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I decided to read this book after seeing some of Dr. Emoto's water crystal photographs at Jack Canfield's Breakthrough to Success Seminar in August. The library put me on an indefinite hold for his book, but I was able to sign up for a learning annex lecture by Dr. Emoto earlier this month on October 6 in New York. Then, last week the book became available at the library.
If you are looking for a thorough scientific explanation of what Dr. Emoto found and his methodology, this is the wrong book for you.
If you want to understand his process for understanding how water crystals may be affected by thought, prayer, music and writing, the book is excellent. In fact, the book explains his work much better than the public lecture did. And the book is a lot cheaper than the lecture was.
I was glad to have attended the lecture, however. It gave me a sense of Dr. Emoto who seems to be a genuinely humble and open seeker after truth.
As he pointed out in the lecture, his work has raised more questions than answers. But he does give us some theories that will intrigue you. Perhaps the most interesting and important one is that humans can uniquely create earthly harmony by their vibrations.
If you are not familiar with his work, he developed a way to take photographs of frozen water that resemble snowflake photographs. While snowflakes vary in the same storm due to local conditions, water crystals seem to vary due to other factors. Pollution and other forms of human interaction appear to play a role.
Dr. Emoto shows that human interaction can also create disharmony.
The photographs are quite eloquent by themselves. If you looked at them merely for artistic purposes, you would enjoy this book.
Many of his observations are based on spiritual beliefs such as in reincarnation so you can take those parts as you will. But they are not essential to enjoying the book.
I found that I have changed several things in my life since the lecture. I bathe myself in as much beautiful and elegant classical music as possible. I used to do that and am enjoying my return to this practice. I also take time to retune my thoughts to make them more harmonious. I find that my creativity has been aided by this, and my latest book writing work has gone much better as a result.
For skeptics, Dr. Emoto claims that others have repeated his results. I don't know about that, but I'm sure you could check it out if you are interested.
I appreciated his reference to Rupert Sheldrake's work on morphic resonance. I had thought of the parallels when I listened to the lecture. If you are not familiar with Sheldrake, he believes that thoughts affect the physical form of the world and the minds of others. He points to experiments where people learn faster after more people have learned something . . . even if they have no physical or written contact with one another.
With The Hidden Messages in Water, I felt like another piece of the puzzle about what thought is and isn't fell into place.
Dr. Emoto has also started a project to share 650 million copies of this work with young people so that they can sooner learn to live in harmony.
I think this book will provide many interesting epiphanies for you. Check it out!
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on 30 January 2006
This is an interesting book looking at the effect negative and positive energies have upon ‘water’, and you will have heard of this book if you have seen the film ‘what the bleep do we know’. I have studied the Kabbalah for 3 years, and in it, it teaches about the power of water, and how it’s affected by energy (blessings etc) etc, so it interesting to see a study of this extraordinary claim. Water has a more complex structure than most would know I think; just look at how homeopathy works – extraordinary! The most interesting images for me show the differences between tap water all over the world, and spring water. (I’ve stopped drinking tap water – that’s all I’m going to say!). The images of the formed crystals are stunning, and the text interesting at times, especially if you have an interest in Quantum Physics at a basic level, but what you may ask, is the point? Well, as the book says, we are made up mainly of water – so what effect is our negative energies having upon our own bodies? It’s a good question! Make up your own mind…
The only complaint about this book is the translation. At times it isn’t great, but it’s not bad enough to ruin the flow, just mildly irritating.
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This charming little book is not a scientific treatise but a rumination on consciousness that touches on vibrations, frequencies and the wonders of water. The prologue introduces the reader to the crucial role of water in life and in our bodies and psyche. Physically, humans consist mostly of water, 90% at birth & 70% as adults. Dr Emoto considers water the essential life force, pointing out the various functions it performs, its unusual properties that include the copying and memorizing of information as in homeopathy. He explains the history of the project and the technique of photography employed: Freezing water & photographing the crystals that last for only 20 - 30 seconds. First he noticed the effect of music on the form of these crystals, then the effect of written & spoken words.

The first series of full color plates contain 69 photographs of crystals with captions & explanatory notes. The most beautiful to me are the ones exposed to the words Love & Gratitude (more about this later), Wisdom in its Japanese, English & German forms, Cosmos in the same three languages, Beethoven's Symphony no. 5, Swan Lake, Yesterday by The Beatles, Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis, Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Negative & coercive words created distortions, chlorinated water is `dead' and proximity to computers, mobile phones & televisions had the same negative effect as heating in a microwave oven. However, a wholesome TV program produced a lovely crystal so the content of the information modifies the effect of the electromagnetic carrier waves.

