The Science And Mysticism Of Water with West Marrin

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"To what degree do we try to manipulate nature so that we can live where we want to, and how much do we go back to a system where we live where the earth supports us and the water supports us?" In an age where we see water as a commodity to be bought and sold, and we attempt to control it in the hope that it will serve our immediate needs, West Marrin invites us to reexamine our relationship to this substance, which the ancients viewed as a sentient being. He brings both his scientific training and his passion for surfing to the table to explore water's geological and biochemical properties, its mystical qualities and the ecological issues that we must address if we are to survive. (hosted by Michael Toms)


With a Ph.D. in water resources and degrees in the biological and environmental sciences, Marrin was an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, and taught graduate courses in groundwater and biogeochemistry. He has consulted with resource agencies and environmental groups on a wide range of water-related projects.

He is the author of:

  • Universal Water: The Ancient Wisdom and Scientific Theory of Water (Inner Ocean 2002)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can learn about water simply by spending quiet time with it, meditating with it, merging with it
  • What role does water play in global climate and in the birthing of stars
  • How has the building of dams affected the rotation of the earth
  • Why did ancient civilizations hold reverence for water as a sacred, integral element of their lives, and how science is validating their view
  • How water mediates between the physical world and the etheric world
  • What is water's ability to remember
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 12/15/2003        Program Number: 3026