(Noun – Meanings of interest)
: A long body of water curing into an arched form and breaking on the shore
: literary The Sea
: A sudden occurrence of or increase in a specified phenomenon, feeling or emotion
: Physics A periodic disturbance of the particles of a substance that may be propagated without net movement of the particles, such as in the passage of undulating motion, heat, or sound
Wave (n.): “moving billow of water,” 1520s, alternation of Middle English waw, which is from Old English wagian “to move to and fro.” The usual Old English word for “moving billow of water” was yo.
“The “hand motion” meaning is recorded from the 1680s; meaning “undulating line” is recorded from 1660s. Of people in masses, recorded 1852; in physics, from 1832. Sense in heat wave is from 1843. The crowd stunt in stadiums is attested under this name from 1984, the thing itself said to have been done first October 15, 1981, at the Yankees-A’s AL championship series game in the Oakland Coliseum; soon picked and popularized at University of Washington. To make waves “cause trouble” is attested from 1962.
“Sit in the reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882, American poet, linguist, and Harvard professor)
“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they by themselves without wondering.”
Saint August (354 AD – 430 AD, also know as Augustine, St. Austin, Augustine of Hippo; Latin philosopher and theologian from Roman Africa)
“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955, French philosopher and Jesuit priest, who trained as a paleontologist, geologist, and took part in the discovery of the Peking Man.)
“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist and journalist, and one of the great modern writers of the twentieth century)
“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.”
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880, French novelist, regarded as the one of the most influential author of the realist school of French literature, and best known for writing Madame Bovary.)
“She figured that the main problem in physics is physicists, that most of them are caught in a mind trap because they're so used to things being made of smaller things. So they instinctively believe that reality, at its most basic level, must be made up of and regulated by almost infinitely small elementary particles.”
Rajnar Vajra (b. 1947, science fiction author of The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale)
“Once you realize that life and love are not things you can possess but forces that emanate through us and through all creation, then you can begin to appreciate the miracle you are a part of. You can release the burden and appreciate what you have had, have now and will have. Only trying to hold on to what you do not have causes pain. Letting go permits you to experience the incredible joy that comes to you at each and every moment.”
James Rozoff (b. 1966, writer of fiction, horror, and suspense, what the author calls, “escapist literature.” His first debut book is The Amazing Morse.)
“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” – Pierre Teihard de Chardin
It is my habit to pay attention to every living creature and being that speaks to me in Nature. Like our mystic traveler Pierre Teihard de Chardin suggested the wind, the sky, the mountains, the trees, and the waters have much to tell. I’ll talk about specifically about the water in a moment.
When an animal shows up, especially in an unusual way, I am eager to glean the information of its wisdom in books and on credible websites. One of favorite books for comprehensive animal wisdom is Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. When I want a quick guide, there are two websites I go to and they are:
Last Friday, when I was out power walking around my neighborhood I noticed several turkey buzzards who stood on the roof of my home and the homes next to and across from mine. They stood there for quite some time mainly bathing in the sun. I am firm believer that when an animal shows up, there’s a reason.
The wisdom of the Vulture, not surprisingly, symbolizes death, rebirth, and purification. What was interesting is this excerpt from Ted Andrews’s book, Animal Speaks:
“It [the vulture] is a creature of grace when in flight… They soar with a grace and ease that is thrilling… The vultures have a wonderful ability to see and use the thermals from the earth, giving them lift. Their ability to use the thermals is often likened to auric vision, the ability to see the subtle energy emanations from the body… They are tremendous symbols of flight without power… In essence they do not need to expend much energy to oppose gravity… They simply use what is available.”
The information was a confirmation on so many levels, especially in regard to waves of energy and what they can offer to all of us who reside on this planet. I haven’t had any experience, that I know of, of thermal energy; but like most of you, I’ve been able to observe and feel the healing and nurturing power of waves of water.
Bodies of natural waters are intelligent beings within themselves.
When my daughter was about 12 or so she and I took a vacation with my family to Boca Raton, and naturally we ventured out to play and swim in the ocean. As we walked towards the sea my daughter commented how shallow the waves were. They weren’t big and powerful as she liked them at other beaches, so she quickly expressed her disappointment. But, as soon as she did, the sea increased its ebb and flow significantly enough for her to ride and play with them and have an enjoyable time.
One of my favorite spiritual and meditative practices is to sit by a body of water, commune with Nature, and charge my mind, body, and spirit to its fullest capacity. Sometimes on route to one of my weekly excursions I often feel like a parched woman drained from my journey through a desert seeking the nourishment and the refuge of an oasis.
Once seated near the banks of the lake, stress and worries melt away and I am able to breathe, decompress, and tune in to the divine energies of the water.
There’s never been a day when I have seen the lake the same. Sometimes, it’s like a sheet of glass with very little ripples, and other times it delights in its own abilities to create beautiful geometric designs on its surface. I have had the rare privilege to observe the lake vibrate to the enormity of an ocean. It has so many secrets to share and I am honored to be one of her pupils.
We human beings are such young creators. There’s so much that we do not know and so much we need to learn. When we open hearts and minds we will have the capabilities to tap into our world’s unified field of mysteries and access its infinite esoteric treasures.
Stay well, stay curious and stay aware, my dear friends.
Much Love, Tonya