Can talking to our water really make a difference?

Now before you click away thinking I’m some mad tree-hugging yogi woman (may also be true!) take a quick look here and read on below if you’re interested…

In 1994, the Japanese scientist and water researcher Dr Masaru Emoto released his groundbreaking work The Hidden Messages in Water, in which he investigated water’s ability to retain information and energy.

Emoto found that no two snowflakes are identical – when he froze water at -25 degrees, unique, stunning and beautifully radiant water crystals formed. However, this was only true of water from natural sources like rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Samples taken from tap water produced no crystals. Emoto believed that the hexagonal form of the water crystals represented the life force of mother nature.

In contrast, the absence of a hexagonal water crystal was a sign that life forces had been tampered with and compromised energetically.

“Water records information, and while circulating throughout the earth distributes information. This water sent from the universe is full of the information of life…”

Masaru Emoto, Hidden Messages in Water




After exploring different samples of frozen water from various sources, Emoto developed his experiments by exposing water to music. Again, the crystal structure changed – they were more expressive and formed magnificent crystals. When we think about this more deeply, music was developed by humans to bring us joy, happiness, and evoke certain emotions. After World War II, music was positive, upbeat and melodic.

Since our bodies are made up of 90% of water, is it any surprise that when exposed to music our emotions and body react to it and transform? The vibrational power of music helps bring us back to our natural state. In yoga we chant ‘Om’ to feel the vibrational force of this mystical syllable and sacred sound.

Hindus believe the sound ‘Aum/Om’ is the universal name of God and encompasses all of creation and all the universe. Music in itself is a healing art, but could it be that it is healing because of its vibrational force and how it alters the water in our bodies?

“Of course, we all know that water is transparent and has no taste, smell, or color. What’s amazing about water is that it is able to show us myriad “faces” depending upon the condition it is in or the information it is given.”

Masaru Emoto, Messages from Water and the Universe




Dr Emoto also exposed water to different words. This was done by saying certain words close to the water as well as labelling flasks of water with words.  When exposed to negative words, no crystals formed and the water turned dark and horrible. When exposed to words such as “love”, “happiness” and “peace” in a variety of languages, the water produced beautiful crystals. Emoto argued that water can be our mirror and reflect our thoughts. Water is in our bodies and nurtures all human life – the frozen snowflakes carry the universal message of life, reminding us that mother nature is at the root of everything we do.

If we tune in with nature and expose ourselves to powerful vibrational energy through our words and music, it manifests within us and keeps our bodies clean. After all, dehydration and chronic shortage of water within the body is what causes disease and serious ailments. In the dedication of his book, Emoto wrote:

“My hope in sharing this message from water is to touch your heart so that you experience peace and healing through love and gratitude.”

Masaru Emoto, Messages from Water and the Universe




During my yoga teacher training course, we looked into Dr Emoto’s work. However, it wasn’t until I began working with Conscious water that I began to think more deeply about Dr Emoto’s theory.

Conscious water has created beautiful sachets of different flavoured water enhancers each with a unique aspiration printed on the sachet including “love”, “happiness”, “clarity”, “rejuvenation”, “sweet dreams” and, my personal favourite, “serenity”. As well as adding a bit of aspiration to your drink of water, could it be that by labelling the sachet with these positive words we could actually be altering the water we drink, for the better?

This post wasn’t written with the aim of convincing you that Dr Emoto’s experiments are solid proof of the healing powers of water.

But perhaps next time you drink some water you might consider its source, the journey it’s taken to reach you, and project some of your own “love and gratitude” onto it. It can’t hurt, can it? So, give it a go.

“To give your positive or negative attention to something is a way of giving energy. The most damaging form of behavior is withholding your attention.”

Masaru Emoto, The Hidden Messages in Water


For further reading see Messages from Water.