Winter’s Watery Wisdom

Windbeeches on the Schauinsland in Germany (Bl...

Image via Wikipedia

Empty your mind; be formless and shapeless like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup; you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle; you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash; be water, my friend – Bruce Lee

We are slowly beginning to exit winter just as the entrance to the next season starts to open up a little. It is comforting to feel the warmth of spring’s sun-rays as we begin to anticipate all the wonderful sights and sounds we shall be graced with this New Year. This is when mother earth begins to reveal everything she has been quietly creating since the summer. Spring is the revelation of creativity and it is a truly mesmerising time of year, where new ideas are born and old ones reborn; where the dim light of the Phoenix is revived. However, it is wise to take note of the season that we are now leaving. Winter is very special for many reasons; it is cold and brings the opportunity for many cosy cuddles from beloved family and friends. Winter is a time to come together and gather ourselves but most importantly, our thoughts; for it is the time when the bulk of our energy is transferred to the northern part of the body which is the head. It is also the time when the element of water presides over all the other elements, and it is on these last two points that I am most interested in speaking about.

Waters Qualities

We all know the many qualities of water; it is pure, it flows, it is non-resistant and sometimes forceful but most of all;

  • water is the supporter of life for without water, it will be very difficult for a great deal of life to be sustained. Simply imagine the Sahara and you will get the picture.
  • Water is tranquil but can just as easily become turbulent and wreak havoc if it is not properly controlled or directed.
  • Water is like a mirror. It reflects what it sees and it reminds us that winter is a time for reflection; a time to dig deeper into ourselves and find out who we are, just as we find water when we dig deeper into the earth. When water is closely observed, it can teach us a great deal about ourselves and the world around us.

For example, dropping a pebble in a lake starts a ripple that flows continuously until its vibrations are no longer visible to the naked eye. This teaches us about cause and effect; that our actions create an endless stream of rippling reactions, even when we are unaware of what those reactions may be. A good teacher is said to be wise and this is true of water for it is a very wise teacher indeed. Water is wisdom and the given example is just one of its many expressions. My wish is that you too are able to unlock more of its wisdom for yourself, when you allow water to become one of your noble teachers.

Water and The Kingdom Of Heaven

I want to illustrate this brief article with an observation I made while watching a film called Kingdom of Heaven. At some point in the film, the character Balian de Ibelin, played by the English actor Orlando Bloom, inherits his father’s land in Israel. On his arrival, the young Knight realises that the land was hard and infertile and sustaining life there was very difficult for its inhabitants for the reason that it was impossible to plant crops.

Immediately, Balian orders that a well be dug and after digging for a while, they find water. The people are happy and they rejoice. Meanwhile, some of the water is stored in a huge vessel, awaiting further use. Balian then orders that a network of canals and waterways also be dug so that the land may be irrigated and become fertile enough to farm and grow crops. The necessary tasks were performed and the waterways were ready for use. Finally, Balian and the townspeople lower and empty the huge vessel containing the stored water into the channel and the water spread around the land in the way it was intended to. Not before long, the land that had been void of vegetation during his father’s time begins to see its first fruits spring forth from the earth. This is a beautiful story that taught me some more about water and how it should be administered. Let’s now analyse exactly what happened and see how it can be applied in our own lives.

The Insight

After careful observation, I noticed that:

  • Balian dug for water, meaning that he dug for wisdom.
  • When he found water, he stored it in a vessel for later use. Similarly, when we dig deeper into ourselves in winter and find wisdom, we should know what we intend to use it for or store it somewhere safe until such a time arises.
  •  Balian then defined a set route or course for the water to follow because he knew that water (wisdom) needs to be controlled and directed or else it overflows and causes floods, which can be disastrous. In the same way, we too must have a predetermined objective or purpose for which we need to acquire wisdom. This enables us to mark its boundaries and carefully guide it toward the areas where it is mostly needed, instead of misdirecting it and then being overwhelmed by its force and power.
  • Finally, Balian lowers the vessel and releases the stored water (wisdom) into the waterway and it followed the set route that was mapped out for it. Balian de Ibelin applied the water he had stored to the waterway. In other words, he applied the wisdom that he had previously acquired, to the predetermined way he had set out for wisdom (water) to flow into. And in using that same wisdom, he was able to accomplish his objective. It was amazing to see the community gather around to watch the water spread around their land, promoting life and supporting their existence.

This is what happens when wisdom is properly applied; it achieves its objectives and spreads around the world, offering help to those who are in sincere need of it.

Winter’s Wise Waters

Winter's Watery WisdomThis is the wisdom of winter and its waters. It reminds us to search deeper within ourselves in order to find the answers to questions that perplex us, so that our perception becomes as clear as pure water itself. In this state of mind, we are able to discover and decipher new ways of how we can create a better existence for ourselves and loved ones.

Winter’s wisdom helps to nurture and water the seeds that have been planted in the soil of the mind, thereby ensuring that new creative ideas will spring forth in springtime. Winter’s water bids us to have faith that once wisdom is applied to any given situation, she will prove herself worthy of being called wise as she flows around, effortlessly encircling the obstacles in her path. Winter is beautiful and water is blissful. I acknowledge their effects over me and salute the pure rejuvenating energy they bring, but most of all; I thank winter and its waters for the profound clarity of my thoughts, for its sublime nature, and for its natural watery-wisdom.

By E. Nyoreme Nakpodia

Winter’s Watery Wisdom © 2011 Nyoremes Books, a subsidiary of Nyoremes Inc.

    • Nyoremes Weblog
    • April 7th, 2011

    Tell Nyoremes what you think… you may spark a great idea!

    • Williams Vicknair
    • April 17th, 2011

    very new to blogging but certainly savoured this web site. Many thanks

    • Brett Seifried
    • April 20th, 2011

    I’m impressed,Nice blog you have here. Good job keeping it interesting. Regards,

    • Laborin
    • April 20th, 2011

    I had been honored to receive a call coming from a friend as he uncovered the important tips shared on your site. Browsing your blog article is a real fantastic experience. Many thanks for considering readers much like me, and I would like for you the best of success like a professional realm.

    • Rob Rasner Myspace
    • April 20th, 2011

    I actually wish to post quick hi and wish to state gratitude due to this great write-up! Best wishes Rob Rasner Myspace

    • Vente Finistère
    • April 21st, 2011

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So good to search out any individual with some original ideas on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is one thing that is wanted on the web, someone with just a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the web!

    • Homour
    • April 22nd, 2011

    I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You’re incredible! Thanks!

    • Millbrand
    • April 22nd, 2011

    Great Post, I love to read articles that are informative and beneficial in nature. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and I look forward to seeing more.

    • Andrew A. Sailer
    • April 22nd, 2011

    Hey Good luck with your blogs, and I loved reading this post:)

    • sukienki ciążow
    • April 26th, 2011

    Thanks for your insight for the great posting. I am glad I have taken the time to see this.

    • Pose de film solaire
    • April 29th, 2011

    You made some decent points there. I did a search on the subject matter and found most individuals will approve with your website.

    • Nyoremes Weblog
    • July 9th, 2011

    Thanks for all your comments everyone, very much appreciated and we are very happy to be of help 🙂

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: