“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ― Bruce Lee
Have you ever heard of Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy, is a part of medicine and alternative medicine, in particular of naturopathy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment.
We utilize this type of therapy every day of our lives. Many people can attest to feeling more relaxed and/or calm after a warm shower or sitting in a hot tub. Even the whole idea of drinking a glass of water when your crying actually works in calming you down.
Water has always healed me
Since I was a little kid I always loved playing in water. Showering to me was gratifying. Even today whenever my energies are not in high vibration, for some reason a shower makes me feel like I am washing off all the pain and negative energies that may have attached themselves to my clothes and my body throughout the day.
I became curious as to why I felt such gratitude to having access to water to heal myself that I decided to research the power of H20. The universe answered my calling when I suddenly came across this book that young Willow Smith once shared on her Instagram page. I immediately became intrigued and had to read it. Books will liberate your mind and free your soul if you allow them to.
After learning that this internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto showed us how the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth and our personal health; It all somehow connected for me. The reason I loved water, drinking it, bathing in it, and just being in the presence of it lifted my spirit was because water is a powerful natural element. Now everywhere I travel and explore I seek any body of moving water. On my recent travels to TheFarm in Summertown, Tennessee I was ecstatic to have a river accessible in walking distance. A river that was created by mother earth; maintained and decorated by TheFarm community. This is why you see it’s unique elegance.
Upon doing research on water and its power, I stumbled upon my own ancestors beliefs about the bodies of water (rivers, oceans, seas) and learned about our God of water. We call her Yemayá.
Yemayá is the great mother who lives and rules over the seas. Water is essential to life, so without Yemayá, life on earth wouldn’t be possible. Although she’s maternal and nurturing, she’s also fierce. Her punishments can be terrible when she’s outraged, but she’s fair minded and forgiving when proper remorse is shown. Yemayá is clever and brave. When she goes to war on behalf of her children, she wields a machete with expertise and no one can defeat her. Her eleke is made out of transparent crystal beads alternating with royal blue ones, in a pattern of seven, which is her number. Her day of the week is Saturday, and her colors are blue and white. Traditionally she wears a long flowing dress, cinched by a wide belt, with a full skirt made of blue and white ruffles, which represent the waves in the ocean. She likes verbena perfume. As a mother, she’s wise and virtuous, but she likes to have a good time and she enjoys dancing. When she dances, she begins slowly and gracefully but as she swirls and moves her skirts to reflect the rhythm of the waves, she builds up speed and intensity, showing her immense power.
A world with no water?
In todays world some of us live in fear that we are occupying a world that is depleting of natural resources, like water. If we explored the way our ancestors lived, we will learn how fruitful they were because they were in tune with who we call mother nature. They viewed themselves as being one and equal with nature. The importance of us worshiping nature and surrendering our complete gratitude cannot be stressed enough. If we appreciated what water, Yemayá, mother nature provides us with we would be compelled to preserve it. In wanting to preserve our natural resources we will then allow it to heal us and inspire us for generations to come.
“I dance through this life with the spirit of Yemayá. I capture positive energy and produce love and light. But don’t get it twisted because I can still cut you with my verbal machete if I catch you dishonoring that which keeps your body living.”~YtheG
Honor nature and it will provide for you.