Wasser, das universelle Lebenselement
The statement «no life without water» raises the question of the interconnections of life and water. Water reveals its life sustaining activities especially in its liquid state, thus the view presented here is focused on the liquid aspect of water. Water’s functions in living organisms are its renewing and, at the same time, sustaining activities.
These happen on the one hand through its dissolution of substances, thus enabling them to take part in processes and come into interrelations with each other, and on the other hand through its way of moving according to the laws of organic formative processes, which can exert their influence when physical forces, competing within water, pass across unstable phases of equilibria. Moreover, the laws of the generation of flow forms within fluids can be shown to have a cosmic nature too. An outlook on the history of consciousness regarding water shows the transition from experiencing it in antiquity as a divine being to looking at it nowadays as a mere physical substance - a way which may be brought to a turning point by spiritual science.