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Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby AnaisStar » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:57 am

Can one have an element (be drawn to it) but at the same time be scared of it?

I'm a Taurus and there for I do feel connected to Earth, but Im more drawn to water. I do feel water is my element.

I LOVE water, lakes, oceans. Whenever Im near the ocean I feel a calming shift in me, like coming home. I can sit and mediate for hours by the ocean. I do feel (if its possible) that in a past life I was a memaid. My dream is to have a house over looking the ocean, to just sit there and be near it, connect to it.

I love taking baths, and swimming and just BE in water for hours.

But on the other hand, Im terrified of water. I almost drowned as a little kid in the ocean. And since then I cant be in the water with other people around me. Like a crowded pool makes me nervous. I love taking cruises or being on a boat, but can not get too close to the edges for fear of falling over and drowning. Sometimes I feel like this will be how I die.

When I do go to the beach, I spend more time on the coast, near the water, or just in to shallow parts.

Is this fear just from my experience of almost dying from drowning?
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Re: Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby firebirdflys » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:06 pm

Boy can I relate...I love the water and used to be a body surfer until I almost drowned. I wasn't as young as I used to be and thought I could do it like I always used to, then I got caught in a rip-current and panicked...forgot all about swimming parallel with the coast...but I was so tired from battling a huge set of waves that had ripped off my fins, I felt myself going down, I started to cry as my 15 yr. old daughter and friend were on the beach, and I wondered how they would get home after I drowned,... with that thought the life guard was there and throwing me the life float...the first thing he said was what happened? I had been watching you and you were doing great!...I told him I lost my fins. I was grateful and humiliated all at once.

Water has the ability to calm one, and it is the essence of life.
When you stand on the beach in the day time you are surrounded by all the elements at once, you stand on the earth (bare foot) breathing in the air, bathed in the rays of the sun, and soothed by the water.

Water creates negative ions which is why it is so soothing...here is an article by the Web MD...

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May 6, 2002 -- There's something in the air and while it may not be love, some say it's the next best thing -- negative ions.

Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
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And these are a few of the reasons we see negative-ion generators being sold in stores and all over the Internet, but do they really work as well as antidepressants? Can they also relieve allergies by filtering out dust mites and dander?

It's too early to tell for sure, experts tell WebMD, but that's not to say there is not some sound science behind the concept.
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Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. . They are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation, and moving air and water. You may have experienced the power of negative ions when you last set foot on the beach or walked beneath a waterfall. While part of the euphoria is simply being around these wondrous settings and away from the normal pressures of home and work, the air circulating in the mountains and the beach is said to contain tens of thousands of negative ions -- Much more than the average home or office building, which contain dozens or hundreds, and many register a flat zero.

"The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods," says ion researcher Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.

In fact, Columbia University studies of people with winter and chronic depression show that negative ion generators relieve depression as much as antidepressants. "The best part is that there are relatively no side effects, but we still need to figure out appropriate doses and which people it works best on," he says.
Vitamins of the Air?

Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy," says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.

"They also may protect against germs in the air, resulting in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a throat irritation."

And for a whopping one in three of us who are sensitive to their effects, negative ions can make us feel like we are walking on air. You are one of them if you feel instantly refreshed the moment you open a window and breathe in fresh, humid air.

"You may be one of them if you feel sleepy when you are around an air-conditioner, but feel immediately refreshed and invigorated when you step outside or roll down the car window," Howard tells WebMD. "Air conditioning depletes the atmosphere of negative ions, but an ion generator re-releases the ions that air conditioners remove."

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/n ... tive-vibes (reference site)

Hope that helps :D
If you think about it, all the elements have the potential to be destructive...and yes water can be very scary, don't let it keep you from enjoying it though...I don't body surf anymore, but do splash about in the small waves. :mrgreen:
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Re: Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby AnaisStar » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:25 pm

What an awesome article. Thank you for posting.

I was just talking with DH and even said he thinks I was a Mermaid in a past life, and maybe my fear of dieing in the ocean comes from having once actually having died in the ocean when I was mermaid.
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Re: Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby North Star » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:38 pm

Very interesting.

The elements can indeed be very destructive forces. They all have a darker side to them that we don't often think about.

I can relate. I am strongly connected to and have a deep love of the ocean. At the same time I am scared to death of it! My favorite beach is known for its deadly rip currents and I grew up hearing how dangerous it can be. I dont go too far out in the ocean. Boats make me nervous for a bit, almost like I have to come to peace with water and trust it. After some serious anxiety I calm down and find it relaxing. I can't even swim, too scared to try.

And I don't like not knowing whats in there... lol. Sharks, jelly fish, sharp rocks. Some scary stuff. :shock:

But I find watching and listening to and smelling and feeling that ocean is the best feeling in the world.
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Re: Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby firebirdflys » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:38 pm

I think fear of the elements may be in our DNA, perhaps a built in system that keeps us just wary enough to be very respectful of it....sort of like fight or flight....(little tiny creek, oooh soooo sweet/big giant wave, make your grave)
We know we need all of them to be alive in this world, yet we also know when they may become dangerous to our life. Sometimes we can get out of the way, sometimes the choice is made for you.
I really love the earth element...and fear her to death...esp. here in California. I have been through more earthquakes than I care to remember....only problem is, you don't get a warning.
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Re: Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby AnaisStar » Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:16 pm

I guess part of connecting to an element is taking it with both its light and dark sides. Learning to work with both of those aspects.

Glad to see that Im not the only one who feels that way.
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Re: Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby firebirdflys » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:45 am

North Star wrote:And I don't like not knowing whats in there... lol. Sharks, jelly fish, sharp rocks. Some scary stuff. :shock:
I'm with you there North!...creatures be swimming around! :shock: :anxious:

AnaisStar wrote:Mermaid in a past life

I think we have deep level connections like I was saying, it's in your DNA, there is an understanding of things that are so entwined it may be impossible to unravel yet it is familiar. We have so much water in our bodies, I think water is one of those elements that is very easy to connect with. After all she caresses you each day in the shower...which by the way, is a great place to recall dreams or other deeply embedded stuff. Water connects us to emotions and past lives. Most all traditions speak of crossing a body of water to get to the land of the dead or the Summerland.
You might want to try writing a pathworking meditation that would look into the possibility of your finned history. If you could get a friend to read it while you were in the shower...bath would really be better though.
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Re: Both drawn to and scared of an element?

Postby AnaisStar » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:38 pm

firebirdflys wrote:
North Star wrote:And I don't like not knowing whats in there... lol. Sharks, jelly fish, sharp rocks. Some scary stuff. :shock:
I'm with you there North!...creatures be swimming around! :shock: :anxious:

AnaisStar wrote:Mermaid in a past life

I think we have deep level connections like I was saying, it's in your DNA, there is an understanding of things that are so entwined it may be impossible to unravel yet it is familiar. We have so much water in our bodies, I think water is one of those elements that is very easy to connect with. After all she caresses you each day in the shower...which by the way, is a great place to recall dreams or other deeply embedded stuff. Water connects us to emotions and past lives. Most all traditions speak of crossing a body of water to get to the land of the dead or the Summerland.
You might want to try writing a pathworking meditation that would look into the possibility of your finned history. If you could get a friend to read it while you were in the shower...bath would really be better though.
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I love the idea of doing a mediation to get in contact with my past life as a mermaid.

Ive always been obsessed with dolphins, mermaids, whales, etc.

In fact The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie and Ive always wondered why she would give up that life to live on land for a man she just met. LOL
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