Water, as commonly defined, is a tasteless, colourless, odourless, and transparent liquid that fills many basins such as lakes, oceans, and free flowing rivers. Water is also the staple of all living organisms; a necessity to sustain life. Over many centuries, discoveries have been made and theories have been written, all of which have ultimately contributed to the world’s knowledge of water. From the revelation that water can change states depending on the temperature in which it is located, to the chemical classification of water as the compound H2O, it is definite that each new scientific discovery broadens definition of water. Despite the copious groundbreaking studies with the purpose to investigate water and its role in nature, a new theory has surfaced over the last three decades and has challenged many established scientific certainties. While water is considered abiotic in the scientific community, this new theory suggests that water has biotic properties and can react to human consciousness.
Dr. Masaru Emoto, internationally recognized researcher and author, claimed that different human emotions, sounds, thoughts, and words can impact the structure of water and the way it nourishes the human body. Emoto stated that the way humans behave around water has the ability to affect its quality, and influence on organisms. Before his death in October 2014, Emoto conducted a series of experiments with his researching team, in which he collected samples of various sources of freshwater, and asked people to interact with the samples as if it were a living being. Some of these interactions included showing the water pictures of different objects, playing different types of music for the water, and repeating different words to the water. Following the interactions, the team placed the samples in a frigid room and carefully photographed the water crystals samples that formed in the samples at the point of freezing. Emoto carefully analyzed the photographs of the different frozen water crystals and was able to identify common characteristics between crystals that were treated positively and common characteristics between crystals that were treated negatively. From the different photographs, Emoto concluded that kindly treated water forms beautiful, full, crystals, while poorly treated water produces incomplete, deformed, crystals.
Dr Emoto’s experimental results (not empirically recognized by the scientific community)
Emoto also hypothesized that water has healing properties when interacted with positively. He made a connection between the quality of different sources of water to the purification of water through human interaction. He stated that like humans and veins, rivers are comparatively the blood of the Earth, and when dams are built to block rivers, they stop the natural flow of water. As a result, the water becomes contaminated just like when blood coagulates from obstruction in veins. Because of the similarity between blood and water, Emoto collected samples from congested rivers and photographed the water crystals. As expected, the crystals formed were misshapen and did not form a lattice structure. But when Emoto’s team organized a group of people to pray and express gratitude around the same, contaminated water from the dam, the water crystal that resulted was full, beautiful, and balanced.
Although the results of Emoto’s experiments seemed to provide support for his theory, it is questionable whether or not the findings are accurate. Despite the photographic evidence that was shared with the scientific community, Emoto’s sample of images were selective and therefore do not provide a complete conclusion to the claim. Additionally, the hypothetical impact humans have on water contradicts many scientific truths, such as the simple fact that water is abiotic and is not currently classified as an organism. An abiotic entity is defined as something that is not living, which means that in theory the abiotic status of water disproves the possibility that water can react to human interaction, and can have its own control and consciousness. Because of this scientific truth among others, Emoto’s water experiment has been met with mixed opinions, both doubt and conviction.
While some researchers like Emoto believe that water has living and healing abilities when interacting with the active consciousness of humans, others express their doubt for this claim, and instead depend on the current abiotic classification of water. Whether or not individuals agree on what water entails underneath its appearance, there is one inevitable fact: water is vital to sustain organisms for the whole duration of their lives. Based on water quality statistics of many countries, there is also a general agreement that high water quality affects the mental and physical wellness of humans. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), unsanitized water has a close connection to the risk of disease, and mental and physical deterioration. While most citizens in a country like Canada have access to clean water, perhaps it is worth interacting with water to see if it does indeed have healing properties. In a world where stress and anxiety are common among all ages of people, balanced lifestyles are definitely difficult to obtain. On the basis to create peace, balance, and stability within the mind and body, it does not hurt to interact with water, and it may certainly be worth the effort to treat water with respect.
Written by Samantha Chen
Edited by Ted Zhou
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