There are two approaches for "opening a source" - the empirical and the metaphysical one, the one where you start digging and the one where you start dancing. In both cases it's a small detail that leads to success: where to dig - and when to dance.
Whenever we entered the mode of water searching groups of people around us started line dancing. Was that just a coincidence?
To find out, we videotaped the dance and counted the number and the orientation of steps the dancers took.The information that came out of this process looked like a mathmatical riddle, put forth as a puzzle to be solved. But how do you solve that puzzle? All we assumed was that once we found a solution water would flow.
We searched for advise on the Internet:"The most important part to remember is that there is no right way of solving a riddle. Math intensive riddles usually aren't that "math intensive" at all, but use numbers to mislead you. Once again, you have to read between the lines to make sense of what the riddle is asking. Break it down into small chunks so that you can tackle one part of the riddle at a time and avoid completely overwhelming yourself. Look carefully for tricky subject matter. What is the riddle trying to imply? The answer is quite contrary to the implication."(from here)
That's how we started breaking down the code. We looked between the lines. We broke it down into small chunks.
No luck. Time passed.
We returned to the numbers we had subtracted out of the dances and fed this information into a "Turtle graphics" producing computer program called "XLogo". The program produced forms that looked like symbols.
We had come so far.
Something needed to make sense now. The people of Oasis seemed to understand. They had built this town to accomodate the landing of their alien friends in the center circle and they were tired of waiting. We showed them our material.The waterless garden in Germany, photos of the dances, the code calligraphy, the turtle graphics. They looked at us and said:
"If the dancing gets too stiff, the rain needs to get dug out as ice cubes"
From there we continued.