From its arrival on earth to the vast areas it traverses before
emptying into the sea, water holds all the knowledge and
experience it has acquired. As phenomenal as it may seem, water
carries its whole history, just as we carry ours. It carries secrets,
In The Secret Life of Water, bestselling author Masaru Emoto
guides us along water’s remarkable journey through our planet
and continues his work to reveal water’s secret life to humankind.
He shows how we can apply its wisdom to our own lives, and
how, by learning to respect and appreciate water, we can better
confront the challenges that face the twenty-first century-and
rejuvenate the planet.
I sometimes feel like I'm being guided by the
spirit of water. I feel like I can see and even talk to
this spirit, which I see as water droplets shining
brightly in the air. The droplets join together to
form clouds, disappearing just as fast, all for my
Even though I now feel like I am being guided
by the spirit of water, my first conscious interaction
with water was not at all pleasant. In Yokohama,
Japan, where I grew up, my family lived on a
plateau near the ocean. It was only a short walk
down a slope to the water's edge. When the tide
went out, the shallow shore was left uncovered for
miles, making it a great place to hunt for various
types of clams. But at high tide, the scene was completely different.
I must have been six or seven when the sea
swallowed me up one day. I had gone out swimming with the boy next door, who was two years
older than I.
We had gone out farther than we should have,
and I suddenly began bobbing up and down, gasping for air. It was the first time I had experienced
anything like it. I was only ten meters from land,
but my feet didn't touch the bottom. I panicked and
started waving my arms and kicking my feet. But
the more I panicked, the more I sunk, and soon I
started to swallow water. I thought that was going to
be the end of me, but a small boat approached and
pulled me out of the water.
When I went home and told my mother what
had happened, she gave me some advice based
on her own ability to swim and her understanding
of water. "You can float if you just give in," she
said. She told me that if I let the water lift me
instead of trying to resist it, it would pick me up
and carry me.
These words have stuck with me over the
years. Since that time, I have tried to let myself go
with the flow as I gently move in the direction that
I wish my life to take me.
Now whenever I go swimming in the ocean or
a pool, I like to just lie on my back and let myself
be carried in the arms of water. And it's times like
that more than any other that I feel the presence of
the spirit of water in the form of shining droplets.
I feel quite confident in saying that the reason
I came up with the idea of freezing water and taking photographs of the crystals was that I desired
to go with the flow of life. The spirit of water came
to my aid, guiding me to live the life that I now live.
The spirit has led me and guided me over the
years, teaching me the many things I need to know,
culminating in the publication of my book The Hidden Messages in Water.
Shortly after its publication, readers began
sending me letters of appreciation. Their kind
words have helped to create a wonderful flow for me
to give myself up to. Most of the letters expressed
appreciation and also amazement in seeing the truth
of nature revealed through water crystals.
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