As the temperature of frozen water rises and the ice starts to melt, crystals emerge for just twenty or thirty seconds.
I take photographs of these crystals, and they have proved to be extremely eloquent, expressing a profound philosophy. The truths of the cosmos take shape and become visible in these crystals, if only for a few moments. This short window of time gives us a glimpse into a world that is indeed magical.
How I take photographs of crystals
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 –20 degrees C (–4 degrees F) for three hours in a freezer. The result is that the surface tension forms drops of ice in the Petri dishes about one millimetre across. The crystal appears when you shine a light on the crown of the drop of ice.
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.
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.
The effects of music on water
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 the blue: ‘Let’s see what happens when we expose the water to music.’
I knew that it was possible for the vibrations of music to have an effect on the water. I myself enjoy music immensely, and as a child had even had hopes of becoming a professional musician, and so I was all in favour of this off-the-wall 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 well-formed 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 heavy-metal music resulted in fragmented and malformed crystals at best.
Can words affect water, too?
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 the 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. We felt as if we were explorers setting out on a journey through an unmapped jungle.
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.
Further experimenting showed that water exposed to positive expressions like ‘Let's do it!’ created attractive, well-formed crystals, but the water exposed to negative expressions like ‘Do it!’ barely formed any crystals at all.
The lesson that we can learn from this experiment has to do with the power of words. The vibration of good words has a positive effect on our world, whereas the vibration from negative words has the power to destroy.
The power of love and gratitude
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, for water had taught me the delicacy of the human soul, and the impact that love and gratitude can have on the world.
I realised that the condition of our soul is very likely to have an enormous impact on the water that composes as much as 70 per cent of our bodies. This impact, in turn, will in no small way affect our health and state of mind. Therefore, if the keynote of our soul is love and gratitude, surely this will enable us to become the most beautiful we can be? Indeed, could it be that the salvation of our souls, our health and our world lies first and foremost in love and gratitude?
Increasing our immunity
Among all the medicines, there are none with as much healing power as love. Since I came to this realization, I have continued to tell people that immunity is love. What could be more effective at overcoming negative energies and returning vitality to the body?
However, I have recently felt the need to change my terminology. I now know that it is not love alone that forms immunity, but love and gratitude. I became convinced of this from the following experiment.
I heated water in a microwave oven and then attempted to see the impact of the magnetic field on crystals. I used two types of distilled water: one just as it was and the other labelled with the words love and gratitude. The crystals formed from the distilled water just as it was were deformed and incomplete, but the water labelled with the words love and gratitude formed complete crystals. In other words, love and gratitude were able to make the water immune to the damaging effects of the magnetic field.
I have mentioned that water shown the words love and gratitude forms the most beautiful crystals. Of course the word love alone has the ability to create wonderful crystals, but love and gratitude combine to give the crystals a unique depth and refinement, a diamond-like brilliance.
I also discovered that the love and gratitude crystals actually look more like the gratitude crystals than the love crystals. What this suggests is that the gratitude vibration is more powerful and has a greater influence. Love tends to be a more active energy, the act of giving oneself unconditionally. By contrast, gratitude is a more passive energy, a feeling that results from having been given something – knowing that you have been given the gift of life and reaching out to receive it joyously with both hands.
So then what does it mean to say that the passive energy of gratitude is stronger than love? When I was thinking about this question, I stumbled upon an interesting concept, which became an important clue to answering the question concerning how we can and should live our lives.
The need for more gratitude
What is the relationship between love and gratitude? For an answer to this question we can use water as a model. A water molecule consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, represented by H2O. If love and gratitude, like oxygen and hydrogen, were linked together in a ratio of 1 to 2, gratitude would be twice as large as love.
I suggest that having twice the amount of gratitude as love is the balance we should strive for. At a seminar, after I had mentioned this in my presentation, two young women came up to me and said, ‘We were very impressed. Weren't you saying that people have one mouth for speaking and two ears for listening?’
‘That’s right – that’s absolutely right!’ I exclaimed, and I knew that I had become a little wiser.
When we observe the natural world, we can see that the passive energy has greater strength. The fish of the sea produce enormous numbers of eggs, but not all of them hatch. Only a small portion reach the stage where they hatch, while the remaining eggs are offered as food to other creatures.
Have human beings lived in a ratio of two parts gratitude and one part love? I suspect that the exact opposite is true.
Of course, the grandeur of love cannot be denied, and most people do have a general understanding of the power of love. However, we have been raised in a culture where all our focus is placed on the energy of love, while the other side of the formula receives little attention.
The focus of the human race has been drawn away from that which cannot be seen, and towards the obvious physical world. And in order to make our own as much as possible of this physical world, we have cut down forests and fought back deserts in an effort to insure the supreme domination of our culture.
Such advancements by human society may indeed be the result of love – for our families and our countries – but as long as we continue to live our lives based on this strategy, there will be no end to conflict. The history of the twentieth century was the history of fighting and warfare.
Perhaps we are finally beginning to see that the direction we are moving in leads nowhere. We have sacrificed too much in order to secure the riches of life. Forests have been destroyed and clean water lost, and we have cut up and sold the earth itself.
What the world needs now is gratitude. We must begin by learning what it means to have enough. We need to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. Do we really know how wonderful it is to be able to breathe a big breath of clean air?
If you open your eyes, you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves your gratitude.
When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you yourself will be a beautiful, shining crystal of light.
From The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto, copyright 2004 by Beyond Words Publishing.
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