Last week a massive snowfall in Buffalo blanketed upstate New York with more than eighty-six inches of snow in several storms. It will likely go down as the most extreme Lake Erie storm on record. The blizzard also reminds us of one of the greatest miracles in nature. In the midst of all the snow, the likelihood that any two of those snowflakes are alike is virtually zero.
Snowflakes form when water vapor condenses around a speck of dust high in the clouds. The shape of a snowflake when it lands on your face is determined by air temperature, how the water vapor condenses and where it falls. When the temperature is between 27 and 32 degrees, snow crystals take the shape of six-sided plates. As the temperature declines, needles form, then hollow columns and fern-like stars.
Did you know that certain types of water can also display beautiful crystals when frozen? Internationally renowned scientist Masaru Emoto discovered that water from natural sources produces a variety of hexagonal crystals. According to Emoto, who died on October 7 at the age of seventy-one, these crystals represent the balance, symmetry and life force of Mother Nature. Conversely, the absence of crystals in most tap water indicates that the life forces in that area have been compromised energetically.
Emoto also discovered that water exposed to classical music can result in well-formed crystals with distinct characteristics matching those of the music. The beauty of music actually changes water into a more beautiful structure. On the other hand, music that is angry and full of objectionable lyrics, such as heavy metal, results in malformed and fragmented crystals.
But Emoto went even further. When he wrapped a piece of paper with a positive word written on it around a bottle of water and then froze it, gorgeous crystals also appeared. Nothing happened with negative words, however. The Hidden Messages of Water, Emoto’s New York Times 2004 best-selling book, contains pictures of incredible crystals of water from all over the world.
Consider this: 99% of a human fetus is water. Our bodies are 90% water when we are born, 70% water when we reach adulthood, and 50% water when we die. Since we exist mostly as water, it makes sense that to stay healthy we need to purify the water that flows through our body. Water is truly a life force, transporting energy throughout our body, with a mysterious ability to cleanse and give life. Is it any wonder, then, that we humans are often drawn to water? Is it any wonder that baptism by water, a sacrament of the Christian church, is one of the fullest expressions of God’s grace?
In Emoto’s experiments the most beautiful crystals were formed when he taped the words “love” and “gratitude” around a bottle of water. Furthermore, he discovered that the vibration or energy given off by the gratitude crystal is more powerful and has a greater influence than the love crystal. That’s because gratitude comes first.
It’s interesting that gratitude and grace derive from related root words, gratus and gratia. Gratitude results from having been given something (i.e. grace) and from knowing that we have enough. Consequently, love, the giving of oneself to others, results because we first have gratitude.
The hidden message of water is love and gratitude. Emoto’s thesis is that if water responds to classical music and positive words, then human beings, composed of mostly water, will also become our best selves when we are treated with love and gratitude and when we express love and gratitude to others.
Thanksgiving is this Thursday. It’s one of my favorite holidays because gratitude lies at the heart of human existence. When we drink in the water of gratitude, the beautiful crystals formed in our spirit enable us to send positive energy into our world. When we say positive things to others, energy flows outward to heal our environment and purify our water. But that energy also helps us and others fulfill our dreams.
Emoto writes, “So how can we go about finding our path in life? I have constantly stressed the importance of love and gratitude. Gratitude is the creator of a heart filled with love. Love leads the feelings of gratitude in the right direction. As the water crystals show us, gratitude and love can spread throughout the world. We all have an important mission: to make water clean again, and to create a world that is easy and healthy to live in. In order to accomplish our mission, we must first make sure that our hearts are clear and unpolluted.” (The Hidden Messages in Water)
The hidden message? Gratitude, love, thank you. This Thursday, as you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, I invite you to take a long drink of water before you dig into your food. Listen to some beautiful music. Share positive words with one another. Fill your home with love and gratitude. Write a few thank you notes this weekend. Pay attention to the unseen energy all around you. Become a crystal of beauty to someone else. Change the world.
P.S. I will be on vacation this week, so the next blog will be on Monday, December 8.