Introduction: The Headwaters of the River of Life
In 1972, at the age of fourteen, The River of Life came to me in a Dream, and it is from this dream that I quietly began a life-long Journey.
Over the past forty-six years, that Dream has evolved, and it has played a significant role in my daily Life. You see, the River of Life is one of the foundational stones of my Spiritual Journey.
Like many folks, I have always had a deep attraction to Rivers.
There is something powerful and mysterious about a River.
Rivers hold their own stories.
Some Rivers are gentle in both pace and attitude. Some trickle; some are slow and lazy.
Others are forceful, intimidating, and frightening. Some rivers are treacherous, with long histories, and reputations, for claiming lives.
Some Rivers whisper, while others, roar.
Rivers can drift or rush, yet unperturbed, they always move at their own pace.
Rivers captivate the imagination; they ignite our Inspiration, and therefore, they awaken something with us. Rivers stir the Soul.
In some lands, Rivers dry up in the heat of summer.
In some lands, Rivers may freeze in the cold months, forming icy sheets that may restrict the flow of water. In these frozen states, you may be able to walk upon the transformed water.
Some Rivers are crystal clear while others are muddy, murky, or dark with hidden beds.
Some Rivers are built over layers of silt or sand, while others are comprised of stone or slime. And some have beds that provide refuge for old, rusted tin cans.
Therefore, every River has its own distinct personality.
And if you spend enough time with a River, you may notice that it too will change, sometimes in spectacular ways. These changes will occur during the advance of the seasons or happen many times during a day. The face of a River is in constant motion, flickering with every ripple or with anything that touches it.
Rivers are about Life. Rivers contain Life, and they carry within them the nectar of Life: Water.
Some rivers are home to fish and frogs, tadpoles and eggs, while others—stagnate and brackish—provide homes for mosquitoes and other vectors that we deem “undesirable.”
And with great sadness, some rivers are tarnished by the toxins and the careless waste of the two-legged.
Some rivers may appear rather dead, however, that “death” is merely an illusion, for a dry River still flows with its own Medicine, and it too has much to say.
The River of Life is a living, dynamic metaphor—a metaphor for our lives.
The River of Life is also a mirror to Life outside of us. However, and more importantly, the River of Life reflects the Life Energy that flows within us in the present moment.
You see, The River of Life is a reflection of you.
Yet, it goes far deeper than this. For in your River (and it is very much your, River), you can see, feel, experience, and interact with the Three Sacred Aspects that I call “The Trinity of the Self” or the holistic balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Within these pages, you are about to embark into something very Powerful and Sacred.
It is your River…and your Life!
Welcome to the River of Life.
It is now time to share this Dream…
Excerpt from The River of Life, by Paul Hinsberger © 2020 Church of the Wheel Press
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