The Secret Life of Water


The Secret Life of WaterNew York: Atria Books, 2005.

The Secret Life of Water, when you compare it with Masaru Emoto’s first book, The Hidden Messages in Water, is something like the scientific back office of water research.

Here, Masaru Emoto really explains what hado really is, this strange concept that seemingly was unknown in our own culture until very recently, except among natural healers and clairvoyants. Yet it is a very old concept, part of the treasure of ancient Japanese wisdom, and thereby part of perennial science.

Once I got familiar with this knowledge tradition, I found a number of other books about hado, as for example sending out hado by deliberate intent for healing, or learning the hado of cooking. Myself a passionate chef, I always wondered how it is possible that two people using the same recipe, and the same kitchen for cooking the same food can end up with cooking food that tastes differently. While the dish may even look the same, the taste is different.

The Japanese say that the cook whose dish tastes better has a better or more sublime hado. I found books how to deliberately improve your cooking hado so as to cook better-tasting food, while you may cook the same food that you always cooked before.

Emoto enumerates three basic keys for the understanding of hado:

Three key words are helpful to understand hado. The first is frequency. The entire universe is vibrating at a particular and unique frequency. Frequency can be modeled as waves, a fact easily supported by quantum mechanics. All matter is frequency as well as particles. What this means is that rather than considering something a living organism or a mineral, something we can touch or something we can see, everything is vibrating, and vibrating at a unique and individual frequency./30

The second word that is helpful in understanding hado is resonance. Resonance comes in play when there is a sender of hado information and a receiver of the information. Say you make a call to someone you want to talk to. Unless that person picks up the receiver, there will be no conversation. Without a receiver, information cannot be sent. The Japanese expression aun no kokyu, or ‘in-breath and out-breath,’ describes a state where subtle synchronization occurs when we do things together. This also refers to a relationship between a sender and a receiver. When there are vibrations matching, resonance occurs. We can observe the phenomenon of resonance in various aspects of daily life. For example, if you have feelings of hatred toward someone, there is a good chance that this person feels the same about you. Likewise, if you have positive feelings toward someone, that person will sense those feelings even if you don’t express them in words. What we feel in our hearts has a strange way of being relayed to other people./32

The third word helpful for understanding hado is similarity. The macro world we know is a symbol, an expansion of the micro world. The nine rotating planets in our solar system are the macro version of the electrons circulating around the atomic nucleus, and what is going on within the human body is a miniaturization of what is going on in the grandeur of nature./33

This is not all about hado, it’s just a starting point. From about page 50 of the book, Emoto expands about healing with hado. And he has collected amazing examples from all over the world, and from different researchers, to prove his point. He envisions what he calls hado medicine becoming one day the medicine of the future. He writes:

All symptoms of illnesses vibrate at a unique frequency. By knowing the frequency, it is possible to overlap the exact opposite wavelength on top of the symptom’s wavelength; thus, the frequency of the illness is dissipated and the symptoms are alleviated. /51

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This is something that has been done by the Russian-French researcher Georges Lakhovsky who, as early as in the 1920s, proved able to healing plant cancer simply by exposing cancer-afflicted plants to vibrations that were exactly opposite to the frequency of the malignant cells. Based upon these experiments, Lakhovsky elaborated a cancer etiology and healing procedures for both plant cancer and cancer in animals and humans. For Emoto, the body is something like a complex sound machine and it really vibrates, emits frequencies and can be seen as a musical composition. All organs produce sounds, and all the sounds are in harmony with each other in the healthy organism. Now what happens when we are sick? Emoto explains:

When something goes wrong somewhere in the body, there is discord with one of the sounds. And when even one sound is out of pitch, the entire composition is not as it should be./52

A controversial point in Emoto’s science of hado is what he calls the memory of water. He claims that all water has a memory that manifests through the fact once an affirmation has been emitted, and water has been impregnated with such positive or negative intent, this impression lasts. It will not just vanish after a day or a month. But how can we imagine this in practice, and what are the details of this science? How long will the impression last in the individual case, and how to detect it? Emoto expresses himself in terms that can neither be criticized, nor taken as evidence for the ‘memory theory’:

All matter has its own hado, and water relays this information. The molecules of water carry messages like the magnet of a computer disk. Hado can be either beneficial for life or harmful for life. But even if the vibration is good for life, if water—the mediator—is impure, the hado will not be relayed correctly./62

As I mentioned already in my review of The Hidden Messages in Water, Emoto’s research is controversial with regard to scientific standards applied. While he appears to have given contradicting information to the press in this regard, in the present book he writes, quite honestly:

I admit that the selection process is not strictly in accordance with the scientific method, but simply put, we choose the crystal that best represents the entire sample instead of simply one from the most common category./130

The fact is namely that there is never a total uniformity in the water crystals that are formed after the water was impressed and impregnated with intent. There is always a mix. Now, when there is a mix, which crystals are going to be photographed and shown in a publication? It’s well-nigh clear that this is a crucial point in the whole of this research. To argue from the detractor position: if there is a mix, there is no proof at all because when there is a mix, all is potentially in there, and so I can just pick out what I like to pick out, and comment on it.

Now, strangely enough, Emoto doesn’t even come up with the idea of a predominant scheme of crystals so that we could establish something like a rule of evidence based upon majority of crystals versus minority of crystals. Fact is that Emoto not only applies intent for choosing the crystals but he also applies intent for choosing the choosers. He argued in interviews that he was carefully selecting the people who were doing the photographs because another crucial point brought forward by the detractors was that if intent is so powerful on water, then what about the intent brought in the water, more or less unconsciously, by the photographer?

And how can we detect to what extent the crystals have been formed by the affirmations, glued as paper messages on the bottles, on one hand, and the intent formed in the minds of the photographers, on the other? I carefully put a question mark here as to scientific credibility. While I intuitively agree with Emoto and his research, I think its scientific foundation is far from being established.

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