Without water there is no life, yet water has the power to destroy as well as to create.
Meditate with Water
We are at the mercy of water just as we are at the mercy of our God or gods. The significance of water manifests itself differently in different religions and beliefs but it is these two qualities of water that underlie its place in our cultures and faiths.
Hinduism Water in Hinduism has a special place because it is believed to have spiritually cleansing powers. To Hindus all water is sacred, especially rivers, and there are seven sacred rivers: the Ganges, Yamuna, Godavari, Sarasvati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri. Pilgrimage is very important to Hindus. Holy places are usually located on the banks of rivers, coasts, seashores and mountains. The Ganges river is the most important of the sacred rivers. Its waters are used in puja worship and if possible a sip is given to the dying. Milk and water are symbols of fertility, absence of which can cause barrenness, sterility leading to death.
Almost all Christian churches have an initiation ritual involving the use of water. Baptism has its origins in the symbolism of the Israelites being led by Moses out of slavery in Egypt through the Red Sea and from the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan.
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Baptism is a symbol of liberation from the oppression of sin that separates us from God. Islam In Islam water is important for cleansing and purifying.
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Muslims must be ritually pure before approaching God in prayer. Some mosques have a courtyard with a pool of clear water in the centre, but in most mosques the ablutions are found outside the walls. Fountains symbolising purity are also sometimes found in mosques. Zoroastrian For a Zoroastrian, cleanliness is close to godliness. Keeping clean with ritualised bathing and washing was more than part of a daily routine.
Cleanliness and purification involved people, clothing and the physical space occupied or used by them. Buddhism Water does feature in Buddhist funerals where water is poured into a bowl placed before the monks and the dead body. In South America, it is common practice for healers to administer flower baths for cleansing of the spiritual body.
Inca temples were designed so that water would flow from the temples to the ceremonial sites and villages below. Early Egyptians worshiped the Nile; their priests bathed themselves in the waters prior to entering the sacred temples. African based religions utilise the restorative power of the divine infused in baths through ritual and ceremonies.
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Water is the vehicle used to apply and bond the healing elements to the individual, hydrating or healing deep within the roots of the spirit. Spiritual bathing brings opportunity for change, clearing the way for healing to take place. Water becomes a conduit of prayer, washing away negative vibrations, thoughts and emotions that form the root of many physical and emotional problems that obstruct spiritual clarity. These healing waters refresh and restore faith, and infuse a deep healing to the individual receiving the bath, washing away negativity and disease.
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Share Flipboard Email. Phylameana lila Desy, the author of "The Everything Guide to Reiki," is a freelance writer, holistic healing consultant, intuitive counselor, and an energy medicine practitioner. The Holy Order of Water. Fill a bathtub with water of a temperature that feels right to you. Place a glass of clean drinking water nearby in case you get thirsty.
You might want to light a beeswax or soya candle and turn off the lights. I find turning off the bathroom lights to be an enhancement, possibly because any artificial light changes the energy of the room. Before stepping into the filled tub, ask Water to cleanse, heal, and purify the deepest pain inside of you, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional. Your active participation in asking for healing is very important.
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When I ask for a healing from Water, I sense welcoming and healing love enveloping me as I step into the tub; it almost feels as if the water reaches out to take care of me. Once settled and soaking, breathe slowly and deeply. Ask for a message about your pain. Its source will usually be identified almost immediately, and more information may be provided about how to help enhance the healing, such as singing or reciting a mantra "Om" works well. I've had some profound spiritual healing with this water meditation. For example, I've been given the insight about why some relationships affect me the way they do and how to heal the part of me that is vulnerable.