Dr. Masaru Emoto - Crystals and Consciousness

Dr Masaru Emoto was a Japanese businessman and researcher who started out as an International Relations graduate. Later in life, he moved on to found a charity which brought drinkable supplies to cut off communities. He also studied alternative medicines, earning himself a doctorate through distance learning. Emoto died in 2014 aged 71, leaving behind his written works, entitled Messages from Water, and a series of ice crystal photographs which reveal his belief that H2O was not of this world.

In this process, the it passes through between electrodes which are charged up. At one electrode, the voltage is positive; at the other it’s negative. The negatively charged electrode, which is also called a cathode, can emit electrons into the water. At this electrode alkaline water is formed with OH- ions and hydrogen, which is charged negative as well.

As an alien substance, he thought it capable of being manipulated and influenced by non-physical means, like music, voices and even thoughts. To prove his theories, he used a dark field microscope to photograph the molecular structure of samples that were subjected to different stimuli. When the images revealed varying formations of ice, he concluded that water was indeed intelligent enough to display a consciousness.

It’s worth noting that Emoto’s methods and conclusions have been criticised by the wider scientific community. It has also been pointed out that he did not share the details of his research, or enable others to verify his results through independent testing. However, the idea that water could have some level of self-awareness is fascinating to many and prompts further questions about this valuable resource.

What Kind of Effects Were Observed?

In experiments carried out during the 1990’s, Emoto used sounds including prayer, music and spoken words to establish how these would influence water in a glass. He reported that harsh phrases like ‘I will kill you’ and ‘You make me sick’, caused splashes and shapes which lacked any form of symmetry and were not pleasing to the eye. On the other hand, when more encouraging sentences were used, like ‘love and appreciation’ or ‘thank you’, the patterns formed became stunningly uniform in shape, taking on an appearance similar to snowflakes. It seemed that positive words produced patterns which were both symmetrical and attractive, but unpleasant comments created chaos and discord.

When Dr Emoto’s tests moved on to using the music of Mozart and Beethoven, he recorded that crystals began to merge into shapes resembling diamonds and flowers. According to his findings, the water was reacting to sound vibrations created by the music and revealing the comfort it offers.

Dr Emoto also experimented with how printed words could influence the formation of crystals. He found that when a glass was placed on top of words like ‘peace’, crystals form that are aesthetically pleasing, but when a contrasting word like ‘war’ is introduced, the result is a series of unsightly crystals with a dark hue. The word ‘lets’ encouraged the crystals to blossom into strikingly beautiful configurations, but an authoritative word like ‘must’ had the opposite effect as crystals shrunk into a green centred jumble.

For Emoto, these investigations reveal that water is capable of communication, but also that it wants us to understand how powerful certain words can be. He wanted to convince people that this liquid we take for granted has an intelligence and therefore, that it deserved to be respected and cherished in the same way we’d treat any other sentient being.

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What Kind of Effects Were Observed?

Emoto’s body of work probably asks more questions than it answers regarding these unusual properties. We still are no clearer about why or how molecules could be reacting to words or sounds, but Emoto used his work to claim that what we drink was in fact extra-terrestrial in origin. Emoto further asserts in ‘The Hidden Messages’, that as human life cannot exist without it, we can assume: “that all life, including that of human beings, is alien to this planet.”

What to Believe?

Dr Emoto said that the crystals he saw during his studies were like a “portal into another dimension”, and even if you have doubts about the validity of his experiments, this statement is partially true. Many scientist and astronomers agree that because both asteroids and comets contain ice, they could have supplied entire seas of (H2O) during a past impact, each molecule of which was formed in a distant part of the universe.

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