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tion for me now, and for you! We live
on a big rock that is mostly covered
by this strange ancient substance from
outer space that has found it s way
into the lowest places and been col-
We don't exactly know where it all
came from, but one likely theory is that
it was violently given to us as Earth
was pelted by comets and meteors of
ice for billions of years.
This timeless substance knows you
intimately. It held you suspended inside
of it and protected you for your first
nine months. Seventy five per cent of
what you are, is it. We call it water. Life
on this planet spontaneously began in
the water out of a bunch of chemical
reactions, and here you are drinking it
today. If you have forgotten about your
first friend, it is time you reacquaint
yourself. Even as an older adult, it is
never too late to learn to swim.
Homo sapiens can be a water animal.
Our innate aquatic propensity is hard
wired into us all via our DNA, and is
expressed as our body's own intelligence
that is independent of the mind.
Obvious evidence of this fact is that
all human babies demonstrate inborn
instinctual reflexes that enable them to
survive in the water for short periods
of time. I am in no way advocating that
you try this with your child, but when
you put a baby under water it instinc-
tively holds it's breath, slows it's heart
rate, diverts blood flow from its extrem-
ities to its core, and even it shuts the
glottis so that no water can flow down
the trachea and into the lungs. It's sim-
ply incredible what we are capable of.
The virtual reality of language can
only go so far. It is impossible to explain
to you with words how to swim; believe
me, I have tried in vain. However, I will
encourage you to avail yourself of the
opportunity to learn to swim by
attempting to convey below what it is
like to experience the magic of water.
I will use words clumsily to try to get
beyond words. This won't be easy, but
perhaps I am in a unique position to
attempt to do so by being on the cutting
edge of human evolution as a member
of the newest species, homo aquaticus.
Water called me back in very early
on. I have been told that I could swim
before I could walk and have gone on
to not just survive, but thrive in the
water as a professional swimmer and
I have swam in oceans, rivers, lakes
and pools all over the world, enjoyed
swimming fast, and I have endured
swimming far. I am no longer threatened
by the deep and have dived on one
breath of air down to 138 feet below
the surface, and held my breath under-
water for more than four minutes.
Water is simply extraterrestrial. The
sensations of being in water are so dras-
tically different from being on land that
we simply can't function in our normal
way. This is where the difficulty lies.
To move in water it is necessary to get
horizontal instead of vertical. We must
cast off everything that we think that
know, and then in an act of total humil-
ity, give ourselves to the water. If it
judges us to be sincere in our surrender,
then it will support and hold us up.
This faith and trust in the water is
known as buoyancy; it is the very life
in us, the air in our lungs which then
floats us. In the water you are the aware-
ness of your breath, just relax and trust
it as it automatically gets held or
breathes when necessary, without you
needing to overthink it in the same way
that you are breathed when you forget
to think about breathing.
If you don't surrender to the water,
and attempt to fight it and try to touch
it by pressing down, so as to lift yourself
up, you find in horror that you can't.
But, if you caress it gently, the water
will allow you to feel it. Whisper sweet
nothings to it, and as Dr Masaru Emoto
has shown, it will listen.
To swim is to dance with the water;
rhythmically sliding and gliding through
it with effortless grace as beautiful silver
mercurial bubbles of air swirl around
you. In the water, you never feel wet.
Water feels almost the way we sense
the air when reach out from out from
the window of a fast moving car. You
don't pull the water, but you anchor
your hand and pull your body past it.
The feeling of turning your legs into
a motor that pushes you forward and
through the water is analogous to having
your own jet pack.
Swimming is the closest we can get
to flying. Imagine being free from gravity
by jumping up off the ground, gliding
up into the sky, then shifting your
weight by leaning to one side and you
start to fly over there.
Then when you eventually begin to
slow down you can move your arms
and legs in certain patterns enabling
you to hover, or fly to wherever you
want to go; up, down, left, right. The
weightless feeling of pure freedom that
comes from being able to travel in all
directions is liberating for not just the
body, but also the mind.
If you can't swim yet, I implore you
to learn as it could save your life. Return
to your first home and enjoy the purest,
most liberating thrill that nothing else
in life can provide.
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Water called me back in very
early on. I have been told that I
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