Masaru Emoto’s water-crystal photos first appeared in his book “Messages From Water” in 1999  and have stirred huge interest ever since. Dr. Emoto, a doctor of alternative medicine in Japan, has done experiments that he believes prove that water is responsive to the vibration (in Japanese, hado) of human thoughts—whether in words or writing—as well as to music and prayer. His work was featured in the New Age hit “What the Bleep Do We Know?” Beliefnet’s Wendy Schuman spoke to Dr. Emoto through a translator about his new book "The Secret Life of Water"  and what his theories imply for the well-being of our planet. For more on his work, visit www.hado.net.

When people see the photos of water crystals in your books, it has a strong effect on them. Why do you think it’s caught on?

One [reason] is that everybody has that memory of the mysteriousness of water. And the second, human beings all have the same idea or description of what beauty is, so they all understand this is beautiful.

With the tsunami and the hurricanes and flooding that occurred recently, what do you think is going on with water?

I personally think the water is angry at us.

Because of our treatment of water?

Even though we can’t live without water, water has given us so much. Water has given us life. But we never tried to learn anything about water, or understand about water. So obviously water was unhappy about it, water had complaints about it. I do believe that water and human beings can be understood in the same way. If we were water and were doing so much for people, and more and more they’re not caring about us…

So you think the strength of the hurricanes could be from lack of respect and gratitude to water?

The whole imbalance of energy begins on the surface of earth. Think how much the population has grown--to 6.3 billion people. Before when there were not as many people, these natural disasters did not happen as often. But now that we have these imbalances of energy on the surface of the earth, this makes more imbalance within the distribution of water too. So in one place you have droughts, whereas in the other place it’s flooded with water. And this I think has a direct connection with our own cultural imbalance, and that resonates with the natural imbalance, and creates this whole catastrophe [tsunamis, hurricanes] as well. All the information is stored within water.

How did you get the idea that sending thoughts or emotions to water can affect it?

I started out as a businessman [in Japan], importing a medical device from the U.S. to alleviate pain. My contact in the States was a biochemist, Dr. Lee Lorenzen, who was studying and developing a kind of water that could be used for healing. This water, called "microcluster" water, could be measured by a device which analyzes and transfers hado [vibrations]. I became a healer in my personal way. I was able to use water to help people get better, and I was very good at it. I had these firsthand experiences that made me believe that water has the ability to retain information [through hado]. This kind of information can actually be taken [into water] through pictures, photographs, written words, spoken words, music—all those things can affect water. And, of course, that includes prayers.

Could you explain how prayer affects water and give an example?

Yes, there are so many. One of the first ones that was very surprising was our experiment with Fujiwara Dam in 1997. A Buddhist monk said he would go down to the water to pray for the water so we can purify the water. The reason why we were there was to get the sample of water before and after the prayer ceremony and see any difference in crystals. But even before we did [the experiment on] the crystals, right in front of our eyes the water started becoming clear. It was becoming different. Later on, a week later, we found out that a woman’s body was found in the water; a day after that the killer was caught. When we came back to look at the crystals, the crystals before the prayer came up with an image that looked like a woman in agony. So we believe this is the woman’s spirit that was actually projected. We looked at the water after the prayer and the crystal changed drastically. It was one of the most beautiful crystals we’ve ever seen. Can we talk about another example?

Does it involve a dead body?

(Laughs) It’ll be a little happier this time. I’d like to talk about an experiment we did in 1999 in Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Dr. Nobuo Shioya, who was 97 at the time—he just turned 103 this year—he led 350 people for a prayer ceremony at this lake. At 4:30 that morning, 350 people from all over Japan came together and said the following words...

The Grand Declaration
The infinite power of the universe has been crystallized to create a world of truth and great harmony.
They all said that phrase 10 times. This was done July 25, but on Aug. 27 there was an article in the Kyoto newspaper, which reported that there was something odd about the lake this year. Usually because the lake is so polluted by mid-August it creates a really bad odor, and about 300 people will call to complain. But oddly that year nobody called. This was because of the foreign algae that grew too much and caused the death of other algae. It was the dead, decomposing algae that smelled so much. But because that year there was not an outbreak of “kokadanamo” [the foreign algae], other algae were able to survive, and they were able to harmoniously live together. The grand declaration that we all chanted was all about harmonious living, so it really made sense.

Had the water crystals changed?

We [had] seen the crystals as well, and they were different. We didn’t know how that really worked until the next April. There was a report in another newspaper about scientists being successful in clearing water using ultrasonic waves. They were able to put in 200 hz of frequency, and that cleared up the pond. That gives us the reason why this worked.

This ultrasonic wave within water creates tiny vibrations, and that creates tiny bubbles not visible to the naked eye. The toxins in water like dioxin and PCB enter the bubbles, and they burst. That energy actually causes these harmful chemicals to break down into each different element. I think this explains what happened in Lake Biwa experiment. Because our chant was about taking that energy from the ultimate universe, and we said this with our pure hearts, we all believed in this. So when we said the words—they were about 300 hz—it reached to ultimate space, it reached that existence that has maybe 200,000 hz and echoes back onto earth into the water of Lake Biwa. And [it] did a similar thing that the ultrasonic wave had done.

Why is it significant that human beings are 70% water?

The message from water is: Be aware of giving love and thanks. If you can do that, the water will be happy and it will shine within. And that will help bring happiness into your own life. Don’t be selfish, because if human beings are selfish, water will be selfish. And that will create an imbalance of energy. That imbalance will pile up and finally burst into destruction. But I understand that it’s difficult to have that idea of love and thanks all the time. So just being conscious about it makes a difference.

Many people in the West learned about your work in the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know,” and have embraced it as a hopeful sign, maybe even a message from God. Where does God fit into your ideas about water?

Until I was about 40 years old, I had no thought about God. But when I started researching water, I couldn’t deny the existence of God anymore. Everything is created by vibration within the water, this I know through my own personal experience. Then I had to start thinking about what had made that happen, and I thought that nothing in this world is really a coincidence. Everything made sense, everything was perfectly planned. I couldn’t deny the fact of the existence of something great out there. Because without that greatness there won’t be any life, there won’t be an earth, there won’t be a universe. So I do believe that vibration is what created everything.

When you look at the phrase in the Bible, “In the beginning was the Word”—I personally understand it as “In the beginning there was the vibration.” God created water as a messenger to spread the vibration [hado in Japanese] that will create everything throughout the world. Water was the medium to spread this vibration throughout the world and to actually create something concrete out of the vibration. I was lucky enough to find these vibrations visually in the water crystals, and by doing so it was like finding my third eye. And I was able to learn more and look deeper within. I realized that God exists within, just like many other people have said.

What can we do in our everyday lives to improve the conditions of water?

First thing, I recommend everyone ignore all the negative information out there, be it television, newspaper, radio, magazine, anything. Don’t even look at it. Second, when you do encounter water anytime, you should say, or at least feel, thank you to water, love for water. Third, you should always be conscious of creating that positive vibration, either via positive information through the Internet, or maybe before you go to sleep and say out loud positive words with the intention of creating peace in the world.


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