The symbol of water is a familiar one across all religions and spiritual traditions. Water unifies all life on planet earth for all depends on it for survival. The symbol of water as human emotions is also a common meaning given by those who interpret dreams.
Being an autodidactic student of philosophy and psychology for many years, has led me to often think conceptually and symbolically. There’s much to be discovered in contemplating nature and the connection between the seasons of life with the human life cycle. Perhaps you’ve reflected on this as well.
Similarly, it’s natural for a philosophical observer, or student of nature’s classroom to connect the elements with the various aspects of our being. There’s a correlation of the body as earth, the symbol of water as emotions, air as mind and sun or fire with the soul and spirit.
If you haven’t yet considered that connection, there’s likely much that will be revealed to your pondering mind as to the nature of emotions and the water element in all of its forms. Likely much you could create around that as well, should you care to explore intuitive art on this topic.
For now, we’re exploring a water metaphor related to ourselves and humanity in general. Including this stormy planetary event that affects every single human being here, to some extent great or small.
“Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, M.D. Hungarian biochemist-discovered vitamin C, 1893-1986
We are in a phase of evolution where we’re navigating rough waters as humanity voyages toward our next level of growth.
The symbol of water as akin to the emotional nature brings to mind an analogy for these times. It’s as though we’re traveling through the Panama canal where at each lock we must rise to the next level before we can continue on… before the “boat” of humanity is elevated for safe continuation of this voyage.
Individually and collectively as humanity, the need is before us to elevate ourselves, our circumstances, families and communities. We must navigate troubled waters safely and rise to the next level to pass through the gate of the heart.
Emotions and Water
Beyond the nature of water representing the nature of our emotions, our emotions can affect the nature of water.
Emotions Are Essential to Life
Consider some of the correlations between water and emotions. Create your own list, then scroll down to our evolving list at the end.
Dr Masaru Emoto and the Emotions of Water
Dr. Masaru Emoto dedicated the last years of his life to scientific research via specialized photography, on how emotion affect water molecules. Over a dozen books and many photos and videos later, Dr. Emoto depicted numerous circumstances where emotions impacted water molecules either positively, negatively or neutrally.
Whether or not Dr. Emoto’s work is true, (he has his critics, as do all alternative practices and discoveries), the concept of the impact of emotions on water makes sense. Technology uses sound waves transmitted through air and water and both act as carriers, resulting in all kinds of technological tools that run civilization today. Cell towers transmit waves through air and sonar through water.
Humans contain air and water. Chances are we all host the elements of transmission as well.
Most of us, whether empathic or not, can feel the negativity or positivity in an environment we enter. Water is a medium for transference of waves, and emotions have been measured in waves when hooked up to body and brain monitors.
Speaking symbolically, it stands to reason that emotions can affect the waters of our body in much the way the weather affects the planetary bodies of water. If the water in our bodies can serve to transmit feelings, we could conjecture that the molecules of water are also likely affected. Similarly, that our thoughts and feelings can pollute or purify our own inner environment.
Dr. Masaru Emoto and the Transformation of Water Molecules
We find it intriguing — at least in English — that Dr. Emoto’s name includes the root of the word for emotions, given his revelatory work of studying the effects of emotions on water.
So many of us have probably proclaimed many times over the years about not having enough time for this or that which we want to do, learn, have to or get to. Now, so many people today have far more time due to social and work restrictions.
Many express being bored. While that’s understandable, most creators don’t have time to be bored because our creative minds are always coming up with new ideas and projects to do. Like Peter Shankman’s quotes below, we see this as an opportunity to get to those projects we’ve been putting off starting or finishing or learning how to do.
Now, we have the time.
“I’m focusing on ME... on exercise, on planning for my Ironman in February. I’m focusing on giving more virtual keynotes to companies around the world, from the comfort of my kitchen… on learning how to play Chess, so I can play with my daughter, who already knows. I’ve shut the doors on trying to see what everyone else is doing, and wondering if I’m keeping up with them. Instead, I’m focusing on being the best I can be. Why? Because that’s all I can control. Perhaps it’s time to shut your doors for a while, and spend time working on the things that are holding YOU back?“
~Peter Shankman, Social entrepreneur, author, corp.speaker, SOURCE: email, 7/14/20
Your creative imagination is your magic wand for transformation, and you are up to the task… because you are a creator. Love and gratitude are the magic words that will open the gates of creativity to light your way… and elevate your passage to the next level.
