We, the various waters of the Earth, journey effortlessly across and through the land, finally reaching the great water where we gather together as one water.
From billions of tiny raindrops, thousands of streams lakes and rivers we flow downstream and merge into oneness – the global ocean.
We must flow and find our level, seeking the effortless path, carving the landscapes gullies, canyons, wide river valleys, woodland streams, prairie pot holes, wetlands, huge deep lakes on our journey to the great oneness.
We come together in the great oceans and seas, heaving and swelling, rippling or calm.Life giving. Life affirming. All our tiny drops melding into one mighty water. Then we separate again, as billions of our droplets evaporate and merge effortlessly with the air.
As water vapor we gather to create clouds, fall as rain, sleet snow, or hail and begin our long journey once again to the gathering place of all waters.
We begin our journey once again as we fall to Earth, gathering with other waters, becoming stronger and more powerful as we increase in volume.
We make our way downstream, meandering and slow or rushing in flood, blessing your Earth with the gift of life as we flow through and shape your varied landscapes.
Finally we reach our mother waters and pour into her. We cannot flow back upstream, or undo our transformation to salt water as we reach our destination.
We are the sacred waters of the Earth.
We are the stuff of life.
I am ceaseless and timeless. I flowed past the camps of your ancestors in ancient times, and I flow now under the concrete and steel bridges of your streets and highways, between fields of corn and beans. I flow past the towns and factories through forests and wetlands.
Life flows endlessly here- always the same, always new and fresh.
I may change course over time, undercut and topple the tallest trees, cut through solid stone, shape and carve the landscape.
I carry much that you choose to discard, your pollution and garbage. It becomes part of me. Is this what you want?
I rise and flood in spring, after the long winter freeze, swelling and spreading expanding beyond my banks. I pick up speed and power.
Do not argue with a flooded river!
My ripples respond to the most delicate vibrations of wind and weather and light and water currents, to rumblings in the earth, the movements of the stars.
The sun reflects and creates sparkles and dancing bands of light in my depths. You might sit near me and meditate on my hypnotizing moving light and water show. Find peace here.
I provide a home for the water dwellers, the fish of all descriptions, crustaceans, insects, the tadpoles and frogs, turtles, food for the fur-bearers and birds, a place of thirst quenching for all.
I grind and polish rough stones to smooth. I grind and polish smooth stones to sand. I compress sand into sandstone. Do not ask me how or why. It is in my nature to do so.
I run under the open sky at night, only the stars and moon lighting me in the uninhabited places. I move under the earth in complete darkness, carving the structure of this planet into caves of great complexity and beauty.
I am the river of life that flows through your ancient memory into your present and on toward the future.
It is my purpose to collect the waters of the earth and channel them effortlessly, to cleanse and shape the earth, to reach oneness with the great waters at the end of my journey… which is only the beginning.
When you were a child, did you resist your bath-time, bedtime, school? Did you resist the rules imposed on you by authority figures?
Now that you are the authority figure in your life, an autonomous being, what do you resist?
Resisting anything creates energetic armor, blocks in your energy field. Resistance creates tightness where there could be flow, disease where there could be harmony, tension where there could be ease, disconnection where there could be wholeness.
Does a fast moving stream push against the boulder and use all its strength to resist its bulk and weight? The stream simply flows around the boulder with ease. The boulder is irrelevant to the mission of the stream, which is to flow with ease.
Flowing stream, autumn leaf
What obstacles, or boulders do you encounter in your life? Can you flow around them like a river?
When you push against, strain and fight, struggle and resist the obstacles in your way, you block your flow and cause conflict both within you and outside of you.
When you allow the energy of your body and life to flow freely, your creative inspiration will provide surprising solutions to the boulders you encounter.