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How to Harness the Power of the Elements: Water

How do you feel when you visit the ocean? Do you feel refreshed? Cleansed? Energised?

We have all felt the power of standing beside a large body of water. The effects usually last much of the ride home. Many of us will have treasured childhood memories of visiting the seaside and paddling at the water’s edge.

What makes water so powerful?

Water is one of the five elements in many spiritual teachings. It is strongly associated with the emotions and can symbolise our state of mind.

When we think of ourselves in terms of flow, we can be either a stagnant pool of inaction, a rushing torrent of passion, or somewhere in-between. How is your emotional flow today?

Water also makes up an astounding sixty percent of our bodies. Without hydration, our cells would be compromised, and we would cease to function in an efficient way.

Water is a means of travel in the physical world when we swim or take a boat trip. It is also widely used symbolically in meditative visualisation and shamanic journeying.

In Greek mythology Charon carried the souls of the dead across the water to their destination. The river Styx separates the world of the living from that of the dead.

We use water on a daily basis to cleanse ourselves and our environment.

Our daily cleansing rituals undoubtedly have advantages that go far beyond the physical. We all know the benefits of an energising shower before work, or a relaxing soak in the bath at the end of a long day.

What if we made this process more conscious?

What if we set our intention to further enhance our daily water rituals?

Try This:

Think about your daily encounters with water

Showering in the morning before work

Washing your hands throughout the day

Maybe going for a swim

Taking a long soak in the bath in the evening to relax

As you prepare to do these activities, set the intention to do them mindfully.

It is possible to let your physical body take care of things automatically whilst you are taking a shower of washing your hands. This means that you are free to become a prisoner to your thoughts, and not be present during the process at all.

When we set our intention to become present, we can harness the power of water and its symbolic value.

As you step into the shower or bath, or place your hands under running water today, silently say to yourself:

“I cleanse myself of anything I am attached to that no longer serves me.”

“I cleanse myself of negative thoughts and feelings.”

“I cleanse myself of self-criticism and judgement.”

“I bathe myself in new growth and progress.”

“I bathe myself in positive thoughts and feelings.”

I bathe myself in acceptance and gratitude.”

You can visualise as the things that you have been holding onto, that no longer serve you, flowing away down the plug hole. As you do this, allow the fresh, clean water to bathe you in positivity and light.

As you begin to make this your ritual, you may well find that more appropriate words and phrases arrive. Let the mantra become your own.

Your higher self knows the words that will resonate with you and benefit you the most.

Whenever I am near water, I cleanse myself of what no longer fits for me and bathe in what serves me. I do this with gratitude and acceptance.

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The photograph is of St Nectan's Glen near Tintagel in Cornwall. It is a truly magical place and well worth a visit.

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