Power of Music Part 2: Dr. Emoto’s Hidden Messages in Water

We live in revolutionary times and radical change creates discomfort. Our
ancestors most likely didn’t readily accept that the world was round after
centuries of believing that it was flat. Today’s equivalent of this type of
radical thought can be found within the field of quantum physics. What if we are
simply energy, vibrations and that we experience as solid and grounded is
actually energy as well? What if water has consciousness and what if water could
record our thoughts through our vibrations? And if we go even deeper into this
cosmic ocean, what if each individual has the power and the responsibility to
choose healing words and sounds? Wouldn’t that mean, that we need to become
conscious of our thoughts and whether those thoughts bring us peace or feed the
fire of destruction? And what would happen if musicians became more aware of the
musically energy they release out into the vast universe?

Quantum physicists weren’t the first humans to discover that the world is made
up of vibrations. The ancient shamans/sorcerers could bend time, (soul) travel
through multiple dimensions and speak of mental constructs that would easily
blow the average person’s mind. (Today, they still can). When an initiate
underwent a death-rebirth process, they were actually facing the death of old
reality. Facing symbolic death is as frightening as facing physical death. An
initiate might feel that the ground they once walked has disappeared from
beneath their feet. They might believe up is down and down is up. Certainly they
wouldn’t be seen as sane by an uninitiated person.

The revolution that is surfacing on the planet at this time represents
symbolic death on a grand scale. Many of us are seeing the world contrary to
what we’ve been taught. Isn’t it better to become conscious of the energy we are
releasing into the world through our music or our emotions? And isn’t it time to
focus on the task at hand, ushering lasting global peace? And what is the role
of sensitive people and musicians? Incidentally in the field of metaphysics
emotions are tied in with the water element.

© Dr. Masaru Emoto.

Revolutionary times call for visionaries to reveal the mysteries of life.
Internationally renowned researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto has gained worldwide
acclaim by revealing the connection between water and the collective
consciousness. Dr. Emoto’s research with water crystals began with a thought and
an open-heart. He explains the origins of his profound research in his latest
book, The Hidden Messages in Water, “One day I casually opened a book to words
that jumped off the page: ‘No two snow crystals are exactly the same.'”
 After pondering the significance of this sentence which only seemed
elementary on the surface, Dr. Emoto considered that for millions of years all
the snowflakes that have fallen onto the earth have been different. “The next
moment I thought, If I freeze water and look at the crystals, each one will be
totally unique. And that moment marked my first step on an adventure into a new
and unexplored world
.” And one that would alter anyone who comes into
contact with Dr. Emoto’s research view on human consciousness.

Over time and after much effort, Dr. Emoto devised a method using high speed
photography to capture frozen water crystals. The fact that crystals form in
water attests to the presence of healthy energy. Polluted and chlorine-treated
water revealed no crystals. When destructive words were either spoken to or
typed on a piece of paper and taped to bottles filled with water either no
crystals formed or the ones that did were clearly distorted.

 While Dr. Emoto’s research delves into a variety of areas from water
purification, to quantum physics, the use of prayer to purify water, this
article will only focus on his research involving the energies found in
different types of music. And since words, accompany music in many traditions, I
will also touch upon Dr. Emoto’s research involving words. However, I highly
recommend reading The Hidden Messages in Water as a means of putting his
findings with music in context with the research as a whole.

In the prologue of his book,

The Hidden Messages in Water
, Dr. Emoto explains how the experiment
with music began. The researchers would place bottles of water between two
speakers while playing music at the volume humans would normally listen to
music. They also used the same water from other experiments. They tried
distilled water from a drug store. When researching the effects of classical
music on water, Dr. Emoto and the researchers were astounded with the results.
“Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, with its bright clear tones, resulted in
beautifully and well-formed crystals. Mozart’s 40th Symphony, a graceful prayer
of beauty, created crystals that were delicate and elegant…
 All the classical music that we exposed the water to resulted in well-formed
crystals with distinct characteristics. In contrast, the water exposed to
violent heavy-metal music resulted in fragmented and malformed crystals at
 With the success of the music experiment, the researchers experimented with
words. Researchers typed words such as “thank you” and “fool” on pieces of paper
that they wrapped around the bottles. The result was that “thank you” formed
beautiful hexagonal crystals and the water exposed to “fool” produced malformed
crystals similar to water exposed to heavy-metal music. Many metaphysicians and
scientific researchers have concluded that our words contain energies that
vibrate at different frequencies. Dr. Emoto’s research gives us visual proof of
the effect of our words on us and the planet.

The Japanese have a unique view of the power of words. Dr. Emoto explains this
in The Hidden Messages in Water. “In Japan, it is said that words of the soul
reside in a spirit called Kotodama or the spirit of words, and the act of
speaking words has the power to change the world. We all know that words have an
enormous influence on the way we think and feel, and that things generally go
more smoothly when positive words are used. However, up until now we have never
been able to physically see the effects of positive words
 We have also learned through human interactions that words hold the power to
create or destroy. The words “I am” speak of God consciousness or the ability
for each of us to join with that consciousness. I have also witnessed that my
own thoughts and words have led to devastating consequences . Perhaps this is
why mantras from various spiritual traditions hold so much power because these
words are repeated while a person is in a meditative state and most receptive to
the influence of words.
 But what happens when words are combined with music? And what about music that
already has a hypnotic effect? Water appears to relate to the same words spoken
in a variety of languages. When the water was shown the words, “thank you” in
Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Korean, Italian and English, exquisite
crystals formed. When it was shown “you fool” in Japanese and English, no
crystals formed and “you make me sick,” shows a shape that appears to be a man
with a gun in his hand. So if water doesn’t distinguish differences between
languages then it must be picking up on emotions that accompany the words. And
it appears to also be picking up visual images associated with our vibrations.

