Water is the most abundant substance on the surface of the earth covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface.
The human body is about 70 percent water and some organs such as the brain contains around 80 per cent. In fact, you have water in every single cell of your body.
Now, none of this may be particularly new information to you. But I’d like to tell you about a few magical properties about water that you probably would never have heard before that may change the way you look at it forever.
The groundbreaking research of Masaru Emoto
In the 1990s, Dr Masaru Emoto from Japan studied how the molecular structure in water transforms when it is exposed to words, thoughts, sounds and intentions. His findings were published in his New York Times best-selling book The Hidden Messages In Water.
He froze droplets of water and examined them under a dark field microscope using Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology and high-speed photography. He discovered that the crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when concentrated thoughts are directed toward them.
He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to positive words, thoughts and intention displayed beautiful crystals after it was frozen.
Interestingly, polluted water or water exposed to negative words and thoughts formed incomplete, asymmetrical patterns.
Here are a few photos from his research:
Water from Fujiwara Dam, Japan before prayer
The Dam water after Buddhist prayer
Water and Music
Dr. Emoto also conducted experiments to see if water would respond to music. He put bottles of water between two speakers and turned on a specific piece of music for several hours. Then the water was frozen and photographed.
When Western Classical music was played such as Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony or Mozart’s 40th Symphony, the water when frozen displayed beautiful and well-formed elegant crystals.
On the contrary when heavy metal rock music was played, the water produced fragmented and malformed crystals upon freezing.
Mozart’s 40th Symphony
Heavy metal music
Water has memory
The theory of water memory was popularised by a leading French Immunologist, Jacques Benveniste in 1988. During his experiments he discovered that water could retain a memory of the molecular properties of any substance it once contained.
However, he was faced with strong opposition from many in the scientific community because it challenged the conventional understanding of physical chemistry knowledge. Many in the scientific community dismissed the concept of water memory as pseudoscience.
However, one should note that many things that traditional western scientists can’t seem to explain are labelled pseudoscience. Healing modalities like Ayurveda and Homoeopathy, which are effective forms of treatment and practised all over the world, are labelled as pseudoscience as well (the former has been practised for the last 5,000 years). In fact, homeopathic medicines works on the very basis of water memory.
Since Jacques Benveniste’s discovery, many scientists around the world have supported the theory of water memory including a couple of Nobel prize-winning scientists, Luc Montagnier and Brian Josephson.
Researchers in the University of Stuttgart in Germany have also conducted experiments that have proven water memory.
They placed a beautiful purple coloured flower in a glass of water for a while and then extracted a drop for photographs. To their amazement, they found that the drop displayed a mandala-like structure that was a close replica of a petal of that flower. You can view some of their interesting results in the video below.
Prof Martin Chaplin of London's South Bank University, a leading expert on the (molecular) structure of water, says: "Too often the final argument used against the memory of water concept is simply 'I don't believe it' ... Such unscientific rhetoric is heard from the otherwise sensible scientists, with a narrow view of the subject and without any examination or appreciation of the full body of evidence, and reflects badly on them.”
The significance of water in world religions and cultures
Almost all major world religions Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism all have important rituals and sacred rites held in and around water.
In the Middle Ages, the power of holy water in the church was considered so great that they had to keep it locked to prevent the theft of holy water for magic practices.
Holy water was reputed to have miraculous medicinal powers. A dose of it would prevent one from being stricken by the plague. It was taken by humans for virtually all illnesses and diseases. And It was frequently prescribed by the village wise women or healers.
It was also a common practice in the Middle Ages for people to sprinkle their vegetable gardens with holy water during a time when people when were very dependent on crops for their livelihood.
There are numerous holy wells and springs spread throughout Europe known for their remarkable healing and curative properties. In fact, there are 3,000 holy wells situated in Ireland alone. However, perhaps none of them is more famous than Lourdes situated in southwestern France.
Even today, nearly millions flock to bath and drink in the water of Lourdes every year, where miraculous cures and healings have taken place since 1858. While hundreds of miracles are reported by people each year, since 1858, there have been 70 verified miracles in Lourdes.
Water is treated by many indigenous communities around the world with great reverence and respect. They consider it sacred and interestingly many of these communities have always known that water has memory.
In Africa, people recognized and respected bodies of water as their source of spirituality. For example, Lake Victoria (in Tanzania) was called Nalubaale, which literally means the home of spirituality. Bodies of water were owned and protected by communities, and people considered it sacred and holy.
The introduction of western civilization to Africa changed the sacred relationship between people and water. Water became a commodity to be taxed. Commercial fishing was introduced. Corporations were established to process and supply fresh water for payment. Western religious teachings demonized native cultural practices and hence the indigenous attitude toward water as a sacred being gradually changed. (source)
In 2017, The Maori, Indigenous people of New Zealand won recognition for Whanganui river to be treated as a living entity after 140 years of negotiation with the government. This means that polluting or damaging the river—New Zealand's third longest river—is now legally equivalent to harming a human.
Water is life, or as the native American tribe, the Lakota people call it "Mní wičhóni”. When researchers search for the possibility of life on other planets, one of the first thing they look for is water. Without water, all of us wouldn’t exist. Yet, almost all of us often take it for granted.
The implications of these findings on water are extraordinary.We have water in every single cell of our body and these findings show that we are incredibly more powerful than we are made to believe.
Through our every thought, word and intention, we hold immense power to influence our own body, the people around us, the plants (90% water) & animals (approx 70% water) and the world around us for the better.
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To discover more about some of the magical properties of water here are some great resources to check out.
Water memory 2014 documentary (based on the research of Nobel Prize laureate Luc Montagnier)