Water Memory

James Odell, OMD, ND, L.Ac

Water has long been known to be the essential matrix of life. In recent times, a huge number of findings have been collected regarding the role of water in living dynamics. It has been discovered that water can change its molecular structure and recently, a surge of interest has arisen concerning the property of water in becoming “structured” which allows the emergence of complex biodynamics possible, such as holding information or exhibiting “memory”. Structured water is also known as coherent or exclusion zone (EZ) water. Recently the structure and energetic properties of water have been widely investigated by a long list of researchers: Jacques Benveniste, Martin Chaplin, Masaru Emoto, Emilio del Giudice, Marc Henry, Konstantin Korotkov, Luc Montagnier, Elena Napoli, Gerald Pollack, Enzo Tiezzi, Vladimir Giuseppe, Vitiello Voeikov, among several others.

The properties of liquid water are quite different from most other liquids, with many anomalies and unusual traits being identified. These properties are due partially to water being a small and highly polar molecule, but mainly due to water’s capacity to form ordered tetrahedrally-placed cooperative intermolecular hydrogen bonding.

Water seems, at first sight, to be an amazingly simple molecule, consisting of two hydrogen atoms attached to an oxygen atom, and indeed, few molecules are smaller. Its size, however, belies the complexity of its properties, and these properties seem to fit ideally into the requirements for carbon-based life as no other molecule can.

Water also has an interesting property regarding the density of ice. Its solid form is less dense than its liquid form. For many molecules, the solid has a higher density than the liquid. So, for most molecules, the solid would sink in the liquid. But this is not the case with water. For water, ice is less dense than liquid water. This is why ice floats! If this did not happen, then all of the organisms that live in the bottoms of lakes in the wintertime would be completely frozen. But, even worse, during times in our planet’s history when the world has become very cold (causing what we call Snowball Earth), if frozen water sank, then all of Earth’s ocean life would have become frozen and maybe died. Thus, its peculiar density profile prevents oceans and lakes from freezing solid all the way to the bottom, allowing fish to survive the winter.

It can absorb a large amount of heat, which is carried long distances by ocean currents and has a profound impact on climate. It expands when cooled. The range of temperatures at which water stays liquid is rather large compared to most other common solvents. For instance, at sea level methane freezes at -182 Celsius © and boils at -162 C (a range of 21 C) and ammonia freezes at -78 C and boils at -34 C (a range of 44 C), meanwhile water freezes at 0 C and boils at 100 C (a range of 100 C). This means that the range of temperatures where water is liquid is more than twice that of ammonia and almost five times more than that of methane.

Water is an excellent solvent due to its polarity, high dielectric constant, and small size, particularly for polar and ionic compounds and salts. Its solvation properties are so impressive that it is difficult to obtain truly pure water. Water ionizes and allows easy proton exchange between molecules, so contributing to the richness of the ionic interactions in biology.

Water has a high surface tension. This means that that the molecules at the surface of a body of water are attracted to each other and hold each other together. You can see this yourself by filling a glass with water to the very tip-top and then seeing how many more drops of water you can get into it. You will be surprised to find that you can get a good bit more water into the glass! The high surface tension of water is also why some insects, like water striders, can move around on top of water without sinking into it. It also is related to something called “capillary action”, which is used by many plants to draw water up from the ground against gravity.

Even more remarkable than these properties are that water is capable of “remembering” what it comes into contact with. It holds that information in an ‘electromagnetic imprint’. Thus, the structured crystalline quality of water allows it to store information, much like a computer chip. By examining individual drops of water at an incredibly high magnification, scientists can physically see that each droplet of water has its own individual microscopic pattern, each distinguishable from the next and uniquely beautiful.

Dr. Masaru Emoto (July 22, 1943 – October 17, 2014)

“Water is the mirror that has the ability to show us what we cannot see. It is a blueprint for our reality, which can change with a single, positive thought. All it takes is faith if you’re open to it.”

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Research

The late great Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, and water researcher, extensively studied, photographed, and wrote numerous papers and books on the memory properties of water. His life was dedicated to researching the memory properties of water and demonstrated how thoughts and vibratory frequencies affect the molecular structure of water. Dr. Emoto’s experiments suggest that water does not just have memory, but its structure could be greatly affected by non-physical events such as sounds, music, thoughts, words, and intention. According to Dr. Emoto, water molecules restructure their position when they interact with the information they are exposed to. Over decades he applied music, thoughts, and emotions with mental intention to water, then froze it, and photographed it with a dark field microscope. Thus, taking snapshots of the different formations of ice crystals to demonstrate how the application of different intentions and sounds affected water’s physical structure.

