At the Ganges River, India, 2016 (photo by Josh Schrei)
A story. About water spirits. A true one, although what it means, I do not know. I simply share it.
At our little house at the edge of the forest, we have a well. It was an artesian well, it poured forth its water blessings when first drilled. It’s a good well. This autumn we began to have some residue in the water. We checked everything, the pressure tank, the pump etc. No problem with them. It kept getting worse. The water was unusable.
Background: I talk to water spirits. I have for years. They often respond in the form of a whisper of rain, a shift in the wind, a cloud drifting by. All things one could attribute to coincidence. Or not. Living where I do, I can step outside and be swallowed by the sky and stars. It is a good place to develop a relationship with the spirits of nature and the elements. Over the years the relationship deepened. I was given a prayer by the water spirits to say regularly:
“Oh Thunder Beings who open the gates of the rain, cloud beings who nourish the rain, spirit of wind that brings the rain, water spirits who embody the rain,
I acknowledge you and ask for your blessing.”
This last year I was away from our home frequently, for extended travel and also because of renovation and repair work being done. I neglected to say the prayer as frequently as usual. I didn’t connect. I forgot, often.
So, in the autumn, one day as we were trying to figure out who to call, what to do next in relation to the well, we were doing an awareness session. (see elsewhere in this blog for what an awareness session is…) The topic of the session was not water.
It was nature, the extreme events, the floods and the fires.
Suddenly the Awareness brought up the matter of the well. What could be causing the problem? We explored. And what arose was this. The Awareness said: you haven’t been connecting with the water spirits as often as you should. You have been neglecting them. We need to connect with them, now.
And so we did, through prayer and acknowledgment, with apology and understanding that the relationship I have with them had been compromised. Truly the intimate relationship with spirit is like any other relationship, it requires care and attention.
Literally the next morning the residue was less, and by the next day, the water seemed to be running entirely clear.
Coincidence? Perhaps. Quite a coincidence though, since this condition had been happening for over a month.
Of course we are still having our water tested, and will be working with someone to install a filter on the well.
And in my heart, I get the message.
As human beings in this modern world, we have forgotten, we forget, over and over.
We forget to take care of spirit.
We forget to take care of those we love.
We forget to take of ourselves.
And the earth.
We live in a culture that has forgotten.
There are oases of remembering, in ancient spiritual traditions, in indigenous traditions, in our own hearts and minds.
But the prevailing culture is founded on forgetting.
Remembering brings healing.
That was the message of the water spirits for me this winter solstice, at the tine of the returning of the light. This happened in the days just before the solstice. Coincidence? Perhaps.
There is an Order. There is Balance. There is Harmony. There is Flow.
SourcePoint is one way among many of connecting to Source.
As we embark on this year of 2018, let us remember Source, and all our relationships and connections within Source. Let us take care of each other, the earth, spirit and ourselves. It is no easy task. It requires a lot of remembering.
May all beings be happy, peaceful and free of suffering.