MORE ABOUT WATER
Water has been revered throughout all cultures for its life sustaining properties. Without water all life would indeed die. In traditional cultures water is not seen as a commodity but as a flowing sacred mother who nurtures her children. This sacred status of water ensured that this special element of life was never abused, misused or ill treated. However today water is abused, over used and taken for granted. As a result the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) reveal,
“Perhaps there was a time when that was true, but no longer. Even the greatest of the world’s rivers can no longer be assured of reaching the sea unhindered. These days the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River, on the border of the U.S. and Mexico, often fails to reach the Gulf of Mexico, its strength sapped by dams and irrigation works diverting water to farmers’ fields and city water supplies. The Indus, the Nile, the Murray-Darling, the Colorado, these are but a few of the once mighty rivers that now struggle to touch the ocean.”
Water the Mirror of Humanity
The truth is our Mother Waters is dying and we are dying with her. However, in this gloomy situation is indeed a message of hope. For our Mother Water shows us that she is dirty because something is wrong with our humanity. She has, and always has, become a mirror to our souls. The simple act of blessing the rivers in fact makes a beautiful re-connection back with all that is life. You do not abuse something you have created a respectful relationship with.
We pray that our Mother Waters in all her forms celestial and physical continues to nurture and guide us. May she continue to run clean so that we and all life can be sustained. We ask for blessings for and from Mother Ganga River, Mother Osun River, Mother Mekong River, the Jordon River, the sacred Catawba River and the many more. We pray that there is healthy clean water for the next seven generations. As a Native American proverb says,
Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
While Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, Zulu Wisdom Keeper said, “it is to our great mother we must return when in dire need. We must go to her, and beg for her grace to shower us.”
Water shows us that love changes everything. Dr. Emoto Masaru’s experiments with water has proven what the ancients have known all along – love and gratitude changes the very core of our beingness and creates a beautiful harmonious society. Dr. Emoto Masaru has shown that water crystals form beautiful shapes when water is told “I love you” and “thank you”. As we are 70% water it shows that love and gratitude can make a difference to our world. When we encourage people to do water blessings we are essentially encouraging a deeper connection with life, the essence of life itself, and an attitude that allows all the waters of the world to heal through love and gratitude. We have become so complicated that we have forgotten the basics of life. Our Mother Waters is leading us to some hard and beautiful truth.
UNICEF The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance
The UNICEF Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) was formed after the UN Wings of Water conference at the Hague Peace Palace. The UN has not reached its clean water and sanitation for all target for 2015 and so has welcomed the formation of GIWA as an organization that can work from within cultures as thus get faster results in terms of helping to provide clean water and sanitation for all. We fully support the GIWA initiative which is made up of spiritual leaders from all over the world. Two of our founders – Omileye Achikeobi0-Lewis and Derrick Lewis( co founders also of YeyeOsun Institute of Sacred Balance & Humanity4Water Awards) along with representatives from the Grandmother’s Council are part of the founding members of the GIWA organization. For more information about GIWA click www.i-wash.org/about-giwa/