California, I hear, is in a state of drought. Extreme drought, even, according to the United States Drought Monitor website. The storm this past weekend, blessed rain, brought us to about a third of the average rainfall for this time of year. Not quite enough to pull us out of the water emergency, but accepted with gratitude and joy nonetheless.
The other day, I saw a Facebook post by one of my friends. She wrote: “…the state’s top water official says we’d need to get significant precipitation every other day through May just to get back to normal. I have a feeling we won’t be getting significant rainfall every other day through May….” Why is she already manifesting dryness for the rest of the year? I wondered. She doesn’t know if it will rain or not. Why then, is she already imagining disaster? My nose wrinkled in resistance. I wished I hadn’t read her comment.
Resistance is a strange thing. It pushes us away from what we want and attracts to us what we do not want. An Abraham-Hicks quote, describing the Law of Attraction, says: “You get what you think about.” My friend’s post filled me with a resistant fear: We are thinking of drought, and hearing of drought, hence drought is what we’ll get. But then I took a deep breath and remembered: Ask and it is given. If we think of rain, if we ask for rain and pray for rain and allow for rain, then rain will come.
Outside, in my yard, the soil is soaked, fertile and fresh. The trees stretch their branches in joy to capture the moisture in the air. My creek is running, water trickling over slick rocks and old, now saturated leaves. The wind rustles through the eucalyptus trees in the perfect backdrop to the cries of a red-shouldered hawk as it circles up in the air currents. Somewhere, hidden from view under some tree, the deer are taking cover, huddled together for warmth. The jackrabbits are hiding in their tunnels and the coyote in their dens. It’s the perfect winter day, not too cold, just wet enough. My heart is full with gratitude for it, and I’d like to stay connected to that.
Another Abraham-Hicks quote says: “Pretend that Niagara Falls is your source of supply. That all of your Well-being flows from that source. Pretend that that source is yours alone to utilize. As you stand there on the shore overlooking that awesome flow, you would not feel lack, for you would understand that in one hundred lifetimes you could not begin to make a dent in that amazing supply….” Paradoxically, perhaps, while I have faith in the Niagara Falls’s abundance of water, I also take short showers, grow mostly native plants, and have no lawn. I save water. You could say that I take only the water that I need. I am aware that I have chosen to live in a region that even on an average year does not get immense amounts of rain, and I care about not spending too much of it.
Let’s believe in rain. Sing rainy songs. Dance rain dances. There’s an abundance of water in the world, and it will come to us too to glut our thirst and the thirst of our land. But meanwhile, my friends, do take shorter showers, and do pay attention not to over-water your lawn. Use our water with love.