Throughout various cultures of the world, the well has served as a symbol for that which sustains life and provides a constant, inexhaustible source of nourishment.
Like the well, human nature is basically the same around the world. The passage of time cannot add to its dimensions, nor take anything away. Still, just as the well can be deepened to produce clearer water, we can enrich our lives by delving deeply within, to tap our essential nature and reach the true source of our spiritual nourishment.
Beware of shallow thinking. Like a little learning, it can be dangerous. The image of the well suggests that going more deeply within produces clarity. Be patient, and penetrate your problems — and your own nature — to the core. Self-development is key to reaching the deep, clear waters. If you do not lower your bucket into the deep, you’re likely to come up empty. Remember: When greater depth is sought, lessening the speed of operations is often required. Carelessness in the process of meeting needs is dangerous.