While Dr. Emoto has his own examples of how our bodies read frequencies, I want
to give examples related to music. Visualize yourself at a punk show in a dark
and smoke-filled club. Imagine that the musicians are shouting out volatile
words and people are slamming their bodies against one another, in some cases
provoking fights.

Now, how does the energy in this venue feel to you? Do you
feel uplifted or defeated? And how will you carry this energy in your
body-mind-spirit throughout the next 48 hours? Will you be impatient with other
people or will you be filled with compassion for all sentient beings? Please
give an honest answer.

Now visualize yourself at a global music festival. You are outdoors walking
between stages, viewing the diversity of people from other cultures dressed in
vivid colors and costumes. You see people dancing to African music and at
another stage, a captive audience takes in the sounds of Hindustani music
performed on a sitar and tabla. And further off down the field on a smaller
stage, a Native American a cappella group sings traditional music. Do you feel
uplifted or defeated? How will you carry this energy in your body-mind-spirit
for the next 48 hours? Will you be filled with compassion for sentient beings or
irritated with everyone you come in contact?

If you have visited these two situations in the past and felt the energies of
both experiences in your body, then understanding the hidden messages in water
will become second nature. It is a simple yet profound concept that water
carries our collective consciousness and that through our words and our music,
water can gage whether we are acting in a destructive or creative manner.

Remember, our bodies are mostly water and vibrate at a frequency based on our
thoughts and our emotions. And while we can’t change the fact that our bodies
are made of water, we can become aware of our thoughts and manifestations based
on our thoughts.

Dr. Emoto has traveled around the world lecturing and collecting water samples.
A variety of photographs showing the effects on classical, rock, jazz and world
music can be found in his books and on his web sites. And the water crystals
display images that either describe the type of music, unique pair crystals form
when exposed to Argentine tango and sad songs, such as a Korean song about the
separation of lovers displays a water crystal with the image that suggests a
broken heart. This leaves us with the question, does water have a spirit, a
consciousness? And since humans are 70% water we seriously need to consider the
words, thoughts and music in which we and others are exposed. Musicians, music
lovers, promoters, journalists etc., need to stay aware of the effects of the
music we compose and promote to others.

Attending the WOMAD USA in 2001 changed my life. I had undergone a long shamanic
initiation prior to the festival that caused me to be ultra sensitive,
especially to music. As a shaman/musician I’m unable to provide concrete proof
of the effects of musical vibes, but I have cleared negative energy out of a
space by playing certain kinds of music. And I can feel the energies of the
music that I review, most of which has left me feeling uplifted. I am astonished
but not surprised at Dr. Emoto’s findings in regard to music. His research
dovetails my life work exploring the power of music and so I asked him a few
questions via the Internet.

Has he tested Native American music yet on the water? He responded that he has
not tested American Indian music yet, but plans on picking up a recording on his
trip to Sedona this April and testing it in Japan. I asked him what would happen
if people turned off the news and attended a music festival instead? And he
responded that there would be a lot of fun things (happening) all over the
world. And is it possible for musicians to bring the earth back in balance by
performing at outdoor festivals or performing near polluted areas? Dr. Emoto’s
response, “Yes, it is possible but only by positive and good music.”

 Now that we are armed with proof of the power of music we can no longer go back
to living our life in quiet denial. We can dance to Brazilian music (for
example) and embrace the beauty of our breath, the rhythm of our own hearts
beating like samba drums or we can shout volatile words then wonder why we have
fallen deep into a snake pit of despair. The choice is up to each of us.
 The good news is that global musical community has chosen to usher in peace. For
instance, 8,000 sacred drummers gathered in Mexico on the 2004 spring equinox.
They were fulfilling a prophecy of the Otomi Nation (tribal people of Mexico)
that called 8,000 drummers to come together and begin planetary healing.
Twenty-four hours a day, every day, musicians are gathering somewhere on the
planet; celebrating and healing through music. This is what the indigenous
people call “big medicine,” especially now that we are conscious of the power of
music revealed to us through the conduit, water.

Express love and gratitude for your life, your lessons, your talents and watch
miracles transform the world around you. See your enemies as mirrors that
reflect your disowned darkness and thank your enemies for the lessons they
present to you. Once you do this your enemies lose their grip and you reclaim
your power. A

s we stand on the edge of a radical global shift in consciousness,
we adopt the role of a revolutionary and take music to the next level. Some day
our descendents will look back at this era and treat our discovery the same way
we treated the fact that the world is round and not flat as previously believed.
Evolution did not stop with the demise of the dinosaurs and it continues
onwards, expanding our minds, opening our hearts and bringing us closer to
universal peace. Music is the map to take us there and water is the vehicle.

Modified on January 7, 2007. I have learned that we do not create our own
reality and I am acted responsibly by removing that information from the
article. Reality is more complex than any new age belief. And also the part
about ancient people believing that the world was flat might also be a half
truth so take that as a metaphor and with a huge grain of salt.

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  • The ceremony involving 8,000 sacred drummers (unrelated to Dr. Emoto’s work):

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