In the beginning was water. My first home was the amniotic ocean inside my mother where I swam and dreamed and grew. This is where I received my first lessons on being a creature. Water was my first teacher.
When things are difficult and I need to pray deep, I go to water. I always experience great love when I am near water. When I am healing, out of my body comes living water, as my friend Ann says, in the form of tears. This living water that is unique to me joins with the living water of the world—the rain, the mist, the river. In this way my story travels back to our first mother, the ocean.
Scientists are doing experiments with water that show what indigenous people everywhere have known all along: Water is alive, water knows us, and water has memory. These other things I am saying about water, that it is my teacher and that it loves me, is not the language of scientists. But their findings are of some interest to me.
Dr. Masaru Emoto was a Japanese scientist who experimented with water’s response to language, both positive and negative. He has shown that when water is exposed to positive words and then frozen, it forms beautiful crystals. When water is exposed to negative language and then frozen, it is fractured and unable to form crystals. He wondered whether water could change if humans prayed for it through words of love and gratitude. Water was taken from behind the Fujiwara Dam in Japan before the prayers. Then people prayed by the lake for about an hour and took a second sample of water. These are the photographs taken of both samples.
In most cultures, women have traditionally been the keepers of water. Indigenous people from cultures all over the world understand that water is the lifeblood of Mother Earth. Because women menstruate, they naturally understand bleeding. The earth is our mother, and women are the mothers of life.
Mothers also understand the power of water because they have long observed that when a child is told, “I love you” and “You are beautiful” and “You are strong” and “You are loved,” that child thrives. This is water speaking to water. In a like manner, when a child is told that it is ugly, and stupid, and unworthy of love, the child does not thrive. Quite the opposite. The child becomes what it is told. This is also water speaking to water. Water carries what we give it to carry.
Dr. Emoto suggests that before we drink a glass of water, we speak words of love and gratitude to it. Since the time of Muhammad, before drinking water, Muslims recite the first word of the Quran, “In the name of Allah.”
Marcie Rendon, a White Earth Anishinabe writer, says that Anishinabe women lead this hemisphere in understanding the sacredness of water. She describes water ceremonies that women hold on the banks of the Mississippi to pray for water to be restored to health.
In the beginning was water. May we begin again with love and gratitude in our hearts.
In one motion of the mind are found the motions of all the laws of existence; in one drop of water are found the secrets of all the endless oceans; in one aspect of you are found all the aspects of existence.