Please also consider joining FourYearsGo.My story began with a dream (and not long after that a place) that I called Aquaest. While I had to release Aquaest the place, it continues for me as I always envisaged it: a quest for water, spirit and meaning; the deepest and most watery of things. As with many personal quests, it has sometimes been a challenge to share or describe this journey in ways that others can understand.
Aquaest has been my Holy Grail, a quest to discover the meeting place between worlds (dreams and realities) and to re-establish my links with nature. Water, the most shape-shifting of elements has proved to be the perfect facilitator of this journey - whether in considering the cultural value of spa, exploring the practice of aquatic therapy, or diving deeper into nature and my own soul.
Water is as much a part of our language as it is a part of our bodies and our planet. In the ancient Sumerian language, the first letter of the alphabet, A, was the word for water and also signified regeneration. Water provides us the means to communicate with each other, with ourselves, with our planet and with the cosmos - and to inspire change.
The more I follow what is happening in the world of spa, which has become increasingly big business, the less I feel a part of most of the external manifestations of it. I remain curious about what calls people to spa and retreat, as both providers and receivers. And yet, an authentic call has been increasingly hard to hear against the clamor for a share of the overburdened market and resources.
Those last two words - market and resources - are stark indicators of how our language has skewed us away from the natural language of water. They are like dams blocking the free flow of a losing stream in an eroding topography. As Lynne Twist said: 'Money is like water. It can be a conduit for commitment, a currency of love'. Or not.
Along with many others all over the world, I know we need a new dream for ourselves and for the world. In seeking this, I've been inspired by The Panchamama Alliance's program Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream - 'finding ways to support a growing effort to help us awaken from the seductive trance of unlimited progress, unrestrained private interest and material accumulation'.