“Because water and consciousness are a lot alike. But the explanation is a bit complicated.” She tips her head to the side, thinks a moment, and says, “We go deep into our consciousness in meditation. There we’re connected to everything in the universe, because that’s what the universe is, consciousness expressing itself in different forms. Consciousness is the invisible essence that makes up the universe.
“And water is somewhat like that. Water is the basic component of life. Animals and plants are composed mainly of water, but we don’t see that. Our body is mostly water, but we see only the solid outer form. A tree is mostly water. It draws it from the earth and turns it into the colorless sap, which then becomes green leaves and branches.
“Similarly, we can’t see the field of consciousness, but it’s the basic component of the universe. It manifests into energy and matter. Have you heard of the unified field?”
“It’s something in physics, right?”
“Right. Physics has found that matter isn’t really the basis of the universe. Matter is continually emerging out of and dissolving back into energy. And that energy comes out of the unified field, which is invisible and non-material, consciousness manifesting itself as the physical universe.
“When we meditate, we bring our awareness to the deepest level of our mind, where it connects with the unified field. It’s like diving down through the ocean of our mind until we reach the bottom, the source. And our awareness draws energy from that deep source. We bring that energy back to the surface with us, back into activity, so we think better and act better. The more contact we have with the unified field, the more energetic and healthful and successful we are. But when we lose contact with it, we make mistakes and suffer.
“It’s similar with the tree. If it can’t contact the water and draw it up, it withers. The water is there, but the
tree can’t reach it. The contact is broken, so it doesn’t flow.
“That’s what we have now in the world. People are out of contact with their inner source, so their life is a mess. They’ve injured the climate of the earth, damaged the natural cycles, so water is locked deep inside the earth and doesn’t reach the surface. The land is drying up and life is withering.”
This sort of makes sense to me, but a different kind of sense than what I’m used to. “But I still don’t understand how meditation will help us find the water.”
Jane leans towards me and gestures with her hands. “The unified field is where everything in the universe becomes one.
When we bring our minds to it, we’re connected with everything, including the water. We can sense it. And when two people, better yet a whole group, bring their minds to the unified field, they’re all joined, and that strengthens the effect for everyone. If we meditate together, we have a better chance of sensing where the water is.”
An excerpt from Wellsprings – A Fable of Consciousness by William T. Hathaway, published by Cosmic Egg (an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, September 2013.
William T. Hathaway is a US Special Forces combat veteran turned peace activist. He has taught English and creative writing at several colleges in the USA and as a Fulbright professor in Europe. He is currently an adjunct professor of American studies at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. William was made a teacher of Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and is active in the TM organization. He is the author of: Summer Snow and Radical Peace and A World of Hurt which won a Rinehart Foundation Award for its portrayal of the psychological roots of war. For more on his writing visit: www.peacewriter.org
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