"Water is fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite to the realization of all other human rights."
—The United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, Environment News Service, November 27, 2002
March 22 of every year celebrates the United Nations’ World Water Day. This day was designated in 1992 as a global observance and opportunity for each of us to learn more about the threats facing life’s most critical resource. World Water Day brings our attention this year to the 2016 theme of Water and Jobs. Half of all our planet’s workers are employed in water-related sectors, more than 60% of the human body is made up of water, and all of us depend upon its quality and safe delivery.
Water and Our Quality of Life
"Freshwater is the most important resource for mankind, cross-cutting all social, economic and environmental activities. It is a condition for all life on our planet, an enabling or limiting factor for any social and technological development, a possible source of welfare or misery, cooperation or conflict."
The quality of our waters and the quality of our lives are intrinsically linked. Water scarcity affects the lives of 2.8 billion people for at least one month out of every year. Though it can be a source of conflict, we are united by a universal need for the life-giving molecule. 46% of the earth’s surface is covered by transboundary river basins. Water has the power to unite us beyond arbitrary geopolitical boundaries.
The depletion of critical water resources due to population growth and climate change means the disappearance of our life force. Polluting our waters that remain means the destruction of ourselves. Recent oil spills along Peru’s Marañon River emphasize our connections and the importance of the work of our partners the Achuar in seeking justice for violations of their water resources and human rights made in the name of oil development. Our collective existence depends upon the preservation of clean, fresh water resources.
Water, Memory, and Intentionality
Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Doctor of Alternative Medicine in Japan, performed a series of experiments on water in the 1990s that culminated in a bestselling book called Messages from Water. The book contains remarkable findings expressed as photographs of water crystals.
Samples were taken from water sources all over the world. While water from polluted lake and river sources froze almost shapelessly, a water droplet from the miraculous fountain of Lourdes in France formed a frozen crystal with a beautifully complicated hexagonal pattern. Water that was exposed to written and spoken positive messages like "thank you," "peace," and "love and gratitude" formed beautiful, unique, crystalline patterns while water exposed to messages like "evil," "you fool," and "you disgust me," froze in a way that can be described as aesthetically ugly. Water exposed to beautiful music froze equally beautifully. The structure of water droplets from the same source became much more defined and beautiful after being exposed to prayer.
Dr. Emoto's experiments are heralded as proof of a link between our thoughts and intentions and physical reality.
Knowing what we do from the studies of the late Dr. Emoto, that our thoughts and intentions affect the physical structure of water, we can only imagine the influence of thoughts and intentions over our own physical bodies.
This idea that water has memory was supported by more recent experiments performed by researchers at the Aerospace Institute of the University of Stuttgart in Germany. They found the structure of series of water droplets to be radically different between data sets gathered by different people, but radically similar between sets of data gathered by the same person. Dropping different fresh flowers into samples of water proved to change the structure of all sampled molecules, with different kinds of flowers producing different distinct structural changes.
The idea of water memory and consciousness means that rain could be a means of transmitting information between rivers, lakes, and the oceans serving as giant data stores connecting us all.
Show Your Gratitude
"Water is fundamental for a sustainable world, from improving health conditions to fighting extreme poverty."
Show love this World Water Day to the molecule that sustains all planetary life. Recite a prayer for the healing of the waters from the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers to honor the water that flows from your tap, the water that flows through your own body, or the natural body of water nearest you.
Find out what you can do to conserve your share of Earth's most valuable resource by performing a personal water footprint assessment and take the steps toward conservation that are doable for you. Conservation as valuation sends positive messages that manifest the beauty of water as discovered by Dr. Emoto.