In George Orwell’s science-fiction classic 1984, the fictitious world called Oceana was ruled by a secret group of Thought Police, who used psychology and technological surveillance of the citizens to determine who was guilty of “thoughtcrimes.”  Once detected, these hapless citizens were then jailed and reprogrammed so that they would become less challenging of the status quo and more accepting of the ruling authority. 

The Thought Police were well aware of the power of an idea, the force of thought, and they were determined to stamp out contrary thinking to preserve the status quo.   However, they failed to achieve their objectives because the tools they used — primarily surveillance videos to monitor speech and facial expressions – could not actually detect contrary thought.  They could only detect the outward visible expression of the thought, not the actual thought.

As we all know, our deepest innermost thinking is both private and secret. We may believe, deep inside, that our boss is an egotistical tyrant, but unless we vocalize that idea, he/she will never know what we truly believe. We may think that our prospect is a moron, but that’s just our own private thought, isn’t it? We’re always believed that what we’re thinking is just for us, and has little impact on the outside world. Or does it?

In a fascinating and brilliant work by Japan’s Dr. Masura Emoto called The Messages of Water, our conventional wisdom regarding thoughts and emotions is severely challenged.  In this beautiful book, filled with exotic full-color pictures, he presents graphic evidence that our thoughts create a significant impact on the physical world.

Dr. Emoto has conducted hundreds of experiments with frozen crystals of water.  His method is relatively simple.  He exposes pure distilled water to spoken and written words, emotions and even photographs and then he freezes the water.  Then, he removes one of the water crystals and photographs it with a high-resolution microscope.  The resulting crystal images are dramatic. 

When the water is exposed to the word “love”, the crystal is beautiful and symmetrical.  When exposed to the word “hate” the water is distorted and ugly.  When a group of Monks chanted “peace” to the water, the resulting crystal images were astoundingly beautiful.  The same water, exposed to curses and anger turns ugly and discordant.   Both the written word (taped to the water bottle) and the spoken word (stated at the water) created the same effect on the crystal images. 

The experiments included playing recordings of music at the water.  Heavy metal music resulted in crystal structures that were bizarre and angry.  Playing of baroque music results in beautifully formed colorful and symmetrical crystals.  One of his more famous experiments included taking samples from Fujiwara Dam in Japan.  The water was polluted and when photographed the resulting crystal structure was dull, dark and ugly.  However, when Dr. Emoto asked priests from the Jyuhouin Temple to pray for one hour beside the dam, and samples were taken, the change was stunning:  a clear, bright-white hexagon crystal emerged.

Dr. Emoto’s conclusion is that ideas, words, and emotions (including sounds and visual images) create an effect, at the molecular level, on physical objects.  This is graphically demonstrated in thousands of images from the water crystals.  And, since the human body is approximately 70% water (on average)  it is an inescapable conclusion that these same effects will be felt by our bodies.  Whether you choose to call it ESP (extrasensory perception), telekinesis, or simply label it the “woo woo” effect, here is dramatic evidence that those “secret” and “hidden” thoughts are actually being transmitted and FELT by those around us.