65:1.1 The story of man's ascent from seaweed to the lordship of earthly creation is indeed a romance of biologic struggle and mind survival. Man's primordial ancestors were literally the slime and ooze of the ocean bed in the sluggish and warm-water bays and lagoons of the vast shore lines of the ancient inland seas, those very waters in which the Life Carriers established the three independent life implantations on Urantia.
It truly is a romance of sorts. Man's earliest religious awakenings were often connected with the mystery and power of water.
85.4.1 . . . The primitive races venerated springs and worshiped rivers. . . . It was easy for the ancients to imagine that the spirits dwelt in the bubbling springs, gushing fountains, flowing rivers, and raging torrents. Moving waters vividly impressed these simple minds with beliefs of spirit animation and supernatural power.
The supernatural power of water included not only healing, but protection from the afflictions of bad luck and evil, making it a potent fetish.
90.4.6 Since water was a potent fetish, it was utilized in the treatment of many ailments.
I'd like to examine the myths and beliefs surrounding the supernatural power of water and explore man's transition from regarding water as a source of physical survival, protection, healing, cleansing, purifying all the way up to spiritual sustenance and eternal survival. I'd also like to trace the methods man used to transform water into a symbol of his progress from reverence of a natural power to the worship of the Source of ultimate power.
We have gone from the fetish of moving water to the joy of discovering living spiritual waters. Water remains a potent symbol and metaphor that all of mankind can understand. It's no wonder that many of Jesus' miracles involved water, that he was known as a fisher of men and the early symbol of Christianity was a fish. It's also no wonder that he used water as a metaphor in many of his teachings. We all seem to instinctively value water on some level.
The Archetypal Symbol of Water:
A symbol derived from the unconscious and the emotions of mankind; a source of fertility and growth; the life force of the psyche; rebirth; as a large body, it symbolizes the Collective Unconscious; the source of creation in most of the world's cosmologies; a symbol of life, cleansing, and rebirth; a strong life force, often depicted as a living, reasoning force; symbol of birth-death-resurrection; creation; purification and redemption; the sea/ocean: the mother of all life; spiritual mystery; timelessness and eternity; baptism; the flowing of time into eternity; transitional phases of the life cycle; divine creation/life.
[Aside: I doubt that I can present my thoughts on this subject in an organized manner, so I plan on offering random posts and I ask anyone else with insight to post what they have discovered on the subject as well. I'm doing it for fun and it's possible that I'm the only one interested in it, so bear with me.]