The Flow of Life

The Flow of Life

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~Rachel Carson

I spent a lot of my time as a child mesmerized by the ways of water. Wandering a little way from our house in New Hampshire, I would find myself immersed in another world. The natural world. Walking into the woods, the mysterious shroud of the wild held me captivated for hours. A magical place teaming with life, sounds and smells. Crouching down to observe the little kingdoms of moss. If observed close enough, this moss was like a miniature forest with variations and species I’m sure were only visible to the innocence and mindfulness of a child’s vision.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” ~Albert Einstein

There was a small brook; in retrospect it may only have existed after the spring thaws or summer downpours. I was always fascinated with the branches and dead trees that had fallen across and into the water, slowing the water enough so that leaves would get caught and pile up, creating a dam and restricting the flow. Or, the way water flowed around the moss covered rocks, creating small eddies on the backsides.

It’s still a vivid memory, the way the water changed when I removed the obstructing branch. First the leaves would get carried away, the water would turn real murky as the new flow of water stirred up the accumulated debris and sediment, clear water gradually mixing in and washing the stagnancy away. The settled muck disbursed into the water, exposing the hidden sandy bottom. Crystal clear water flowing once more.

So is life. Unhealed emotions are held within the body, some tightly. This tension creates restrictions in the energy flowing through the body. A state of dis-ease develops. The area of stress and tension also restricts the blood, oxygen, nutrients and release of toxins from the organs and glands located there. The health of the body becomes compromised. When the body is relaxed, healing on all levels is able to take place.This is similar to removing the restrictive branches from the flow of water. A period of disruption occurs before a full and clear flow of water can happen. It can appear as though things are worse than they were. Believing this can hinder or stop the healing process. Fear creates tension again. Where in reality, the hardest part is over. The first step was taken, so relax and let the new flow wash away the old. Healing is a process, not an event.

“The underlying attraction of the movement of water and sand is biological. If we look more deeply we can see it as the basis of an abstract idea linking ourselves with the limitless mechanics of the universe.” ~ Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

It’s ironic to note that I am still playing with the flow, only now as a Reiki practitioner. These times are deeply ingrained in my memory and integral to who I am yet my parents don’t know what I am talking about. Did I fall down a rabbit hole like Alice? Step into a parallel universe at the property line? Or is it that we create our own magic and perception of the world? We do not forget what is important to the heart and soul.