Water is much more than wet. How many of you have tasted the water served at a restaurant and cringed at the chemical taste? If you have not had this experience, you need to be drinking better water. Water may be the most obvious substance in our daily lives and, at the same time, one of the greatest mysteries on the face of the Earth. Water is everywhere and nowhere all at once, showing up in the dew of the morning and reappearing as a fog, rolling through the hills at dusk. Water can be structured and energized, and has a capacity to listen and remember. Water has personality and is happier, more productive, and capable of supporting life when we provide the conditions and vibrations it likes. Water is the most sensitive substance on Earth, and has incredible abilities when treated properly.
Rarely, if ever, do we stop and consider what water wants; it is mostly a passive substance in our lives. It expresses elegance in the grace of a babbling brook, and power in the force of a whirlpool or an epic surfing wave at Jaws or Pipeline. For such a common substance, it turns out we retain a surprisingly limited understanding of its origins, abilities and secrets. Where does water come from? How many different kinds of water are there? What is water, anyway? The truth on all accounts: We don’t really know.
Modern science—with all of its authority, expertise and experience—actually has never seen a water molecule. Major religions describe water as a seminal substance, and at the same time destroying the Earth in great floods. Water floated the Titanic—and sunk her. In more ways than one, water is a vital conundrum in the existence of humanity. It’s subtle, yet strong; simple, but complex. We may know there are no two snowflakes with the same shape, but we don’t know why. And there are at least nine different kinds of ice, and over 80 different properties that are measurable and able to be manipulated in water.
Water is beyond normal, but it is also very weird—in a good way. It has an unusually high melting and boiling point. In some cases, hot water may freeze faster than cold water. It’s called the Mpemba effect. Water has a high viscosity, or resistance, relative to other liquids. This also allows it to retain heat to help regulate weather and be a great facilitator of sound waves. Even weirder, pressure actually reduces ice’s melting point and thermal conductivity. Under increasing pressure, water molecules move further away from each other.
The strangeness of water is a result of its polarity, or the expression of both a positively (+) and negatively (-) charged side to its molecule, represented by the V-shaped chemical structure seen in textbooks. The polarity of water makes it capable of dissolving anything—giving it the moniker of “universal solvent.” One of its many roles is to pick up stuff and carry it around. This includes delivering oxygen and carrying away toxins from inside living cells, but also in creating macro structures, like stalagmites or the Grand Canyon.
Water retains limitless identities. It holds things in a way to make them imperceptible, like an invisibility cloak that prevents us from seeing substances held within. We are mesmerized by its uniformity, and at the same time unaware of its potential for toxicity. Herein is the threat of public policies, like water fluoridation or toxins in heavy industry from companies such as Titan Cement looking to move into our area.
Because water is a polar molecule, and opposite charges attract, water hugs itself through a process called “hydrogen bonding.” We see the influence of hydrogen bonding in clouds, the meniscus in a glass of water, or the ability of water striders to walk on water and create an entire ecosystem called a “neuston.” We owe our very existence to these anomalies of water. Due to its distinctive molecular structure, it exhibits its greatest density and carrying capacity at 39.2°F, with its density actually decreasing below this temperature. This is why ice floats on liquid water, which is relatively unique in nature and quite significant. Imagine if water froze from the bottom up. Would life have survived ice ages on the bottom of solid lakes?
There’s something like 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of water found on planet Earth. About 70 percent of the planet is covered in ocean and almost 98 percent of the water on the planet is in the oceans. About 2 percent of Earth’s water is fresh, but 1.6 percent of this fresh water is locked up in the polar ice caps and glaciers. Another 0.36 percent is found underground in aquifers and wells. Only about 0.036 percent of the planet’s total water supply is found in lakes and rivers, which is still thousands of trillions of gallons. Relative to the mass of our planet, water is only the equivalent of the skin on an apple.
Water is life, but it also allows us to engage life. To create 1 ton of steel, it takes 300 tons of water. It takes an average of 460 gallons of water to make a quarter-pound of hamburger. A nuclear power plant requires 30 million gallons of water to cool its reactors … every hour.
In fact, one of the most important parts of food is water. After all, upward of 95 percent of plants and 75 percent of the human body are composed of water. Without water, we die. It is possible to survive for weeks, even months, without food; but without water we can last only days. We experience roughly 50 tons of water through our bodies during our lifetimes. Similarly, mature oak trees can transpire 40,000 gallons of water per year!
Water is infused into everything we do, even language. We “go with the flow” when we cooperate, or “blow off steam” when we get upset. Inexperience is described as being “wet behind the ears” and a bad mortgage is described as being “under water.” We say these things without really even thinking about them.
Almost half the world doesn’t have access to clean water, or has to walk to get it. Most people in the world rely on an average of 5 liters of water a day. In the United States, on average, we use that much water every time we flush the toilet. Water may be everywhere, but it’s not cheap. The modern world is only beginning to feel the economic and societal pressures of peak water and water security. Business moguls are buying up aquifers and water rights; cities are privatizing their water supplies under corporations that ban rain barrels because they believe they own the water before it falls. The UN even predicts the wars of the future will be waged over water.
The math tells us that bottled water costs more than the price of a gallon of gasoline. How can it be that something that perpetually falls from the sky costs more than something finite like oil that we are forced to drill from the ground? Think about that for a minute.
My awareness of the uniqueness and ability of water first changed when introduced to work of the late Dr. Masaru Emoto in the film “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” The film documented Dr. Emoto’s work of taking images of water before and after receiving positive affirmations, such as saying “I love you” or blessings from Zen Buddhist monks. What he discovered is simply incredible. Before the blessings, the water was distorted and disorganized, but after the positive mental stimuli, the water organized into beautiful and highly organized structures that look like snowflakes. The idea of projecting positive vibes onto water so it changes its molecular structure is revolutionary. Sounds unbelievable, but water is the most receptive of the four elements, so it makes sense.
The sensitivity of water can be seen in the influence of the moon on tides or the age-old strategy of felling trees during the new moon when the moisture and sap are at their lowest levels. Pliny the Elder (23 – 79 AD) advised Roman farmers to pick fruit for market before the full moon, as it weighed more, but to pick fruit for their own stores at the new moon, as it would last longer.
I started structuring my drinking water, learned about the healing power of homeopathy, and the secrets of biodynamic agriculture that leverage the force of implosion to make water more vulnerable and receptive to the subtle energies and vibration of potentized substances. We even use this water “technology” on our farm in Castle Hayne with great success. Water is so much more capable and complex than we give it credit, so how is it we can know so much, and at the same time, so little about something so important?
It is not for a lack of research. Dr. Gerald Pollack of the University of Washington describes in his book, “The 4th Phase of Water,” the tribulations of the history of water investigation. The Russians in the 1950s and the French in the 1970s both made aggressive campaigns to document the mysterious nature of water but were rebuked in the name of “science.”
The promiscuity of water makes it near impossible to isolate pure H2O outside of a vacuum in a lab, which translates to “contamination” in the realm of modern popular science. This phenomenon of water has halted almost every professional foray into its mysteries since the turn of the 20th century.
Water is much more than wet. Everyone has experienced living water at one time or another, such as when we drink from a fresh bubbling creek, bathe in a natural healing mineral spring, dance in a spring rain shower, or feel the invigorating healing of the ocean as the rolling waves crash into our bodies. We live a filtered existence in regards to the potentials of water in life and society. We elicit this understanding every time we use rainwater on our gardens, invest in a water filter, or make the decision to purchase a bottle of drinking water. We need more water conservationists and connoisseurs. Unless we realize and ponder the importance of its mysteries, we are not able to appreciate it for its true capabilities.