The narrative then moves to the vibrational nature of the universe. Emotions, objects, locations & individuals all emit frequencies. This means that everything emits sound too. Then follows a fascinating section on music, Hertzian waves and the concept of 42 octaves plus an explanation of resonance. Like attracts like and fundamentally incompatible frequencies cannot resonate but there may be resonance between non-identical frequencies, e.g. when the difference is two-, four-, eightfold or one half, one quarter etc. More detailed information on this subject is available in Sacred Sounds: Magic & Healing Through Words & Music by Ted Andrews and Jonathan Goldman's book Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics.

The author revisits the miraculous properties of water, explaining its remarkable differences from other substances & its unique abilities to sustain life, to heal and to purify. The research of Joan S Davis of Zurich Technical University is thought-provoking; several quotes are provided. She distinguishes between `juvenile' & `wise water.' The baby water is that which has just fallen, whilst the wise is that which has spent time underground and gathered minerals, `memorizing' their vibrations. Correspondences exist between the vibrations of emotions and elements amongst others. The effect of consciousness on the physical world and quantum mechanics are discussed next, as well as Quantum Theorist David Bohm's theory of the Explicate Order observed by the senses and the Implicate Order experienced within the mind. The work of Rupert Sheldrake & his theory of morphic fields & morphic resonance are highly relevant here. Dr Emoto provides a simple explanation and some quotes by Sheldrake.

The second series of plates, titled Water Shown Photographs of Natural Scenery, offers 65 photographs of crystal forms influenced by natural features like Mount Fuji.

Much of the author's thoughts on vibrations & the influence of the observer on the observed will already be familiar to those interested in quantum science & metaphysics; what is new is the way that this phenomenon takes physical shape in water. Eldon Taylor's book Subliminal Communication explains how wave patterns created by sound can be displayed visually. Powders, liquids & metal fillings scattered on a disc formed geometric patterns as the disc resonated to music, even taking on organic shapes. This book includes visual configurations of the mantra OM and the concluding chord of Händel's Messiah by means of a tonophone. Works of related interest include Cymatics: A Study of Wave Phenomena & Vibration by Hans Jenny and Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music by Anthony Ashton.

Dr Emoto believes the two emotions love & gratitude combined form the most potent healing force and a powerful immune shield. Gratitude appears to have the greater influence in the blend. He argues that they are fundamental principles of nature. In the epilogue he mentions the destructive side of water in the worldwide legend of a great flood and speculates about the possible future applications of his discoveries, for example the ability to predict earthquakes The book concludes with a short biography of the author. As a work on consciousness it is valuable for discussing the factors that influence water and how the substance responds to these influences; those working in or appreciative of the visual arts will find the beautiful photo's reason enough to read the book.
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on 8 May 2012
I came across this book while reading about Earthing (another book I will review)and followed a link. This has opened up a whole new aspect of drinking water and how 'alive' it is, not just to rehydrate our bodies but much deeper issues. The amazing photos are worth buying the book for to see what effect words & pictures (both negative & positive) have on how crystals form in water, as well as the water coming out of your tap.

Looking at this in isolation may not give much meaning, but when you look at the connection we as humans have with the planet in its entirety (read the earthing book) this all made absolute sense.
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As much as there are pages with words in this book, there are just as many pages with photographs from water crystals from all over the world - from natural springs, from tap water, and then the images that were taken when different music was played, or when different positive and negative words and statements (samples were taking from many different languages) were written on a piece of paper.

Some sample words and statements were "love" and "you fool". The crystal which formed when the word "love" was written in Japanese looked so beautiful and well defined, that it almost made me begin to learn Japanese (soon, I will). But the havoc that the statement "you fool" created - I think that all who happen to use these words frequently either when referring to themselves or others, should take a closer look to get a picture as to what it does to their bodies.

It has been known to those who are involved in metaphysical studies that the vibration of love heals the body and that vibrations of fear, hate, lies cause the cells of the body to fall apart. The pictures in this book demonstrate what the vibrations of different ideas, thoughts, emotions, statements and music do to water.

This is an enlightening book which is intended to demonstrate the effect that music and words we use have on our bodies, given the fact that our bodies are mainly composed out of water.

The current edition of the book is an expanded version of the original book which contained only pictures and was reprinted due to its great demand.

The author did make few statements, though, which I do not consider entirely correct - one of them being that "ALL is made out of water" - I believe that, at least in view of both quantum physics and metaphysics, it would be more correct to state that - ALL is made out of intelligent energy - and that water in this case was a medium for experiments which have the workings of energy and vibration at the core.