Dr. Emoto’s research results were nothing short of phenomenal. It turns out that just as tone and intention affect human-to-human communication, he proved that tone and intention are received as communication by water. Just as plants are now understood to be self-conscious and somewhat self-aware, Dr. Emoto’s studies suggest that water also exhibits signs of consciousness and intelligence.

His research also demonstrated how polluted and toxic water, when exposed to prayer and intention can be altered and restored to beautifully formed geometric crystals as found in clean, healthy water. The following photos are images of photographs of the water in the Fujiwara Dam before and after Kato Hoki, chief priest of Buddhist Jyuhouin Temple offered an hour-long prayer over it.

(All the following photographs are from Dr. Emoto’s book Message From Water)

This original photo shows the water sample to be dark, ugly, and unable to crystallize


After the prayers, another photo was taken of the new water sample showing bright and fully developed crystals appearing like a hexagon within a hexagon. This phenomenon is reproducible.

The following are photographs of water from different sources and springs.

Water crystal from Fountain in Lourdes, France.

The location of the spring was described to Bernadette Soubirous by an apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858. Since that time, thousands of pilgrims travel to drink and bathe in the spring.

Our Lady of Lourdes Fountain


Water Crystal from Spring of Saijo, Japan

The spring water of old Saijo city is considered as one of Japan’s most famous sources of health benefiting spring water. People travel great distances to drink its water.


Water Crystal from Horobetsu River, Hokkaido, known for its Healing Water


Water Crystal from Metori Yusui Spring, Japan


Contaminated Water Yodo River, Osaka, Japan – No Crystal Formations


Dr. Emoto also extensively photographed crystals of water exposed to different types of music

Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Bach’s “Air for the G String”


Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”


Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Chopin’s Farewell Song


Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Kawachi Folk Dance Song


Water Exposed to Heavy Metal Music – No Crystal Formations


Dr. Emoto also exposed water to different thoughts and emotions. The water crystal formations clearly show the effects of good and bad intentions.

Water Exposed to the words “Thank You”


Water Exposed to the Feelings of Love and Appreciation


Water Exposed to the Words “You Make Me Sick, I Will Kill You”


According to Dr. Emoto, thoughts and words have unique ‘magnetic codes or energetic frequencies which can interact with water. In response to critics who claim that Dr. Emoto’s research is ‘pseudoscience’ and doubt the process behind it, he responds:

“Current science exists in a 3-dimensional world, but a world of water is multidimensional, and I believe water crystals that I research on is in the world of 4th and 5th dimension. So, they can say my research is pseudoscience in the lower dimension, but I hope it to be called parascience.”

Many other researchers have demonstrated water’s unique ability to hold information.

One of the first scientists to speak about water possessing memory was Jacques Benveniste (1935 – 2004), a French immunologist. Unfortunately, this new narrative was met with heavy criticism and bias and his theory concerning water memory essentially ended his academic career. His experiments were published in the prestigious magazine Nature in June 1988, concerning the activity of high dilutions of histamine. Following homeopathic principles, Benveniste and his collaborators mixed a dose of histamine with water, then diluted this solution, according to the process of decimal dilution, up to the 12th decimal. At this point, the solution should no longer retain an original molecule of histamine. They then introduced this highly diluted histamine water into test tubes containing basophilic white blood cells and then added classic doses of anti–IgE, intended to trigger the degranulation of the basophils. They noted that the high dilution histamine inhibited the degranulation of the basophils. Considering the theoretical absence of the histamine molecules, this effect should not have existed. This experiment demonstrates, of course, that high dilutions of a product (as used in homeopathy) have an indisputable biological effect.

Jacques Benveniste carried out hundreds of similar experiments and dozens of new experiments on high dilutions of substances in water. He noted that the activity of solutions of highly diluted histamine was suppressed by ultrasounds, or by heating these solutions to 70°. He asked for these experiments to be performed in three other research laboratories in Toronto, Canada, Milan, Italy, and Marseille, and they all arrived at the same results. Despite all his efforts to earn recognition for his work, he was accused of having presented false results. Benveniste’s research had nonetheless awoken the curiosity of some scientists. Even though Benveniste’s experiments were venomously attacked, they have now been vindicated by many other scientists worldwide.

