The water came to unify us. Not to separate us, but to reconcile us. God gave enough water for everyone and all nations should understand that the water is for everyone – the humans, the animals, the earth, the birds. Water is the one thing that ties us together. – Ihab Bhala, Sufi Mystic
In 2015, World Water Day events worldwide reached over 35 million people in a campaign devoted to bringing love to the waters of our planet. This year on the March Equinox, Saturday March 19th, in honor of the UN-Water’s annual World Water Day event, UPLIFT and Unify have created ‘Bless the Water’, a campaign inviting all of humanity to honor the sacred nature of water by blessing it in a Global Synchronized Meditation.
To many cultures (both ancient and present), water is revered as our planet’s most vital, life-giving element. Not simply as a natural resource to be taken from, but as a sacred living energy to respect, honor and learn from. Throughout the ages, the practice of gathering to bless and be blessed by water has been an integral part of our lives. Currently, water is also one of our greatest causes for planetary concern, with over 800 million people around the world lacking access to clean water.
On the March Equinox – Saturday, March 19th at 5pm Pacific/ 12 am GMT – people of all walks and nations are invited to join in a Global Water Blessing and the premiere of the new film, “Water is Sacred” (featuring the voices, visions and sacred actions of water stewards from many nations) as a catalyst to inspire and share positive actions globally in support of the vitality of our water.
A Simple and Global Invitation
Go to your local water source, sacred site, favourite spot in nature – or join us at home as we join together around the world and Bless the Water. We each have our own unique way to connect with the element of water, and each of these can become pure expressions of blessing and gratitude. Take time in sacred solitude or join with your family and community. Register your own event on our interactive map (provided by Unify on blessthewater.com) and see the hundreds of other Water Blessing events happening around the world.
It has been shown that Water carries intention. When we bless the water, our gratitude begins journey through the water ways and living network of water of the planet. By taking time to envision the waters of our planet CLEAN and CLEAR, FRESH and FULL of LIFE, we set into motion fresh thoughts and ideas which may ultimately translate into the bold actions now needed to protect and preserve our water for future generations.
Water sustains all. – Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C.
Many Forms of Blessing
In 2016, the Bless the Water campaign is aligning with significant NGO’s including The Hunger Project, Waterbearers, The WASH Alliance and others to highlight the importance of access to clean water and basic sanitation for the whole of the world.
We are also gathering with United Religions Initiative, The Shift Network and Parmarth Niketan in a live ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India – culminating in a Water Blessing at 5pm Pacific/ 12am GMT on Saturday March 19th (broadcast online at blessthewater.com).
This Water Blessing will be followed immediately by the free online premier of the new film by UPLIFT, ‘Water is Sacred’ – featuring inspiring water insight and sacred practices from Indigenous elders, sages in India, religious leaders of many faiths, poets and musicians – all exploring their experience of the sacredness of water.
From the remote northern islands of Vanuatu, where the women will gather in waist-deep water to create Ëtëtung (‘water music’ in the Mwerlap language of Merelava) by slapping its surface in a beautiful rhythmic tapestry of aquatic percussion… to the Yasuni National Park of South America, where representatives of the Waterbearers initiative are bringing water filters to communities in need up and down the Napo River… to the banks of the Ganges River in India, where thousands will gather to sing and chant their prayers… Each of us is being called to remember our intrinsic relationship with water as a first step to restoring, replenishing and cleansing the waters of our planet.
Go to blessthewater.com to become part of this worldwide initiative.
If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in the water. – Loren Eisley