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Emulating Water

Water is indispensable and adaptive and, therefore, an apt metaphor for feminine energy. If you’ve ever seen a flooding river crest or been close to the sea during a ferocious storm, you know firsthand the impressive power and frightening strength of water in agitated action. On the other end of the spectrum, the Grand Canyon is a testament to the patient, long-term power of water.

Yes, water can be dammed and contained, but when gathered together in great enough quantities, it can overcome most obstacles. Now is a great time for the water sprite in all of us to return to Source, break free, and reconstitute ourselves by emulating the fluid, yet determined, feminine aspects of water. Our physical bodies are already approximately 60 percent water; let’s saturate our mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies with watery Sacred Feminine energy and invite our complete self to be in the flow.

One great example of peaceful, persistent feminine power is shown in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. It tells of a peace movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace. Organized by a Liberian social worker, Leymah Gbowee, Muslim and Christian women came together dressed in white to pray for peace and participate in nonviolent protests to demand a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their movement eventually led to the election of the first female president of an African nation.

During your day...

  • As you use and enjoy water, appreciate it’s life-giving presence.

  • If you feel constricted or trapped by a situation, imagine how water might find her way out or through.

  • Notice which of your subpersonalities are best able to go with the flow.

Water is of all things most yielding and can

overwhelm that which is most hard.

—Taoist adage

Excerpted from The Woman's Book of Strength by Sue Patton Thoele. Available on Mango and Amazon.


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