In dreams and fantasies the sea or a large expanse of water signifies the unconscious. --C.J. Jung

The highest good is like Water. Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
--Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

The fast water moves to undercut
meadows to parks then beneath
pavement, buildings, old houses,
railroad tracks, then out to join
the slower streams and rivers
rip-rapped with broken concrete
and old-cars.
--Greg Keeler, Bozeman Creek

And as Jabbor lay dying, Deert, the moon, came along and said to him, ``If you will drink this water of mine you will always be able to come back to life." But there were many other native cats there who heard Deert say this, and they would not let Jabbor drink. ``Very well then," said Deert the moon. ``Now you must all die, animals, tribesmen, everybody must die for ever. If you had drunk this water, you would all have been able to come back to life. I shall die, but you will see me return. I am Deert the moon."
--an Aboriginal Myth in The Water of Life

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
--Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things

Water Dreams

There was a dawn I remember when my soul heard something from your soul. I drank water from your spring and felt the current take me in.
--Jalal-Ud-Din Rumi, Water From Your Spring

Red river, red river,
Slow flow heat is silence
No will is still as a river
--T.S. Eliot, Virginia

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29. K'an/The Abysmal (Water)
A yang line has plunged in between two yin lines and is closed in by them like water in a ravine... It flows on and on, it does not shrink from any dangerous spot nor from any plunge, and nothing can make it lose its own essential nature. It remains true to itself under all conditions.
--I Ching, Wilhelm/Baynes edition

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