We as human beings must be aware of our life instructions as caretakers of the land. We must protect the waters and the Earth because they are sacred. Water is medicine and carries its own consciousness and memory. It is also sensitive to our consciousness, emotions and intentions.
Our traditions have passed down for millennia the teachings of protecting and being grateful for the waters and all of its abundance it offers to sustain life on Earth. These values have been embedded in our cultural, social and Women in particular have a distinct relationship to water and carry the responsibility to protect the waters.
Water is what sustains us. Water is what brings us into this world, and water is what keeps us in this physical world. And so it’s our life. - Jan Longboa
Scientific inquiry is validating many traditional understandings of Indigenous approaches to healing with water, for instance the work by Japanese researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto:
Water Therapy and Hydration
Being properly hydrated will make a huge difference to your health, energy, vitality, and immunity. Everything is influenced by the quantity and quality of the water we drink. For most of us, our bodies are severely dehydrated the moment we wake up. Your cells not only need oxygen, but water as well. More than 70% of your body is made up of water, and so it only makes sense to fully hydrate your body so that it can be start off the day at a peak level.
Research has found that about 90 % of people are chronically dehydrated which is having a massive impact on their quality of life. Dehydration is the number one root cause in the chronic conditions of the elderly.
Essentially it’s large amounts of water (1- 1.5 L) consumed immediately upon waking, on an empty stomach. You should never break a fast with starch or heavy carbohydrates. Liquids are the best way to break a fast, and water in the morning is your best bet to get amazing health benefits.
While we sleep, during our 12 hour window of fasting (or 16, depending on what level you are comfortable with), your body is in a state of fasting where it is also repairing itself. An empty stomach allows for more energy to be allocated to the healing and reparation process that your body is going through while we sleep. Do your best not to compromise these effects by eating heavy meals or snacking before bed nor by eating heavy meals upon waking up.
Benefits of Hydration and Water therapy:
- Drinking water on an empty stomach in the morning purifies the colon and allows for better absorption of nutrients in your system.
- To help with weight loss, drinking at least 1 L of water in the morning can boost your metabolism by up to 25%.
- Water in the morning hydrates your cells at a superior rate after hours of fasting (sleeping). The rush of hydration to the cells helps in production of blood and muscle cells.
- The high dosages of water help to purge the system of toxins through the bowels and will leave you with glowing skin.
- It helps to flush and balance your lymphatic system which leads to increased immunity, helping you fight a variety of illnesses.
Life Essentials and Inequality
Although Canada is the world's second-largest supplier of fresh water, there are 169 Indigenous communities that do not have access to this essential source, clean drinking water. Some communiities have been under "Boil Water advisories" for over 2 decades, such as the Neshkataga First Nation in Ontario, Canada.
"It's absolutely outrageous that very absolute necessity of life is being denied to a whole group of people in this country as wealthy as ours." - Cindy Blackstock
Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has vowed to put an end to boil water advisories for First Nations Communities within 5 years. Many are skeptical that this can be achieved - until major infrastructure for water treatment is built, there are many grass roots initiatives to support and efforts we can make to pray for our waters, such as Water Walkers United,
Reasons to avoid bottled water + tap water:
Dangerous toxins from some plastic water bottles can leach into your water. Bottled water is often just purified municipal water and lacks essential minerals. (Brands like Dasani and Aquafina are cleaned-up city water).
Purifying, bottling and shipping water requires vast resources and uses more water than when you get your water from a pure source in the first place. Tap water contains chlorine, which is used to kill microscopic organisms instantly (i.e. with humans, it just takes a little longer).
Tap Water includes the following toxins:
- bad calcium (insoluble, lacking electrons)
- bad iron (rust)
- organo-phosphate residues
- pesticide run-off
- toilet paper (most common pollutant of tap water)
- tritium (radioactive heavy hydrogen)
Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
Where is your watershed?
We must do our best to avoid tap water like the plague. It is full of poisons and hard metals that accumulate in our bodies. Bottled water is no better - it is processed and packaged just like our foods, thus losing a lot of its vibrational and structural qualities.
When possible and available, we must collect raw and living spring water from its source. You won't go back to any other water after experiencing this.
Find the closest, living spring near you at Find A Spring
Offer some tobacco or put some cedar down and express your gratitude for what nature has provided us. Make it your monthly ritual.