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Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Somewhere, within the darkest and farthest corners of our minds, we still believe water has magical powers. It can clean it all, cure it all, take the pain away and bring us back to the beginning. Before everything was created…

So at our darkest times, we need a long bath, with strange and mystical scents. The electrical light is no match for the mythical atmosphere we are trying to create. So we never turn it on, lighting a few candles instead. We think, rewind, replay, erase or keep. Then we get out of the water. Feeling tranquil, rested, ready to face more.

Taking a look out the window, the moon might catch our eyes. Belittled though by the strong lights of the city…We stare at it for a while, remembering ancient paths over the great night skies…Then there’s the sound of the cars…

So it’s back to civilization…All the brightness…And everything some of us still love…For how long?

posted by Alina @ 8:47 PM  
  • At 12/06/2006 10:56 AM, Blogger Ryan said…

    No matter what we do and whether we enjoy it or not, we all need a break from something (everything) from time to time. Life included. But how can you take such a break from the real world, if not by refuging yourself into another one? One where you feel safe and tranquil, one that is quiet and relaxing. And yes, water can make us jump into that world. But I don't think it's because of magic, but because we spend the first 9 month of our lives immersed. And even though we have no memories until we're a couple of years old, I think that's a feeling that stays with us for the rest of our lives, in our subconscious.

  • At 12/06/2006 11:22 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Ryan, what you say is very true. However, water has been always regarded as having magical and mystical attributed. This has happened for so long, its place in our collective memories cannot be denied.

  • At 12/06/2006 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ..." But I don't think it's because of magic, but because we spend the first 9 month of our lives immersed"...Perfect thinking from Ryan!!! Maybe he's right.. Yet i used to think the same way as you do Alina.
    let's think of having a warm bath after hiting a very hard, busy, long and sunny day...Amazing and cool isn't it?!!

  • At 12/06/2006 11:07 PM, Blogger bart said…

    water is such a magical substance... humans have wondered about it for millennia and as such it remains a formidable archetype in our psyche's...

    water as the bringer and sustainer of life but also a potent symbol of death and sublimation in so many forms of art including literature and graphic art...

    part of what ryan wrote rings so true, we long for the safety and security of our pre-birth environment but as fully fledged humans we would die trying to attain the same goals...

    you've got me thinking again, my dear ;-)

    keep well...

  • At 12/07/2006 6:57 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Salma, both views have their role in explaining simple actions like taking a bath.

    Very true Bart, but what I like most about water mythology is the way it can combine life and death. Like initiation rituals that involve immersion (such as Christin-Orthodox baptism), symbolizing dying and then being reborn. Starting fresh, a new beginning to build on.

  • At 4/17/2007 6:34 PM, Anonymous Beatrice said…

    It happened few years ago that I had nodules on my armpits for about a whole summer they were so painful. As I have quite a phobia when it comes to doctors, I haven't had a check up.
    One day, I went for a trip close to my hometown, it was a gorgeous day and we headed towards a place where it was believed that the water spring was holly. I was not into that story, but when I got there and I drank the water, which was so tasty and refreshing if I can say that about water, I had the idea to wash my armpits with it, as they were so damn painful, and like a miracle, pain was gone and never came back.

    So it is hard for me not to relate to the idea that waters can be healing. When I feel the rain on me or take a long bath, I feel empowered by water, it takes my pain away if I have any, it fills me with energy. For me water has magical powers.

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