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What is water? We study the hydrologic cycle and know that water is made up of two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen. It is described as a substance that moves in circles - it goes from the ocean and evaporates into the air, becomes rain, falls to the land, and follows earth’s contours in the form of a stream or river to ultimately return to the ocean. We also understand it as an engineering feat such as the impressive dams built across the world to enable our industrial progress or a wastewater treatment plant, how you treat water and the chemicals you use. Or water in terms of, say the Great Lakes, about how polluted it is and what kind of diseases come about. So, scientifically, we know and understand what water is and how we use it, but do we really understand its life-giving distinction?
Water is vital to our survival; all life is totally dependent upon it. People have cured themselves of diseases just by drinking good water. But it is the difference between water that is alive and water that is dead that differentiates a discussion about good water. In using the Drop-Picture Method, we can diagnose water quality and discern this difference.
“The Drop Picture Method reveals a qualitative correlation between water movement and water quality. Water presents an integrative expression of its behavior through movement; the minutest changes in quality register as a change in flow pattern. By photographing movement-forms of a given water sample, the Drop Picture Method provides a direct and replicable image of water quality.”
The Water Research Institute of Blue Hill
So, how does the H20 molecule work so that life is totally dependent on it? A chemist might say that water is two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. That's water. And that is one answer but not the whole picture. Water never moves in a straight line. It is subtle, complex, alive and life-giving and has movement, flowing with a rhythm, always finding a vortex. It is the most flexible molecule in the universe. Every time you put water in a straight line like in a pipe, it deteriorates. In a buried pipe, without sunlight and going in a straight line, it is much more inclined to develop pollutants along the way and those H2O molecules lose some flexibility.
When water can flow more freely, it resists pollution better. It stays cooler, cleaner, with more air and more dynamism, and fish breed in it better. We're only beginning to understand how complex the connections are. In a piece of research, they had never measured what a healthy heart is like until technology made it possible in the early 1990s and they found that a very healthy heart beats irregularly. In fact, if your heart is getting weaker it beats more regularly. There's a sort of biodynamic irregularity.
If you look at a photograph of living water, it has this very dynamic irregularity. It looks like it is moving in the same direction, but it's full of differences. When the water is dead, it has none of that. There's no action there. Living water is the miracle of life! It is the generative miracle.
We have disconnected our hearts from the pulse of life. We have to reconnect it again in order to make the right choices. One wrong choice leads to another one which leads to another one. Living water must always be our choice, our only choice.
“Whether we speak of streaming water or moving air, of the formation of organs or the movements of the human form, of speech, of eurythmy or of the regulating movements of the stars, it is all one: the archetypal gesture of the cosmic alphabet, the word of the universe, which uses the element of movement in order to bring forth nature and man.”
Resources for this article:
Works and Conversations, An interview with Betsy Damon by Richard Whittaker, December 25, 2009
Sensitive Chaos: The creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air by Theodor Schwenk
The Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, Jennifer Greene, Founder and Director