Path of No Resistance
4. Water- Path of No Resistance
Element of Water, emotional and psychic harmony, solar plexus and third eye, courage, deep calm, cleansing.
Water…flows on and on, and merely fills up all the places through which it flows; it does not shrink from any dangerous spot nor from any plunge, and nothing can make it lose its own essential nature. It remains true to itself under all conditions.
The I Ching
Think of the qualities that water holds the balanced Water type is exactly these. Water has a strong sense of where it needs to go and will do whatever is necessary to get there, with patience and persistence. A deep pool in a river seems calm and still, however there is a strong flow of water running through it, Water is always flowing one way: down to the sea. If it cannot pass an obstruction it will build up and flow over or around it slowly wearing the obstruction away. If it can do neither it will sink into the ground or evaporate and become clouds travelling to where it can rain down onto the earth to flow into the sea.
The symbol for Water is a Black Turtle. It is the protector of the back and kidneys with its hard shell. Turtle lives in water, has long life and much energy but moves slowly and with purpose.
- Colour – dark blue or black
- Direction- North
- Dynamic energy- will power
- Emotion- fear, timidity
- Fluids- saliva
- Nature – cold flows down
- Orifices- lower orifices
- Perverse climate- cold
- Psychic- will, ambition (chien)
- Season- Winter
- Senses- hearing
- Smell- putrid
- Sound- groans, yawns
- Symptoms – water balance
- System- uro genital
- Taste- salty
- Tissues – bones, scalp, hair
- Yin organ-kidney 5-7pm
- Yang organ – bladder 3-5pm
“Instead of allowing ourselves to be led and trapped by our feelings we should let them disappear as soon as they form, like letters drawn on water with a finger.”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Water holds the ability to be in the moment and “go with the flow”. It brings with it the qualities of introspection, patience and silence. Filled with potential the balanced water type is ingenious, yielding, fluid and courageous. They live in the realm of imagination and often come together with others to share knowledge and skills and refresh their perspective on life, yet let go easily to continue on their own path, staying true to themselves.
Inflexible, opinionated and intolerant the excessive Water type is self centered, resentful and competitive. Forceful and defiant if told what to do, underneath there is an inner sense of fearfulness. Suspicious and paranoid (obviously everyone is talking about them) there can be fear of persecution when in an extreme state. Wisdom becomes scattered and disjointed focusing on trivial information. The natural sense of when to wait and when to push forward is lost resulting in wasted energy.
Lethargic, cut off, isolated and disconnected the deficient water type may find that their normally creative ability dissolves and dries up leaving them with a sense of despair and despondency. Everything becomes a chore and the joy of doing their work disappears. Spontaneity disappears and they become cold, frigid and detached, finding relationships difficult to maintain due to a lack of their usual fresh, bubbly sociability and compassion.
The organs associated with Water are the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder
After the Liver has done its job, it is the turn of the Kidneys to take all the things we don’t need anymore out of the bloodstream and send them to the Bladder to hold onto until an appropriate time to let them go. This relates on an emotional level to the feeling that we have to put up with things which we feel we want to get rid of out of our lives or which are perceived blockages to our development. The Water element nourishes the body mind and spirit with chi energy which is stored in the Kidneys (Storehouse of the Vital Essence). Yuan chi or jing is inherited from our parents, especially our mother, and mothers are seen as needing to support their Kidney chi after having babies. Jing rules the cycle of birth, growth, maturation, death and individual destiny. Reproductive power, sexual energy and desire are related to Water and jing. Kidney fire (ming men-huo) sparks the system and separates the pure Water from the impure gifting us the will power to reach our goals in life. The Bladder is seen as a reservoir which holds the chi energy until it is needed. If the Bladder is not working properly then the whole body, mind and spirit are at risk of filling up with toxic waste and slowing down. Water also maintains healthy teeth, bones and bone marrow.
Being listless in the morning and or washed out in the afternoon can indicate imbalance in kidney chi. Chronic fatigue is seen as energy leaking from the bladder.
Hyper sexuality, high blood pressure and headaches behind the eyes, not enough sweat or urine and little need for sleep, knee problems, low back pain, arthritis and stiffness in the joints, urinary infections, kidney and bladder stones, neurological disturbances or diseases are all symptoms of excessive Water energy.
The following physical problems signify deficient Water energy: premature ageing, grey hair, wrinkled skin, weak degenerating spine and osteoporosis, weak abdominal muscles, sore lower back, aching knees, ear infections, tinnitus, fatigue, low energy and dark rings around the eyes, frequent urination and urinary infections, Candida, thrush, amenorrhea, frigidity, impotence and infertility.