By – Ann Matthews
About a year and a half ago, I read an interesting book that I have super mixed feelings about. It’s called Hidden Messages in Water. It’s non-fiction and here is the general overview found on amazon.com:
Using high-speed photography, Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.
The skeptic in me thinks that the idea that thinking or saying something unkind to water or some other thing can make it have adverse reactions is ridiculous. I mean, really! My saying unkind things to the printer at work is not going to make it perform worse, like saying kind things is going to make it perform better. Absolute bologna!
But the book has proof! The guy took pictures of water after words were spoken to it. Crazy! Here is a sample of the results: Anyway, in the book, it also talks about an experiment that they did. They took a two (maybe three?) bags of rice. One of the bags, they were mean and nasty towards. They called it names, told it they hated it, etc. The other bag, they were kind and loving towards. They told it they loved it, it was beautiful, etc. After several days, the hate bag had molded, turned black, and smelled nasty. The love bag was still beautiful and great. It may have fermented a little bit, but it smelled like a sweet fermentation.
I was also skeptical about that. Like, really. Rice can’t tell what you are saying to it. I wanted to do the experiment myself so that I could see the proof with my own eyes. But I’m not going to cook rice just for the experiment.
However, I had the opportunity to provide rice for a potluck a short while after I read the book. I had tons of rice leftover! Tons of it! So, I was trying to figure out how I was going to eat all of the rice. Then, I was reminded that I want to do this experiment. So, I started the experiment today. I put the rice in two separate jars and labelled them “Love” and “Hate.” I took them each, separately and one at a time, into a room and talked to them. The Love one I said kind and loving things to. The Hate one I said mean and hateful things to.
I kept the rice jars on my kitchen table and then took them into other rooms to talk to them. I was fairly consistent with talking to the rice at least once daily. I usually said about 5 sentences worth of either hateful insults or kind praise, as the case may be. Or, I would get my friends to do it for me, if they happened to be visiting.
Partway through the experiment, this is what the jars looked like. The Hate one had significantly more moldy than the Love one. And the mold was different. The Hate one was basically a lot of green mold with some substantial black mold as well. The Love one also had green mold, but not as much. It had the teeniest bit of black mold. Surprisingly, though, the Love one also had quite a bit of pink mold. Odd, huh?
By the end of the experiment, there was a much more notable difference in the way the jars of rice looked. I guess the most important thing to note is that there was NO difference to the jars of rice except the words that were spoken to it and the room the words were said in. I took the jars into different rooms when I spoke the words. Other than that, the jars were exactly the same! But the outcome was SO different!
Take a Look. Crazy, right!
Turns out, what you say to people and things matters. Saying kind and loving words makes a difference!
Ann Mathews, the owner of Entirely Ann Design, is a freelance graphic designer who loves designing products that help businesses accomplish their goals. She is also a writer, photographer, seamstress, and certified teacher who loves podcasts and books that make her think and expand her views of the world.