Many are the mysteries in God’s Creation — on this planet called earth and this clutch of stars, galaxies, and expanses of darkness known, without real definition, as the universe.
We’ve previously reported on a Japanese scientist who claimed with no little documentation that various words and music affected the shapes of water crystals he photographed at the moment of freezing.
Kind words made beautiful forms. Negative and hateful ones brought shapes that were not symmetrical and even deformed. Beautiful were the crystals when holy music was played.
We’ve all heard about the “living waters,” in the Bible: “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From His
innermost being will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:37- 39) or “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear
as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1-2).
But a preposterous question it seems, on the surface, nonetheless, this idea of water crystals forming themselves in accordance with the mood —preposterous to all perhaps except a Japanese researcher named Dr. Masura
Yell out something mean and you get ugly ice microphotographs! Be nice and beauty is transmitted!
Fringe science or a legitimate avenue of study? Christian or occult?
Claiming astounding results, Dr. Emoto displayed microphotographs of crystals that formed beautifully in the presence of classical music, alongside ones that were malformed or unformed altogether when tension was expressed in the room in which they were frozen or when what he was playing there was hard rock music. “Crystals emerge for Living Water only twenty or thirty seconds as the temperature rises and the ice starts to melt,” Dr. Emoto explained. “This short window of time gives us a glimpse into a world that is indeed magical.”
Was it really proof that words, vibrations, and thoughts affect the inanimate around us? Wasn’t this pagan? “I put fifty different types of water in fifty different Petri dishes,” explained Emoto. “I then freeze the dishes at minus-four Fahrenheit for three hours in a freezer. The result is that surface tensions form drops of ice in the dishes about one millimeter across. The crystal appears when you shine a light on the crown of the drop of ice.”
And therein came the alleged results.
Emoto—who acknowledged the experiments as “off-the-wall”—said that playing Mozart resulted in beautiful, well-formed crystals, while rock-and-roll jangled water as much as it jangles some ears. All matter, he argued, is energy vibrating at the atomic level. And it’s at that threshold, he posited, that there’s an almost mystical dimension.
Meanwhile, physical factors such as pollution affected the water adversely—dramatically so. Unformed or misshapen structures were noted in experiments with water exposed to cell phones, television, certain computer screens, and microwaves. Malformations were especially prominent in water that contained dioxin, a toxic compound made famous at Love Canal. The researcher said even small amounts of chlorine threw a wrench into the delicate process of formation, while H2O from pristine mountain streams led to beautifully formed geometric designs.
“The water of Tokyo was a disaster—not a single complete crystal was formed,” huffed Emoto. “However, within natural water, no matter where it came from—natural springs, underground rivers, glaciers, and the upper reaches of rivers—complete crystals formed.
“Learning about water is like an exploration to discover how the cosmos works, and the crystals revealed through water are like the portal of another dimension. And the more you understand water, the more difficult you will find it to deny the existence of a God,” he almost preached. Picture a gorgeous snowflake. It’s also what he got with water from Lourdes in France. Nice ones also crystallized as Gospel music was played. Was Dr. Emoto a religious fanatic?
Hardly. In fact, no religion was attributed to him. “As a result, people who have been made ill by the vibrations of hate can be miraculously healed by drinking this holy water,” he said, in reference to samples from France. When water was exposed to words relating negativity— such as “You fool!” or “You make me sick”—the results were equally dramatic—and negative. When the name “Satan” was uttered, it produced a malformed crystal that looked like . . . the eye of a reptile.
Yet, introduce the word “angel” and the result was a vibrant and well-formed crystal . . .
Prayer and praise.
Let’s take this alleged phenomenon further.
There are those who document similar images on plates when they place powders or other concoctions on them and vibrate them with various sounds. They call this “cymatics.”
Says a blog about this esoteric matter: “Cymatics, from the Ancient Greek: κῦμα, meaning, ‘wave,’ it is the science of turning sounds into images. Or, more broadly, how matter reacts to sound and forms shapes and patterns. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different often beautiful and harmonious patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.”
Or is it just dizzying?
Worse: new age, pagan, occult?
Always must we discern at the same time, always, must we be discerningly open.
God is bigger than any earthly belief system.
Yet, it’s true: many of the cymatic shapes remind of one the Indian mandalas, spiritual and/or ritual geometric configuration of symbols typical of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, or Shintoism. We prefer the water from Lourdes (or the crystals formed when one recites the Lord’s Prayer).
Noted aforesaid blogger: “For some, in fact, maṇḍala or other recurrent forms in nature, would be the manifestation of the invisible force of the vibrational field and every form would contain the information on the vibrations that generated it. For example, Hans Jenny was particularly impressed by an observation: by imposing a vocalization in ancient Sanskrit as the Oṃ (known by Hindus and Buddhists as the sound of creation and corresponding to the Word, to the Logos of the Western Bible) the lycopodium powder responded to sound vibrations generating a circle with a central point, symbol with which ancient Indian populations represented the same mantra Oṃ (Aum).”
Similar ritual drawings have been found in cultures other than Hindu and Buddhist—for example, in the sand paintings of the North American Indians, especially the Navajo. Once more, the red flag of a pagan element. A mystery or just spiritual confusion?
Toss in mandala-type shapes among Mayan and Aztecs.
But is there Christian spillover? Says Wikipedia: “Forms which are evocative of mandalas are prevalent in Christianity: the Celtic cross; the rosary; the halo; the aureole; oculi; the Crown of Thorns; rose windows; the Rosy Cross; the circle of stars (Crown of Immortality); and the dromenon on the floor of Chartres Cathedral. The dromenon represents a journey from the outer world to the inner sacred centre where the Divine is found.
“The Cosmati pavements, including that at Westminster Abbey, are geometric mandala-like mosaic designs from thirteenth century Italy. The Great Pavement at Westminster Abbey is believed to embody divine and cosmic geometries as the seat of enthronement of the monarchs of England.”
Anyway, as stated, another mystery, one that like so many things can fall, if Christ is not involved, on either side of the ledger.
[resources: this is excerpted from Lying Wonders, Strangest Things]