Water is a powerful force that has been revered and celebrated by cultures around the world for centuries. From the ocean to the bathtub, water has the ability to soothe, heal, and transform us in ways that are both physical and spiritual. As a pregnant woman seven years ago, I went through a period of intense vulnerability and uncertainty. It was during this time that I discovered the healing and transformative power of water. It was the first time in my life that I deliberately sought solace in the bath and developed a deep connection with water to nurture my emotions.
Over the years, this connection has become the cornerstone of my personal religion. In a moment of crisis, I am just as likely to drop to my knees and pray as I am to humbly submerge myself into a deliciously-warm tonic laced with salts, oils, bubbles, and herbs. I’ve also found that being near the ocean has a profound effect on my physical and emotional well-being. These revelations (and many others) have empowered me to create self-care rituals centered around water, whether they are simple or elaborate.
Consciously engaging with water can help us heal deeper emotional pain, if we can cultivate patience with the process and muster enough faith to give it a try when we’re feeling low or stressed. Water can support us in soothing trauma responses and integrating challenging aspects of reality by nourishing our somatic system. By vocalizing our intentions and consciously selecting how and where we seek to reprogram our automatic beliefs, we initiate the transformation of our relationship with ourselves and the world around us. Even in a pinch, we can speak “love,” “health,” and “happiness” over the water we drink and serve to others.
For those of us who are blessed to be able to physically visit a lake, walk alongside a pond, or meditate near a gurgling brook, we are in for a calm but potent treat. Bearing witness to the power of water in nature can bring about a sense of physiological calm or even spiritual awe. Some of us will more easily attune with the presence of Spirit while beholding a body of water. Personally, I know that when I feel burdened with an unsolvable puzzle in my life, I can truly count on the inevitable hush in my thoughts and renewal in my heart; all I have to do is bring myself face-to-face with a body of water that stretches across the horizon. These effects that both I and many others experience in the presence of natural bodies of water can be partially explained in scientific terms, and I anticipate further definitive explanations in the future. But for now, I am grateful to understand that God is all around: in the skies above, in the mysteries below, and in the dreams in our hearts.
Should I find myself tired or stuck at home, I’ve got a myriad of tricks up my sleeve that can morph any drab bath into a ceremony fit for a queen…or for a child, depending on which emotional needs warrant tending. I always ring a bell over water running in our bath or shower and visualize a cleansing light infusing every surface that the water touches. Sometimes I pray aloud and declare my intentions over the water, before the flesh of a single toe penetrates the water’s surface; it feels like I’m stepping through a portal into a more righteous reality when I finally cross that threshold. If muscle or joint pain has been nagging at my consciousness, I heave epsom salt and sprinkle mint or eucalyptus oil to my heart’s desire, recline, close my eyes, and smile. When romance is fluttering around in my chest, I clear my mind of anxiety by reaffirming my worthiness and set my point of attraction to receiving mode with a dramatic pink bath, using candles, rose oil, flower essence, and even fresh flower petals.
And in those inevitable life moments when grief or sadness strike, I know that showing up is all that is required; a stoic bath with no accoutrement at all can be the perfect remedy. There is great value in the quiet descent into, and tender embrace of, this sensual and transparent element. Engaging in these practices allows us to cultivate a profound awareness of water’s influence and access its inherent healing properties.
Moreover, the act of consciously bathing and envisioning oneself in the womb of the Goddess can be a profound experience for consciously reprogramming deep-seated beliefs and healing from negative childhood experiences. It offers an opportunity to address subconscious beliefs about gender, intimacy, worthiness, our connection to the Divine, and other aspects of our early conditioning. By immersing ourselves in the sacred waters, we invite transformation and establish a mindful rapport with the nurturing power of water, allowing us to emerge renewed and reconnected to our true selves.
My utmost desire is for those in need of motherly love and strength to embrace these insights, facilitating healing and emotional integration, and grounding their personal power on a foundation of deep love and stability. I believe that self-care is essential for overall well-being—not only for our sense of security within ourselves, but also for buoyancy and stamina within our connections with others. Incorporating simple practices like engaging in conscious communion with water can have a profound effect on our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
By fostering a deep awareness of water’s influence, we can nourish our somatic system, transform our relationship with ourselves and the world around us, and perpetually discover a greater sense of peace emerging from the depths of our being. Whether it’s through taking a bath, spending time in nature, or simply speaking positive intentions over the water we consume, there are many ways to establish a mindful connection with the transformative power of water and harness its healing properties. So, take a moment to connect with water today and see how it can support your emotional healing journey.
Whitney Green is an intuitive healer, holistic coach, and trauma-informed RYT-200 yoga instructor known for their transformative approach to personal growth. With a BA in Philosophy and years of experience coaching individuals in public speaking and voice, Whitney empowers others to unearth and express their truth and power with greater confidence. Clients who have undergone Whitney’s holistic coaching have experienced remarkable personal growth and transformation, gaining a newfound perspective on their perceived limitations. Whitney’s expertise lies in bold expression, releasing toxic shame, and cultivating confidence. Join their inclusive and welcoming YouTube channel (@GreensAlkaline) for free yoga classes suitable for all abilities and religious backgrounds. Explore their online spirit shoppe at https://greensalkaline.com