The True Power of Water: The Ripple Effect on Good Health and World Peace

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"The True Power of Water: Healing and Discovering Ourselves," a book by Japanese scientist and alternative medical physician Dr. Masaru Emoto that's quickly making its way up the New York Times Best Seller List, is the latest in a series of publications entitled "Messages from Water, Volumes 1-3" and "The Hidden Messages in Water." Dr. Emoto's work has been steadily gaining popularity since it was featured in the 2004 independent film "What the Bleep Do We Know" starring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin; the film recently made its British debut to rave reviews in May of 2005. Sold out audiences are now common occurrences on Dr. Emoto's current speaking tour.

Even though Dr. Emoto states, "In this book you will learn of the unique properties of water and its ability to improve your health and your life," don't write off reading this book because you think it's merely discussing the importance of drinking a daily dose of water. Dr. Emoto's volumes of work have actually focused on his extraordinary theory and related studies that suggest water is capable of absorbing, retaining, and reflecting the positive and negative messages that are conveyed to it whether through music, written words/symbols, prayers, electromagnetic waves, etc. Because of such work, Dr. Emoto is a strong believer and advocate that, because human beings are comprised of 70% water as is the Earth's surface, the messages that we send out into the world's water can actually be a source of healing for ourselves as well as for global problems requiring environmental renewal and world peace.

Does it all sound too far-fetched and lacking in science for you to consider as a viable option? Even Dr. Emoto acknowledges that these concepts might sound like "far-out religion or philosophy." While many die-hard scientists might question Dr. Emoto's methods and conclusions, I can honestly say that, as an individual who possesses a Masters of Science degree, I am deeply intrigued with the possible implications of such findings. As the co-owner of a water-garden retail store, I can also imagine the far-reaching ramifications that these ideas could have for owners of ponds who are experiencing "less than ideal" living conditions in their systems containing plants, fish, and a wide variety of other life forms. Perhaps less chemical treatments and more thoughts that are positive will be the solution to their problems. The possible applications of such findings seem almost as endless as the oceans.

With high-speed photography, Dr. Emoto has previously chronicled the crystalline formations and changes associated with frozen water that's exposed to various thoughts, words (in varying languages), sounds, etc. Water sources have ranged from clear springs to bottled water and polluted lakes. The photographic results alone are, if nothing else, impressive and breathtaking.

In this latest book, Dr. Emoto draws the correlation that, just as the water samples he's worked with and photographed, so a person's body and overall health is effected by the negative and/or positive thoughts, emotions, and words that it encounters. By altering the hado, a Japanese term for a vibrational energy life force similar to the Chinese concept of chi, one can eradicate the negative vibrations associated with illness. Dr. Emoto discusses a number of his medical success stories as well as provides insight on how everyone can enhance their health by learning how to have a conscious connection with the water that comprises their entire being. Additional information pertaining to prayer-purified water, inherited diseases, and the constraints of Western medicine is also detailed.

Dr. Emoto reminds us that the year 2005 is the beginning of the United Nations' Decade of Water. He also states that, "In a world of no mistakes, it is not by coincidence that you and I are embarking on this journey." Perhaps synchronicity would be a better description of my meeting Dr. Emoto as I had stumbled upon his name for the first time just a few weeks prior while editing an article about flower essences; the article mentioned Dr. Emoto's belief that water has the capacity to retain memories. I remember how awe-struck I was by such an idea and how happy I was to see again his name associated with this remarkably refreshing idea. Dr. Emoto defines this idea best when he expresses his deep desire that, "May our understanding of water help bring peace to all humankind." Experience the true power of such a message in "The True Power of Water." You'll never look at or think about water in the same way again.

Donna McLaughlin Schwender is the "soul proprietor" of One-Eared Dog, Ink. As a freelance writer living in upstate New York, she can be reached at schwender@aol.com.