A Japanese author, Dr Masaru Emoto suggested that human consciousness can influence the molecular structure of water. Through years of study, he believed that human thoughts, prayer, music, and even words can cause changes to the water molecular structure, which can be observed through the formation of water crystals under sub-zero temperature. In other words, water knows what we think! For further details, have a look at this Youtube video:
This is actually an incredible finding, let me tell you why…
The popular beliefs in our society largely have been based on the “materialism” philosophy. According to materialism, the only thing that exists is matter or energy. Human’s consciousness about the world is created through our interaction with the material. In other words, the material determines consciousness. Without being too philosophical, let me give an example. This may not a good example, but it may be easier for people to relate. “We need to have a lot of money (material) before we can feel happy (consciousness).” Although not all people fully agree with materialism, but we cannot deny that most of the time, we are “materialistic”; while at other time, we can be “spiritual”.
There is nothing wrong of being materialistic. We could not have developed so much if we did not make use of matter and energy around us. However, our progress is accompanied by problems. For example, global warming due to the way we use the matter and energy resources. Our family ties are weakening because of our quest for wealth and material achievements. Perhaps we are going too far on “materialism”, and need to balance it with “spiritualism”.
The problem with spiritualism is that it is hard to be scientifically proven. In religions, we were told stories about the signs of God, and how prophets that have used their power to change physical things with their thought. We have also seen magic being perform that give us the illusion that certain people’s minds can change physical things. However, we still think that those are rare cases. Most of the magic will not happen to us in our daily lives. Dr Masaru has given us a hope that we could be wrong. Human consciousness can actually change the state of the water crystal. If our thought can change the state of the water crystal, think of what it can do the other things around us. If all of us think of loving kindness, we might have created a much beautiful world.
However, there are criticisms about Dr Masaru works. He has been criticized for not having sufficient control on his experiments and not sharing enough details of his approach with the scientific community. Hence, the skeptics thought that he chose to see what he wanted to see in his experiments. Nevertheless, we are not here to discuss the credibility of his findings. What I would like to point out is the power of collaboration. If all of us think the same way, and Dr Masaru is correct, our thought is going to influence the world the way we want it to change. On the other hand, if Dr Masaru is wrong, we have nothing to lose. Our positive thought could help to motivate each of us to physically work towards what we want the world to be. In that sense, consciousness can change material world. The important point is that we do it collaboratively, and not individually. That is why I believe in the power of prayers, regardless of whether we are more incline towards materialism or spiritualism.
I think Dr Masaru’s finding, whether proven to be true or not, has contributed to building a hope for better future for human being. All of us have the same big dream, but we have chosen to work differently in our approaches. You may notice that I have not moved away from the idea of collaboration. I think this is the only way that we can generate positive impact to the world and provide us with the better future.