Herons, Egrets and More
The Power and Wonder of Water – Above and Below (an excerpt)
The human body is a microcosm of the universe. Our bodies mirror the cosmos in many ways. Given this, we can draw various parallels, both poetic and scientific. Hermes Trismegistus, a Gnostic of the ancient Hermetic tradition, dating back to the first century AD, expressed it beautifully:
“As above, so below
as within, so without,
as the universe, so the soul.”
Interestingly, we see this perspective again and again. It is evident in Native American and Aboriginal wisdom, in the ancient mystery schools, Eastern thought, the Judeo-Christian tradition, modern-day astrophysics and cellular biology.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:10 states, “…on earth as it is in heaven.”
Carl Sagan, American astronomer and astrophysicist affirmed this same revelation by stating, “We’re made of star stuff.” Stardust from above and clay from the earth. “As above, so below.” We share the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms created in prior generations of stars. And as Genesis tells us, God formed the heavens and the earth, then Adam and Eve. “As the universe, so the soul.” How amazing and wondrous is that?
Water is absolutely ubiquitous and an essential element for life. Many cultures believe water to be sacred and it is central to numerous rituals.
In the Yolngu worldview of indigenous Australia (the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), water is seen as the giver of sacred knowledge. As Ginytjirrang Mala explains, “Whether it’s fresh or salt, travelling on or under the land, or in the sea, water is the source of all that is holy.”
From the most ancient civilizations on earth to cutting-edge discoveries, we often find striking consonance. In The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto, the author shares the results of much of his work using high-speed photography to …