“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”― Bruce Lee
Whilst out on my weekly reconnect with nature, which inevitably involves water I perceived the change that water can create in the natural world. It got me thinking that like water we are transitory on this plane of reality. Everything moves, life moves, energy moves (we call that e-motion e=energy). Flow is a movement! It can be blunt and destructive much like the flooding river does after a tropical downpour where the trees and floatsom travels downstream in a torrent crashing into objects and changing the scene in a rush. Or it is gentle and subtle creating its groove over spans of time that are impossible to witness in this short human life. The question remains in this lifetime are you the torrent or the subtle groover? Or do you become like the water and become the chalice that overflows with the innocence of this very moment and allow its beauty to flow over you and carry you downstream through all the ebbs and flows of its meandering course?
If you have ever spent time in the tropics you will more than likely comprehend the amount of water that is all around at this time of the year. If you haven’t experienced life in the tropics you should try it at least once in your life. Water falls from the sky in torrents and when its not falling from the sky the air is thick with it. You feel all clammy and sticky from the heat and the thick moisture that we breath. You are immersed in it. For me though water is more than rain, rivers and having it on tap. It’s one of the basic elemental structures of life and without it we will cease to be.
It got me thinking, what is water? I mean other than physical liquid that is wet, (according to the dictionary) what does water actually represent and why is it so important for human life? Water is the first fractal of the human hologram, it’s the foundational element of this human matrix. I’m no lab coat brigadier, however I am smart enough to be aware of its physical importance to the very fabric of life. Attempt to grow a plant without watering it, generally it will struggle to thrive eventually withering, weakening and dying. Alternatively attempt to function without water, my understanding is we can’t last more than 3 days without it, life wouldn’t be so cool then.
Going back to physical basics water is hydrating to the human organism. Now there’s a clue! The periodic table tells us water has two molecules of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Now there’s some similarity in the words hydrating and hydrogen as they both come from the Greek word hydor meaning water. Now taken one step further doesn’t the human also need oxygen? Now we don’t always have to breath oxygen through the lungs it can be absorbed through the skin or even through the internal organs that comes into contact with…..wait for it…..water!! So where does all that hydrogen come from? My guess is to look skyward to our greatest source of energy, the benevolent sun. Always giving never taking. The solar sphere is feeding us with rays of golden light and some of those rays are components of water again fuelling us and connecting us into the eternal wheel of existence.
How does water impact our emotional and mental planes of existence? We can see physically the importance of this wet liquid, however these planes are deeper and unseen to the physical world. From my experience sitting by a river has a calming effect on my mental and emotional reality. Immersion in water also allows a form of forgiveness on the physical body by lightening its load bringing about feelings of calmness and serenity that can be hard to achieve whilst on the hard surfaces we wander around on daily. Floating springs to mind, and in that space it is absolutely serene, with water cradling and supporting the physical infrastructure. Water never judges, it never chooses a side it goes where the path of least resistance is. It takes on the form of whatever chalice it is poured into. And you my friend are a shapeless, formless chalice. An open chalice waiting to be filled with the tender, loving, forgiving and non-judgemental water, why stop at filling why not overflow with that abundance and share its gift. And that is where I believe the true life giving energy of water lies!
So how can we integrate these benefits of water into our daily reality. Apart from hydrating with it and bathing in it there are I believe other ways . Mindfulness immediately springs to mind. If we are mindful when we drink a glass of water and we really allow our body to commune with this elixir of life we can absorb the radiant energy that water imbues. Swimming in the ocean or any body of water can release tension that has built up during the day and allow our body to feel buoyant and feel released of the effects of gravity. When we stand in the shower allow the flow of water over our body to dissolve and discharge the energy that we have collected during the day. Feel its forgiving and non-judgmental energy flow over our body dissolving the day away, and really who doesn’t love a long shower after a hard day in the office. Or if you really want to dive deep and connect with your inner being try a float tank experience, not only do you immerse in really buoyant water you get the added benefit of total darkness and silence where you become totally shapeless and formless. As Bruce Lee states “Become like water my friend”. This is the depth of Reality In-Formation with much gratitude and love.
A fast flowing Mulgrave river after a January tropical downpour.