Saturday 18 October 2014

Masaru Emoto Dies

Dr Masaru Emoto
22nd July 1943 - 17th October 2014

I'm sorry to report that Dr Masaru Emoto has died. Dr Emoto was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1943 and graduated in international relations. He set up the IHM General Research Institute in 1986. In 1999 he published his first book- The Message from Water which was a New York Times bestseller. It generated a lot of interest and a storm of criticism; of course Skeptics called it pseudoscience. However a lot of other people who read the book found it fascinating. Dr Emoto took part in the 2005 film What the Bleep do We Know!? in which he is interviewed in the extended version. In the feature cut, one of my favourite scenes is where the heroine, Amanda, is on a railway station and has just missed her train, much to her chagrin. But it turns out it's just as well she did because there is an exhibition on the platform to do with Dr Emoto's work. He carried out some experiments involving the freezing of water and examining the ice crystals that formed. Amazingly, he discovered that different kinds of crystals appeared depending on what the people around it were thinking. He found that the crystals were more regular and elegant when thoughts of love and happiness were directed towards it. He created what he considered his most beautiful crystal after the water had been blessed by a Zen monk before being put into the freezer. Dr Emoto then found out that it was not just direct thought that influenced water this mysterious way. He did an experiment in which he put stickers on the sides of the bottles he put the water in to be frozen which had words written on them. Unbelievably the result was that the kind of things written on the bottles affected the kind of ice crystals that formed. Statements like "Thank you" and "love" caused the crystals to take on regular, intricate and exquisite shapes. Statements like "You make me sick, I will kill you" generated misshapen, malformed and chaotic crystals. He could only conclude that water is intelligent and conscious. It detects the environment it's in, even to the extent of the state of human minds and written language surrounding it. This is a remarkable and enigmatic discovery, see: As it says in the film What the Bleep, this has implications for healthcare, see: Our bodies are mostly made up of water, not quite the 90% as is quoted in the film, but about 70%. If we are thinking unpleasant thoughts, or even if we're wearing clothes or, worse still, have tattoos with cruel and violent epithets, this could have a significant effect on the quality of the water in our bodies and therefore could damage our health. Conversely happy thoughts and happy language should improve our general health. This could cast light on how homeopathy works; the Skeptics love to point out that homeopathic medicine is diluted to the point where it has no active ingredient in it at all; it's just water. That's a fair criticism, but then again, maybe it's not "just water" in another sense even if it is in the literal one. I think Mr Emoto's work is a continuation of that done by Victor Schauberger many years earlier; I've spoken about this before, see: Dr Emoto's contribution to the advancement of human knowledge, not to mention sheer hope and inspiration, has been invaluable and he will be sorely missed. RIP.


Beata said...

Thanks for a great tribute to Dr Emoto.

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

You're welcome, Beata :-)