As a Feng Shui Practitioner, my practice is based on the premise that seen, as well as unseen, energies affect our environments. This concept, while ancient, continues to appear new to our culture. As science attempts to determine how best to prove the existence of these unseen energies and their impact on us, and the world around us, controversy persists. And no more so than the dispute over the work and claims of Dr. Masaru Emoto.
Dr. Emoto believed that human consciousness could affect the molecular structure of water and that water could take on the “resonance” of the energy directed at it. His experiments included exposing water to positive speech or thoughts resulting in “beautiful” crystals when frozen. When exposed to negative intention, the water would yield “ugly” frozen crystal formations. Dr. Emoto also felt that polluted water could be restored through prayer and positive visualization.
I had the pleasure and privilege of hearing Dr. Emoto when he was in the Twin Cities a number of years ago. Sadly, he passed away this month. Dr. Emoto’s work spoke to the Feng Shui premise that “everything is energy and we are all affected by it” His hypothesis: “Water molecules are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings.”
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, and even the bones are watery: 31%. Water helps digest our food so it can provide us with energy, it helps to transport waste out of the body, and it is important in controlling body temperature. When we consider up to 60% of the human adult body is water, Dr. Emoto’s implications are profound.
Dr. Emoto’s book, The Hidden Messages in Water, contains stunning photos of water crystals taken after the water samples had been exposed to a variety of stimuli including a printed or spoken word, music or a picture. His photos show the effects of water crystals after exposure to the words love, thank you and I hate you.
If this is true, how might thoughts and words be affecting our body? And can we, in fact, alter the water we drink with our words and thoughts?
Dr. Emoto’s claims may be controversial, but not to those of us who believe that a positive thought has a positive affect on our bodies and how we live our lives on a daily basis. It stands to reason, then, that a negative thought has a negative effect. Many in the scientific community debunk Dr. Emoto’s findings because they feel his studies were, well, not sufficiently scientific.
“It is a scientifically proven fact that all scientifically proven facts have originated from original and thereby unproven theories.” ― Silvia Hartmann
“I think that the thing I most want you to remember is that research is a ceremony. And so is life. Everything that we do shares in the ongoing creation of our universe.” ― Shawn Wilson
Dr. Emoto’s research is the perfect example of ceremony performed in love and gratitude. It is reported that his last word was “Arigato,” which means “Thank you” in Japanese. Arigato, Dr. Emoto!