The Amazing Power of Words -Day One

What kind of difference will you make?

Water and Rice Experiment – Day One

There’s an old saying many of us are familiar with that goes,
“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

That statement is a fallacy. If I could re-write that old adage, here’s what it would say:

“Sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will heal or destroy me.”

Recently I came across the research of Japanese Scientist, Dr. Masuru Emoto. If you haven’t seen any of his work or read his research, it’s worth taking a look. What you discover may change your concept of life and living forever, especially when it comes to the power of our words.

Masaru Emoto (江本 勝 Emoto Masaru, July 22, 1943 – October 17, 2014)[1][2] was a Japanese author and pseudoscientist who believed human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Emoto’s pseudoscientific hypotheses were that water would react to positive thoughts and words, and also to negative thoughts and words.

One of the experiments Dr. Emoto conducted involved rice and water. I watched different You-Tube videos but remained skeptical of the apparent results. People were stating over and over again that the rice and water changed according to whether they were spoken to with loving, positive words, or hateful, negative words.

I decided to try the experiment out for myself, still not really believing it would work. My husband and daughter were also dubious. By the end of the three weeks, they were as amazed as I was by the results.

I started with three identical glasses filled with equal amounts of water, adding a quarter cup of uncooked rice to each glass. I labeled them ‘Positive,’ ‘Negative,’ and Neutral.’

Twice each day, I walked outside with one of the glasses.

To the ‘Positive’ glass, I said, “I love you. You’re beautiful. You’re pure and lovely. You’re delightful. You’re wonderful and precious, and I will protect you. You are adored, gorgeous, and amazing. I love you.”

I carried it back inside and set it on the shelf. I took the ‘Negative’ glass of water and rice to the exact same spot. To this one, I said, “I hate you. You’re disgusting. You’re putrid and ugly and foul. You disgust me. I want to kill you. You deserve to die. You stink. You’re awful. I hate you.”

I completely ignored the ‘Neutral’ glass.

It was about now I became thankful we live in the country, and away from immediate neighbors. Anyone watching me each morning and night would have had good reason to doubt my sanity.

Nothing changed on the first two days. On the third morning, I walked up to the glasses, and my eyes widened. The ‘Positive’ glass was full of bubbles on the surface, and the rice within the water had swelled, raising the level of the water. The other two glasses showed no change. By the fifth day, the ‘Negative’ glass was also ‘bubbling’ a little, but a dark ring was forming along the top of the waterline. The ‘Neutral’ glass showed no change.

By the end of the fifteenth day, the contents of the glasses had a distinct odor. The black rim disappeared from the ‘Negative’ glass, but something else was happening. The water looked discolored.

I sniffed the glasses.

The ‘Positive’ and ‘Neutral’ glasses both smelled a little like old socks worn for more than a day.

I held my nose over the ‘Negative’ glass and took a sniff, only to have my reflexes jerk my head to the side. The smell was not only foul, it actually stung my nostrils.

At this point, I covered all three glasses with plastic wrap at the request of my daughter, who could now smell them when she entered the living room.


I continued taking each glass outside to the same place and speaking the same words, before returning it to the shelf.

A few days later, I had to abandon the experiment because of the terrible odor coming from the ‘Negative’ glass.

On the last day, I sniffed each glass again.

The ‘Negative’ glass was even more intolerable. The putrid odor coming from its contents was disgusting.

The ‘Neutral’ glass still smelled like two-day-old socks.

The ‘Positive’ glass’s odor had changed to a fermented smell. It was a pleasant odor, and the water in the glass had changed to a light golden color.

Ask yourself this question. If our words can affect the molecules a glass of water and rice, what kind of power do our words have to change the lives of those we love, or even just those we interact with daily?

Another thought to ponder. The human body is made up to a large extent of water.

Can our words influence people’s lives, their self-esteem, their sense of self-worth, and their health? I think Dr. Emoto was right. It can.

Every parent should try this experiment, and share it with their children. What an amazing teaching opportunity and learning experience for both parents and children.

Perhaps if we all understood the energy and power of our spoken word, we could do our utmost to be kind, considerate, caring, and understanding to others.

What a wonderful world this would be if everyone understood this.

I decided to repeat this experiment, starting this morning. I plan to blog about this on a regular basis, taking photos so you can see the changes as they occur. Today is Day One. I started with equal amounts of rice and water in each glass.

Equal amounts of water added.
Getting ready to add the 1/4 cup of rice to each glass.
Rice in water. Today’s date on calendar.

Exactly the same amount of water and rice were added to each glass. The photo angle seems to be causing a slight illusion.

I hope you will follow along to see for yourself what happens as the days go by. I encourage you to try this for yourself, especially if you have children. It’s a fabulous teaching opportunity. You don’t have to take the glasses outside. I do that just to be sure each glass of water and rice only hears the words intended for it according to its label.

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