I live in a state currently experiencing drought. It is heartbreaking to see what is happening. I have lived through serious drought before. My father was stationed on the island of Okinawa when I was in high school. When we first arrived, the situation was so serious that water was being rationed. People living off base, islanders as well as military personnel, had running water 4 hours a day. The base we lived on housed the primary water systems so our water was never turned off but we were under restrictions, such as taking “Navy showers.” This means you turn the water on long enough to wet your body. You turn it off while you soap up and wash. You turn it back on to quickly rinse off. Each house was given a large barrel and a water truck came around once a week to fill it. This was water not suitable for consumption that we used to hand flush toilets and clean house or do laundry. It was a lesson I never forgot about the precious commodity we so often take for granted: water.
It hasn’t come to rationing yet in California but rain cannot come too soon. Experiencing this again has heightened my awareness of the value and beauty of water in and of itself. In choosing to focus on being grateful for water and staying positive, I have returned to the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto. His original works “Messages From Water” (1 and 2) made me aware of the power of intention and I have used his photographs of the crystals that form in water under every water bottle, glass, or cup of liquid for years. The cell structure of water changes as it is exposed to thought forms, concepts, intentions. Fascinating, wonder-filled, empowering information!
His book “The HIdden Messages in Water” is even more powerful as he takes what he has discovered to the molecular structure of our bodies, which are 70-90% water. I have reminded my students over the years of this fact with relationship to moon phases. If the moon moves the oceans, creating the cycle of the tides, why do we think we are not affected also? For example, Native American teachings suggest that the full moon, rather than being a negative influence, simply intensifies what is currently being experienced. If I am balanced and happy and joyful during a full moon, that will be intensified, If I am confused, cranky and unhappy, that will be intensified. When I am the latter, why then could I not engage the full moon energy to shift what I am experiencing. If I embrace gratitude or force laughter, will that not be intensified? Oh yeah, it will! So now the full moon energy becomes my ally in shifting heavy energy to a lighter flow.
Dr. Emoto takes this further as his photographs of crystals formed in water reveal a direct correlation to what water is shown or exposed to in his experiments. His photographs of crystals formed in response to gratitude, thank you, love, etc. are more stunning than any gem or jewel ever made by human hand. I have wept at the beauty of what is produced in water by a simple word or thought. I am also taken back by the importance of my practice in maintaining my own health and well-being in light of this information.
He emphasized the importance of gratitude and appreciation of water, yes, but also of ourselves and one another. These positive, powerful qualities affect the very cells of our body because we are, more than anything else, composed of water!!
I will end this entry with a quote from “The Hidden Messages in Water” and hope that your cannot resist the urge to explore his work more deeply. It has changed me fundamentally. From page 81 of the chapter titled “Consciousnes Creates All,”
Perhaps we are finally beginning to see that the direction we are moving in leads nowhere. We have sacrificed too much in order to secure the riches of life. Forrests have been destroyed and clean water lost, and we have cut up and sold the earth itself.
What the world needs now is gratitude. We must begin by learning what it means to have enough. We need to feel gratitude for having been born on the planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. Do we really know how wonderful it is to be able to breathe a big breath of clean air?
If you open your eyes, you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves your gratitude.
When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you yourself will be a beautiful, shining crystal of light.