Water: the power of wetness, forming a body by adhering to its own wet energy. The body so formed (a drop of water from a leaf, or a stream, a river, a puddle, a lake, a pond or a sea, etc.) embodies this original energy, amplifies it, and seeks always to dissolve and return to wetness. Water takes on the form of any container it pours into, but only for as long as the container is there. This tension between coming together and dissipating is the essence of this substance. Accordingly, it is one of the essential foundations of life. Expressions of wet energy in a non-physical form include wave (the rhythmic form that wetness gives to mechanical or wind energy) and wade (the form that wetness gives to human walking in conditions of partial immersion [when one wades far enough out, one must swim].) When the tension between wet energy and dry energy tends towards dryness, wetness takes on the form of a valley [dell, vale] (a wave in the land); when wet energy leaves the earth, it wells. A place in which the earth regularly wells is called a well, and is a source of water. The process of bloating caused by localized welling in a human, animal or plant body is called a swell; the tissue so distorted by an excess of wetness is called a swelling. It is a static wave. The resulting pressure can be quite painful, as it is a static intrusion into the dynamic processes of life.

You can’t squeeze water from a stone.



 Tidal Water on a Stone Rounded by Waves, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island

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