Have you run across The Hidden Messages in Water, a book by Masaru Emoto’s? He is the researcher who looked at the power of intention and the mind body connection and “discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete,asymmetrical patterns with dull colors,” as reported in his book. Examples of his work using high-speed photography are below. A video of water crystals responding to the Blue Danube can be watched HERE.
His experiments were to “demonstrate that human thoughts and intentions can alter physical reality, such as the molecular structure of water.” What has put Dr. Emoto at the forefront of the study of water is his proof that thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. By producing different focused intentions through written and spoken words and music and literally presenting it to the same water samples, the water appears to “change its expression.” The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health. In other words, if our bodies are 80% or so water, the messages we get and the words on what we wear just may make a difference on our health and well-being. After this work came out, plenty of people joined the bandwagon and believed what he reported. Others claimed he was a fraud, especially since his work had not been replicated.
As for me, I knew about plenty of valid, well-documented research about the power of the mindbody connection and its influence on health and disease and how thinking, positively or negatively, has an impact on results and outcomes. Emoto had a way to make this point by demonstrating these concepts in pictures. It always made an impact when these pictures were shared in my workshops and classes. However, I always wondered how valid his work really was.
All this came up for me again in an article, Scientific Evidence: Thoughts & Intentions Can Alter the Physical World Around Us, published by Mind Unleashed. Not only did it briefly summarize his work and conclusions, it also showed research that he did using positive and negative messages on bottles filled with water and rice. Ah haa! That’s something I could do to see what happened. Read on to see my results …
I choose 3 bottles that were alike. Next, I added filtered water and rice to each in exact amounts. Finally, I put a sticker on each bottle and placed them together on my windowsill. The messages were “love & gratitude” and “hate & negativity.” The label on the third bottle was blank. I had doubts to begin with, and especially after there were no changes after a few weeks. Lo and behold, during the third and fourth week, I could see changes happening. Even though my results did not replicate Emoto’s results, the bottle with “love & gratitude” on it began turning pink near the water line at the top and the bottle labeled “hate & negativity” was turning brown. I didn’t see much change taking place in the bottle with the blank label whereas Emoto’s experiment showed it turning dark and smelled stinky.
It’s always very important to look at research claims objectively. Some good questions to ask include:
- Who did this study and did they have anything to gain by its results?
- Did the research design of the study follow accepted standards?
- How big was the sample size? Was it a double-blind study? Were experimental and controls used? etc.
- Are there other studies that replicate the research and report similar (or different) results?
- Who published the study? Are they respected? Is it peer reviewed?
My experiment wasn’t meant to prove anything scientifically and it won’t be published in any journals, rather, it was to satisfy my curiosity. I must admit to being pleasantly surprised.
Perhaps you would like to try this experiment yourself and report back. Also, be mindful of the messages you give and receive. It might be possible that the health of your cells is being influenced.
Please share your thoughts and results!