Contrast-Sample copyThe quality of water permeates every aspect of our physical, emotional and spiritual world. Two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen, the 1st and 8th elements from the periodic table join. Two gases join and create the framework for our lives. How interesting that a compound that is in a liquid state creates a framework, yet it is a true framework. Without the quality and capacity of water to carry out the functions of life, everything as we know it would cease to exist. One can find many facts about water. A three-day-old fetus is 94% water, a newborn 75% and an adult is about 65% water. The older we get, the lower the percentage of our water content. Water is one of the few compounds that exists in all three states of solid, liquid and gas. Water has a great capacity to hold heat and is one of the primary mechanisms for regulating our body’s heat and the heat balance of our earth. Water is known as a ‘universal solvent’ and dissolves more substances than any other compound. There are some substances that are hydrophobic and resist dissolution with water such as fats and oils, yet water can carry them in solution. This is a critical part of how nutrients are carried through our body. Yet, there is more.

3 Minute Soundscape of the Tones of Water

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 Photos by: Linda Deslauriers

One can look up many of the chemical and physical facts about water. What is it that makes it such a sensitive purveyor of life? There is a quality call weak hydrogen bonding that slows the constantly vibrating molecules enough to remain liquid. They hold on for about 200 femtoseconds (200 millionth of 1 billionth of a second), long enough to give water a liquid state. Who measures these things? The water molecule is highly cohesive; it is very sticky. Water is the most cohesive among the non-metallic liquids. This allows it to rise up the capillaries of trees and plants. If solid water were not less dense than liquid water, all life that we are familiar with would cease. Some time ago while leading a physics lesson, I asked the question, “What would happen if solid water, ice, were more dense than liquid water?” One of my students who was noted for not “testing well” raised up his hand. I could see that the rest of the class was still trying to figure out what I had just asked. He answered, “Well, the top layer of water would freeze and sink to the bottom, then the next layer would freeze and land on top of that. This would continue until all of the water on the earth was frozen and then we wouldn’t have school.” He was correct in every way including getting rid of school in its current manifestation, though; this is the subject of a different blog.


Every living entity is related by water and water is connected to everything. The Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto has dedicated his life to photographing ice crystals from various water sources from around the world. His work has revealed a quality of water that reflects the spiritual nature of our world. The following quotes are from: The Hidden Messages in Water, Masaru Emoto. Atria Books: 2001.


Masaru Emoto has found with his study of water that Love and Gratitude are the two strongest forces that exist. When intent and energy are present, water is able to register and ‘remember’ these vibrations. “The natural world is well designed – everything is in balance. And as sound is created there is a master listener to receive the sound – water.” (Pg. 43)

“All things vibrate, and they vibrate at their own frequencies. When you understand this, you will significantly broaden your understanding of the universe. With this understanding your eyes will open to things you have never seen before – things previously pushed to the back of your consciousness – and these discoveries and feelings will give new life to your soul. The fact that everything is in a state of vibration also means that everything is creating sound.” (Page 42)

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Water Crystals are from: Masaru Emoto  

Liquid water is constantly dancing, changing partners and vibrationally meeting other molecules. When energetic intent meets water, it resonates with the molecules, entraining them into a pattern. Emoto’s work demonstrates how our beliefs and intentions are so powerful. On page 69 he says, “Perhaps it is time that we stop seeing the human being as the evil agent. I think we underestimate the innate abilities that we each have. We have enormous power.” This brings back the component of education. We have been taught that we have no innate abilities, that we are powerless and that what we think needs to conform to the current structures. Imagine education teaching us how to expand our perception and guide our power for personal and world healing.

This project added a new dimension to my work with the elements. When atoms join into compounds their bonds resonate uniquely. Water has three unique tones. This three minute soundscape includes water sounds from a small waterfall feeding the Little Miami River near the Clifton Gorge area of Ohio. {This is the same soundscape as at the beginning of the piece.}


  1. Joy Gardner on May 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Wow, Mark, I never noticed that passage in Emoto about the Master Listener being water. What a concept! In quantum physics, you know, there is that debate about whether an event can be said to exist until there is an observer to observe it. Well, they never mentioned the concept of an elemental observer!

    By the way, are you familiar with Philip Schaumberger? He was an Austrian contemporary of Rudolph Steiner. In Living Energies, Schaumberger says: “Without any preconceptions, I simply let my gaze fall on the water as it flowed past. It was only years later that I came to realize that running water attracts our consciousnesses like a magnet and draws a small part of it along in its wake. It is a force that can act so powerfully that one temporarily loses one’s consciousness and involuntarily falls asleep.

    “As time passed I began to play a game with water’s secret powers; I surrendered my so-called free consciousness and allowed the water to take possession of it for a while. Little by little this game turned into a profoundly earnest endeavour, because I realized that one could detach one’s own consciousness from the body and attach it to that of the water.

    “When my own consciousness was eventually returned to me, then the water’s most deeply concealed psyche often revealed the most extraordinary things to me. As a result of this investigation, a researcher was born who could dispatch his consciousness on a voyage of discovery, as it were. In this way I was able to experience things that had escaped other people’s notice, because they were unaware that a human being is able to send forth his free consciousness into those places the eyes cannot see.

    “By practicing this blindfolded vision, I eventually developed a bond with mysterious Nature, whose essential being I then slowly learnt to perceive and understand.”

    • Mark Stephen John on May 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Joy, I literally got shivers when I read the quote from Schaumberger. I will definitely spend some time with this idea. I really like it.

  2. Joy Gardner on May 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    By the way, I really like the music combined with the water. I hope this is just the beginning of something much bigger!

  3. Donald Schlenger on July 11, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Awesome article.

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