Sunday, January 02, 2005

The Message From Water

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Love and Gratitude

A while ago, I came across a book called The Message from Water in a bookstore in San Francisco Japantown. Evidently, a Japanese scientist (Dr. Masaru Emoto) found a way to photograph water crystals that form when the water is frozen. These crystals look like snowflakes, each unique, intricate and beautiful.

Dr. Emoto started interesting experiments with the water. For example, he put water in two different glasses and on one glass, put a label that said, “You fool”. On the other glass, he put a label, “Love.” The result? The water crystal was destroyed for the water with the label “you fool”, but the one with the label “Love” formed a beautiful crystal. He also experimented playing different kind of music to the water. With some classical music (like Mozart), beautiful crystals formed, but no crystals formed when a heavy metal music was played. Click here to view.

In a more interesting research, Dr. Emoto asked people to pray for the water in different locations and checked the water samples taken before and after the prayer. You can guess the results by now.
Click here to view

In an interview, Dr. Emoto stated that the distance did not seem to make difference in the effectiveness of a prayer but the purity and clarity of intention in people who are offering a prayer did influence the outcome. He also said that the change in the water seemed to be instantaneous after the prayer.

When I became a Muslim, I thought it was a bit odd when my friend told me to say a few ayats from the Qur’an over the water, blow on it, then drink it for my health. Isn’t it a bit superstitious? I was taught to say “Bismillah” before I eat or drink. Many Sufi groups put a bowl of water in the middle of the circle when they perform zikr and use the water for healing. You just think, “OK, well maybe it is helpful.” But now with these experiments, we are actually able to see the effect of a simple word or a prayer on the water.

By the way, which word forms the most beautiful crystal and is most helpful in cleaning up the natural waters of the world? According to Dr. Emoto, it is the word that mean “love and thankfulness”—in Japanese, “kan-sha”. He says, “There is a special combination that seems to be perfect for this, which is love plus the combination of thanks and appreciation reflected in the English word gratitude. Just one of these is not enough. Love needs to be based in gratitude, and gratitude needs to be based in love. These two words together create the most important vibration. And it is even more important that we understand the value of these words… In my understanding of the concept of yin and yang, in the same way that there is one O and two Hs (as in H2O), we also need one part yang/love to two parts yin/gratitude, in order to come to a place of balance in the equation…” Click here to view

I heard a Sufi teacher say once, “Gratitude opens many doors.” Mysticism and the science come together in Dr. Emoto’s interesting research on water.

8 comment(s):

  • That was inspiring. Thank you.

    By Blogger blagdiblah, at 1/03/2005 05:42:00 AM  

  • Salaams

    I would love this to be true and perhaps it is. But is this really science? Did the author of this book use scientific method? Have the results been independently verified? My experience of this kind of 'science' would lend me to assume that the rigours of positivism are probably noticable by their abscence.

    Perhaps that's because many scientists would sneer at the very idea of this kind of investigation. Ever since A R Wallace (who also discovered the theory of evolution) was ostracised from the British scientific community in the 19th century because of his fascination with spiritualism, 'true' science has continuously reaffirmed that science is concerned solely with the material world. I think that is unfortunate for humanity.

    But having said that, it may well be that Emoto is a complete charlatan.

    Check out Amazon. If you look down the list of books which people purchased in addition to this book, you will find a bibliography of new age quackery. And the reviews (on the UK site) make claims for this science which are pure hyperbole.

    I therefore remain a sceptic.



    By Blogger Julaybib, at 1/03/2005 09:14:00 AM  

  • Salaam, Sayoko:

    Similar experiments have been done with prayer over distance (for example, praying for someone far away who was ill), and apparently there was at least anecdotal evidence that even though the individual was half a world away and was unaware of the prayers and/or a skeptic about it, positive changes in that person's condition were noted!

    Dr. Emoto and the water experiments were looked at in the movie, "What The Bleep Do We Know?" It was quite interesting.

