Masaru Emoto is a Japanese author known for his controversial claim that if human speech or thoughts are directed at water droplets before they are frozen, images of the resulting water crystals will be beautiful or ugly depending upon whether the words or thoughts were positive or negative. Emoto claims this can be achieved through prayer, music or by attaching written words to a container of water.
Emoto’s water crystal experiments consist of exposing water in glasses to different words, pictures, or music, and then freezing and examining the resulting crystals with microscopic photography.
If Emoto’s research conclusions are correct, there is no limit to the implications. The human body is 65-90% water by weight. It could stand to reason that we, too, are affected physically by the words, thoughts, and intentions around us.
Compliments could truly help a person and insults truly hurt them. Surrounding yourself with positive words, sounds, and people could just save your life. Even if this is “pseudoscience” as some skeptics point out, could it hurt to give it a try? To read more, click here.
Emoto explains water’s reaction by stating it is sensitive to a form of energy called “hado”. Hado, or vibration, exists in all things. This may sound strange, but it is quite real! Even John Gray, Ph.D brings up the power of vibration in his motivational talks and books. While there are many different words for “hado”, it simply exists as a wave of energy. This energy can be positive or negative, but is easily transmitted to other existing things. Emoto states, “The thought ‘You fool’ carries its own hado, which water absorbs and displays as deformed crystals when frozen. On the other hand, when water has been exposed to positive thoughts, beautiful crystals are formed that reflect the positive hado. Hado, as you can see, is integrally woven into the implications of water’s response to information.”
See for yourself. Same water sample, but one has the word “happy” and the other “unhappy”.
His books are filled with hundreds of photographs of water crystals. They compare types of music, words, water sources, types of thoughts directed at them, effects of prayer or yelling…the list goes on and on. Dr. Emoto has used this information to show that these things have physical implications on all matter.
Critiques about Emoto’s findings:
I want to present both sides to this claim to educate you that while this is a great find; it could use more research. Below are the arguments against Emoto’s claims.
Commentators have criticized that there are insufficient experimental controls, and for not sharing enough details of his approach with the scientific community. In addition, Emoto has been criticized for designing his experiments in ways that leave them open to human error influencing his findings. Furthermore, there is a push to see all photos taken; rather than his or his photographers “most pleasing photographs”.
A review of Emoto’s research was performed by Kristopher Setchfield. While Setchfield is merely a student with a bachelor’s degree, he does offer some excellent points about Emoto’s research. He states that, “After the lengthy review of Emoto’s research methods and results, I have come to believe that Dr. Emoto is offering pseudoscience to the masses in the guise of defensible research.” He does offer suggestions to change Dr. Emoto’s experimental design and makes an argument for the need for other scientists to reproduce his work.
A Final Word:
I encourage you to read up on this fascinating topic. While Dr. Emoto does sell various bottles of waters and books, I do not feel it is necessary to partake in those ventures. Simply take into account that your interactions with others could have more of an impact than you once thought. Write ‘love’ or something on your water bottle and live your life. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try J
A free downloadable copy of Emoto’s Children’s book can be found here: http://www.emotoproject.org/english/about.html