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Hidden Messages in Water

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  14,547 ratings  ·  524 reviews
In this New York Times bestseller, internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto shows how the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth and our personal health.

This book has the potential to profoundly transform your world view. Using high-speed photography, Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals form
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Atria Books (first published 1999)
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Derrick X
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing
oh man. so...if we are made mostly of water, and the planet is mostly water, and water is the base of life......oh man. This guy really put a new twist on cellular organization from sound vibration for me. Simple, low tech....huge. We really should pay greater attention to how we treat our children.
A bizarre mixture of science, pseudo-science, self-help, time-honored religious philosophy and New Age twaddle. Emoto's methodology is suspect and his conclusions outre (e.g. in the caption for a photo of a crystal exposed to Brazilian music, Emoto contends that the crystal indicates that music and loud singing will strengthen the immune system). If you go into it thinking it's a scientific book containing valid information about water, you will be sorely disappointed. If you approach it as a ph ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Depending on your believes, it might be a fable read for one person or it might be an interesting read for another.

It is a fascinating read how the molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words and feelings. Positive words create beautiful crystals. Negative words show distorted images.

Dr. Emoto conducts many different experiments, while taking thousands of pictures. Among them how for example heavy metal music creates distorted crystals and calm or classical music creates beautiful c
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of us can feel that there really is magic in our world. Personal experience and perception are validating enough. If tests confirm some metaphysical concepts, I am glad. The sentience of plants is old news. It was no leap to consider water alive, thus I did not imagine giving “The Hidden Messages In Water”, 1999, three stars. I own the second book and hope Masaru Emoto’s wild extrapolations simmered down.

The implications of what he found he could verify visibly, are encouraging and staggeri
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
You know, I think this book, and the reviews are good examples of some of the problems in both science and spirituality today.

The book does truly present something interesting to think about. Even if the theory doesn't mesh with you, the photography is interesting enough, and it never hurts to consider a new theory. But that's where I feel some of the problems begin. Specifically with the word "consider".

As some others have noted, the theory Emoto has created from his research does seem to have
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone everyone everyone...everyone who is searching, everyone who may be dormant
Utter amazement. A feeling of non-stop expansiveness. A necessity for always paying attention. love and understanding.

I felt all of this while reading this. WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. Some proof that there IS something in existence, some force, SOMETHING, that we cannot fully explain or understand. The world is not made up of only our theories and equations in our textbooks!!! You cannot only view the world through the scientific method! Masaru Emoto has skillfully and who
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Ok, this book was I had seen many of the water crystal photos before, although seeing them again is never a bad thing. It was the poor writing that got me with this book - I don't know if subtle nuances got lost in the translation to English, but it appeared to be geared towards middle school students, and was simple to the point of almost being insulting to the average reader.

The ideas that were presented in this book were widely varied, loosely connected, and rarely well developed.
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: science buffs
reassured me that there's more to life, that harmony defines the Universe as our positive energies impact the far corners of the earth in magnificent, observable shapes and patterns in water. It's amazing to think that a subliminal feeling can express itself in a concrete shape so that we may capture the moments when the unseen resonates with life and shows itself in the physical realm. Happiness is truly beautiful. ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I first became aware of Masaru Emoto's work when I saw the film, "What the Bleep Do We Know?!" -- a movie along the lines of "The Secret" (both highly recommended if you haven't seen them). Emoto's work expounds on the ideas of consciousness creating reality, and his photographs of crystals created by water exposed to ideas, music and prayers indicates, according to his theories, that water is a kind of living consciousness and mirror to the soul of all living creatures on earth. If thi
Mar 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: non fiction
This book is fascinating. It shows how water molecules are affected by our thoughts, words and feelings. The pictures are amazing!
Susan Marie
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is mind-blowing. I have wanted to read this for over ten years and finally have. Dr. Masaru Emoto, Japan, conducted various experiments with distilled, pure, and tap water and when the water formed water crystals, he added sound, music, words, EMF fields and exposed the water to various things we, as humans, experience all day. The results are monumental.

Our bodies are composed of 70% water. By exposing various kinds of water to negative and positive words, sights, sounds, the water c
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it
If Masaru Emoto sounds familiar, it's because he spoke about his findings on water crystals in the documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know?".

Emoto, in his book "The Hidden Messages in Water" goes into greater depth in his findings of water and its receptability.

In a nutshell, Emoto conducted quite a few experiments on water and how positive or negative energy affects it. Several experiments were conducted by people throughout the world, from writing words on pieces of paper and taping them to th
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book just made me feel happy. I was introduced to people studying things I'd never heard of before, and it questioned a few things I thought were true. The validity of the science is almost irrelevant: Just let that go. What Dr. Emoto has to say about love, gratitude and the beauty of the universe are words that will fill your soul with peace. He nails it. I wish I could read this whole book before I start each day; I know it'd help me be the human being I try to be day-to-day. The end was ...more
Bobbie C Thompson
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: and-loved-it
Getting these 'messages' absolutely blew me away -- especially the sentence that says something to the effect of what we say to our children -- whose bodies are mostly water.

Made me very thankful that even without realizing what I was doing, I have always told my children they are the best and they have the ability to be and do whatever they choose in life.

