This article originally appeared JUNE/JULY 2009 issue of Super Consciousness.
Author: Excerpts from The Hidden Messages of Water By Masaru Emoto ©2004
Photographer: Masaru Emoto
What is water? Everyone, including our future scientists, is taught that water is simply H2O – two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen – and nothing more. However, the scientific researchers who delve deeply into the study of liquid water continue to be puzzled by the complex and unusual ways in which water molecules will bond with each other under differing circumstances. Despite understanding water’s fundamental molecular simplicity, they have yet to understand how the molecules combine to form structurally unique clusters, under what varying circumstances those clusters will come together, or how those actions are directed.
Penn State’s multiple Nobel nominee and Materials Science luminary Dr. Rustum Roy completed an exhaustive study of liquid water in 2004. His conclusion: Water is extremely responsive to very low-level solutes (diluted chemicals dissolved in the water – for instance, added chlorine or fluoride in parts per million), strong or weak magnetic and electric fields, as well as “subtle energies” (energies outside the measurement range of current scientific instrumentation). It is this innate yet extreme sensitivity that allows for the formation and reformation of geometric units of patterning within clusters of water molecules. Even more interesting is that this enormous capacity for structural pliability is more responsive to energetic exposure than to chemical stimuli.
The greater the insights into both the macro and micro properties of water, the greater our understanding of why long-standing traditions exist of “blessing our water” before we ever consume it.
We start out life being ninety-nine percent water as fetuses. When we are born we are ninety percent water and by the time we reach adulthood we are down to seventy percent. If we die of old age we will probably be about fifty percent water. In other words throughout our lives we exist mostly as water.
Water, carried by blood and bodily fluids is the means by which nourishment is circulated throughout our bodies and serves as the transporter of energy throughout our body.
I long wondered if it might be possible to find physical evidence of the ability of water to memorize information – might there be some way of seeing it with the physical eye? And one day I casually opened a book to words that jumped off the page: “No two snow crystals are exactly the same.”
Of course, I had learned this same thing in elementary school. The faces of all the snowflakes that have fallen on the earth for millions of years have all been different. However I read this sentence as if it had a completely different meaning because my heart was open and receptive to its message. The next moment I thought, “If I freeze water and look at the crystals, each one will look totally unique.” That moment marked my first step on an adventure into a new and unexplored world.
The crystal photographs that I started taking proved to be extremely eloquent. Crystals emerge for only twenty or thirty seconds as the temperature rises and the ice starts to melt. This short window of time gives us a glimpse into a world that is indeed magical.
Let me explain how I go about taking photographs of crystals. I put fifty different types of water in fifty different Petri dishes. I then freeze the dishes at -20C (-4F) for three hours in a freezer. The result is that surface tension forms drops of ice in the Petri dishes about one millimeter across. The crystal appears when you shine a light on the crown of the drop of ice. [Editor’s Note: Ice crystals that form from pure water are naturally hexagonal in shape due to the molecular structure of water – H20 – or two parts hydrogen for one part oxygen which develop into a six-fold symmetry. Crystals form when water vapor condenses, and the patterns emerge as the crystals grow.]
Of course, the result is never fifty similar crystals and sometimes no crystals at all are formed. When we graphed the formation of the crystals, we realized that different water formed different crystals. Some of them were clearly similar, some were deformed and in some types of water no crystals at all formed.
“Let’s see what happens when we expose the water to music.”
First I looked at the crystals of tap water from different locations. The water of Tokyo was a disaster – not a single complete crystal was formed. Tap water includes a dose of chlorine used to sanitize it, utterly destroying the structure found in natural water.
However, within natural water, no matter where it came from – natural springs, underground rivers, glaciers, and the upper reaches of rivers – complete crystals formed.
My efforts to photograph ice crystals and conduct research began to move ahead. Then one day the researcher – who was as caught up in the project as I – said something completely out of left field: “Let’s see what happens when we expose the water to music.”
I myself enjoy music immensely, and had even had hopes of becoming a professional musician as a child, and so I was all in favor of this off-thewall experiment.
At first we had no idea what music we would use and under what conditions we would conduct the experiment, but after considerable trial and error we reached the conclusion that the best method was probably the simplest – put a bottle of water on a table between two speakers and expose it to a volume at which a person might normally listen to music. We would also need to use the same water that we had used in previous experiments.
We first tried distilled water from a drugstore. The results astounded us. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, with its bright and clear tones, resulted in beautiful and wellformed crystals. Mozart’s 40th Symphony, a graceful prayer to beauty, created crystals that were delicate and elegant. And the crystals formed by exposure to Chopin’s Etude in E, Op. 10, No. 3, surprised us with their lovely detail.
All the classical music that we exposed the water to resulted in well-formed crystals with distinct characteristics. In contrast, the water exposed to violent heavymetal music resulted in fragmented and malformed crystals at best.
All the classical music that we exposed the water to resulted in wellformed crystals with distinct characteristics. In contrast, the water exposed to violent heavy-metal music resulted in fragmented and malformed crystals at best.
But our experimenting didn’t stop there. We next thought about what would happen if we wrote words or phrases like “Thank you” and “Fool” on pieces of paper and wrapped that paper around the bottles of water with the words facing in. It didn’t seem logical for water to “read” the writing, understand the meaning, and change its form accordingly. But I knew from the experiment with music that strange things could happen.
The results of the experiments didn’t disappoint us. Water exposed to “Thank you” formed beautiful hexagonal crystals but water exposed to the word “Fool” produced crystals similar to the water exposed to heavy-metal music, malformed and fragmented.
I particularly remember one photograph. It was the most beautiful and delicate crystal that I had so far seen – formed by being exposed to the words “love and gratitude.” It was as if the water had rejoiced and celebrated by creating a flower in bloom. It was so beautiful that I can say that it actually changed my life from that moment on.
We all know that words have an enormous influence on the way we think and feel and that things generally go more smoothly when positive words are used. However, up until now, we have never been able to physically see the effect of words.
Words are very likely to have an enormous impact on the water that composes as much as seventy percent of our body, and this impact will in no small way affect our bodies.
If you fill your heart with love and gratitude, you will find yourself surrounded by so much that you can love and feel grateful for; you can get closer to enjoying the life of health and happiness. But what if you emit signals of hate, dissatisfaction, and sadness? Then you will probably find yourself in a situation that makes you hateful, dissatisfied, and sad.
The life you live and the world you live in are up to you.