Water Drop #15 – Mineral and thermal springs have long been recognized for their therapeutic qualities. These sacred bodies of water have been venerated throughout time. Regular pilgrimages are made to some of these healing waters. The combination of heat, mud, and minerals creates healing vapors that draw out toxins and assist breathing. Bathing in and drinking these waters has reportedly healed many ailments—everything from arthritis, skin problems, pain, and respiratory distress to relief from mental and emotional problems. Yet, water is involved in healing on many levels. Native Americans have always considered hot springs to be sacred places, referring to them as “peace sites.” Here warring tribes could not be enemies. These springs were used as places of gathering to resolve (heal) inter-tribal differences and to negotiate peace. Many native people of North America believe hot springs have spiritual qualities as well. They see them as portals to the spiritual realm. Unbeknownst to many hot spring bathers today, spiritual beings assist in healing of yet another nature—often bringing awareness for healing to occur at a deep spiritual level.