There is a Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, who decided to investigate the impact of emotions on water. What an interesting idea! He went up into the mountains of Japan to a spring that reportedly had very pure water and brought back a large quantity. He put the water into smaller bottles. On some of the bottles he drew a heart or put the words, love and gratitude, I’m sorry, thank you in Japanese, Chinese, English, Korean, Italian, French, Italian and German. On another series of bottles he placed the words you fool, you make me sick, I want to kill you and the like.
He took drops from each of the bottles, placed them in Petri dishes, froze them and then took pictures of the water crystals. He also played music like Mozart, Bach, Tchaikowski, Chopin, the Beetles, Elvis Presley and Heavy Metal music, froze droplets from each and took photographs of the water crystals. The results were astounding. Look in his book, Messages in Water for the pictures.
Those frozen droplets from the positive words were beautifully formed crystals, each one having its own unique shape. Amazingly with Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel there is even a heart broken off from the body of the crystal. The negative words showed no crystalline formation. They looked like sludge.
He tells a story of going to a lake first in Japan and later in Brazil that was very polluted. There was a considerable amount of algae, dead fish floating in the water and a distinctly bad smell coming from the water. He had a group of people in the first case that stood around the entire lake and in the second larger lake he took a bottle of the lake water and set it in the center of a group of 30 people. These people prayed for the lake and the water, prayed for its healing and well-being. Both lakes began a significant healing process.
His work is very interesting and inspired me to think about its application in several venues. In regard to self-esteem we are told that our bodies are made up of 96 to 98% water. And we all talk to ourselves, but in what manner. Do you berate yourself? “I am so stupid, such a fool. What an idiot!” “I don’t deserve…” on and on with our favorite phrases. What is happening at that moment internally? Does all of the water we are made of turn to sludge.
On the contrary if we say, “Good job.” “Six gold stars for that.” “I made a mistake but look what I have learned that I never imagined.” Internally are we producing beautiful water crystals?
This may seem a little far-fetched but an interesting thought. The Heart Math Institute when examining the power of coherent emotional states on the brain backs up the positive or negative impact of our emotional states from a different perspective. The bottom line is that what we say to ourselves may have an immense impact on our self-esteem.
His work also inspired me to not take water for granted but to express my gratitude for the water I am drinking, taking a bath or shower in, watering my plants with and giving to my dogs to drink. It certainly makes a difference in my attitude.