My last blog entry was on the importance of becoming more and more aware of the quality of the water that you are drinking and using. The significance of the quality of water you are using affects each one of us in many different ways.
I have been in Niigata, which is in northwest Japan, the past few weeks. 3-4 times a week, I have been going out into the countryside here searching out sacred spring sources and different onsen (naturally hot mineral baths).
The experience of collecting my own "wild" water and drinking that water each day combined with bathing in the sacred waters of the earth has affected me in more ways than I ever could have imagined.
As I said in my last entry, one of the biggest problems in the world today is that many people have lost most any kind of an intimate connection with nature and with the earth.
I believe that the main reason for this loss of connection is that we have forgotten how important and how sacred our relationship with the earth truly is.
The most significant way to create the awareness of the sanctity of this relationship is to the earth is to reconnect with the countless sacred springs that are more abundant than most people are aware of.
Water is a far more delicate and mutable element than has been previously understood. The best water is highly structured, which means that the hydrogen and oxygen molecules that water is comprised of are in very specific formations and form very beautiful patterns.
The best water also contains lots of trace minerals and good bacteria, both of which are essential to the formation of life.
The water that we drink almost immediately creates the base environment in which all the necessary processes for health and for life take place. That means that the quality of the blood that is in our bodies is dependent on the quality of water that we drink. That means that the balance of hormones and the very quality of our digestive processes is dependent on the quality of water that we drink. Our ability to fight illness, to prevent premature aging and even the quality of our memory and thought processes is dependent on the quality of the water that we drink.
In many ways, the quality of the water that we drink is at least as important and perhaps more important than the quality of the food that we eat.
So, let's all get together and start a major revolution on the earth, which, in many ways, can be much more powerful that thousands of political protests. Let us reclaim our connection to nature and to the earth by reclaiming our relationship to the sacred water that we put into our bodies.
As yoga practitioners, reclaiming our connection to nature and to the earth is really the same as reclaiming our connection to our true Selves. Knowing our true Selves means that we are connected, both internally and externally to all things. It means that there is intimacy between our selves and our environment, between our selves and the ancient wisdom that is contained in the natural world.
Here are some websites that Hiroki Tamiya shared with me for finding sacred spring sources in Japan:
"The best 57 Spring Water Source in Tokyo"
"Great Water Sources in Niigata"
"Famous Water Sources in Fukuoka"
For those of you in North America, Daniel Vitalis has started an amazing website, where you can share your knowledge about local sacred springs and find out where the nearest sacred springs are to you.
His website is:
The feeling of getting out in the countryside and bringing back your own water is truly incredible. I cannot quite describe what it is like, so you will just have to try it yourself. It is invigorating, inspiring and empowering to go to these places where the earth is offering her sacred liquids. Remember, the water that springs forth from the earth has been held there for many thousands of years and is infused with elements and life force from deep within the very bosom of the earth. There is something that is very special about that.
Just carrying around water with me that comes from these sacred places has changed the feeling of my life. I truly do feel more connected and protected by the spirit of the earth.
There is a whole ritual I have daily for making my drinks. The two main drinks that I consume now are detailed in the following recipes.
Master Cleanse Drink:
1. Take a 1-liter bottle and squeeze the juice of 2 organic lemons in it.
2. Add maple syrup to taste (some like it a little sweeter, some less).
3. Add 4-5 good pinches of Celtic sea salt.
4. Add a dash of cayenne pepper.
5. Fill the bottle with fresh sacred spring water.
Blue Green Algae Drink:
1. Take one medium bottle or glass.
2. Add a spoonful of raw, organic, unheated honey.
3. Add a Tablespoon of wild, Blue Green Algae.
4. Add fresh sacred spring water.
5. Stir or shake and enjoy!
The more pure, structured water that we take into our bodies, the more you will begin to experience a new kind of mental and emotional clarity. I believe that the consumption of poor water that has been mistreated and has been chemically treated and/or infused with toxic plastics is the main reason why there is such a feeling of disassociation and loneliness in the world for so many people.
Please join me in this new movement back to intimacy with our selves and with the earth. Our very survival may depend on it.
This onsen or mineral bath is located just outside of Niigata in northwestern Japan. The area is renowned for its healing waters. Mineral baths are known as the "blood of the earth" and have many recuperative and regenerative qualities. The name of the onsen is Taiyo Onsen and the area is known as Tsukioka.
Just outside of Niigata in Northwestern Japan, there is a wonderful spring next to an old temple. We drove out today (January 7, 2009) and collected some in large glass bottles that we just purchased. Afterwards, we went soaking in some hot springs nearby. An excellent day...!
