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Messages from Water and the Universe

It’s been 15 years since Dr. Masaru Emoto succeeded in taking the first photograph of a water crystal. It took his team two months to get that image. The profound thing about his work for me, is that he provides physical evidence that thoughts do alter physical objects.

Water, being transparent and without a taste, color or smell, “is able to show us myriad of ‘faces’ depending upon the condition it is in or the information it is given,” Dr. Emoto has written.

He found that these crystals changed form when they were exposed to music, prayer, spoken to or if a word was written on a container of water and later frozen and photographed.

The crystals weren’t always beautiful. Water crystals exposed to heavy metal music were broken into tiny pieces. Water samples exposed to Beethoven and Tchaikovsky were described as “gorgeous.” Spring water and groundwater crystals were generally beautiful. Crystals from tap water and rainwater were more misshapen or uneven.

He found the most powerful words—the words that produced the most beautiful crystals—were Love and Gratitude.

Dr. Emoto first book, The Message from Water, Vol. 1, (Hado Publishing, 1999), has been translated into 45 languages. His work was featured in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004) starring Marlee Matlin; and also in Water, a documentary produced by Saida Medvedeva and released in 2008.

His newest book is Messages from Water and the Universe (Hay House, June 2010). What follows is an excerpt from that book. It’s available in bookstores and at

See the News section in this issue for information on a coming event with Dr. Emoto relating to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

—Steve Hays

Love and Gratitude Heal Illnesses

Since love and gratitude protect water from the effects of electromagnetic radiation, we can also contend that they can repel all of the diseases in the world. Why do we get sick in the first place? Usually, we become ill because our immunity is low. Despite our many technological and scientific advances throughout the ages, it seems that our immune systems and ability to self-heal have diminished. I believe that love and gratitude can restore our original, powerful immunity and potential to self-heal.

When we feel an abundance of love and gratitude in our hearts, that loving energy boosts our defenses—we are protected, even against very strong viruses. The more we are filled with loving-kindness, the fewer negative thoughts or feelings will emerge from us; therefore, we won’t attract any negativity (such as illnesses) from the outside world.

For many years, I practiced alternative medicine and have conducted more than 10,000 hado-counseling sessions. Through that experience, I realized that people who are ill have some type of negative energy within them. My treatments involved neutralizing clients’ energy by tapping into their hado. This worked wonders, and many of my patients saw an immediate improvement in their conditions. However, there was one problem: in order to conduct a healing session,
I had to take in my clients’ hado. As a result, I would sometimes be affected by their illnesses or conditions, and I realized the dangers of this work.

Despite the risks, I was able to provide countless healing treatments without experiencing a decline in my own health mainly because my wife, Kazuko, would remind me to keep my heart filled with compassion and gratitude. Ever since we were married, she has always supported me and made me feel loved and cared for. Today, we happily travel the world together. Whenever I think about all the times that my wife has been there for me, I’m filled with love and gratitude. I didn’t realize it back when I was treating patients, but I believe that the powerful bond we share actually boosted my immunity and protected me. Experiences like these have proven to me that positive feelings offer immunity against illnesses.

Today, many of us have chosen to ignore God and look only to science to help heal the world. As we lose sight of the real meaning of life and rely too heavily upon modern technology, we’ve been missing the warning signs that God has been sending.

Please know that I don’t deny the necessity of Western medicine. Because of the advances in that field, our life expectancy is longer, and there is much less suffering in the world. And fortunately, researchers are continuing to make tremendous advances. However, at the same time, despite countless medical breakthroughs, we’re still confronted by an onslaught of frightening new diseases and illnesses, as well as resistant viruses and the reemergence of many communicable diseases.

Could this cycle be another sign from God, asking, “Don’t you get it yet?”

The Divine is patiently looking over us and giving us chance after chance to rethink the ways in which we are living. What would happen if we continue to ignore His warnings, though? We need to start changing how we treat ourselves, each other, and the planet in order to be true to God’s intention (and before He decides to give up on us!).

I think you now know that the “new” way of life is to live in love and gratitude.

