HOW TO CREATE SACRED WATER
This book records the odyssey of water and of a person, the author, Kathryn Ravenwood. The two journeys are entwined with the personal, spiritual and global needs of water and our very survival as a planet. It can be the reader’s journey too.
It begins when Hurricane Floyd hit North Carolina in 1999, causing major damage to waterways with pollution from rotting animals and other matter. This may not seem to herald an exciting and inspiring book on the nature of water and spirit, but it does.
Kathryn Ravenwood is a shamanic guide and teacher of spiritual mysteries, specialising in ceremony and ritual based on a blend of Native American and ancient Egyptian traditions. She has not always been a ritualist or shaman, and this book follows her emergence as she developed the skills and intuition to be able to make a difference. Now she can teach others to do the same for the environment of which we are all a part.
The style is immediate and accessible and the tone is warm and encouraging. The chapters proceed on a linear time line with information about the nature of water and how it affects the environment. Ms Ravenwood intersperses this with details of her own journey. She is a believer in the concept of the earth as a living organism called Gaia. What we do as individuals or groups affects all. Overall, it is highly entertaining.
Every few chapters there is a guided imagery meditation on the concepts just addressed. These are simple, moving and inspiring. You can have someone read them for you as you meditate, or you can record it to play back when you are ready. I rather enjoy recording my own voice for these ‘journeys’, as it is familiar and comforting.
All the rituals described in this work are clear, simple and adaptable to your situation. The tools needed to build a water altar are easy to obtain. You don’t have to use strange or exotic objects for the altar, everything you need may actually be in your home. In next to no time you will be creating your own crystal homeopathic elixirs using a sacred water altar.
Along with the meditations and the biography comes much information about the state of the planet. It is not all roses. So many things combine to stress Gaia. There are greenhouse gases, fracking (shale oil mining), large scale industry, uncontrolled development, even the coffee and other foods and chemicals we consume can have unintended consequences for our water supply. The build up of many small things has a big effect.
All is not lost – yet. Ms Ravenwood follows in the footsteps of Professor Masaru Emoto in providing a simple and practical way to start healing the waters. Other healers and ritual masters familiar to New Dawn readers doing similar work are Normandi Ellis, Nikki Scully and Gloria Taylor Brown. I commend their works for budding shamans. You will find reviews of their books in back issues of New Dawn magazine.
Ms Ravenwood has given the reader three (or more) books in one volume. Firstly, she writes the genuine autobiography of a seeker who has become a renowned ceremonialist and shaman. Secondly, this is a handbook and reference manual for constructing a water altar and preparing healing elixirs for water. Finally, it is an inspiring book of meditation/guided imagery journeys. You can use those in the book or make your own. This is a special book that will not be leaving my shelf for some time.
Water is essential to life. For those in water-rich areas, it can be taken for granted. In water-poor places it is more valuable than the most precious mineral or gem. Yes, we all need clean, sparkling, unpolluted water. Here is a simple way to revitalise your local and wider waterways. It takes a big dollop of loving intent and some basic tools, easily obtained. Read the book for a list and for the method.
– Reviewed by Jennifer Hoskins in New Dawn 138