Both of my children have happy lives, for which I am very thankful.
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who seeks the truth of life
Shelves: inspiring
A very inspiring book... especially when we experience the lowest moment, truly it would enlighten our perspectives, beyond all our imagination, nourishing our mind and soul. Discover these messages.... and perhaps would reveal ours, things that we've taken for granted all this time and see the things that we never encounter in our thoughts. I believe, our own experiences all these years, have these hidden messages as we probably never realize them before. ...more
Heidi The Reader
Very interesting. My main concern is that the author himself suggests that the results of his water crystal experiments may not be able to be replicated. But, in my opinion, it's worth a read just the same. ...more
I have always believed that words have power and they like magic in our lives. The books starts off of how Masaru Emoto came across the idea of photographing water that has been exposed to different elements. He acquires ans assistant and the exploring begins. They test with words (in multiple languages), music and even television programs. Masaru and his assistant even test different types of waters from different locations. Publishers were not interested in this book of photographs initially. ...more
Elise Jensen
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
A lot of people had read this at Mystery School and were raving about it, so I went home and read it. And my opinion of the book as a whole was affected by the fact that while I was in the middle of it, the tsunami happened. Kind of made his assertions about how we can heal and control water through "love" and "gratitude" seem pretty childish and naive. ...more
Robanne Johnston
Mar 30, 2008 rated it liked it
After finishing I felt the science was not explained to my satisfaction. However, I was profoundly moved by the ideas and the photographs. I am a firm believer that what you put out into the world effects all things. So it makes sense to send out positive energy. Love and gratitude alone can change the world one little moment at a time.
marie monroe
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
i keep this around for random readings. it inspires me to monitor my thoughts and feelings for craziness & fix that. the images are fantastic reminders that thought/intention and emotion are power and that they create my world.
Brandon Little
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: self improvement, scientists
An insight to the power of thought and subconscious as displayed in something as peculiar as water crystals. Very interesting research and make ya "feel good" book :) ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book I’m going to recommend to everyone and if possible to all of humanity.
Lisa the Librarian
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people seeking enlightenment, curious people,
Recommended to Lisa by: Cherie
I very much enjoyed the photos of crystals in this book.

I believe that it contains Truth. We are largely made up water (chemically speaking) and I believe that our thoughts help shape who we are, which in turn, can influence those around us, for good or bad.

I believe in the power of prayer (crystals before and after prayers are shown) and that it can have a profound effect on us and the world around us.

I believe that great music can uplift, inspire and enrich.

We need to be so careful of how we
Toni Miranda
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G So many things to ponder after reading this book. There are so many applications for understanding how water responds to thoughts and words. He states that by expressing BOTH love AND gratitude we strengthen our immune system and allow positive energy to flow within our body. He says, "I have come to realize that ailments are largely a result of negative emotions. If you can erase the cause of such emotions, you have an innate capacity to recover from illness...methods that help wa ...more
May 17, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
So this Japanese guy, Dr. Masaru Emoto believes that water forms beautiful crystals like snowflakes if you think good thoughts at it and turns ugly and asymetrical if you send it negative thoughts. Look at his amazing pictures to see. It seems like it ought to be a hoax, but it is also easily tested at home so I'm not sure it is. I'm going to try it.

If it is true, it seems like we should really be trying to think positive all the time and sending each other and ourselves and the planet happy pos
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"This book Shows how the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth and our personal health. This book presents a theory showing how water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness."

I borrowed this book from a friend and read it a few months ago. It's one of the most amazing books I have ever read.

Dr Emoto appeared on Egyptian TV a few years ago and proved that how reading Ayat from the Quran impacts positively o
Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy
Water Molecules do not Have Central Nervous System

The author of book claims that water gives good crystalline structure in response to good music, good (moral) words, good photos, and good contaminants (good for human health), whereas, in response to bad music, bad words, bad photos, or bad contaminants (bad for human health), water produces bad crystalline structure. Water is not an independent living being; it does not have central nervous system and hence it has no consciousness to respond to
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
More science fiction than science, the book has some good messages going, but the fact that crystals don't ever look the same (something he mentions in his book even) discredits his thought process somewhat.
Nothing in the books makes me trust his experiments, especially when he says they cannot copy the same conditions for the experiments. Fail.
His idea is enticing but it is a lot like these theories that tell you to send good thoughts out in the universe so you can be successful or anything i
Apr 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
CRAP! This book is all nice and touchy-feely but have absolutely NO scientific explanation... no, actually, the explanation that he does have is worse than nothing! Emoto shows one photo of a crystal under certain circumstances... but does not mention that he even TRIES to take more than one photo under circumstances until 3/4 of the way through the book and he uses one paragraph... To me, this book was made of some very amazing pictures, and it just happened to coincide with a pretty message ab ...more
Olivia Reid
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love that this book is in English so that Americans can have access to this invaluable knowledge that is so easily overlooked in Western Culture. I truly found this book's theme popping up in my head through out the years, finding it to make a positive impact on myself as a person. The experiments are fascinating and its truly a book that everyone in the world should read ... because then maybe we could really make the connection of how our words and actions really do affect the things, people ...more
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