Today’s post is really an expression of my thoughts and feelings following the viewing of Kalani’s TEDxSF talk. I met M. Kalani Souza at the Rights of Mother Earth Conference in Kansas this Spring. Meeting him, feeling his words and the power of truth in his presence was one of the best things about that conference. I feel very awed by the time I was able to spend listening to him, as his session for speaking to the conference was bumped repeatedly as time ran short. We were just in the right place, at the right time, with the right intentions. I was honored and felt the strong reverberations of his song and words for days following the conference. My readers can feel the reverberations too, as Kalani’s messages are what kickstarted my retaking of action in spirit, creating EarthWalk Living, acknowledging that I am driven to help others connect with the Earth, the Water, the Sky, with all Life. Suffice it to say that I encourage you all to watch his video, linked above. On to my reflections.
“The atmosphere is the ocean!”
The water cycle is an amazing Mystery.
My two-year-old yesterday was sitting at the table with Legos and told me he was “playing the water cycle.” Children are such gifts to have in your life.
I have always had a difficult time relating with the ocean, probably because I haven’t spent much time there. Throw me in a mountain river or stream and I’m a happy otter, but the ocean is a relation I haven’t developed. In Celtic or Druid spirituality, they often refer to the Land, Sky, and Sea. Many things in Celtic Spirituality are in triads. I always had a hard time imagining a Sea around me while in the middle of a mountain desert. Go figure. I often heard of Spirit and Water being connected, so much as being the same, or of Water being the physical manifestation of Spirit, but it wasn’t until I heard Kalani say it that it clicked and the spiritual message of Water, connection, relationship, adaptability, changing oneself, and many other things became clear for me. I knew it all before, in my head, that place where I so often over-analyze and sort and explore, but now there is a balanced understanding, a whole picture. Water was always a beautiful metaphor I understood well, but a metaphor for action and decisions and emotions, not of relationship with all things. That’s what Earth and Spirit are for, says I.
Of course, we are related through sharing all of the elements (there goes my thinking and analyzing again).
Water is a carrier of life, a composition of all life, necessary for all things to live. On this planet, Water protects her from the sun’s less friendly projections and space debris, Water cools and heats, holds stores, delivers growth and destruction. All life needs Water.
Water teaches us of persistence, of slow growth and crashing change, of gentle healing and cleansing. Water teaches us of illness and imbalance too, for we can easily see the disease and sorrow that comes with misuse of Water.
And yet we waste it, or seek to control it for power, or we allow others to control it and waste it. I read of families threatened by imminent domain because a natural gas company wants to pump water for fracking. I hear of once-beautiful river deltas that are miles of desert and pollution. I read of sensitive water species with sexual mutations because of hormones in the waterways, communities being sapped of all life by corporations privitizing water, and huge sections of ocean floating with plastic refuse. Not even to mention the Deepwater and Fukushima disasters. We all need to wake up to the connection in all of these. We are all affected by Water. We are all related through Water. We can all connect through Water.
I hope this week you will spend some time with Water. Visit a body of water, moving water, falling water, even the water in the air. Be mindful of Water and its relationship to you and all things here on this planet and beyond. Enjoy your connection with the water and think of ways you can live in better harmony with Water.