A few days ago I posted a blog entitled Along the River, since then water in general but more specifically rivers have been in my thoughts.
As a result of that a book by Herman Hesse came to mind I had read a few years ago –the name of that book was Siddhartha and it culminates with the central character sitting on the banks of a river in his old age finding the peace he had sought after.
Water with it’s many attributes can bring a serenity with it both visually, emotionally, and with sound.
I like hearing the sound of falling rain, the murmuring of a stream, or the crashing and thunder of white water or a waterfall that can alternately calm and soothe, or invigorate.
I’ ve read that an aquarium will produce a soothing effect on people and it sounds reasonable to me.
There has been a discussion/debate over whether water has a memory – this theory was originally advanced in the “scientific” community in the eighties following experiments that have yet to be duplicated by Jacques Benveniste, an immunologist, in an effort to validate the efficacy of homeopathic remedies – but homeopathy is a topic for a different blog so I won’t dwell on that at the moment.
As to water having a memory opinions will vary regardless of which side scientists come down on, but if any are to believe the earth is a living entity then it seems to follow that water as a part of this planet must also have life, and all life has memory, if only in the form of genetic coding.
Lake water for instance will contain elements of everything within the lake – personal preference might lead a person to classify that as contaminants, and they could very well be – but this retention could also be referred to as a memory.
Memory in fact is based upon retention, a part of which derives from experience of exposure.
Water is exposed to certain experiences, or elements if you prefer, and retains a record or memory of that experience.
That isn’t to say water is capable of cognitive thought – that as it joins or leaves a lake it thinks “that was a good time I had in the lake”, or “nice trip as I made my way through the mountains and meadows”.
Personally I’m inclined to believe there’s more going on in this world we live in than people commonly give it credit for…..maybe that’s due to my heritage, but it’s what I was taught as a child and what I believe.
Next time you’re by a river, lake, stream, or if it’s raining , this question of water memory might be something to think about.
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