I’m focusing on being the best I can be. Because that’s all I can control. Perhaps it’s time to shut your doors for a while, and spend time working on the things that are holding YOU back?
~Peter Shankman, Social entrepreneur, author, corp.speaker
Visioning as Purposeful Wishing
Perhaps we’re seeing an example of a common human “wish” oft voiced, come to fruition. You know the saying, “Be careful what you wish for…”
Whether or not the mass consciousness around “not enough time” helped to create the current global pandemic, we’ll never know. What’s important it is to work steadily toward become increasingly clear as to what we do want in our lives. Then to vision, plan, set goals and take action toward that vision.
Let go the negatives and distractions which do not serve your greater good. Elevate yourself and all with whom you come in contact. Together, we can rise to our next level of growth and our next level of heart-centered humanity.
If this sounds too challenging, don’t worry.
Small steps each day is the way to massive leaps over time.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder – iCreateDaily.com®
Symbolic Correlations Between Water and Emotions
What Water Can Teach Us
- All life needs water
- Clean water is best
- Water is productive if channeled constructively
- Water is damaging if out of control
- Clean water cleanses
- Water uplifts us by associating with it in nature
- The vast sea nurtures our soul
- Swimming is refreshing and revitalizing
- Surfing ocean waves is exhilarating
- Light on water is sparkling and beautiful
- Clean, clear water is magnetically attractive
- Waterfalls are elevated and uplifting
- Rain washes away the grime
- Water nurtures and gives life to plants
- Showers generate ions that affect us positively
- All life needs emotions
- Clean and clear emotions are best
- Emotions are productive channeled constructively
- Emotions are damaging when out of control
- Clean emotions cleanse
- Association with positive emotions is uplifting
- Expansive emotions nurtures our soul
- Positive emotions refresh and revitalize
- Choosing positivity is exhilarating
- Soul’s light sparkles beautiful emotions
- Clear emotions are magnetically attractive
- Higher emotions are uplifting
- A good cry helps wash away the pain
- We grow nurture plants; they nurture us
- Showering positivity affects us/others positively
The Calm Depths
To swim or body surf requires you to “porpoise” out beyond the breaking waves. You allow the buoyant waves to lift you up and over, ride the good waves, and dive under the breaking ones to keep from getting knocked about. Under the thrashing surface, are layers of calmer water.
No matter what’s breaking on the surface, when we dive under the rough stuff to calmer depths we can bypass most of the pounding.
It’s the same for navigating the waves of emotions in our lives and in the world.
Calm depths exist within us and the more we visit, the more readily we can access that serenity no matter the outer turbulence. How to visit? Meditate, create, and immerse in positivity. Daily.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder iCreateDaily.com®
The Tip of the Iceberg
This article is just a glimpse compared to the depth of wisdom to be gained by contemplating symbology of water and emotions. The next place you may want to go with this is your own personal ponderings on the correlations. For example, it’s intriguing that both the earth and the human body is roughly comprised of 70% water?
This is just the beginnings of a list of worthwhile water symbology concepts to ponder.
- When we’re tired, we need water
- Crying, leaks water
- Tears are contain salt like saltwater
- Flowing water stays fresher
- Salt water is more buoyant
- Frozen water and emotions
- Boiling water and emotion
- Arid regions – problems with too little water
- Wet regions – problems with too much water
- Water puts out fires
- Water is the one substance above all for cleansing the body inside and out
- The beauty of water in it’s various states
- The destruction of hurricanes and tornadoes
- What does the tremendous of water and wind combined symbolize?
- Dehydration leads to numerous ailments, including
- kidney stones
- cystic fibrosis
- bladder cancer
- colon cancer
SOURCE: Hydration and Disease Study by Frederich Manz
For my near death story related to the ocean beyond the metaphor.
Enjoy your contemplations! And we’d love to hear your thoughts and correlations if you care to share them.
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