I am called to remember the difficult time during my separation and divorce in 2000. On one level I was experiencing the frightening ecstasy of freedom from mental and emotional bondage, along with the guilt and shame of insisting on the tearing apart a family (which I'd sworn I'd never do), and on another level I was focused on creating a new healthy environment for myself and my three sons, who were also experiencing the divorce in their own ways. During this turbulence, I found great solace in the rivers, the water. At that time, I had jumped into the abyss of the unknown of what our lives were going to look like without the status quo and "comfort" of married life. Even though I knew it was the right decision, I was suddenly in the land of the unknown and the uncertain, and faced many perceived obstacles, but I had come to the Buddhist understanding of "being okay with it not being okay".
As I stood by various rivers at this time, I watched the water flow over and under the rocks, create waterfalls and swirling pools. I watched the slow smooth even flow of water where there were fewer rocks and more open range. It was during one of my contemplations that I realized that the water is like my soul. The water may experience rocks and dams, and huge drop offs, however none of it affects the essence of the water. Where there are fewer rocks and drop offs, the water appears to be peaceful and calm. The water is still water, the rocks and turns don't take anything away from the water, they help change it's course and cause turbulence, increased energy and excitement. Yet, ultimately, the water finds its way to the bigger and bigger bodies of water, eventually intermingling with itself in the ocean. Then there is the process of evaporation, cloud forming and movement, and condensation with rain forming to fall on different parts of the Earth, for the cycle to begin again.
I had a dream last night about the ocean. About the vastness, about the immense diversity of life and color within the sea. Even though the details of the dream are a bit foggy, and dampened by the concrete mind at this point, I do recall the feeling of humbly being one with the ocean, infinitely, and infinitesimally. I understood as a soul that I am a part of the ocean, and that I am the ocean. No circumstance, or rock, can ever change that. There is a saying in the metaphysical world about dipping into the ocean of God or Source, or All-Beingness, and it is up to each of us how much we dip in, whether it be with a teaspoon, a cup, a bucket, or even being subsumed by its entirety. To me, this is about how much we trust and allow in our soul's comfort and the Universal Love that is always around us in the sea of Life.
The Sea of Life is an Abyss of unknowing yet absolute Knowing, and often takes an enormous amount of trust to take steps forward when we cannot see beyond each step. I know as human beings we oscillate between this trust and knowing and wanting to be in control of events in our lives. The other distinct feeling I had in the dream was the humility in realization that we think in our little minds that we have some control over the vastness of the Universe, and can change the ocean, or the planet. Truly our realizing and knowing, which is a bigger step than believing, that we are One with the ocean, One with the planet, and One with One-another, and we can rest peacefully in the abyss of the ocean, and flow with the Universal Love.
It's interesting to ponder water because a great majority of each of our bodies consists of water. This is the same water that flows in the rivers, comprises the ocean, the clouds, the rain and snow, is in the polar ice caps, in the plants and animals, and all humans, continually being recirculated throughout the Earth's system. The water isn't decreased or increased, its substance is continually circulated throughout Life and the environment.
I strive for this Ocean of Knowing to be my new status quo, my comfort, as I continue this human life in these very interesting times for our planet. And, as my own personal life is again in great flux, where it actually has been since 1999, all I can do is listen to my intuition, my guides, continue to connect with those dear to me and to take care of the vessel, express as I need to express, and take action where I am inspired to take action, while releasing the need to know, the impatience for 'security', and the how it's all going to work out. It already is working out.
Also important is to remember, as a tool, to melt the ice, the frozen emotions which lie on top of the easy flowing water. As the frozen emotions melt, they become one with the flow, they release the energy contained within those emotions that weren't flowing before. Water has that unique quality of being less dense in the solid state than it is in the liquid state. Thus ice floats, covering up the warmer water underneath. I see this often in my practice, and is easily felt in patients' pulses. This is the burdening of unexpressed emotions, dampening the pulse, the Life Force, within the patient. It takes energy to hold onto the emotions, often eventually to the detriment of our physical bodies, where the free flowing energy or qi could be used instead to help heal our bodies and our minds and to open our hearts to the Greater Love that exists. There are many effective tools to assist in the freeing of emotions, the melting of the ice caps, when the patient becomes willing to delve into the world of emotional healing.
Water in dreams is often construed as emotions. So, for example, when I dreamed of huge tidal waves rolling down my street overtaking my house, it was an indication of my very rocky emotional world at the time. Or when I dreamed I was trudging through three feet of snow, then I knew I had some emotional clearing work to do around specific current circumstances that I was making my way through. We experience life as emotional beings, this is our nature. If we clear the old stagnant emotions, then we make room for new emotions to come through, and they might actually be awesome experiences like joy, peace, and love.
The end of my marriage was the beginning of emotional healing for me, and I have, through the last decade, discovered a deeper, more joyful and peaceful me, tapped into and used my own water to see what makes me tick, what I tend to hang onto, what I'm willing to release, learned to stretch my weave of understanding and willingness to be open to greater awareness, and always with the background, and sometimes foreground, knowing that my soul is never damaged, lost, or broken through my experiences in this life.
I am going to be near the ocean again soon. There my embodied molecules of water will meet and greet with the great vastness of the molecules of water within the ocean, saying "Oh yeah! We remember you, and we are so excited to be together again!"