The shape the water crystal takes in response to the word “Truth”
Track Your Finances
Are you familiar with Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work photographing the crystalline structure of water?
Emoto observed that water will change its physical structure according to its context. Words like “love”, “gratitude” or “truth” will lead water to form strikingly beautiful crystalline patterns (words of opposite meaning will do the opposite). You can see a full documentary about this here, and a shorter video giving examples of these photos here.
There is so much in this that merits thinking and dreaming over good conversation and tea. The body is about 60% water.
There is a relationship between structure and beauty. The natural world is beautiful, in part, because it is so majestically structured in its design.
The timing of the tides, the phases of the moon, the movement of the planets around the sun, the lines in leaf patterns, the striations of a rock face, or the spinal column of a body and the rhythm of the breathing and the heart: these are life-giving because they are so beautifully – so perfectly and precisely – structured, “disciplined” patterns.
This structure holds us up as we flow through the course of our days. We do not hold ourselves up, no matter how tightly we might feel we need to hold on. Gravity holds us up. The planet moves around the sun, according to its pattern, and so we have the year. The patterned movement of the moon around the earth gives us our nights and our days.
We are part of the whole of these footprints – like our thumbprint – that is traceable in its patterns and its lines. Our lives are strengthened – and we find more freedom in them – when our lives can reflect such structure, too.
It is like the water in a river bed. It is beautiful – and the sound is so fantastic – the singing of the river.
It is life-giving because the water is defined by the limits - shifting and changing as they are in small ways, but limits all the same – of the river bed that contains it.
Water that is not contained within the structure of the river bed is called a flood: it is not life-giving; it takes life away.
We deepen our connection to vitality both inside and outside of ourselves when we deepen our connection to the structure of the flow of things and offer ourselves the freedom to create structure of our own in our lives that contains us safely.
The structure of our lives can be something that holds us up – that sustains us - so that we can relax and let go in much more authentic ways, and step more fully into “being” who and what we are.
The second of “7 Ways to Take a Deep Breath” is to explore the possibility that “discipline brings joy”, to use a contemporary Buddhist expression of this very ancient observation.
Track your finances.
Is the structure that you apply to the flow of your finances into and out from your life supporting you? Is it life-giving? Is it helping you to see the relation between cause and effect and make choices that reflect your values? Is it leading you to a place that will offer you what you genuinely want in your life?
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If you already have in place financial tracking structures that support you, then the invitation is to up your game, whatever that looks like for you. Is it retirement or estate planning? Would you like to pay for your next car in cash?
Are you moving towards leaving a legacy? Can you increase your capacity for philanthropy?
When I am queen of the cosmos, and can wiggle my nose and make magic, I will make it standard practice for grandparents to give newborns $1000 just to invest. Don’t tell them it’s there until they’re 60. Invest $1000 when a person is born, and care for that investment properly: it will pay for that person’s retirement and put them in a position to make that investment for every new born in next generations of your family to come. It may also help to help many other families through various forms of giving.
For my undergraduate students: may they all establish the practice of saving $20/month.
It will teach the discipline and satisfaction of how to save – not saving for a purchase! – just how to save as they fully embody their adulthood.
As a place to start, if you are beginning this kind of financial structure, try saving 10%.
According to my financial advisor, people who save 10% will have problems as they move through the future phases of their lives, but – quite likely – finances will not be one of them.
May all the structures that support your life be basically sane; may they be life-giving to you, just like the circles of the sun and the flow of sap in the trees.
Comment below, and let us know how it goes!!
Wishing you joy,
PS. Part of the mission of JBYAE is philanthropic: a percentage of all revenue generated is donated to charity. Among others, we provide bursaries to students at the university where I teach, St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. May we all leave a legacy.
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