For those unfamiliar with homeopathy, it was founded by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s and became the dominant form of medicine up until the early 1900s as it was much gentler and bioregulatory in its approach to healing. Hahnemann is regarded as the father of homeopathy and was the first to test remedies on healthy (as well as sick) people, as individuals requiring different treatment dosages. At the time, many toxic substances were being employed by the medical establishment to cure the sick. As Hahnemann believed that large doses of drugs that caused similar symptoms would only aggravate illness, he advocated for extreme dilutions. A technique was devised for making dilutions that Hahnemann claimed would preserve the substance's therapeutic properties while removing its harmful effect. Through experimentation, Hahnemann discovered that the more dilute the solution, the more potent it appeared to be in its effect on healing the body.

For more information on homeopathy and Samuel Hahnemann see the links here.

The theoretical physicist Emilio del Giudice at the University of Milano, Italy, has written numerous papers on water’s ability to store information over long periods.

According to Guidice:

Quantum Field Theory has produced a vision of liquid water as a medium, which for a peculiarity of the molecule electron spectrum reveals as an essential tool for long-range communications, being able to change its supramolecular organization according to the interaction with the environment. The electromagnetic fields trapped in the coherence domains and in their coherent arrays produce electromagnetic potentials governing the phase of the whole system, which in turn gives origin to selective attractions among the solute molecules. In this way, an array of biochemical reactions (soma) and time-evolving information simultaneously evolve, leading to the appearance of the self-consistency, which opens a new perspective for self-maintaining and stability of the systems under study’

Professor Martin Chaplin has extensively written and lectures on the structural properties of water that allow it to retain information.

He writes:

“Liquid water is a highly versatile material. Although it is formed from the tiniest of molecules, it can shape and control biomolecules. The hydrogen-bonding properties of water are crucial to this versatility, as they allow water to execute an intricate three-dimensional ‘ballet’, exchanging partners while retaining complex order and enduring effects. Water can generate small active clusters and macroscopic assemblies, which can both transmit information on different scales.”

Professor Gerald Pollack from the University of Washington shows that as well as occurring naturally in three different states (solid, liquid and vapor), water also occurs in a fourth molecular-structured state resembling that of liquid crystal. This form of structured water (H3O2) is energized, negatively charged, and is the vital element in all living organisms and natural ecosystems that is crucial for growth, well-being and longevity.

Water Structure

Several hypotheses have been proposed for explaining water memory. The most popular explains that water holds information through changes in its hydrogen-oxygen molecular structure, thereby forming permanent clusters. In liquid water, clusters of water molecules are continually forming and dissociating. A typical hydrogen bond between two water molecules lasts just a picosecond or so, followed by a period much shorter than this when the two water molecules are not hydrogen-bonded to each other. Hydrogen bonding shows strong cooperativity as a water molecule that accepts a hydrogen bond is more able to donate one to another water molecule.

Liquid water contains by far the densest hydrogen bonding of any solvent with almost as many hydrogen bonds as there are covalent bonds. These hydrogen bonds can rapidly rearrange in response to changing conditions and environments (e.g., the presence of solutes). The strength and directionality of the bonding increase cooperatively with the extent of the formed cluster. Thus, water can organize into well-structured clusters of molecules held by strong hydrogen bonds. Water’s crystalline structure is based on tetrahedral geometry where oxygen atoms form the center of each tetrahedron. Under ideal circumstances, as water tetrahedra join, a repeating hexagonal pattern emerges with oxygen atoms forming the vertices of each hexagon. This is the reason liquid crystalline water has also been referred to as hexagonal water.

Black dots represent oxygen atoms; white dots indicate hydrogen atoms

Thus, structured water also called hexagonal water, refers to water with a structure that has been altered to form a hexagonal cluster. This cluster of water molecules is believed to share similarities with water that has not been polluted or contaminated by human processes. Thus, the theory behind structured water suggests these qualities make it healthier than tap or filtered water.

