Going to the Well
I am going to the well.
Rain has fallen,
And I could drink
From shallow pools,
But my thirst is deeper.
I am going to the source.
folk-culture it was traditional to make a wish while throwing coins
into a wishing well. It was thought that gods or spirits lived in the
wells and they could make a wish come true. Perhaps this tradition was
an enactment of a deeper truth. If we think of water as a metaphor for
mind or consciousness, the well symbolizes our connection to source
consciousness. If we go into that dark place, we connect with a deeper
level of mind that is unknown to us, but that sustains us.
a commitment to meditation, like throwing in our coins, lets us tap
into a consciousness that is beyond our ability to contain it. Our
individual minds are like a bucket of water. The universal mind is like
the aquifer that is hidden from our view, but that feeds our well and
our neighbor’s well.
is like drawing water from a well. The consciousness down there is
untreated and unfiltered. It hasn’t been diverted into pipes or
bottles. It is not muddied or blown by the wind. Rather, it is ancient
and pure. When we practice quieting our mind, we open the possibility
of accessing a deeper knowing. We may discover whether our wishes are
worthy of the sacrifice they may require. We may also find that going
within, we activate powers that bring our wishes into being. Like
tossing a coin into the depths, we must be willing to let go. Release
of grasping may be the first step toward wish fulfillment.
your eyes and lower your bucket into the well. Let your mind be quiet
and dark. Without hurrying, settle your mind in the deep waters.
Connect with the source consciousness. Away from surface turbulence,
rest in the cool quiet of a peaceful mind. Without expectations, abide
calmly and allow yourself to be filled with the essence of primordial
you rise up again, back into the light of everyday mind, remember that
you have been to the well and you know where to go to drink from the
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