Modernity has given us endless streams of input. We are constantly bombarded with messages telling us; what to buy, what to think, what you should eat, what you should wear, and how to behave. For the most part, these messages are not so much in our best interest as they are in the interests of bigger and better profit. Everywhere we look, it seems something is telling us we need to change something about ourselves in order to be better and more accepted. Very few streams of input seek to build us up, it seems. If only we have this look or this particular item in our possession, if only we think this way or eat this food, we could then obtain something that makes us better. Otherwise, we are both directly and indirectly, told that whom we are is unacceptable. Ultimately, these elements have led to record-setting numbers of people who feel depressed, inadequate, hopeless, dissatisfied, and faulty. In a time in history where people, in general, are more wealthy, less prone to diseases, and have greater opportunities and information, we are less content and more unhappy than ever before. It seems the Modern Era has lost a kind of connection to ourselves, a practice of introspection that seeks to improve the whole person through habits that are emotionally and physically sound, instead of motivated by profit, avarice, and outside agendas. The age old saying “you are what you eat” could arguably be paraphrased to say, “you are what you work to be; you are as balanced as the thoughts and words you convey to yourself.” Not only are we taught little in the way of self-support nowadays, but we are also told to look outside and elsewhere for instant improvements that will automatically make us better and view ourselves more positively. Yet, scientists have begun to realize the very real connection between what we think and tell ourselves and our overall health and well-being through research and study. It was for this reason Dr. Masaru Emoto an ‘alternative-science’ teacher, invented the rice experiment.
An Interesting Set of Experiments
In the 1990s, a rather interesting set of experiments were begun by a scientist called Dr. Masaru Emoto. Dr. Emoto felt that positive messages and verbalization were the key to affecting ourselves and the material world around us. He also felt that water, which makes up sixty percent of the human body and composed even higher percentages in organs such as the brain, heart, and lungs, was a conduit that could demonstrate how positive and negative messaging affects reality.
“To demonstrate the power of positive thoughts, Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher, and an ‘alternative-science’ teacher, invented the rice experiment. Emoto reckons that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water and that water can react to positive thoughts and emotions. He even believed that positive thoughts and talks could remove pollution from the water.”
To demonstrate his theories, Dr. Emoto created his now-famous Rice Experiment. He felt that human thoughts made up of energy were so powerful that they could change reality. His experiment was conducted over a thirty-day period in which he placed equal amounts of cooked rice into three jars along with an equal amount of water. He then put labels on two of the jars indicating how they would be treated, so to speak. The first was labeled “Thank You,” and would receive positive messages. The second jar was designated with the title, “You Idiot!” This jar of rice and water would receive negative messages and communications. The third jar was his control and, therefore, received no label.
Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment – Methodology and Findings
- “The ‘Thank You’ Jar – He said thank you from the bottom of his heart. He used the emotion of gratefulness to talk to this jar.
- The ‘You Idiot’ Jar – He yelled ‘You’re an Idiot’ to it and felt angered and frustrated as he said those words.
- The No Label Jar – He didn’t pay any attention to this rice jar. He simply remained ignorant of it. He used the emotion of indifference for the third jar.
. . . At the end of the 30th day, these were his observations-
The jar that he thanked everyday fermented spectacularly. It didn’t have any black mold or rotting material growing from it.
The jar that he bullied or took out his anger on had turned black. It was covered in black mold.
The jar that he ignored for 30 days had even more black mold in it, yes, more than the ‘You Idiot’ rice jar. According to Dr. Emoto, the rice in the jar had rotted.”
Dr. Emoto concluded that the positive messages conveyed to the rice and water had helped it improve and flourish. It had fermented nicely without any rot or mold. Conversely, he saw that the rice and water receiving negative and hateful messages had reflected these negativities by decay and foul smell. Strangest, however, was the neglected jar. It had completely rotted and was utterly ruined. With his findings, Dr. Emoto argued that the power of thoughts and words could literally change realities and our corporeal structures, which affect our health, both mental and physical.
Be More Mindful
So, back to our original thoughts about the messages we receive and, more importantly, believe, what does Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment tell us about how we speak and think about ourselves? What do his findings reveal concerning the power and energy held by our thoughts and words when conveyed to the world around us and ourselves?
Indeed, it would seem that how we speak to ourselves, how we think, and view the self and the world around us has a remarkable effect. As such, we should endeavor to be more mindful of the connections we create between ourselves, our thoughts, our words, and the structures which govern our well being and the state of our surroundings. We should also take care to surround ourselves with those who uplift us and endeavor to introduce real and authentic beauty into our minds every day, not a faux beauty authored by others’ desire for profit and power.
Of course, Dr. Emoto’s experiments and conclusions have not been without criticism; such is the nature of good science. At the very least, however, we see that our minds and thoughts, our words and actions have a real and measurable effect on ourselves and those around us. Perhaps this is the most vital conclusion to which Dr. Emoto arrived, and the most helpful lesson we may glean from his findings. We really are what we think, say, and do. Hence, it is all the more important to take care of the things we subject ourselves to.
This is not to advocate willful ignorance of the world’s problems and pain. However, we must proactively seek to balance those things with self-care, real beauty, and healthy, uplifting connections between ourselves and others, our thoughts and speech, and the images we paint of whom we are in our own views.
Emoto, Masaru, 1943-2014. The Hidden Messages in Water. Hillsboro, Or. : [Emeryville, CA]: Beyond Words Pub. ; Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West, 2004.
Arntz, William, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente. What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality. Deerfield Beach, Fla: Health Communications, 2005