All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
I have been called upon to strengthen my connection to water, for reasons I will keep to myself for now (though I am sure someday it will make it's way here), and I know what that looks like for me. But I am curious, what would it look like for you? Maybe we can learn from each other and broaden our understanding.
In the TV series The Last Air Bender, the art of water bending was represented by the martial art Tai Chi. In Tai Chi energy is channeled, shifted and directed, but like water you don't actually control it. Water slips through the fingers, but can be as hard as stone when confronted directly--as anyone doing a belly-flop can tell you. In the shallows it reflects what is below, but in the deep, that reflection spreads out so that it's difficult to see from a human perspective. Ships in the deep can't see the tidal wave as it passes. However, the force represented is not any less. A wave is not travelling water, but energy travelling through water. When it hits the shallows all that energy bunches up and delivers a devastating blow.
Yes, all this applies completely to magic using the element of water. It also applies to dealing with water based spirits. The keyword is passive adaptability--going with the flow.
At the end of Kung Fu Panda 2, Po's cannonball trick is essentially Tai Chi, and he does it on water. It's water-bending, and water magic. He does not try to confront the energy of the cannonballs, but rolls with it, and redirects it, adding a little extra punch on the way out. A spell done this way works with existing tides, and can be a lot more powerful than more direct methods. In a small pool you can create a massive wave by riding the harmonic. I got in trouble as a kid for nearly emptying a backyard pool doing this. It took very little energy directly from me.
I try to work the element, or a representation of it, into my daily routine.
For Earth I teach myself something new.
For Fire I burn incense.
For Air I practice swordsmanship.
For Water I do the dishes.
*That* was a good reply , and funny...;)
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