As a Feng Shui Practitioner, I learned about and continue to practice the power of intention and the effects of seen and unseen energy (Chi) in our environments. These concepts, while ancient, continue to appear new to our culture. As science attempts to determine how best to “prove” the existence of these kinds of energies and their impact on us and the world around us, controversy abounds. And no more so than the dispute over the work and claims of Dr. Masaru Emoto.
I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Emoto, who was recently in the Twin Cities, speak a few years ago. There is great interest in his hypothesis: “Molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings.” This hypothesis speaks directly to the Feng Shui principle that “Everything is energy and we are all affected by it”
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 60-70% of the human adult body is water, Dr. Emoto’s implications are profound. I was intrigued and inspired and immediately purchased his book, The Hidden Messages in Water.
Dr. Emoto’s book 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.
Another photo of a water crystal following exposure to the words hate or kill.
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 how we live our lives on a daily basis. Likewise, a negative thought has a negative effect. And therein lies the controversy. 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
While the debate continues, my personal observations of the effects of positive versus negative thinking and/or words in my life and how my body feels in response serve as “proof enough” to me. But I am open to others’ viewpoints and in reviewing the subject of Dr. Emoto’s work I came across several commentaries I’d like to share with you.
This first review takes a very gentle loving approach, explaining Emoto’s research experiments and purpose are based on the premise that everyone should be treated with love and gratitude.
The second claims to be an open minded critical analysis of Dr. Emoto and his work is entitled Is Masaru Emoto For Real? The author reviews Dr. Emoto’s procedures and results for scientific validity. His conclusion: My findings have grounded my opinion of Dr. Emoto’s work in a concrete of scientific rigor and skepticism. I think that means he remains doubtful and uncertain of the conclusions of Dr. Emoto’s work.
I found the many responses that follow Setchfield’s essay to be more revealing and informative than the article itself. People have lots to say on the topic, as you can imagine! The comments, including some shared videos, provide fascinating and powerful insights on current notions about the controversial issues of “Chi,” alternative healing and the power of thoughts and their affects on matter. Diverse opinions challenge me to fine-tune and further define my own opinions, feelings and belief system. I invite you to read those remarks. I believe they furnish another tool for gaining insight as we navigate this journey we call life.
You might also consider reading this independent critique of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research. Among other things, it says, “Fringe topics are often scary because so little is known about them. However, if scientists hadn’t explored fringe topics then the Wright brothers may not have found a machine that could actually carry a human in flight. And there are those scientists who dealt with forces that can’t be seen by the naked eye. They include Marie Curie who received a Nobel Prize in Physics for furthering research on radiation started by Henri Becquerel (she coined the term radioactivity) and therewith discovered the elements radium and polonium which garnered her another Nobel Prize in Chemistry.”
Most enjoyable, in my opinion, is to actually read The Hidden Messages in Water for yourself. Dr. Emoto’s message is at the very least inspiring and thought provoking. I would love to hear your perspective.
“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