Having an esoteric background, when I picked up this book, I was expecting it to go a little bit further - as in consciously intending outcomes and projecting them upon the glass of water, instead of just writing the words and statement on paper. One can, for example, also use litmus paper to measure the changes in pH levels in water after directing focused energy charged with specific thoughts, either purely mentally or through one's hands, into the glass of water.
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on 11 January 2010
Interesting book, however it's doesn't live up to the hype that surrounds it as Masaru Emoto jumps to many conclusions without much evidence to back them up. I still enjoyed it very much though.
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on 28 October 2011
I have just finished 'The hidden Messages of water' and am feeling cheated. While there was a hint of some interesting ideas, they were not developed. Most of the book consisted of self promotion. We were told how great he was and what wonderful plans he had for the future. In fact he seems to be using his readers to affirm himself in his plans. The pictures of crystals are impressive but the interpretation he puts on them is very precarious. On the whole disappointing.
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VINE VOICEon 26 February 2005
This is an extraordinarily interesting book from the concept perspective. The author stumbled on the 'fact' that ice crystals develop particular forms when under the influence of words and music, claiming that this applies even to text pasted on the water container. This would be remarkable if true. However, the evidence that is provided is very poor.
First, the photographs taken through microscopes are amaturish, out of focus in many cases, especially at the edges.
Second, the book is based on the statement that particular words and music produce either beautiful or ugly images or forms, and that this represents a kind of moral statement by the universe that guides action.
To be more convincing, the book would need to show multiple images of crystals formed by the same music or word. How reliable is the 'effect' of the music or text? Or at least it would need to explain how many times the experiment was done, and the results, with particular images acting as representatives.
And we would also benefit from some criteria for beauty/ugliness that were applied in these multiple tests. Clearly these aesthetic concepts are difficult, but you could use a panel of appropriately trained people to produce judgements. Here is an area for some potentially important and interesting real science.
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on 19 June 2013
This book is a fantastic guide to what not to do when conducting a scientific experiment. Controls? What are those? Other variables? What other variables? Showing all your results? Now that would be silly!
The message is nice, if a little... naive and poorly thought out, but the way it is presented only serves to highlight the flaws of said message. The natural world is not nice, it does not only know "love and gratitude"- he gives dolphins as an example of a noble creature with healing properties (page 35). Clearly he doesn't know much about dolphins, seeing as dolphins have been known to hunt for fun, killing porpoises and even their own young. Lions (page 46) are another bad example- male lions will happily kill the offspring of their rivals, for example.
Another glaring flaw is his idea of medicine and poison. While it is true that a high enough dose of pretty much any medicine will harm someone, that is true of anything (Paracelsus anyone?) and so the claim that all medicine is intrinsically harmful to the body (page 75)is just silly, as are the claims of all medicine being superficial only.
Perhaps the biggest problem with this book is his idea of what vibrations are, but if I tried writing any explanation as to the many flaws of his understanding of vibrations and frequency I'd be writing a book at least as long as `The Hidden Messages in Water". Suffice to say, his theory of the properties and functions of vibrations is confusing and very badly thought out and explained.
He butchers quantum mechanics and genetics, and shows next to no understanding of the things he references (with the exception of Dr Sheldrake, who, having been discredited by the scientific community, perhaps doesn't deserve to be seen as any kind of scientific expert anymore...). With a little application of logic, his arguments practically evaporate.
I suppose my main criticism here is that if you want to write a book about your pet theory but have no genuine science to back it up, don't bring poorly-disguised pseudo-science into it. If you do, don't be surprised when people with any understanding of the scientific method don't believe you.
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on 15 April 2008
The Hidden Messages in Water helped prove my theory of the interconnectedness among all life that I wrote about in my book, Harmonious Envrionment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet.

An excellent example of how our thinking and feeling can institute change comes from Dr. Masaru Emoto's study. Emoto's experiments show how powerfully your thoughts can affect your physical environment. In his book, The Hidden Message in Water, Emoto demonstrates how water will change form in response to thought.

Emoto mentally projected love to a bottle of water, which was then frozen and the ice crystals were photographed. The crystals were beautiful, clear and symmetrical.

Next, Emoto allowed the water in the bottle to melt and directed hate to the water. He froze the water and photographed the ice crystals. This time, the crystals were misshapen, dense and ugly.

Every one of us, consciously or unconsciously, affects the objects and people around us--including ourselves--on a continual basis. Think about the expression "laughter is contagious." It is! How do you feel when you are around happy, laughing people? Usually, you can't help but feel good yourself. All emotions are energy and energy passes from one body to another; from one object to another; matter to matter. Emotions are contagious!

Emoto also found that low frequency water reacts extremely negatively when exposed to low frequencies, but high frequency water is not affected in any way by low frequencies. This is because low and high frequencies are not on the same wavelength, and when we are in a high frequency state we are not affected by the low frequencies of our environment, other people, objects or food.

This book will convince you to chose what emotions to own.

Oh--and the photographs are lovely!

Author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet
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