|There is no Earthly element more universally symbolic of life, purification, truth and spirit than water. The vital force of the Earth is water. Because of its fluidity it fills everything it enters – singing to us along the way – always seeking a level balance. It is the ability to wash us clean and its never ending search for balance that we honor when using water as such an important symbol on the Hope Tree.
A calm lake or calm seas can appear motionless. Almost asleep. But we must look deeper. Slip beneath the surface of these calm waters and we see life teaming from every molecule. This is precisely what is happening in our bodies as we heal ourselves of cancer. We will not be fooled by how still things appear on the surface. We will trust in the billions of cells -swimming in our body’s own water – going about the urgent business of repair. We will trust in our miraculous ability to heal, recover and thrive once more.
Water is an intrinsic part of most spiritual beliefs. Its uses and symbolism in religion are many and varied; its spiritual and healing properties are seen in rites and rituals; and its representations are as numerous as they are diverse. These different religious and cultural aspects of water reflect the vast array of civilizations that have made water the central element in their practices. (Courtesy of UNESCO Water and World Views)