– The Power of Positive Expression –
In 2012 my yoga instructor at the time introduced me to the work of Dr. Emoto. Instead of leading us through our physical practice, she leads us through the pages of Dr. Emoto’s “The Hidden Messages in Water” and in doing so altered my world view.
Dr. Masaru Emoto is a Japanese scientist who photographs frozen water before and after basic experiments have been conducted on the water. For instance, playing a song to the sample, showing it a picture, saying a word, or sending it a prayer. His findings show that these simple measures have astonishingly transformative effects on water crystals. In 1999 Emoto published his findings in The Hidden Messages in Water, asserting that molecular structures can be altered by human consciousness.
Let me break this down in terms of an experiment I’ve seen countless times. Take 2 apples, put them each in their own separate jar, place on opposite sides of a room. For 30 days, say “I love you!” to one apple, and “I hate you!” to the other apple. In a month countless people have found the loved apple to look like it was picked yesterday, while the hated apple is a moldy, decomposing ghost of what it once was.
What does this tell us?
Water is the connecting factor. Humans are comprised mostly of water, just like fruit, just like most beings on this beautiful earth. The vibes, energy, mood, feelings, atmosphere- whatever you want to call it that we create, becomes our reality- it literally shapes our physical selves.
Words like love, truth, peace, thank you, and harmony produced beautiful, clear, and structurally organized crystals. Whereas words like evil, you fool, and you disgust me, all generated blurry, ugly, chaotic crystals. These words, either positive or negative, have the same effect on humans.
So, how often do you find yourself thinking or saying things like, “I can’t” or “I’m ugly” or “I hate xyz”? Does saying those negative things make you happy, feel empowered, feel loved? Probably not. What if you changed those negatives into positives, replace hate with love, can’t with can, ugly with beautiful? How would you feel then? So much of what stands in our way in this life is ourselves. Imagine if we could transcend what we thought was our limits with something as simple as altered consciousness. It’s not a fantasy, it’s reality. Whether or not you choose to make it your own reality, however, is the heart of the matter.
This idea of altered consciousness may seem daunting at first, but it is very attainable through small sustainable changes. For me it began with 30 Days of Self Love – a program where you video yourself telling yourself you love yourself for 30 days. This small practice is the highlight of my morning and it only takes me about two minutes to say what I need to. This is the spark at the beginning of the day that leads me through a path of positivity.
The second change I made was to replace judgment with compliments. I started with catching myself saying something negative in my head about myself or someone I didn’t know and replacing it with something I admired about myself or that person. When I found myself immediately going to compliments, I started verbalizing what I loved about others to them. The beautiful thing about complimenting others is how quickly it opens them up to positivity. I’ve made countless friends simply by saying something nice and received a ton of compliments in return!
The third change I made was to replace can’t with can. I hear a lot of excuses from people as to why they can’t do this or can’t accomplish that, and so on and so on. Yes, some obstacles are difficult to overcome, but they are not impossible. The moment you say “I can’t” you close the door to thousands of possibilities. When you say “I can” you open yourself up to more opportunity than you could have ever imagined.