Last night, one guest at my house pointed at the water pitcher. “Are you trying to create beautiful crystals?”, he gently mocked in reference to the words “Love” and “Gratitude” handwritten in gold letters on the old container. I confessed that yes, that is definitely the intent.
My first reaction when people comment on the child-like adornment of the household water pitcher is to cringe a little with the anticipation of their judgement over such a “new-agey” practice. Luckily, last night, my husband jumped in: “Did you see this documentary about the unusual properties of water? It’s based on research by scientists in Russia and other countries.” The conversation was back on safer grounds and I could breathe freely again.
We all learned it in school: water is the source of all life. It covers 70% of the surface of our planet and makes up between 70% and 90% of our bodies (less and less as we age).
We’ve also heard it many times: water is the new oil. Corporations already fight over it. And the quest for it will fuel wars in the not-so-distance future. Water pollution, water scarcity, the dwindling availability of drinking water—all scary developments—are featured in the mainstream media on a regular basis. Californians get a special dose of the bad news, as their state is mired in a chronic drought crisis.
Yet, I’ll admit it, I too often find myself taking water for granted. That’s not for the shortage of quasi-miraculous properties that water holds however.
Here are some other facts that are worth bearing in mind:
- water is the most yielding element on Earth. Yet it erodes rock, while ice can crack mountains open. Water is what enables young sprouts to push through asphalt.
- water is the only element that defies gravity, as it climbs up roots, trunks and branches.
- water is the only element whose density decreases as it turns from liquid to solid form–hence ice cubes floating in water
- water has a memory: although its chemical composition is constant (H2O), its structure, organized in clusters of molecules, varies depending on many factors. Scientists have demonstrated that water responds not only to chemical pollution, but also to images, sounds, and even intention. Every time its structure changes, so do its properties. For instance, experiments by biophysicists at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Vienna, Austria, and at the Academy of Agronomical Science in China, have shown that water that has been purposefully “structurized” (aerated with oxygen and then accelerated with a special mixer), yields healthier and more vigorous plants than regular water, without any need for fertilizers.
Water structure as a recording device is a truly fascinating concept. Its capacity to record and store information even has some scientists like the late Rustum Roy (State University of Pennsylvania) venture to say that water “may be the single, most malleable computer” ever known to man.
Although water elicits more and more interest in the scientific community, everything is yet to be discovered with regard to why and how it works, and to the potentially limitless applications of this knowledge.
Starting with our health. If water makes up more than 70% of our bodies, and water’s structure and properties are influenced by all sorts of environmental factors (including thought and intention), the notion of mind-body connection takes on a whole new meaning indeed. As does the importance of consuming food and beverages that were produced and handled with care, in an ecologically and socially healthy environment.
Of course, no scientific study is available yet to demonstrate any of these correlations. Meanwhile, I don’t mind throwing a dart in the dark by favoring food I can trust. I’ll also keep drinking my water out of a pitcher labeled with “Love” and “Gratitude”–and will learn to not feel foolish about it.