However, structured water does not just consist of the hexagonal arrangements of water molecules, but also affects the water immediately surrounding them. As the hexagonal layers grow, protons are ejected into the nearby water. As a result, an electrical voltage exists between the structured water and the water surrounding it. In other words, structured water stores energy and information that it is exposed to, much like a battery.

Hydrogen bonding in most water is random. There is no long-term pattern to the way the water molecules become interconnected. However, many natural forces can influence the degree and stability of hydrogen bonding. The electromagnetic forces inherent in the Earth play a role. Organization itself provides a degree of stability, like the way interlocking bricks create a sturdy framework so that hydrogen bonds are not as easily broken. A structured water network is said to be coherent when it can maintain a degree of molecular stability while in motion. Water’s capacity to store and transmit information is directly proportional to structure and coherence. The greater the structure (characterized by increased hydrogen bonding), and the greater the coherence (characterized by the degree to which the water can maintain its structure), the greater its capacity to store and deliver signals and other information.

Another significant model system has been provided by Tedeschi, who was able to observe changes in the physical properties of liquid water, triggered by biological events occurring inside it. These events were the response of vegetable leaves and algae, thinly triturated and therefore biologically irritated to enhance as much as possible their living dynamics. According to the Montagnier findings, it is conceivable that in these conditions electromagnetic signals could be emitted by the living system, thus changing the phase of the water clusters. It has been reported in reference that water treated in the above way keeps its properties for a long time and becomes able to respond to the environment much more than untreated water. It is possible that this last property would signal the emergence of a higher level of internal coherence. Through its coupling with the environment, this water becomes an efficient method for transmitting information to living organisms.

Vortexed Water

In nature, there is a vortex process that occurs naturally as water runs downhill over stones and boulders, drops into ravines and down waterfalls, or collides with other currents, streams, and rivers. This vortex naturally gives structure to the hydrogen bonds of water. The vibrational movement of water as it bumps over boulders and waterfalls encourages the water molecule groups to break apart into small, highly active clusters, creating health-giving water. Within this vortex process, some water molecules dissociate into hydrogen and oxygen. This newly created oxygen mixes uniformly with any oxygen already dissolved in the water. As oxygen itself is a hydrophilic element, hexagonal sheets of structured water grow outward from the oxygen, layer by layer.

Since vortexing (a kind of mechanical perturbation or agitation) is an immensely powerful way of increasing structure, there are devices on the market which vortex water. Vortexed water is "soft," has low surface tension, and exhibits small clusters of hydrogen-oxygen molecules. Thus, when water is spun through a vortex, some water molecules separate into hydrogen and oxygen. This freed oxygen is mixed up uniformly with the oxygen already present in the water. Since oxygen is itself hydrophilic, hexagonal sheets of structured water begin to grow outward from it, layer by layer.

Since vortexing (a kind of mechanical perturbation or agitation) is a powerful way of increasing hexagonal structure, there are devices on the market which vortex water. Vortexed water is "soft," has low surface tension, and exhibits small clusters of hydrogen-oxygen molecules. According to the theory behind structured water, vortexing water charges it, allowing it to hold energy. This energy then may recharge the body and provide better hydration to cells than ordinary drinking water.

Similar flow efficiencies were observed and used by Viktor Schauberger (Father of Implosion Technology) in the early 20th century through his vorticular water flow experiments, that mimicked the processes occurring in nature. See the BRMI Viktor Schauberger’s Biography.


Everything is energy and everything interacts both at a microscopic level and more macroscopic level with everything else. Water is no different and is essential to the very fabric of life in ways that we never really had the conceptual faculties to entertain before. Because water molecules have a positive and negative pole, they behave like little magnets. They attach themselves to their neighboring molecules and form clusters of several hundred molecules. These clusters are extremely sensitive structures and vibrational influences can impress themselves upon them. Research has found water has memory and picks up information and holds it in its cluster structure.

When we drink water, the constituents (information) which its “hard drive” contains, are ingested into our bodies, and thus affect our cells and vital energy. Chlorinated, fluoridated, polluted, devitalized water traveling through miles of old metal pipes yields poor health, whereas fresh, pure, energetically vortexed water is directly correlated with healthier cells. From the amazing and diligent research of Dr. Emoto and many others, we have now a deeper knowledge of the unique properties water possesses. Now we can understand why natural, pure flowing water a vitally important contributing factor for a healthy mind and body.


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