Very few things on this earth are as important as water.
The very earth itself is comprised mostly of water.
Our very physical bodies are also comprised mostly of water.
Water is everywhere. It is in all living things. It is in the air that we breathe.
This is why it is so strange that there is such a crisis in the world with regard to the availability of good, clean, pure water.
There are many parts of the world today where people are required to walk many miles simply to collect clean drinking water.
Even those who have access to clean drinking water are forced to drink water of less than great quality stored in poor quality plastic bottles. Most of the water that is being consumed today is of very poor quality.
Municipal water or tap water is recycled toilet and sink water, which has been treated with many chemicals and often, contains chlorine bleach and fluorine (these chemicals and others have strong anti-biotic qualities). Store bought water is mostly stored in very low quality plastic bottles. The problem with these low quality plastic bottles is that the plastic leeches and dissolves directly into the water. Thus, most of the water that most people drink today has a lot of dissolved plastic in it. This plastic ends of accumulating in the very tissue of the body.
Biologically, the quality of our blood is dependent on the quality of the water that we drink. That means that the quality of our overall health is dependent on the quality of the water that we drink.
In order to achieve optimum health, it is important to make sure that the body is more than adequately hydrated and that there is an adequate amount of trace minerals in our diet. The quality of every single process in our body and nervous system is dependent on moisture and different trace minerals. Unfortunately, most people on the world today are in relative states of inadequate hydration and are deficient in many important trace minerals. It is no accident that we are experiencing so many health issues on such a widespread level in the world today.
There is increasing evidence that the rise in rates cancer, heart disease and other diseases is linked to the shortage of high quality water. The body and mind are very delicate systems that require a high degree of balance in order to function smoothly and without disease. The presence of any kind of illness and premature aging is simply an indication that the delicate balance that the body and mind requires has been upset in one way or another. Sufficient amounts of good quality water are vital to the maintenance of the delicate balance that is required by the body and mind.
The best quality water has a very tight crystalline structure. That means that if you look at good water under a powerful microscope, you can see very beautiful, tight crystalline structures. Conversely, if you look at poor quality water, there is very little structure to the water. The tight crystalline structures present in good water are absent in poor quality water. The structure in poor quality water appears chaotic and disturbed.
Additionally, good water has an abundance of trace minerals, which are essential to good health. Poor water is almost completely absent of these powerful elements to good health.
The relative structure of the water is what ensures how much our body is actually able to use the water that we drink. Poor quality water simply does not hydrate the body and usually just runs right through the body and exits almost entirely through one's urine. Just like poor quality food, you can consume large quantities and derive no benefit. In fact, poor quality food and water can seriously compromise your health in a number of different ways.
For most of history of man's time on earth, water has been considered highly sacred. Very few things were more important than the protection and maintenance of pure water sources. It is no accident that fresh springs are located next to most of the ancient and revered temples and shrines in the world. This is certainly one of the most prominent features of the shrines and temples in Japan.
Native people the world over believe that the natural wisdom and power of the earth is transferred through the medium of its waters. Thus, it is no wonder most people on the earth today are experiencing such separation and disharmony with the earth and its environment. There is no question in my mind that there is now a great urgency to find ways to reconnect and re-harmonize with the earth and all its resources and elements. Our relationship to the water that we drink and use is one of the first and one of the most powerful ways to heal our relationship with this great earth.
One of the greatest benefits from living in Japan in my estimation is that there still exists a great cultural reverence for water. Fresh water springs are abundant and still taken care of with great love. The practice of visiting hot mineral springs and baths is still quite widespread. Still, more and more people are losing touch with their connection to nature and to the earth. In order to reverse this trend, it is important for us to reconnect in as many ways as possible.
So, this weekend, instead of going to the mall, go out and begin your search for a natural source of pure spring water. Natural springs are more available than you may think. You may have to do some research and detective work to locate the nearest springs, but that is nothing when compared to the relative benefits of finding a good, pure water source. They may not be in the middle of the city, but they are certainly located not that far outside of the city. You may have to drive an hour or more, but the effort you expend will be handsomely rewarded. Not only will you experience the power and joy of finding your own pure, vital water, but you will also get some much needed time outside of the city in powerfully natural spaces.
For those of you within proximity of hot mineral springs and baths, do take advantage of these great treasures! The waters of these sacred places heal not only the body, but the mind as well. Regular visits to hot mineral springs and baths is truly a sacred practice.
I cannot stress how important this practice of finding your own water is. The changes that will happen in your body, mind and life as a result of collecting your own water are beyond description.
Good luck in your search... OM!
Hari Hari... !