The earth is more water than land. It is a fact that the surface of the earth of 71% water, and the oceans, contain 96.5% of that water.
Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in you and your dog.
Water is never sitting still. Thanks to the water cycle, our planet’s water supply is constantly moving from one place to another and from one form to another. Things would get pretty stale without the water cycle! 
Think of what you need to survive, really just survive. Food? Water? Air? Facebook? Naturally, I’m going to concentrate on water here. Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water.
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.
Each day humans must consume a certain amount of water to survive. Of course, this varies according to age and gender, and also by where someone lives. Generally, a adult male needs about 3 liters (3.2 quarts) per day while an adult female needs about 2.2 liters (2.3 quarts) per day. All of the water a person needs does not have to come from drinking liquids, as some of this water is contained in the food we eat. 
Of course, the 3 liters water a person needs to survive must be fresh water. Salt water, the water that makes up the oceans, cannot be drunk by humans, or most animals.
Plants, like people, need a certain amount of salt to survive, but too much can be poisonous. Most plants can tolerate saltwater on their leaves and stems, but they will dehydrate if they drink saltwater from the soil. Even if they don’t dehydrate, they may be poisoned by an excess of salt in their systems. The takeaway is to avoid watering your plants with saltwater if you want them to thrive.
Water is part of our conciseness. We can go without food for longer than we can go without fresh water. When it is scarce, or we perceive water to be a scarce resource, it dominates out thoughts and actions.
It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere where I live and the ground, plants, and trees are covered with snow, which is after all frozen water. Taking a walk-in winter is to get to know the land when it is quiet and covered by water. When the weather warms, as it will in spring, the snow will melt and the water that is it is will nourish the plants and trees it now covers.
Being sensitive to Reiki energy brings winter to us as a season for quiet and rest. It is a time when plants and animals hibernate, building their energy for the coming spring. Winter is a time when energy, like Kundalini energy in our bodies, prepares for the future and gets ready for the coming warmth of the sun.
Shaman look at the Winter Solstice as a time to rejoice, the old year is past, a new one is about to start. Be ready! Be ready for what it brings you. The new year is full of potential.
When you sit down to eat, or fill a glass with water, consider for a moment the intention of infusing Reiki energy into the food and the water that is part of your meal. We bless the meal by drawing the Reiki symbol Cho Khoury [sometimes spelt Cho Ku Rei] over the food, sending Reiki energy into the meal and the water in the meal we are about to take in.
You probably used water to prepare parts of the meal, when you are about to start preparation, make the sign of Cho Khoury over the ingredients and the liquids you are about to use to create your meal. Even foods such as Olive Oil can be energized by Reiki energy. The olives that were harvested and pressed to make the oil you are using grew on trees that drank water from the soil. Infuse it with energy!
There are times when we are about to eat food, or drink water or liquids that are prepared by others, perhaps in a factory somewhere. It is still beneficial to draw Cho Khoury over your meal or drinks. If you are in public, or somewhere you feel self-conscious about drawing the symbol over your meal or dinks, call up a memory of the symbol in our mind and think to yourself how the symbol will energize what you are about to consume.
Perhaps one of the other most intimate connections we have with water is when we bathe. In a shower it first touches our head, our Crown Chakra to be precise, and then the rest of us, passing over all the others chakras until it runs off our feet, our hard-working feet that support us as we move around and which also grounds us to Mother Earth… Mother Gaia.
Lazing… soaking in a bath, is another occasion when we can be close to water. Bless the water filling the tube and the water in the tube with Reiki energy, again Cho Khoury, and then immerse yourself in it.
Believe in the energy that is passing through your skin from the water into your Chakras.
Believe in the energy that is passing through your skin from your Chakras into the water. This exchange will take away stress, emotional and physical pain. Let go of the negative and used up energies that no longer serve to you.
Water is a celebration which you can share with others, with a child, a parent, a pet, and anything you are growing in your garden or window box.
Lastly, when you have a moment of peace and quiet in your life, think for a moment about water all around you, in the air as moisture, as snow and rain, and give thanks for it.
https://sciencing.com/happens-put-saltwater-plants-6587256.html. “What Happens When You Put Saltwater on Plants?” https://sciencing.com/happens-put-saltwater-plants-6587256.html.
https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects. “How Much Water Is There on Earth?” https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects.
https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects. “The Water in You Water and the Human Body.” https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects.
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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual
Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner under the Canadian Reiki Association – CRA.
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