Water corresponds to the domain of our emotions. They emerge like the source of the tiny stream who gently pushes out of the earth or headwaters that burst forth with potency. Our emotions can then flow freely like the river or become like the stagnant lake. Eventually they find the ocean, a vast and profound space where all is held and churned over and eventually reborn.
Within the element of water we learn about forgiveness, nurturing, love and fertility. As water rises into mist and evaporates, we incorporate lessons learned into our understanding of life. The heavy emotions return to the earth to be absorbed and transformed.
When we work with the element of Water, we seek to purify our hearts and cleanse our emotions. We practice forgiveness, releasing pain and hurt feelings. We nurture love and let it wash away stagnant waters, guiding us to a more peaceful place of loving tenderness. We hold rituals of release at the river, letting the flow of her waters wash our hearts clean.
There are four different energies of water we work with at Ewassa:
- Nurturing. This is the energy of the soft spring that pushes forth from the earth and begins to bring life to everything it touches.
- Loving. As the quiet stream gathers strength it becomes a strong, flowing river with magnificent waterfalls. The quality of loving tenderness and beauty here is strong and powerful.
- Fertility. The river then flows to the sea, where the waters and everything they swept up in their path mix together to create something new. The salty waters of the ocean give way to new life.
- Release. As we internalize the wisdom of our journey through the waters, the denser parts of our experience return to the earth while the gems of understanding lift into our consciousness. The waters thus complete their cycle by evaporating and returning to the air, the final of the four elements that forms the cycle of life.