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“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” This is a line taken from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It was spoken by a sailor who found himself stranded in the middle of the ocean filled with saltwater. In the twenty-first century, we are hearing the predictions of what is happening to our supply of freshwater which is locked into the frozen water polar icecaps. As the planet warms, the icecaps are melting and the fresh water being unlocked is combining with the salt water of the oceans. Not only are we losing fresh water, we are changing the composition of the oceans, little at a time, which will affect ocean life. It is a cyclical occurrence with no single easy solution. Information about water then becomes necessary for us to celebrate this substance that is necessary for all of us to live on the “blue planet” we call earth.
I have harbored a desire to help share information about our environment for the last thirty years. I began when I was teaching fifth grade science and continued through my years as a Middle School Science teacher in mid-America. How we treat one of the most valuable commodities on earth reveals much about us both individually and collectively.
One of the most amazing bits of information about water itself comes from the experiments done by Japanese researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto. Emoto spent years studying the molecular structure of water and how it was affected by human consciousness. He published pictures , experiments, and results in volumes, Messages from Water. While there are others who dismiss his work, the photographs he presents are compelling in proving his case. The ice crystal structure attached to water that has received positive thoughts and words differ amazingly from those who have received messages of hate and disgust. Likewise, his findings leaned to suggesting that polluted and tainted water could likewise be purified by good words and positive visualization.
We are the blue planet. Seventy-five percent of our planet is covered with water. Of that , 97% is saltwater and 3% is fresh water, most of which is frozen. We have a water cycle in which evaporated water is held in the atmosphere until cold and warm fronts meet, causing it to condense and fall in the form of some kind of precipitation, depending on the atmospheric conditions. This water cycle allows that the water can be cleansed, if there is not too much air pollution to make this possible. It is an premier example of the Universe working to deliver the very things which we need for our survival.
It is when we study the power of water that we gain a respect for the nature of our Universe. We see pictures of waterfalls and dwell in the intense beauty. It is when we see the power of a waterfall such as Niagara Falls, in New York and Canada, that we sense the power that water presents. When we hear of monsoons, hurricanes, and tsunamis, we realize the destruction that can accompany water. We can listen to the cadence of rainfall on the roof during a storm and feel the cleansing effects of water on our soul. It is when we see the effects of a steady drip, drip, drip of one lone drop of water, consistently repeated, that we see how powerful that is in wearing down rocks that have withstood the elements for thousands of years. Water is power. No matter how we look at it, or in what amounts, water is powerful.
So, how do we think of water in a way that will bring us joy? We learn to enjoy it in all its forms. When we hear of the destructive events that water brings, it gives us the opportunity to reach out to others with kindness, compassion, and generosity. We can make efforts to help those that experience this destruction, either through monetary gifts or through prayers and positive thoughts. We can also take time to appreciate and give thanks for oceans, lakes, and even small bubbling creeks as we see the vast multitude of wild life that lives within the confines of a watery habitat. We can also dwell in the beauty of the stormy days, the results of water on our flowers and garden vegetables, and the music that a rainy day brings.
It is in the appreciation of water in all its forms and presentations, that we learn the joy that water brings to our life. So, the next time you have a chance to appreciate the natural presentation of water, embrace it. Go out and dance in the rain and become as joyful as possible during the time you are given this gift. Learn the joy, express the joy, and feel the joy that is brought to your life with water.
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