Water, the second element of the Dagara cosmological wheel, is the medicine which brings cleansing, reconciliation, purification and peacemaking.
A lake or river, secluded and accessible, is the ideal place to offer a water ritual. It provides an opportunity to be cleansed of energies that are detrimental to manifesting one’s purpose. A water ritual can also open our psyches to healing and living as peaceful beings.
The Water element is one of the most pliable. Like human emotions, it changes, making us almost relatable. Up to 60% of the human body is water. We are more water than anything else, just as Earth is mostly water. In other words, we are one with the water. Water flows in us like we flow in it. Water is yielding, but all-conquering. Water tames Fire. Or, finding itself likely to be defeated, escapes as a steam and reforms. Water washes away Soft Earth, or when confronted by rocks, seeks a way round. Water corrodes Iron till it crumbles to dust; it saturates the atmosphere so that Wind dies. Water gives way to obstacles with deceptive humility. For no power can prevent it from following its destined course to the sea. Water conquers by yielding; it never attacks, but always wins the last battle.
In this 2016 Water Year, we need to acknowledge, radically and definitively that Water is life. For there is exhilaration in feeling the rain fall from the sky, or in touching waves that lap the land. There is soothing to the core of our beings in communing with water’s great expansiveness and reassurance. It is indeed the giver of life; the bearer of purity; and the instrument for the liberation of our souls. The longing in each soul to reach home is echoed by the steady flow of water in its stubborn determination to reach its resting place, the great Mother Ocean.
People, especially people in crisis, are naturally attracted to Water. Just as the sight of a large body of water brings a feeling of quiet and peace, a feeling of home, Water resets a system gone dry.
In indigenous cultures, water rituals are done daily. From purification baths infused with medicine, to the lakes, rivers and oceans connected with ancient water spirits. The lack of constant connection with the restorative power of this primal element in Western culture, calls forth the necessity to bring people together in community, to submerge in Water’s medicine.