not just your average water anymore

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pregnant belly, orange daisy, Canon Digital Rebel

There is a scientist named Dr. Masuro Emoto who has shown {through high speed photographs of water crystals} that an ordinary glass of water will literally change form according to the name you label it with. You may have seen this experiment in the film, What the bleep Do We Know?. Emoto labeled glasses with different words such as: “Love”, “war”, “hate” or “joy” and then photographed the crystals as they froze in each glass. The results are mind blowing.

From the website:

“What has put Dr. Emoto at the forefront of the study of water is his proof that thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. By producing different focused intentions through written and spoken words and music and literally presenting it to the same water samples, the water appears to “change its expression”.

He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.”

Recently, I had my husband Matt write “Healthy Home” in big, black, Sharpie marker on my belly. It felt good to look down and see it, and in some way, I did feel healthier and more hopeful. When I admitted this to a friend, he said, “Oh my god! I did that too! I wrote on my chest!”

Maybe there’s something to all of this. Our words are powerful. The things we tell ourselves have a huge impact. Have you noticed that you say things to yourself that you would NEVER say to a friend? {or even an enemy for that matter} Yet we have no problem calling ourselves stupid and unworthy and not enough. I dare say we do this on a daily basis.

And that shit’s got to stop.

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
– The Dalai Lama

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46 Comments

  1. Jen

    That is the coolest thing I’ve heard in awhile. Very very wild. It’s like the wild fact of the avocado pit and guacamole – you put the pit in a glass of water and the guacamole will not brown. Strange how some things work.

  2. Kate

    Thank you! I have been beating myself up for a while (um, all my life)…it’s a wonder my insides and outsides aren’t black n’ blue n’oozing from my mental lashings…not enough, too big-n-fat, not creative, not ever going to amount to much…it’s so sad. IT IS SO SAD. Because we are temples. And we are good and creative and kind folk. It is such a struggle to be genuinely good to yourself and I don’t know why that is. But I am with you: this shit has GOT TO STOP.

  3. chlamygirl

    that is a very cool quote

  4. Catharine

    So true! I am happy to see you mention the movie “What the bleep”, and especially the study on water crystals. I have my water bottle labeled with the word “love” here at work. I get the raised eyebrows and huh? looks.. but I sincerely believe that words have energy. What a beautiful concept!

  5. Ann Benoit

    Dr. Emoto’s experiments are so inspiring- it’s amazing what can be created from compassion for ourselves and the things around us. I practice this technique on my plants by giving them compliments when i water them, and they’re all growing like crazy! I guess the lesson here is that I should be giving myself these compliments too. 🙂

  6. jolene

    thanks for the beautiful words, andrea. i’ve been feeling so ambivalent lately. maybe i’ll write the word DECISIVE on my heart.

  7. Ali

    We have seen that movie a couple times and each time I am struck by those experiments. Thanks for mentioning them again – and I love that you wrote on your belly. I seriously can not wait for you to be a mama Andrea…in whatever form it takes you will be wonderful.

  8. Lu

    You are absolutely right?that shit has got to stop! Sometimes, we are our worse critics. Inner bitch is what I call her when she has nothing good to say to me. I don’t even go to my OWN pity parties.

  9. jenn

    andrea,
    what a great post. i love it so much.
    i completly agree with the idea of what we tell ourselves changes who we are, what we do, how we react to things.
    i love that you wrote Healthy Home right on your belly. sending positive thoughts into the universe, not negative ones from your belly. you are asking for exactly what you want.
    my boss is alays saying what we think is what we say is what we do. what we tell ourselves is so powerful and it always manifests itself. i totally agree.
    i also think that what we think about others affects the way we think about ourselves. i have a card on my desk with the picture of a mother holding a baby. it says a well of love resides within me. i see it every day, several times a day. each time i see it i repeat this several times to myself. it’s my way of telling myself that i love myself and it stops whatever other noise is taking place in my head at the moment. whan i find myself judging myself or others i repeat this to myself.
    jenn

  10. jenn

    ps… as i said before… you are the apsolute best flower photographer ever. i adore this picture.

  11. Piper

    OH.MY.GOD. “Have you noticed that you say things to yourself that you would NEVER say to a friend?” Get out of my brain!!!! I was thinking that very thought as I was driving home from work yesterday!!! It’s amazing how hard we can be on ourselves but when a friend says hateful things about him/herself, our instinct is to instantly nurture them. Why can’t we nurture ourselves more? Why is it so hard to love ourselves as is? I think that’s what I love about SARK so much. She constantly urges people to truly love themselves. After all, how can you really love someone else unless you love yourself first?

