Universally, water is symbolic of purity, fertility, life, motion, renewal, and transformation. The profound symbolism of water comes from its two vital qualities – it is most essential for the existence and it cleanses and purifies things by washing away impurities. Its power of transition from liquid to solid and vapor also make it special and a symbol of metamorphosis & recycling.
On the other hand, Heraclitus teaches us that water is ever-changing and that you can’t simply step into the same lake twice. He also shows how everything is in the state of transformation thus being a Process. As the wise Lord Krishna in Bhagavat Gitta said:
“…What belongs to you today,
Belonged to someone yesterday
And will be someone else’s tomorrow.
Change is the Law of The Universe.”
Karl Jaspers says that: “…the sea is to be the most self-evident background of life. Namely the presence of infinity. Infinite the waves. No wave like the other. Always everything is in motion. Nothing constant and all in perfect, Infinite solidity of substance.”
When it comes to Jungian psychology Water is the most common symbol for the unconscious. As Jung himself in the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious exclaims:
“The lake in the valley is the unconscious, which lies, as it were, underneath consciousness, so that it is often referred to as the “subconscious,” usually with the pejorative connotation of an inferior consciousness. Water is the “valley spirit,” the water dragon of Tao, whose nature resembles water-a yang embraced in the yin. Psychologically, therefore, water means the spirit that has become unconscious.”
As Victor Schauberger says:
“The Upholder of the Cycles which supports the whole of Life, is WATER. In every drop of water dwells the Godhead, whom we all serve; there also dwells Life, the Soul of the “First” substance – Water – whose boundaries and banks are the capillaries that guide it and in which it circulates.”
Water is a being that has life and death. With incorrect, ignorant handling, however, it becomes diseased, imparting this condition to all other organisms, vegetables, animals, and human alike, causing their eventual physical decay and death, and in the case of human beings, their moral, mental and spiritual deterioration as well. From this it can be seen just how vital it is, that water should be handled and stored in such a way as to avert such pernicious repercussions.
#Water #Wisdom #Psychology
~ Archetypes and the collective unconscious by Carl Gustav Jung
~ Anabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
~ Maya by Heinrich Zimmer
~ Lorelei by Heinrich Heine
~ Metaphysics by Aristotle
~ On Nature by Heraclitus
~ Bhagavad Gita
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