Sacred Water Sites Around the World
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Sacred Water Sites Around the WorldExamples of Healing Waters
Water is sacred to all life. The adult human body is around 60% water, with the brain being 75% water and the lungs nearly 90%. There is no life without water, which is why it’s the basis for so many creation stories in various cultures and traditions around the world. The Hindu holy books say that everyone on earth came out of the primordial sea. In the Bible, God stirs above the waters and creates a firmament to divide the waters in the act of creating our world. The Koran states: “We have created every living thing from water.”
Where Does Your Bottled Water Come From?
Have you ever thought about where your bottle of water comes from? Evian is bottled from the natural spring waters at Evians-les-Bains, a high-end spa south of Lake Geneva. The curative properties of the healing water are said to especially benefit digestive and metabolic conditions. If Pellegrino is your brand of choice, it comes from northern Italy at San Pellegrino in Lombardy. Pellegrino means “pilgrim,” and its been the site of pilgrimage since before Roman times. Leonardo da Vinci was one of many who came to “take the waters” there.
Sites of Sacred Water
While water is sacred in its own right, certain sites are considered sacred because they are connected to waters that are said to have the ability to heal. St. John described the people seeking healing who used to wait to be the first to enter the pool of Bethesda when the water was stirred. The spring that comes from the grotto at Lourdes developed healing properties after Bernadette had a vision of the Virgin Mary there in the mid-19th century. In her vision, the Blessed Virgin pointed to a previously unknown spring and told Bernadette to drink from it.
Sacred waters are everywhere on earth, whether coming from rivers, lakes, springs, or wells. Near Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, a noted sacred spring is Cenote Sagrado, a natural underground sinkhole created from a limestone cave, with steep sides rising 60 feet above the water. It was used for Mayan ceremonies and human sacrifices were thrown in during droughts to appease the water gods. In the Highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán still hosts Mayan ceremonies, without human sacrifice.
Lake Manasarovar in Tibet, famed for its beauty, is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists who consider it to be a source of purity. In the U.S., Crater Lake in Oregon is sacred to the Native American Klamath tribe, who use the lake in their vision quests. Mount Parnassus in Greece towers above the mythic site of the Oracle at Delphi and is sacred to the god Apollo; three Nymphs were said to be born from the springs that run down the mountain. The sacred Ganges River in India starts in the high Himalayas, where the Goddess Ganga descended to earth, and runs through the plains. Bathing in it is said to wipe out the karma of lifetimes and facilitate liberation.
Wells as Entrances to the Spirit World
In the British Isles there are thousands of holy wells, held as sacred from pagan times up through the present day and visited for both healing and divination. Many of the wells were noted for curing problems of the eye, since wells were seen as the eye of a god, and the link between fertility and water meant that some wells were known for curing barrenness. Dreaming while at the holy wells was a way to foretell the future, since wells are considered to be entrances to the spirit world. In Celtic mythology, the Well of Wisdom is in the very center of the Otherworld; pilgrims drink the water in a cup that is fashioned from the skull of a severed head to establish a link with the dead of the Otherworld.
Since the waters from the holy wells are known for healing and nourishing the soul, and they spring forth from the breast of the Earth Mother, the spirit of the wells is related to the Divine Feminine. The goddess Sulis Minerva was the inspiration for the Roman hot springs at Bath called Aquae Sulis. Her spring and Chalice Well in Glastonbury both appear to be slightly red in color, a reminder of the life-giving blood of the Great Mother. Common names of numerous wells are “Bridewell,” sacred to the Celtic goddess Brighde, and “Ladywell.” The wells were such popular sites that the early Roman Church built churches on top of them.
I recommend you keep your body hydrated and keep in mind that you are taking in the sacred water of life. You may also want to visit a site near you that hosts sacred waters—they are everywhere! In my book Entangled in Darkness, I talk about the ritual use of water and energy vortexes that include water – both great avenues to increase the amount of light you have in your life!
Spiritual teacher, energy healer, and New York Times best-selling author Deborah King makes frequent appearances on national TV. Her latest book, Entangled in Darkness, Seeking the Light, explores ways to get a handle on our dark side and engage more with the light.