    When I had my back surgery in 2003, Muslim friends all over the world held me in their du'as and I have no doubt that those prayers contributed heavily to the success of the operation, the fact that I was reasonably pain-free (without heavy drugs) post-operatively, and that the outcome was better than anyone could have imagined.

    Prayer, I truly believe, aligns one with the Universe, and ultimately with God, by whatever name you choose to call Him/Her/It.

    All that said, thanks for a great piece!

    By Blogger Bobbe, at 1/03/2005 10:21:00 AM  

  • Assalamualaikum,

    Breath healing is a common method of healing in Muslim especially in Sufi circles. My brother had to be operated for a cyst on his leg, but when our spiritual teacher (a sufi)blew his breath on him , slowly the cyst vanished. This happened when i was around 16 years old.

    The problem here lies with people who act to be supernaturl healers etc and thus wean people away from the knowledge. Infact there are many books written on this subject and ways to heal people.
    Generally available in many muslim countries.

    ALLAH Hafiz

    By Blogger arslan, at 1/04/2005 10:43:00 PM  

  • Traditional medicine has always involved both "mind" (heart, spirit, soul etc.) and "body" in the healing journey. It is only very recently that this spirit part has been taken out of the picture, and we're left with only the "body." (And a fragmentation of "spirit" ala Freud).

    For sure, contemporary medicine cannot just be dismissed, it has so much to offer! However, we only limit our own human potential when this "spiritual" element is ignored. Herbal medicine in cultures i'm familiar with, has always included a way of recognizing the interaction the human body has with the herb - it is a conscious way of healing. And prayer, and ritual was (still is) part of taking the herb.

    Native American cultures continue to maintain this connection - and this has been "studied" to show how the rituals help the person heal. (Given the bias of looking down at Native traditions, the studies usually describe these ceremonies as "cultural" and ignore the spiritual element.)

    Even though a lot has been lost, there is still a wealth of resources still available in traditional Islamic literature about prayer and herbs. When taking a look at this literature you can find that many of these early Muslim medical folks were not just "doctors" but also philosophers, artists, poets - i.e. they were integrated human beings, following the example of our Prophet.

    The medical knowledge was based on a psycho/spiritual understanding of human nature - (not just our "physical" nature) and they drew from a wide and diverse knowledge base.

    For anyone interested there is a fairly indepth on-line Islamic healing course.

    By Blogger redwood, at 1/05/2005 02:35:00 AM  

  • What an intriguing post! I would like to believe the science is there, but to be sure, the experiments would have to be repeatable and the process observable to others. I find myself wondering more about the conditions under which he conducted the experiments. I guess this means I need to read the book! I am also interested in his concept of different languages having different effects on the crystallization of water [http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/nov1/cwater.htm], which leads me to wonder - isn't it the concept/meaning behind the words that is supposed to matter, and not the way the words sound? Or is it impossible for two languages to share an identical concept? Or...

    By Blogger umniya, at 1/05/2005 10:28:00 PM  

  • Salaam: Leaving aside what is "scientific" for a bit. From what little i know, there is a theory about language, and words - that the meaning of words are contained in how they sound. This is because the words and grammar are not just accidental, but are contained within us, and part of our nature (that's kinda what Chomsky suggests).

    Many of us non-Arabic speaking folks who grew up Muslim, learned the Quran by reading the Arabic - but not "knowing" what we were saying. Part of this tradition has to do with the baraka that is contained within how the Quran sounds - not just the rhythm - but the sound of the words themselves.

    By Blogger redwood, at 1/08/2005 11:27:00 AM  

  • ِAsalam alaycom
    I have noticed some important amazing thing when I first see the picture of water. I feel its greatly resembles the top view of Alharam Almaccy, with the Holy Ka'Aba in its center.
    That is how I see the picture and if i am right in my view than it will be another great Miracle to be added to such scientific descovery

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/16/2011 08:41:00 AM  

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