Because it is the source of all life, water underlies the beliefs and practices of most of the world's religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, and appears in the mythologies of many cultures, among them the ancient Egyptians, Greek, and Celts. It is revered as holy by numerous indigenous peoples. The Jordan, the Ganges, and the Nile, Lake Manasarovar in Tibet and Peru's Titicaca, and the Chalice Well of Glastonbury, England are but a few of the innumerable sacred lakes, rivers, waterfalls, springs, and wells around the world.
Essential for the growth of civilizations and cultures, water is the primordial element that underlies many creation myths. In ancient Egypt, the sun god Atun (Re) was thought to repose in the sacred ocean (Nun), while the Babylonians believed that the gods arose from the fusion of salt water and fresh water. In Genesis, the spirit of God is described as stirring above the waters. Four rivers flow forth from the Garden of Eden.
Drawing from a variety of religious teachings, anthropological evidence, and myths and legends of the world's cultures, Sacred Water is the first book to show the vital role water plays in all aspects of our spiritual lives, as an element of sustenance, cleansing, initiation, healing, gaining wisdom, and enchantment. Passionate and timely, Sacred Water is an invitation to reclaim our inner connection to the sacredness of water, and to become inspired to appreciate, honor and protect the waters of the world.
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A superb chapter on water and wisdom reveals how spiritual teachers around the world have saluted the instructive qualities of water as representing sensitivity, deep emotions, changeability, adaptability, and responsiveness.| Read Full Review of Sacred Water: The Spiritual S...