Going inside, “Inside the River”

  • The earth is like a terrarium in that it rarely loses or gains matter.  This means the same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still on earth today.
  • There are more than 2100 known drinking water contaminants that may be present in tap water, including several known poisons.
  • Water molecules are very attracted to each other and stick together,  giving water a high surface tension.
  • Water is the only natural substance that exists in all three states of matter–liquid, solid, gas.  What’s amazing is that when water freezes and becomes solid, it expands, but then becomes lighter and so floats on the water.

I’ve always been attracted to the magic of water, as if it were people wanting their stories to be heard.  The interesting facts about water permeate my book and support Ana and Emma.  If the same water exists from long ago, perhaps so do our stories, relived and retold over and over –stories of love, suffering, sickness and strength.

What happens when our stories get contaminated, like the water we drink inside our bodies that are made up mostly of that water? How does that contaminant effect our stories?  How does Ana live differently than Emma because the water is more pure, where the magic around her can be seen?

Just as the polarity of water attracts itself to another water molecule, so are we attracted to each other.  What do we attract into our space?  And how does our thoughts and actions attract in a pattern that serves us or doesn’t?  These are questions I thought about while writing their characters.

The amazing quality of water becoming solid to become lighter is a concept translated into my book.  How do Ana and Emma find their strength in order to expand and become buoyant to catch the flow of love?  Love is lightness in its highest vibration.  It is the union of stability and transcendence, strength and surrender,  effort and grace (as I have learned on my yoga mat).

Ultimately, inside the river, rests all our stories, attracting into each other, connecting and causing tension (oftentimes) but also elevating into different states of matter.  How do we protect our stories from contaminants and negativity?  What do we want to pass on and around and back to each other again?

“How could drops of water know themselves to be a river?  Yet the river flows on.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery






  1. Does it make sense to analogize babies in the womb to the properties of water? Babies are surrounded by placenta, a liquid–not unlike water–rich with properties like you say: stability, buoyancy, protection and strength. Think of how nutrient rich placenta is and think about how the baby is getting all that it needs. Similarly, our survival depends on water.


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