Tuesday, February 15, 2005


The image above was made by lake water after a priest recited a healing prayer.

Crystal clear

Water is viewed as a
reflection of the universe


Wednesday, February 16, 2005

» Former isle resident Cynthia Black has an independent press called Beyond Words Publishing. An article on Page D1 yesterday incorrectly called it Beyond Water Publishing.

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If you were one of the many who made "What the Bleep Do We Know?!" a national art-house hit, you're already familiar with the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto.


Spreading the message

Featuring Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of "The Hidden Messages in Water":

Lecture: 7:30 p.m. today
Place: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 S. Beretania St.
Tickets: $25 advance and $30 at the door
Info: 875-8820 or www.EmotoTickets.com

His high-speed, microscopic photos of water crystals are claimed to be proof of water's ability to "express" feelings and emotions when exposed to music, thought and written word. The photos are supposed to prove the vibrational linkage we, as humans whose bodies comprise water, share with nature.

Emoto's photographs were first published in "Messages from Water." His latest book, "The Hidden Messages in Water," first published in Japan, is now available in English through former isle resident Cynthia Black's Beyond Water Publishing independent press. It is currently second on the local nonfiction best-seller list, and No. 13 on the New York Times Bestseller list in the Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous category.

Emoto is on a 30-city lecture tour to help promote his book and will speak tonight at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili before heading to Maui, Kona and Hilo.

His message of leading a happy and healthy life is wrapped in his theory that water has the ability to receive a wider range of "hado" (as he describes it, the smallest unit of energy, the intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter) than humans, and, expanding on that thought, might reflect the universe.

"Water is the mirror of the soul," Emoto writes in his book, and he later states, "It appears that ice crystals are closely and permanently linked to the human soul."

In a telephone interview, Emoto said through a translator that "we human beings have gotten to the point where we can't differentiate between what we think is real and what is visible right in front of us. When we mention absolute questions like 'What is truth?' it shows we think too much.

"The message in water shows the beauty of harmony, love, thanks and gratitude." (One photo in Emoto's book shows the crystal formed when the phrase "love and gratitude," typed on a piece of paper, was wrapped around a bottle of water and the bottle was frozen.)

Emoto says water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to "loving words (and music) shows brilliant, complex and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water molecules exposed to negative thoughts, form incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors."

The Yokohama-born Emoto graduated from the Yokohama Municipal University, with a focus on International Relations. In 1992 he was certified a doctor of alternative medicine after completing studies at the Open International University for Alternative Medicine in Calcutta, India. In 1986 he began his work in micro-cluster water and Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology by establishing the Hado Institute (IHM Corp.) in Tokyo.

"Starting from the time of my business," he said, "I wanted to continue to work for world peace." In fact, it was his marriage to his Korean sweetheart that helped spur his work.

"Thirty-eight years ago she was my first love, but her parents were totally against her marrying me. ... They always feared that there could be a Korean-Japanese war. One of the things they said to me was, if we did go to war, what side would our kids represent? So I promised my future in-laws that I would dedicate my life to world peace and that war will not manifest itself in the future.

"I really wanted to do business with different countries to such an extent that I had two of three of our children study in the U.S. And it's because of the kids in the U.S., I get more information for my studies."

March 22 has been declared World Water Day by the United Nations General Assembly, marking the beginning of the International Decade for Action -- Water for Life. In conjunction, Emoto has formed his own nonprofit organization, International Water for Life.

"The worry of the people in the U.N. is, (now that) the world's petroleum resources have all been claimed, the next battle will be over the world's drinking-water sources ... and if corporations tie up the world's water, people who cannot physically or economically afford safe drinking water will have no right to these sources. These sources should not end up being bought and sold. I am totally committed in working toward the goal of free access to drinking water as a natural birthright."

A seminar and ceremony are being planned at "the second-largest lake in Japan, Kasumigaura, which is very polluted. We will gather people there ... and offer prayers to the water and show our commitment to the emotions of love and gratitude toward the lake."

Emoto also feels that his life's dedication to research and traveling the world with his message has benefited his own health.

"I was diagnosed with diabetes 30 years ago and had various medical problems in the past. Originally, it was thought that my body shouldn't be able to walk using my free will. I use no medication since I've lived with the philosophy of being grateful and love of water, and I think it's helped avoid the diabetes becoming a larger problem."

Emoto takes care to express that the results of his work are not ego-driven. "I undertook the research of water around the planet not so much as a scientific researcher, but as an original thinker, as a human being," he has said.

He ends the phone interview by pointing out, "I do not claim to be a scientist. I am the same like everyone else. I enjoy life day to day ... so it wouldn't be right to put me on a pedestal."

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