To those who feel drawn to the sea, to the ocean, but who are landlocked. There are some thoughts to help you, things to reflect on, that will show you that while your senses may be far from the sea, the rest of you is not.
♋ About 71% of the planet is covered in water. This means that no matter where you are, though the distance may seem great, you are (on a geological scale) quite close to the ocean.
♏Your body is 60 - 65% water. All water comes from and returns to the sea. The ocean is inside you, it is you. You literally carry it with you all the time. That water is also salty, like the ocean. Water is also found in your pets, the trees in your city, the flowers in your garden, the food in your fridge (even bread contains about 10% water).
♓The two things that drive all weather on this planet are the Sun and the Ocean. The sun provides the energy, the ocean does the rest of the work. Everyone on this planet experiences weather - wind, rain, snow, drought, et cetera. The very air your breathe contains moisture (sometimes a little, sometimes a lot). The ocean surrounds you at all times, even if it’s at nearly undetectably small levels.
Some have said “what you’re talking about is water, not the ocean.” I say to that, “On this planet, the difference is of little importance when it comes to this specific topic.”
Now let’s get a little more … philosophical.
♋ Consciousness arises like waves on the ocean. Out of a meeting of several factors and conditions, consciousness appears. It persists and it grows and, eventually, it subsides. Like a wave, like all waves. To be conscious is to be part of something greater than us as individuals.
“Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean, is the moment the wave realises it is water.” - Thich Nhat Hahn
♏ In many myths, the origins of the universe are reliant on water, on the ocean. Izanami and Izanagi of Japanese myth churned the primordial oceans with a heavenly spear, when drops of salty water fell from the spear, they created the land. Oceanus in Greek Mythology is the personification of the cosmic sea, a river encircling all of creation; this ocean-stream set the boundary between the world itself and what lie beyond it. In Christian mythology, in the beginning God move across the face of the water before he even began his creation - the water was always there. In Hindu myth, Varuna was one of the first gods and his domain is the ocean; in some texts he is said to be the father of Brahma, the god who created the universe and one of the three deities of the trimurti.
♓ In modern physics there is an idea that the entire universe is permeated by fields of force (electromagnetic, weak nuclear, strong nuclear, and gravitation). When a photon of light appears, it’s said that this is really an excitation in the electromagnetic field. Like plucking a string on a guitar, and the spot where the vibration of that string is the most intense is where you find the photon - which exists not only as a discreet particle but as a probability wave. Indeed, the whole of the universe and all that we see it in it is a field or a sea of forces, with waves arising and falling and, with them, everything we can observe from planets to stars to whole galaxies. Waves are something we can interpret through our bodies as sound, so it’s not entirely crazy to say that everything in the universe is vibrational and, in a way, musical. Therefore, the whole of the cosmos is a symphony. Waves of probability in an ocean of possibility.
Amaterasu [天照], Amaterasu-ōmikami or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe.
In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, is the sister of Susanoo, the god of storms and the sea, and of Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon. It was written that Amaterasu had painted the landscape with her siblings to create ancient Japan. She became the ruler of the sun and the heavens along with her brother, Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon and ruler of the night. Originally, Amaterasu shared the sky with Tsukuyomi, her husband and brother until, out of disgust, he killed the goddess of food, Uke Mochi. This killing upset Amaterasu, causing her to label Tsukuyomi an evil god and to split away from him; separating night from day.
There is also a long-standing rivalry between Amaterasu and her other brother, Susanoo. When he was to leave Heaven by orders of Izanagi, he went to bid his sister goodbye. Amaterasu was suspicious, but when Susanoo proposed a challenge to prove his sincerity, she accepted. Each of them took an object of the other’s and from it birthed gods and goddesses. Amaterasu birthed three women from Susanoo’s sword while he birthed five men from her necklace. Claiming the gods were hers because they were born of her necklace, she decided that she had won the challenge. The two were content for a time, but her brother became restless and went on a rampage, destroying Amaterasu’s rice fields, hurling a flayed pony at her loom, and killing one of her attendants in a fit of rage. Amaterasu, who was in fury and grief, hid inside the Ama-no-Iwato (“heavenly rock cave”), thus effectively hiding the sun for a long period of time. The world, without the illumination of the sun, became dark. The gods could not lure Amaterasu out of her hiding place until the goddess of dawn, Ame-no-Uzume, was able to trick her into reappearance.
1. Her design is wonderfully alluring 2. She’s the only lady in the Akatsuki and she’s in one of the higgest positions of power 3. Her powers are both unique, beautiful and badass 4. Nagato would not even be alive if it weren’t for her 5. She beat Sasori even when he was using his most powerful puppet 6. She kicked Obito’s ass, and only got killed when he used Izanagi(the most powerful Genjutsu) 7. Obito initially refused to kill Konan because he knew he needed her to keep Pain under control 8. As far as we knew, she helped the other members seal all the Biju 9. She disguised the entire Amegakure lake 10. 6 BILLION PAPER BOMBS 11. She does all of this with a cute lil flower in her hair