Water

June 14, 2007 at 10:06 pm (environmental, magic, medicine, philosophy, shamanism)

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What Wikipedia says about water(abridged):

Water cycle

The biosphere can be roughly divided into oceans, land, and atmosphere.

Water moves perpetually through each of these regions in the water cycle consisting of following transfer processes:

-evaporation from oceans and other water bodies into the air and transpiration from land plants and animals into air.
-precipitation, from water vapor condensing from the air and falling to earth or ocean.
-runoff from the land usually reaching the sea

Most water vapor over the oceans returns to the oceans, but winds carry water vapor over land at the same rate as runoff into the sea, about 36 Tt per year. Over land, evaporation and transpiration contribute another 71 Tt per year. Precipitation, at a rate of 107 Tt per year over land, has several forms: most commonly rain, snow, and hail, with some contribution from fog and dew. Condensed water in the air may also refract sunlight to produce rainbows.

Water runoff often collects over watersheds flowing into rivers. Some of this is diverted to irrigation for agriculture. Rivers and seas offer opportunity for travel and commerce. Through erosion, runoff shapes the environment creating river valleys and deltas which provide rich soil and level ground for the establishment of population centers.

Water is considered a purifier in most religions. Major faiths that incorporate ritual washing (ablution) include Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Shinto. Water baptism is a central sacrament of Christianity; it is also a part of the practice of other religions, including Judaism (mikvah) and Sikhism (Amrit Sanskar). In addition, a ritual bath in pure water is performed for the dead in many religions including Judaism and Islam. In Islam, the five daily prayers can be done in most cases after completing washing certain parts of the body using clean water (wudu). In Shinto, water is used in almost all rituals to cleanse a person or an area (e.g., in the ritual of misogi). Water is mentioned in the Bible 442 times in the New International Version and 363 times in the King James Version: 2 Peter 3:5(b) states, “The earth was formed out of water and by water” (NIV).

Some faiths use water especially prepared for religious purposes (holy water in some Christian denominations, Amrit in Sikhism and Hinduism). Many religions also consider particular sources or bodies of water to be sacred or at least auspicious; examples include Lourdes in Roman Catholicism, the Zamzam Well in Islam and the River Ganges (among many others) in Hinduism. In Neo-Paganism water is often combined with salt in the first steps of a ritual, to act as a purifier of worshippers and the altar, symbolising both cleansing tears and the ocean.

Water is often believed to have spiritual powers. In Celtic mythology, Sulis is the local goddess of thermal springs; in Hinduism, the Ganges is also personified as a goddess, while Saraswati have been referred to as goddess in the Vedas. Also water is one of the “panch-tatva”s (basic 5 elements, others including fire, earth, space, air). Alternatively, gods can be patrons of particular springs, rivers, or lakes: for example in Greek and Roman mythology, Peneus was a river god, one of the three thousand Oceanids. In Islam, not only does water give life, but every life is itself made of water: “We made from water every living thing”.
The Greek philosopher Empedocles held that water is one of the four classical elements along with fire, earth and air, and was regarded as the ylem, or basic substance of the universe. Water was considered cold and moist.  Water was also one of the five elements in traditional Chinese philosophy, along with earth, fire, wood and metal.

What I say about water:

Water is what we are predominantly made of, what this planet is predominantly covered in, and what naturally washes CO2 out of the atmosphere, into the seas and lakes and rivers where it eventually bonds with the sediment and other carbon.  Water is also the element of emotion, security, sexuality, and just as the moon rules water and affects the tides on the planet and behavior in people(ask any emergency room worker about the uptick in weirdness around the full moon), the condition of our water is manifest in traits of the human psyche.  We, just like the planet, are 70% water.  Too often this is overlooked.  Water is a living ecosystem as well, teeming with organisms of all sizes.    Two things we do our water that need to stop are clorination and flouridation.  Chlorine breaks up vitamin E, which a lack of can lead to cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, alzheimers and parkinson’s disease.   Flouride inhibits the bodies immune system and it’s natural ability to heal tooth decay (you heard that right, cavities can heal themselves if you consume enough silica) and it has never been shown to prevent anything, it is toxic byproduct of uranium enrichment.  On top of that flouride is banned in most European countries and is classified as a tranquilizer in oriental medicine.    So often people want to sterilize everything but what they don’t realize is that the chemicals used to do so are equally as harmful to us as whatever organism they were intended to kill.  Toxins and chemicals build up in our bodies and can be linked to all sorts of stuff.  Our bodies need bacteria, beneficial bacteria, chemicals and sterilization lead to harmful bacteria flourishing.

We need to cultivate a healthy living water supply as opposed to trying to kill everything off and in the process slowly killing ourselves.  In our culture of excessive meat eating which leads to overheated bodies, temperments etc, algae (chorella, spirulina and wild blue-green) counteract by being extremely cooling.  It is a pertinent observation that this insistence on high meat diets, is directly linked to toxic algae blooms that are killing the fish.  The manure from mega-dairies and feedlots, in addition to the over application of fertilizer on crops mainly grown for animal feed, is the source of phosphorus feeding the algae blooms, algae blooms that locally are killing fish in droves.  It is a direct relationship,  it is the earth trying to cool itself and us.   Yes algae blooms turn toxic at times, but this is associated with their overgrowth.  If our water ecosystems were pure and freeflowing, minus agricultural runoff, and we were able to drink out of the streams and such like our ancestors, we would naturally consume low levels of non-toxic algae constantly, reaping their health benefits.  Also these algae encourage  healthful intestinal flora thereby encouraging healthy immune system function, in addition to being having the highest concentrations of B vitamins and protiens of any natural food and generous amounts of iron and fatty acids that are essential to healthy nervous system function.  The chlorophyll molecule is identical to the hemoglobin molecule except for the fact it has magnesium instead of iron as the central atom.  So it is the natural treatment of choice for anemia.  That’s in addition to the trace minerals found in natural spring water.

In addition stagnant water, such as those bodies termed impoundments as they are held back by dams, either hydroelectric or reservoirs, only compounds the algae and fish kill problem.  The fish die from lack of oxygen, freeflowing waterways naturally aerate, and it is difficult for algae mats to form in moving water, especially over rapids and falls.  They also lead to acidification which inhibits many species of fish (like trout).  Finally mercury is a huge issue for water.  It comes from coal fired power plants.  The solution,reduce your electrical consumption, buy solar, and transition to biogas and/or solar hydronic systems for heating.

Hopefully I’ve proven my point that a lot more attention needs to be paid to our water.  We need to start removing dams so our rivers can purify themselves and work on cultivating healthy LIVING water ecosystems.  Water is so completely fundamental, it would fix most of the problems we are having on this planet right now.  As I have said water is the element of the unconcious and just as our collective unconcious is riddled with problems, our natural world is a reflection of that.  People think we are separate but we are all one.  Just as the Gaia theory states, the Earth and all of her children are one gigantic, dynamic, self regulating organism.  If we heal ourselves we will heal the earth and vice versa.

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