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Jan
29
2014

Wild Wisdom on Wednesday: Gate of Water

For Seekers – Nature – Practices for Soul & Spirit

John in NovaScotia2003

Many creation stories being with water.  Sometimes water is the image used as being closest to the formless void.  Sometimes this original life giver takes on the ever-changing, constantly-present form of the ocean. So where land and ocean meet is the gate that leads you into birth after birth, creation on-going, the eternal.  Stand in this gateway and dare to drink of the cup of life being offered.

Photo by Carolyn Cushing of John Laux standing by the ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Learn More:  Egyptian myths have my attention currently and in them Nun, the dark waters of chaos, gives birth to creation.

Reflection Question:

  • What is chaotic in my life right now?  What might this chaos be birthing?
  • If I stepped out of the busyness of my life right now and brought to mind the eternal, what might change?
  • What fills me with life?  What invites a re-birth?

 Contemplative and Nature Awareness Practice:  If you can, visit the ocean, but any large body of water can inspire. Spend as much of a day as you can just being by and observing the water.  Spend some time looking down at the edge where land and water meet.  Spend some time looking out at the horizon where it is filled with water.  Let any thoughts that arise drop into the water.  Be with its vastness.

4 comments… add one
January 30, 2014, 4:58 pm Della

Elegantly wonderful, Carolyn. Thanks!

January 31, 2014, 6:08 pm Carolyn Cushing

Thank you, Della! I think about the name and picture alot over a few days, but when I sit down to write it, I just try to let it flow … perhaps an especially appropriate strategy for the water ones!

February 2, 2014, 2:42 pm Jeannine

Ah, I thought you might have deleted this because t doesn’t appear when I click on the “nature awareness” tag.

It’s a great post. You always come up with insightful questions for reflection!

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