Filtering Water in Nature

Everything on this planet (including our bodies) is mostly composed of water.  Nature is overflowing with this divine life-giving nectar.  As we return to our natural states of being, it is important to learn how to utilize it to nourish our temples.  Finding a water source is easy but making it drinkable takes just a little know-how.  

Filtering water is not the same as purifying water which makes it safe for consumption, however, in an emergency, this outdoor survival skill can be extremely useful.
Since Mankind has taken over our planet, most of the water sources have become muddy and unclean to drink, especially in America.  Before you can drink it, a filter is necessary to cleanse the impurities from the water.  By filtering water, it removes all visible dirt particles which makes it safer to drink.  Filtering alone does not remove microbes and bacteria from the water, but often it can make the water more tolerable to your taste buds.  

There are several ways that you can filter water in the wilderness.  The first method requires a container.    You can use a bottle.  You can turn the bottle into a funnel by cutting the bottom off it.  If all you have is a can, it can work as well.  Instead of removing the bottom, just poke several holes in the bottom with a pocket knife.  The can will work as a strainer as you let the water fall through the holes and into a separate clean container. 

If you find yourself in the wilderness without a bottle or a container you can use cloth.  Strain the water through a cloth or piece of clothing over a container.  This will remove much of the heavy dirt particles from the water.

You could also create a natural filter using rocks and sand; two things that nature provides for free.  Take the rocks and sand and alternate these in layers to make a filter.  The more layers you have, the better.  Once you have a nice amount, simply pour the water through the natural filter.   
If you do not have a container, you can use tree bark.  Make a cone from bark.  Layer the rocks and sand inside the cone.  Tie the bottom of the cone together with string; placing small rocks on the bottom of the cone as the last layer will help hold the bark together.

Use both fine and coarse layers in the filter, alternating between the two.  At the bottom of the cone, you will need to stop the sand from pouring through.  This isn’t difficult.  Use grass that is not poisonous, several pebbles, or a piece of cotton material.

Pour collected water through the filter.  Catch the water in a container after it has gone through the filter.  If the water is not clear, pass it through the filter again.  Repeat until the water runs clear.  

Again, it is important to know that just because the water is clear, it does not make the water completely safe to drink.  The water still needs to be purified, as it may contain tiny bacteria that can pass through the filter.  

Knowing how to filter water is a necessary life skill to have.  Keeping yourself alive by making sure water is safe for consumption while staying hydrated is something that our ancestors knew how to do.  Even though water filtering isn’t as healthy as purification, it is a step closer to water that is safer for drinking.  Practicing this valuable skill could save your life and those that you love in an emergency situation.   
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