ELIZABETH RYLAND MEARS

WATER

My creative relationship to water comes not from the actual physical characteristics of the element: that is to say, not from the way it sparkles when the sun bounces off it, or the way it moves as it meanders down a rocky stream, or the way it sounds as it crashes into a sandy beach, or even the way it feels as we slide into it. The latter comes closest though.

For me water represents the unconscious, the deepest unknown of our being. Therefore, the creatures that inhabit this mysterious abyss are the messengers who bring us knowledge and understanding of our inner being if we are willing to be open to their presence and listen. These inhabitants well up at unexpected moments; it is imperative that we live in expectation and openness to recognize them when they do appear. They are the great teachers who find their sustenance in the watery well of the unconscious.

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