I've turned this post over in my mind a million times. The obvious sense of the Water Element is that it is about flow, that it is persistent... never giving way to obstacles... it always makes its way to the ocean. If it can't get there as running water, it submits to fire... temporarily... evaporating to fall again somewhere else and try one more time. Thus, it seems to be about ease, about persistence, about setting down too many rigid ideas.
But I can also say that I've spent a lot of time in the deep, murky darkness in deep ocean currents. This place is hard to get out of... and certainly requires finding the strengths of other elements to retrieve itself. It's cold, lonely, and most things at those depths turn out to be predators.
I guess this makes sense, as the Water Element is associated with Winter in the Chinese Tradition. This is the time where things pull back to their deepest places for restoration. The water of winter represents life in its most primitive state. Water, as in many traditions, is also associated with the unconscious. Water is the bridge between ancestors and ourselves... past and present... and holds promise for the future. Water provides us with a connectivity, not only to our ancestors, but to our communities. With fire, it is the very blood of life.
I do think that water is where my deep need for finding meaning comes from. Water is satisfied by finding the nuggets of personal truth, the slant at which even the darkest moments provided a gift to the soul, and in its flow wants to share those illuminations.
I'm not sure what to say about water in our daily lives, except to say that it often feels to me like we use tension to stifle our water. We try to hold it... block its flow... because we are afraid. What would it look like if I let my life be what it is? What if I let myself live by my own expectations, desires, needs? What if I didn't put myself last... what if I didn't take care of everyone else, the house, the work, the "shoulds" first?
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