How can this be achieved? Start by nurturing your relationships with family members and friends. You might be able to make it into a game, such as: “Today, I’ll be in charge of giving love, and you can receive it as gratitude and then send it off to another person.”

Or when you first wake up, say to yourself, In order to live a life filled with love and gratitude, I’m deciding right now not to get mad for any reason today.

However, even if you know what you need to do, you may find it hard to always live up to your expectations. Humans possess deep emotions; and it’s natural to feel irritated, disturbed, sad, or lonely. There is no need to feel bad about the fact that you can’t feel love and gratitude at all times. When you’re feeling despair or darkness in your heart, though, all you have to do is borrow some of the power of words.

Because words have power and energy, write the phrase love and gratitude on several pieces of paper, and put them in prominent places in your home and workstation. Of course, if you stick one on a pitcher of drinking water, that water will contain lots of love and gratitude (recall the beautiful crystal that’s formed by this phrase). And if you say “Thank you” or “I love you” to water, it will also absorb this hado (and since you are water, too, you will feel the effects of your loving words).

At a seminar I conducted in Italy, during the Q&A portion, a participant said the following:

“Every time I look at a picture of my son who passed away, I can’t help crying. Wouldn’t the hado of my sadness affect the water in the room and maybe even negatively affect my family, too?”

I replied, “No, you shouldn’t worry about that. What is contained in your tears is that deep motherly love for your son. Water will be more affected by your hado of love.” The lady smiled warmly, and that gave me something to smile about!

We must understand that even if we carry negative feelings, water will catch on to the love that resides in our hearts. Rather than suppress our emotions, we should trust our hearts and have faith in the power of our words.

This is yet another way to live in love and gratitude. (And we should remember that when we live in this way, our natural immunity will rise, too, and we’ll be less likely to contract illnesses or diseases.)

The Concept of Kotodama

In the last chapter, I mentioned the term kotodama, which is a concept from Shintoism that states that words (either spoken or written) have great power. The effectiveness of prayer is a good example. Another is to look at our everyday speech.

For instance, in Japanese culture, it’s taboo to say words such as break or separate at a wedding. Likewise, no one would say slip or fall while conversing with a student who’s about to take an exam. Since ancient times, Japanese people have understood the power of words, and that’s why there are so many taboos related to speech.

Of course, this concept also applies to the words we choose when we’re looking to create a positive outcome or result. By harnessing the power of kotodama, we will be better able to lead a life of love and gratitude.

Shintoism, which espouses kotodama, taps into the universe’s vibration, and kotodama lies at the center of this. Have you ever received a blessing from a priest at a Shinto shrine? This is what happens: When a blessing is requested, the priest will move to where you are sitting, turn away from you, and read aloud a norito (a blessing mantra) to the image of God.

(The profoundness of this ceremony would make anyone feel refreshed and awakened.)

The norito—which, in addition to a blessing, also contains the name and address of the person who requested it—sends your wish to the universe.

Once it’s read out loud, the words become the guide that brings the petitioner’s vibration (hado) all the way to God.

This occurs because when the vibration is turned into sound, a resonance is created with the universe. The closer it gets to the center of the universe, the higher the frequency. However, remember that the law of resonance says that even if the frequencies are different, as long as they represent the same sound, they will resonate.

Besides kotodama, the hemp plant also plays an important role in Shintoism. These days, it’s mostly associated with the drug marijuana, but since antiquity, hemp has been considered sacred. This is because it was a necessary element in creating a high-frequency resonance with God.

The fact that this plant can be harvested twice per year and that it’s strong enough to survive most pests is proof that it possesses high hado energy. And the revered Heitate shrine, located in southern Aso in Kyushu, pays tribute to Amaterasu-Oomikami (“the Goddess of the Sun”).

Interestingly, the “Hei” of Heitate is said to mean nusa, which is hemp paper.

You may be wondering why a book about water (and the power of love and gratitude) is now talking about Shintoism. Well, as a Japanese person, I cannot talk about the origin of life and the creation of the world without bringing up the influence of my country’s oldest religion.

I also believe that this provides a broader perspective to see and understand the universal messages from water.