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October 28, 2009

Locavore Lore: Ohio River water isn’t hard to swallow

Think about clean water

Two things we know: Change is constant, and we create the world in which we live. Why not combine the two and use our powerful energy as creators to transform the very substance that epitomizes change and provides the foundation of our human experience? Hint: It’s all around you, and you’ve actually got about 10 gallons of it inside you.

The magical elixir? Water! We spend so much time talking about what to eat and not eat, what vitamins we should take, and how to improve our overall life, yet we rarely pay attention to one of the most important things we put into our bodies. Since the human body is more than 75 percent water, and some body tissue is more than 95 percent water, being mindful of the water around us is essential for wellness. Awareness of our local water sources is especially important for the plants and animals we’re raising. Vegetables are nearly 90 percent water, so the quality of water given to crops directly affects our own health when we take that nourishment into our bodies.

So why is water so important? On the physical level, not having a sufficient supply can create disruptions in the natural functioning of our bodies, which negatively affects appearance and well-being. If you’re concerned with wrinkles, listen up, because lack of water also accelerates the process of aging. Blood, lymph and brain-core fluid is simply water combined with specific body cells, enzymes, mineral salts and other substances, so the quality of the H2O you imbibe helps to form the very foundation of your body.

I’m all for Louisville tap. I mean, I’m grateful we even have potable water — what should be a given for everyone has become a luxury, and gratitude is a good starting point. However, we can do better. Thanks to recent research on “energetic water purification,” we’re waking up to all the ways we can improve water quality simply through positive thinking. While I think similar healing can be done with soil and air, water’s unique crystalline structure makes it an obvious match. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese visionary and author of several books on the subject, documented the powerful purification and healing effects that intention can have on these crystal patterns by attaching different words to water and then photographing the physical transformations in the water itself. The changes in structure indicated cleansing and restructuring, and he was able to witness the healing and purification of polluted waters.

Having a bit of background on the structure of water is important for grasping the magnitude of Emoto’s findings. The crystalline structures in polluted and toxic water from industrial areas and stagnant water from pipes are extremely distorted and random. When Emoto studied the way that words and positive intentions arranged the water molecules into different patterns, he noted that they improved their quality. What his studies show is that although it’s still the same organic compound, the different patterns in the molecules alter the physical properties of the substance, and this inter-arrangement of molecules plays an important role in the health of any living organism. This dawning awareness invites expanded exploration in methods of healing this fluid that is so essential. Since the human body is about 70 percent water, when we cleanse our internal waters, we can revitalize our body chemistry. Absorption of high quality water is immediate, and the proper hydration of cells leads to radiant vitality.

The extent of our ability to absorb water is dependent upon its purity and structure. When cells are properly absorbing water, we get an immediate wellness boost as nutrients are assimilated more thoroughly and toxins eliminated quicker. You can tell if your cells aren’t absorbing water properly by paying attention to several factors that indicate chronic dehydration, such as fatigue, digestive disorders, high and low blood pressure, ulcers, respiratory troubles, or acid-alkaline imbalance.

The good news is that the work of Emoto and many others in this field has shown that we can do so much to restore water to a healthy state that will dramatically increase our well-being. Since water is so highly responsive to emotions and thoughts, healing and transforming ourselves and our planet is something we can all contribute to, simply by choosing positive thoughts and being mindful of the water within and around us. For example, you can put good intentions into your drinking water and your bathtub, but you can also put them into your garden when you water your plants.

Water also affects our wellbeing on a macroscopic level, because as the most common organic compound present on Earth, it can modify the climate and atmospheric happenings that shape life on the planet. So where to begin? When asked which words had the greatest effect, Emoto responded thusly:

 

“There is a special combination that seems to be perfect for water healing, which is ‘love’ plus the combination of thanks and appreciation reflected in the English word ‘gratitude.’ Just one of these is not enough. Love needs to be based in gratitude, and gratitude needs to be based in love. These two words together create the most important vibration. ... For example, we know that water is described as H2O. If we were to look at love and gratitude as a pair, gratitude is the H and love is the O. Water is the basis that not only supports but also allows the existence of life.

“Love is an active word and gratitude is passive. When you think of gratitude — a combination of appreciation and thankfulness — there is an apologetic quality. The Japanese word for gratitude is ‘kan-sha,’ consisting of two Chinese characters: kan, which means feeling, and sha, apology. ... I believe that love coming from this space is optimal love, and may even lead to an end to the wars and conflicts in the world. Kan-sha is inherent in the substance H2O — an essential element for life.”

 

If you want to learn more about Emoto’s research, you’re in luck. Water is the theme of this year’s Festival of Faiths (Nov. 4-13), an annual conference held in Louisville that was created by the Center for Interfaith Relations. There will be opportunities to work directly with water healers and learn from these teachers in a variety of ways. One is a healing ceremony for the Ohio River led by members of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. For more information about speakers, times and events, check out festivaloffaiths.org. What’s most exciting is the growing awareness that we as individuals have incredible power to change a situation that is essential for the health and wellness of the entire planet, illustrating yet again the beautiful interconnectedness of all life.

So here’s this month’s Locavore recipe: Tape the words “love” and “gratitude” to a bottle or pan, clear your mind and send sweet, loving intentions from your heart, then use the water to cook up something fabulous to share.

The Ohio River has definitely seen cleaner days, but if we put these tools into action, the sky’s the limit in terms of what can evolve. Sharing our visions of what’s possible is the first step in the manifestation, so let’s get to work: I see beautiful beaches along the Ohio; canoeing and swimming in Beargrass Creek; urban farms irrigating directly from creeks; sparkling, clean water for every plant, human and animal in the community; and ever-deepening appreciation for the rivers, lakes and tributaries that support life on this amazing planet.