  12. Piper

    OH.MY.GOD. “Have you noticed that you say things to yourself that you would NEVER say to a friend?” Get out of my brain!!!! I was thinking that very thought as I was driving home from work yesterday!!! It’s amazing how hard we can be on ourselves but when a friend says hateful things about him/herself, our instinct is to instantly nurture them. Why can’t we nurture ourselves more? Why is it so hard to love ourselves as is? I think that’s what I love about SARK so much. She constantly urges people to truly love themselves. After all, how can you really love someone else unless you love yourself first?

  13. Carrie

    WOW. So profound, Andrea. Beautiful. I love that quote. And I love your quote, “And that shit has to stop” – LOL So true. I am so hard on myself. I would never be that way to anyone else.

  14. Laura

    Thanks for your words, Andrea.

  15. Leonie

    Yay you! 😀
    *Superhero Happy & Healthy Home!*
    Check out The Four Agreements by don miguel ruiz ~ 1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
    Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
    Truth and love baby!
    Leonie
    🙂

  16. jack

    wow, that’s so interesting!
    i love this entry so so so much.
    i dont know any cool tricks with water, except for this one:
    sprinkle pepper in a glass of water.
    if all the pepper spreads out to the sides,
    then the glass is soapy.
    (my dad used to be a waiter.)
    hm… either way u’ll still need a new glass of water, huh? label it: “soapless”
    not as meaningful as your trick, but still useful.
    jack

  17. Marilyn

    Fascinating. Haven’t seen the film (it didn’t come here.) I wholly subscribe to the belief that words–and even INTENTIONS–can create our reality. I also believe that words uttered silently to ourselves have the same impact as those spoken aloud. I, too, say things to myself I wouldn’t dare utter to others…but I also say things to others IN MY HEAD that I wouldn’t dare say aloud. (Like rants about bad–or a lack of–service.) Just as bad! Elminating those kinds of words from my inner dialogue might not get me waited on, but it will surely make me feel less pissed off about it. 🙂

  18. Anja

    You are so right. Thanks for reminding me.

  19. wn

    Smart Girl!
    I’ve been having a rough time of things lately and I’ve started leaving myself love notes on yellow post-its….I leave them in books sometimes…in magazines…I write them down when I talking on the phone or sometimes I put them in my daytimer…small…so only I can see them…not erotic ones..but truly loving ones…things that matter to the soul….I figure it’s gotta start with me!
    You’re smart
    You have balls
    You are more than your job
    Follow your intuition
    You are loved
    Try it…you’ll find one just when you needed it most.

  20. kalki

    I am loving the pregnant belly shots! I discovered your blog today while browsing the Photobloggies site. I actually blogged about your blog (see URL) because what I found on your site today resonated with me. We are all interconnected in some way, and thank god the internet exists to remind us of that.

  21. mikaelah

    Love this post and the pictures are so wonderful. I just saw the bleep movie and immediately labelled all my water bottles with “thank you” and “love” and stuff like that. I am so GLAD to find I am not the only one doing this!!! I imagine I am drinking love…and filling myself with it. I am going to take Jen’s words and put it on one of my bottles (A well of love resides within me)…thanks Jen! You are word gifted!
    Mik

  22. Anu

    lovely, just what I needed to hear. I wrote on my hand the following words:
    healthy
    happy
    love
    gratitude
    compassion
    🙂

  23. mr. andrea lewis

    i love the way water crystals “become” the label man labels them with. it’s as if they yearn to be the living water spoken of by a great man.
    the proverb “so as a man thinks, so is a man”-man, eighty percent composed of water…

  24. Sue

    Wow…this particular entry is very powerful. It gave me goosebumps. I wish all the best for you Andrea. Healthy Home and all.

  25. William

    If words have such power, perhaps we might all just touch the screen and say a blessing for the baby in there. I was thinking, as I read, that childbirth begins with waters breaking, so that if they haven’t broken yet, there’s a lot of water in there to be made into love. The baby has my blessing, anyway.

  26. William

    If words have such power, perhaps we might all just touch the screen and say a blessing for the baby in there. I was thinking, as I read, that childbirth begins with waters breaking, so that if they haven’t broken yet, there’s a lot of water in there to be made into love. The baby has my blessing, anyway.

  27. Tyler

    Pretty nice. It is only taking science 2000 years to catch up with what holy men have known since pretty much the beginning of time. Yay science?

