink daily. So if you weight 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water a day.
But individuals who are physically active or live in hot climates may need to drink more.
The water prescription does not include coffee, alcoholic beverages or caffeinated- drinks. In fact, for every ounce of a caffeinated beverage you drink, you need twice that many ounces to make up for it. This is on top of the half your body weight measurement!
The color of our urine is a good indicator of whether we are drinking enough water. Our urine should be fairly clear, or the color of lemonade. If darker, it may be an indication of dehydration.
Cherish it; always be grateful for it. It is one of the greatest gifts from Mother Earth and the Great Spirit.
“If you get troubled, go and sit by the river. The flowing water will take your troubles away.”
–Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE
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by Molly Larkin