  28. Vvoi

    Hmm. I’m pretty sure the “water experiment” was put into question. (for a critique of the “water crystal therapy, see for instance http://www.chem1.com/CQ/clusqk.html)
    Then again, I might be wrong.
    As for the picture: I like it. I wouldn’t know how to call it if the word “cute” did not exist.
    http://new-art.blogspot.com

  29. Amy

    Yes!!!!
    Here is what I propose —
    Let’s pick a day Andrea where everyone who visits this blog thinks positive thoughts about you and Matt having a baby. We will send out all of that positive thought energy into a very abundant world…we can’t lose!!!
    What do you say? Some time next week?

  30. Jennifer

    I love Amy’s idea! Let’s do it!

  31. jo anne

    seeing all the comments in your posts all the time somewhat intimidate me from writing down my own… but this post is worth it. thank you for the beautiful reminder, andrea.

  32. Adri

    Always read. Too shy to comment.
    This highly deserves it. Let’s do what Amy proposed. Name the day and time and I’ll be there!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Helen

    Wow, you have some serious fans! I just found your site a few months ago and have been reading into it the past few days. I love your expressions, thoughts, visuals. Thanks for sharing. And yes, “what the bleep” was incredible! Helen

  34. Paige

    Love the belly flower. Where’s my sharpie?

  35. Amy

    Hello!
    Thanks to those of you who expressed an interest in being part of “Positive Thought Day” for Matt and Andrea to grow a baby!
    I believe a good day for such a thing is the first day of April — there is something fresh and auspicious about the first day of a new month – so I figured that would be the day. So…. all you need to do is at any point on April 1st, send out some positive energy for the success of pregnancy for Andrea! Happy Thinking!

  36. Piper

    I know I posted about this entry already but I’m still just blown away by the serendipity of our thoughts being in sync. Jen Gray has been posting entries similar to this one as well, lately. I was looking over my own blog and reread one that is also simliar to what you’re talking about. http://violetspot.blogspot.com It’s the entry entitled ‘Relax…’
    -Piper

  37. willo

    Hi Andrea! Well, how’s this for a positive thought: I haven’t read your blog in awhile & followed a link to this page, saw the photo and thought “Oh my goodness, Andrea’s preggers!! YAY!” So it’s already working! In my mind, you’re already pregnant! 🙂 All the best, sweets.. and, as always, positive thoughts to you & yours! xoxoxo

  38. willo

    p.s. I LOVED that movie. I have held that mindset so close to my heart for the past ~10 years. Ever since I read Shakti’s Creative Visualization book in ’94. :p You can create your reality! Let’s go for it!

  39. sharon

    I just had to find that movie, I’ve heard so much about it!!! The neighborhood Blockbuster only had one copy. When I asked about buying it the clerk said they didn’t have them in yet. So this morning I headed to Costco and found a dvd. Ya -hoo! Tonight is movie night at our house. And, I’m on board for April 1st with everyone else. I even mentioned it on my blog today so spread the word!!!
    ;~) Sharon

  40. jessica

    wow. that’s quite amazing … goes to show how the vibes really do affect. 🙂 it’s like with the children i work with, call them bright & beautiful and they are, call them slow & ugly and they become that. i agree, positive vibes & labels all around … :).

  41. kat

    so funny, this same topic has been rattling around in my head all week. i went and pulled up the book “you can heal your life” out of the basement the other day and it’s basically this same idea in different words. i hadn’t read the book before, i bought it at a library sale and put it in a box in the basement for some odd reason. sometimes i think books come back to us when we’re ready for them.
    i love that you wrote on your stomach btw! 🙂

  42. Caribou Raisin

    I’ve thought a lot about this since reading your post. Mostly, I’ve been thinking about holy water. When I was in massage school, I took an elective called “colorpuncture,” about using light and color for healing. One of the concepts we discussed was storing water in colored glass, so the water would take on the healing properties of that color. I have always wanted to play with this idea, and your post has inspired me…

  43. Natascha

    Andrea,
    ???Since a couple of years a go I keep an article from the news papper where they talked about Dr. Emoto’s experiments with watter. When I read it and saw the pictures that came with it I was so impressed.
    ???Since then I’ve always got it in mind. Not regarding me, but everyone around me.
    ???It’s true what you say, that sometimes we say things to ourselves that we wouldn’t say even to a friend.YOU’RE RIGHT! THAT SHIT’S GOT TO STOP!!
    ???Thank you for reminding me. I’ll give it a try… again.

  44. denise

    andrea –
    i haven’t visited your journal in quite a while and was thrilled to see your picture daisy with belly….yeah a new little life entering the world!!

  45. Giselle Taminez

    Hi Andrea….I had read about Dr. Emoto’s experiment and was fascinated. Then my brother bought the book “The Messages of Water” and it was just amazing specially since us humans are 70% water.
    I am sure you are a healthy home…..

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